Fantasy football streaming pickups for Week 6: Taylor Heinicke, Quez Watkins, and more


Every week of the NFL season, we’ll establish fantasy soccer waiver-wire pickups particularly for these of you in search of streaming choices in deeper codecs (together with IDP leagues). These are gamers out there in a majority of ESPN Fantasy leagues (or shut) who’ve engaging matchups within the week forward that make them worthy of consideration in your lineups.

Whilst you may discover some overlap with Subject Yates’ pickup column that publishes on Mondays, an vital distinction is that the choices talked about on this column are targeted solely on this week’s matchup and never the gamers’ values for the rest of the season.


Quarterback

Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers (46.8% rostered; vs. Vikings)

Darnold was dreadful for the Panthers in final week’s loss in opposition to the Eagles. He held onto the soccer too lengthy, did not learn Philadelphia’s protection effectively, was erratic within the pocket, and flat-out missed open receivers. So Darnold has had one less-than-stellar recreation? There is not any must panic.

From Week 1-4 he has averaged 27 fantasy factors per recreation. Darnold is in a greater place to bounce again at dwelling in opposition to the Vikings this week and the return of operating again Christian McCaffrey will assist tremendously. Darnold could be seen as a QB2 with upside this week in opposition to a Vikings protection (368.8) that is allowed the sixteenth most yards per recreation.

Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (42.6%; vs. Dolphins)

The Jaguars are winless and coach City Meyer is making headlines for the incorrect causes, however Lawrence has quietly improved with every recreation this season. Final week’s 273 passing yards was his most since Week 1 (332). Lawrence can also be getting used extra as a runner. He has gathered 21 dashing makes an attempt over the previous three video games. The Jaguars’ protection (109.62) has allowed the seventh most fantasy factors per recreation. Lawrence will proceed to search out himself in neutral-to-negative recreation scripts that solely strengthen his fantasy viability. He is on the streaming radar this week in opposition to a Dolphins protection that is allowed the sixth most level per recreation to quarterbacks (22.03).

Taylor Heinicke, Washington Soccer Workforce (12.6%; vs. Chiefs)

Final week’s efficiency in opposition to the Saints paints a crystal-clear image that Heinicke can’t be relied upon each week as a starter. He is a matchup-based streamer and the final time I beneficial him on this column, Heinicke threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns in opposition to the Falcons. Heinicke has one other exploitable matchup in opposition to the Chiefs in Week 6.

No different staff permits essentially the most factors to quarterbacks on a per-game foundation than Kansas Metropolis (28). Heinicke’s dashing potential can also be understated as he has stockpiled 22 dashing makes an attempt in 4 begins and has averaged 5.17 yards per try. The Chiefs’ protection (141) has allowed the fourth-most dashing yards per recreation. Kansas Metropolis presents an ideal bounce-back alternative.

Working Again

Darrel Williams, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (7.6%; vs. Washington Soccer Workforce)

Sadly, Clyde Edwards-Helaire will miss just a few weeks with an MCL sprain. “Within the midst of chaos, there may be additionally alternative,” was talked about by Solar-Tzu and rings true to Williams’ state of affairs. He led the Chiefs with 37 snaps and 5 dashing makes an attempt in opposition to the Payments on Sunday Night time Soccer, and is predicted to be Kansas Metropolis’s lead again, whereas Jerick McKinnon is used as a receiver out of the backfield. Williams offered us with a glimpse of what he is able to final season within the playoffs when Edwards-Helaire was injured. Within the Chiefs’ two playoff video games, he stockpiled 1,155 complete yards and a landing on 31 touches. He is a wonderful plug-and-play RB2 in opposition to a Washington protection (120.24) that is surrendered essentially the most factors per recreation this season in fantasy.

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (4.7%; vs. Packers)

Herbert completed final week’s recreation in opposition to the Raiders with 18 dashing makes an attempt in comparison with Damien Williams’ 16, and Herbert performed extra snaps. There needs to be sufficient touches for each within the Bears’ run-heavy offense with beginning quarterback Justin Fields. For these unfamiliar with Herbert, he performed his collegiate profession at Kansas and Virginia Tech. In 46 school video games, Herbert rushed for two,918 yards and 22 touchdowns on 475 makes an attempt and had 34 receptions for 297 yards and one other rating. From a movie perspective, Herbert has stable steadiness, play velocity, and identifies operating lanes effectively. Herbert is a stable RB3 or flex possibility in opposition to the Packers in Week 6.

Broad Receiver

Quez Watkins, Philadelphia Eagles (2.2%; vs. Buccaneers)

Watkins’ variety of snaps continues to pattern up because the season progresses. He has caught 13 of 17 targets for 267 yards. Then again, Jalen Reagor has caught solely 17 of 25 targets for 140 yards. Watkins misplaced out on a landing final week in opposition to the Panthers, as Jalen Hurts cross missed a wide-open Watkins on a free play. He might have a profession day along with his blazing velocity in opposition to a Buccaneers protection permitting the second most factors to vast receivers.

Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals (37.3%; vs. at Browns)

Moore was marvelous within the Cardinals’ Week 5 win over the 49ers. He displayed his catching potential, play velocity, and tackle-breaking potential. Moore was deployed as not solely a runner, but in addition as a receiver and it is value noting that that is the primary time this season that Moore ran extra routes than Christian Kirk in a recreation. He is a wonderful flex possibility or WR3 particularly if you’re in search of upside.

