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The Waiver Wire 10/12

Welcome to Week 6, folks!

Week 5 was a rough one for yours truly. I was crushing on DK for a while until Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones went down, breaking about 80 percent of my good lineups. It was great seeing Devonte Booker going off in Saquon’s place (sarcasm.) 

This game can be harsh sometimes. 

I also have tons of Saquon, CEH, Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf in seasonal, so the pain is real on Rotobahnland.

But enough about my angst. This is a week with a lot of stuff going on and I have a few ideas on who to trust and who to go after. The bye weeks are upon us and that adds some new complexities. I’ll be grinding the game film over the next few days and will have some ideas on deeper options we can plug and play in deeper formats. Look for that and a lot more in The Rotobahn, which will return after a week off.

The big news this week mostly relates to injuries.  

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder, season-ending)
  • Russell Wilson (finger, a month or more)
  • Saquon Barkley (ankle, 1-5 weeks est)
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee, 3-5 weeks)
  • George Kittle (calf, 3 weeks)
  • DeVante Parker (hamstring, 2-4 weeks)
  • Damien Harris (chest, week-to-week)

Bye Teams

  • Falcons
  • Saints
  • Jets
  • 49ers

 

With a few minor exceptions, all of the listed players are rostered at less than 50% on Yahoo!.

 

Quarterbacks

  • Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars 
  • Daniel Jones, Giants (if dropped) 
  • Trey Lance, 49ers
  • Carson Wentz, Colts
  • —–Tier Drop—–
  • Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos
  • Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
  • Taylor Heinicke, WFT
  • Justin Fields, Bears
  • Jameis Winston, Saints

Superflex

  • Geno Smith, Seahawks
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, WFT
  • Davis Mills, Texans
  • Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins
  • Jacoby Brissett, Dolphins

Daniel Jones is looking like a real fantasy option and the one thing the Giants are long on is skill talent. Jones may not play this week so he’s not at the top of the list, but once he has Barkley back, he can post big numbers. He can absolutely be your starter.

I still want dual threat quarterbacks above all else so it makes sense that Lawrence and Lance are high on the list, but I’m very much preferring Lawrence—because he can actually play. Lance can post major points with his legs, so he’s a big deal because of his upside, but Lawrence has job security over the rest of the season. 

We now know the answer to the question about why the 49ers were still playing a clearly mediocre Jimmy Garoppolo. It’s because Lance is, at this point in time, worse.  We can talk about giving up three number ones for a project some other time. For now, it’s enough to know that Lance is struggling with his footwork (as a passer) and is experiencing subsequent and predictable accuracy issues as a result. There are other issues as well. The reason you want Lance stashed is because if it ever clicks, the numbers could be huge. The 49ers could look a lot better coming out of their bye. I’d hang onto Lance until we know how this will shake out.

The most exciting athlete at the quarterback position amongst the rookies, was, to me anyway, Justin Fields.  Sadly, Matt Nagy has decided to not use his rookie’s mobility as a weapon, so we need to, sadly, adjust expectations. Things could change fast, so he can be stashed for his massive upside, but we have to consider that, at this point, it won’t happen this year under Nagy.

Geno Smith is one of the big questions this week and if you need to go get him, I think you can do it with a degree of confidence. His value obviously depends on your league’s dynamics, but in 2QB/Superflex, he could be super expensive as a good bet to start for a month or more. I expect him to play some of the best ball of his career, not that this is saying a whole lot. He’s fresh-legged and still young enough to be a mobile quarterback. 

 

Running Backs

  • Darrel Williams & Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs
  • Devontae Booker, Giants (best option this week)
  • Michael Carter, Jets
  • JD McKissic, WFT (PPR)
  • Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles
  • Khalil Herbert, Bears
  • Sony Michel, Rams
  • Alex Collins, Seahawks
  • Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots
  • David Johnson, Texans (PPR)
  • Samaje Perine, Bengals
  • Marlon Mack, Colts? (trade?)
  • Jeff Wilson, 49ers (could return soon)
  • Brandon Bolden, Patriots

Deep Leagues

  • Chris Evans, Bengals
  • Le’Veon Bell, Ravens
  • Devine Ozigbo, Saints

Saquon Barkley will miss this week and probably Week 7 as well. After that there is some hope but we could be looking at 5-6 week in a bad scenario, so Booker has real value as a potential bell cow workload guy. He’s not Barkley, but he’ll get about 85% of his work.

The backs in KC are also compelling because the lead guy, in this case, CEH, will be out about a month. Williams is the guy to chase first, but McKinnon is compelling too and has big play upside in this offense. He’s also starting to get comfortable now that he’s been in KC for a while. He could start popping now that he’ll see the ball consistently. 

Michael Carter, as we’ve been saying all along, is the guy to roster in the Jets backfield. He’ll be off this week but keep him rostered in all but small formats.

We talked about Herbert last week and boy am I glad I put him in there. He looks like he could have as much as half of the gig until Montgomery gets back. In mid-sized and large formats, he is a solid pickup.

 

Wide Receiver

Top Tier

  • Kadarius Toney, Giants
  • Rondale Moore, Cardinals
  • Marquez Callaway, Saints
  • James Washington, Steelers
  • Michael Gallup, Cowboys 
  • Darnell Mooney, Bears
  • Rashod Bateman, Ravens 

2nd Tier

  • Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
  • Jamison Crowder, Jets
  • Hunter Renfrow, Raiders Tim Patrick, Broncos
  • Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  • Josh Gordon, Chiefs
  • Curtis Samuel, WFT (stash)
  • Randall Cobb, Packers
  • Bryan Edwards, Raiders

Deep Leagues

  • Van Jefferson, Rams
  • DeSean Jackson, Rams (bye weeks)
  • Preston Williams, Dolphins
  • Kenny Stills, Saints
  • Anthony Miller, Steelers

It took a few weeks, but Kadaruis Toney has found himself. 

And let’s not kid ourselves. The Giants need some success stories. Toney is a guy they leaned in on, so no way will they go away from him after the way he’s played the last two weeks. Toney’s a freak athlete and he’s found his place in the scheme. Now they we have some bankable volume, it’s off to the races. I’d add him anywhere I can. 

Gallup is a high-end stash and could return soon. Bateman is a guy I really like and the way Lamar Jackson is playing, he could make a quick impact when he gets in there, which should be soon.

I’ve been a skeptic on Renfrow for fantasy but his snaps have risen to the point where I can’t doubt the targets. He’s worth a spot in all PPR leagues right now. 

Tight Ends

  • Hunter Henry, Patriots
  • Evan Engram, Giants
  • Dan Arnold, Jaguars 
  • David Njoku, Browns
  • Mo Alie-Cox, Colts
  • Ricky Seals-Jones, WFT
  • Zach Ertz, Eagles
  • Pat Freiermuth and Eric Ebron, Steelers

Herny, Engram and Arnold are the guys who look like they could have rest-of-the-season value.  Engram looked the best he has in some time. Evan made a nice catch. Stashing him in deeper leagues make some sense.

Njoku and Mo Alie both have some weekly ceiling but shaky floors. Seals-Jones can help you while Logan Thomas is out, which should be a few more weeks.