From bye weeks and trades to injuries and game postponements, the landscape of fantasy football is always changing. You always need to be improving your team and making counter moves against your opponents. Though this season may be different than any other previous one, it’s really not in regards to constant change. How can we help you adapt? Don’t forget that – at the time of this writing – the Seahawks, Saints, Raiders and Chargers have a Week 6 bye.
QB Andy Dalton – Dallas Cowboys
It’s never fun to see a player suffer an awful injury like Dak Prescott did on Sunday – and we hope for the best. What very likely ends Prescott’s season gives 10 year veteran Andy Dalton the opportunity to lead a highly capable offense from here forward. After entering the game in the 3rd quarter, Dalton completed 9 of 11 passes for 111 yards. In 2019, he averaged 268.8 passing yards per game with 16 touchdowns and 14 picks behind a weaker offensive line and fewer playmakers to work with.
In week 6, Dalton and the Cowboys face Arizona – a team that has given up 250+ passing yards and multiple touchdown passes to 3 of 5 quarterbacks this season. The two who did not meet those numbers were Dwayne Haskins and Joe Flacco.
Outside of some cockamamie 32 team league, no one had Dalton on their team in week 5. With all those weapons, he’ll be the top quarterback taken off of waivers.
RB J.D. McKissic – Washington Football Team
McKissic produced another solid PPR week for those who fell victim to another postponed game and needed a quick pickup. He caught 6 of 8 balls for 46 yards, further establishing his role as the main pass catching back. And while you’re never going to see a lot of usage from him on the ground, he can get free and turn any routine play into something huge.
Their next two games are the Giants and Cowboys – divisional opponents who have surrendered a bevy of yards and points to opposing running backs.
McKissic may not be the sexiest addition this week, but with all the changes in schedules, you might need to look to him for help. He is unrostered in around 90% of leagues
TE Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears
The Bears tight end scored his 5th touchdown of the year on 3 catches for 33 yards in a Thursday night win. Nick Foles has been locked in on Graham since taking over as the starter, targeting the 11 year veteran 18 times in 2.5 games. He’s being specifically targeted in the endzone and nearly hauled in a one-handed grab before eventually scoring a few plays later.
Graham goes to Carolina in Week 6 – not the most imposing defense in the league. He then goes to Los Angeles to meet the Rams – another less than stellar defense against tight ends.
Graham is still available in over 60% of fantasy leagues and should be owned in more. With Foles at quarterback, Graham will continue to see a good amount of work.
RB Damien Harris – New England Patriots
We were hoping to see Harris take over the role as the main ball carrier in Week 5, but COVID pushed that back a week. Now, a week healthier, the 3rd round pick from last season can pick up from where he left off in Week 4. In that game, Harris took 17 carries for 100 yards.
Harris is still available in around 50% of fantasy leagues, give or take depending on which platform you’re using. If you can get him, he could be a fine start in Week 6.
WR Travis Fulgham – Philadelphia Eagles
With so many injuries in the receiving game, the Eagles have been scrambling for warm bodies. Fulgham answered the call, bringing in 10-of-13 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown. He has now scored in back-to-back weeks and figures to be highlighted in the passing game for the time being.
While the Ravens provide a tough matchup in Week 6, the Eagles will likely have to rely on the pass to keep up in this one. Week 7 brings the Giants to town and a softer defense to deal with.
TE Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams
The leading receiver in yards for the Rams, Everett took 4 catches for 90 yards in Week 5. Tyler Higbee has been the higher profile tight end for the majority of the season but the South Alabama alum is still getting his share of looks. Everett has also caught all of his targets through the last three games.
The Rams head to San Francisco in Week 6 to face off with a battered defense that just gave up 43 points to Miami. In Week 7, they face the Bears who gave up 8 catches for 96 yards to Tampa Bay tight ends.
Everett is far under the radar this season with limited work and is virtually unrostered. If you’re in a pinch at tight end, he could give you enough points to help carry you to a victory.