Guest of the League
Auction action Est. 2020
Draft Masters - FFL: Week 6 | NFL: Week 6

Waivering: Week 2

Tue Sep 14 9:38am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Related photo caption below

Mitchell is top option on waivers


It is always a tough chore to navigate the waiver wire this first week of the season, especially if you are using FAAB to acquire players. Some of the top players from Week 1 won’t pan out, but there are several that likely will. So be aggressive this first week on the players you think can keep it going. These are guys that will be on your roster a long time, giving them a little more value than the acquisition you make in Week 7. Good luck in navigating things this first week.

QUARTERBACKS

Jared Goff, Lions. The Lions are going to be playing behind from a lot, meaning Goff should get plenty of weekly chances to air it out. He threw the ball 57 times last week. He topped 300 yards and scored three touchdowns with one interception, scoring 33.3 fantasy points. Goff is available in 80 percent of leagues and is worth grabbing as a spot play.

Sam Darnold, Panthers. Darnold had a solid debut with the Panthers, throwing for 279 yards with two total scores. He looked comfortable in the offense and plays with some of the best weapons in football. Darnold is a top QB2 worthy of some starts along the way. He is available in 63 percent of leagues.

Jameis Winston, Saints. Winston didn’t throw for many yards last week (148) but found the end zone five times. He proved he is more than capable of the huge game in this offense. And Winston did this on the road against a team most thought was a top contender for the Super Bowl. This might be the last week you can grab Winston in the 41 percent of leagues he is available.

Tyrod Taylor, Texans. Taylor had a prime matchup last week but showed what he is capable of in a starting role. He is a dual threat with big-play ability. He threw for nearly 300 yards (291) and ran for 40 more while scoring two touchdowns. He is another good spot play in the right matchup.

Mac Jones, Patriots. Jones was probably the best rookie quarterback in Week 1, playing a good game against a good Dolphins pass defense. He showed a lot, finishing 29-of-39 for 281 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. Jones is going to just get better with more seasoning and easier matchups.

RUNNING BACKS

Eli Mitchell, 49ers. Raheem Mostert went down with another injury and could miss some time, leaving Mitchell is the likely starter for the 49ers. He was the surprise first back off the bench last week and excelled with his chances. Mitchell ran 19 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. He is rostered in just three percent of leagues but will be grabbed up in many. He should be added in all formats, possibly starting for a few weeks in the 49ers run-heavy offense.

Mark Ingram, Texans. Ingram was the lead back for the Texans last week, getting 26 carries for 85 yards and a score. He is the best of the three Texans backs to use right now. Things might be different when the Texans get down, which could be the case many weeks, but if they are in game, Ingram should get the work. He remains available in 72 percent of leagues.

Carlos Hyde, Jaguars. Not sure why, but Hyde was actually the back with the most touches for the Jaguars last week. Hyde ran nine times for 44 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards. Robinson remains the starter but this might be more of a timeshared than expected.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Cole Beasley, Bills. Beasley is not available in many leagues but still out there in 24 percent. It is a surprise if you consider his weekly usage in a pass-first offense. It was more of the same in the opener for Beasley, getting eight receptions for 60 yards on 13 targets. He really should be owned in all formats. 

Zach Pascal, Colts. With TY Hilton out, Pascal starter for the Colts last week and did well in that role. Pascal had four receptions for 43 yards and two touchdowns. As long as he is starting while Hilton is out, Pascal has some value for fantasy teams. He is capable of the big game.

K.J. Osborn, Vikings. Osborn had a big preseason, earning the No. 3 receiver spot with the team. He built on that preseason in his first regular season game, catching seven passes for 76 yards on nine targets. Osborn has a chance to continue to get weekly targets in this offense.

Christian Kirk, Cardinals. Kirk might be boom or bust on a weekly basis, but his ceiling is high in this pass-first offense. He showed his big potential in Week 1, catching all five of his targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Sterling Shepard, Giants. Shepard was the top receiver for the Giants in the opener. He hit the 100-yard mark, getting seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. He was kind of forgotten about come draft day, but he might lead the receivers in targets. He gets a lot of volume and is worth adding as a bench player for fantasy teams. Shepard is available in 32 percent of leagues.

TIGHT ENDS

Rob Gronkowski, Bucs. Gronkowski proved he still has plenty left in the tank, posting a huge game in the opener. He had eight receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Gronkowski won’t do this every week with so many mouths to feed in Tampa, but could have a few more games like this going forward. He is actually available in 21 percent of leagues.

