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Zach Crutcher (@ZackyNFL)
The Lateral Contributor
Whether it is bye week troubles, a late injury, or waiting on a rookie stash to finally get an opportunity, sometimes a warm body in the FLEX spot is all you need. Enter: It's A Match! These waiver recommendations are strictly to be considered plays for this week only. If they work out longer term than that, great. But that is not the expectation.
Also, all players are rostered in 50% or less of ESPN leagues. If there are better players still available in your leagues, go get them instead.
It's A Match! Three Matchups to Exploit in Week 6
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team (1pm Sunday)
Who to add: Taylor Heinicke, Quarterback [Washington Football Team] (26% ESPN)
Taylor Heinicke took over as quarterback for the Washington Football Team early in Week 1 after a terrible injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Since then, he has done an excellent job. Heinicke currently ranks eighth in rushing yards for quarterbacks and has run for at least 40 yards in his previous two matchups. His underrated rushing gives him a safe floor and is a big reason why Heinicke was QB12 from weeks 2-5. Currently, only Jalen Hurts, Patrick Mahomes, and Tom Brady have more top-12 finishes at the quarterback position than Heinicke. In Week 6, the Kansas City Chiefs come to town, and when Patrick Mahomes is involved you can bet on a high-scoring affair. Fortunately for Heinicke and the Football Team, Kansas City might be as bad on defense as they are incredible on offense. The Chiefs defense is allowing 7.1 yards per play so far this season, which is the worst in NFL history. They are allowing a TD on 41.7% of drives, which is 8.4% more than any other team. In a potential shootout against a miserable defense, there is a real opportunity for Heinicke to explode in Week 6.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (1pm Sunday)
Who to add: David Johnson, Running Back [Houston Texans] (36% ESPN)
After finishing as the RB21 overall in only 12 games in 2020, David Johnson is back to doing what he does best in 2021—catching passes. In the past two games, Johnson has seen 10 targets for 8 receptions and offers a safe floor at the running back position. His 21.7% target share leads all running backs over the past two weeks and is playing over 50% of snaps. Plus, the Houston Texans just lost their best offensive lineman, Laremy Tunsil, to injury for at least a month. Without Tunsil, the Texans will need to throw the ball more, and rookie quarterback Davis Mills will lean on Johnson as a safety valve when pressure arrives early. In Week 6, the Texans head to Indianapolis to play the Colts, whose defense has struggled compared to last year. They are allowing 25.6 points per game and just blew a 19-point lead against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants (1pm Sunday)
Who to add: Kadarius Toney, Wide Receiver [New York Giants] (47% ESPN)
Last Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys, 20th-overall draft pick Kadarius Toney exploded for 189 receiving yards on 10 catches prior to being ejected with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Toney's field awareness and ability to create separation are extremely good, and he should continue to see time on the field with the New York Giants' injury woes. This Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams make the trip to the Meadowlands. The Rams have allowed 421.7 yards per game over the last three weeks. Their formerly fearsome defense has allowed far more explosive plays than in years past, and these issues are quite visible on the field. The opportunity for Toney to create separation and break off a huge play—or more—is very real and worth fantasy football managers adding him to their rosters.
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