Bowen: Breece Hall, Diontae Johnson among Week 6 upgrades, downgrades

    Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for ESPN Insider.

Every Thursday during the 2022 NFL season, Matt Bowen will break down players’ fantasy football value through the lens of a former NFL safety. And he’ll mix it up, too. The matchups to play (or avoid), scheme trends, tape study and more.

New York Jets running back Breece Hall is showing out on the tape. And he’s posting the numbers, too, with 275 total yards in his past two games. The rookie is climbing in my rankings and fits as one of the top upgrades heading into the Week 6 fantasy football schedule.

We’ll discuss the players to downgrade also, featuring a couple of wide receivers who are heavily rostered in ESPN leagues. Plus, we’ll hit on the names you need to monitor this week and take a look at my notebook from the film room.


Breece Hall, RB, New York Jets

The dual-threat rookie has jumped to RB10 in my Week 6 rankings, with a matchup versus a Packers defense allowing 4.75 yards per carry (22nd in the NFL). Last Sunday, Hall out-touched Michael Carter, 20-12, in the Jets’ running back rotation. And I’m all-in on the rookie this week given his increased usage (39 touches in his past two games) and his deployment in the Jets’ system. Hall is a smooth runner who can be decisive between the tackles, with the short-area speed and vision to bounce the ball to the perimeter. And we know he can get loose out of the backfield in the pass game.

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