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Waivering: Week 6

Tue Oct 8 8:16am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Minshew can help fantasy teams


The waiver wire isn’t the most exciting place in to be this week. There aren’t a ton of top options out there right now. We didn’t have a ton unknowns star last week. And there weren’t many players that got hurt, opening the door for paying time. So if you need some options this week, it might be kind of hard to find that top replacement. But even with that said, there are some players out there that might be serviceable.

QUARTERBACKS

Gardner Minshew, Jaguars. Minshew just keeps getting it done for fantasy teams. He has double-digit scores three straight games and four of five this season. He had his first 300-yard game of the season last week, throwing for 374 yards against a good Panthers defense. He gains confidence every week and is a real help to fantasy teams because of his consistent production. Minshew remains available in 52 percent of leagues.

Teddy Bridgewater, Saints. Bridgewater finally had that huge game, throwing for 314 yards and four touchdowns against the Bucs last week. He just seems to be gaining confidence every week and this offense is really starting to click. He isn’t an every-week starter but can help as a streamer until Drew Brees returns. Bridgewater is available in 81 percent of leagues. 

RUNNING BACKS 

Reggie Bonnafon, Panthers. Christian McCaffrey was a little banged up last week, giving Bonnafon some carries for once. He took advantage, rushing five times for 80 yards and a touchdown. He showed he could help this offense if given the chance. McCaffrey’s workload might be scaled back a little going forward, so don't be surprised if Bonnafon starts getting more consistent work. 

Chase Edmonds, Cardinals. Edmonds had his best game of the season last week, rushing eight times for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 18 yards, giving him 86 total yards. He ran for 37 yards the previous week, so he is getting a little more consistent work. It might not be a stretch to see Edmonds getting around double-digit touches per game going forward, especially if he keeps producing like this. 

Jon Hilliman, Giants. Wayne Gallman suffered a concussion during the Week 5 game, giving Hilliman most of the work at running back for the Giants. He was not great in that role, rushing nine times for 20 yards. But if Gallman is out and Saquon Barkley isn’t healthy enough to return this week, Hilliman could be in line to start for the Giants. And any starting back has fantasy value, so Hilliman could be worth grabbing for fantasy teams. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Byron Pringle, Chiefs. Pringle had a breakout game last week, getting a chance to play a lot because of an injury to Sammy Watkins. Pringle had six receptions for 103 yard and a touchdown on nine targets. He could continue to have an expanded role in the offense if Watkins has to miss any time. He is worth grabbing in this high-powered offense. 

Mohamed Sanu, Falcons. Sanu scored his first touchdown of the season last week, catching five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Sanu has emerged in recent weeks, having 20 receptions his last three games. He is getting consistent work in this pass-heavy offense. Sanu remains available in 49 percent of leagues. 

Auden Tate, Bengals. Tate scored his first touchdown of the season last week. He has an expanded role in the offense because of the injuries to John Ross and A.J. Green. As long as those guys are out, Tate has some fantasy value. He has at least three receptions three straight games and 50 or more yards two of those games. 

TIGHT ENDS

Gerald Everett, Rams. Everett is starting to emerge as the top tight end in the Rams offense. He had a career game in Week 5, catching seven passes for 136 yards on 11 targets. He has double-digit fantasy points each of his last two games. If you need tight end help, Everett is worth grabbing in a pass-heavy offense.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Jason Witten Sep 22 12:53am ET

Las Vegas Raiders TE Jason Witten posted one grab for three yards on his only target in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.

Fantasy Spin: Witten won't sniff the field for many snaps as long as Darren Waller is healthy and running hot. He is more of an on-field coach and mentor at this point of his career. His fantasy value is rather negligible at the moment. The Raiders travel to meet the Patriots in Week 3.

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Nelson Agholor Sep 22 12:43am ET

Las Vegas Raiders WR Nelson Agholor was limited to just one reception for 19 yards on one target in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.

Fantasy Spin: Agholor was mostly invisible, with fellow wideouts Bryan Edwards (two), Hunter Renfrow (three) and Henry Ruggs III (three) each seeing more targets, and Zay Jones scoring the lone touchdown among the group. As such, Agholor has a ways to go before regaining fantasy relevance. The Raiders travel to meet the Patriots in Week 3.

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Zay Jones Sep 22 12:43am ET

Las Vegas Raiders WR Zay Jones posted a 15-yard touchdown on his only target in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.

Fantasy Spin: Despite the score he isn't someone for fantasy owners to count upon going forward outside of the very, very deepest of leagues. The Raiders travel to meet the Patriots in Week 3.

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Derek Carr Sep 22 12:33am ET

Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 28-of-38 passes for 282 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.

Fantasy Spin: Carr's favorite target was Darren Waller (12-103-1), and he targeted the tight end 16 times while targeting 10 others players a total of just 18 times. The Raiders travel to meet the New England Patriots in Week 3.

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Jalen Richard Sep 22 12:33am ET

Las Vegas Raiders RB Jalen Richard rushed twice for 26 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown scamper, in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.

Fantasy Spin: It wasn't a great night, and he didn't have any receptions. Two touches, even with a touchdown, won't make him terribly attractive for fantasy owners in most leagues. The Raiders travel to meet the Patriots in Week 3.

