Welcome to Working the Wire for Week 6 of the 2018 season! We’ll list off the best adds for your waiver period to bolster your fantasy squad, or replace your injured players! This week is dry as a bone, but as always, still some good pickups to make to add to your rosters, and as always, a couple notes:
– Players will not be listed that have over 50% of ownership in ESPN leagues.
– Players are listed by higher priority to low, not by position.
RB Alfred Morris, SF (49.7% owned in ESPN leagues)
With Matt Breida leaving in the first half of Week 5’s loss to Arizona, Alfred Morris got a lot of work as the primary ball carrier, with an 18-61-0 line, adding 3-30 in receiving. In the event that Breida would miss any time, Morris would become a solid RB2, and would have a pretty favorable matchup against a reeling Green Bay defense.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (3.2%)
In his first extended game action this season, Marques Valdes-Scantling (MVS) did very well against Detroit, putting up a 7-68-1 line on 10 targets. The absence of Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb due to injury led MVS to play a team high 77 snaps on offense. If either Cobb or Allison are hurt, I’m confident MVS would still have a decent role on offense and would benefit from having other playmakers around him. He could be a very worthwhile stash for the rest of season.
RB Alfred Blue, HOU (15.5%)
On Sunday night, Alfred Blue received 20 carries, but averaged roughly 2.3 YPC with them, but made up for it by catching 8 passes for 73 yards. If this is a true committee, if may sap Lamar Miller’s value even more and put a cap on Blue’s value. The Texans have a good matchup against the Buffalo Bills and should have a positive game script, even though the Bills have been pretty solid on the run. If Blue can continue being a safety valve for Deshaun Watson, he could have a low end flex role in fantasy.
WR Christian Kirk, ARI (11.4%)
Christian Kirk is a stash for me at this point, but on Sunday, received 4 targets, caught 3 of them, one for a 75 yard touchdown strike from Josh Rosen. You have to figure that the Cardinals will find a way to get the young Texas A&M speedster ways to produce each week, gaining a rapport with a young QB like Rosen. Averaging 5 ½ targets since Week 2, Kirk could be a late season contributor for a Cardinals team that isn’t expected to compete, and this is as good of a time as any to swipe him and stash.
WR Robby Anderson, NYJ (41.9%)
Most owners dropped him after using a mid-round pick on him in drafts this fall, and after a 1 catch/1 touchdown outing in Week 1, owners were very disappointed in his subsequent weeks, tallying 7 total catches in 3 weeks, for 67 yards. In Week 5, Robby Anderson exploded for a 3-123-2 line, catching 2 long touchdowns. Could this be an anomaly? With the Jets looking to run, run, run, then throw it deep, Gang Green could be on to something. Anderson does have a long way to go to earn trust from fantasy owners again, but he’s done it before as recently as last season, albeit with an old regime. Worth a bench spot to wait and see.
QB Jameis Winston, TB (12.5%)
Now entrenched as the starter in Tampa Bay, with a cadre of big time weapons at his disposal, Jameis Winston could very well reach his potential as an upper echelon signal caller in the NFL. He could get off to a good start realizing that potential with a road trip to Atlanta to face the Falcons. I would rank him just outside the top 12 at the position, even with a couple bye weeks taking a couple of top 12 options (Stafford/Brees). If you own either, Winston is a perfect bye week fill in. If you have QB issues, Winston could be that answer for the rest of the season.
TE Austin Hooper, ATL (49%) & TE Cameron Brate, TB (16.6%)
As thin as the tight end position is, both Austin Hooper and Cameron Brate should be owned in a majority of fantasy leagues. Hooper finally got some volume his way, putting up a 9-77 line on 12 targets. Hooper faces a Tampa Bay defense that’s just as bad as the Pittsburgh defense before it. Speaking of Tampa Bay, with O.J. Howard out with an MCL Sprain, Brate should fill in nicely for both the Bucs and owners, facing an Atlanta defense decimated by injuries. Both are worthwhile pickups if you’re in need of a tight end, Hooper being the better long term add.
Stay tuned for my Week 6 rankings coming up tomorrow, and as always, feel free to give me a shout on Twitter @ktompkinsii!