By Matt Citak
(CBS)- Having a robust bench has all the time been essential in fantasy soccer. Accidents occur each week, and a strong alternative in your bench may make an enormous distinction to your season. However this yr greater than ever on account of COVID-19, having a deep roster is essential to fantasy success.
Fantasy house owners awakened Sunday morning to listen to that the Patriots-Broncos recreation, which had beforehand been switched to Monday night, wouldn’t occur in Week 5, whereas the Payments-Titans Tuesday night time recreation was in jeopardy after Tennessee acquired one other constructive check. The league was compelled to vary the schedules of a number of groups to make up for this week’s postponement, throwing a wrench in lots of fantasy house owners’ bye week preparations.
As unlucky as these scheduling points have been for the league and fantasy house owners, it should unlikely be the final time one thing like this occurs this season. Because of this having a deep bench will probably be extra essential than ever, making every week’s waiver wire a significant a part of fantasy house owners’ preparation.
Let’s dive proper into this week’s high waiver wire provides heading into Week 6. Earlier than we start, have in mind this was written previous to each the Chargers-Saints MNF recreation and the Payments-Titans recreation on Tuesday.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins- Fitzmagic lives on! The profession of Ryan Fitzpatrick has really been fascinating to comply with. The previous seventh spherical decide, now in his 16th season on his eighth completely different staff, has been doing issues this yr that not many quickly to be 38-year-olds may accomplish. Going up towards a very good 49ers protection in Week 5, Fitzpatrick accomplished 78.6 p.c of his passes for 350 yards, three touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The veteran QB added 16 dashing yards, totaling 101 dashing yards and two dashing touchdowns during the last three weeks. Fitzpatrick now has a number of landing passes with zero interceptions in three of 5 video games this season, and will get a matchup towards the Jets in Week 6. Fitzmagic appears to be like set for an additional large efficiency this week and is the highest QB streamer.
QB Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys- The harm to Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was simply essentially the most devastating harm to happen in Week 5, and our ideas and prayers exit to Prescott and the lengthy highway he faces in his restoration. When stepping in for Prescott on Sunday, Dalton appeared spectacular. The veteran quarterback accomplished over 80 p.c of his passes for 111 yards and helped lead the Cowboys down the sector to arrange the game-winning area aim as time expired. Dalton received’t have as a lot success as Prescott, however contemplating the weapons the Cowboys have on offense, he may simply supply low-end QB1 worth for the remainder of the season. Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, to not point out Ezekiel Elliott within the backfield, is without doubt one of the most gifted group of talent place gamers within the league. Dalton could possibly be the reply for anybody in want of a quarterback, and may a minimum of function a strong matchup-dependent fantasy QB.
RB Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings- By the primary 4 weeks of the season, Mattison was seeing a mean of about seven touches per recreation taking part in behind Dalvin Prepare dinner. Sadly for the Vikings, Prepare dinner suffered a groin harm throughout Sunday night time’s loss to the Seahawks. Whereas he did make a return to the sector, he was solely on the market for one play earlier than sitting for the remainder of the sport. As of this writing, there is no such thing as a phrase on the severity of Prepare dinner’s harm. However whatever the prognosis, Mattison must be added if he’s nonetheless obtainable. After filling in for the injured Prepare dinner, Mattison ended up dashing the ball 20 instances for 112 yards, including three receptions for 24 yards. The Vikings are one of the vital run-heavy groups within the league, rating inside the highest 5 within the league in dashing makes an attempt. If Prepare dinner is sidelined for even one recreation, Mattison turns into an instantaneous workhorse again. The second-year again is averaging 4.7 yards per stick with it his 144 profession rush makes an attempt, and would function a robust RB2 if Prepare dinner misses any time. Even when Prepare dinner’s harm is minor, Mattison must be added as probably the highest handcuff RB within the NFL.
RB Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals- Kenyan Drake has undoubtedly been one in all this yr’s greatest fantasy busts. He’s scored simply two touchdowns in 5 video games and is averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Drake will stay the staff’s beginning working again, however his struggles may result in an expanded function for Edmonds, who’s already discovering success within the restricted function he presently has. Edmonds rushed simply thrice towards the Jets in Week 5, however gained 36 yards and a landing whereas additionally catching 5 passes for 56 yards. Edmonds has now completed with a minimum of three receptions in all however one recreation this yr. His receiving manufacturing, alongside along with his utilization within the pink zone, presents some standalone FLEX worth, and if Drake have been to get harm or proceed to battle, Edmonds may see his function expanded much more.
