After the longest Week 5 the NFL has ever seen played out, we get no Thursday night game in Week 6 (but two Monday games). Thus, you have more time to tinker with your rosters and adjust your IDPs with waiver wire moves and free agent pickups. Plenty of LBs to ponder over claiming, and a fair number of CBs. Not so much in the way of available safeties or defensive linesmen, but them’s the breaks.

Bye Weeks coming up: Week 6-Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Seattle; Week 7-Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota; Week 8-Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville, Washington

Elevator Going Up


Akeem Davis-Gaither CIN

His line was not eye-popping in Week 5 in Baltimore, with just four total tackles (TT), three of those solos. He is interesting due to his increasing time on the field, having played 79% of the snaps on defense last week. He has a decent if not superb matchup in Week 6 against the host Colts.

Tyrell Adams HOU

Adams stock is on the rise, having stepped into a starting role with the potential season-ending injury to Benardrick McKinney . He had double digit tackles: seven solo, six assisted, one of those for a loss of yards (TFL). He also recovered a fumble (FR) in the contest, to provide some big-play value. 

Willie Gay, Jr. KC

The rookie is picking up the pace as the season progresses, and had six TT in the past game against the visiting Raiders (five solo, one TFL). He also picked up a QB hit/hurry (QH) to go along with a fantasy-friendly sack. His playing time (PT) is rising, making it a fine time to add him as a injury fill-in or to replace a disappointing draft pick LB1/2.

Duke Riley PHI

Riley had double digit tackles last week against in-state rival Pittsburgh (seven solo, five assisted, one TFL). He plays on a team lacking in LB star power, so though his big game was not anticipated, it could perhaps be the sign of good things to come. He also forced a fumble in Week 5, making him a multi-scheme producer for IDP leagues.

Troy Reeder LAR

Reeder saw significant PT with Micah Kiser on the sidelines in Washington, putting up 11 TT (eight solo, two TFL). Three (!) sacks will put him on the IDP radar, and the three QH he accumulated make him a tackle-oriented and big-play option. He has a great matchup in Week 6 taking on the 49er offense. 

Andrew Van Ginkel MIA

The Dolphin defense is rotating a group of LBs in and out of the scheme, but Van Ginkel was one of the big performers in Week 5, grabbing six TT (four solo). He added some big-play value as well, with a sack, a FF and a QH. He has another great matchup in the coming contest, taking on the Broncos who allow the sixth most fantasy points to opposing LBs.

Note that he is only eligible as a DE in ESPN leagues.

Bobby Okereke IND

Okereke stepped in for the injured stud Darius Leonard , and collected double digit tackles (eight solo, 10 TT). He also picked off his first pass this season (INT) and also contributed a pass deflection (PD). He had already been seeing significant PT before the Leonard injury, but now becomes a force on the Colt defense.

Foyesade Oluokun ATL

14 TT (12 solo) in a game will bring any LB to the forefront of waiver interest, but couple that with a top-10 matchup against the Vikings in Week 6, and that player becomes a desirable IDP to consider adding if the injury bug has struck your roster. He has been an injury risk himself this season, and was limited Wednesday with a knee issue, so keep an eye on his status if you consider picking him up.

Avery Williamson NYJ

The Jets have cut ties with Alec Ogletree , and that should result in increased PT for Williamson, in the form of an every-down LB role. He is coming off an eight TT effort against the visiting Cardinals (six solo). He also added an INT and a pair of PDs in Week 5. He has a better matchup in store with a trip to Los Angeles to face the Chargers coming up.

Eric Wilson MIN

Wilson is delivering for big-play format owners, with two sacks, PDs and INTs over the first five games, and a FF as well. He also is putting up tackles, averaging better than six per game this season so far. Just realize that his value will diminish with a Week 7 bye on the horizon.

Defensive Linemen

Stephon Tuitt DE PIT

Tuitt plays on a defense that has plenty of big names, but he is also a solid, steady contributor for IDP purposes. Against the Eagles last week, he had five TT (two solo, one TFL). He was also credited with 1.5 sacks and a trio of QHs. A home game against the Browns holds promise for continued steady production in Week 6.

Emmanuel Ogbah DE MIA

Ogbah has been playing a significant number of snaps on defense for the Dolphins, and that has resulted in production from the defensive end. He has registered at least half a sack in four of the five contests he has participated in this season, with three on the year. His value comes from the potential sack production, as his tackle totals are nothing to write home about.

