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Fanball FAAB – Week 6 Waiver Wire Advice

Words by Rob Willette, Scott Fish, and Paul Charchian. Spending recommendations by Paul Charchian.

QUARTERBACKS

Sam Darnold  – Jets – 10% rostered
I’m stunned that Sam Darnold is only 10% owned, but considering Adam Gase’s limited skillset, I can understand why. Darnold almost certainly returns this week to being a stretch of three straight tricky matchups, the Cowboys, Patriots, and the Jaguars. But after that, Darnold faces the easiest November-December schedule. It’s hard to imagine an easier schedule than Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals, Dolphins, Ravens and Steelers. The only question is, can you afford to stash him for three weeks?

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

Kyle Allen – Panthers – 10% rostered
If you’re in a bind at quarterback this week, Kyle Allen is the guy to pick up, as we don’t expect Cam Newton to play. Allen faces Tampa, a team whose secondary has completely collapsed.  Over the past four weeks, four inconsistent passers (Cam Newton, Daniel Jones, Jared Goff, Teddy Bridgewater) have dominated the Bucs, averaging 375 (!) yards and two touchdowns. To this point, Norv Turner has asked Allen to be efficient rather than electric. He’s only thrown 26, 34, and 30 passes in his three starts.  That should change here, though, as Tampa is seeing the most passing attempts 44 per game. 

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

RUNNING BACKS

Chase Edmonds – Cardinals – 3% rostered
A complete effort by the Arizona offense – aided no doubt by the XFL team on the other side of the field – was marred by news David Johnson has been dealing with a back injury.  His back reportedly locked up during Sunday’s tilt, and while it did not limit him on the statsheet, it is a reminder of how quickly backup running backs can become fantasy gold.  Edmonds took advantage of his extended opportunity by racking up 86 total yards and a score, looking comfortable as a receiving option and giving a glimpse at what he could do with more work.  It is likely DJ’s back issues are minor, but backup running backs who could thrive in a starter’s absence are the ultimate lottery tickets to stash on the end of your bench. Arizona plays at the NFL’s fastest pace, giving Edmonds a high touch floor should he assume a start at any point.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

Reggie Bonnafon – Panthers – 0% rostered
It is crazy to think of any non-CMC Panthers running back being a viable option.  At this point, it is hard to imagine giving anybody on this offense other than Christian McCaffrey a touch given how sublime the third year running back has been.  But McCaffrey’s workload has been simply insane, and cramps knocked him out late against the Jaguars, giving Regie Bonnafon a bit of run. He responded enthusiastically with a 59 yard touchdown scamper and 80 yards rushing, the type of out of nowhere performance which makes you perk up and take notice.  At the very least, Bonnafon has established himself as backfield insurance for the McCaffrey owner if they’re so inclined, and Carolina’s prowess in the running game makes him a plug and play option should the MVP candidate miss any time.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

Jonathan Hilliman – Giants – 0% rostered
Saquon Barkley looks like a coin flip for Thursday’s game, although I wouldn’t blame the Giants for resting him one more week to avoid the Patriots, a near-certain loss anyway. Wayne Gallman has already been ruled out with the concussion he suffered last week. Should Barkley not suit up on the short week, Jonathan Hilliman should get the start against the Patriots Thursday night. Unfortunately, they are the 2nd best defense against fantasy running backs this year. With four teams on bye and injuries, maybe you are just that desperate though.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

WIDE RECEIVERS

Keke Coutee- Texans – 19% rostered
Fantasy football’s highest scoring quarterback is Deshaun Watson, so naturally, we’re interested in his available targets. As Keke Coutee rounds into form from last year’s ACL injury, he’s seen his snap count rise dramatically over the past two weeks. Last week, he had a nice 42-yard gain across the middle of the field, and he looks near 100% healthy. He’s immediately startable in a strong matchup against Kansas City slot cornerback Kendall Fuller, for those looking for help this week. 

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

Darius Slayton – Giants – 1% rostered
Golden Tate returned to the football field Sunday against the Vikings, yet it was Darius Slayton who operated as the G-Men’s number two wide receiver behind Sterling Shepard.  Slayton secured 4 of 5 targets for 62 yards and a long touchdown, showcasing the 4.39 wheels which made him an intriguing long-term prospect out of Auburn. Shepard is now in the concussion protocol for the second time this season, and figures to miss at least a game as he shakes off lingering symptoms.  The Giants matchup Thursday against New England is brutal. New York’s offense figures to be as electric as a 3rd-grade spelling bee. But there’s long-term appeal here, especially if Golden and Daniel Jones struggle to build a rapport after the long layoff. Slayton’s vertical game is a good fit for a Daniel Jones’ strong arm.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Byron Pringle – Chiefs – 0% rostered
Byron.  Pringle.  It sounds like a name which should be attached to a suspenders-wearing character on a mediocre sitcom, yet there was Pringle, throwing up 103 yards and a touchdown on Sunday Night Football.  We should be rooting for him for the marketing opportunities alone, and Pringle becomes an interesting name to monitor if Sammy Watkins is forced to miss extended time. Tyreek Hill’s return looms, but it is possible Pringle assumes Sammy Watkins’ defined role.  We want pieces attached to explosive offenses, and Patrick Mahomes could likely turn me into a fantasy star (my phone is always on). Keep an eye on the injuries in Kansas City; any absence for Sammy Watkins makes Pringle another speculative add in Kansas City’s maddening wideout rotation.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Duke Williams – Bills – 0% rostered
After bouncing around for a few years, D’haquille “Duke” Williams finally got activated last week with Robert Foster injured and Zay Jones halfway to Oakland. Zay Jones being traded may signal that Robert Foster is ready to come back, but may also be a sign that they liked what they saw in Duke. He played the 2nd most wide receiver snaps (78%) outsnapping Jones 51-1 and caught a nice touchdown on a slant route. He’s a big bodied receiver (6’3” 225) that might be in line for more work now.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 0.25%

TIGHT ENDS

Hunter Henry – Chargers – 40% rostered
Apparently 60% of owners couldn’t sit back and wait on Hunter Henry to return even in the tight end wasteland that is 2019 fantasy football. This opens the door for savvy owners to jump on picking him up this week. He has started practicing and may play this week, and if not, looks likely to return very soon. Remember, this is a guy who tore his ACL last year and was still able to return for the playoffs. He has top-five upside when at full health. 

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

Gerald Everett – Rams – 10% rostered
It is easy to forget Gerald Everett was the first draft pick of the Sean McVay Era.  A second round selection out of South Alabama, Everett was expected to be a major part of the Rams’ rebuilt passing game, then the team went out and added all sorts of gifted receivers.  But the past two weeks have shown there’s still room for a tight end in this offense. Everett’s Week 4 performance could have easily been written off as fluky given Jared Goff’s obscene 68 pass attempts, but he stayed involved in Seattle with 11 targets, turning them into 7 grabs for 136 yards. As it always, the tight end position is as lackluster as a Limp Bizkit reunion tour. Everett is an elite athlete and has carved out a role in one of the league’s best offenses.  

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%