Week 6 fantasy winners and losers: Hopkins dominates, Peterson falters

— -- Here's who turned in strong fantasy performances in Week 6 and who left fantasy owners wanting more.


Chris Ivory, RB, New York JetsIvory came into the week tied with Todd Gurley for the most rushing yards per game this season (104.7). Ivory looked fresh after the bye week as he torched the Redskins for 196 total yards and rewarded owners with his third game of 20-plus fantasy points this season.  

Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: Miller entered Sunday's game averaging 9.25 carries per game. He eclipsed that number  in the first half with 13 carries. Miller took advantage of the increased workload, posting 113 rushing yards -- which nearly surpassed his total in the first four games this season (131) -- and 17 fantasy points.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Hopkins has wasted little time asserting himself as one of the league's best wide receivers this season. The NFL's target leader entering Week 6, Hopkins continued his incredible pace on Sunday against the Jaguars (15 targets, 10 catches, 148 yards, 26 fantasy points).

Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh SteelersThanks to an 88-yard touchdown late against the Cardinals -- which is the longest play from scrimmage so far this season -- Bryant compiled 25 fantasy points (6 catches, 137 yards, 2 TDs) in his 2015 debut. That marks the best fantasy day of Bryant's young career.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Stafford got a little help from a controversial call on a Golden Tate TD catch -- which turned an interception into a score -- but the QB still turned in his best fantasy performance since Week 17 in 2011 (33 points). Stafford hadn't scored double-digit points since Week 2 against the Vikings (19).

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Hope you didn't sell low on Megatron. After being held to four single-digit fantasy performances in the first five weeks, Johnson bounced back in a big way on Sunday, with six catches, 166 yards and 1 TD against Chicago. That's 22 fantasy points in all -- after having just 16 total in his last three games.

Denver Broncos D/ST: Another week, another defensive TD by the Broncos defense. Scoring 18 fantasy points against the Browns, Denver's D is the No. 1 overall unit. And perhaps more amazingly, this defense has been by far a better fantasy option than Peyton Manning, outscoring the floundering QB by 40 points this season.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston TexansFoster had just 12 fantasy points in his first two games this season, a disappointment for any owner who drafted him in hope of RB1 production. On Sunday against the Jaguars, he easily surpassed that total (16 points), with great production in both the run and pass game (112 yards from scrimmage and a TD). 

John Brown, WR, Arizona CardinalsWith catches of 45, 42 and 20 yards, Brown exploded for a total of 196 on 10 catches against the Steelers. A fumble brought down his fantasy total to 17, but that still tied Brown's previous career high.

Miami Dolphins D/ST: Part of the reason former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin got fired was because of the team's lackluster defense. That translated to little fantasy production, as they averaged just 1.5 points per game through the first five weeks, 30th in the NFL. On Sunday against the Titans, Miami's D scored 25 fantasy points, thanks to four forced turnovers, one touchdowns and six sacks (including four from Cameron Wake alone).

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Playing at Seattle this week, Stewart looked to have a bad matchup for fantasy purposes. And while he didn't find a ton of running lanes -- 78 yards on 20 carries -- Stewart scored two touchdowns, which helped his fantasy total reach 19 points. Before today, he'd scored 23 points total in his previous four games this season.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: In his first five games as a Seahawk, Graham averaged just 5.4 targets per game. That was a big reason why he ranked as fantasy's No. 18 fantasy tight end in points per game entering this week. QB Russell Wilson looked Graham's way 12 times against the Seahawks, and it translated into 14 fantasy points.

Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers broke the franchise record for passing yards (503), attempts (65) and completions (43) against the Packers, so it's no surprise that he turned in the second-best fantasy performance for a QB in Week 6 (28 points). It's been an incredible three-week stretch for Rivers, who has scored 74 points against the Browns, Steelers and Packers.

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Throwing for 312 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, Luck torched the Patriots for 27 fantasy points. It was a relief to owners who spent a high pick on the Colts QB, only to have him average 13.7 points per game in the three games he played, while sitting out two contests with a shoulder injury.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England PatriotsIf only Blount could play the Colts every game. He ranked as fantasy's No. 4 running back in Week 6, thanks to 104 total yards and two touchdowns. Blount has now compiled 252 yards from scrimmage and 5 TDs in his last two games against Indy.


Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: Becoming a weekly staple on this list, Manning posted his third-consecutive single-digit fantasy output. The Browns entered the week allowing the fifth-most points to opposing QBs, and all Manning could muster was nine points -- even with a 75-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders. The days of Peyton being a no-brainer every-week fantasy starter appear to be over.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati BengalsGreen got completely shut down against against the Bills' stud CB combo Ronald Darby and Stephone Gillmore. Green had his lowest yardage total (36) of the season and went scoreless for the third consecutive games, totaling just three fantasy points.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota VikingsPeterson received his second-highest carry total of the season (26), so why didn't it translated into more than six fantasy points? The Chiefs didn't give Peterson much room to run, holding him to 2.3 yards per carry, his lowest figure since Week 7 in 2013. 

Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City ChiefsWest was heralded as Jamaal Charles' replacement in Kansas City -- and he still might be -- but it didn't translate to much fantasy production against the Vikings. With just 10 touches and a crucial fumble late in the fourth quarter, West totaled only one fantasy point on the day.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: This was supposed to be a golden matchup against San Diego for Lacy, who was hoping to break out of his early season slump. But somehow, it only got worse. He scored just one fantasy point on six touches, while his backup, James Starks, converted his 11 touches into 23 fantasy points.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Hyde scored 15 points last week and appeared to put his fantasy woes behind him. But he was largely ineffective again on Sunday, scoring just five points. Most concerning is that game flow wasn't to blame this time around. Hyde received 21 carries on the day. In his three previous single-digit performances, he averaged 12 carries per game.

Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: It's been a rocky road for owners who invested in Gordon. He's yet to find the end zone this season -- and still hasn't eclipsed double-digit fantasy points. On Sunday against Green Bay, Gordon had zero points, thanks to just 29 rushing yards and a fumble. In fairness, he left the game with a lower leg injury in the second quarter, but later returned.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: Blount's big game meant fewer opportunities for Lewis, who entered the week as fantasy's No. 10 RB. He got just seven total touches against the Colts and compiled three fantasy points.