2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire: Minshew Magic

by Jonathan Chan
2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire

Before we jump in to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire, I have to mention what a crazy Week 5 that was. When's the last time you remember four players blowing up like that? Aaron Jones, Christian McCaffrey, Will Fuller, and Deshaun Watson all crossed the 40 point plateau with incredible performances.

Aaron Jones finally cashed in on the potential fantasy owners have been yelling about with Jamaal Williams on the shelf. McCaffrey put up 237 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, planting himself firmly in the discussion for first overall next season.

Will Fuller had his customary explosion game, catching 14 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, giving him the first 50-point performance since Julio Jones in 2017. Deshaun Watson tossed an additional two touchdowns and over 400 yards, finishing the week as the top QB.

Someone out there had all four of these guys in their starting lineup and should be very proud of their victory.

For other trends are patterns from Week 5, check out Noah Spurlocks' Week 6 article.

As always, the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire will try and discuss players owned in less than 35% of Yahoo leagues.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire

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Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars (23% owned)

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Did anyone really think they would be reading a tweet like that at the beginning of the year? It seems like such a bizarre timeline we're living in, but the biggest cult hero in the NFL has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in all of Fantasy.

In a 34-27 loss to Carolina on Sunday, Minshew threw for a career-high 374 passes and two touchdowns. His 21 Fantasy points were good enough to place him as QB8 for the week and could have gone as high as QB5 if he didn't lose three fumbles.

Minshew may be forced to throw 40 passes for a second straight week against New Orleans. The Saints have given up massive games to Watson and Russell Wilson and decent games to Jameis Winston and Jared Goff.

With four QBs on a BYE week, Minshew could be the number one streaming target in Week 6.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (41% owned)

Breaking the 35 percent owned rule just to have people yell at me. Obviously Cousins has come under a lot of scrutiny for his performance this season but he could be on his way to righting the ship.

Against the Giants' poor secondary, Cousins threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first time since Week 11 of last season that Cousins had thrown for 300 yards and the first time this season that the former-Redskin has thrown for multiple touchdowns.

Next week, Minnesota will travel home for a date with the Eagles. Philadelphia's run defense has been incredible but their pass defense has been below average. According to Pro Football Focus, their coverage against receivers is ranked 16th. In addition, their DVOA against the pass is ranked 23rd by Football Outsiders.

He's a very risky option, but he has a better matchup than some of the other streaming options available.

Other Options: Andy Dalton (35% owned), Teddy Bridgewater (9% owned), Sam Darnold (13% owned)

Running Backs

Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons (14% owned)

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It's a really bad week for running backs. After you sift through the scrap heap, the Falcons' number two running back stands out among this week's options.

The Atlanta ground game is struggling a lot, but it has given Smith an opportunity to carve out a role. Smith only drew eight fewer snaps than starter Devonta Freeman and gained just six fewer all-purpose yards in the Falcons loss to the Texans.

Smith has been graded much higher as a runner by PFF (67.3 to 50.3), but his pass-blocking deficiencies will keep him in a timeshare unless Freeman gets hurt.

Jon Hilliman, New York Giants (0% owned)

As I said, it's slim pickings out there if you need a running back. Without Saquon Barkley and possibly Wayne Gallman out of the lineup, someone will have to carry the ball.

Hilliman has handled 19 carries for 53 yards over the last two weeks, so it's not as if he has no experience. Of course, the former Rutgers running back will have nearly no value if Gallman clears concussion protocol or if Barkley manages to come back for the Thursday night game.

If neither RB is active on a short week, Hilliman will become the de facto starter in line for 15-20 touches.

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

Adding Edmonds after news that David Johnson's status for Week 6 is up in the air. DJ played through his back injury late in Sunday's game but if he can't go, Edmonds needs to be owned in what could be a high-scoring affair against the Cardinals.

Other Options: Gus Edwards (7% owned)

Wide Receivers

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (34% owned)

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Johnson didn't have the greatest Week 5 performance, catching five passes for just 27 yards in Pittsburgh's overtime loss to the Ravens.

On the bright side, the third-round pick led the Steelers wide receivers in targets for a second straight week drawing eight from Mason Rudolph and third-stringer Devlin Hodges.

In the two weeks prior to his poor performance against Baltimore, Johnson racked up nine catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

James Washington left last week's game with a shoulder injury and Johnson could push double-digit targets if Washington does not suit up against the Chargers.

Auden Tate, Cincinnatti Bengals (22% owned)

Tate didn't have a great first game without John Ross in the lineup, catching just three passes for 26 yards. His day was saved by a late touchdown but he wasn't able to take advantage of the Cardinals' secondary like people thought.

Tate also dropped a potential touchdown on the Bengals' first drive, so there was some extra potential in the outing.

He's racked up 22 targets over the last three weeks and with the poor Cincy defense spotting opponents big leads, Tate should get enough volume to have another decent game against the Ravens pass defense, who are ranked 25th in DVOA.

Other Options: Jamison Crowder (44% owned), Mohamed Sanu (42% owned)

Tight Ends

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (9% owned)

Remember Week 1 when it looked like Tyler Higbee was going to be the Rams' pass-catching TE? Well, after two big weeks, Everett is looking like he could be a legitimate streamer at a desolate position.

Over his last two games, Everett has caught 12-of-19 targets for 180 yards and a touchdown. The Rams have been forced to scale back on the running game and Everett could see increased volume moving forward.

Chris Herndon, New York Jets (29% owned)

Herndon has served his suspension and is eligible to return when the Jets take on the Cowboys in Week 6.

The fourth-round pick had 502 yards and four touchdowns last year. His rapport with Sam Darnold could make him a low-end TE1 as soon as he gets re-acclimated. If Darnold is cleared for next week, Herndon becomes a legitimate option in deep and two TE leagues in his first week back.

Deep League Special

Darius Slayton, New York Giants (0% owned)

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Even with Golden Tate back in the fold, Slayton was the star receiver for the Giants on Sunday. The fifth-round pick caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. He also began his NFL career with 82 yards against the Buccaneers.

Slayton's combine numbers jumped off the page. His 40.5 inch vertical was the same as D.K. Metcalf's and his 4.39 40-yard dash is faster than Julio Jones.

While combine numbers don't mean everything, Slayton has shown the physical tools necessary to succeed. As he continues to develop in the New York offense, Slayton could see his targets and production grow over the next few weeks.

His opportunity could come quicker than most think, as Sterling Shepard has been put back into concussion protocol and could miss multiple weeks.

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