James O’Shaughnessy, Jaguars. O’Shaughnessy started for the Jaguars and got eight targets in the game. He had six receptions for 48 yards. O’Shaughnessy might not be flashy but could get consistent work in this offense as long as he is starting.

Juwan Johnson, Saints. Johnson got a lot of buzz in camp and preseason action, which turned out to be warranted this first week of the season. He was a top red-zone target, finishing with three receptions for 21 yards and two touchdowns. He might be a touchdown dependent player, but the potential is certainly there in this offensive scheme.

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.

Top Headlines
The Paur Report

RTSports Weekly: Week 5

Player Notes
Mac Jones Oct 16 10:20am ET
Mac Jones

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has failed to impress over the first five games of the season. He has posted one multi-touchdown game, but has only surpassed the 280-yard mark once through five contests. The rookie quarterback will now head into a tough matchup against the Dallas Cowboys defense. Normally, the Cowboys defense wouldn't be intimidating, but they rank ninth in pass DVOA so far in 2021. It wouldn't be surprising to see Jones struggle to move the ball in this one. He'll be a desperation streaming option, but should be avoided in most formats.

From RotoBaller

Demetric Felton Oct 16 10:00am ET
Demetric Felton

Cleveland Browns running back Demetric Felton could have an expanded role in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals. Browns star RB Nick Chubb (calf) was ruled out ahead of Sunday's game, and RB Kareem Hunt (wrist, knee) is questionable with a knee/wrist injury. Felton will have a complementary role and should see an uptick in carries along with D'Ernest Johnson as the backups to Hunt. The 23-year-old logged three snaps on offense and returned two punts for 17 yards in Sunday's Week 47-42 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. While Hunt is expected to suit up, the Browns have a game scheduled for Thursday next week; Felton and Johnson could see additional touches in Week 6. The UCLA product is worth stashing in deep-league formats while Chubb is sidelined and Hunt is banged up.

From RotoBaller

D'Ernest Johnson Oct 16 9:50am ET
D'Ernest Johnson

Cleveland Browns running back D'Ernest Johnson could have a vital role in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals. Browns star RB Nick Chubb (calf) was ruled out ahead of Sunday's game, and RB Kareem Hunt (knee, wrist) is questionable with a wrist/knee injury. Johnson will have a complementary role on Sunday and is the only other running back on the Browns to see carries this season besides Hunt and Chubb. While Hunt is expected to suit up, the Browns have a game scheduled for Thursday next week; Johnson, along with Demetric Felton, could see additional touches in Week 6. The 25-year-old is worth stashing in deep-league formats while Chubb is sidelined and Hunt is banged up.

From RotoBaller

Isaiah Ford Oct 16 9:13am ET
Isaiah Ford

The Miami Dolphins elevated WRs Isaiah Ford and Kirk Merritt from their practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 16, for Week 6's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

From TheHuddle

Randall Cobb Oct 16 6:40am ET
Randall Cobb

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb will try to bounce back in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears after reeling in 2-of-3 targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 31-year-old averages 10.6 air yards per target and owns 9% of the team's target share, ranked 92nd among all wideouts. Cobb will continue to have an expanded role while Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) remains on the injured reserve. This season, the Bears have been obliterated by WR1s (30th in DVOA) but have been solid against the opposing team's WR2s, which ranks 10th in DVOA versus the opponent's secondary receiver. Cobb is considered a flex play in deep-league formats and is a dart throw at best in Week 6.

From RotoBaller

Robert Tonyan Oct 16 6:20am ET
Robert Tonyan

Green Bay Packers' tight end Robert Tonyan (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears. He was a limited participant in practice throughout the week but is all systems go in Week 6. The 27-year-old has caught just 9-of-17 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown over five games in 2021. He averages 8.9 air yards per target (9th in position rank) and 10% of the team's target share, 26th among all tight ends. The Bears are ranked ninth in DVOA against tight ends this year, and a bounce-back week for Tonyan most likely won't happen this Sunday. Fantasy managers can search the waiver wire for a streaming tight end as Tonyan is a mid-range TE2 at best in Week 6.

From RotoBaller

Aaron Jones Oct 16 6:10am ET
Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears. He was a limited participant in practice throughout the week but is all systems go for Week 6. The 26-year-old has rushed for 309 yards on 70 attempts and two touchdowns while catching 17-of-19 targets for 132 yards and three scores over five games in 2021. The Bears have been tough against the run this season and rank fourth in rush DVOA. Despite the tough matchup, Jones is a low-end RB1, and fantasy managers can start the Packers running back with confidence in Week 6.