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (12.8%; vs. Chargers)

Bateman’s return is imminent and it is coming at an ideal time for the Ravens offense. Quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to develop properly as a passer. In accordance with ESPN Stats & Information, he is the primary participant in NFL historical past with 400 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, zero interceptions, and 50 dashing yards in a single recreation. The Ravens might use one other receiving possibility. Tight finish Mark Andrews and vast receiver Marquise Brown mixed for 23 targets. Bateman provides them the flexibility to play each on the skin and from the slot. He completed his 31-game collegiate profession at Minnesota with 147 receptions, 2,395 receiving yards (sixth in class historical past) and 19 touchdowns (fifth). You need to contemplate beginning Bateman in his first regular-season recreation.

Tight Finish

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (45.7% rostered; at Jaguars)

Gesicki has amassed 25 targets over the Dolphins’ previous three video games. His targets per snap is on par with Darren Waller. Though Gesicki has performed solely 60.8% of Miami’s offensive snaps, that paints an image of how typically he has been concerned within the Dolphins’ passing recreation. This utilization pattern is prone to proceed in opposition to the Jaguars as Jacksonville’s protection has allowed the ninth most factors per recreation to tight ends. Gesicki is a TE1 you should not overlook in case your fantasy staff wants a streamer.

Hunter Henry, New England Patriots (35.7% rostered; vs. Cowboys)

Henry has caught 10 of 13 targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns over the previous two video games and quarterback Mac Jones has a passer ranking of 110.4 when concentrating on him this season. Henry is beginning to warmth up and may proceed to be offered targets. The rapport between Henry and Jones ought to solely strengthen because the season progresses. He is a TE1 in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys’ protection that has allowed the Tenth-most factors per recreation to tight ends getting into Week 6.

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (0.3% rostered; vs. Texans)

Alie-Cox is working because the Colts No. 1 tight finish forward of Jack Doyle. Over the previous two video games, he has caught 6 of 9 targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns. You may really feel comfy enjoying Alie-Cox in opposition to a Texans protection (20.8) that is allowed essentially the most factors per recreation to his place.

Protection/particular groups

Indianapolis Colts (43.7% rostered; vs. Texans)

You is likely to be shocked to see the Colts as a advice after their defensive implosion on Monday Night time Soccer in opposition to the Ravens. Indianapolis will probably be motivated to bounce again defensively in opposition to the Texans. Davis Mills threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, however do not enable that to blind you from two issues. First, Mills is a rookie main a Texans staff with only a few playmakers. Second, Houston has allowed 10 sacks, 6 takeaways, and averages a dismal 10 factors per recreation. This can be a nice recipe for streaming success.

Inexperienced Bay Packers (20.1% rostered; at Bears)

The Bears are a catastrophe on offense proper now. They rank final in complete yards (240) per recreation and common solely 16.8 factors per recreation as an offensive unit that can also be close to the underside of the league. On prime of that, the Bears have restricted the cross makes an attempt of Justin Fields. He has had 24 cross makes an attempt or fewer in 4 consecutive video games. The Bears offensive line has given up 18 sacks. The Packers are in a great place at dwelling in opposition to Chicago’s suboptimal offense.

Cincinnati Bengals (17.1% rostered; at Lions)

The Bengals protection wasn’t robust sufficient to subdue Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams final week. Nonetheless, Cincinnati ought to have extra luck in opposition to Jared Goff and the Lions offense. Detroit has averaged 339.6 complete yards and 19.6 factors per recreation. The Lions rank close to the underside of the league in each statistical classes. Should you’re in a bind on the D/ST place, look no additional than the Bengals.

Kicker

Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (32.2%, at Eagles)

Succop solely had one area objective try, which he made, and was profitable on all six additional level makes an attempt within the Buccaneers win over the Dolphins final week. That is vital as a result of he has had some misses in every of the previous three video games. The Buccaneers offense is a juggernaut averaging an unimaginable 431.4 complete yards. Succop seems to be again on observe and may see loads of alternatives in opposition to the Eagles.

Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals (10%; at Lions)

McPherson is tied to a Bengals offense that has scored 24 or extra factors in every of their previous three video games. Cincinnati’s offense should not have hassle accumulating yards in opposition to the Lions protection. No different staff permits extra fantasy factors per recreation to kickers than Detroit.

Zane Gonzalez, Carolina Panthers (0.3%; vs. Vikings)

Darnold and the Panthers look to bounce again at dwelling in opposition to the Vikings. Gonzalez made all three of his area objective makes an attempt and an additional level in opposition to the Eagles final week. He is in a fantastic place to copy that efficiency in opposition to the Vikings, who’re tied with the Texans for permitting the fourth most factors to kickers.


Particular person Defensive Gamers (IDP)

Defensive Line

Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (39.7%; vs. Eagles)

Barrett has stockpiled 18 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception. He has stepped up in a serious approach for the Buccaneers protection. Barrett can have loads of alternatives to show his cross dashing expertise in opposition to an Eagles offense (36.6) averaging the twelfth most cross makes an attempt per recreation.

Linebacker

Isaiah Simmons, Arizona Cardinals (40.8%, at Browns)

Simmons has been essentially the most constant deal with producer on the Cardinals. He is delivering on the hype after Arizona chosen him eighth general within the 2020 NFL draft. He needs to be busy in opposition to a Browns offense that leans closely on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Defensive Again

Taron Johnson, Buffalo Payments (19.6%, at Titans)

Johnson was capable of get retribution in opposition to the Chiefs after getting embarrassed by them through the common season and playoffs final yr. He led the Payments with 12 tackles in opposition to Kansas Metropolis. Johnson has turn into probably the most vital gamers on the Buffalo protection. He is in a great place in opposition to the Titans and on the streaming radar.

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