Wow, week 6 is upon us already! Time flies. We’ve had a little shakeup on the Waiver wire team here, and I’d like to welcome @ to the team. This week and every week going forward we’ll bring you several recommendations for players you should look to add to your fantasy squad. We’ll mainly be targeting lower-owned guys who should be available in all but the deepest leagues. Although we’ll be primarily focusing on guys who can help you this week and the rest of this season, as we are primarily a dynasty site, on occasion we will mention guys that you should consider stashing as long-term dynasty options as well.
Good luck on your waiver claims and good luck the rest of the season. Hopefully, some of these players can not only lead you to a win this week but a championship and the end of the season! Be sure to check out all of our in-season content right here.
John D. Recommends:
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets (17% ownership on Yahoo)
I’ll keep this short and sweet. Matt Forte was already injured and old. Bilal Powell strained his calf last week. McGuire is now the likely starter and with injuries and bye weeks piling up, it’s not easy to find starting running backs, and there ya go.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers (7% owned)
I’ve been a big fan of Breida since well before the combine and as a metric freak, I was hoping to see him get a chance on the field which he finally did last week. He got more carries and targets than Carlos Hyde and he was more productive. I don’t think he’s being handed the job at this point, but I also don’t think Hyde can/will stay healthy and the Niners clearly trust Breida.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns (7% owned)
If you look at Njoku’s game log, you’ll see he isn’t heavily involved, but he is a big body and a weapon in the red zone and the Browns are using him like it. He’s not being heavily targeted, but he has managed 3 scores in 5 games and is coming off of his best game as a pro with a 3 catch, 48 yards, 1 touchdown performance. Tight ends are hard to come by at this point in the season and the byes aren’t doing you any favors either.
Travis Rudolph, WR, New York Giants (0% owned)
So in case you missed it, the Giants wide receiver corps was absolutely decimated by injuries last week. They just need bodies at this point. Additionally, they are arguably the worst team in football so they’ll be trailing often and will be throwing the ball a ton- a fact that is compounded by a staggeringly awful run game. Lot’s of people will be targeting Roger Lewis, but if you want a piece of this passing attack and want to save some FAAB, Rudolph is my bet for $1.
Kevin Hogan, QB, Cleveland Browns (0% ownership on Yahoo)
Hogan came off the pine in the 2nd half Sunday and ended the week(Monday night still pending) as a top 30 scorer this week in PPR(4 points for thrown TDs scoring) after DeShone Kizer was benched. Hogan was able to throw for 2 touchdowns and went 16 for 19 and 194 yards on Sunday, pitching in 30 rushing yards. In week 7 last year Hogan rushed for over 100 yards on 7 carries, so he’s clearly a running threat. Kizer has already had to come out of one game early due to migraines, now he’s been pulled for poor performance.
Though Hue Jackson was non-committal on Monday as to who the starter would be going forward there’s a 100% chance that Kizer is going to be pulled again even if he’s named the starter. Kizer hasn’t improved on any of the deficiencies he had in college. He holds the ball too long, won’t/can’t throw a receiver open, is inaccurate and turns the ball over. Hogan is cheap stash in 1 QB leagues and a must add in Superflex and 2QB leagues.
Ricardo Louis, WR, Cleveland Browns (1% owned)
Another week another Browns receiver. With Kenny Britt unable to go this weekend Louis stepped to lead the Browns with 5 receptions for 71 yards. Good enough for 12.1 points in PPR leagues. This comes on the heels of his 5 catch performance for 64 yards the week prior. Louis has now seen 17 targets over the last 2 weeks. Interesting stat I heard while listening to the @TheAudible podcast last night, the Browns hadn’t led in any game at any point this season until Sunday’s game against the Jets. They promptly lost said lead, because of course of they did. The Brown’s will need to throw a lot.
With Britt looking disinterested and Hue Jackson looking for any reason not to play him Louis may slot in as the teams lead receiver until Corey Coleman returns. The QB situation is ungood, with DeShone Kizer being benched at halftime and Kevin Hogan taking over, but a lead WR on an offense that has to throw a ton is almost always a viable fantasy option.
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears (15% owned)
The Mitchell Trubisky era is upon us it’s time to revisit Kendall Wright. Through 17 minutes of Monday night action, Wright has been targeted 3 times and has converted all three targets into 33 yards. Wright has scored: 6.4, 13.90, 0, 15.10 fantasy points in the first 4 weeks. Outside of the 0 against Pittsburgh in week 3 Wright has been a reliable low-end flex play. With Trubisky under center, I expect Wright’s production to only increase.
