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Through The Wire - Week 6
10/7/19; Updated: 10/8/19

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.


Gardner Minshew, JAC – Minshew is just 15-25 percent owned in fantasy leagues and keeps producing. The exciting rookie completed 26-of-44 passes for 374 yards and two TDs in the Week 5 loss to the Panthers and gave everything he had in the waning moments to get a win. He’s going to make mistakes but there’s a Ryan Fitzpatrick-like gunslinger element to his game and that’s just fine for fantasy.

Kyle Allen, CAR – We probably have not seen the last of Allen (7-15 percent owned) this season, as Cam Newton isn’t expected to return until at least Week 8 following the team’s bye week. Allen was just okay on Sunday (though he got a lot of help form the rushing of Christian McCaffrey), completing 17-of-30 passes for 181-1-0 in the Panthers’ Week 5 win over the Jaguars. The Panthers travel to London this week to take on the Bucs – a favorable matchup for the offense.

Other QBs to consider: Josh Rosen, Devlin Hodges, Sam Darnold, Derek Carr (Week 6 bye)


Jameis Winston, TB – The enigmatic Winston (65-70 percent owned) completed 15-of-27 passes for 204 yards, two TDs and zero turnovers in the Bucs’ Week 5 loss to the Saints and didn’t have much pass protection all game. The veteran QB took six sacks and completed no passes to WR1 Mike Evans, though he did connect with Chris Godwin for 7-125-2. The Panthers just gave up a bunch of passing yards to Minshew and the Jags, so perhaps he’s a decent Week 6 play.

Andy Dalton, CIN – The Red Rifle completed 27-of-38 passes for 262-2-0 in the Bengals’ Week 5 loss to the Cardinals and looked awful for the first 30 minutes before rebounding with an okay second half. Dalton (15-20 percent owned) is not a recommended Week 6 play, but a negative game script against the Ravens could mean some second-half garbage time numbers.

Kirk Cousins, MIN – Finally! Cousins (20-35 percent owned) got right in Week 5 by completing 22-of-27 passes for 306-2-0 in the win over the Giants. It’s his first game with at least 300 passing yards since Week 11 of last season, and he seems to have worked things out with WR Adam Thielen, who went nuts for 7-130-2. Next week promises another favorable matchup at home against the Eagles, making him a QB1 streamer.

Running Backs

Chase Edmonds, ARI – David Johnson’s backup rushed eight times for 68 yards and a TD in the Cardinals’ Week 5 win over the Bengals, adding 3-18-0 – all new season highs for the second-year pro. Johnson is nursing a back injury, so Edmonds could be popular this week on the waiver wire and is just 2-5 percent owned.

Ito Smith, ATL – The Falcons run game is not great, but Smith (10-15 percent owned) rushed five times for 19 yards in Week 5, adding 6-45-0 receiving. He’s the preferred passing game option to Devonta Freeman and was only out-snapped 41-to-33 on Sunday. He’s got limited standalone value unless we get an injury to Freeman, but the Falcons backfield is in a good matchup facing the Cards in Week 6.

Alexander Mattison, MIN – The Boise State product rushed seven times for 52 yards in the Vikings’ Week 5 win over the Giants and continues to mix in throughout the game for Dalvin Cook. The rookie is doing quite well in limited work within the Vikings’ run-heavy offense and he’s got plenty of handcuff value in deeper season-long leagues. Mattison is just 15-20 percent owned.

Other RBs to consider: Benny Snell, Reggie Bonnafon, Latavius Murray, John Hilliman


Jordan Howard, PHI – The former Bear rushed 13 times for 62 yards and a TD in Sunday’s drubbing of the Jets. Miles Sanders may be the more dynamic back in Philly, but Howard will stay on the fantasy radar as a TD-dependent RB2 getting most of the early-down and goal line work.

Jaylen Samuels, PIT – The Steelers played the Ravens tough on Sunday, but Samuels didn’t help much. He rushed three times for just 2 yards, hauling in 3-of-4 targets for 11 yards and tossing an interception in the overtime loss. He’s still a viable fantasy option but this was a poor showing.

