Wednesday’s Waiver Warriors – Week 6

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

Gardner Minshew – Do you believe in Minshew Magic? I let my head get in the way and opted to sit Gardner Minshew because of the matchup and he performed anyways. If you’re hurting for a quarterback, you could do worse than Minshew-Mania. At the very least, he’s fun to watch.

Josh Allen – If Josh Allen was dropped after his ugly game last week, he should be picked back up. Allen has a nice floor because of the running volume and it was encouraging to see him not shy away from the run after returning from injury. Allen is a streamable QB2 option in any format.

Kirk Cousins – The overcorrection came for Kirk Cousins and he dropped 300 yards and 2 touchdowns on the New York Giants. It’s been a week to week proposition when it comes to starting Cousins, but hopefully going forward, the Vikings are able to maintain a balanced attack.

RB 

Alexander Mattison – The rookie running back continues to prove that if anything should happen to Dalvin Cook, he would immediately enter the discussion as an RB2 with upside. Mattison should be owned by the Dalvin Cook owner, or by very good teams who can afford to stash him on the bench for down the stretch.

Frank Gore – It may not have been an impressive final stat line, but the Bills leaned on Frank Gore in order to salt the game away against the Titans. Frank Gore is owned in most leagues, but I have seen him floating out there in a few of my shallower leagues. He should be owned in all formats.

DeAndre Washington – I figured Jalen Richard would have more value as a backup running back for the Raiders, but overall, it’s DeAndre Washington who’s been getting run as the primary backup. Josh Jacobs played through injury and if he’s dinged up, Washington could see a spike in volume.

WR

Byron Pringle – Once he popped, he couldn’t stop. Byron Pringle emerged from nowhere as the primary receiver for the Chiefs. Pringle was second on the team in targets with 9 total, behind only Travis Kelce. Pringle is going to be the hottest wide receiver pickup of the week.

Mecole Hardman – The rookie wide receiver for the Chiefs had a half-decent game, getting 4 catches for 79 yards on 6 targets. If Hardman was dropped, run out and pick him back up, as he should see more volume if Sammy Watkins misses time.

TE

Darren Fells – I think Darren Fells is at the very least is rosterable in most leagues given the depth of the tight end position overall in 2019. Fells was the number one scoring tight end of the week thanks to his two touchdown receptions. The fact that he only had 2 receptions was not encouraging, but as long as he’s still being utilized in the red zone, he has value.

Foster Moreau – Derek Carr really likes throwing to the tight end position and even with Darren Waller on the field, Foster Moreau has some low level value. Moreau tied Darren Waller for targets and for catches and for very desperate teams, he’s a bench stash with some upside.

Second Run

QB

Teddy Bridgewater – After throwing 4 touchdowns on Sunday, Teddy Bridgewater proved he can still play efficient football. He would be a higher priority if Drew Brees’ impending return wasn’t hanging over Bridgewater’s future. Until Brees returns though, Teddy B is a solid streaming option.

Kyle Allen – He hasn’t performed for your fantasy football lineup the last two weeks, but Kyle Allen is taking over this team and has much better matchups going forward. Allen is definitely worth rostering, as he has streaming value week to week, as well as a decent floor given Christian McCaffrey’s performance in the passing game.

RB

Reggie Bonnafon – Almost all of his production came on one carry, but even still, Reggie Bonnafon should be picked up as a prospective bench stash. Christian McCaffrey has shouldered an absurd amount of volume and if the team is going to involve another running back like Bonnafon, there could be some value there.

Chase Edmond – The Cardinals leaned heavily on the run this week and Chase Edmonds performed well as the backup to David Johnson. With the way the Falcons and Giants defenses have looked recently, Chase Edmonds could be an excellent flex play in these back to back juicy matchups.

John Hilliman – This is more of an obligatory add than an inspired one, but John Hilliman is likely to receive the most volume in the running game if Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman cannot play. It’s definitely a Robitussin play, but it’s one that you might have to make given injuries and bye weeks.

