Week five of the 2019 NFL season is in the books and you’ve made every mistake a man can make. You sat D.J. Chark for Stefon Diggs. You started Jameis Winston over Russell Wilson. You disrespected the mustache of Minshew. You and your team have utterly failed in week five. Lucky for you, there are waiver wire options to save you from yourself. If I don’t mention someone whom you think I should be talking about, just know there are many reasons why I overlooked them. Maybe they are owned in most leagues. Maybe they are so bad I don’t even consider them. Maybe it’s because your opinions cannot be trusted. After all, you are here. So let us examine what our best week six waiver wire players for your championship run are…
Week Six Waiver Wire QBs
Should I Pick up Teddy Bridgewater? – Owned in 10% of leagues – In perhaps the biggest surprise of week five, Teddy Bridgewater did his best Drew Brees impression against Tampa Bay. And boy, was it a good one, throwing for 314 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. It’s almost enough to make a quarterback-desperate team use a waiver claim on him. Before you do, consider that everyone looks like Drew Brees against the Bucs. The Bucs have given up the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. His next two match-ups are against a talented Jacksonville defense on the road and a Chicago Bears defense that might be the best in football. (Ignore their performance against the Raiders. Certain defensive stats don’t count in international waters.) Bridgewater is a risky stop-gap and there are better options.
Should I Pick up Gardner Minshew? – Owned in 21% of leagues – What is it going to take to convince you guys to roster Gardner Minshew? On the season, Gardner Minshew is officially a QB1. He isn’t the flashiest guy, but I’m not sure there is a player with a higher floor. He had his best game of the season against his toughest match-up in Carolina, throwing for 374 yards and two touchdowns. If you won’t roster Gardner Minshew, I quite frankly wonder about your commitment to winning at fantasy football.
Should I Pick up Kirk Cousins? – Owned in 33% of leagues – In perhaps my craziest waiver wire recommendation for the year, I will recommend picking up the guy that is only available because he was cut from everyone’s fantasy roster in a gin-soaked murderous rage. If you owned Kirk Cousins this year, you’ve probably already stopped listening and blocked the website. If you have kept reading, I want you to consider a couple of points. One, in his first four weeks, Cousins was up against two of the best pass defenses in the league. Two, over the next four weeks, Cousins will be matched up against three defenses that give up a lot of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. And three, you probably don’t have a better option on your waiver wire, so you might as well just give in to despair.
Week Six Waiver Wire RBs
Should I Pick up Jon Hilliman? – Owned in 0% of leagues – When Saquon Barkley went down and people were asking if they should pick up Wayne Gallman, I vehemently said no. Don’t pick up a bad player just because he is subbing in for your very good player. By the transitive property, if you decide to start the back-up of your bad running back, I hope you lose all your games and your computer lights itself on fire to prevent you from making such a dumb decision. Don’t add Jon Hilliman on the waiver wire.
Week Six Waiver Wire WRs
Should I Pick up Geronimo Allison? – Owned in 40% of leagues – Last week, I advocated grabbing Allison and my reason was, quite simply, Aaron Rodgers. With Davante Adams missing week five with turf toe, Allison becomes a much stronger waiver wire candidate. Turf toe is an injury that will likely linger for most of the season, which means Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison not only have the best name combination going for them, they will be seeing a lot more opportunities. Don’t let their week five numbers disappoint you. They faced a strong Dallas defense and why would the Packers throw the ball when Aaron Jones was going Super Saiyan on everyone. I expect a big bounce back in week six for Allison and I hope he is on your roster when it happens.
Should I Pick up Dede Westbrook? – Owned in 61% of leagues – While he’s no DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook is someone worth monitoring. Over the last two weeks, he has been targeted 17 times by Minshew and has 11 catches for 148 yards. He hasn’t found the end zone yet, but he is getting looks in the Jacksonville offense.
Should I Pick up Byron Pringle? – Owned in 1% of leagues – You know what they say about Pringles. You can’t stop at just one. Mahomes took this to heart when Sammy Watkins took his annual injury sabbatical in the first quarter against the Colts, completing six passes for 103 yards and one touchdown. This adds another Chief’s receiver for fantasy players to agonize over when setting our lineups. If Hill and Watkins are out next week, Pringle could definitely have some fantasy value.
Week Six Waiver Wire TEs
Should I pick up Gerald Everett? – Owned in 6% of leagues. – Over the last two weeks, Gerald Everett has almost made me forget how much I hate tight ends. 19 targets over a two-week span will make you reevaluate some opinions. Everett has been a top-five tight end two weeks in a row. Everett was a guy with high expectations coming out of the NFL draft. In years past, Everett was losing snaps to Tyler Higbee, which meant he wasn’t getting the opportunities to succeed. This season, Everett is dominating snap counts and has established himself as the number one tight end in a high-powered Rams offense. If you need tight end help, Everett is a very intriguing play.
Should I pick up Chris Herndon? – Owned in 21% of leagues. – If you didn’t grab Chris Herndon on my recommendation last week, don’t worry. You can still probably grab him. The question is whether you should. He is undoubtedly the most talented tight end on your waiver wire, but he also plays for the Jets. If you’ve read this far, that means you need a tight end, so you should probably grab him.