UPDATE: Samuels will miss about a month with a knee injury – he got it scoped on Monday and can be dropped in most formats.

Duke Johnson, HOU – Johnson rushed nine times for 59 yards in the Texans’ Week 5 win over the Falcons, adding one catch for 8 yards. An elusive back with plenty of upside in the passing game, Johnson yields most of the early down and goal line work to Carlos Hyde (who had 21 carries Sunday). He’s a must-own in PPR formats and is still available in about 20-35 percent of leagues.

Raheem Mostert, SF – UPDATE: With Tevin Coleman back in action and Matt Breida busting out for huge game (114 rushing yards, TD), Mostert was an afterthought on Monday night – but still rushed for 34 yards in garbage time. He’s off the fantasy radar for now.

Byron Pringle

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Will Fuller, HOU – He’s still available in about 15-30 percent of fantasy leagues and should be owned in all formats after his monster 14-217-3 game on Sunday. He saw 16 targets in this one.

D.J. Chark, JAC – Another WR who’s been producing and is owned in plenty of formats, I looked at his ESPN ownership and was surprised it’s only at 71.3 percent as of Monday morning. What are you people waiting for? Chark has 8-164-2 on 11 targets in Week 5 and has an even better Week 6 matchup facing the Saints.

TE Gerald Everett, LAR – Everett posted some career bests on Thursday night, hauling in 7-of-11 targets for 136 yards in the loss to the Seahawks. He’s a TE2 with upside moving forward and is owned in just 3-5 percent of leagues.

Byron Pringle, KC – Pringle (0 percent owned) had six catches (nine targets) for 103 yards and a TD in Sunday’s 19-13 loss to the Colts, but a performance like this just adds another interesting name to the mix in Kansas City. Tyreek Hill’s return will hurt the value of the rest of the WRs, but this was a standout performance that requires our attention.

Keke Coutee, HOU – Coutee (25-30 percent owned) caught 3-of-4 targets for 72 yards (no scores) on Sunday and is one of many Texans WRs who has value. While it’s getting tough to predict which receiver or TE is going to have a big game, the entire passing game is looking good and Coutee is available in plenty of leagues.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Darius Slayton, Willie Snead, Anthony Miller


A.J. Brown, TEN – Brown was targeted just twice against the Bills, catching 2-27-0. He’ll have better matchups.

TE Eric Ebron, IND – In a quiet performance on Sunday night, Ebron caught just 1-of-4 targets for 8 yards in Week 5 against the Chiefs. He’s a high-end TE2 moving forward.

Geronimo Allison, GB – Allison had just two catches for 28 yards on Sunday (six targets). He’s a TD-dependent WR3/4 facing the Lions in Lambeau next week.

UPDATE: No word on whether Davante Adams will return for Week 6 yet, but it’s worth monitoring if you own Allison.

Mohamed Sanu, ATL – The veteran WR (who sometimes throws TD passes) caught 5-of-5 targets for 42 yards and a TD in the Falcons’ Week 5 loss to the Texans. He’s looking at TD-dependent WR3/4 value heading into next week’s favorable matchup against the Cardinals.

Zach Pascal, IND – Just one catch for 8 yards on Sunday night. He’s not of much use with T.Y. Hilton healthy.

DeVante Parker, MIA – The Dolphins were on a Week 5 bye, and hopefully you’ve grabbed Parker – he could be in for a huge week against the reeling 0-5 Redskins – a legit opportunity for the offense to get going and for the Dolphins to get a win.

Diontae Johnson, PIT – Donte Moncrief’s replacement continued to flourish on Sunday, hauling in 5-of-8 targets for 27 yards. This was the second straight game the third-round pick led Pittsburgh's wideouts in targets, but the Steelers could be facing more QB problems as Mason Rudolph was knocked out cold on Sunday, forcing Devlin Hodges to take over. Stay tuned.