All ownership percentages are from Yahoo. ESPN and NFL leagues usually have less ownership.
Note: With Adrian Peterson being traded to the Cardinals, expect both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara’s snap count and usage to increase. Kamara is only owned in 68% of leagues, and he’s a must-own at this point. If he’s available in your league, scoop him up, regardless of format.
1. Jerick McKinnon – 30% owned
Latavius Murray had the first few touches, but it was McKinnon who stole the show on Monday night with no Dalvin Cook. Murray had 12 carries for 31 yards and 2 catches for 12 yards. McKinnon rushed 16 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, and was also involved in the passing game, catching all six of his targets for 51 yards. The snap count was in favor of McKinnon – 67% to Murray’s 31%. McKinnon looked better than he did the past two years, and some of it could have been because of the Vikings horrible offensive line. He’s the clear top waiver wire add for Week 6.
2. Elijah McGuire – 17% owned
McGuire was a deep stash for later in the season in case the Jets move toward their young RB to see what he can do before he gets the job to start 2018. However, now that Bilal Powell hurt his calf and Forte is still on the shelf, McGuire should get a huge workload in Week 7 against a Patriots team who has allowed the 2nd most points to running backs this year, and it would have been 1st if the Bucs gave Doug Martin more carries last week. McGuire is very talented and he could put up a big week in both facets of the game against the Patriots.
3. Aaron Jones – 56% owned
The reason why Aaron Jones is above McGuire is because there is a chance Ty Montgomery plays this week. If that happens, he’s not going to get the full load, and you could have had McGuire for a spot start this week in a great matchup. Jones is still a good pickup because he’s locked down the backup role to Montgomery, and has even probably carved out a percentage of Montgomery’s 90% snap count. Jones had a great Week 5 in place of Montgomery with 19 carries for 125 yards and a TD. Jamaal Williams can now be dropped in all formats.
4. Andre Ellington – 56% owned
Ellington needs to be owned in every PPR format, and is one of the best long term assets you can pick up on the waiver wire this week. He’s had 8, 14, and 10 targets in the last 3 games and has had 9 catches in the last 2 games. His floor is very high in PPR, and has the upside to take one of his touches to the house and give you a very solid game. I wouldn’t worry about Adrian Peterson coming to the team since Peterson isn’t a viable pass-catcher. Peterson should take on Chris Johnson’s role, not Ellington’s.
5. Javorius Allen – 57% owned
Buck Allen is the back to own in the Ravens backfield. Alex Collins got some touches, but it was clearly Allen’s show; he even had a goal line carry which he converted. In addition, he had 21 carries for 73 yards along with 4 catches for 12 yards. Terrance West is going to be out a few weeks with a calf injury, so with Allen’s affinity in the passing game, he should give you a solid floor in PPR week to week.
6. Adrian Peterson – 37% owned
Adrian Peterson got traded to the Cardinals for a conditional pick. Peterson didn’t look good so far this season, but he’s had very limited opportunity. He’s chomping at the bit for a workhorse role, and he’s got it with the Cardinals on early downs. Ellington’s role doesn’t change, but Peterson will take over for Chris Johnson. The Cardinals’ offensive line has been bad, but Peterson should be able to do some work behind it. I would pick up Peterson and keep him on my bench until I see his role and effectiveness before I put him in my lineup. He’s a good add because of position scarcity, and for the chance of him getting 15-20 carries per game.
7. Marlon Mack – 10% owned
Chuck Pagano said that he wants to get Marlon Mack more involved, and they should. Mack had 9 carries for 91 yards and a TD, but he still played less snaps (17) than Frank Gore (39) and Robert Turbin (21). Mack now has the chance to move ahead of Turbin and be a change of pace to Frank Gore, and possibly becoming the best back to own in that backfield. I don’t think Gore gets replaced anytime soon, but if Mack continues to perform, the Colts might not be able to deny him an even bigger workload.
