Week five is officially in the books after Baker Mayfield was hugging the floor for four quarters on Monday Night Football. As a fantasy player, it’s time to move on to week six waiver wire adds. Unfortunately, this week seems to be the worst and most deprived waiver wire pool. Nonetheless, there is no shame in scraping the bottom of the barrel for some potentially valuable scraps. This is like the friend (that everyone has) who recommends shots to kick off a banger of a night, only to drink half of it. We’ll be the guy who scoops up the half-drunk scrap of a shot and happily downs it.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about how the list was generated. To qualify, each player must be owned in less than 50% of PPR leagues (based on ESPN fantasy app ownership). The ownership percentage will be included for each player. With a short list this week, it will be organized by priority. This means the most important addition will be first and the least important/most speculative addition will be last. Finally, the stats are based on standard PPR leagues. With that in the books, let’s get started!
Mohamed Sanu (43% owned) – Wide Receiver – Falcons
Sanu has been a model of consistency this year by scoring at least ten points in all but one game. This past week, he caught all five targets for 48 yards and a touchdown. Sanu has seen his target share grow each week. This week, it was in the red zone. He continues to garner a higher snap count than Ridley (84% in week five). The Falcons’ next opponents are the Cardinals and the Rams. With how bad their defense has been playing, I would not be surprised if they employ a pass-heavy attack in those games, even against a depleted Cardinals defense.
Gerald Everett (3% owned) – Tight End – Rams
Everett comes into the waiver wire column with two back-to-back quality fantasy outings under his belt. He posted seven receptions for 136 yards, which was good for an excellent 20.1 fantasy point performance. Everett has also garnered 12 targets within the last two weeks and has a greater share of the snap count than Tyler Higbee (81% vs 56%). The Rams play the 49ers, Falcons, and Bengals in the coming weeks, which a pretty favorable slate aside from the Niners. As stated before, tight end is always a position desperate for talent, and Everett is another high-upside potential guy to throw a dart at.
Gardner Minshew (19% owned) – Quarterback – Jaguars
The mustache crusader Minshew continues to let his mustache do the talking. He posted another solid fantasy outing of 21.1 points against the Panthers. In that game, he had 374 yards and two touchdowns against a solid Panthers defense that shut down Deshaun Watson the previous week. Their schedule looks favorable in the coming weeks, as they play the Saints, Bengals, and Jets. With the offensive line finally picking it up and a talented running back in Leonard Fournette, Minshew Mania should continue.
Chris Herndon (12% owned) – Tight End – Jets
Chris Herndon will be eligible to return from his four-game suspension this week for a matchup against the Eagles. Herndon was a top-15 fantasy tight end last year and was a favorite weapon of Sam Darnold. The only thing hurting Herndon is the uncertainty of Darnold’s return. Nonetheless, good fantasy tight ends are scarce, and you need to take any opportunity you can get. Herndon serves as a high-upside player, especially when Darnold returns.
Chase Edmonds (2.9% owned) – Running Back – Cardinals
This is more of a speculative addition. With an inventory of potential starting running backs low in waivers, it’s best to look for potential handcuffs to star players. David Johnson did leave for a short period of time with back soreness. This is not to say that Johnson will miss time, but more speculation that if Johnson were to miss time, Edmonds would pick up the slack.
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