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The Waiver Wire 10/8 (final edition)

 

Welcome to the Week Six Waiver Wire!   

We’re nearing the midpoint of the fantasy regular season.  Only seven weeks left!  The waiver wire is a little lighter this week, as a lot of the low-hanging fruit has been picked clean over the first five.  I’ve done my best to sort through the pile and find the best options for you.

I’ll be updating this article periodically throughout the day.  The final version should be set at around 7:30 tonight.

The Bills, Bears, Colts and Raiders are on their byes this week.

Unless specified, all players in this article are owned at a less than 50 percent rate on Yahoo.

 

UPDATE:  Jaylen Samuels had knee surgery and is no longer anything but a stash.  He should return in about a month.

 

 

 

 

Easy Button Adds:

  • Michael Gallup
  • Duke Johnson
  • Chris Thompson
  • Robby Anderson
  • Kenyan Drake
  • Golden Tate
  • DK Metcalf

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

Sam Darnold, Jets

Only the Jets could lose their most important player to mononucleosis.  Darnold should return this week, but he needs final clearance, which is all about his enlarged spleen—a typical issue with mono.  As I’ve been saying all year, the Jets have a pretty choice second half schedule.  I’d add Darnold now, even if he can’t go this week.

UPDATE!

Kirk Cousins, Vikings

Cousins is fool’s gold to some extent, but I like his schedule enough over the next several weeks to recommend him here as a QB2 on your fantasy team.  Yes, Cousins broke out of his “slump” against a hapless Giants team, but even in his “breakout”, he only threw 27 passes.  Unless you think he’ll continue to be madly efficient—like Russell Wilson, you really can’t buy into Week 5 as a big turnaround.  It’s his matchup with the Eagles this week that you should be focused on.  He’s a solid Week 6 streamer.

Gardner Minshew, Jaguars

Minshew threw for 374 yards and two scores against the Panthers—both of them going to D.J. Chark.  His play overall has been revelationary but Nick Foles will probably come back at some point, so there could be a “Cinderella factor” here with Foles’ return representing midnight.  Apart from that, Minshew has shown the mettle to start for you on most weeks as the back half of a QB pairing in Superflex formats, or as a QB2 in singles leagues.  For Week 6, he has a tough matchup at home against the Saints.

Teddy Bridgewater, Saints

He’s good at football.  Bridgewater was done in largely by his teammate’s blunders in his first few games under center.  His own low-risk style was at the forefront for most analysts, who chose to ignore that Brees runs things very similarly.  Of course Brees, a maestro’s maestro, is going to be better at it.  To suggest otherwise would just be silly, but as I said, Bridgewater is good at football, and eventually that will carry the day and help the Saints make the playoffs.  If you are hurting for a QB option, Teddy can help you too, but his Week 6 matchup on the road versus the Jaguars is a middling one.

Kyle Allen, Panthers

He has a nice matchup with Tampa this week, though it is the London game, if you care about that.  You can stream Allen and then cut him next week as the Panthers have their bye, and it sounds as if Cam Newton will return for Week 8.

Andy Dalton, Bengals

I know some folks will be talking about him as an add this week, but I’m looking at other options before I add Dalton, for a few reasons. First, his schedule over the next month is not great. If you are covering for byes in Weeks 11 or 12, then he’s fine, and will have more firepower by then as well.  Two, back to the firepower thing.  I’m not buying this offense as much until Green gets back, which should happen well before we see John Ross.

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

Chase Edmonds, Cardinals

It’s not a good week for plug-and-play running backs but Edmonds gives you a solid shot at Week 6 glory.  However, it’s just that—a shot, because David Johnson’s back could easily rebound with some rest, and that would nullify most of what we expect from Edmonds this week.  If Johnson sits, his backup becomes a sweet play—a borderline RB1.  If Johnson plays, Edmonds is a risky flex option.

Jamaal Williams, Packers

Williams was in the league’s concussion protocol last week, but he is likely to return for Week 6 and he’s been getting plenty of action on most weeks.   

New head man Matt LaFleur seems intent on using two backs rather than turning Aaron Jones into a bell cow.  

Alexander Mattison, Vikings

He is the most important handcuff player in fantasy right now because he’s good and because the Vikings are hugely committed to the ground attack.  So much so that Mattison has some stand-alone flex value.  And, we know how often Dalvin Cook tends to get dinged up.  Mattison needs to be rostered in all formats that roster over 150 players.

Malcolm Brown, Rams

He has less stand-alone value compared to Mattison, but thats just based on a few games.  Brown becomes a monster if anything happens to Gurley.  Keep him rsotered if you can.  Add him if he gets dropped.  In smaller formats, this is less crucial, unless you have Gurley–then I’m still committed.

Rex Burkhead, Patriots

Yes, he’s been dinged up with a sore foot, but he’s also looked very good and the workload has been there when healthy.  I’d be rostering Burkhead in all 12-team leagues if he is out there for some reason.  Granted, while he is available in 73 percent of all Yahoo leagues, he’s probably rostered in 99 percent of New England area leagues.  Still, Rex is worth a look.

