5 Players to Have on Your Week 6 Fantasy Football Watchlist
The Watchlist is a unique article we will be putting out every week here at Bruno Boys. It’s considered a sleeper piece of sorts that will tackle players who generally sport an ownership level of 50% or lower.
The goal is to seek out some deep sleepers who have been trending in a positive direction but flying under the radar in popular circles in the fantasy community. This will help get you introduced to players before your league mates and before these players potentially become a hot waiver wire add in coming weeks.
This will also help provide insight for those in deeper leagues or dynasty formats where rosters are much larger and content on lesser owned players is harder to come by. Here are a few names we are keeping a close eye on this week:
Geoff Swaim, TE, Dallas Cowboys
With the state of the tight end position being such a crap shoot this season, streaming players is a great way to go. Over the last three weeks, Geoff Swaim has been a rather consistent contributor and a leading receiver amongst the Cowboys sad receiving options.
When looking at all tight ends from Weeks 3-5 on FantasyPros.com, you’ll see that Swaim is actually the TE9 during that span with an average of 10.4 points per game, essentially tied with Rob Gronkowski (TE10, 10.3 PPG).
Swaim is also near the top of all receiving categories right now on the Cowboys. Swaim’s 17 receptions on 24 targets rank third on the team while his 159 receiving yards rank second. The most promising part of Swaim’s involvement thus far is his excessive snap count rate. Swaim leads all Cowboys skill position players having seen 93% of the teams snaps (4th most amongst all TE’s). Thats more than Ezekiel Elliott even who is second on the team with 87%. Swaim is far and away the lead tight end on this offense. Blake Jarwin would be next in line but he has only averaged 30% of the teams snaps and has only recorded 1 catch this season on 4 targets.
The way things are going right now, it’s time to start thinking of Swaim as a matchup based starter in fantasy leagues. It’s not a sexy move but if you can get 8-9 points out of your tight end spot right now in PPR leagues, you’re not doing too bad. This week’s matchup isn’t really a great spot to start Swaim going up against the Jaguars stout defense, but he is a player to keep an eye on moving forward to consider rostering and starting even in 12 team leagues if you’re hurting at tight end.
D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
D.J. Moore was the first receiver to come off the board in this season’s rookie draft and we are slowly starting to see him round into form. Moore caught all 4 of his targets last week for 49 yards.
A battle is still brewing here between Moore and Jarius Wright for snaps as the team’s 3rd receiver behind Torrey Smith and Devin Funchess. Wright and Moore were virtually even in snaps last week 42%-40%. Wright had the slight edge still, although Moore did more with his targets as Wright only managed to catch 3-of-6 targets for 25 yards last week. Moore has clearly shown to be much more of a big play threat as Wright has operated as more of an underneath option in the short passing game.
Moore is someone to keep an eye on who could slowly keep integrating into this offense as the season goes on. As a first round draft pick who registered a 92nd percentile SPARQ score, the team would be foolish to leave him on the sidelines too much.
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Another rookie wideout worth keeping tabs on early in the season is Christian Kirk. Kirk is the leading receiver on the Cardinals right now as his 19 receptions on 26 targets for 234 yards is the most amongst Cards skill position players. That’s obviously not saying much as the Cardinals have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league so far this season but they finally got that first win last week so things could be looking up.
Kirk has managed at least 85 yards in 2 of his last 3 games and came down with the first TD of his career last week. With both Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson struggling to get right on this dysfunctional offense, Kirk has been the lone bright spot. The rest of season schedule doesn’t look too daunting going forward for Kirk and the Cardinals with plus matchups against the Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers and Falcons all on tap. If the Cardinals can right the ship, Kirk may become a WR3 or Flex option when all is said and done.
Chester Rogers/Ryan Grant, WR, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are down two of their top offensive weapons with T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle out of service. This has led to increased opportunities for Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant to stand out as they fight for the team’s WR2 role.
Over the last two weeks, Rogers has caught 8-of-11 targets in each game for a combined 151 yards. The targets and receptions were career highs in back-to-back weeks. Grant has totaled 11 catches on 16 targets for a combined 122 yards over the last two weeks.
Rogers has been fighting Ryan Grant and Zach Pascal over the last two weeks for snaps, with the distribution near even last week. On the season, Rogers and Grant are near even statistically:
- Rogers: 32 targets, 24 receptions, 200 yards, 0 TD
- Grant: 31 targets, 24 receptions, 246 yards, 1 TD
While neither wideout is lighting it up, there could be plenty of opportunity if one of these two can run away with the WR2 job. On a high volume offense that has seen Andrew Luck average 60 attempts per game over the last two weeks, there is plenty of volume to go around.
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After starting the season as a healthy scratch for the first three weeks, rookie running back Ronald Jones got his first taste of action in Week 4 before the Bucs Week 5 bye. Jones, like Peyton Barber this season, underwhelmed only managing 29 yards on 10 carries. While Jones played less snaps than Barber in the game, he still out-touched Barber 11-8.
The Buccaneers have had one of the worst running games in the league over the last few years and are looking for someone to come in and take a firm grasp as a productive starter. Jones was drafted to potentially be that guy as a second round draft pick out of USC.
Watch the workload split closely this week as Jones has a great opportunity to take advantage of a soft matchup against a Falcons defense that has given up the third most fantasy points to running backs this season. Jones is only owned in 30% of Yahoo! leagues at the moment and is worth a speculative add if you’re looking for depth at RB and don’t want to fight for him on the waiver wire next week.