Fantasy managers suffered through another week of injuries, players that were active but didn’t play (here’s looking at you, Tee Higgins), and players that got hurt early in the game and left managers with far fewer points than they anticipated (Nyheim Hines, Darren Waller, and more).
Managers need to scour the waiver wire and make sure they are grabbing guys that can help fill their rosters. In addition, the bye weeks are upon us. If you have players on the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Las Vegas Raiders, or Tennessee Titans, they aren’t playing this week and you will have to find players that are.
Teams on bye: Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Tennessee
Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks (36 percent rostered)
Heading into the season, it seemed like it would be a lost year for the Seahawks without Russell Wilson. The joke is on them as Wilson has not been performing well for the Denver Broncos and Smith has been doing quite well for the Seahawks. In the past three games, Smith has thrown for seven touchdowns and one interception. He had more than 300 passing yards in two games and 268 yards in Week 5. He faces the Cardinals this week, and that should be a good matchup for him for those looking for a fill-in.
Zach Wilson, QB, New York Jets (14 percent rostered)
It’s still a little early to truly trust Wilson. He’s only been active for two games this season. In Week 4, he threw for 252 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. In Week 5, he didn’t find the end zone, but had 210 yards and no interceptions. He also had a rushing touchdown. Wilson shouldn’t be started in most formats, but those that start two quarterbacks or are in Superflex leagues should add him to rosters.
Kenneth Walker III, RB, Seattle Seahawks (46 percent rostered)
If you are in the nearly 50 percent of leagues where Walker is still available, he is your No. 1 waiver claim. He is also worth a solid chunk of FAAB money, as Rashaad Penny is done for the year with a broken leg. Walker will be the guy, regardless of who else Seattle adds for roster depth. Walker showed what he could do in Week 5 with 88 yards, which include a 69-yard touchdown. He will be a solid RB2.
Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona Cardinals (11 percent rostered)
James Conner is dealing with a ribs injury and Darrel Williams suffered a knee injury in Week 5. While it is not clear if Conner will miss time (it appears he won’t, but it is early in the week), Benjamin should be added by all Conner owners for sure. Benjamin had eight carries for 25 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and would be the running back if Conner were to miss time. Keep an eye on his status ahead of Week 6.
Caleb Huntley, RB, Atlanta Falcons (14 percent rostered)
With Cordarrelle Patterson on IR, someone needs to step up and run the ball for the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately in Week 5, it was Marcus Mariota. He was the leading rusher with 61 yards. Tyler Allgeier had the most carries with 13, but only managed 45 yards. Huntley had eight carries for 34 yards, but that included a 22-yard gain. Neither running back was targeted. It’s hard to say where this offense is going in terms of running the ball, but Huntley is worth adding.
Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots (48 percent rostered)
Even with Bailey Zappe at quarterback, Meyers has vaulted into fantasy relevance. Zappe has seemed to focus on Meyers and if Week 6 is any indication, Meyers should be started in nearly all formats. He had 11 targets, and he caught eight of them for 111 yards and a touchdown. This was his first game back after dealing with a knee injury. Before the injury in Week 2, Meyers also was doing well: 9/95/0 on 13 targets. If he’s available in your league, grab him.
Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals (18 percent rostered)
For players looking for someone to add for Week 6, look at Moore. His long-term value isn’t high, but his Week 6 spot is a good one. The Cardinals face the Seahawks, which is a great matchup for wide receivers. DeAndre Hopkins is not yet back from suspension, and Moore is actually healthy. In Week 5, he had seven receptions for 68 yards. He was eased back in Week 4, but for Week 6, Moore should be a borderline WR2.
Alec Pierce, WR, Indianapolis Colts (8 percent rostered)
Pierce has quietly been putting up fantasy points (and real-life yards). In the past two games, he has had at least 80 receiving yards. While he has yet to find the end zone, the targets (five, six, nine in the past three games) and receptions (three, four, eight in the past three games) are there. He seems to have a connection with Matt Ryan as someone who can grab short passes and turn them into more yards. He should be viewed as a WR3 and added in most formats.
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (38 percent rostered)
While Henry seemingly should have more targets this season, it hasn’t come to fruition until Jonnu Smith went down with an injury and Bailey Zappe has been at quarterback. Both of those things should continue for Week 6, so Henry will have TE2 value. In Week 5, he had five targets. He had four receptions for 54 yards. Keep an eye on Smith’s status; he was doubtful for Week 5, but if he can get in practice time, he may play in Week 6. If Smith is active, Henry drops from a TE2.
Taysom Hill, TE, New Orleans Saints (30 percent rostered)
If Hill is eligible as a tight end in your league and is not owned, grab him. Hill may be the only tight end that is a recommended start and has a grand total of two receiving yards so far this season. He makes up for it by rushing, which is bizarre as he is listed as a quarterback and tight end but does not throw or catch the ball. In Week 5, he had three rushing touchdowns and 112 rushing yards. He has five touchdowns in four games this season. Especially while Jameis Winston is sidelined, grab Hill and start him as a tight end.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Chicago Bears (9 percent rostered)
The Bears may struggle on offense, but their defense is still pretty good. In Week 6, they face the Washington Commanders on "Thursday Night Football." Carson Wentz is banged up (although it seems like he will play). It seems almost a given that the Bears will get to Wentz, who has been sacked 20 times this season. He’s also fumbled six times this season (although only one was lost). The Bears have a sack in each game so far this season and have yet to allow a team to score more than 30 points.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.