Week six of the NFL season is officially over, which means we have a ton of new information to analyze. Let’s dive right into week six’s Top 10 dynasty football takeaways.
Takeaway #1: Breece Hall Is Officially Back
We touched on this last week, but Hall is officially back. After being taken off his snap count in week five, Hall has scored 28.4 and 20.3 points. Although this Jets offense isn’t great, Hall is picking up right where he left off last year.
BREECE HALL 🔥🔥— NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLFantasy) October 15, 2023
20.3 fantasy pts!! pic.twitter.com/fDW79hZ73x
Hall was an elite prospect coming out of Iowa State, and just six weeks into the 2023 season, he looks to be fully healthy. From what we’ve seen, Hall should already be valued as a top-three dynasty back.
#2: Jordan Addison’s Dynasty Value Is on the Rise
After Justin Jefferson was placed on the IR, Addison has seen a spike in value. Addison is a great long-term investment, and this Jefferson injury increases his value for 2023.
Jefferson suffered a hamstring injury, which often lingers, and there’s even talk that he won’t return this season. Now that Addison is the number one wide receiver on a high-volume Vikings passing attack, he should see his value increase over the next few weeks.
#3: Sam Howell Continues to Impress
Outside of his week three performance, Howell has looked great as a QB2. Howell was a fifth-round draft pick, so the job security isn’t there, but he’s played well so far. Although Jahan Dotson and Terry McLaurin have been underwhelming, Howell has shown out.
I’m not completely sold that Howell is the franchise guy, but in a Superflex league, I would buy him as my QB2. You know the type of production you’re getting, and there’s a chance he could be the guy for the Commanders. Howell is currently averaging 16.7 PPG, and I don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.
#4: Zay Flowers Is Even Better Than We Thought
Coming into this year, I and many other analysts expected minimal production from Flowers in year one. However, Now that he is producing earlier than expected, he’s seen an increase in his value. Before the Jefferson injury, Flowers even had a strong case to become the WR2 in the 2023 class.
Flowers has a ton of upside based on his prospect profile, which makes this somewhat unsurprising. I’m unsure how long he can keep this up for 2023. Flowers is dealing with a ton of target competition in an offense that is 30th in pass attempts per game.
#5: Christian McCaffrey Suffers an Oblique Injury
For all my contenders, look away. McCaffrey suffered an injury once again. This time, it doesn’t look serious, but it’s still never good to see him injured. McCaffrey getting hurt or stepping back throws a wrench in many owners’ plans.
Christian McCaffrey went to the locker room with an “oblique injury” Timeline to heal is dependent on severity of strain— Dr. Evan Jeffries, DPT (@GameInjuryDoc) October 15, 2023
Grade I: 7-10 days
Grade II: 3-6 weeks pic.twitter.com/vAhiMeS1mH
With that in mind, now might be the perfect time to buy McCaffrey if you’re in an extraordinary situation. This injury shouldn’t linger for too long, and McCaffrey would be the perfect player to buy if you have the luxury to do so.
#6: Malik Willis Sees Game Action with Ryan Tannehill’s Injury
After Ryan Tannehill left the game due to an injury, the Titans put in Willis over Will Levis. This seems like the right move, considering how raw of a prospect Levis is.
Willis didn’t do much but completed four of his five passes. The reason you’re holding out hope for Willis is his rushing upside. Willis did show some rushing upside, rushing for 17 yards on three carries. There isn’t much to analyze about Willis, but it’s worth pointing out that he’s playing over Levis.
#7: Adam Thielen Is a League Winner for Contenders
Just when you thought the madness was over, Thielen is officially a WR1 for 2023. Now, I was high on Thielen this off-season, but I never could have imagined that he would be this impressive.
With his 28.5 weeks six performance, Thielen is officially averaging 21.10 PPG. If you’re a Thielen owner, you should be ecstatic because this will continue. Jonathan Mingo and these other receivers are non-factors, and Thielen has shown his knack for getting open, even at 33.
#8: Jaxon Smith-Njigba Looks to Expand His Role in 2023
Smith-Njigba has unfairly slipped down dynasty rankings after not being involved at all in weeks one through four. The Seahawks, who have a week five bye, should be getting Smith-Njigba more involved down the stretch.
Smith-Njigba had his best game of the year with five targets and 8.8 points in week six. Dynasty is a long-term game, and you can’t forget that. The bottom line is that Smith-Njigba is an exceptional prospect who outproduced Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave at a younger age. If you’re a Smith-Njigba owner, the worst is behind you.
#9: D. J. Moore Falls Back Down to Earth
After going nuclear in weeks four and five, Moore fell back to earth in week six. Moore is a talented player, but he was never going to be able to keep up this insane level of efficiency he saw in the past two weeks.
Unfortunately for Moore, the odds are still stacked against him. Justin Fields looked disappointing and then went down with an injury this week. Moore’s quarterback situation is sadly a mess once again. Moore is only 26, but at this rate, it doesn’t seem like he’ll ever find himself with a great quarterback.
#10: Puka Nacua Is Human
Nacua broke onto the fantasy football scene this year but had the worst game of his career in week six. Now, there’s no reason to panic, but seeing Nacua only score 6.6 points has given me a reason to lower my expectations. Cooper Kupp showed out, however, scoring 27.8 points in just his second week back. Kupp is the real deal; unfortunately, he will cut into Nacua’s role to some extent. Nacua is an outstanding talent, but with the return of Kupp, let’s pump the brakes on his dynasty value a little.
Get the Dynasty Nerds app in the Apple and Google Play stores. Mock drafts for Superflex, 1QB, and Standard. If you are a DynastyGM subscriber, it even syncs with your actual teams so that you can do rookie mock drafts with ALL of your actual picks, also on your desktop.