We are heading into Week 6, and now we have another wrinkle on the Waiver Wire: Bye Weeks. Atlanta, NY Jets, New Orleans Saints, and the San Francisco 49ers are all on bye this week. That means that a few of their players may end up on waivers, and you must decide if they are worth clogging up your roster. For this article, I will exclude their players but encourage you to pay close attention to who gets cut by other teams in your league this week. They may be desperate and drop a good player from one of these teams. As always, every player listed is available in at least 50% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
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Taylor Heinicke (84% Available)
The pickings are slim at QB right now. Most that are worth a damn are on 50% of rosters already, but Heinicke is the exception. He scored 25+ in three straight starts heading into Week 5 but performed poorly against a tough New Orleans defense. However, he gets KC and GB over the next two weeks, so expect a rebound.
Darrel Williams (83% Available)
You’ll quickly notice a theme with our RB recommendations: Injury Fill-Ins. Let’s keep these simple, Clyde Edwards-Heliare is hurt, and Williams already has two rushing TDs this season as his backup. The Chiefs are not throwing to their RBs a lot, so you can probably skip Jerrick McKinnon.
Khalil Herbert (81% Available)
Herbert ended up with 18 carries in Game 1 without David Montgomery. If you are of the “Damien Williams is Just-A-Guy” crowd, Herbert holds plenty of value for the next month, more so if Chicago’s offense can improve.
Devontae Booker (93% Available)
Saquon Barkley left the game with a nasty-looking ankle sprain and will likely miss some time. The Giants’ coaches spent the offseason hyping Booker up, and now we get to see it on the field. The next two matchups aren’t exactly easy, and Barkley could be back next week, but starting RBs are hard to come by right now.
Kadarius Toney (82% Available)
Toney is a bit of a mystery right now. He may be seeing so much work because Sterling Shepard is out, but it’s A LOT of work. Toney has been targeted 22 times over the last two games and just put up 189 yards in Week 5. He’s still “wait and see,” and he did pick up a foot injury that has him Questionable for Week 6, but I’d rather have him on my bench than my opponents.
Hunter Renfrow (55% Available)
Get it together, folks. I know Renfrow is a goofy-looking dude, but he is the WR1 for the Raiders, and it’s not all that close. He’s scored 10+ fantasy points in every game this season, and you need that consistency in your life.
DeVante Parker (59% Available)
Missing Week 5 has made Parker available in far more leagues than he should be. He’s caught at least four balls for 40 yards in every game this season, and Will Fuller is on IR. As a result, Parker is a solid WR3 with WR2-upside.
Darnell Mooney (55% Available)
It’s far too easy to hate the Bears’ offense right now, but Mooney should not be this available. We saw what could happen when he and Justin Fields click in Week 4. Mooney ended that game with five catches for 125 yards. Yes, he’s “boom or bust,” but that kind of boom makes him worth a roster spot.
Tim Patrick (69% Available)
Patrick is Cinderella right now, and Jerry Jeudy returns at midnight, but you can do worse in your flex spot. Patrick has scored 10+ in four of five games and has a pretty favorable schedule upcoming. Jeudy is out at least one more week, and Patrick may have earned a role after his return.
Hunter Henry / Jonnu Smith (55% Available)
Both of these guys scored touchdowns in Week 4. Henry did it again in Week 5, and Jonnu has 23 targets on the season. The only reason they are available is that your standards are too high for your fantasy TE right now.
Ricky Seals-Jones (98% Available)
Washington tight ends have been targeted 27 times and scored three TDs in five games this season. While Logan Thomas is out, all of that work falls to RSJ. He’s not a sexy name to start, but he is a fine stream for the next few weeks.
Dan Arnold (96% Available)
Arnold has always been touted as more of a WR than a TE. Now, in Jacksonville, they need someone to fill DJ Chark’s shoes. Arnold tied for the team lead in targets in Week 5, his first full week with the team. Expect his role to grow.