From RotoBaller

Davante Adams Oct 16 6:00am ET
Davante Adams

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is coming off his best game of the season in last Sunday's Week 5 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He hauled in 11-of-16 targets for 206 yards and a touchdown. The Packers star receiver gets the Chicago Bears in Week 6, has been dreadful against WR1s, and is ranked 30th against the opposing team's top targets. Adams has dominated the Bears in the past, reeling in 67 catches for 814 yards and eight touchdowns over 14 games against Chicago in his career. The 28-year-old should have success again versus the Bears, and a is a surefire WR1 in Week 6.

From RotoBaller

Aaron Rodgers Oct 16 5:40am ET
Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown exactly two touchdowns in three straight games and is coming off his first 300-yard effort in last Sunday's Week 5 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The future Hall of Famer gets divisional rival the Chicago Bears in Week 6. Chicago has allowed the fifth-fewest points to quarterbacks and ranks third in pass DVOA this season. Rodgers has completed 107-of-163 attempts for 1,241 passing yards and a 10:3 TD: INT ratio while rushing for eight yards on seven attempts and a score over five games in 2021. The 37-year-old has typically done well against the Bears and has a passing rating of 107.2 with 55 touchdowns over 25 games versus Chicago in his career. Fantasy managers can fire up Rodgers as a low-end QB1 in Week 6.

From RotoBaller

Derek Carr Oct 15 11:00pm ET
Derek Carr

The Denver Broncos defensive line should have the advantage in Week 6 against a Las Vegas Raiders offensive line that ranks 20th in pressure rate allowed and 31st in yards per carry. The key will be limiting big plays in the passing game, as they've allowed seven completions of 30-plus yards this year, which is tied for seventh-most in the league. Kyle Fuller has struggled in one-on-one matchups, but the return of Ronald Darby from Injured Reserve should help this secondary. If Denver can keep Derek Carr from succeeding deep -- only four QBs have completed more 30-plus-yard passes than him -- they have a shot to really slow Vegas' offense down. The Broncos defense has allowed the second-fewest points (76) through five weeks and should have a solid fantasy week if they can get consistent pressure on Carr.

From RotoBaller

Brandon McManus Oct 15 10:50pm ET
Brandon McManus

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus will be looking to stay perfect in a big matchup against the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders in Week 6. McManus has made all 11 of his field-goal attempts and all nine of his extra-point tries through five weeks to rank him as the No. 8 fantasy kicker. The move from Drew Lock in 2020 to Teddy Bridgewater at QB this year has made a world of difference for Denver's offense in terms of efficiency and lack of turnovers. In turn, McManus has become fantasy relevant on a weekly basis, and it also has helped that Denver ranks 10th in red-zone attempts but just 29th in red-zone success rate. The Broncos have scored touchdowns on just 42.11% of their trips inside the 20-yard line, which means McManus should continue to get his chances this Sunday. He'll easily be a top-10 fantasy kicker in Week 6.

From RotoBaller

Noah Fant Oct 15 10:40pm ET
Noah Fant

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant had just three catches for 20 yards and wasn't targeted until the fourth quarter in the Week 5 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The reason? His lack of involvement was a direct result of the team's decision to slow down Pittsburgh's edge rushers. The Las Vegas Raiders have some impressive pass-rushers of their own, but look for the Broncos to get Fant more involved in the passing game in Week 6. The 23-year-old remains one of Denver's top targets with Jerry Jeudy still out with a high ankle sprain, and the Raiders defense has been generous to opposing tight ends the last three weeks, allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game. At the weakest fantasy position, Fant will remain a midrange TE1 with a prime bounce-back opportunity this Sunday.

From RotoBaller

Tim Patrick Oct 15 10:30pm ET
Tim Patrick

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick hasn't put up gaudy numbers or done anything overly special with Jerry Jeudy sidelined by a high ankle sprain, but he is quietly one of the NFL's best receivers. Through five weeks, Patrick leads the NFL by a wide margin with a plus-15.8% catch rate over expected. Oh, and he also hasn't dropped a pass in 127 targets since the 2019 season. He's gradually seen an increase in targets as the season has progressed, and he had a season-high seven catches on nine targets for 89 yards in the Week 5 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But because he's not much of a big-play receiver in a middling offense, Patrick has been merely a WR4/flex option in fantasy with Jeudy out. There won't be a ton of upside in Week 6 against a Las Vegas Raiders defense that has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to the receiver position this year.

