Fantasy Football – Week 6 Waiver Wire – Redraft

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Say it ain’t so?! This week, in the fantasy football world, many a team cried out when yet another star fell to injury in this strange season. To the waiver wire we go, to see if we can find that help our teams on to victory.

On bye: Cowboys, Raiders, Rams, Bucs

Coming off bye : Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets

All players focused on here are owned in less than 50% of all NFL.com leagues and could be available in your redraft leagues. Ownership % shown in parentheses.

Quarterback

  1. Sam Bradford (32.3%) – Wk 5 (32-45, 333 yds, 2 TDs, 1 Int) – Bradford has now put together two good weeks and could be turning the corner. With the Giants up next, Bradford should continue on this trend as the Giants are giving up the most yards through the air this season.
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick (2.9%)Wk 4 (16-29, 218 yds, 1 TDs, 1 Int)The Jets are coming off a bye and are squaring off against a Dolphins team that has a new head coach as well as a new defensive coordinator. Fitzmagic will still be a game manager as the Jets will rely on Ivory and the ground game so a stat line similar to week 4 should be expected.
  3. Blake Bortles (10.4%) – Wk 5 (23-33, 303 yds, 4 TDs, 1 Int) – Bortles suffered a shoulder sprain in the loss against the Bucs and is day to day so this will need to be monitored. The Texans come to town next week and Bortles should continue to put up decent streamer stats.
  4. Brian Hoyer (0.4%) – Wk 5 (24-31, 312 yds, 2 TDs, 1 Int)Mallett is officially done and not a moment too soon. Hoyer came in and actually gave the Texans a chance to compete against the Luck-less Colts. Coach Bill O’Brien has flip flopped all year with quarterbacks but the job could be Hoyer’s for a while.
  5. Josh McCown (1.2%) – Wk 5 (36-51, 457 yds, 2 TDs) – McCown has strung together three games with the emergence of Barnidge in the passing game. He did get his ankle rolled up on in the game but finished the game and doesn’t appear to be missing next week. Up next is a Denver defense that is 5th best in the league in passer rating (70.9) so temper expectations.

Running Back

  1. Charcandrick West (0.1%)Wk 5 (7 carries, 31 yds, 1 rec, 5 yds) Jamaal Charles is gone for the year with a torn ACL and a big void is left in Chiefs land. Andy Reid has said that the workload will be split between West and Davis going forward but West will get first crack at the job.
  2. Knile Davis (15%) – Wk 5 (2 carries, 2 yds) see above with West
  3. Duke Johnson (45.8%)Wk 5 (9 carries, 22 yds, 6 rec, 55 yds) Duke is now being used as the passing back and is excelling in that role. Crowell continues to dominate in the running game for touches (13-9) but Johnson out targeted him in the passing game (2-8). With the Browns playing from behind, Johnson will excel with his receiving game chops and is a great PPR value going forward.
  4. Chris Thompson (1.9%) – Wk 5 (3 carries, 15 yds, 6 rec, 33 yds) – Thompson has strung together three good games and should have a role going forward as the passing game back. Though the duo of Morris and Jones are dominating the ground game touches, Thompson has claimed his stake in the passing game acting as the security blanket for Cousins. Watch Matt Jones’ injury this week (toe) and if he doesn’t play, that will lead to a bigger role for Thompson.
  5. Theo Riddick (1.0%) – Wk 5 (10 rec, 53 yds, 1 TDs) – With Abdullah fumbling away his role and the game out of hand, Riddick made his mark in the passing game. With the Lions playing bad this season, Riddick is worth a pickup as they will be in passing mode quite a bit.
  6. Javorius “Buck” Allen (0.5%) – Wk 5 (8 carries, 58 yds) – Forsett has an ankle sprain and may not play or may be limited. That injury will open up opportunities as the Ravens are run first with Steve Smith Sr. ailing. The Forsett injury will be one to monitor.
  7. Thomas Rawls (10%) – Wk 5 (23 carries, 169 yds) – Rawls looked great against the Bengals but unfortunately Lynch is slated to come back this week. For Lynch owners, Rawls definitely needs to be owned as insurance.
  8. Zach Zenner (0.3%) – Wk 5 (10 carries, 30 yds, 1 rec, 7 yds) – The preseason star was given some extra looks with Abdullah having fumbling issues and the Lions getting routed by the Cardinals. Zenner is still fourth on the depth chart and does not offer the same things Abdullah and Riddick so his role will be limited but is worth an end of the roster stash.
  9. David Johnson (39.7%) – Wk 5 (3 carries, 6 yds, 2 TDs) – Andre Ellington came back this week and Chris Johnson dominated in his role as the lead back, leaving David Johnson to be used as the GL back. With the Cardinals routing the Lions and Ellington available, Johnson did not get one target in the game either. He is still one injury away from a major role in a good offense.

Wide Receiver

  1. Willie Snead (2.6%) Wk 5 (11 targets, 6 rec, 141 yds) – Brees has a new shiny toy in Snead and is not shy to pepper Snead with targets. The Saints have been terrible all year and will need to pass quite a bit, which will equate to Snead continuing his tear.
  2. Allen Hurns (32.3%) Wk 5 (6 targets, 5 rec, 116 yds, 1 TDs) – If Hurns is available in your league, put in a claim. Hurns has been consistent this season and has scored in the last weeks. With the Jaguars playing from behind most of the season, Hurns will be a safe option for receptions and yards all year.
  3. Kamar Aiken (3.3%) – Wk 5 (9 targets, 4 rec, 78 yds) – Steve Smith Sr. may be returning to the lineup this week and will limit Aiken’s upside. The silver lining will be defenses treating Smith Sr. as the WR1 and that may lead to decent yardage production.
  4. Jamison Crowder (0.2%) – Wk 5 (8 targets, 8 rec, 87 yds) – No Reed or DJax, enter Crowder. Tying Garcon for the team high for catches, Crowder secured all his targets and acted as a the safety valve for Cousins. When Reed and Jackson come back, Crowder will be pushed to the slot but is becoming a solid PPR target.
  5. Stefon Diggs (0.4%) – Wk 4 (10 targets, 6 rec, 87 yds) – With Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright still on the shelf, Diggs was very involved and tied for the team high in targets in his season debut. The Vikings will be hard pressed to put Diggs back on the sideline when those two come back and should carve out a role.

Tight End

  1. Gary Barnidge (23.1%) – Wk 5 (10 targets, 8 rec, 139 yds, 1 TDs) – Time to come around on Barnidge if you haven’t already. The Browns receiving corp is McCown’s options to pass to are limited. With every week that passes, Barnidge has become the go to read for McCown and that cannot be ignored.
  2. Richard Rodgers (24.7%) – Wk 5 (8 targets, 6 rec, 45 yds) – The yards per reception are a bit on the low side but the targets are promising. With Adams inactive, Rodgers took advantage and is staking his claim in the receiving game for looks. Adams is day to day with an ankle injury and Rodgers should continue to on his present trend.
  3. Derek Carrier (0.2%) – Wk 5 (3 targets, 2 rec, 27 yds, 1 TDs) – Starting in place of Reed, Carrier came through with a touchdown on limited targets. The targets that Reed was getting were spread between Thompson and Crowder and DeSean Jackson is possibly slated to come back this week so Carrier’s upside is limited.

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