A weird Week 5 comes to a close, and the waiver wire is pretty bare. Regardless, we’re here to give you and your fantasy team some names to help you fill in for bye weeks or injuries. This week the Saints and Lions go on bye, so… well, there aren’t many IDP guys you need to replace besides Cameron Jordan. Each week I’ll give you one player from each position to pick up for your squads and some bonus players if you need multiple options. Here are my top waiver adds for Week 6.
DT – Jarran Reed, Seattle Seahawks
Reed was an honorable mention last week and had a nice floor week again in week 5. Three solo tackles and three assists make for a nice solid week from your DT position. Besides Week 2, Reed has had a minimum of 3 tackles a week. If Reed is available on your wire, he is a steady producer that has been playing between 80-90% of snaps outside of Week 2 and should continue to play with the lack of depth up front for the Seahawks. Some other options at DT include: Rodney Gunter (if Nkemdiche is out; Week 5: 2 solos, 3 assists, 1 forced fumble, and a pass defended); Darius Philon (Week 5: 1 solo, 1 assist, and 1 sack); and check your waiver wire for steady producers if you need another DT beyond this. There isn’t much left.
DE – Stephen Weatherly, Minnesota Vikings
Everson Griffen is OUT indefinitely while attending to his mental health issues. His replacement Weatherly has filled in admirably for Griffen with 2 sacks and 9 solo tackles. The Rams game was a goose egg for Weatherly, but games against the Cardinals and Jets ahead should bode well as they plan against stopping Danielle Hunter. As I’ve said in weeks past, this position is lacking in depth as you have the studs and everybody else that you’d be lucky to get a tackle or two and a sack.
Another add in shallower leagues would be Leonard Williams. He has 3 sacks in the last two games, but in most dynasty and deeper leagues he is already rostered, but worth a check. Other notables: Jerry Hughes (Week 5: 4 solos, a forced fumble and a sack (3 this season); Chris Jones (Week 5: 1 solo, 1 INT, 1 pass defended, and a touchdown; Could be suspended for punching player on the ground); and Derek Wolfe (Week 5: 2 solos, 1 assist, 1 INT, a half sack and 2 passes defended)
LB – Jerome Baker, Miami Dolphins
Many thought that Raekwon McMillian would be producing like Baker this season, but Jerome has solidified himself as the young LB you want beside Kiko Alonso. Baker has been producing no less than 6 solos the last three weeks and had 2 sacks in Week 5 to help add to his day. These were his first of the season, but this rookie has been impressive.
A bonus name that should be picked up and owned is Jayon Brown. He had a nice game filling in for Wesley Woodyard and could have a bigger role when Woodyard comes back given that he has played well when given an opportunity. For now, he is a must-start, and a wait and see when Woodyard comes back. Other notables: Haasan Reddick (Week 5: 8 solos, a forced fumble, a sack and 2 passes defended) and Josh Bynes (Week 5: 9 solos, 2 assists, 1 sack, 1 pass defended and a fumble recovery for a touchdown).
CB – Taron Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Johnson gets an opportunity to play opposite of shut-down corner, Tre’Davious White. That means that smart QBs will be throwing Johnson’s way and avoiding White. Taron made the most of his opportunity on Sunday with his first interception. He has at least 4 tackles in his last three games and gets the Texans and Colts coming up, two teams who have been throwing a ton. Corners can be very useful, and streaming corners can be a very good method, so don’t be afraid to cycle through these guys because Tre’Davious White was a wonderful IDP play last season, but becoming more of a shutdown guy has limited his IDP value. Other notables: Morris Claiborne (Week 5: 5 solos, 1 assist, and 4 passes defended) and Orlando Scandrick (Week 5: 3 solos, an INT, and 4 passes defended)
S – Tedric Thompson, Seattle Seahawks
If you’re still looking for safety help and my previous mentions aren’t available, Tedric Thompson could be a nice bye week fill in. In his first full game playing in place of Earl Thomas, Thompson racked up 6 solos, an assist, an INT, and a pass defended. He and Bradley McDougald have large shoes to fill on the back end of the Seattle secondary, but they brought some impressive hard hitting tough play on Sunday. My other notables are the past guys I’ve recommended: Tre Boston, Matthias Fairley, and/or Damontae Kazee.
These are my top waiver options for Week 6 of the NFL season. Come back next Tuesday for more waiver gems! You can follow me @seahawksdan8 and catch me on the IDP Edge Crushers every week for some IDP goodness!