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Through The Wire - Week 6
10/8/18; Updated: 10/9/18 Users...
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Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Alfred Blue: With 28 touches on Sunday night, do we finally have a fantasy-worth RB in Houston?


Baker Mayfield, CLE Mayfield (35-65 percent owned) had 342-1-1 and his best statistical game thus far, in a win over the division rival Ravens. His fantasy stock is increasing, and he makes for a decent QB2 in Week 6 facing the Chargers.

UPDATE: Mayfield has a good shot at being a Top 12-15 QB this week, though his receiving corps is a little dinged up.

Jameis Winston, TB – UPDATE: Winston isn’t my favorite option this week, but he’s a consensus Top 10 QB with the matchup against the reeling Falcons and their decimated secondary. He should be owned in all 12-team leagues and is worth considering for a spot start.

Case Keenum, DEN The Broncos QB had his bets fantasy numbers of 2018 in a brutal loss to the Jets, throwing for 377-2-1. Hes got weapons and should be a top-end QB2 next week against the potent Rams.

Derek Carr, OAK Carr (25-75 percent owned quite the enormous range based on league size and format) threw for 268-1-1 in Week 5 and faces the Seahawks in Week 6. Its difficult to discern if theyll try to control the ball and grind it out with Marshawn Lynch versus his old team, but Carr is a solid QB2 with some upside. Could be a sneaky cheap DFS option moving forward.

Other QBs to consider: Sam Darnold, C.J. Beathard, Eli Manning, Jameis Winston


Jared Goff, LAR Goff had a rough day Sunday, throwing for 321-1-2 and losing his two best WRs to concussions. Hes almost universally owned now, but his stock takes a hit for the next few weeks (@DEN, @SF, GB) as they could rely more on the brilliant Todd Gurley.

Andy Dalton, CIN Dalton threw for 248-1-1 without Tyler Eifert, Giovani Bernard and John Ross. Hes still having a solid season and faces the surging Steelers in Week 6.

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI The Bears were on a Week 5 bye and get the Dolphins in Week 6. Hes a mid-range QB2.

Joe Flacco, BAL After a few solid weeks, Flacco laid an egg in a tough loss to Cleveland (298-0-1, 13 rushing yards). Hes not a great option facing the Titans in Week 6.

Running Backs

Isaiah Crowell, NYJ Im including Crowell here because while hes owned in 80-95 percent of leagues, thats not 100 percent, so SOMEBODY will ask why hes not listed if I dont. Crowell rumbled for 219 yards and a TD Sunday in a win over Denver and should be owned in all formats. Its also possible somebody in your shallow league dropped him after his Week 4 dud (0.3 points) against Jacksonville.

Corey Clement, PHI – UPDATE: With Jay Ajayi out for the season (torn ACL), Clement – who is practicing this week – takes over as the favorite for lead back duties. He’s a dynamic runner and capable of excelling in all phases of the game, so he’s worth deploying as an RB2. Over 19 regular-season games with the Eagles, Clement (25-55 percent owned) has averaged 4.3 YPC on 101 rushes, reeled in 18 of 25 passes, and scored seven TDs. Wendell Smallwood is the secondary pickup.

Javorius Allen, BAL Allen had 34 rushing yards on eight carries and 6-44-0 Sunday in the loss to Cleveland. Perhaps more importantly, he played 50 of 87 offensive snaps for the Ravens and gets most of the goal line work. Buck is a viable flex option against the Titans next week and is owned in just 55-85 percent of formats.

UPDATE: The Ravens have been hinting at a full committee recently, but Allen looks like the most useful back in that scenario.

Alfred Morris, SF Matt Breida suffered an ankle injury Sunday and could be sidelined a game or two (his MRI results will be updated Tuesday), making Morris (45-55 percent owned) the workhorse back for the immediate future. He had 61 rushing yards on 18 carries with 3-30-0 receiving Sunday and gets a favorable Week 6 matchup with the Packers.

UPDATE: Breida is likely out versus the Packers, but the injury isn’t as serious as originally believed, so Morris might have a small viability window.

Jamaal Williams, GB On the other side of that Week 6 matchup is Williams, who shares touches with Aaron Jones but could be a bigger focus of the offense facing the 49ers weak run defense. Williams is about 45-60 percent owned and may have been dropped in a few leagues given his mediocre production and touch volume.

Alfred Blue, HOU Lamar Miller (chest) was active but didnt play any snaps, yielding to Blue, who finished with 46 rushing yards and 8-73-0 receiving. Blue (15-25 percent owned) seems to be the more versatile back at the moment and could continue supplanting Miller while he deals with his injury and/or ineffectiveness.

Jamaal Charles, JAC – UPDATE: This is a longshot, but the Jaguars worked out and signed Jamaal Charles for veteran depth. I’d steer clear unless we get some indication it’s 2013 again.

Other RBs to consider: LeGarrette Blount, Mike Gillislee, Rod Smith, Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles


Sony Michel, NE Michel blew up for 98 yards and a TD on 18 carries in the Patriots' Week 5 win over the Colts. He added a 12-yard reception but that passing down role is almost exclusively controlled by James White. The window on adding Michel (90-98 percent owned) is closed now.

Tarik Cohen, CHI The Bears were on a Week 5 bye. Ive promoted Cohen all season and love his skill set.

UPDATE: Jordan Howard insisted he wasn’t frustrated with his reduced role in Week 4, but it’s something to remember that the offense looked its best with Cohen as the lead back. Howard's rest-of-season workload is now at least a question mark, while Cohen is on the rise.

Mike Davis, SEA Both Chris Carson and Davis were heavily involved Sunday, with Davis rushing for 68 yards and a TD on 12 carries (2-7-0 receiving). Hes still available in plenty of formats.

