Fantasy Football: 3 players to grab off the waiver wire in Week 6
Week 5 of the 2017 NFL season is over and done with, but a lot of things happened last Sunday, which will have long-term effects on the field and in fantasy football.
One of those things involves the New York Giants, who lost to the Los Angeles Chargers and in the process lost three wide receivers to season-ending injuries, including superstar Odell Beckham Jr. Their starting slot receiver, Sterling Shepard, also was knocked out of the game with a leg injury. Shepard will be out for a while, but is expected to return sometime this year.
Without having the likes of Beckham, Shepard and Brandon Marshall, New York will have to lean heavily on Roger Lewis for the rest of the season.
Lewis should be a solid waiver wire add if you need some depth on your bench or you have a wide receiver or two on the bye week, simply because the Giants have nobody else experienced to catch the ball from quarterback Eli Manning.
Along with Lewis, here are three players that warrant a possible pickup off of the waiver wire this week.
Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel
Just like the Giants, the Atlanta Falcons are dealing with injuries in their wide receiver corps. Before going on the bye last Sunday, Atlanta lost their top two wide receivers in Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu against the Buffalo Bills.
Luckily for the Falcons, Jones should ready to play this week against the Dolphins, but they will still be without Sanu for a few more games. To replace Sanu’s production, Atlanta will go to Taylor Gabriel.
Last season, Gabriel had 35 receptions (50 targets) for 579 yards and six touchdowns. He also pitched in a rushing touchdown, being the ultimate playmaker out of the slot for the Falcons.
In terms of fantasy football, the Abilene Christian product had 105 points, including six games with 10 or more points last season. This season, Gabriel has already had a 10-plus point performance (13.90) Week 3 against the Detroit Lions.
Aforementioned, the Falcons are playing the Dolphins this week, who are giving up 234.0 passing yards per game on defense, which is good for 22nd in the NFL.
Gabriel is great option this week to play as your FLEX guy.
Eagles WR Nelson Agholor
Sticking with wide receivers, let’s talk about another slot wide receiver, who is having a great start to this season. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Nelson Agholor has reinvented himself and is proving the doubters wrong.
Agholor, the former 2015 first-round pick, had a rough two years to start his Eagles’ career, but is showing that he is now a reliable target.
This season, Agholor has 16 receptions for 266 yards and three touchdowns. He has more receiving yards than Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (264) and the same amount of touchdowns he had all of last season.
When it comes to fantasy football, Agholor is a darkhorse candidate to grab off the waiver wire this week.
Last week against the Cardinals, Agholor had 15.30 fantasy football points, which was better than his Week 1 performance against Washington, where he had 14.60 points. Just like Gabriel, Agholor is a good FLEX option plus great for depth on your team.
Packers RB Aaron Jones
Green Bay’s Aaron Jones had an excellent first start against Dallas Sunday. The former UTEP star gave the Packers’ running game a huge boost with both Ty Montgomery and fellow rookie Jamaal Williams injured.
simply because the Giants have nobody else experienced Against the Cowboys, Jones had 19 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown. If you started Jones last week out of desperation, then you hit the lottery as he scored 19.40 fantasy points.
In Week 4 against the Chicago Bears, he had 10.90 points in relief of Montgomery.
Depending on Montgomery’s health this week, Jones is a great guy to stash on your roster or potentially start as your RB2.
If you missed my column last week, I now have a mailbag section, where people can send me fantasy football questions via Facebook or Twitter.
This week’s questions are focusing on new Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, so let’s get started.
Carson Wentz or Jameis Winston? Alshon Jeffery or Nelson Agholor? — Jake F.
These are tough questions to lead off this week’s mailbag, but I would start Wentz and Jeffery. This season, Wentz is off to a great start statistically and fantasy football wise.
Over the last three games, Wentz has scored 13.24, 15.08, and 27.26 fantasy points, respectfully. His outing Sunday against the Cardinals was magnificent and it showed the progression you want to see out of a second-year quarterback.
However, he is on a short week and “Thursday Night Football” games are always tough to pick. But he is going up against a Carolina Panthers’ defense that is averaging 7.00 fantasy points.
That said, roll the dice with Wentz! In the Tampa Bay-Arizona game, I don’t expect the Cardinals’ defense to play bad two weeks in a row, plus they intercepted Winston four times last season.
Finally, in terms of wide receivers, go with Jeffery. He will have a breakout game soon.
Should fantasy owners “buy in” to the Adrian Peterson to Arizona trade or is this a whole a lot of nothing? — Adio R.
If you do not know by now, the Arizona Cardinals traded for Adrian Peterson out of desperation and sent the New Orleans Saints a conditional 2018 sixth-round draft.
To answer this question, I am going to go with the latter in that this is a whole a lot of nothing. Ever since Arizona lost star running back David Johnson to a dislocated wrist, their running game has been anemic.
Then to make matters worse, their offensive line isn’t that great either. Just ask the Eagles’ defense who bottled up the Cardinals’ running backs.
As a fantasy football owner, I would not put stock into a 32-year-old back like Peterson, who only has 81 yards on 27 carries. It may be time for AP to hang up the cleats after this season.
Is Carson Wentz the real deal? I have him starting in two leagues. — Curtis J.
To simply answer this question, yes, Wentz is the real deal. I think Eagles fans were all worried about how he was going to perform this season and if he would take that next step.
Thus far, Wentz has done that and is continuing to get better, thanks to play-calling, wide receivers catching the ball and having a running game.
This season, he is competing 62.1 percent of his passes for 1,362 yards, 10 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Wentz is already on pace to surpass his touchdown total from last year, which means more big fantasy games.