Denico Autry DT IND

Our sole defensive tackle this week has a top-10 matchup in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing DTs in the form of the Bengals. He is coming off his season high seven TT (three solo). He has not collected a sack since the first week of the season, though, so his value is mainly in tackle-oriented DT-mandatory leagues. 

Defensive Backs

Chuck Clark S BAL

Clark had a big game in Week 5 against the Bengals, as did the rest of the Raven defense. He had nine TT (five solo) and now gets to face a struggling offense when the Eagles come for a visit in Week 6. He had a sack credited to his ledger sheet when he got to Joe Burrow. If you are looking to add a DB, he is worth your consideration.

Carlton Davis CB TB

Davis is tied for the league lead in INTs with three, having added another this past week against the Bears. He also racked up seven solo tackles and a pair of PDs. This week’s matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers is not great, but after that he has a pair of excellent games on tap with road games in Las Vegas and against the Giants.

Pierre Desir CB NYJ

Desir is coming off an 11 TT effort (eight solo) against the visiting Cardinals. He has been a frequent target on defense by opposing offensive coordinators, as he plays well off the receiver he is covering on any given play, and with the sad season continuing for the Jets, look for him to continue to put up good to great fantasy numbers.

Isaiah Oliver CB ATL

Another CB that is being attacked by opposing offenses, he is racking up the tackles this season. He has been a frequent good source of fantasy production, as was the case in Week 5 when he tallied six solos. He has a superb matchup against the Vikings, especially with Dalvin Cook likely on the sidelines for the Minnesota run attack.

Escalator Going Down


Joe Schobert JAX

Schobert was likely a top pick in your IDP drafts this season, but coming off a less-than-stellar four TT effort last game, his star is not shining bright. Do not cut him yet, though, as the Lions are coming to visit, and that offense yield significant LB production this year. But if he struggles again, then find a replacement LB ASAP.

Nick Kwiatoski LVR

He has collected a mere five TT over the past two weeks of action, making him droppable. It is not for lack of PT, either. Let some other owner pick him up and find a replacement anon.

Defensive Linemen

None to write about, except for those listed in the Injury Report below.

Defensive Backs

As with the DLs, look to Injury Report for those whose value is depressed.

Matchups to Exploit

Remember, the first team listed is the one to use your IDPs against. Do not go crazy, and play a LB5 against the Rams or Chargers, but certainly you will do well if you own a top LB or DT on the Giants, a CB on Indy or Arizona, or a safety playing for the Chiefs or Vikings that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


Washington @ New York Giants

San Francisco vs Los Angeles Rams

New York Jets @ Los Angeles Chargers

New York Giants vs Washington

Defensive Ends

Philadelphia vs Baltimore

Cincinnati @ Indianapolis

Defensive Tackles 

Dallas vs Arizona

Washington @ New York Giants

Los Angeles Chargers vs New York Jets


Atlanta @ Minnesota

Buffalo vs Kansas City


Dallas vs Arizona

Cincinnati @ Indianapolis

Chicago @ Carolina

Waiver Wire Targets

This section is intended to serve as a shortened cheat sheet listing those waiver wire targets you should be considering if you need to plug a hole in your starting lineup. All these players are spotlighted above, and you can read my comments about them in the "Elevator Going Up" section of this article. This group consists of those that you may have a chance of locating on your league's waiver wire in that they are owned in significantly less than 50% of leagues. Happy claiming for your weekly matchups.


Akeem Davis-Gaither CIN

Tyrell Adams HOU

Willie Gay, Jr. KC

Duke Riley PHI

Troy Reeder LAR

Andrew Van Ginkel MIA

Bobby Okereke IND

Foyesade Oluokun ATL

Avery Williamson NYJ

Eric Wilson MIN

Defensive Linemen

Stephon Tuitt DE PIT

Emmanuel Ogbah DE MIA

Denico Autry DT IND

Defensive Backs

Chuck Clark S BAL (Semi-high ownership at 36% in ESPN, but only 12% on Yahoo)

Carlton Davis CB TB

Pierre Desir CB NYJ

Isaiah Oliver CB ATL


Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.


