By Matt Citak
(CBS)- With Week 6 within the books, we at the moment are formally midway by the fantasy season. It’s actually been an up and down 12 months, as COVID-19 has added a brand new wrinkle to fantasy soccer.
Whether or not you’re sitting fairly at 5-1 or seeking to flip your season round at 1-5, the waiver wire suggestions are right here to present your group a lift.
Between the accidents suffered in Week 6 and 4 groups having upcoming byes, this week shall be an attention-grabbing one on the waiver wire. The Bengals noticed Joe Mixon go away with an harm, whereas the Eagles misplaced Miles Sanders and the Ravens misplaced Mark Ingram. Ingram has every week to get wholesome because the Ravens, together with the Colts, Dolphins and Vikings, gained’t return to motion till Week 8.
It stays to be seen how critical these accidents are, however regardless, it paves the way in which for some intriguing names on the wire. With that stated, let’s dive proper in. (Word: this text was written previous to the 2 Monday night time video games).
QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers– The Chargers are recent off a bye, which is probably going why a few of the buzz round Herbert has died down a bit. However let’s not overlook how a lot Herbert was dealing within the few weeks main as much as the bye. Going up in opposition to the Buccaneers and Saints in Weeks Four and 5, Herbert accomplished a complete of 67.Eight p.c of his passes for 554 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. In Week 7, Herbert will get a matchup in opposition to a Jaguars protection that simply surrendered 34 factors to a sputtering Lions offense. The rookie signal-caller has a straightforward schedule for the remainder of the season and will find yourself being a league-winner for any fantasy proprietor that misplaced Dak Prescott or has been streaming QBs every week. Seize Herbert earlier than he explodes onto the fantasy scene.
QB Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders– The Raiders are additionally coming off their bye week, which might be why nobody is speaking about Carr’s latest efficiency. In fact, Carr’s outing in opposition to the Chiefs in Week 5 was nice as he threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns whereas finishing simply over 70 p.c of his passes. He did throw an interception, nevertheless it was his first of the season. Carr has an 11-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and has not completed a recreation with a completion share underneath 70 p.c but this 12 months (73.1 p.c on the season). Merely put, he’s been excellent. Carr additionally has a considerably straightforward remaining schedule, and along with his bye week now within the rearview mirror, Carr makes for a strong add for the rest of the season.
RB Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals– Bernard didn’t do a lot in Week 6, however the harm to Joe Mixon might pave the way in which for Bernard to step in because the Bengals’ featured operating again. Even with Mixon wholesome, Bernard caught a minimum of three passes in 4 of six video games this 12 months. His skill as a pass-catcher might make him an enormous asset for Joe Burrow for shifting ahead if Mixon is sidelined for a number of weeks. Even when Mixon is just one for one recreation, Bernard would grow to be a high 20 play in Week 7. This week, the Bengals face a Browns group coming off a 38-7 beatdown by the Steelers wherein James Conner rushed for 101 yards and a landing on 20 carries. Let’s wait and see the harm outlook on Mixon, but when he’s out for even every week, Bernard turns into a must-add.
RB dangolka Scott, Philadelphia Eagles– Bernard was listed first right here, however Scott might simply leapfrog him as the highest add of the week relying on the severity of Miles Sanders’ harm. We’ve seen how nicely Scott can carry out on this offense on the finish of final season when he crammed in for Sanders, so there’s no motive to imagine he wouldn’t be capable to do extra of the identical this 12 months if Sanders is compelled to overlook vital time. With the Eagles taking part in on Thursday night time this week, it’s extremely unlikely Sanders shall be able to go well with up, even when his harm finally ends up being much less critical than anticipated. Scott will get a matchup with the Giants in Week 7, making him a strong fantasy play. Whereas the Giants held Washington to three.6 yards per keep on 24 rush makes an attempt final week, Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic mixed for 10 receptions for 68 yards. That is one other harm report back to control, however Scott might be going to get a minimum of one week because the Eagles’ beginning RB, making him a must-add.
RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens– Edwards is the third operating again that may very well be an even bigger position shifting ahead following the harm to Mark Ingram. However as a result of the Ravens are on a bye this week, Edwards falls behind Bernard and Scott. The early studies point out that Ingram’s harm is just not anticipated to be a long-term one. Nonetheless, there may be nonetheless a risk the veteran is compelled to overlook a while. The Ravens, regardless of a few of their latest struggles, are nonetheless one of many high offenses within the NFL, and the possibility so as to add the lead RB in that backfield is just not one which needs to be handed up. Edwards didn’t do a lot along with his 14 carries in Week 6, however he was capable of finding the top zone. He’s averaging 4.5 yards per keep on 48 rush makes an attempt this season, and a rise in his position would make him a priceless fantasy asset whereas Ingram is sidelined.
WR Adam Humphries, Tennessee Titans– Humphries returned to the sphere this previous Sunday after a quick keep on the COVID-19 checklist and caught all six passes thrown in his course for 64 yards and a landing. Whereas he hasn’t blown the doorways off of defenses this season, Humphries has been fairly constant. He’s averaging simply over 5 receptions a recreation for 50.zero yards whereas scoring touchdowns in half of the video games he’s performed in. Ryan Tannehill has been on fireplace this season and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime quickly. Whereas Corey Davis’ eventual return will doubtless chew into his worth a bit, Humphries goal share may benefit if Jonnu Smith misses time (extra on that later). Humphries has a strong flooring, making him an honest streaming choice for anybody coping with bye weeks.
WR James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers– Fantasy house owners had excessive hopes for Washington heading into the season. Nonetheless, the third-year receiver hadn’t performed a lot along with his alternatives by the primary 5 video games. Washington had considerably of a breakout in opposition to the Browns in Week 6, catching 4 passes for 68 yards and a landing. Chase Claypool is rising as probably essentially the most gifted receiver on the Steelers, however JuJu Smith-Schuster has simply been certainly one of fantasy’s largest disappointments. Excluding Claypool, Ben Roethlisberger appears to get pleasure from specializing in a brand new receiver every week, which means Washington would make for a dangerous begin in Week 7. Whereas I wouldn’t throw him in my lineup quiet but, Washington is worthy of an add for anybody with a roster spot to spare.
WR Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos– Courtland Sutton was misplaced for the season in Week 2 when he tore his ACL. In Denver’s three video games since then, Patrick has 4 receptions for 43 yards and a TD in opposition to the Buccaneers, six receptions for 113 yards and a TD in opposition to the Jets and 4 receptions for 101 yards in opposition to the Patriots. Extra importantly, he led the Broncos in targets in two of these three video games. Whereas a few of that actually has to do with accidents to each Noah Fant and KJ Hamler, Patrick has actually earned extra a task in Denver’s passing recreation shifting ahead. Drew Lock’s efficiency in opposition to New England is barely regarding, however Patrick was capable of get pleasure from a strong fantasy day anyway. The Broncos offense positively worries me a bit of, however I’m prepared to take an opportunity on Patrick as a bench add till Denver can present extra consistency.
TE Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts– After lacking the primary three video games of the season, Burton has emerged because the Colts’ high tight finish after the final three video games. Week 6 was simply Burton’s greatest recreation of the season as he caught all 4 targets for 58 yards and a rating, including a one-yard dashing landing as nicely. Even with Jack Doyle and Mo Allie-Cox in Indy, Burton has grow to be Philip Rivers’ most well-liked tight finish goal, and we all know how a lot Rivers loves throwing to his tight ends. The Colts offense doesn’t actually have a primary huge receiver, making Burton much more of a priceless fantasy tight finish. The Colts have their bye this week, however Burton seems like he may very well be a TE1 for the rest of the season. With how unpredictable the tight finish place could be in fantasy, this makes Burton a must-add.
TE Anthony Firkser, Tennessee Titans– Jonnu Smith has been one of many largest fantasy surprises this season, scoring 5 touchdowns in Tennessee’s first 4 video games. Smith suffered an ankle harm within the third quarter of the Titans’ win over Houston, resulting in Firkser seeing a a lot greater position. What did he do with this chance? He reeled in eight catches for 113 yards and a landing. It’s clear that Tannehill likes throwing to his tight ends. Smith may very well be a multi-week absence, which might land Firkser firmly on the fantasy radar for the close to future. Let’s hold a watch out for harm updates on Smith, however any missed time would make Firkser a strong fantasy play.