Jonathan Hilliman, Giants

He could be a factor on a short week with Saquon Barkley not yet a lock to play and Wayne Gallman in concussion protocol.  He’s nothing special but he could be getting the snaps and carries if the two aforementioned guys are not available.  Hilliman could be a one-week life-raft.

Reggie Bonnafon, Panthers

With news that Christian McCaffrey is dinged up, Bonnafon is the man to go get.

It sounds like CMC is most likely a go for Week 6, but why take chances?  Besides, that looked pretty tasty.  Perhaps we really do have a handcuff of sorts.

Adrian Peterson, Washington

He’s been pretty weak so far, but a matchup against the Dolphins’ run defense is chicken soup for the RB’s soul.  AP is solid add in standard leagues as a Week 6 option.

Benny Snell, Steelers

Mike’s right.  Snell is the guy to roster if you want to protect your Conner investment.  He’s also a decent stash play in deep leagues.  Just understand that Samuels’ eventual return caps Snell’s value to some degree.

Mark Walton, Dolphins

Remember the Kallen Ballage hysteria?  Rotobahn never bought in, so I doubt many of you have Ballage rostered but as I said a few weeks back, Walton is a guy to know about in deeper leagues.

He’s now passed Ballage on the depth chart.  The time to add Walton, if you haven’t already,  is now in deep formats.

Jay Ajayi, Free agent

He’s looking for work and if the Giants were to sign him, he could have value this week.  Maybe not a guy to add tonight, but think about who you’d cut in advance because he could be a flash add this week.

Kareem Hunt, Browns

It’s getting close to the time I’d be adding him as Chubb insurance or maybe as an anti-fragility play if something were to befall Chubb.  You’ll need a spot to work with, so wait for enough of you core to clear their bye weeks, but Hunt’s a  guy to start thinking about at the very least–mostly as Chubb insurance.

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

Jamison Crowder, Jets

Crowder and Robby Anderson (64% owned on Yahoo) have been dumped in too many leagues and you can profit on this.  The Jets, as much of a flaming trash heap as they’ve been, are a good bet for a second half turnaround.  This is due to a few things, but primarily it’s about an easing schedule and the return of Sam Darnold.  Add Crowder in all PPR leagues and add Anderson in all leagues, period.

The 49ers receivers

They’ve been in some strange games and have run over some teams but they’ll settle into more conventional games eventually and Garoppolo will start throwing more.  In Week 5, the Browns just failed to show up at all and Jimmy G threw for only 181 in the blowout.

  • Deebo Samuel
  • Dante Pettis
  • Marquise Goodwin

Ypu can order them how you like, they’re that close in terms of seasonal value, but they will have flex appeal during the bye week crunch.  And, I suspect that, within a month, we’ll have an idea on who to play down the stretch.

The Titans receivers

This is a two-man group but Corey Davis and AJ Brown should be rostered in all 12-team leagues unless we’re talking super short benches.  It’s just a matter of talent.  They are too good for the waiver wire.   As we talked about during drafting season, this offense is going to pep up when Taylor Lewan returns from suspension and also with a more favorable schedule in the second half.  Get ahead of the curve and get them now if you can.

Mohamed Sanu, Falcons

He’s tough to figure.  Sanu is that guy who scores well on my bench but always goes for about 17 yards if I choose to play him.  That being said, when Atlanta’s pass protection breaks down, Sanu’s slot role usually leads to extra targets.  And, the Falcons have not been protecting well.  For the near term, you can use Sanu in medium to large PPR formats.

Diontae Johnson, Steelers

He’s been the WR2 in the Steelers’ scheme since Week 3.  Johnson would be a thing by now but the Steelers have been trying to find their way forward without Ben Roethlisberger, who is gone until 2020.  Johnson is unlikely to lose his job, because he is, in my view, the best receiver they have after Juju Smith-Schuster.  The money question is, can Pittsburgh effectively triage their passing game?  If they can, Johnson is a solid weekly flex option or bye week replacement.

Cole Beasley, Bills

I’ve been blowing this horn for weeks and I’m not going to stop—even after a down week that saw Beasley catch only three balls for 21 yards.  With Zay Jones having been dealt to Oakland, Beasley’s role is completely locked in.  He’s a weekly starter in 12-team PPR leagues.  Don’t be shocked if he continues to get better within this offense.  He’s a great fit for Josh Allen. 

Auden Tate, Bengals

He’s mostly for those of us who play in large formats, but Tate is locked into a larger role with both A.J. Green and John Ross out.  Green could return soon, but Ross will be out another two months, so Tate’s appeal will last throughout the bye weeks.  He’ll catch some balls every week, but his best trait is probably his red zone ability.  He scores touchdowns.

