The ugliness continued in Week 6 as one of the league’s premier players, Aaron Rodgers, was carted off early in the 1st quarter in Minnesota on Sunday. Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone to his right throwing shoulder after being driven into the turf by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that the star quarterback will need surgery to repair the damage and while a timetable has not been set, it would appear an injury of this nature means that Rodgers will be out for the rest of the season. Continuing with the trend of quarterback injuries, Jameis Winston also suffered a shoulder injury during the 1st half of Sunday’s game in Arizona. Winston was spotted attempting to warm up on the sidelines during the 2nd half, but was ultimately held out. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter says that Winston will not try to throw in practice until later on this week, but he believes his star quarterback will be ready to go against the Buffalo Bills. Another scary scene was in Jacksonville as Jaguars rookie sensation, Leonard Fournette, appeared to have hyperextended his knee during the 2nd half against the Los Angeles Rams, but fantasy owners can breathe easy as Fournette walked it off and assured the media it was just a slight tweak of his ankle. Some good news and some bad news for fantasy owners around the league over the weekend, but let’s dive into which players can fill those injury voids from the waiver wire for your Week 7 lineups.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Before you turn your nose up at this option, there couldn’t be a better matchup for Goff to bounce back this week after back-to-back duds against the Jaguars and Seahawks. The Cardinals have surrendered the 5th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks through Week 6 and at just 19.9% owned on ESPN, I like his chances better than say Jacoby Brissett (22.3% ESPN) at home to the Jaguars’ top-ranked pass defense.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills
Yes! Absolutely start Taylor with confidence this week at home coming off a bye week against a Buccaneers defense that has given up the 3rd-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. The Bucs have been absolutely torched in three of their past four games by Case Keenum, Eli Manning and Carson Palmer to the tune of 313.3 YDS/G and 2.7 TD/G. Taylor is just 39.8% owned on ESPN and has a juicy matchup against the Bucs this week.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants
Darkwa (4.5% ESPN) definitely surprised in the Sunday night game against a Denver Broncos defense that has surrendered the fewest points to running backs all season long. Darkwa led the Giants backfield with 117 yards on the ground and it is important to note he also led in offensive snaps with 27, while touching the ball 21 times. Is this a trend that will continue with Wayne Gallman and Shane Vereen playing second fiddle? It very well could and with another challenging matchup this week against the Seattle Seahawks (4th-fewest fantasy points to RB’s) front seven, the Giants may have to lean on Darkwa and Co. again with a limited receiving corps.
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Brown caught a touchdown for the second consecutive week on Sunday. At 47.3% owned in ESPN leagues he may still be sitting on your waiver wire, but beware that he carries a boom or bust potential via pay dirt each week, much like the Houston Texans’ Will Fuller. Although he has just eight catches over the last three games since returning from injury, Brown is definitely getting the looks as Carson Palmer has targeted him 18 times over that three-game span.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears
Wrote about Miller in last week’s waiver wire column, but it is time to pickup the Chicago Bears tight end, just 25.2% owned in ESPN leagues. He caught a touchdown for the second straight week and is currently TE11 in half-point PPR formats ahead of names like Austin Hooper, George Kittle, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jack Doyle and Jimmy Graham. Oh yeah, and he is second on the Bears in receiving yards (207), targets (30) and leads the team in touchdowns (2) through Week 6.
By Jamie Zadow