RB Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers- This text was written previous to Monday Evening Soccer, so relying on what occurs in that recreation, this advice may change. But when he serves within the function I anticipate him to whereas Austin Ekeler is sidelined, Jackson makes for an attention-grabbing FLEX play. It’s clear that Joshua Kelley goes to guide the Chargers in rush makes an attempt whereas Ekeler is out, however by means of the primary 4 video games, the rookie RB has not acquired greater than three targets in a recreation. Ekeler noticed 11 targets in Week Three alone, and LA goes to wish one in all its working backs to step up in that function for the rapid future. In addition to Kelley has performed at instances this season, Jackson is a a lot better match to take the Ekeler function within the offense. With Justin Herbert now entrenched because the beginning quarterback, the pass-catching RB function on this offense could possibly be fairly worthwhile. Let’s hope Jackson proves me proper on Monday night time.
WR Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers- What a powerful efficiency by the rookie huge receiver
in Week 5. The second-round select of Notre Dame noticed 11 targets towards the Eagles and was capable of flip that into seven catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns. As if that wasn’t sufficient, Claypool additionally added three carries for six yards and a further landing, totaling 4 on the day. Even with JuJu Smith-Schuster there, Claypool might need begun his takeover as Pittsburgh’s primary possibility within the passing recreation. At 6-foot-Four and 238-pounds, Claypool ran a 4.42 40-yard sprint on the mix. That isn’t regular… With this distinctive mixture of dimension and velocity, together with the harm to Diontae Johnson, it will not be shocking to see Claypool present beginning WR numbers for fantasy house owners for the remainder of the yr. Exit and seize the rookie huge receiver earlier than it’s too late.
WR Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles- Two weeks in the past, saying the title Travis Fulgham to simply about anybody that follows the NFL would have been met with a really confused look. Now? He’s one of many hottest names in fantasy soccer. Fulgham caught two passes for 57 yards in his Eagles debut in Week 4, together with the game-winning landing seize. He adopted that up with an outstanding efficiency this previous Sunday, catching 10 of 13 targets for 152 yards and one other landing towards a tricky Steelers protection. The Eagles lined him up all around the area, and Fulgham discovered success in every single place he went. Even after Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Jalen Reagor return, Fulgham appears to have earned himself a strong function within the Eagles offense shifting ahead. He is available in proper behind Claypool on the precedence checklist this week for anybody in want of a large receiver.
WR Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans- It took a couple of weeks, however Brandin Cooks lastly had his welcome second in Houston. After not catching any of the three passes thrown in his route in Week 4, Cooks exploded for eight receptions for 161 yards and a landing on 12 targets towards the Jaguars. Will Fuller V will probably stay the highest possibility within the Texans’ passing recreation, as he has caught a landing in every of the final three weeks. However given Fuller’s harm historical past, all it will take is one dangerous step or change of route for Cooks to leap to the highest of the pecking order in Houston. Some fantasy house owners might need panicked and lower the veteran receiver after his disappearing act in Week 4. If this was the case in your league, don’t let another person beat you to it- add Cooks to your bench now and let’s see how the goal share is distributed within the Texans’ offense shifting ahead.
TE Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns- After not producing a lot in his first few video games with the Browns, Hooper has turned it on during the last two weeks. In Week 4, the tight finish reeled in 5 of seven targets for 34 yards and a landing. In opposition to the Colts in Week 5, Hooper was focused a team-high 10 instances, producing 5 receptions for 57 yards. As everyone knows, the tight finish place will be extremely risky. Hooper’s latest manufacturing could possibly be an indication of what’s to return, or it may simply be a two-week outlier. I’m not solely assured about it, however I are likely to lean in the direction of the previous. His Week 6 matchup towards the Steelers isn’t ultimate, however I’m taking an opportunity and stashing Hooper on my bench in hopes that his reference to Baker Mayfield continues to develop stronger.
TE Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears- Many individuals criticized Bears GM Ryan Tempo for the offseason signing of Graham, bringing in a 33-year-old tight finish who didn’t produce a lot for the Packers final yr. 5 video games into the season, Graham has already topped his landing whole from 2019. Graham has caught touchdowns in three of 5 video games, totaling 4 on the season. The veteran has totaled 13 receptions for 126 yards and three touchdowns during the last three weeks, most of which has include Nick Foles underneath heart. Graham additionally got here down with a jaw-dropping one-handed landing seize towards Tampa Bay, exhibiting off his athletic talents as a former basketball participant. Graham has been on the sector for a minimum of 62 p.c of Chicago’s offensive snaps each recreation this yr, placing to relaxation any issues concerning the veteran solely seeing restricted taking part in time. Contemplating the state of the tight finish place each season, Graham is actually value an add in hopes that he retains producing within the pink zone.