Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups
With week 6 now behind us, we saw plenty of boom and bust performances that may have won us, or lost us our fantasy week. We saw some of the highest scoring fantasy performances by a running back and wide receiver that we've ever seen, and we even had a top-tier wide receiver put up a goose-egg. Needless to say, it's a long season, and anything can help.
Demaryius Thomas (2% owned in ESPN / 3% owned in Yahoo): Demaryius Thomas finally participated in a game, and he honestly did better than many might have expected. With Luke Falk at quarterback, Thomas received nine targets, which he converted into four catches for 47 yards. Now the Jets were playing catch-up for almost the entire game, which may have inflated his opportunities, but he looked solid and starting QB Sam Darnold is expected to make a return this week. I wouldn't call Thomas anything but a flier at this point, but he may gain relevance as the season goes on.
Gerald Everett (3% owned in ESPN / 12% owned in Yahoo): The Los Angeles Rams have seemed to become a pass-oriented team, with Jared Goff dropping back to pass 155 times in the last three games, which comes out to over 50 pass-attempts per game. With that type of volume, comes great opportunity. Todd Gurley has struggled to do anything and the Rams need to do what they can to try and win games. Gerald Everett has been one of the beneficiaries of all the pass-attempts, as he's received 19 targets in the past two games. Everett is far from an every-week starter, but he has plenty of upside.
Jamison Crowder (62% owned in ESPN / 43% owned in Yahoo): This is Crowder's second time on my list of waiver wire pickups, and he's also the second Jet to be on my list this week, and for good reason. With Sam Darnold coming back, Crowder receives a great boost in value. In week one, Crowder had 17 targets from Darnold, and seemed to be his most trusted asset. If we learned anything, it's that Darnold likes his security blanket, and has no problem taking what he's given. If Crowder continues to see anything close to the amount of targets he received in week one consistently, he'll be a decent asset.
Ito Smith (10% owned in ESPN / 15% owned in Yahoo): He isn't the most fun to go after, but Smith has decent upside and is a good handcuff for Devonta Freeman. He doesn't necessarily get many touches, but he does a decent job of making the best of them. He's gotten in the end-zone and has produce decent yardage while also being a receiving threat for Matt Ryan to target. If Freeman is injured in any way, and has to miss time, it may be worth it to stash Smith in your league, if you have space on your roster.
Darius Slayton (1% owned in ESPN / 1% owned in Yahoo): Darius Slayton has quietly been a productive member of the Giants. The rookie wide-out has been producing with Daniel Jones behind center. He has good big-play ability, and has developed well with Jones. Sterling Shepard is out with a concussion, and is expected to miss an extended period of time with this being his second concussion of the season, so Slayton now becomes a decent fantasy option for teams in need of WR depth. Go get him.