Week 6 is upon us and so are this week’s waivers. The wire is starting to look bare, you’re ready to throw in the towel, but I’m here to tell you NO!
You came to the right place as I try to get you pieces to put into your depleted lineups. As usual all players are owned in 60% or less of CBS leagues.
Teams on BYE: Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins (42% Owned)
Fitzpatrick put on quite a show against the 49ers as he was able to put up 350 yards and 3 touchdowns. If you need a bye week quarterback, this is your guy as he gets the New York Jets.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (56% Owned)
If Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t available, or you know you might not be able to get him based on your waiver priority or lack of FAAB money, Cousins isn’t a bad consolation. He isn’t going to win you your week, but he’s also not going to lose it. He gets the Atlanta Falcons this week and we already know how quarterbacks do against them. Just look at what Teddy Bridgewater, Aaron Rodgers and everyone else up through the first five weeks have done.
Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas Cowboys (4% Owned)
Dak Prescott is out for the season with a dislocated ankle and compound fracture. If you saw the play, you saw it snap. I called it right then and there that his season was over and what we found out Monday is that he is out 4-6 months. Hard hit to the Cowboys’ offense. It’s hard to tell whether or not the Cowboys’ offense will be able to match the production they had with Prescott, but Andy Dalton is someone I would for sure target in 2QB and superflex leagues.
Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (49% Owned)
Here is a sneaky add for you, especially if you’re a QB-needy team or are just not happy with your quarterback in general. Derek Carr has a bye this week, so he probably won’t be added in the majority of leagues, but if you have a spot to fill and need a QB for the foreseeable future, pick up Carr. He’s having a QB1 season as he’s scored 20+ fantasy points over the last four weeks. He has a tough matchup against the Buccaneers in week 7, but has a fantastic schedule from weeks 8 through 13.
Check to see if available: Teddy Bridgewater (83% Owned), Justin Herbert (86% Owned).
Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (72% Owned)
Dalvin Cook left in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night’s game with a groin injury. I have not heard the extent of the injury, but if he’s out this week and beyond, Alexander Mattison is a MUST-ADD in all leagues. This offense is a run-based offense, so plug and play Mattison if Cook is out for the foreseeable future. This could be like how Mike Davis is for Christian McCaffrey.
Check to see if still available: Justin Jackson (66% Owned), Chase Edmonds (81% Owned), D’Ernest Johnson (83% Owned), Damien Harris (89% Owned) Lamical Perine (3% Owned; Le’Veon Bell released) J.D. McKissic (19% Owned; PPR add)
Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (39% Owned)
When a player scores four touchdowns in a game, you must pay attention to it. A name that was a bit lost among the other top rookie WR’s, most of us didn’t see this coming from Chase Claypool. He caught 7 of 11 targets for 110 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns to go along with 3 rushes for 6 yards and another score. He was all over the field Sunday and Ben just had his number. With Diontae Johnson going out again with an injury, and JuJu Smith-Schuster getting over shadowed by the rookie by more than double the targets, he is the top add this week for me.
Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (1% Owned)
The 1% ownership had a 0% start so very few people were picking up Fulgham last week after he caught 2 of 3 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown. Sunday though, all you heard was Fulgham’s name, 13 times, as he finished with 10 catches for 152 yards and another touchdown. Carson Wentz was looking for him often when the majority of us (including myself) was hoping it was Zach Ertz making those catches. I call this a “speculative add” because Alshon Jeffery (39% owned) and DeSean Jackson (40% owned) are coming back soon so I am not sure where Fulgham will sit in the pecking order when everyone is on the field. So fuck it, Fulgham (Bad PG-13 dad joke).
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Chicago Bears (15% Owned)
This is going deep, but could also help out someone who is depleted even worse than others at the wide receiver position, with someone who can play…. running back. With Tarik Cohen going down with a torn ACL, we saw Patterson get 3 carries for 7 mediocre yards, but was also available in the passing game catching all 3 of his targets for 38 yards. The Chicago Bears have very little behind David Montgomery other than Patterson, so why not have a little fun and see what happens? The Bears don’t have a bye until week 11 (at the moment) so there’s plenty of time to see what they have in Patterson and determine if he can develop into something fantasy worthy.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (41% Owned)
Coming into week 3 of the fantasy season, Keelan Cole was the target and reception leader for the Jaguars. He also scored a touchdown in each of the first 2 games, looking like Gardner Minshew’s top target. Week 3 and 4 he was held under 50 yards and had no touchdowns. This last week, yes he had only 25 yards, but he did find the end zone. D.J. Chark left late in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury, and if he’s out week 6, I wouldn’t be scared to fire up Cole against the Detroit Lions.
Check to see if still available: Brandin Cooks (69% Owned), Mecole Hardman (66% Owned), Laviska Shenault Jr (78% Owned) Christian Kirk (48% Owned)
Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns (58% Owned)
With his target numbers going up the last two weeks, Hooper is starting to get my attention. His targets since week one have been 2>4>4>4>7>10. Throughout training camp we heard that Hooper and Baker Mayfield were having good chemistry. It’s unfortunate that it took a quarter of the season to get the connection to click, but with no preseason, we can pretty much say weeks 1-4 were the preseason and week 5 was the “true” week 1. I know it’s a lame excuse, but sometimes, even the majority of the time, it takes a while for a QB to build a rapport with his tight end.
Check to see if still available: Robert Tonyan (87% Owned), T.J. Hockenson (82% Owned), Jimmy Graham (61% Owned), Cameron Brate (12% Owned)