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2018 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire: Pirate Season

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You all knew this conversation was coming, but I’m gonna talk about it anyways. Did Josh Gordon‘s first touchdown in New England look familiar to anyone else?


Gordon still hasn’t played a ton of snaps, but he’s already earned plenty of trust from Tom Brady. With the Patriots going up against the Chiefs porous secondary this week, expect Gordon to see the field more than we’ve seen him before as a Patriot. If he goes off the way I’m expecting, you’ll all see me all over Twitter during the game.

Also, Drew Brees has passed Peyton Manning for most passing yards in NFL history. I should probably mention that too. But nobody needs to talk about that, right?

On to the Waiver Wire.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20% Owned in Yahoo! Leagues)

The former first overall pick has yet to start a game this year but will be in for a warm welcome back in Week 6. The Bucs will be playing the Falcons this week in what should be a barn burner. The Falcons defense ranks 29th in DVOA while the Buccaneers rank 31st in DVOA.

The Falcons have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs this season. They have allowed four straight quarterbacks to throw for three touchdown passes, allowing 30 or more points in all of those games. Winston has many flaws as a passer, but the past has shown that he can be a useful Fantasy QB if given the chance to throw.

Owners using Winston need to be prepared for a couple of interceptions, but he should make up for it with at least a couple touchdowns of his own.

C.J. Beathard, San Fransisco 49ers (4% Owned)

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After disparaging Beathard’s prospects on the Fantasy Edge a couple of weeks ago, I feel like I should apologize. While Beathard hasn’t been perfect (four interceptions in two games), he has provided enough offense to put himself into the conversation as a streamer.

Thanks to the questionable 49ers defense, Beathard has been forced to throw 91 times in the last two games. Over that time he has completed 57 passes for 647 yards and four touchdowns. His 349 yard, two touchdown performance against the Cardinals ranked as the QB5 in Week 5.

Beathard will be forced to throw a lot in Week 6 in a matchup against the Packers. Similar to Winston, owners should expect a pick or two but could do worse than Beathard as a streamer in Week 6.

Running Backs

Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26% Owned)

Time is a flat circle. Jones was receiving hype in the offseason as a sleeper RB but fell flat on his face during the pre-season. Jones averaged less than one yard per carry (0.8) in four pre-season games. No, seriously. He lost his job to Peyton Barber and was not active for the Bucs’ first three games of the season.

Barber has struggled to get anything going early on, averaging 3.0 YPC, prompting Tampa Bay to insert Jones into the backfield in Week 4. Jones immediately took the majority of the touches (11-to-8) and looks to be the starter moving forward.

Jones’ Week 4 performance (10 rushes for 29 yards) didn’t inspire much confidence moving forward. However, if he earns the starting job ROS he will be worth owning as the starting RB on a high-powered offense.

Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (25% Owned)

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The Jay Ajayi shoe has finally dropped. Ajayi was placed on IR Monday after he suffered a torn ACL during Week 5’s loss to the Vikings. Ajayi has long been known as one of the more injury-prone running backs and the 25% of owners who rostered Clement were clearly prepared.

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Clement is dealing with an injury of his own, having missed the last two weeks with a quadriceps injury. He was active last week against the Vikings but didn’t take any snaps. He should be good to go on Thursday for the Eagles division tilt against the Giants. When healthy, Clement has shown to be a capable back, averaging 4.3 YPC with four touchdowns last season. He capped a solid rookie season with a performance to remember in the Super Bowl, catching four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

With Ajayi out of the picture, Clement’s only competition for touches is Wendell Smallwood. While Smallwood has played well, Clement is more likely to take the reigns as the Eagle’s lead RB. He may be eased back into the lineup, but he should be the starter by Week 7.

Wide Receivers

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (34% Owned)

I didn’t have Coutee on the list last week because I wanted to see how the target share would shake out with Will Fuller in the lineup. Looks like I made a huge mistake not jumping on the wagon a week early.

In his second game, Coutee caught 6-of-7 targets for 51 yards and a touchdown. He played a consistent role in the Texans pass-heavy offense and worked as the main slot receiver. He played 94% of the snaps and saw a 16% target share. With the Texans run-game almost non-existent, Coutee will continue to see plenty of targets.

He is an absolute must-add in PPR leagues and is the priority WR add in standards leagues as well.

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (32% Owned)

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The reports of Sanu’s demise were greatly exaggerated. After a horrid start to the season, where he gained just 37 receiving yards, Sanu has come on strong the last three weeks. In that span, he’s caught  14 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He hasn’t seen fewer than seven targets in any of those games and should continue to see consistent usage moving forward.

Calvin Ridley has gotten all the attention in Atlanta but Sanu has received more targets (24-19) over the last three weeks. Sanu doesn’t have the upside that his Atlanta teammate does, but he has been a consistent producer during most of his time in Atlanta.

He has a prime matchup against the Bucs this week and should once again see a healthy number of targets. Owners in need of a WR3 or FLEX should look to add Sanu in a great matchup for Week 6.

Tight Ends

Geoff Swaim, Dallas Cowboys (9% Owned)

I can’t believe it’s come to this. If you’re one of the Fantasy Edge listeners, you know that I spend a lot of time talking trash about the Cowboys offense. In short, Dak no good. The Cowboys offense is going nowhere quickly, however, Swaim has shown that he holds some value in the current TE landscape.

Over the last three games, Swaim has caught 11 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. His production has him ranked as the TE13 over the last four weeks, despite putting up a goose egg in Week 2.

Swaim is a low-floor, low-ceiling option, but has seen consistent enough work to be a viable choice if your main TE option is injured or on BYE.

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals

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Let me try again and recommend the other Bengals TE. Tyler Kroft left Sunday’s game with a foot injury after drawing just one target, and Uzomah became the full-time starter.

Uzomah has not had a blow-up game yet but he will have plenty of opportunity moving forward. Thus far, he’s mixed in two awful games with three usable games. Without Kroft or Tyler Eifert in the lineup, Uzomah should have see a good number of targets moving forward.

As with most tight ends, his floor is non-existent but desperate times call for desperate measures and any warm body with a chance could help your TE spot.

Deep League Special

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos

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Sutton hasn’t shown too much this season but has started to flash his potential in the last two weeks. He’s seen six targets in each of those two games and has caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.

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Sutton will be one of the more featured Broncos weapons as the season moves on. If you have a spot for a lottery ticket on your bench, Sutton is a high-upside option.


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