Wednesday’s Waiver Warriors – Week 6

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyle Allen #7 of the Carolina Panthers throws a touchdown pass as he is pressured by Terrell Suggs #56 of of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of the NFL football game at State Farm Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

For the majority of fantasy football leagues, waivers run on Wednesdays. AEE Fantasy is here to help you prioritize the guys you need to be picking up to help improve your fantasy football team. 

Top Priority

QB

Kirk Cousins – If you haven’t been listening, you don’t know that I advocated picking up and starting Kirk Cousins in this matchup. If he’s still available in your league, you need to run out and get him, as he has three juicy matchups upcoming against the Lions, Redskins, and Chiefs.

Sam Darnold – After beating Mononucleosis, Sam Darnold came out and in a shocking upset, beat the Dallas Cowboys. Darnold immediately changed the way this Jets offense has looked the past few weeks and inspired hope for the future. The Jets have a much easier back half schedule, so Darnold is worth picking up in deeper or two-quarterback leagues.

Kyle Allen – Cam Newton’s tenure is in question and it’s because of how well Kyle Allen has played. He’s been essentially a game manager since his first audition in which he dropped 4 touchdowns, but the Panthers are winning and will have some tasty matchups coming up, including the Atlanta Falcons twice.

RB 

Jamaal Williams – After a fumble and a massive drop that would have resulted in a touchdown, Aaron Jones ceded much more work than anticipated to a returning Jamaal Williams. It’s clear that Aaron Jones isn’t running away with the job, so Williams needs to be rostered as he has low-level flex appeal in a waiverwire wasteland as far as running backs are concerned.

Frank Gore – In shallower leagues, Frank Gore may be available as he was on a bye week. If he is, he needs to be picked up and started, as he will be facing a Miami Dolphins squad that just allowed Adrian Peterson to run for over 100 yards against them. The interminable one is a must-start this week.

Chase Edmonds – Even though David Johnson was able to play on Sunday, Chase Edmonds showed that he will have value regardless. If David Johnson misses time going forward, Edmonds jumps into the RB2 discussion, but until then, he’s still a flex option worth considering.

WR

Auden Tate – Suddenly the most consistent receiver for the Bengals, Auden Tate is a player to monitor for wide receiver needy teams. The schedule isn’t great, but he caught 5 passes for 91 yards on a team-high 12 targets this past Sunday. With that kind of volume, Tate can not be ignored.

Jamison Crowder – Upon the return of Sam Darnold, both Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson immediately regained fantasy football relevance. Going forward, I’d rather have Crowder, as he has the larger volume share and is operating as Darnold’s security blanket. If he’s been dropped in your league, go scoop him up.

Allen Lazard – With both Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling leaving Monday’s game against the Lions with injuries, it was the Lazard King who capitalized. Lazard finished with 4 catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in what was likely a one-off, but if Allison and Adams are both out of action next week, he might be a rental flex option.

TE

Darren Fells – Though 6 catches for 69 yards isn’t the most impressive stat line in the world, the fact that Darren Fells is getting an uptick in volume makes him the priority tight end to pick up off waivers in my opinion. Fells has touchdown upside as well and given how thin the tight end position has been this year, you could do worse.

Ricky Seals-Jones – After goosing the week before, Ricky Seals-Jones has emerged into relevance once again after catching a touchdown on Sunday. RSJ isn’t a great option, but he’s the best tight end left in Cleveland and is at least getting snaps and targets, something that can’t be said for many tight end waiver targets.

Second Run

QB

Teddy Bridgewater – It was a bad game for Teddy Bridgewater and the offense, but Jacksonville’s defense is pretty good. Outside of the dome, I feel like Teddy B’s upside is limited. However, he’s still a desirable streaming option if you’re struggling at quarterback. 

Jimmy Garropolo – I had him listed in the offseason as one of my top QB busts and even though the 49ers are undefeated, your fantasy team is probably not if you’ve been starting Jimmy G. With that said, the matchup this week against Washington is probably one you can’t ignore, so I’m fine with picking up Jimmy G as a one week rental.

RB

Malcolm Brown – The entire Rams offense looked bad against the 49ers, but the Atlanta Falcons are among the worst defenses in the league. If Todd Gurley misses another game, Malcolm Brown will be a must-add, must-start. The only reason he’s not a higher priority is that I think Gurley will play.

Darrell Henderson – Continuing with the same backfield, I’m ok with stashing Darrell Henderson if you’re the Todd Gurley owner and you missed out on Malcolm Brown. The Falcons are so bad that you can probably start both running backs against them if Todd Gurley misses the game.