Nyheim Hines, IND Hines had 45 rushing yards on 15 carries and 7-45-0 receiving Thursday night. Until we hear differently and Marlon Mack is ready to return (he practiced Monday), Hines is the RB to own in Indy.

UPDATE: Mack should have a better shot to suit up this week, but he’s stuck in a committee with Jordan Wilkins and Robert Turbin. As I said yesterday, Hines is the guy.

Nick Chubb, CLE It was a lost week for Chubb with just 2 yards on 3 carries. Hes a hold in dynasty leagues but not a great option in redrafts.

Aaron Jones, GB The waiver window is closed on Jones, who ran for 40 yards on 7 carries and added 2-19-0 receiving on Sunday.

UPDATE: Mike McCarthy praised Jones and said he’s “dynamic with the ball in his hands,” but the RB’s weak pass-blocking abilities are keeping him from assuming a larger role. It’s a huge part of RB usage in the NFL and its importance in gauging prospective workload cannot be overstated.

T.J. Yeldon, JAC Yeldon has filled in admirably for Leonard Fournette and remains a solid RB2 in his stead. He finished Week 5 with 53 rushing yards on 10 carries and 8-69-1 receiving.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Robby Anderson, NYJ Anderson is just 40-45 percent owned but had a monster day Sunday with 3-123-2. Of course, he had just five targets and the big scores provided most of the value, so the chances of another two-TD day are slim. Still, the matchup with the Colts in Week 6 is a good one, and perhaps the Jets can build on this performance and the rapport of Sam Darnold and Anderson who hasnt had more than three catches in a game this season.

Mohamed Sanu, ATL Sanu is about 50-75 percent owned and gets plenty of looks with defenses shrouding Julio Jones. The Falcons offense might be playing from behind a lot more this season with their defensive woes. Sanu had 4-73-1 on Sunday.

Cameron Meredith, NO Ill update Tuesday after we see what he does on Monday Night Football, but I like this matchup for him, especially with Ted Ginn out. The Saints are on a Week 6 bye but Meredith could be a sneaky stash for the last few weeks of the season, when he could shine.

Tre’Quan Smith, NO – UPDATE: With Ginn out, Smith took over as the dep threat in the Saints offense, and his 3-111-2 helped me and a friend win some big money on the single game showdown. Smith is a very exciting DFS, keeper and dynasty league player but he’ll likely revert to a low-volume role once Ginn is back healthy.

Christian Kirk, ARI Kirk (10-30 percent owned) had 3-85-1 on 4 targets Sunday. Hes supplanting Larry Fitzgerald as the relevant WR in Arizona.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB I included him in my others to consider last week and he finished Week 5 with 7-68-1 on 10 targets. Hes still only about 10 percent owned and makes a fine addition in 12-team leagues with the WRs in Green Bay hurting.

TE Greg Olsen, CAR Olsen (foot) is about 50-75 percent owned in fantasy leagues and still has one more check-up to clear before he rejoins the team. The Panthers are hopeful hell practice on Wednesday and play against Washington. Olsen should be added in all formats if he was dropped.

UPDATE: Olsen’s foot isn’t 100 percent and he’ll likely need surgery once the season is over, but for now he’s worth rostering.

TE Austin Hooper, ATL Hooper had 9-77-0 on 12 targets and seems to be ramping up his involvement in this offense as a popular target for Ryan.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: TE Ryan Griffin, Martavis Bryant, Equanimeous St. Brown, Rashard Higgins (Sprained MCL)


Corey Davis, TEN Davis disappointed with 4-49-0 on six targets, and gets a tough matchup in Week 6. Id keep him on my bench for a spell.

Dede Westbrook / Donte Moncrief, JAC The Jags passing game never really clicked on Sunday but there was some garbage time padding for Bortles. Westbrooks 3-55-0 (5 targets) was eclipsed by Moncriefs 6-76-0 on a whopping 15 targets. Keelan Cole had 4-70-0 on 10 targets.

Tyler Boyd, CIN Boyd had 4-44-0 on 7 targets Sunday in the win over Miami. Hes a WR3/4 moving forward and is getting regular looks from Dalton.

UPDATE: Crowder caught 4-of-8 targets for 55 yards in the Week 5 loss to the Saints, and his fantasy stock takes a hit with Alex Smith performing so poorly of late.

Jamison Crowder, WAS Update coming Tuesday.

Keke Coutee, HOU Coutee followed up his big Week 4 with 6-51-1 on 7 targets Sunday night in the win over Dallas. Hes got huge ownership disparity, with just 20 percent in ESPN leagues and as high as 65 percent on competitive leagues. But hes still out there in plenty of them and seems to be a big part of this offense moving forward.

Taylor Gabriel, CHI Gabriel and the Bears were on a bye but he needs to be on your fantasy radar.

Willie Snead, BAL Snead had 5-55-0 and makes the most sense as a steady flex option with some upside in PPR leagues.

Ryan Grant, IND Grants 6-58-0 was serviceable but hes not a huge red zone option for the Colts, who look to Eric Ebron a lot near the goal line.

TE Cameron Brate, TB Bucs were on a bye, but Brate is the starting TE in Week 6 and a low-end TE1 this week with O.J. Howard likely out.

Michael Gallup, DAL Gallup was a non-factor on Sunday night (1-6-0) despite a few targets. I had high hopes for Gallup in this matchup, but the Cowboys passing game is a disaster and there's been no signs of his role expanding under the tepid playcalling of Scott Linehan and coaching of Jason Garrett. As a Cowboys fans, my already thin hopes are dwindling.