Week 6 Waiver Wire: Go Get Gardner and Gerald
Week 6 Waiver Wire: Go Get Gardner and Gerald
It is rather light yet again on the Week 6 waiver wire.
There were not really any injuries to speak of that will impact usage or snap rates. Wayne Gallman did leave with a concussion, but with Saquon Barkley expected back Thursday night any New York Giants running backs you were considering can be left on the wire. If you have the number one priority in your league, you may want to hold on to it yet again this week.
The premise of this weekly article is to point out key players at every position who are readily available (less than 40% owned) in Yahoo! and ESPN leagues that you may be able to add to your roster for upside. Percent owned is shown in parentheses. Keep in mind, each fantasy team is unique, as are scoring and roster formats.
Think of this as a road map to your team’s success. Factor in whether or not your league uses PPR scoring, allows you to play two quarterbacks or other variables that impact your decisions to claim a player off of waiver. Let us get started.
There is one player that has made repeat appearances on this site. He is still available. Go get him.
Gardner Minshew-Jacksonville Jaguars
Do not look now, but Gardner Minshew (24% Yahoo!, 18.7% ESPN) is a QB1. The rookie currently is slotted in as the QB11 in most scoring formats. Minshew had a season-high 22.2 fantasy points (4 point TD) on the road against the Carolina Panthers. His season total is more than that of Jared Goff, Aaron Rodgers, and Baker Mayfield (yet to play Week 5).
It is time to stop ignoring the phenom from Washington State and put him on your roster. If you have a questionable starter, at the very least, add Minshew as another weekly streaming option against softer defenses. He averages a cool 18.3 fantasy points per game in just four and a half games played this season. The consistency is there for the taking.
Quarterback Honorable Mention
Sam Darnold (13% Yahoo!, 7% ESPN), Andy Dalton (35% Yahoo!, 18.8% ESPN)
The Week 6 waiver wire report continues with the running back position. There were no injuries at the running back position in Week 5 that will open up many new opportunities. The pickings in the cupboard are pretty bare under 40% owned, but there are a few players lingering out there that may provide value.
Nyheim Hines-Indianapolis Colts
Jordan Wilkins has seemingly fallen behind Nyheim Hines (23% Yahoo!, 39.9% ESPN) on the depth chart. Using the new Snap Count App from FFStatistics, we see that Hines has out-snapped Wilkins on a weekly basis and actually saw more snaps that Marlon Mack in Week 4 when the latter left early with an injury.
If the ankle injury lingers for Mack or he misses time, Hines would stand to benefit significantly. Going back to the well with the splits tool from FFStatistics, we see that the North Carolina State grad has an average PPR rank of RB9. There are certainly worse options out there to stash on your bench. Roll the dice and hope for some increased usage going forward. Hines did nearly reach double-digits for the second week in a row on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. While the official snap counts are not out at the time of writing, Hines clearly out-snapped Wilkins again this week.
Running Back Honorable Mention
Chase Edmonds (3% Yahoo!, 2,9% ESPN), Raheem Mostert (28% Yahoo!, 25.7% ESPN), Ito Smith (14% Yahoo!, 9,8% ESPN), Jon Hilliman (0% Yahoo!, 1% ESPN)
We roll on with the Week 6 waiver wire feature with the wide receiver position. There were some big games had in Week 5, but most of those players are already over 40% owned in both formats. There are a couple of wideouts out there worth monitoring.
Auden Tate-Cincinnati Bengals
John Ross was placed on IR last week and A.J. Green has no timetable for a return. Enter Auden Tate (22% Yahoo!, 13.7% ESPN). Tate has seen his snap count increase every week and led the team in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. The 6’5″ and 225 pound Florida State grad has also seen a healthy dose of targets. Over the past three weeks, he is averaging a modest 7.33 targets per game. A look at the chart below shows how his snap counts, targets and points have steadily increased. Take a shot on the young wideout and hope the progression continues.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mention
Byron Pringle (1% Yahoo!, 0% ESPN), Darius Slayton (0% Yahoo!, 0% ESPN), Antonio Callaway (4% Yahoo!, 1.5% ESPN)
We close the Week 6 waiver wire report with the Tight End position. There was one great performance from the Thursday night game that stood out in Week 5 from low-owned tight ends. This is a position that may make or break rosters in 2019. With the spot in flux most weeks, it is important to scour for opportunities when they present themselves.
Gerald Everett-Los Angeles Rams
Even before Brandin Cooks left with a concussion Thursday night, Gerald Everett (9% Yahoo!, 3.4% ESPN) was having himself a game. Everett finished the night with 7 catches on 11 targets for 136 yards. The third-year tight end also came up just inches away from scoring a touchdown. It looked like he actually did score, but the play was not reviewed and Todd Gurley ended up rumbling in from the one-inch line. The South Alabama alumn has shown flashes over the years.
If Cooks misses time, Everett may be the beneficiary more so than Josh Reynolds. The Los Angeles Rams have not historically thrown to the tight end position. The combination of the breakout game and the injury to Cooks may change head coach Sean McVay’s tune going forward. Especially if they continue to struggle with the ground game. The only thing Everett has lacked over the years is the opportunity. Using the Points Per Opportunity app from FFStatistics, we see that he has held steady with the “big three” year over year. Give him a look if you need help at the position.
Tight End Honorable Mention
Chris Herndon (29% Yahoo!, 12% ESPN), Dawson Knox (16% Yahoo!, 5.3% ESPN), Foster Moreau (0% Yahoo!, 0.1% ESPN)
The waiver wire is light again this week, but as always, we still need to be active on the wire to stay relevant all season long. The hope is that this article helps make your waiver wire decisions a little bit easier. Come back every Tuesday for the latest rendition of this series to help you build your fake team into a contender if you happened to miss on some draft picks. Injuries play a vital role in fantasy and one of the biggest advantages you can have is to be active on the wire every week.
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