Benny Snell – You will have to wait a week if you pick up Benny Snell, but given how James Conner has barely managed to play through this early chunk of the season, you need to make sure Snell is owned. I keep saying he’s Lev Bell Lite and he will see a huge value if Conner gets hurt going forward.

WR

Corey Davis – It was perhaps the ugliest offensive performance of the year for the Titans, in a game where Marcus Mariota was benched for Ryan Tannehill. With that said, I might actually like Corey Davis more if Tannehill is playing over Mariota. It’s definitely a dart throw, but Davis is a talented player who just hasn’t lived up to potential.

Mohamed Sanu – The third wide receiver for the Falcons had been sneakily consistent the last three weeks, so you were probably disappointed if you started him this week. However, you should stick to your guns as he has a tasty matchup against a reeling Rams squad. If he’s available, pick him up.

Jakobi Meyers – The wide receiver corps for the New England Patriots are banged up and they could use an emerging young star like Jakobi Meyers going forward. Meyers made some tough catches against the New York Giants and if he can push for more volume, he would become a nice little flex option.

TE

Cameron Brate – The tight end room in Tampa Bay might be one of the most frustrating units in fantasy football. The OJ Howard breakout is on perma-hold and Cameron Brate keeps finding work in the end zone. If I’m running out a Tampa Bay tight end in hopes of anything, it’ll be Brate in hopes of a touchdown.

Ryan Griffin – After it was announced that Chris Herndon would miss a few more weeks given the hamstring injury he suffered in practice, it was surprising to see the Jets utilize the tight end position so effectively. It wasn’t huge volume, but Ryan Griffin found the end zone and that was enough to finish as a top ten tight end this week. Pick him up if you’re really hurting at tight end.

Deep Stash

QB

Derek Carr – He’s been mostly forgotten since he was on a bye week, but Derek Carr is available in myriad leagues. He’s definitely a last gasp, desperation pickup, but he has some halfway decent matches and the Raiders have played surprisingly well as of late. 

Cam Newton – Even though Kyle Allen has played well, you can pick up and stash Cam Newton, especially if you have an available IR spot. Allen has played well, but he hasn’t completely blown me away to the point that I think the Panthers would bench a completely healthy Newton for him.

RB

Mark Walton – Times are tough at the running back position for fantasy football, so I won’t blame you if you have no alternative then to start Mark Walton. It’s not pretty and it probably won’t work, but he’s getting some work in the passing game as the Dolphins seem to be in a weird evaluation process of their own roster.

Raheem Mostert – The Colonel made his way onto the field against the Rams, but was very limited in his opportunities. Mostert is only a deep stash, particularly for the Matt Breida or Tevin Coleman owners out there, as one injury could propel Mostert back into fantasy relevance.

Adrian Peterson – I picked up Adrian Peterson and started him against the Miami Dolphins and if he could play the Dolphins every week, he’d have some actual value. The truth is, the Redskins upcoming schedule is deadly and in redraft leagues, you should be trying to package away all your Redskins players, even Terry McLaurin.

WR

Dante Pettis – Still hanging out in Kyle Shanahan’s doghouse, Dante Pettis will eventually emerge as a flex option in this offense. The passing attack hasn’t been great as the 49ers have leaned on the run, but there isn’t a wide receiver on this team that has emerged, leaving an opening for Pettis to reclaim some of his prospective value.

Tavon Austin – Things are getting nasty in Big D as the Dallas Cowboys may find themselves having to rely heavily on Tavon Austin. I really like Tavon Austin in Madden, because I frequently convert him to an unstoppable, pass-catching running back that can outrun everyone. However, in real life, Austin is a desperation PPR play that I’d rather avoid.

Keke Coutee – Given Will Fuller’s injury history, Keke Coutee is a nice bench stash. As we’ve seen in the past, he can step into some decent volume if Fuller ever misses time. He’s a low priority, however, as he seems to have been surpassed by Darren Fells on the priority target list in Houston.

TE

Ryan Izzo – He may not have produced much with the opportunity, but Ryan Izzo was on the field for nearly all of the Patriots’ offensive snaps. If he can make the leap into being an actual receiving option, he could definitely have some late-season value.

Dawson Knox – Fort Knox hasn’t produced much fantasy gold this season, but he’s a young, ascending player who’s capable of making some plays. That’s already a lot better than half the tight ends available on the waiver wire, so consider stashing Dawson Knox for more fruitful times ahead.

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