Ranking the Wire: Week 6

Positional Add Priority:

QB

  1. Carson Palmer/Blake Bortles (if dropped due to injury/bye) 
  2. Dak Prescott
  3. Brian Hoyer
  4. Colin Kaepernick (2QB) 
  5. Marcus Mariota (Stream)
  6. Alex Smith (Stream)
  7. Tony Romo (Stash)

RB

  1. Justin Forsett
  2. Bilal Powell
  3. Devontae Booker (No. 1 for CJA owners)
  4. Jay Ajayi
  5. Cameron Artis-Payne (Stream vs. NO if J-Stew DNP in practice)
  6. James Starks (Stream if Lacy DNP in practice)
  7. Jacquizz Rodgers (Simms to IR likely means Martin is back after bye)
  8. Bobby Rainey (PPR)
  9. Kenneth Dixon (New OC could mean change in depth chart)
  10. Dion Lewis (Stash) 

WR

  1. Sammie Coates
  2. Chris Hogan
  3. Donte Moncrief (Stash)
  4. Cameron Meredith
  5. Cole Beasley (PPR)
  6. Corey Coleman (Stash)
  7. Davante Adams
  8. Jeremy Kerley

TE

  1. Charles Clay (Stream) 
  2. Hunter Henry (Stash) 
  3. Jesse James (Stream) 
  4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Stash) 

Overall Add Priority:

1. Sammie Coates, WR, PIT – Coates had a monster Week 5 (11-6-139-2). It was also his fifth straight contest with a minimum of 50 yards. He is a poor man’s Martavis Bryant, using his speed to take the top off defenses. But there are red flags to be aware of; Coates led the team with four drops, three of which would have been touchdowns and Markus Wheaton out snapped him 49 to 44. He is a bang-or-bust WR3 going forward.

2. Chris Hogan, WR, NE – Drafting Hogan just to drop him before Tom Brady’s return is like leaving a tied ball game in the 9th inning. What was the point in going? The best was yet to come. With Brady’s return, Hogan is a WR3 with upside but he will have to eat into Bennett, Gronkowski, Edelman or White/Lewis’ target share to be anything more; they all had more targets in Week 5. The lack of red zone looks will cap his value but he is more of a vertical threat than Edelman.  

3. Justin Forsett, RB, DET – Forsett found a favorable situation. The Lions rank 20th in rushing yards, 23rd in rushing yards per game and have only scored two touchdowns on the ground. Forsett figures to immediately take over early down work. Zach Zenner and Michael Burton accounted for 34 snaps in Week 5, Forsett will absorb those. Theo Riddick has struggled rushing (50-171-1, 3.42 ypc) yet has received at least 10 carries every week expect Week 1. Forsett is going to be given the opportunity to regain his 2014 form, if he succeeds he’ll be a top 25 RB rest of season. He is worth an add in the same way Dwayne Washington was.

 

4. Donte Moncrief, WR, IND – Original estimate on his injury was 4 to 6 weeks, it has been three. His ADP was WR26, value like that isn’t usually found on the waiver wire. Phillip Dorsett has not stepped up in his absence. Dorsett has 6-117-1 over the three games Moncrief has missed and 64 and the touchdown came on one play. No one has threatened his job in his absence.

5. Devontae Booker, RB, DEN – Booker’s usage has risen every week. His snap count by week has been: 6, 14, 16, 18, and 29. In Week 5, Booker trailed C.J. Anderson by only seven snaps, and four touches. Based on total touches, CJA was 14 for 62 and Booker was 10 for 59. Given the favorable matchup, this was more discouraging to CJA owners than it is promising for Booker owners but it cements Booker in the top handcuff conversation. Booker is a must add for CJA owners and worth a stash for others.  

6. Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI – See Marquess Wilson. Meredith did exactly as he did last season and took full advantage of a start amongst a banged up receiving core. He looked decent and his size could allow him to be a red zone threat but don’t waste your FAAB. He has no business doubling Alshon Jeffery’s target share or out snapping him. Eddie Royal and Zach Miller deserve looks over him.

7. Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA – Ajayi’s value is trending back to where it was prior to Arian Foster being signed. His season line of 31-177-2 with a 3.8 ypc isn’t pretty but the Dolphins’ OL play has been terrible highlighted by the release of two OGs today, Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner. Now that the Dolphins have seen first-hand how fragile Foster is, they’re likely to split his workload.

8. Jeremy Kerley, WR, SF – Back-to-back weeks with over 80 yards and a score. He has emerged as the No. 1 option in a passing attack that is on the rise with the reinstatement of Colin Kaepernick at the helm. Kerley has 22 more targets than the second most targeted 49er and saw nine more than rest of the receiving core combined in Week 5.

9. Charles Clay, TE, BUF – Clay has played more snaps than any offensive player, not named Tyrod Taylor, on the Bills. Clay trails only Robert Woods in team targets and is their best red zone receiving threat. The Bills’ draw the 49ers’ depleted LB core in Week 6 making him is a decent bye week replacement for Kyle Rudolph and Cameron Brate owners.

10. Brian Hoyer, QB, CHI - Hoyer has throw for 300+ yards and two scores in every start this season. On the season he has six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Albeit his three starts came @DAL, vs. DET and @IND. At the least, Hoyer is threatening Cutler's job and a solid stream option until he returns given the strength of the Bears' run game and receiving weapons. 

11. Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF – Kaepernick is a 2QB league add but there is reason for optimism given the success Blaine Gabbert has had with his legs in Chip Kelly’s system. According to Salvatore Stefanile (@2QBFFB) only Jacoby Brissett has scored a higher percentage of his fantasy points on the ground amongst quarterbacks.