The Waiver Wire – Week 6
WE surrender! Please, for the love of god no more injuries!
As if week 4 wasn’t brutal enough with the losses of Dalvin Cook & Chris Carson for the year and countless other top players Marcus Mariota & David Carr to name a few who couldn’t suit up, week 5 looked at that and said hold my beer! Another colossal injury week and this time Odell Beckham Jr. was the biggest name to go down. OBJ is done for the year after a brutal hit on his already injured left ankle. That means OBJ owners are going to be rushing to the waiver wire this week in hopes to help fill that gap in production. Also, in that same game, the Giants lost Dwayne Harris and Brandon Marshall for the year, and Sterling Shepard with a minor ankle sprain. Around the NFL we lost Chris Conley for the year, Charles Clay and Tyler Boyd for multiple weeks and players who were unable to return to action in week 5 DeVante Parker, Terrance West, Bilal Powell, and Travis Kelce. To add Matthew Stafford suffered a high ankle sprain but was able to finish out the game but was moving around with a noticeable limp and Stefon Diggs missed a large chunk of the 2nd half of Monday nights game due to a groin injury but was able to return in a limited role.
You mix all of those players who I mentioned above with the loss of players from Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati, and Seattle to the bye week and fantasy owners are in code red crisis mode! I want to say the waiver wire may never be more important to your fantasy team then it will be this week but with the way this season has gone, week 6 might just be able to top it. And that is not a good thing.
Let’s not waste any more time and dive right into this week’s top waiver adds!
As a disclaimer, all players must be owned in less than 60% of ESPN or Yahoo leagues. Ownership percentages are in parenthesizes. Below I have ranked the top 3 adds at each position with a bonus player or two sprinkled in throughout.
Carson Palmer (ESPN 54% / Yahoo 65%) – Arizona is not good and they have no running game to speak of. This means they are asking Palmer to shoulder the load literally! Palmer is throwing the ball more then anyone in the NFL and the reason he is week 6’s top streaming option is he is facing a Tampa Bay secondary who is giving up over 315 yards per game! Palmer has his best shot before the Cardinals week 8 bye to be a QB1.
Trevor Siemian (ESPN 27% / Yahoo 30%) – TS is coming off the bye and gets a beautiful home matchup against the decimated GMEN! The Denver defense might turn Eli over 71 times and it should make for easy scoring opportunities. Siemian once posted back to back QB1 weeks. I think he posts his third Sunday night. The Giants have given up back to back QB1 performances to Winston & Rivers and did I mention the Giants are awful? Denver wins big!
Jacoby Brissett (ESPN 15% / Yahoo 12%) – The Briscot keeps delivering! Jacoby Bissett just posted his 2nd QB1 performance of the season and heads into Tennessee for a Monday night showdown against one of the leagues worst passing defenses in the league. The Titans are giving up over 28 points a game and allowed 30+ fantasy points to Russell Wilson & Deshaun Watson before Jay Cutler did Jay Cutler things and posted a 6.48! I love Brissett on the road on the big stage in what could be a shootout! Fingers crossed Mariota can play.
Aaron Jones (ESPN 65% / Yahoo 57%) – He was last weeks bonus pick up of the week and he turned that opportunity into the 3rd highest scoring performance of the week at the RB position! It pains me to see Jones succeed as an owner who is so heavily invested in TY Montgomery. I feel it his points he is stealing but until he is back from injury which may be a few weeks, Jones is the clear lead RB in Green Bay. Minnesota is going to be a real test for the rookie but you won’t find a better option on the waiver wire than Mr. Jones this week.
Jerick McKinnon (ESPN 29% / Yahoo 26%) – I said it last week that I preferred McKinnon over Murray as the RB to own in Minnesota and he showed why on a beautiful 58-yard touchdown run late in the 3rd quarter. McKinnon has the burst and lateral quickness to be a home run threat every time he touches the ball. Get McKinnon now because it’s only a matter of time until he is the lead RB for the Vikings.
Javorius “Buck” Allen (ESPN 61% / Yahoo 58%) – Buck Allen is back and it feels sooo good!! The Buck was lose on Sunday after Terrance West left the game with an injury and he didn’t disappoint. 21 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground proved Allen can handle the workload of a lead back and be productive. Baltimore is back home against a bad Bears team who can be had on the ground. Look for Allen to continue to lead the team in snaps and carries especially if West is going to miss any amount of time.
Bonus: Elijah McGuire (ESPN 14% / Yahoo 17%) – McGuire is looking to be in line for a bigger workload if both Powell and Forte can’t dress Sunday against the Patriots. McGuire showed back in week 4 he had the burst and quickness especially on his 69-yard touchdown to play in the NFL. He is going to be given a bigger workload against the Patriots this week. The Pats are notoriously good against the run but if McGuire can succeed on Sunday it might be his backfield to lose moving forward.
Double Bonus: Matt Breida (ESPN 7% / Yahoo 7%) – Brieda has been slowly seeing his snap share creep up since week 2 and this week saw a larger snap share then the 49ers starter Carlos Hyde (35 to 33). It looks like on a bad team Shanahan is looking to see what he has on his roster and came out and said they are going to use a hot hand approach moving forward at RB. I think you can get Breida as a free agent and if you have deep enough benches he is a good player to stash to wait and see. With games against Was, Dal, Phi, Ari, & NYG Breida has a nice stretch in front of him.
Triple Bonus: Marlon Mack (ESPN 3% / Yahoo 9%) – You know how much I love Marlon Mack and in his first game from injury Mack once again popped in helping the Colts beat the 49ers in overtime. Mack had a great game 9/91/1 and looks to have played himself into a big role. With the Titans up next and the news that Andrew Luck is a few weeks away from starting, all things are pointing up for the Colts offense and Mack might be a major focal point in the coming weeks.
