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The NFL is a cruel place, where players and coaches have to perform up to expectations or they will be relieved of their duties. Falling victim this week to these expectations is the coach of the Washington Redskins and the kicker for the Tennessee Titans. Even though we have only gone a handful of weeks, those teams are moving on. Injuries also play a part, as the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking like they will have to go down another notch on their quarterback depth chart. 

Is your fantasy team and the players on your roster performing to your expectations? Are there players on your roster that are not getting it done, and is there an upgrade out there on the waiver wire? Regardless of your record, stay active and keep shuffling those bottom feeders on your roster. Nothing smokin’ hot this week, but plenty of items that are solid and on the radar this week. Something for everyone, on to the wonders.

Solid Pickups

WR Duke Williams, Buffalo

The Bills are on a bye in Week 6, but we will still feature one of their players as one of this week’s top selections. Buffalo and Zay Jones never worked out, and with Jones now shipped out west to Oakland, Duke Williams will take on a regular role in the offense. This week against the Titans he was good for four catches and 29 yards, including a touchdown. Sometimes you have to be aggressive on the waiver wire, and we see very good things in the future for Williams in Buffalo. 

RB Ito Smith, Atlanta

Smith’s role in the Falcons offense has been picking up steam of late, especially in the passing game. He caught six passes for 45 yards against the Texans this past week, coming on the heels of an outing against the Titans where he was targeted four times. He also ran the ball five times, and though we do not see much more in the way of carries, his involvement in the passing game for those in PPR leagues is worth a look. 

TE Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams

The presence of Tyler Higbee has not proven to be a detriment to Everett, in fact he has been thriving the last couple of games. A week after catching five passes for 44 yards against the Bucs, he exploded this past week against the Seahawks. He saw eleven targets, catching seven of them on his way to a day where he went for 136 yards. As long as Goff prefers Everett, he has some appeal as a waiver wire wonder. 

On the Radar

RB Chase Edmonds, Arizona

On a day where the Cardinals ran wild, the backup to David Johnson had a big day against the Bengals. He rushed eight times for 68 yards and a score, while also hauling in three passes good for 18 yards. He will not have much in the way of value as long as Johnson is healthy, but the Cardinals know that Edmunds can step in when asked. Good backup for Johnson owners. 

WR Jakobi Meyers, New England

Tom Brady spreads the ball around to many, but over the first few weeks of the season it seems he has been intentionally avoiding Meyers. The Patriots are losing wide receivers at an alarming rate, first the well publicized signing and release of Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman is not healthy, Josh Gordon is battling a hand injury, and now Phillip Dorsett has a hamstring issue. The time may be now for Brady to toss the ball in the direction of Meyers, this is a speculative add to see if he and Brady can get some chemistry with the rest of the receiving corps not at 100%.

WR Demaryius Thomas, New York Jets

Showing some signs of life, Thomas caught four passes for 47 yards against the Eagles. At some point Sam Darnold will be back at the helm and the Jets will be able to move the ball in the air with more regularity. Until then, Thomas is on the radar as a speculative add for the future. 

TE Darren Fells, Houston

Making the most of his two catches, Fells was in the end zone twice this week against the Falcons. He has caught as many as five passes in a game this season, so for now we will drop him on the radar as he is a decent fantasy backup tight end right now. 

RB Jon Hilliman, New York Giants

The Giants may need to drop down to the third string this Thursday night, with the return of Saquon Barkley in question and Wayne Gallman now in the concussion protocol after this week’s game. The Patriots defense has been stout, so not a great spot for any Giants runner this week, but going forward this is a situation to keep an eye on as far as how long Gallman may be out of action.

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Deep and/or Dynasty Only

WR Zay Jones, Oakland

Sometimes a change of scenery can do wonders, and clearly things were not working out for Jones in Buffalo. He gets a fresh start with the Raiders, a team that is in need of someone that can step onto the field immediately and produce. We will believe it when we see it, but for now he’s worth a look for those in deep leagues. 

WR Byron Pringle, Kansas City

All eyes will be on Sammy Watkins and his return, as he has added a hamstring issue added to his existing shoulder injury. If he cannot make a go of it, then Pringle is worth a look. He had a big week against the Colts, hauling in six catches for over a hundred yards. 

TE Ryan Izzo, New England

Last week we were high on Ben Watson and his return from suspension, but it turns out that the Patriots did not have enough cap space to add him to the active roster. Watson has been released, so now all eyes turn to see who is already on the roster playing tight end in New England. The offense has obviously changed with the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, with the tight end used very little. Izzo caught two passes against the Redskins this past week, one of which went for a touchdown. This is a highly speculative add, one recommended only for those in the deepest and/or dynasty leagues. 

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.