Week 6's fantasy football playbook
The latest fantasy football news, rankings, start/sit advice, and more to help you avoid misery on Sunday.
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📰 Week 6 news you can use
Who is trending up and down heading into Sunday’s action, courtesy of our friends at FantasyPros.
🙌 Chris Olave was a surprise addition to the injury report early in the week with a toe injury, but he was able to end with two straight full practices and now carries no injury designation for Sunday’s game. He should play without limitations and is primed for a bounce-back game in what should be an easy matchup against Houston’s weak secondary.
🤷 Reports came out early on Friday that Tank Dell was ruled out because of his concussion, but now, the team has him listed as questionable on their official injury report. He was able to return to practice on Friday, which means that he could possibly get cleared to play before game time.
😧 There’s more below about why Sam LaPorta isn’t a great start this week, but now he is officially questionable to play in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He suffered the injury earlier this week, but he was able to return to practice on Friday and told reporters that he expects to play against Tampa Bay.
🟥 More names, including Khalil Herbert, were added to the flood of IR designations late this week. D’Onta Foreman and rookie Roschon Johnson (concussion) will get significantly more work in this backfield for the foreseeable future.
🤞 Jonathan Taylor is expected to receive an increased workload in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He made his return from injury last week but only saw seven touches in the course of the game. Backup RB Zack Moss got the bulk of the work and outplayed him, but Indianapolis plans to ramp up Taylor’s workload.
3 running backs to stash right now
Some of the best waiver wire moves are the ones you don’t make to replace an injured player or out of desperation during a bye week. The 5th Down’s Matt New has thoughts on a few running backs who may be on the verge of breaking out and are worth adding now.
Tyjae Spears, Tennessee Titans
Have a look at what he did last week against the Colts. He is shifty and has talent that jumps out on the screen that is lacking from the rest of the offense. This team needs help, and they’re integrating him in more every week, even playing him and Derrick Henry on the field together to maximize their options on the play.
End-arounds and screenplays are designed with him in mind. They want to get him the ball, and most importantly, he’s been successful when given that opportunity. There may even come a time when Vrabel makes that call to change the offense to focus primarily on him this year. He is the surest candidate, and it’s not outside the realm of possibility. But he’s already workable as a flex and only looks to be getting more involved this season. A ball carrier with his ceiling is the stuff of league winners.
Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers
Everyone and their mother are going to keep pounding their Jaylen-Warren-is-better-than-Najee-Harris drums until Mike Tomlin makes the significant change. OK, maybe not Najee’s mother, but you get my point.
The reps between the two ball carriers are getting more even, and the upside with Warren is generous if this offensive line can figure out how to block and the team gets healthy. This is a frustrating situation with the timeshare and the Matt Canada offense in general, but Warren is a hold with light at the end of the tunnel.
Kendre Miller, New Orleans Saints
You want to see touches and targets, even if it’s in garbage time. Why? It allows us to see how touches may be distributed if the starter gets hurt, and in the Saints’ case, it would all go to Miller.
Picked in the third round, Miller is a pick-and-slide runner with great balance and the ability to catch the ball effectively out of the backfield and is best when the ball is in his hands. He was battling injuries throughout the preseason and even entering the regular season, but he is a roster add for RB-needy teams.
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