Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season is over. As bye weeks and injuries make their appearance, it becomes imperative to constantly bolster your fantasy roster. Each week presents new chances for new players to strut their stuff as the dynamic of fantasy football can change on a whim. With that in mind, here are this week’s waiver wire suggestions.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (23% owned)
The Las Vegas Raiders are off to a pretty solid start at 3-2 thanks to an offense that is seventh in the NFL in scoring. A big part of that success is Carr, who has a passer rating of 115.9, second only to Russell Wilson. From a fantasy perspective, Carr has only one finish outside the top 20 quarterbacks and that was in Week 1. He has since averaged 2.5 touchdowns per game and is coming off two-straight 300+ yard performances. With some cushy defenses left on the Raiders schedule, Carr could end up being a solid QB start going forward.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (39% owned)
We’ve been pounding the table for Cousins over the last couple week simply because of matchups as his two-game run against the Seahawks and Falcons appeared very enticing. Unfortunately, he didn’t get it done in Seattle, but if you still trusted him this past Sunday, you were probably pleased as his 343-yard, three touchdown performance was good enough for a top six QB finish for the week. Yes, he did throw three picks (for the second time this season), but he has the Cowboys and Jaguars on the schedule later in the season. While he’s by no means a reliable starter, he could provide value as a spot starter when the matchup is favorable.
Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (14% owned)
The Eagles utility back has been mentioned as a draft-worthy player who might also provide some stand alone value in this offense. Well, that hasn’t gone as planned as not only has the Eagles offense had all sorts of problems, but Scott’s usage has essentially been non-existent. That could change however, as Miles Sanders suffered a knee injury that is expected to keep him out 1-2 weeks. This could give Scott some work, and while it’s only short term, it’s possible he carves out some fantasy relevance over the next couple weeks.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (6% owned)
Joe Mixon owners would be wise to protect their investment with Bernard as a handcuff, but surprisingly he’s widely available in most fantasy leagues. When Mixon exited Sunday’s game, Bernard came in and churned out 10.3 points (half-PPR scoring formats). Granted, the bulk of that came from reaching the end zone, but should Mixon miss any time this season, the Bengals backup running back would be considered a start-worthy play.
Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles (31% owned)
Fulgham made our list last week when he was barely owned, and while his percentage rostered has certainly increased, there are still many leagues who aren’t convinced. He’s now scored a touchdown in three straight games and has double-digit targets in back-to-back games. And while there is apprehension about him slipping into oblivion when Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson return, he’s making a case that his fantasy relevance might stick around even longer.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (18% owned)
It seems apparent that Patrick is the Broncos most productive fantasy receiver as he’s now had three straight weeks producing over 12 fantasy points. The targets are there and with back-to-back 100-yard games, he’s showing a level of consistency fantasy owners can appreciate. Entering Sunday’s game, Patrick was coming off two consecutive games with a touchdown, and while that streak ended against the Patriots, his eight catch, 101-yard line against Stephon Gillmore proves he might not be matchup dependent.
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (41% owned)
The Eagles backup tight end was sharp out of the gate with eight catches, 101 yards, and a touchdown in Week 1, which was good enough for a top two finish. He did next to nothing the following two weeks and has missed that last three games with an ankle injury. But with news that Zach Ertz is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury of his own, Goedert now slides into a prime role for this Eagles offense. While he still has to prove he’s elite TE worthy, you have to feel good about his chances.
Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (20% owned)
Burton isn’t the first Colts tight end we’ve endorsed this season as Mo Alie-Cox has been suggested before. And just like Philip Rivers is doing, you gotta roll with the punches and be willing to adjust, and right now the flavor of the week is Burton. He’s received at least five targets in three straight games, yet was only relevant this past Sunday when he finished as the highest-scoring tight end for the week. Of course, that was thanks to scoring not once, but twice, including a one-yard rushing touchdown. He’s not a player that you’d want to plug in right away and start, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep tabs on the Colts tight end situation.
Philadelphia Eagles (30% owned)
The Eagles defense has finished outside the top 20 three times already, so they’re not a team you’d want to start very often. When it comes to fantasy defenses, it’s a good idea to track the two New York teams as both the Jets and Giants allow the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Eagles just so happen to draw the Giants this upcoming week, so if you’re a defense streamer, this is your add.