Nick O’Leary, TE, Buffalo Bills (0%)
Entering Week 5’s action Charles Clay was the 9th highest targeted Tight end in the league and 4th in PPR scoring with 13.2 points per game. Clay went down Sunday with a knee and will miss multiple weeks after having it scoped on Monday. Jordan Matthews is out for at least several more weeks after having thumb surgery and Zay Jones is atrocious. Jones has turned his 23 targets into 5 receptions(an impressively terrible 21% catch rate) for 66 yards and 0 touchdowns. Working under the assumption the Bill’s have to throw to someone I’ll tab that somebody to be O’Leary.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) October 9, 2017
Roger Lewis, WR, New York Giants (.1% ownership on Yahoo)
OBJ and Dwayne Harris are both done for the season. Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard could also miss time, which opens a door for Roger Lewis. Let’s first admit, this offense is NOT good. But opportunity is opportunity. Lewis is a 6’ 190-pound receiver who has shown some flashes before, but nothing to really write home about. Let me caveat this add as a long-term pickup with a nasty upcoming schedule for the G-Men (Denver and Seattle before their bye).
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (3% owned)
JuJu had a solid game vs one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Jaguars. JuJu hauled in 4 of 6 targets for 58 yards and finished as the Steelers second-leading receiver behind Brown. Over the past 4 games (JuJu did not play week 1) he is averaging 10 points in PPR leagues. Not too shabby. Also, playing mainly the slot could pay dividends as Roethlisberger starts to really look weathered in addition to the ongoing struggles of Martavis Bryant.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers (2.5% owned)
Goodwin went from passing the concussion protocol to packing the stat sheet with a 5/116 on 11 targets line in the 49ers loss to the Colts. The Colts do have a bad pass defense, however, it’s good to see Goodwin take advantage. Marquise is 2nd on the 49ers in receiving yards and 2nd in targets and although his stature isn’t intimidating at 5’9”, in deep leagues, he could be useful in bye weeks, especially in week 6 vs the Redskins who are without Josh Norman.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants (3% ownership on Yahoo)
It’s no secret that the New York Giants are among the worst teams in football this season, as their 0-5 record clearly exemplifies. However, things got worse for the Giants on Sunday as FOUR wide receivers were injured, including fantasy stud Odell Beckham Jr.
With the passing game even more depleted, the G-men should look to focus more-so on their ground attack in coming weeks as their WR corps returns to full health. While Paul Perkins was ruled out this past week against the Chargers, it hasn’t taken long for the Giants to move on as Wayne Gallman looks to slide into the feature back role. Still, Orleans Darkwa presents value.
Around this time last year, Darkwa saw his most productive weeks of the 2016 season. It’s very likely he becomes more of a focal point in that offense and I can see the Giants rolling with the hot hand on a week-to-week basis. Darkwa finished week 5 with 14.2 fantasy points on 8 carries for 69 yards and a score en route to outscoring Gallman.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (2% owned)
I’ll be honest with this one, Austin Ekeler wasn’t even a guy I knew before he scored his first career TD last week. Thus, I looked into him a little bit. Hailing from Western State Colorado, Ekeler is a small, compact power runner with some shake in the open field.
With Branden Oliver out this past week, Ekeler carried the ball four times netting zero yards. However, he hauled in three catches bringing his total to five in the past two weeks. While he may not be the most appealing, Ekeler could be worth a stash in dynasty leagues in hopes that he overtakes the backup role to Melvin Gordon within the next couple seasons.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (9% owned)
This one is more geared towards my redraft guys because Marlon Mack has to be owned in every dynasty league, right? I wasn’t too high on Mack coming out of USF, however, I saw the appeal with him. A shifty runner who could change gears at the drop of a hat. That running style could sometimes serve as a double-edged sword for Mack though, who often times loses more yards than he gains.
For fantasy purposes, Mack is a must add this week following his best game through the early season. This past week Mack rushed for 91 yards on only nine carries including a score. He has also been efficient as a receiver this year as well. As the Colts lose more games as the season goes on, Mack’s workload will only expand as they look to get their youth more snaps. Give it a few more weeks, and Mack can serve as a matchup-based FLEX play, but his production will be hit or miss.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (31% owned)
After an explosive 20+ fantasy point performance to open the season, Nelson Agholor promptly came back down to earth in the following weeks. However, in week 5, he notched his third TD grab of the season after a four catch, 93-yard performance against the Cardinals.
Carson Wentz has made major strides already through this young season, and the Eagles passing attack looks its best since the prime McNabb days. Surprisingly, Agholor currently leads the team in TDs and yards per catch. At this point, I think it’s safe to say he’s a matchup-based FLEX play. If you need WR depth, take a flier on the former 1st round pick.
Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10% owned)
Throughout the offseason, many were quick to swarm towards DeSean Jackson after he joined Tampa Bay’s garnished passing attack. While he has been productive thus far, the guy no one talked about was the ever-reliable Adam Humphries.
So far on the season, Humphries is 2nd on the team in catches, ahead of both Jackson and Cameron Brate. Going back to last year, he caught 55 passes and was 2nd on the team in receiving yards. Humphries is almost guaranteed a good chunk of the production share out of that WR corps. As steady as they come, Humphries is averaging double-digit fantasy points through the past three weeks. If you want at least 7-8 points out of your FLEX each week, Humphries is a solid pickup.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out our IDP waiver wire article to come later.