Fantasy football injury update, 8:32 p.m.
The big news this week is that New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is sidelined with a concussion. Given the short week and this being Shepard’s second concussion this season, it is unlikely he plays in Week 6 against the New England Patriots. Golden Tate is back from his suspension, but Darius Slayton was the receiver who stepped up in Week 5. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is running out of weapons, so Slayton offers some intriguing value.
Additionally, Phillip Dorsett remains sidelined for the Patriots due to a hamstring injury. If he does not play in the short week, Jakobi Meyers is likely to gain some opportunities against the Giants.
The NFL wrapped up Week 5 and it’s time to start sorting out your fantasy football roster decisions for Week 6. The waiver wire is thinning out, but you can still find some bargains with your waiver priority. This week, the Bills, Bears, Colts, and Raiders are all sidelined, so wide receivers like Allen Robinson, T.Y. Hilton, and Tyrell Williams will all be sidelined.
If you’re looking for receiver help, here are the five best options owned by less than 50 percent of fantasy owners in ESPN leagues. We passed on fool’s gold like Steven Sims, Jr. and Darius Slayton. They had big days, but both are unlikely to build on it anytime soon.
Byron Pringle, Kansas City Chiefs (0.0 percent)
Sammy Watkins got hurt on the Chiefs opening drive against the Colts, and somehow it was Pringle who emerged as the team’s leading receiver. He led the team with six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. He’s not a long-term add, but with Watkins injured and Tyreek Hill a question mark for now, he could be a solid addition for a Week 6 matchup with Houston.
Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (43.3 percent)
It’s hard to get excited about Sanu, but if you’re scuffling at wide receiver, he’s a high floor option worth considering. Sanu had five receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown against Houston, marking his third straight game of at least 7.5 points. In PPR leagues he has scored at least 13.5 points in each of those games. He’s slowly creeping up to 50 percent, and is worth a look if you need some depth help.
Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals (13.7 percent)
The Bengals are brutal, but their offensive skill position players offer some volume value. With A.J. Green and John Ross sidelined, Tate has emerged as a complement to Tyler Boyd and Tyler Eifert. In Week 5, he had three receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown. It’s not fantastic, but with at least six targets each of the last three weeks, there’s some volume to be gained.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (8.7 percent)
Kenny Stills was inactive in Week 5 due to hamstring and ankle issues, opening the door for Coutee. Will Fuller was the big winner, catching 14 of 16 targets, but Coutee is the No. 3 guy as long as Stills is sidelined. Stills seems like a decent bet to play in Week 6, but if we hear negative reports on his recovery, Coutee is a great option in Week 6 at Kansas City.
Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears (16.1 percent)
What do you know, Miller is in fact still in the NFL. The Bears receiver was a sleeper heading into draft season, and proceeded to catch four of seven targets for 28 yards in the first four weeks. This past weekend, he had four catches on seven targets for 52 yards. Could he finally be getting on track? He’s headed into a bye week, but could be worth a stash just on talent alone.