Unfortunately, neither Wendell Smallwood or Corey Clement broke out in Week 6, but each had a solid game. Smallwood led with 18 carries for 51 yards, and Clement rushed for 43 yards and a TD, while adding 26 yards through the air. This might be a tough group to gauge going forward, but owning either of these RBs will be good for your bench. In other news, Chris Carson and Christian Kirk followed up big weeks with solid yardage totals, although neither found the end zone. Robby Anderson was only able to accrue 39 yards after a 24-point Week 5. Just like every week, a bunch of waiver players had big days in Week 6, so let’s pick out which of these are worth an add.
Worth the Add- RB Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings (21.8 Points in Week 6)
With Dalvin Cook out, Murray ran wild on Sunday against the Cardinals, totaling 155 rush yards and a score on 24 carries. He found success on both inside and outside runs; only carrying the ball for a loss twice. What’s even more impressive is that Murray faced 8 or more defenders inside the box on 41.67% of his carries; 3rd-most among RBs in Week 6. With Cook out, Murray was on the field for 82% of the Vikings’ offensive snaps. Cook is likely out in Week 7, but could come back as early as Week 8. However, Cook’s injury history throughout his short NFL career means it would be smart to ride Murray until Cook proves he can stay healthy and take over.
Won’t Repeat- RB Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins (11.9 Points in Week 6)
The 35-year old bruiser had his biggest game of the year on Sunday en route to 119 total yards, with 101 on the ground. He saw 15 carries on 30 snaps, which is solid usage, but was still thoroughly out-snapped by Kenyan Drake (49 snaps). It also wasn’t very difficult for Gore to churn out yards when there were 8+ defenders in the box on only 6.67% of his carries. Gore and Drake are really the only two RBs in the Dolphins’ backfield seeing snaps, but over the past two weeks Drake has seen much more volume. Gore should still be a reliable option for Miami going forward, but it seems unlikely he’ll continue to be as efficient as he was this past week.
Worth the Add- WR Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (22.1 Points in Week 6)
In my fantasy sleeper column prior to this season, I looked at Michael Gallup and Allen Hurns as potential breakout players due to the lack of receivers in Dallas. Cole Beasley has always been a reliable option for the Cowboys, but he’s never been a reliable fantasy option. Against Jacksonville on Sunday, Beasley turned 11 targets into 9 catches for 101 yards and two scores. He saw a target on over 25% of his snaps, and although he was out-snapped by both Gallup and Hurns on Sunday they’ve all had a steady snap share over the course of the season. His target chart from Sunday shows him running all sorts of routes, which will be helpful for Dallas’s slow offense going forward. I like Beasley as a solid waiver option on a Dallas offense that is desperately looking for receivers to produce.
Won’t Repeat- WR Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers (25.1 Points in Week 6)
Goodwin had a huge Monday night in the 49ers’ loss to the Packers, catching four passes on five targets for 126 yards and 2 TDs. His snap totals were promising, as he was on the field for 95% of snaps. However, his five targets and his route chart show that he was mainly used as a deep threat option. This has been Goodwin’s career thus far, and he’s also missed three games this season due to injury. With two tough matchups next week against the Rams and Cardinals, Goodwin will need to show that he can be productive on a regular basis before I consider him to be worth a waiver add.
Also Worth a Look:
QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30.9 Points in Week 6)
RB Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16.6 Points in Week 6)
RB Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons (8.1 Points in Week 6)
TE David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (11.5 Points in Week 6)
Be Wary of:
WR Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (23.9 Points in Week 6)
TE Chris Herndon, New York Jets (11.6 Points in Week 6)
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