8. Wayne Gallman – 39% owned
Gallman will benefit from a ton of injuries on the Giants, from all the receivers down to both Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa hobbled. Darkwa and Gallman were sharing the load until Darkwa got hurt, and Gallman was pretty solid after that with 11 rushes for 57 yards along with 5 catches for 25 yards. The reason why he’s not higher on this list is because he’s going to Denver next week, plays Seattle at home the week after, and is then on a bye. I’m not starting him the next three weeks, so I’m not picking him up to stash him. The NFL landscape changes so fast and either Perkins or Darkwa (or both) can easily be part of the rotation again after the bye. Hopefully Gallman is on waivers before the bye, which is when I’ll be trying to pick him up.
9. Matt Breida – 7% owned
Matt Breida got 49% of snaps on Sunday, which turned out to be 2 more snaps than Carlos Hyde. Breida rushed 10 times for 49 yards and added 3 catches for 22 yards on 5 targets. Carlos Hyde struggled, rushing 8 times for 11 yards. We all knew that Carlos Hyde was banged up because of his hip, but Kyle Shanahan said that playing Breida had nothing to do with Hyde’s injury, and that he was riding the hot hand. He also said that he will ride the hot hand moving forward. We have to take this with a grain of salt, because he could just be protecting Carlos Hyde’s injury. Hyde has been pretty good this season, and is a great running back when he’s on the field. However, given Hyde’s injury history, Breida is a good pickup in case Hyde can’t go, or if Shanahan is serious and Breida becomes a favorite of his.
10. Wendell Smallwood – 51% owned
Smallwood is a running back you should have on your bench in PPR leagues. He didn’t practice on Monday, and he might not play on Thursday night on a short week. However, once he’s back he’ll be involved in both the run and passing game for the Eagles, and that’s a valuable position to play for them. He needs to be rostered before he comes back from injury and has another all-around good game. Running backs are becoming more scarce as the season goes on, and Smallwood is going to be someone who can be used in any matchup because he’s game-script proof.
11. Samaje Perine – 14% owned, Rob Kelley – 51% owned
Rob Kelley didn’t practice on Monday, so if Perine is on your waivers, go get him in case he starts this week. The Redskins are playing the 49ers, so expect them to be able to run the ball a ton, and if they get to a nice lead, Perine should see a ton of volume in the second half. If Rob Kelley isn’t owned in your league, you have to pick him up. He is the clear starter for the Redskins; he’s just been banged up. Once he’s healthy, he has the early downs all to himself and should perform once this offense gets it together.
12. Shane Vereen – 14% owned
With the Giants losing four receivers over the weekend, and with Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa banged up, Vereen could see an uptick in targets and usage. I wouldn’t start him this week, but I would hold him on my bench and wait and see on his usage.
1. Devin Funchess – 65% owned
Funchess continues to get it done, racking up 7 catches on 8 targets for 53 yards and a TD in Week 5. He’s averaging 9 targets and a TD in the last 3 games, and he needs to be in your lineup as long as Greg Olsen is out. This is your last chance to get him if he’s still on your waiver wire. This week he goes up against a horrible Eagles’ secondary.
2. Danny Amendola – 63% owned
Amendola also continues to get it done when he’s in the lineup in PPR leagues. His target totals have been going up the past 3 weeks from 5 to 7 to 8. He caught all 8 of his targets in Week 5 for 77 yards, so he’s definitely more of a high floor PPR asset. He has been targeted near the goal line as well, so he has the upside in this offense. He should be in your lineup on a weekly basis.
3. John Brown – 37% owned
When John Brown plays, he seems to be one of Carson Palmer’s favorite targets, and he actually got the most playing time out of any receiver not named Larry Fitzgerald. Brown played on 80% of snaps, while Jaron Brown played on 60%, and J.J. Nelson played on 53%. As long as John Brown is healthy, he’s going to be in my lineup, especially against bad defenses like the Eagles and this week’s Tampa Bay Bucs. Brown saved your day with a touchdown in Week 5, but Carson Palmer was under pressure all day from that Eagles pass rush and couldn’t get right with his receivers.
4. Taylor Gabriel – 17% owned
Mohamed Sanu is likely out for Week 6 with his hamstring injury, so Gabriel should see an uptick in targets. With the attention on Julio, who practiced Monday, Gabriel could slip out against a leaky Miami defense. He’s a boom/bust play if you have no other options.