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Malcolm Jenkins Sep 22 12:23am ET

New Orleans Saints S Malcolm Jenkins posted seven total stops, a sack, a tackle for loss, a pass defensed and a quarterback hit in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

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Jared Cook Sep 22 12:13am ET

New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook posted just two grabs for 13 yards on five targets in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders, but he was able to score a touchdown.

Fantasy Spin: Cook salvaged the line with the touchdown, even if his yardage total was way down. He had five grabs for 80 yards in Week 1, so he has found a way to contribute each game. He remains a decent low-end TE1 in leagues of 12 or more teams heading into Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers.

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Demario Davis Sep 22 12:13am ET

New Orleans Saints LB Demario Davis registered eight total stops with one tackle for loss and a pass defensed in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

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P.J. Williams Sep 22 12:13am ET

New Orleans Saints CB P.J. Williams posted seven total tackles, including five solo stops, and he added a fumble recovery in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

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Emmanuel Sanders Sep 22 12:03am ET

New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders registered just one catch for 18 yards on three targets in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders was very disappointing given the fact Michael Thomas was out due to injury and he figured to have a much larger role. Fantasy owners will want to keep him reserved until he gets more acclimated to his new surroundings and he gets more involved. The Packers visit the Saints in Week 3.

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Wil Lutz Sep 22 12:00am ET

New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz connected on his only field-goal attempt and made three extra points in the Week 2 loss to the Raiders. Lutz didn't get to try for many field goals considering the Saints offense capitalized with touchdowns when they were in the red zone. As part of a high-octane offense, Lutz remains a weekly starter considering his large role and reliability.

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Ty Montgomery Sep 21 11:53pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Ty Montgomery posted two receptions for 25 yards on three targets in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Fantasy Spin: Montgomery is a versatile player who has lined up in the backfield for rushes, as well as as a wideout, during his time with the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. However, he has plenty of company at both spots and isn't going to get enough touches to make him fantasy worthy in most leagues.

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Alvin Kamara Sep 21 11:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara had a tremendous performance in the Week 2 loss to the Raiders, getting 13 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns along with leading the team with nine receptions for 95 yards on nine targets. The absence of Michael Thomas thrust Kamara into a huge role and he put on a great display in both the passing and rushing game. He remains a solid RB1 going forward.

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Tre'Quan Smith Sep 21 11:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith came through in the Week 2 loss to Las Vegas, getting five receptions for 86 yards on seven targets. With Michael Thomas sidelined, it was only natural to see Smith see some more targets and he delivered with a great performance. He should see some targets as long as Thomas is out, keeping him in the flex tier for the foreseeable future.

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Emmanuel Sanders Sep 21 11:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders only managed one reception for 18 yards on three targets in the Week 2 loss to the Raiders. It was certainly a disappointing performance for the temporary WR1 of the Saints as Drew Brees even eclipsed 300 passing yards. Sanders will look to get back on track in Week 3 against the Packers, but his value should be downgraded to a flex considering his Week 2 struggles.

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Jared Cook Sep 21 11:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook only managed two receptions for 13 yards on five targets in the Week 2 loss to the Raiders. After coming off an 80-yard performance in Week 1, the tight end was certainly disappointing. Nevertheless, with Michael Thomas sidelined, he should still see a decent number of targets and can redeem himself in Week 3. Cook can be explosive, thus keeping him in the TE1 tier going forward.

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Alvin Kamara Sep 21 11:43pm ET

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed 13 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns and he also added team highs with nine receptions, 95 yards and nine targets in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Fantasy Spin: Kamara was the apple of Drew Brees' eye with Michael Thomas inactive due to injury. Kamara is off to a monster start for fantasy owners, posting just 95 rushing yards in two games, but he has three rushing scores with 14 receptions, 146 receiving yards and another score through the air. Next up is a home game against the Green Bay Packers on SNF in Week 3.

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Latavius Murray Sep 21 11:43pm ET

New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray rushed three times for 14 yards and he added two receptions for 19 yards on two targets in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Fantasy Spin: Murray's touches will be limited as long as Alvin Kamara is healthy and going well. He is a solid handcuff for Kamara and only worth starting in the deepest of fantasy leagues heading into Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers.

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Tre'Quan Smith Sep 21 11:43pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith posted five receptions for 86 yards on seven targets in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders, leading all wide receivers in yardage.

Fantasy Spin: Smith stepped up with Michael Thomas sidelined due to injury. In fact, he was the only effective wideout for Drew Brees in this one. If Thomas is sidelined again in Week 3, Smith is worth a look as a WR4 or flex fantasy option on Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers.

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Drew Brees Sep 21 11:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 26-for-38 and put up 312 yards, one touchdown, and one pick in the loss to the Raiders on Monday. After a hot start, the Saints cooled down and the offense couldn't get going deeper into the game. It was obvious the absence of Michael Thomas was felt, but this was the type of performance that is now expected of Brees, which is generally not explosive in terms of touchdowns. He should remain a low-end QB1 or high QB2 going forward.

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