John Brown (ESPN 41% / Yahoo 37%), Jaron Brown (ESPN 24% / Yahoo 48%), & J.J. Nelson (ESPN 35% / Yahoo 33%) – I put the entire Cardinals passing attack not named Larry Fitzgerald here because they are all a great play this weekend against Tampa Bay at home. Tampa is giving up the 2nd most passing yards per game over their last 3 games (315.3) & Carson Palmer is throwing the ball over 40 times a game over the past 3 weeks and each WR listed had over 6 targets in week 5. I think John Brwon when healthy is the top WR to own in this bunch, then Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson. Grab who you can to help in week 6 because I think they all have a shot at scoring this week but I would go in that order.
Mike Williams (ESPN 7% / Yahoo 8%) – Mike Williams finally should see the field Sunday for the Chargers. The talented rookie is looking to make his season debut on the road vs Oakland. The same Oakland Raiders who made Mike Wallace and the Ravens passing game look good. I am a fan of Mike Williams and he has the skill set to be a big-time receiver in the NFL. He is a definitely someone you should be targeting this week to help boost your WR core as Oakland is allowing 244.3 yards per game over their last 3 contests and 24.3 points per game over that same amount of time.
Jermaine Kearse (ESPN 40% / Yahoo 32%) – Again, linking yourself to players on bad teams is not a tactic I want to promote but Kearse faces a favorable matchup this week and has done well against the Patriots in the past when he has faced them with the Seattle Seahawks. The yardage numbers are just not there but he has found the end zone 3 times this season and the Jets are looking for a statement win at home on Sunday. I think Kearse has a safe floor in week 6 and as good a shot as anyone on the Jets to find the end zone.
Bonus: Nelson Agholor (ESPN 19% / Yahoo 31%) – Welcome back to the list! This is Agholor’s second time on the list and rightfully so. Agholor has 3 touchdowns on the season and has had over 50 yards receiving in each of his last two games. As the 3rd option in the Eagles passing game, Agholor isn’t an every week starter but the Eagles passing game which has the 13th most passing attempts per game (34.5) and 10th highest per game average (38.7) when on the road make even their 3rd passing option fantasy viable. In week 6 the Eagles are on the road in Carolina on Thursday night. Again, Agholor is a risky play with 5 or fewer targets in his last 4 games.
Ed Dickson (ESPN 8% / Yahoo 6%) – The team names if you acquire him are endless! Shoot me your best one @tffgurus on Twitter! Since Olsen went out both Funchess (too high of ownership to make the list) and Dickson have seen a spike in snap share and targets. Dickson had a coming out party in Detroit racking up 175 yards on 5 catches! That was good enough for the top TE spot in all of the fantasy football land in week 5! At home against Philly who has been better against TE as of late but still gave up a touchdown to Hunter Henry just back in week 4. I like the Panthers offense to keep clicking in week 6 and Dickson is a great streaming option for Clay, Graham, Kroft / Eifert, or Witten owners.
George Kittle (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 1%) – Kerry Kittles younger brother George came to play Sunday and finally had the breakout game dynasty owners had been waiting for. Now it’s time for the redraft community to reap the benefits of one of the best young TEs in the NFL. Kittle possessess great athleticism with an 88th percentile SPARQ-x score and a 94th percentile height/weight adjusted speed score. Prior to the bye, Washington had been gashed by TEs and had given up 2 touchdowns in back to back weeks and allowed Travis Kelce to post 111 yards on 7 catches. Kittle is a deep league stash but I think his 9 targets for 7/83/1 is not a fluke and something we will see again this season.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ESPN 36% / Yahoo 28%) – ASJ was not as dominant as I thought he would be going into a game against the Cleveland Browns but like I predicted last week he was able to find the end zone making it 5 touchdowns by Tight Ends vs the Browns. ASJ has another nice matchup as New England who is giving up the 5th most points to tight ends this year and has allowed 4 touchdowns in 5 weeks. ASJ is yet again as good a streaming option as you can find on the waiver wire.
Bonus: Ryan Griffin (ESPN 4% / Yahoo 6%) – Lucky Ryan Griffin gets the Cleveland Brown next and you know what that means…..TOUCHDOWN dance party for Ryan Griffin!! Watson is balling right now and has posted back to back to back 260+ yard passing & multi-touchdown performances! Attach yourself to this offense until the flame burns out and oh ya because the Texans are playing the Browns!
Defenses to Stream
Atlanta Falcons (ESPN 12% / Yahoo 22%) vs Mia
Washington Redskins (ESPN 5% / Yahoo 7%) vs SF
New England Patriots (ESPN 50% / Yahoo 56%) vs NYJ
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN 10% / Yahoo 12%) vs Ari
Tennessee Titans (ESPN 16% / Yahoo 13%) vs Ind
Kickers to Stream
Harrison Butker (ESPN 10%/ Yahoo 10%) vs Pit
Dustin Hopkins (ESPN 27% / Yahoo 10%) vs SF
Will Lutz (ESPN 25% / Yahoo 24%) vs Det
Ryan Succop (ESPN 61% / Yahoo 49%) vs Ind
Brandon McManus (ESPN 5% / Yahoo 25%) vs NYG
That will do it for Week 6 of The Waiver Wire. Do you need EVEN more fantasy advice? You can find us on Twitter @TFFGurus or feel free to email us at TrophyTime@TFFGurus.com. I will see you all next Tuesday for another edition of The Waiver Wire. Best of luck this week and remember championships are won on the waiver wire!