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If you’re in need to fill some holes on your roster this week the waiver wire is your best bet on short notice. With week 6 bringing injuries that could hinder you roster along with week 7 bye potentially forcing you to bench some key pieces like Christian McCaffrey, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, James Connor, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. In this article you will find players available in over 50% of ESPN PPR leagues to potentially fill those holes created on your roster. All statistics used in this article can be found at www.lineups.com/nfl.
QB Gardner Minshew (JAX) vs. CIN – 49.6% Rostered
Surprise rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew has taken the league by storm this year. The former 6th round pick out of Washington State had a tough game last week against the New Orleans Saints netting only 4.6 fantasy points. The QB11 on the year, even after last week’s performance, is facing a Cincinnati secondary has allowed the 12th most yards on the 6th fewest attempts in the NFL allowing an average of 11.8 yards per completion. Cincinnati’s secondary is also banged up with cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson III as non-participants in practice this week. Minshew is primed for a bounce back performance that can win you this week.
RB Nheim Hines (IND) vs. HOU – 34.1% Rostered
Colts backup Nyheim Hines has been seeing limited action this year, almost exclusively a 3rd down back only. Although, Hines does have a favorable matchup this week against the Houston Texans. Houston, who has allowed 1,608 passing yards to opposing receivers, ranks 25th on the season against opposing running-backs. Of that 1,608 passing yards, 21.7% has come out of the backfield from opposing running-backs. With first string running-back Marlon Mack seeing very limited passing work this season, Hines could have himself a day against this Houston defense.
RB Chase Edmonds (ARI) vs. NYG – 28.3% Rostered
Cardinals backup running-back Chase Edmonds has been earning a slice of the Cardinals backfield throughout this season. Averaging 6.7 yards per attempt and seeing 28.33% of the snaps over the past three weeks. Edmonds has reached the end-zone each of the past 2 games. The Giants’ defense has allowed the 8th most yards to opposing running-backs. With David Johnson questionable to play Sunday against the Giants, if Johnson is unable to play Edmonds would be able to step right into the starting role. The opportunity is there for Edmonds to emerge as a fantasy option.
WR Dante Pettis (SF) vs. WAS – 26.8% Rostered
The 49ers rookie wide-receiver has been emerging in this Shanahan offense this season. Pettis was a first-year rookie drafted out of the second round has been seeing an increasing snap count every week, leading all 49ers wide receivers with 72% of snaps last week. A favorite target last week for Garoppolo, getting 6 targets catching 3 for 45 yards. Going up against Washington, who has allowed the 9th most yards to opposing receivers. Washington has also allowed the 4th most touchdowns to receivers this year. If Pettis continues to see this type of target share this week against Washington Pettis could finally have his breakout game.
WR Cole Beasley (BUF) vs. MIA – 26.5% Rostered
The former Cowboys receiver, signing with the Bills during the offseason has quickly become QB Josh Allen’s go to guy in the Bills’ offense. Averaging 7.6 targets per game Beasley is an excellent play in PPR formats. Seemingly flying under the radar this season most likely due to failing to reach the end-zone yet this season. The Dolphins have allowed the 3rd most touchdowns to opposing receivers and have also allowed the most yards per completion in the league this season. If you are in need of a receiver this week Beasley would be my favorite pickup from the waiver wire.
WR Darius Slayton (NYG) vs. ARI – 5.6% Rostered
Darius Slayton, a rookie out of Auburn, has been rising up the depth chart all year long, Slayton played 98% of snaps this past Thursday against the New England Patriots. Making a few big plays so far including a big-time touchdown catch against the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants’ will be seeing a lack-luster Arizona Cardinals defense this week. So far this year the Arizona Cardinals are giving up the third-most yards and the most touchdowns to opposing receivers.
Slayton has been averaging 15.8 yards per reception so far this year. Slayton is poised to make a big splash this week against the Arizona Cardinals.
WR Allen Lazard (GB) vs. OAK – 4.8% Rostered
Lazard is not a house-hold name by any means, but with fellow receivers Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison still unable to practice so far this week Lazard could be a sneaky good play. Lazard ended Monday’s game with 4 catches on 5 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown. Oakland’s defense is ranked 25th against opposing wide receivers allowing 11.8 yards per completion and the 9th most passing touchdowns. With a smaller receiver room than normal, Lazard could be the bright spot that shows up again this week against Oakland.
TE Dawson Knox (BUF) vs. MIA – 6.5% Rostered
Another non-household name Dawson Knox who was a former college walk-on making it to the NFL being drafted in the third round by the Buffalo Bills. Knox tied for the lead in targets during their matchup against the Tennessee Titans in week 5. Knox has averaged 15.6 yards per completion so far this year. Miami ranks 22nd against opposing tight-ends on the season. Knox is a good streamer for this matchup against Miami.