Week 5 brought another week full of injuries to big name players. Perhaps none other than Odell Beckham who will miss the season with a broken ankle. The whole giants receiver core (Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris) will also miss the ROS with season ending ankle injuries. With the injuries piling up and bye weeks now appearing on the schedule, working the waiver wire becomes even more important. Entering Week 6, we’re not only looking for breakout players, but also for those steadily producing players that we can plug-and-play when on a bye week crunch.
The players I list here are must add guys who may be available in your league but could picked up in most.
Aaron Jones: RB, Green Bay Packers
Matt Brieda: RB, San Francisco 49ers
Elijah McGuire: RB, New York Jets
Josh McCown: QB, New York Jets
Whether you’re streaming quarterbacks or just in a bye-week crunch, Josh McCown will be in a nice spot in Week 6. The New York Jets have won three in a row and are now set to host the New England Patriots, who have allowed a 300-yard passer in each of their first five games.
McCown and the Jets have outperformed expectations early in the season they’re currently 3-2, with McCown completing more than 70 percent of his passes and accounting for 6 touchdowns (5 passing and 1 rushing). He’s turnover prone, though, since he has four interceptions and has lost two fumbles. However, McCown makes for a great fill-in option.
Here’s this week suggested pickups:
Marlon Mack: RB, Indianapolis Colts
Many fantasy football circles were just waiting for Marlon Mack to break out. Mack was a popular preseason sleeper pick but has missed the last two weeks with a shoulder injury. In week 5 against the 49ers, he rushed nine times for 91 yards and a score. Mack is the most explosive and elusive back in a crowded Colts’ backfield, and given Frank Gore’s age and slow start, it seems like only a matter of time before Mack is getting even more touches. He’s a potential weekly flex play.
Jerick McKinnon: RB, Minnesota Vikings
On MNF, McKinnon had 95 rushing yards on the ground and added six catches for 51 yards on six targets. Latavius Murray was the popular waiver-wire add heading into the week, and he got the first five carries for Minnesota. However, McKinnon took over against the bears. McKinnon out-touched Murray 22-9 and out-gained Murray on the night 146-43 as Murray averaged a pitiful 2.58 YPC with a long gain of eight yards. This should be McKinnon’s backfield moving forward, but the Vikings did give Murray millions guaranteed, so he won’t be phased out completely. McKinnon will be an RB2 at home against the Packers in Week 6.
Wayne Gallman: RB, New York Giants
I’ll list him again. With Orleans Darkwa (calf) leaving Week 5, Paul Perkins is week to week, Gallman looks to be the guy moving forward. He rushed for 57 yards and added 5 catches for 25 yards receiving. After all the injuries to the New York receiving corp he’s on the flex radar this week.
Devin Funchess: WR, Carolina Panthers
I called this several weeks ago I hope you listened. Since Greg Olsen broke his foot in Week 2, Funchess has been successful in taking on a larger role in the Panthers’ passing game, and he stayed hot in Week 5, catching 7 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. He’s seen at least eight targets in each of the last three weeks is outpacing teammate Kelvin Benjamin in targets this season (35-25).
The upcoming schedule for Funchess is great. Panthers will be home to Philadelphia Eagles, @Chicago Bears, and @Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the next three weeks, three teams that rank inside the top-10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers.
Taylor Gabriel: WR, Atlanta Falcons
Gabriel was No. 3 WR on the Falcons high-powered offense, but he becomes the No. 2 guy now that Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) is expected to miss two to three weeks. Gabriel has been a normally a boom-or-bust guy, but with the injury, the Falcons may turn to him alot more than have so far this year (10 catches, 129 yards, including a zero target game). That should change with Sanu’s absence, and against the Dolphins, it’s a good matchup for the Falcons.
Roger Lewis: WR, New York Giants
Man, the Giants just have some horrible luck. This week, the Giants face the Broncos so Lewis is not a recommended play, but he has some long-term potential. Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle/leg), Sterling Shepard (ankle), and Brandon Marshall (ankle) all exited Sunday’s game against the Chargers early, making Lewis the No. 1 receiver by default. He hauled in one of his two targets for a 29-yard TD. It’s unclear how long Shepard will be out but if he misses this week, Lewis will get all the work he can handle.
Ed Dickson: TE, Carolina Panthers
After halftime in Week 5, Ed Dickson had four catches for 152 yards and was on pace to break the single-game record for most yards by a TE. As expected, that didn’t happen, but he ended up catching one more pass for 23 yards to end the day with 175 total yards. Dickson told OC Mike Shula to insert him into Greg Olsen’s role after his foot injury, and after back-to-back solid weeks, Dickson could prove to be a trustworthy TE.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins: TE, New York Jets
Seferian-Jenkins’s role in the Jets has grown, nabbing a touchdown grab against the Browns in Week 5. He gets another plus matchup next week against the Patriots.
This section is reserved for a guy that I either think you can stash for later or you play in a deeper format. This Week……..
After Julio Jones (hip flexor) left in Week 4, Hardy ended up with six targets and a touchdown, despite only ending up with two catches for 12 yards. Hardy is still behind Taylor Gabriel on the depth chart, but he could easily surpass him.
Coming off their bye week, the Atlanta Falcons host the Miami Dolphins and struggling Jay Cutler. After the Dolphins flamed out in a 20-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints in London, they were barely able to beat a Matt Cassel-led Tennessee Titans team in Week 5.
Cutler finished with just 92 passing yards and 1 score while also throwing 1 interception. Things were so dismal for the Dolphins that at one point, the fans started a “We Want (Matt) Moore” chant. I’ve never been a QB but when fans are calling for the backup clearly something is going wrong.
The Falcons defense hasn’t been great, but they do rank among the top 12 in sacks despite only playing four games. Meanwhile, Atlanta has only been held under 20 points once and the Dolphins defense ranks in the bottom third, according to numberFire metrics. Expected to face negative game script, Cutler is a good quarterback to target for those streaming defenses.
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