2019 Waiver Wire – Week 6
It seemed as if the Fantasy Football Gods were handing out monster performances in week 5 kind of like Oprah! “You get a monster performance!” “You have 3 touchdowns!” You score 40+ points!” It was a beauty to behold, unless of course you were on the other side of the performances. Regardless of how your week 5 went, week 6 is already upon us and that means it is time to get set for your Waiver Wire adds this evening.
This of course, is our weekly column on speculative waiver wire adds. Remember that for this article we only highlight players owned in 40% or less in both Yahoo and NFL or with high variance between the two. This article is designed to highlight most, if not, all the justifiable adds this week, but it is your responsibility to understand which, if any, would be best for your squad. This week I want to give major props to my guy Chase Buck who not only got married this past week but wanted to add a few of his favorite waiver adds this week.
We have added some tiers to qualify how a prospective player should be viewed. A “Streamable” player is someone who has the ability to contribute to your team right now but may not provide that same allure after a few weeks. Someone who is a “Patchwork Player” has the talent and circumstance to slide into your lineup multiple weeks, dependent on matchup. “Season-Long Upside” is the most straightforward. These players may take some time to develop but could be weekly starters over time, and they provide the most upside to your championship chances. Finally, we have the “Stash-Worthy”. You won’t play these guys right now but by the time you want to, they will likely be gone. If you have the depth, be proactive and grab these guys!
Streamable (1-2 Week Use)
Keke Coutee, WR – HOU (17% in Yahoo and 12.4% owned in NFL) If you read the article last week you saw that Coutee was featured. As Kenny Stills was battling his hamstring injury and became a game-time call to sit, Coutee was forced into a starting role for the Texans in a high scoring battle with the Falcons. Keke caught three of his four targets racking up 72 receiving yards. Stills could come back this week, but we have seen Coutee be a serviceable piece in this offense before and if Watson has finally regained his magic, Coutee could be a nice bye-week fill in.
Jon Hilliman, RB – NYG (1% in Yahoo and 0.1% owned in NFL) As I write this both Saquon and Gallman look like long shots to play in Week 6’s Thursday Night matchup against the Patriots. This matchup, that offense, and this suggestion are all gross but the bottom line in fantasy football sometimes you just have to follow the volume. If the Giants are to have any shot in this game it will be by winning the battle of time of possession and keeping the ball out of TB12’s hands. Scoop up Hilliman, even if it is to block the Saquon owner or if you are playing against a team with a lot of RB byes.
Auden Tate, WR – CIN (21% in Yahoo and 2% owned in NFL) If you have choked down this much of the article you are seeing what you are likely used to in your own league: the waiver wire is getting really really thin out here. Tate has been pushed up the roster by injuries to his fellow pass catchers in Cincinnati. But give Tate a look on your waiver wire if you need some WR depth heading into the BYEs as he has 50 yards or a TD in 3 straight games and with the Ravens coming to town, the Bengals will likely be in catch-up mode.
Chase’s Picks: Deebo Samuels, WR – SF (30% in Yahoo and 6.2% owned in NFL) Deebo Samuels has not been the best wide receiver so far for fantasy this year. Luckily for fantasy owners, Dante Pettis has been dealing with not only a groin injury, but also a pectoral injury. Samuels has seen 14 targets over the 49ers first three games. He is creating 2.07 yards of separation on his routes run, which is 12th in the league. The 49ers are taking on the LA Rams this week in what figures to be a high scoring game, which should lend itself to plenty of opportunity for Samuels to see more targets.
Kyle Allen, QB – CAR (10% in Yahoo and 4.9% owned in NFL) Fantasy owners should feel confident to stream Kyle Allen as their quarterback this week. The Carolina Panthers are taking on the Bucs this week who have been horrendous defending the pass the past couple of weeks. The Bucs most recently gave up 314 and four touchdowns to Teddy Bridgewater, who before that game, did not have more than 200 yards in any game. Allen will throw for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns this week.
Patchwork Players (2-4 Week Upside)
Dionte Johnson, WR – PIT (33% in Yahoo and 8.6% owned in NFL) Johnson was a feature of last week’s article as well and although his rostered percentage has spiked, he is likely still available in your league. He broke his 50 yard and TD streak last week but he and not JuJu Smith-Schuster led the team in targets. The Steelers pass catchers continue to be dinged up on offense. Jaylen Samuels and James Washington will likely see extended absences and this could pave the way for even more consistent looks for the rookie WR.
Ito Smith, RB- ATL (15% in Yahoo and 11.3% owned in NFL) Freeman has looked bad, and as I have stated multiple times the entire Falcons team has. With Quinn’s job on the line he may not be able to afford to keep pounding the rock with an underperforming veteran. Smith has some upside if the tides turn in Atlanta and if they continue to battle in negative game script, Ito could prove valuable as well after logging 10 targets over the last two games.
Chase’s Pick: Gerald Everett, TE – LAR (12% in Yahoo and 4.3% owned in NFL) I have been a big fan of Everett since he came into the league. He has shown flashes here and there of what his is capable of. Everett is an athletic tight end who can make any opportunity into a big play, last week he finished with 136 receiving yards. The Rams do take on a tough 49ers defense this week, but we may be seeing the breakout for Everett as he emerges as one of Goff’s favorite targets. Although he may not be the best play this week, I would still pick up Everett and see if his momentum will carry through the rest of the season.
Gardner Minshew, QB – JAX (25% in Yahoo and 15.7% owned in NFL) Kyler Murray, Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff, Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers, and Kirk Cousins. This is just a list of fantasy football quarterbacks that the legendary Garnder Minshew has been better than. In many leagues this season, Minshew has scored less than 20 points only once. Minshew will also play some choice matchups for the next few weeks as he battles New Orleans, Cincy, the Jets, and then Houston before his bye. Head to the Halloween store, buy a fake mustache and bandana and pick up Minshew on waivers. This guy is saving the Jags fan base and could save your fantasy football season.
Hunter Henry, TE – LAC (40% in Yahoo and 39% owned in NFL) Hunter barely made this list and he is a proactive add for your team but he has resumed running in the last week and could see the field in within the next few weeks. It could be time to beat your league mates in picking him up and at a very thin TE position you could be looking at a valuable piece late in the season.
Reggie Bonnafon, RB – CAR (0% in Yahoo and 0% owned in NFL) He rattled off a 59 yard touchdown play in one of the very few plays he was allowed to see the field. But I think this showed us that he has some juice if CMC were ever to miss the field. If you have the roster spot you can stash Reggie as a league winning upside pick in the even McCaffrey got hurt.
Chase’s Pick: Chase Edmonds, RB – ARI (4% in Yahoo and 0.3% owned in NFL) David Johnson has been dealing with a back injury that hampered his playing time last week. Although he may still be productive, Edmonds figures to have a larger role in that backfield next week against Atlanta, even is Johnson plays. The Falcons’ defense has not been stout in any aspect so expect Edmonds to have a huge game this week, especially if Johnson is ruled out.