Workin’ the Wire for Week 6

9 Oct 2018 - 7:48pm | Roto Coach | Updated: 9 Oct 2018 - 8:07pm | Likes: 13
Workin’ the Wire for Week 6

Quarterback

Eli Manning-New York Giants: Manning has been far from impressive so far this season, but there were flashes in Sunday’s loss at Carolina that indicate he may still have some big games left in his arm. With Odell Beckham and Saquon Barkley to lean on, there’s certainly going to be some upside based on matchup each week. The challenge on Thursday night will be New York’s dismal offensive line against a vaunted Philadelphia pass rush. Against the Panthers he got the time he needed, particularly in the second half, and made some throws we haven’t seen in years. With Evan Engram on the verge of returning and the Giants struggling on the defensive side of the ball of late, we may see more of the old gunslinger Eli Manning, which always means more turnovers, but also leads to some top shelf fantasy numbers when he’s on.

Jameis Winston-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: With Ryan Fitzpatrick’s benching ahead of the bye, Jameis Winston will reassume the starters role now that he’s served his suspension. And coming off a bye, he’ll have had an extra week to gel with first team ahead a fantastic matchup with the Atlanta. The Falcons defense, and particularly the secondary, have been absolutely decimated by injury in the early going, while Tampa Bay’s secondary has been a disaster dating back to last season, and has health issues of its own. Winston needs to take a step forward developmentally for the Bucs to invest in him going forward, but from a fantasy perspective a bad defense and a talented set of pass catchers should still equal success.

Running Back

Corey Clement-Philadelphia Eagles: Clement is more of a grab and stash at this point, as the quad injury that’s been nagging him for a couple weeks now is clearly having a negative impact. That, combined with Philadelphia’s desire to spread the running back touches around has led to poor fantasy numbers. The season-ending injury to Jay Ajayi may no longer afford the team that luxury though, as absent a trade it looks like the Eagles backfield is going to be a split between Clement and Wendell Smallwood for the time being. Clement needs to be owned with a wait and see approach as he tries to get healthy.

Wendell Smallwood-Philadelphia Eagles: With Jay Ajayi headed to IR with a torn ACL, Smallwood looks to be in line for the bulk of the between the tackles work in this offense. Though he’s seen limited usage to date, Smallwood has been extremely effective when called upon, averaging 6.0 yards per carry on 25 totes and hauling in 10 targets for 96 yards and a score. Obviously we shouldn’t expect him to keep up that pace, but it is possible the third year back is starting to put some things together. Many had him projected as a camp casualty, but he’s continued to do enough to earn opportunities from the coaching staff. And this could very well be his biggest since coming into the league.

Mike Davis-Seattle Seahawks: If you’re holding onto Rashaad Penny in redraft leagues, it’s probably time to cut bate and add Mike Davis instead. Despite the return of a healthy Chris Carson, who totaled well over 100 yards against the Rams, Davis still got a decent share of the running back touches and continued to stay productive. It’s possible this is what we’re going to see going forward, as Davis and Carson settle into a split backfield. And despite the much maligned offensive line of the Seahawks, it’s worth pointing out that over the past three weeks the Seahawks lead running back has rushed for over 100 yards in each of their three games, with this team totaling 474 yards on the ground over that stretch. Seattle gets the Raiders this week, then a bye, and then the Lions. Oakland’s run defense ranks 28th in DVOA according to Football Outsiders, while Detroit’s ranks 27th. Davis is at least worth looking into as injuries start to pile up around the league.  

Wide Receivers

Marquez Valdes-Scantling-Green Bay Packers: We need to monitor the Geronimo Allison news, as he has until Monday to get cleared to play. That said, we learned this week that the delta between Valdes-Scantling and the other rookie wideouts in Green Bay is both significant, and well deserved, as he was targeted 10 times and finished with 76 yards and a touchdown on 6 catches. Still, we shouldn’t overrate the performance, as the game script was in favor of the Packers wideouts all afternoon. But with Randall Cobb still not practicing, and the aforementioned Allison a question mark, Valdes-Scantling proved a time honored fantasy maxim last week, in that even unheralded rookie wide receivers playing with Aaron Rodgers often wind up being a thing in fantasy.

Traquan Smith-New Orleans Saints: Speaking of unheralded rookie wide receivers...ok, he was a little heralded, as he was getting trendy towards the end of camp and we’ve talk about him here and there on the podcast. But the 3-111-2 stat line is straight up bonkers unrepeatable, especially in this loaded offense so don’t do breaking the bank for him. If anything, this solidified his dynasty value in case he happens to be floating around in your league. Michael Thomas doesn’t have the same deep speed, and Ted Ginn’s career is headed in the wrong direction. Expect Smith to still struggle at times, and his playing time will be inconsistent with Ginn still around, but he’s clearly a talented young receiver with massive upside.

Christian Kirk-Arizona Cardinals: Kirk’s Week 5 stat line is aided significantly by the early long (75 yard) touchdown, but he’s still seeing targets as Josh Rosen spreads the ball around. The chemistry seems to be there between the two, especially with Fitzgerald continuing to struggle with a hamstring injury, and the coaching staff still not utilizing David Johnson to the degree we’d hoped out of the backfield. The Cardinals nursed a lead for much of this one and it was far from Rosen’s best effort (10/25, 170 yards and the score to Kirk), but Kirk is seeing more and more time in this offense and his role seems relatively stable with Rosen at the helm.

Tight End

Niles Paul-Jacksonville Jaguars: With Austin Seferian-Jenkins headed to IR, Paul should take over as the receiving tight end in this offense. Just a few years ago he was highly regarded by the Redskins, but a devastating ankle injury cost him all of the 2015 season and he never seemed to get back on track in Washington, eventually getting cut. And while Sunday’s 7 catch, 65 yard effort on 9 targets had a lot to do with garbage time against a bad defense, Blake Bortles doesn’t appear to have a favorite receiver. Paul is capable of becoming a dependable Delanie Walker-type tight end, gobbling up targets in the middle of the field for a run first offense that should get Leonard Fournette back at some point. He’s not safe, but it could wind up being a sneaky good pickup for the rest of the season.

C.J. Uzomah-Cincinnati Bengals: Tight end has become a fantasy wasteland this season, and it seems to just keep getting worse. We don’t have a report on Tyler Kroft’s leg injury yet, but at this point Uzomah is the only game left in town. His 2 catches for 43 yards aren’t exciting, but he seems like one of the most predictable options you can grab off waivers at this stage, and that has to count for something.

As always, this list is made up of players that are 30% owned or less in Yahoo leagues, and if you happen to be looking at a guy that falls above that threshold or can’t figure out why I left a player off the list, feel free to ping me on Twitter @rotocoach with any questions.

 
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