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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Dallas Cowboys WR Randall Cobb (back, hip) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 6 game.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield appeared to injure his lower back in the third quarter against the Seahawks. Mayfield was taken to the locker room for evaluation, but he promptly returned without missing a single snap and is currently back in the game. It appears Mayfield will tough this one out, but his Week 7 status needs to be monitored.
New York Jets WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas likely will receive a handful of targets against the Dallas Cowboys, but fantasy players may be able to find better options for their lineups this week.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly went down in Week 6 against the Browns with an injury to his achilles. The injury was non-contact, and Dissly was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. At the time of the injury, Dissly was just targeted just once and failed to haul it in. Luke Willson is in at tight end for the rest of the afternoon, and currently has one catch for five yards. Dissly's Week 7 status is in doubt and needs to be monitored.
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 6 game.
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (back) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson likely will receive a lot of touches during the game despite the injury and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle is one of the best right ends in the NFL and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
The Panthers Defense brutalized the Tampa offense during the Week 6 matchup in London. With seven sacks on the day, including receiving 2.5 from Gerald McCoy against his former team, Carolina was relentless by also forcing quarterback Jameis Winston to throw five interceptions. With a week off, the team will have a stiff challenge against a sound 49ers offense in Week 8.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was targeted seven times against the Buccaneers on Sunday and finished with four catches for 52 yards. After failing to record a catch against the Jaguars in Week 5 while recording just two in Week 4, the veteran's performance in London was a slight improvement. Nonetheless, Olsen has been a disappointment from a fantasy perspective and should only be expected to produce efficient performances on sporadic occasions throughout the remainder of the season regardless of who is under center for the Panthers.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Dissly missed last season with an injury to his right knee, so this is a brand new injury to his left Achilles. We don't know the severity yet, but it was bad enough to immediately rule him out for the rest of the game. It took him a couple of minutes to get off the turf and it sure seems like this is a serious injury. Stay tuned. At tight end, Luke Willson will take over and he's an athletic TE who may become a threat.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber was unable to get anything going against the Panthers in Week 6, gaining just 28 yards on 10 carries on the day. Barber did get more carries than backfield mate Ronald Jones II, but could not find any holes and was otherwise a non-factor in what turned out to be a pass-heavy game. Barber has established himself through the first 6 weeks of the season as borderline unstartable in any fantasy format and should be treated as such. The Bucs have a bye in Week 7 before another tough matchup against the Titans in Tennessee in Week 8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II was unable to get going Sunday, gaining only 10 yards on four carries, but did score a touchdown to save his day. Jones again fell victim to the Bucs unpredictable backfield rotation after starting to seemingly separate himself from the pack, seeing fewer snaps and touches than fellow backfield mate Peyton Barber in Week 6. It will be hard for fantasy owners to trust any of the Bucs running backs until something changes in that backfield. Until then they can both be considered very low-end bye week fill-in options. The Bucs are off in Week 7 before a tough matchup against the Titans in Week 8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston disappointed fantasy owners in a big way Sunday, completing 30-of-54 passes for 400 yards and a touchdown to go along with an absurd five interceptions. Winston wasn't given an inch on the day, getting sacked seven times and losing a fumble in the process. Anything Winston did through the first four weeks to gain fantasy owner's confidence has been thrown out the window over the last two weeks. This shouldn't come as the biggest surprise though, as inconsistency has been the theme of Winston's career. The Bucs have a bye in Week 7 before a tough matchup against the Titans in Tennessee, Winston will slot in as a mid-range QB2 for that matchup.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel recorded four catches for 70 yards, while also recording a pair of touchdowns against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Samuel got it done in all areas in London, rushing for a score midway through the third quarter before catching a touchdown off of a 13-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Allen in the fourth. With Cam Newton (foot) potentially returning after the Week 7 bye, the 23-year-old will continue to split the bulk of the targets with fellow wideout D.J. Moore and running back Christian McCaffrey regardless of who is under center.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore recorded 73 yards off of seven catches during the win over the Buccaneers in London. With 10 targets on the day, Moore kept it going after recording six receptions for 91 yards against the Jaguars in Week 5. The quarterback situation remains a mystery as the team heads toward the bye, but the 22-year-old should remain involved regardless of who is under center while continuing to split the majority of the targets with Curtis Samuel, who finished with two touchdowns on the day.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey recorded just 57 total yards against Tampa Bay on Sunday, but still managed to find the end zone twice in Week 6. While McCaffrey was stuffed by the Buccaneers Defense by rushing for an abysmal 31 yards on 22 attempts, he offset his shoddy numbers with a touchdown run late in the first quarter, while acquiring his second off of a 25-yard pass from Kyle Allen. With the team heading into a bye, the potential MVP will look to keep it going in Week 8 against the 49ers.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen recorded his fourth straight win on Sunday against Tampa Bay in London. While Jameis Winston recorded five interceptions on the day, Allen was able to get it done by finishing with 227 yards and two touchdowns on 20-for-32 passing. With the Panthers heading into a bye, things will get interesting for the Panthers if Cam Newton (foot) can return for the Week 8 matchup with San Francisco. Fantasy managers will want to monitor the situation, but Allen should remain on rosters until Newton is officially back in the mix as a starter.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (ankle) is active against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kamara gets a juicy matchup in Week 6, though he might be limited. Even if he has a smaller role, he should still put up RB1 numbers against Jacksonville.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (ankle) is inactive against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6 while tight end Mark Andrews (shoulder) will play. Andrews is a TE1 with upside, as quarterback Lamar Jackson will lean on him in the passing game. Ravens slot receiver Willie Snead could be a sneaky sleeper without Brown in the fold.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is officially inactive for Week 6. His absence should give the rest of the Kansas City offense more opportunities. In a likely shootout against the Houston Texans, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson are flex plays while Tyreek Hill is back and ready to resume his WR1 role.