Zay Jones, Raiders

The Bills just shipped him to Oakland and his value gets a bump in my view, for a few reasons.  Gruden’s scheme is a solid fit for Jones, whose skillset is, at its best, reminiscent of Tyler Boyd’s.  The other factor is opportunity.  Jones has been an extra piece in Buffalo this year, but he’s a potential every down player for Oakland.  He should have some flex appeal right out of the box.

DeVante Parker & Preston Williams, Dolphins

Parker is the guy I’d be adding, as I’ve said a few times now. but both of these guys offer similar appeal as they play on a team that not only looks bad, but aims to be trailing in games due to them being in tank-mode.  So you get some free stats, but rarely will you get big games.  Good bye week fill-in fodder.  However, this week only, against a reeling Washington team, they may have some additional ceiling.

Tre’Quan Smith, Saints

He’s been dropped in lots of places and this is a good time to add him.  He should take over for Ginn as soon as he’s fully healthy.  He got his feet wet in Week 5.  The Saints have a very nice second half schedule.

Darius Slayton, Giants

Not much oxygen in NYC for receivers due to Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, but with Sterling likely out this week (concussion), Slayton will have some legit streaming appeal.  He’s a deep ball threat too, so plenty of ceiling.  Golden Tate is 65% owned in Yahoo leagues but if he happens to be avail, he’s a great add for Week 6.

Jakobi Meyers, Patriots

Phillip Dorsett is nursing a hamstring injury and Meyers should be the next man up if the hamstring lingers as they tend to do.  And, complicating matters further is the Patriots short week of prep as they play on Thursday Night against the Daniel Jones-led Giants.  In bigger leagues, Meyers could be a nice flex play, if you are in need of one, and with four teams on their bye this week, you just might.

The Bills receivers

  • Duke Williams
  • Isaiah McKenzie
  • Robert Foster

Based on last week, Williams is the guy to target.  He would balance out the starting trio–giving them a big body to go with Smokey Brown and Cole Beasley.  Obviously we saw some really good things from Foster last year and McKenzie at times, too.  They are on the bye this week, so if you want to add one now, Williams might require a small bid.  The other two should be free stashes.

Byron Pringle, Chiefs

The Chiefs were without Tyreek Hill (shoulder/collarbone) and Sammy Watkins (hamstring) against the Colts, clearing the way for Pringle to breakout for 6/103/1 on a team-leading nine targets. For what it’s worth, Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman saw six targets each. HC Andy Reid said Hill should return to practicing fully ahead of Week 6, but Watkins’ injury will perhaps clear the way for Pringle to play a little bit more. Still, Pringle is a long shot to maintain relevance in the Chiefs crowded pass catching corps and I’m only mentioning him in this space because it is a weak waiver wire week.

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

Chris Herndon, Jets

I won’t waste too much breath here as I have been begging you all to pick up Herndon for weeks.  He will return from his suspension this week and take up a large role in the Jets passing attack.  Add him in all leagues.

Hunter Henry, Chargers

I’m guilty of being a bit asleep at the switch on this one.  I was skeptical when I heard that Henry was trending ahead of schedule with his knee injury.  We still have time to get in a little early here and I’d definitely do that if you need some tight end help, or if you just want to stash a potential trade chip.  Henry should be back either this week or next.  He’s a weekly starter the second he steps on the field.  You can make a strong argument to add him ahead of Herndon.  Herndon is more of a lock for this week and next but Henry should be the more valuable guy for the rest of the season.

Gerald Everett, Rams

Everett has been flashing and certainly deserves a mention here, but a few things keep him from being a great add as a starter.  First, he splits time with Tyler Higbee which limits his ceiling and more importantly, his weekly floor.  The Rams also have three very good receivers to feed plus a guy named Todd Gurley, who tends to be involved as a receiver.  So a steady diet for either of their tight ends feels like a stretch.  I see Everett as a fringe starter, but I feel like we get more with a guy like Herndon.  Rotoworld’s John Daigle likes Everett because his routes run have been rising in recent weeks over and above the increase in snaps.  By the way, if you’re not reading John’s free wire over at Rotoworld, I suggest checking it out.  It’s good work and John’s a good guy, who can hold his whisky.  Also, props to Jimmy Hackett for being on this one too.

Josh Oliver, Jaguars

Oliver, a rookie out of San Jose State is  name many of my readers know from our rookie reports.  I love this kid’s upside for fantasy and he’s finally in day-to-day status as far as a return from his hamstring injury is concerned.  He could play as soon as this week and I think a Week 7 return is a near lock if he fails to play this week.  This kid is a pure offensive tight end with some real dynamic traits.  He COULD be the next Jordan Reed but without the concussions, hopefully.

Jack Doyle, Colts

Doyle is a plug and play guy who could get you a score and who will usually get you a few grabs.  A big game would be an outlier the way they are using him now, but he’s a guy you can use as a bye week fill-in if you are in need.

Noah Fant, Broncos

Joe Flacco throw to his tight ends.  It’s a career long trait, so I like the idea of rostering Fant in deeper leagues.  He’s a nice stash and you can use him if you need to.  The Broncos are going to keep playing the kids.