It was an interesting week for fantasy football. First, we see Russell Wilson go down as he now expects to miss 4-8 weeks. Sunday afternoon we see Saquon Barkley go down with a foot sprain and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
So what’s new? Well, if you had any one of your players go down and looking for a fill-in, you have come to the right place.
All my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned in 60% or less of leagues.
Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington Football Team (36% Owned)
We shouldn’t have been surprised with the performance Heinicke put up against a good Saints’ defense. Yeah, he was finally held without a touchdown, but he was still able to throw for 248 yards and add another 40 on the ground. If you’re unable to get Trevor Lawrence to replace Russell Wilson, I would look to add Heinicke and start him against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (35% Owned)
Teddy Bridgewater started the season off pretty good with two games over 25 fantasy points but then put up less than 20 points combined in weeks three and four. Week 5 we were able to see the quarterback that we saw the first two weeks and what better way to go into week 6 with a matchup against the Raiders.
Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks (0% Owned)
With Wilson being out for the next 4-8 weeks, it is now Geno Smith’s team. I wouldn’t look to add him outside of the deepest leagues or those that are in 2QB/superflex leagues.
Check to see if available: Trevor Lawrence (64%)
Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears (49% Owned)
We all thought it was going to be Damien Williams’ backfield with a sprinkle of Herbert. It ended up being more of a 50/50 split with Herbert getting 18 carries to Williams’ 16. Williams is the better add, where available, but I would still get Herbert as insurance.
Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (38% Owned)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire went down early in the third quarter Sunday night with a knee injury. He was able to limp to the x-ray room under his own power, but he was doing it in a lot of pain. It’s a sprained MCL and the word as of this writing is that CEH will be out a “few weeks”. You’re going to want to add Williams as he looked pretty good in both the running and receiving game.
Rhamondre Stephenson, RB, New England Patriots (21% Owned)
With the chest and rib injury along with the goal line fumble, Damien Harris could be out with an injury, or put in the doghouse for the fumble. We know what happened to Stephenson when he fumbled back in week 1. We didn’t see him again until this last week. Week 6 could have increased opportunities for Stephenson, even though he didn’t do much on the ground, and nothing in the receiving game in Week 5.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (16% Owned)
As of this writing (during the Monday Night game) Marlon Mack already has 47 rushing yards and a reception for seven yards. It may not look like much, but he looks good. He is on the trade block and could be a nice sneaky stash to your bench in case that trade does go down.
Devontae Booker, RB, New York Giants (10% Owned)
Uhhhh….. I was so high on Saquon Barkley all offseason and simply writing this pains me. The good news is that Barkley’s injury is not season ending. Bad news: it’s week-to-week. Booker could be a one-week replacement to something as much as a four-week replacement. Hopefully sooner than later, but Booker was the top back once Barkley went down rushing 16 times for 42 yards and a touchdown along with three catches for 16 yards and another touchdown. New York takes on the Rams and Panthers next.
Marquez Calloway, WR, New Orleans Saints (49% Owned)
The preseason breakout star finally showed up in week 5. Of course by now most of us had already given up on him and he was on the majority of waiver wires. If you were like me and picked him up yesterday as a desperation start, congratulations on the luck! Finally, though, Calloway looked and performed like a WR1 for the Saints catching 4-of-8 targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns. This is a tough add as the Saints are on bye in week 6 and Michael Thomas could be back. It could be what the Saints need though as there are no wide receivers there to help out Jameis Winston. Hopefully Calloway can help this team going forward.
Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants (19% Owned)
We got to see a true breakout from the first-round wide receiver and he filled in well once Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay were knocked out of the game. Serving as the Giants #1 option, Toney exploded for 10 receptions for 189 yards. I wasn’t expecting this from the rookie after just one very productive season at Florida. He’s looking to stay and should be added in all leagues and is my top add for week 6.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (39% Owned)
The New York Giants are literally running out of offensive weapons. Engram is a hail-mary, hope for a touchdown play in week 6. Getting the LA Rams is a challenge, but I think the Giants should be passing more, so why not Engram at this point?
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns (5% Owned)
Week 1 we saw David Njoku have three catches for 76 yards. Week 5 we saw him catching all seven of his targets for 149 yards and a touchdown. It’s hard to trust Njoku for how shaky his career has been, but like all other tight ends, we are just hoping for a touchdown, especially if you lost George Kittle or have Kyle Pitts on bye.
Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (5% Owned)
With D.J. Chark going onto IR we were trying to figure out what wide receiver would be the one who really stepped up. Little did we know it would be Dan Arnold stepping up to catch 6-of-8 targets for 64 yards. Jacksonville gets Miami in week 6, and if you missed out on any tight end, go with Arnold and hope for that touchdown!
Check to see if available: Zach Ertz (68%)
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