Any week where Brock Osweiler not only plays, but leds his team to a win against one of (if not the) best defenses in the NFL falls under the category of a weird week. As such, Week 6 was a weird week. There were plenty of things that happened that we all expected—the Patriots vs Chiefs game was a shootout, Todd Gurley scored another bunch of touchdowns, and Adam Thielen went for 100 plus yards—but who would have thought that WR2 and 3 this week would’ve been Albert Wilson and Cole freaking Beasley? Not this guy.
Nothing to do now but attack those waiver wires and try to forget the fact that it was Tarik Cohen and not Jordan Howard that tore the Dolphins defense apart. Here are the players you should be instantly adding to your fantasy team (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
RB Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (32 percent owned)
Just when you’d completely given up on the Buccaneers’ backfield, they finally flash at least some mild fantasy potential. Barber ran the ball for 82 yards on 13 carries and caught four balls for 24 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Falcons. Next the Bucs take on a Browns defense that just surrendered three rushing touchdowns to Melvin Gordon. Let’s hope SUnday woke Barber up just in time for you to add him to your squad.
RB Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (26 percent owned)
I would never wish an injury on a player or their injury to last longer than it did, but of course Mack looks good in his first week back from injury just as the Colts finally were learning how best to use Nyheim Hines. Of course. Mack came in and instantly was the Colts’ number one back, carrying the ball 12 times for 89 yards. As long as Mack stays healthy, it seems he has a stranglehold on the starting spot in Indy’s backfield. (Maybe the Colts will turn the ground game over to Mack but keep the passing game in the hands of Hines. As someone who certainly doesn’t have a vested interest in Hines’ fantasy production moving forward, I wouldn’t mind that.)
RB D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans (25 percent owned)
Don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything in the Texans game log. This add isn’t based on past play—how could it since Foreman hasn’t played this year—but rather future play. Foreman is now eligible to come off of the PUP list and hopefully Bill O’Brien will plug him right into the Texans’ backfield since neither of their other running backs have given them much of anything. Foreman took a little bit of time last year to get going but eventually looked good just before his tore his ACL because football is an awful game that likes to ruin everyone’s lives. If you can, snag someone who could have RB2 upside.
RB Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins (10 percent owned)
Something, something, death, taxes and Frank Gore. I don’t know how this guy does it, but Gore just keeps chugging out yards and staying afloat in the pond of fantasy relevance. He’s now scored double digit points in two of the last three games and has become the lead back in Miami even before Kenyan Drake fumbled Adam Gase’s trust away at the one yard line. If you’re in a deeper league, Gore is worth the add.
WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (44 percent owned)
Godwin will never be a target sponge sharing an offense with Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, and yet he’s managed to score 16 plus PPR points in three out of five games so far this season. He’s still somewhat touchdown dependent but considering he’s scored in all but one game, I think there’s reason to believe the touchdowns will keep coming. In the Bucs’ passing attack, he’s got legit FLEX value.
WR Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears (22 percent owned)
Shoutout to all those people to picked up Gabriel after his 104 yard performance before the Bears’ bye and played him again this week as he handsomely rewarded those brave enough to play him with another 100 plus yards receiving. Over the last four games, Gabriel is averaging over seven targets and he’s becoming a vital part of Matt Nagy’s offense. Trust the numbers, get him onto your team.
WR Albert Wilson, Miami Dolphins (10 percent owned)
Wilson is the definition of a boom-or-bust fantasy option. Half his games have been 13 plus point performances, with two going for over 20, while the other half have been nine points or fewer. But there’s reason to think he could start becoming a more regular producer. Wilson has received at least six targets in the last three games and with the Dolphins’ offense looking lost each and every week, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gase start to lean on their playmakers. Plus, it’s just a good rule of thumb that anyone who posts over 150 yards receiving with Brock Osweiler as their quarterback is worth adding to your fantasy team.
WR Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (9 percent owned)
I will make a bet with you right here right now that Cole Beasley never goes over 100 yards receiving again this season. I’m not putting him on the list because of his playmaking ability downfield. I’m putting him on this list because he was targeted 11 times in the first game this season that the Cowboys offense looked explosive and dangerous and not like it was running through the streets of Boston after the Great Molasses flood of 1919. (don’t believe that was a real thing? Look it up. You’re welcome.) Coincidence? I think not. Never forget that Beasley led the Cowboys in receptions Dak Prescott’s rookie year. The two have that sweet sweet chemistry and it’s about to return in a big way.
WR David Moore, Seattle Seahawks (2 percent owned)
Given his mere two percent ownership, it would appear most everyone treated Moore’s two touchdown game last week against the Rams as just a fluke. But now that he’s backed up that game with another touchdown Sunday, it’s time to start paying attention to the second year receiver. The Seahawks have a bye this coming week so don’t grab Moore and just blindly start him. But do grab him since he seems to be a budding star in Seattle’s offense.
TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (21 percent owned)
Seals-Jones is tied for second on the Cardinals in targets and is about to face a Broncos’ defense that has allowed the fourth most yards and fantasy points to opposing tight ends. In this current tight end barren world we live in, Seals-Jones could prove to be a good streaming option for Week 7.