Running backs lead the Week 6 waiver wire
Fantasy owners are still dealing with bye weeks. It's Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle on bye in Week 6. While Week 5 feature more injuries (especially to New York Giants wide receivers), many fantasy teams stayed intact. This week's waiver wire is shaping up to be options for owners to add depth to their roster, not necessarily fill in holes.
Josh McCown, New York Jets (4 percent owned)
While it's hard to fathom starting anyone from the New York Jets (aside from a running back), McCown faces the New England Patriots in Week 6. The Patriots' defense has been awful, allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. They have allowed every quarterback they've faced to throw for more than 300 yards and at least one touchdown. He's not a guaranteed fantasy QB1, but owners needing a Week 6 quarterback might find McCown useful.
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (10 percent owned)
Making his NFL debut in Week 5 for the Bears, Trubisky (above, right) looked like a competent quarterback. He finished with 128 passing yards, a touchdown and one costly interception, while adding 22 rushing yards and a fumble against a tough Minnesota defense. The Bears needed to find someone after Mike Glennon struggled for four weeks. In Week 6, the Bears travel to Baltimore. While the Ravens held the Raiders to 245 yards and 17 points in Week 5, it was with EJ Manuel, not Derek Carr, at quarterback. Trubisky is not a must-add at this point, but can fill in as a QB2.
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts (12 percent owned)
While Brissett hasn't been amazing, he's been solid as a fill-in for Andrew Luck. He's thrown two touchdown passes and added three rushing scores but also has three interceptions and a lost fumble. He had 314 passing yards in Sunday's overtime win over San Francisco. In Week 6, the Colts face the Tennessee Titans, who have given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. He's a QB2 or a fill-in for those needing a quarterback for Week 6, as Luck has already been ruled out.
Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers (7 percent owned)
While there is some debate as to what happened with Carlos Hyde (whether he was injured or not), the story is that Breida played more than Hyde and looked like a solid running back. He had 10 carries for 49 yards in Week 5 and added three receptions for 22 yards. Hyde is still the starter as it relates to the depth chart, but head coach Kyle Shanahan on Monday said he will go with the "hot hand" moving forward, so that means Breida should get his chances. In deeper leagues, Breida is worth an add.
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (9 percent owned)
Coming back after missing two games with a shoulder injury, Mack had 91 rushing yards on nine carries and a touchdown. While he's not going to take over for Frank Gore, he's certainly going to have a role in the offense. It's going to be hard to trust Mack each week, but in a year where running backs are hard to come by and teams are using timeshares for their backfield more often, he is worth adding.
Elijah McGuire, New York Jets (17 percent owned)
McGuire was mentioned in this space last week, and then he went and disappointed against the Browns even after Bilal Powell got hurt. McGuire got 11 carries and managed just 20 rushing yards, to go long with two receptions for 10 yards. But with Powell and Matt Forte both injured, McGuire may see more opportunities in Week 6. Keep an eye on Powell and Forte practice participation this week, but McGuire has RB2 potential if they are both out. At worst, he's a RB flier with upside.
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (39 percent owned)
Even though Gallman split carries with Orleans Darkwa, he was more effective with his touches. Gallman had 57 rushing yards and five receptions for 25 yards. Darkwa got the touchdown, but the back to own in the Giants' offense is Gallman. He does face Denver in Week 6, which will be tough, but given the state of New York's offense, Gallman could see plenty of carries, giving him RB3 value.
Roger Lewis, New York Giants (2 percent owned)
A week ago, most people would have no idea who Lewis was. Now he's the only healthy wide receiver on the Giants' roster. He had two targets in Week 5 and caught one of them for 29 yards. While Lewis may not be a great fantasy option at Denver, he may be all that the Giants have in Week 6. Lewis is worth a speculative add, but fantasy owners should wait and see what the offense looks like before starting him.
Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (31 percent owned)
While Agholor has three touchdowns in five games, he hasn't had more than six receptions in a game (and that was in Week 1). The good news is that Carson Wentz does look for him and he has been getting long passes from him. Wentz looks for Zach Ertz for short passes (12 targets in Week 5), but Agholor is the preferred downfield threat (five targets in Week 5, second most on the team). He's a low WR3 with upside depending on the matchup.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets (28 percent owned)
With eight targets in Week 5, Seferian-Jenkins led the team with targets. He caught six of them for 29 yards and a touchdown. While those numbers aren't earth-shattering, he has shown in the past three games that he does get looks - and he gets receptions. In a year where the tight ends have been struggling, Seferian-Jenkins is a TE2.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Atlanta Falcons (22 percent owned)
Facing Miami at home and coming off of a bye, the Falcons' defense is a solid streaming option for fantasy owners that are either looking for a bye-week replacement or a streaming option. Jay Cutler has thrown for 256 yards over the past two games - combined. This season, he's thrown as many touchdown passes as interceptions (three each). Atlanta hasn't been great on defense, but the Dolphins haven't been great on offense.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.