WR

Auden Tate – The rookie receiver for the Bengals has been one of the few bright spots on this team, capitalizing on his opportunities. Tate caught a touchdown on Sunday and going forward, he has a large enough target share to be owned in all formats and flexed in plus matchups.

Keke Coutee – Will Fuller might have had the monster day but Keke Coutee is still a valuable asset. This passing attack doesn’t target the running backs and tight ends very often, meaning they can support three wide receivers. It’s hard to predict which weeks to play Coutee, but he should definitely be owned.

Diontae Johnson – The Steelers rookie has emerged as the top target in the passing game not named JuJu. Diontae Johnson only had 5 catches for 27 yards, but his 8 targets led the team. It’s not sexy, but it’s valuable as a low-end flex play in PPR redraft leagues, but more importantly, he’s a solid trade candidate in dynasty leagues.

TE

Hayden Hurst – It’s not often I advocate handcuffing a tight end, but it’s becoming more and more clear that Hayden Hurst will be the clear benefactor if Mark Andrews misses time. Hurst caught all four of his targets against the Steelers and the Ravens lean heavily on tight ends. Hurst should definitely be owned as a stash play.

James O’Shaughnessy – He’s a low level add, but James O’Shaughnessy is still an add. The Jaguars do not have another tight end to lean on and there is some touchdown upside for O’Shaughnessy when they find themselves in the red zone.

Deep Stash

QB

Devlin Hodges – You’re getting pretty desperate if you’re thinking about streaming Devlin Hodges, but in two-quarterback leagues, given injuries, you might have to. It’s the deepest of stashes to make, but I do have one league where I have put in a waiver claim on Hodges (two QB league and all my guys were injured).

Joe Flacco – It might look bad on the field, but it hasn’t looked bad for your fantasy lineup. The fact is, you would have done a lot better starting Joe Flacco over the likes of Baker Mayfield or Philip Rivers this week. He’s a Robitussin player, but he’s effective.

RB

Dion Lewis – After getting his largest volume share of the year, Dion Lewis has been somewhat resurrected in the minds of fantasy owners. He’s still not doing much with his opportunities, but for teams desperate at running back or for Derrick Henry owners, you could do worse than stashing Lewis on your bench.

Tra Carson – For the time being that Jamaal Williams is out, Tra Carson does have some low level value. He caught four passes out of the backfield and got six carries, though he didn’t produce much on the 10 touches. For whatever reason, the Packers seem to not want to give all the work to Aaron Jones, so Carson should mix in on offense.

Brandon Bolden- This is giving me a stomach ache. The running back position is so destitute, you have to consider rostering Brandon Bolden. He’s scored in two straight weeks now and the Patriots affinity to use every running back they dressed makes him a final desperation play. 

WR

Ted Ginn – With Drew Brees slowly working his way back, Ted Ginn is a valuable stash to add to your bench. When Brees plays, Ginn is more heavily targeted and has better chances of busting off a big game. He caught a touchdown this week which helped his value, but if you’re hurting at tight end, he could re-emerge as a legitimate contributor when Brees returns.

Bisi Johnson – Who? The Vikings rookie, Bisi Johnson, has stepped in for an injured Chad Beebe and has filled the role admirably. He has two straight weeks with four catches and is worth consideration as a low level bench stash.

Damion Willis – I’m not sure if he just enjoys NFC West matchups, but Damion Willis’ only two relevant games this year have come against the Seahawks and Cardinals. Even then, he hasn’t produced much and is being outshined by fellow rookie Auden Tate. At this time, Willis is a desperation flier in plus matchups.

TE

Ryan Izzo – Have the Patriots found their new tight end? Probably not, but Ryan Izzo found the endzone and the team has waived Ben Watson, so it’s at least worth a desperation stash to add Izzo to your team.

Jonnu Smith – He only had 1 catch for 57 yards, but that was enough to lead this sad sack Titans passing attack on Sunday against the Bills. Jonnu Smith is still the backup for Delanie Walker, so he doesn’t have much value, but if ever Walker misses time, Smith is a flier to take a chance on because of Mariota’s proclivity for throwing to tight ends.

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