Waivers are one of the resources of fantasy football that people should always take advantage of even if your team is solid. Because you never know when an injury can put your team into a tight spot. With players going down in Week 5 that led there respective offensive positions, there are more players to pick from heading into Week 6 and if you’re missing a player because of injury, you’ll want to be in on this week’s waiver wire spree. I talked about a few guys that you should be looking to add to your team on the latest episode of The Fantasy’s Phinest Podcast so be sure to check out episode 51. However, there are a few more guys that I saw that could help out fantasy managers that are still on waivers that may get overlooked.
Let’s start at the top and work our way down.
Let’s face it. Guys like Ryan Tannehill have been super “meh” to this point of the season. We’ve tried to wait and see what he can do after the Titans landed Julio Jones but it seems that Atlanta was smart in moving on from Jones. Julio Jones has been dealing with a hamstring injury the last few weeks as well as A.J. Brown, who just recently returned after his own bout with injuries. Even with Brown back in the offense, Tannehill still looked pedestrian and continued to rely on Derrick Henry to do the heavy lifting for the Titans offense.
Tannehill is averaging just 16 FPPG on the season and he had just 14 fantasy points in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The freaking Jaguars! It may be time to start streaming quarterbacks and I have a couple of guys you may want to target that are still on waivers.
My first guy is Carson Wentz.
Yes, I have been high on Wentz heading into the season but it seems like he’s starting to turn the page a bit in the Colts offense. Wentz looked pretty good going toe to toe with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense during Monday Night Football’s 31-25 lose. Wentz finished inside the top 10 for Week 5, posting nearly 23 fantasy points against a tough Ravens defense. Wentz’s schedule over the next four games is a bit on the soft side with the Colts taking on HOU, SF, TEN, NYJ and three of the four defenses are allowing an average of 20 fantasy points per game or more against opposing quarterbacks (the Jets have actually been playing fantasy QBs tough, giving up just nearly 16 FPPG).
Another guy you might want to target that could be a good streaming option is Jameis Winston. Yes, Winston has been rather spotty and the passing volume is a bit sporadic but remember I said that it would be based on the matchup. Winston is currently the QB15 on the season (yeah you read that right) and managed to toss four touchdowns in Week 5 against the Washington Football Team… Man, I need them to change that name already. Winston finished as the QB5 for Week 5 with 25.7 fantasy points and is rostered in just 37% of NFL leagues so he should be there for the picking.
Running backs are pretty spot on. Like I mentioned earlier, I covered some of the hot names that are going to be priority targets in Week 6’s waiver adds on the podcast like Devonta Booker and Darrel Williams. Another guy you may want to stash in your fantasy leagues is Colts running back Marlon Mack. Mack has already asked the team for a trade as the Colts backfield is already loaded. Recent reports have had the Chiefs linked to Mack already as they are dealing with the loss of 2020 first round running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire due to a sprained MCL. CEH has already been placed on IR and if the Chiefs decide to pull the trigger, Marlon Mack would could be a lead back for a team desperate to find some balance in it’s offense to help Patrick Mahomes out. Mack is rostered in 6.4% of NFL leagues so if you have the space to stash him, pull the trigger.
At wide receiver, Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney is going to be one of the hot items in Week 6’s waiver wire articles around the fantasy football circuit and rightfully so. After he put up 189 yard against the Cowboys along with the injuries that the Giants have suffered at the receiver position, it only makes sense to target Toney this week. But there are other options. Another option to target is Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick.
Patrick may be on waivers after he sort of bombed in Week 4 after Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out of the game with a concussion and Drew Lock had to enter the game in relief. It wasn’t a pretty sight. But put that behind you as Teddy B returned in Week 5 against the Steelers and Patrick’s fantasy value returned as he finished the game with 89 yards on seven catches (nine targets). Even after Jerry Jeudy makes his return, Tim Patrick should still have a role as the team’s third wide receiver.
The Browns have a guy that has caught my eye this week too in Donovan Peoples-Jones. With Odell Beckham’s target share decreasing each week over the last three weeks, DPJ was able to take advantage against the Chargers and finished second on the team in receiving yards with 70 yards on five receptions. It may not seem like much but with the Browns passing attack lacking legit weapons at receiver and Beckham being unable to mesh with Baker Mayfield right now, maybe Donovan Peoples-Jones can spark that Browns passing attack moving forward against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.
If you’re new to the website and podcast, just know that I view the tight end position as a great source of frustration. Even still, there are still a player or two you can get off waivers. Mo Alie-Cox is a guy that I’m adding this week. The one thing I can’t seem to wrap my head around is why the Colts are playing with his snaps. In Week 4, MAC had a 69% snap share and that’s when he caught two touchdown passes on five targets. In Week 5 however, his snap share dropped to 45%. He still saw more targets than Jack Doyle but Kylen Gransen got in the mix against the Ravens. There may be some issue there but if you’re willing to take a chance on a TE, MAC would be the choice.
Jacksonville’s Dan Arnold is another TE that I would take a shot on if I needed him. With DJ Chark out for the season and defenses rolling to Marvin Jones, the ball needs to go elsewhere. Arnold saw eight targets in Week 5 against the Titans and got 75 yards from the work. If Trevor Lawrence can keep getting Arnold work underneath, Arnold could be a steal this week in waivers while everyone else is looking to get David Njoku or Evan Engram.