5. Kendall Wright – 15% owned
Kendall Wright was clearly the go-to receiver for Mitch Trubisky who actually did something with his catches. He had 4 catches for 46 yards while Trubisky couldn’t get much done through the air. Wright would be a bench stash in case this offense can put something together against a lesser talented defense. However, they aren’t going to face a less-talented defense anytime soon; they have the Ravens and the Panthers before they head to New Orleans in Week 8. I’m personally not stashing him until then, because he has a bye right after that.
6. Ricardo Louis – 1% owned
Ricardo Louis had had 9 targets in Week 4 and 8 targets in Week 5. With Kevin Hogan possibly taking over for the time being, we could see this offense start the move and potentially have a receiver we can start for a safe floor in PPR. Louis can be that guy with Kenny Britt hobbled and in the dog house. He’s someone you can put on your bench as a wait and see.
7. Juju Smith-Schuster – 5% owned
Juju has run more routes and played more snaps than Martavis Bryant in three straight games and is averaging 5 targets a game for the last 4 weeks. He’s not a high volume play, but in a potentially high-scoring offense once this team plays some bad defenses, Juju can get some work around the goal line (he caught two TDs this year) and can see some passes open up once Martavis Bryant can get his act together. He’s someone I’m watching more than actively trying to pick up this week.
Not picking up:
1. Mike Wallace – target volume all over the place. Can’t be trusted.
2. Roger Lewis – going up against Denver this week, Seattle next week, and then has a bye. I’m good.
3. Zay Jones – With Jordan Matthews and Charles Clay both out for a while, Buffalo needs another weapon besides Shady. Jones is on a bye this week, so I’ll try to pick him up as a prospective add before Week 6 comes to an end.
1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – 28% owned
ASJ came through against the Browns with 6 catches on 8 targets for only 29 yards, but did get that touchdown we were looking for. His involvement is what we’re looking for, and is one of the top options, if not the top option, in the passing game for the Jets. This week the Jets are at home against the Patriots, who have given up the 4th most fantasy points to tight ends this year. I’m starting him with confidence in Week 6.
2. George Kittle – 1 % owned
Kittle was the guy in clutch time for the 49ers on Sunday. He had 7 catches on 9 target for 83 yards and a touchdown, and had multiple end zone targets. I would normally not be excited because this is his first great game, but he’s playing against the Redskins this week, who have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to tight ends this year. Three tight ends have put up 90+ yards on them so far this year. With Josh Norman out, I expect the Redskins defense to help out that side a bit more, leaving the middle of the field even more open for Kittle to do this thing. Let’s just hope Kyle Shanahan and Brian Hoyer have the same game plan.
3. Zach Miller – 15% owned
Miller had 7 targets from Mitch Trubisky, and seems like one of his favorite targets. Miller caught a tipped pass that was targeted for him for a TD on Monday night, and since the Bears are going up against a Ravens defense whose only liability has been the tight end position, Miller can be a good play in Week 6. Miller is also someone who we’ve seen get it done in the past, so Miller can potentially be a long-term option for your lineup.
4. Ryan Griffin – 6% owned
Griffin is a risky play, but has a good matchup with the Browns, who gave up another TD to ASJ in Week 5. The Browns give up the second most fantasy points to tight ends, so I can’t imagine Watson doesn’t look for Griffin in this game.
5. A.J. Derby – 1% owned, playing the Giants
Derby caught 4 of 6 targets for 75 yards and a TD in his game against the Raiders before the bye. This week he goes against the most fantasy-friendly team for tight ends, the Giants, who’ve allowed 6 TDs in 5 games to the position.
6. Ed Dickson – 8% owned
Dickson might have carved out a role on this team, and I’m not overreacting to his ridiculous 175-yard performance on Sunday. What I am looking at is his 3 catches on 4 targets for 62 yards in Week 4 in combination with his Week 5 heroics. In this horrible tight end year, Dickson can be solid, but I wouldn’t expect 175 yards on a weekly basis.
Not picking up Nick O’Leary because of his bye week. He had 5 catches on 6 targets after Charles Clay left the game, so I would try to pick him up before Week 6 comes to an end, so you can get him for free.
Carson Palmer vs Bucs
Jacoby Brissett at Titans
Case Keenum vs Green Bay
Josh McCown vs Patriots
Trevor Siemian vs Giants
Baltimore vs Chicago
Atlanta vs Miami
Washington vs San Francisco