Chandler Jones ARI biceps

Devon Kennard ARI calf

Otaro Alaka BAL knee IR

Matt Milano BUF pectoral 

Del’Shawn Phillips BUF quadriceps IR

Brain Burns CAR concussion

Tae Davis CLE elbow

Jacob Phillips CLE knee

Leighton Vander Esch DAL collarbone IR

Jeremiah Attaochu DEN quadriceps

Joseph Jones DEN knee

Kamal Martin GB knee-meniscus IR

Krys Barnes GB shoulder

Rashan Gary GB ankle

Christian Kirk sey GB pectoral IR

Benardrick McKinney HOU shoulder IR

Peter Kalambayi HOU hamstring

Darius Leonard IND groin

Myles Jack JAX ankle

Tanner Muse LVR toe IR

Lichenna Nwosu LAC undisclosed

Micah Kiser LAR groin

Oho Okoronkwo LAR elbow

Chase Hansen NO hip IR

Lorenzo Carter NYG Achilles

David Mayo NYG knee-meniscus IR

Oshane Ximines NYG shoulder IR

Patrick Onwuasor NYJ knee IR

Blake Cashman NYJ groin IR

T.J. Edwards PHI hamstring IR

Kwon Alexander SF ankle

Jordyn Brooks SEA knee-MCL

Jack Cichy TB hamstring IR

Cole Holcomb WAS knee

Beuben Foster WAS knee IR

Defensive Linemen


Takkarist McKinley ATL groin

Yetur Gross-Matos CAR ankle

Sam Hubbard CIN elbow

Olivier Vernon CLE groin

Josh Allen JAX knee

Michael Danna KC hamstring IR

Carl Nassib LVR foot

Shaq Lawson MIA shoulder

Danielle Hunter MIN neck

Jabari Zuniga NYJ quadriceps IR

Vinny Curry PHI hamstring IR

Exekiel Ansah SF biceps IR

Dee Ford SF neck IR


Rashard Lawrence ARI calf

Marlon Davidson ATL illness IR-COVID

Broderick Washington BAL illness

Kawann Short CAR shoulder

D.J. Reader CIN quadriceps IR

Mike Daniels CIN elbow IR

Trysten Hill DAL knee-ACL

Mike Purcell DEN knee

Kenny Clark GB groin

Sheldon Day IND knee

Daniel Ekuale JAX ankle

Khalen Saunders KC elbow IR

Maliek Collins LVR shoulder

Maurice Hurst LVR illness IR-COVID

Daniel Ross LVR foot IR

Davon Godchaux MIA biceps

Byron Cowart NE illness IR-COVID

Adam Butler NE shoulder

Beau Allen NE undisclosed IR

Michael Barnett NE undisclosed IR

D.J. Jones SF eye 

Anthony Bush SEA knee

Vita Vea TB ankle IR

Jeffery Simmons TEN illness IR-COVID

Defensive Backs


Chris Banjo ARI hamstring

Jalen Thompson ARI ankle IR

Jayfinn Hawkins ATL concussion

Damontae Kazee ATL Achilles IR

Sherrick McManis CHI hamstring

Deon Bush CHI hamstring

Karl Joseph CLE hamstring

Bonnie Harrison CLE head

C.J. Moore DET calf IR

Andrew Wingard JAX abdomen IR

Lamarcus Joyner LVR hamstring

Jordan Fuller LAR neck IR

Kris Boyd MIN hamstring

Holton Hill MIN foot

Myles Dorn MIN undisclosed IR

Devin McCourty NE personal

Justin Hardee NO hamstring

Will Parks PHI hamstring IR

Marcus Allen PIT foot

Lano Hill SEA back

Jamal Adams SEA groin


Tre’Davious White BUF back

Levi Wallace BUF ankle IR

Eli Apple CAR hamstring

Donte Jackson CAR toe

Mackensie Alexander CIN ribs

Greedy Williams CLE shoulder IR

Desmond Trufant DET hamstring

Mike Ford DET leg IR

Kevin King GB quadriceps

Chandon Sullivan GB concussion

Kabion Ento GB undisclosed IR

Gareon Conley HOU ankle IR

C.J. Henderson JAX shoulder

D.J. Hayden JAX hamstring IR

Kelsean Nixon LVR hip

Damon Arnette LVR thumb IR

Casey Hayward LAC undisclosed

Stephon Gilmore illness IR-COVID

Janoris Jenkins NO shoulder

Blessuan Austin NYJ calf

Darius Slay PPHI concussion

Avonte Maddox PHI ankle

Trevor Williams PHI ribs IR

Ken Webster SF hamstring

Richard Sherman SF calf IR

Dontae Johnson SF groin

Emmanuel Moseley SF concussion

K’Wuan Williams SF knee-ACL IR

Neiko Thorpe SEA sports hernia IR

Adoree’ Jackson TEN knee IR

Dane Cruikshank TEN undisclosed IR

Greg Stroman WAS foot

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