With just Monday Night Football still to happen, now is that glorious time of the week when we turn our attention to Week 7 and attack the fantasy football waiver wire.
Let Week 6 serve as a reminder just how freaking random football can be sometimes. We certainly all expected the Jets to dominate the Packers and the Giants to sneak out a four point win vs the Ravens to be 5-1. Also, it was clear Deon Jackson and Kenyan Drake would be top-5 backs and Dante Pettis would be a WR1. You gotta love it.
To be as helpful as possible to you dear readers, I’ve highlighted two players at each position, plus a handful of other names to target ranging from a little over 50% rostered in Sleeper leagues to well under the 30% mark. I’ve also included a few players to be cautious of to further help give you the edge over your leaguemates. No matter your league size, there’s someone in here for you.
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (39% rostered)
After a very, very slow start, Fields has now strung together back-to-back double-digit fantasy outputs. Against the Commanders Sunday, Fields has his best fantasy performance this season, tossing for 190 yards and a touchdown plus 88 yards on the ground. His rushing floor is extremely reliable, averaging 5.4 non-passing points per game and rushing for 20 yards or under just once this season. He is dealing with a shoulder injury which is worth monitoring.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (28% rostered)
Jones has been one of the most consistent fantasy QBs this season, ranking top 5 in NECC through Week 5. He put forward a solid game vs the Ravens, tossing for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Giants offense is getting healthier which is obviously going to help Jones moving forward. Rookies Wan’Dale Robinson and Daniel Bellinger looked great in Week 6 and eventually Kadarius Toney has to see the field (right?).
Caution: Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts (29% rostered)
Yes Ryan put together a vintage game against the Jaguars, tossing 389 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, he also threw the ball 58 times, something we are not likely to see again, especially once Jonathan Taylor returns. Ryan’s struggles so far this season have been well documented. Before his Week 6 explosion, Ryan ranked 27-of-30 in Paddi Cooper’s QPI Index. If we see Ryan put up another stellar game vs the Titans next week, then I’m buying. For now, I’ll wait.
Other Targets: Trevor Lawrence (60%), Marcus Mariota (23%)
Kenyan Drake, Baltimore Ravens (8% rostered)
J.K. Dobbins left the game at halftime with tightness in his knee. Drake saw his touches then skyrocket, finishing with 11 for 127 total yards and a touchdown. He also exclusively saw all the Ravens short yardage and two minute drill snaps, and was the primary back on third downs (per PFF data). The Ravens backfield is going to be a mess real soon with Justice Hill and Gus Edwards set to return from injury soon. And of course if Dobbins is healthy, that’ll also cut Drake’s touches significantly. Still, he balled out with the touches he got and is worth rostering even if it’s just for a few weeks.
D’Onta Foreman, Carolina Panthers (12% rostered)
At this point Foreman is nothing more than a stash option. But if Christian McCaffrey trade rumors are true, he could be a league-winner (or at least league-difference-maker). The Panthers are in free fall and looking to move players for picks. If McCaffrey is moved, Foreman looks to be in-line for RB1 duties in Carolina. Lot easier to pick him up now if you can than to do so if a trade is announced.
Caution: Deon Jackson, Colts (50% rostered)
Deon Jackson is good at football. We can all agree on that. He’s currently set to finish the RB1 for Week 6 after tallying 121 total yards and a touchdown on 22 touches. Two things though to make note of before you go burning your FAAB on him. First, he left Sunday’s game with a quad injury and didn’t return. More importantly, he only is getting elite usage because both Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines are out. As soon as Taylor is healthy, Jackson’s touches are going to evaporate.
Other Targets: Brian Robinson (68%), Tyler Allgeier (59%), Gus Edwards (23%), Caleb Huntley (17%)
Wan’Dale Robinson, Giants (20% rostered)
If you listened to last week’s Nerding Out podcast, then you might already have stashed Robinson (and Daniel Bellinger for that matter). In his first action since Week 1, Robinson caught 3-of-4 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. He was second on the team in targets and led the wide receivers in yards. With all the injuries—and weird playing situations—surrounding the Giants’ pass catchers, there’s a chance Robinson emerges as a top target for Daniel Jones.
Tyquan Thornton, New England Patriots (4% rostered)
Thornton showed out in a major way Sunday against the Browns. The rookie wide receiver caught 4 balls for 37 yards and a score while adding 16 yards and a touchdown on 3 rushes. In just his second game this season, Thornton played over 50% of the snaps and ran the third-most routes among Patriots’ wide receivers. He has 4.2 speed and that means any ball he touches could be a big play. With the Patriots also dealing with injures at the wide receiver position, Thornton might see his role grow in the coming weeks.
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Other Targets: Rondale Moore (60%), Jahan Dotson (55%) Alec Pierce (53%), Corey Davis (41%)
Daniel Bellinger, Giants (6% rostered)
Bellinger has been an analytic darling so far this season so it was only a matter of time before he broke out. Through Week 5, Bellinger ranked TE2 in NECC consistency rating and TE7 in PER, averaging 1.76 points per target. Sunday it all came together with Bellinger leading the Giants in targets, catching 5-of-5 for 38 yards and a score. The rookie tight end just needs to see a consistent workload for him to be a weekly TE1.
Greg Dulcich, Denver Broncos (3% rostered)
Albert Okwuegbunam has clearly not played well enough to be the Broncos TE1. Enter Greg Dulcich. The rookie is set to come off injured reserve this week and play Monday night against the Chargers. Dulcich profiles as a vertical threat who can get down the field and make plays. He averaged 17.6 yards per catch at UCLA, an impressive feat for a tight end. Dulcich might amount to nothing, but he also could become a go-to target for a lost in the rockies Russell Wilson.