Another week, another high profile injury. This week, Jamaal Charles is over after an ACL tear. While this injury was not the result of a collision with a mascot, it is still devastating both for him and the Chiefs this season, and also for fantasy owners who drafted him. Add bye weeks to the equation, and week 6 is a big week to hit the waiver wire. Who am I targeting? Here are some names that look intriguing.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NY Jets. While Fitzpatrick isn't a season-long answer for your fantasy team, he might be a capable bye-week fill in this week. He's been consistently average; while he has yet to turn in a dominant game (and probably will not), he also won't hurt your team too much if you absolutely need to use him. If you just need a guy to get you through one week, Fitzpatrick is worth a look.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins. Who led the Redskins in carries last week? Not Alfred Morris! Not Matt Jones! Chris Thompson led the Redskins in carries last week. His fantasy value is uncertain at this point, but he's a guy you probably want to grab and stash just in case this trend continues; I just snagged him in one of my leagues and am stashing him on my bench for now. Given the wide array of running back injuries this season, at worst he might make for a nice piece of trade bait.
Charcandrick West / Knile Davis, RBs, KC Chiefs. With Jamaal Charles done for the season, expect these guys to step up and see some carries. Knile Davis is the bigger name and will have some value, but West is a sleeper of sorts in this time-share. He's a relative unknown compared to Davis but he has seemingly overtaken Davis as the backup to Charles. Shoot for West, but don't overlook Davis either.
Josh Huff, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. Huff is a guy that's mostly a speculative grab, but who could pay some nice dividends as well. He's had a few decent games, and if you're looking for a guy you can grab and trade after a big week or two, Huff might be a nice option. Algohor might miss some time, so that will give Huff some extra looks for Philly.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints. Snead is the clear #2 option in the Saints offense, and the Falcons have given up 100 yard games to multiple receivers this year. Snead is worth starting this week if you need a flier, and might be worth holding onto as well. If you need a spot start, Snead might be a good option.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears. Brandon Marshall is gone. Kevin White is injured. Alshonn Jeffery is also injured. Who's left standing? Wilson! Marquess Wilson is one of those players who is fantasy-relevant by default. He's not going to win you this season, but he could definitely win you your matchup this week.
Larry Donnell, TE, NY Giants. With Daniel Fells out with MRSA-related issues, Donnell is the clear #1 TE in this offense. He's not an every week starter, but after a rough start to the season, this is as good a time as any to make a move for him. He's even potentially a free agent in your league now thanks to his slow start, so why not give him a shot?
Denver Broncos D/ST. The Broncos defense probably isn't available in your league, but if it is, grab it. They face the Browns this week and should be in for a big week against Cleveland offense that is improving but still lacks an identity. If you're up against a rock this week, you can't ask for a better gamble.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST. The Bengals defense has been on point all season, and may be facing a Bills offense without Tyrod Taylor. EJ Manuel still has talent, and Cincinnati has a history of struggling against backup quarterbacks, but this could be a good game for the Bengals defense. Plan accordingly.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. Without Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs have no offense. They face the Vikings this week, who actually have a pretty good defense. I expect Alex Smith to struggle now that he's missing his main offensive weapon, and I expect Minnesota to take full advantage of those struggles. If you're streaming defenses, you want the Vikings this week.
Hope this helps!
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