We’re now six weeks into the NFL season, and we continue to see new names emerge in fantasy football, while others continue to fall by the wayside. Here is a look at the adds and drops you need to be making on the waiver wire heading into Week 6 to improve your offensive position players.
The 49ers are a mess, but their offense is still making Jeremy Kerley fantasy relevant. Despite an ankle injury that had him questionable to play in Week 5, Kerley still hauled in eight grabs for 102 yards and one score on 13 targets.
Most of it came in a losing effort, but this 49ers team is bad enough that they’ll be playing from behind for most of this season. The 49ers’ passing game has been non-existent for most of this season, but Kerley has been a nice bright spot at times.
The previous four games saw Kerley catch 18 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown. He’s worth adding, especially in PPR leagues.
The Steelers have finally found their replacement for Martavis Bryant. While Sammie Coates may drop a few more passes than you’d like, he’s becoming the kind of big-play receiver that Bryant was in each of the past two years.
Against the Jets in Week 5, Coates erupted for 139 yards and two scores on six grabs. That’s coming off a six-catch, 79-yard performance in Week 4. He’s a must-add in all leagues going forward.
In Tom Brady's first game back, Chris Hogan was his favorite Patriots receiver. Against the Browns, Hogan finished with four catches on five targets for a career-high 114 yards. Hogan had a great preseason and shined with Jimmy Garoppolo (7 grabs for 119 yards and 1 TD) in the lineup, but struggled with an injured Jacoby Brissett (1 catch for 3 yards) starting.
After a big game with Brady starting, it looks like Hogan is in for a big season. Snag Hogan in PPR leagues this week.
The Vikings were without star receiver Stefon Diggs in Week 5 because of a groin injury. That led to Adam Thielen replacing Diggs in the starting lineup, and he proceeded to set career-bests with seven catches for 127 yards and one score.
Coming into the game, Thielen had managed only 13 grabs for 145 yards and no scores. He probably isn’t going to keep putting up big numbers, but should be a good fill-in for Diggs if he keeps missing games. This is an add to make in deep PPR leagues.
With Sammie Coates now effectively taking Markus Wheaton’s job, the latter can be safely dropped in all leagues. Even when Wheaton has been healthy this season (missed two games due to shoulder injury), he’s been a ghost in Pittsburgh’s loaded offense.
In three games, Wheaton has mustered up just four catches for 51 yards and one score. He has no business being on your roster going forward.
This has been a season to forget for Michael Floyd, and it seems to only be getting worse. Through the first four games, Floyd had caught just 12 passes for 170 yards and two scores. That seems decent, but when you see he has gotten 31 targets this year, that looks like a bad line.
Thursday against the 49ers, Floyd was blanked completely, and didn’t get as much as a target as Drew Stanton led the offense to a win (Carson Palmer was out this week with a concussion). Floyd has single-game highs of four catches and 65 yards to date this season with only two scores.
As high as you may have drafted Floyd, it’s time to part ways with him.