From RotoBaller

Courtland Sutton Oct 15 10:20pm ET
Courtland Sutton

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton woke up in the Week 5 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching seven of his 11 targets for 120 yards and his first touchdown of the season. Aside from his two 100-yard games, though, Sutton has been pretty quiet despite ranking second behind Davante Adams with 644 air yards in 2021. The 26-year-old was also helped by the fact that Denver was forced to throw while being down multiple scores in the second half last Sunday. The targets will be there for Denver's top option in the passing game, but Sutton will also be facing a Las Vegas Raiders defense in Week 6 that has allowed the fewest fantasy points per game (9.0) to opposing pass-catchers in the last three weeks. He'll be a midrange WR2 for fantasy managers against the division rivals.

From RotoBaller

Javonte Williams Oct 15 10:10pm ET
Javonte Williams

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams seems to waiting patiently for his true breakout game with Melvin Gordon III (hip), who is questionable for Week 6 against the Las Vegas Raiders, dealing with nagging injuries in recent weeks. Williams has gains of 31 and 49 yards, respectively, in the last two games and is a true big-play back that can break tackles. He is fifth in the NFL in adjusted yards after contact per rush at 4.3 since Week 2, and he has 5.05 yards per carry for 202 yards and a score on 40 carries in the last four weeks compared to 3.69 yards per carry on 49 attempts for Gordon. There's a chance that Williams finally takes the majority of touches over Gordon this week, which would give him RB2 upside against a Raiders defense that has been vulnerable to running backs in the last three weeks -- 23.1 fantasy points per game allowed to RBs (seventh-most).

From RotoBaller

Teddy Bridgewater Oct 15 10:00pm ET
Teddy Bridgewater

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the offense will be looking to carry over their fourth-quarter success in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers into a Week 6 meeting with the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders. The Broncos scored 13 points on 10 first downs and 205 yards of total offense in comeback mode in the fourth quarter last week, but the Steelers also were playing softer coverage. Bridgewater has only gone over 300 yards passing once in five games, but he does have a nice TD-to-interception ratio of 7:1 and is completing a career-high 69.8% of his passes. The 28-year-old is taking care of the football, taking plenty of deep shots and taking what the defense gives him. Against a Raiders defense that has looked much better this year, Bridgewater will remain a midrange QB2 in superflex leagues.

From RotoBaller

Russell Wilson Oct 15 9:50pm ET
Russell Wilson

The Seattle Seahawks defense has been inconsistent all season, but they have interesting upside in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers offense, outside of Week 5 against the Denver Broncos when they scored more than 17 points for the first time since Week 1, has struggled to consistently put up points. The Steelers have turned the ball over at least once in every game, except for their win against the Buffalo Bills, and the Seahawks defense has gotten at least one takeaway in four out of five games while averaging at least two sacks per game. If the Seattle offense can take care of the ball and sustain drives, which is asking a lot with Geno Smith now in for the injured Russell Wilson (finger), the defense could come out of the game with a solid fantasy performance this week.

From RotoBaller

Alex Collins Oct 15 9:40pm ET
Alex Collins

Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins will be getting his second straight start in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but we could see him struggle in this matchup. The Steelers haven't been lights-out on defense this year, but they've been pretty good against the run, allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. They remain the lone defense that has yet to give up a touchdown to the running back position. Collins has scored one touchdown thus far, with the majority going to teammate Chris Carson (neck), who was placed on Injured Reserve on Friday. As the primary ball-carrier last Thursday against the Rams, Collins averaged just 3.13 yards per carry, and this matchup doesn't figure to make life easier on him. Collins will be a shaky touchdown-dependent RB3/flex with Geno Smith now at quarterback, while DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer figure to share change-of-pace work.

From RotoBaller

Daniel Jones Oct 15 9:40pm ET
Daniel Jones

This Los Angeles Rams defense has struggled to start the year after looking like one of the best units in the NFL last season, but they're in a great bounce-back spot in Week 6 against the New York Giants. After five games, the Rams D has come away with six turnovers, including five interceptions. The Giants are dealing with a number of injuries across their offense and will be without starting running back Saquon Barkley(ankle) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee). Quarterback Daniel Jones has done a good job of taking care of the football so far this season, but the Rams have the pass rush to get home and really make him uncomfortable, as their 14 sacks are tied for fifth in the NFL. If they can get early pressure on Jones, they have the potential to turn in their best game of the season.

From RotoBaller