Scott Engel is in his ninth season of Fantasy Football coverage on Seahawks.com. Scott is a 20-plus year veteran of the Fantasy industry and an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. You can find more of his Fantasy analysis at RotoBaller.com and SportsLine.com. You can listen to Scott on weekend mornings and on demand on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott has also won his highly competitive Fantasy Football league with other experts and top players in each of the past three years.
If you are rostering the top offensive producers from the Seahawks offense, it is very likely that your team is faring well after five weeks. Russell Wilson remains the No. 1 quarterback in Fantasy Football after five weeks, with 147.3 points, which is nearly 10 points ahead of the nearest player behind him. He is one of just three QBs with 130-plus points.
DK Metcalf is creating national buzz, not just in real life. He is becoming a true Fantasy star in 2020. After five weeks, he is the fourth-highest scoring wide receiver in Fantasy Football (99.6 points). Tyler Lockett ranks as WR9 with 88.2 points and should still be considered a high-end No. 2 Fantasy WR. Chris Carson is RB5 overall after five weeks with 99.9 points. He has frequently played at a Fantasy RB1 level in past seasons. This year, Carson already has six total TDs and 23 receptions. His emergence as a pass-catching threat has only increased his Fantasy appeal so far in 2020.
In the thrilling Sunday night win over Minnesota, the Seahawks scored all of their 27 points in the second half. The resiliency was not surprising. The comeback was also an example of how patience is important in Fantasy Football.
Fantasy Football Survival Tip: Patience
When live scoring was introduced into Fantasy Football in the late 1990s, it changed the game. It made following Fantasy performances more fun and compelling than ever. At the same time, it also created "Fantasy Fear", which many players exhibit throughout the course of a week. If your opponent gets a lead at any time, or your players don't start off a game well, fear of a loss creeps in and sometimes, thoughts of a lost season filter in with it.
Building the right roster, though, and adjusting it throughout the season is not the only key to Fantasy survival. Maintaining a level-headed approach will help you see things clearer. You cannot overreact when your team is trailing and there is still a lot of NFL football left to be played. The story of the week and the day has not been fully written early on a Sunday afternoon. You have to let most of the games play out before it's clear whether you may win or lose.
Don't overreact to Thursday night results. They are nowhere near a true indicator of a win or a loss. That is just one game on a full schedule. Don't panic at 11 am PT on a Sunday when the first half of many games are not done and we have not even reached the point of the late games starting. Many players can start off a game slowly and then bring you a healthy amount of points in the second half. We saw that on Sunday night when Metcalf caught both of his TDs and had a 39-yard reception on the game-winning drive. You may have been losing and then were suddenly propelled into the lead.
Fantasy Football is a roller coaster of highs and lows throughout a week and a season. There will certainly be instances when things just don't go your way, but be patient and let the games play out and move on quickly from defeats. Nothing in Fantasy Football is absolute, but you will get through the weeks and the seasons with more optimism and confidence if you take a patient approach.
If you have started 1-4 or 2-3 or are unhappy at 3-2, your season is not over. In 2019, I lost six of my first seven games and then went undefeated the rest of the way throughout the Super Bowl in my most important league. Of course, if your team is 5-0 or 4-1, there is also still much work to be done. Don't get overconfident.
It sounds cliché, but take it one week at a time, focus on the current Fantasy matchup and don't look at any certain loss as a full statement on how your season will end, especially with eight weeks left to go in the Fantasy regular season. As Pete Carroll has long preached, look at every individual week as a "championship opportunity."
Week 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Targets
Players are listed in order of preferred waiver add order.
Andy Dalton, Cowboys (0.4 percent rostered on NFL.com): We start at the QB position this week because you may need to replace Dak Prescott, or possibly another starter that you drafted who may not be meeting expectations. Dalton takes over the league's top-ranked passing offense with a terrific supporting cast of playmakers. He could have his best Fantasy season since he finished as QB10 in 2016. Dalton has back-end Fantasy QB1 promise with Dallas.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars (46.4): He is still widely available in many leagues and can serve your Fantasy team well. He already has three 300-yard games this season and three 20-plus point outings. Minshew has four games with two or more TD passes. You don't need to make a deal for a superstar QB when someone like Minshew can be streamed along with another respectable starter.
Derek Carr, Raiders (13.4): He is underrated and ranks as Fantasy QB12 after five weeks. Carr scored a season-high 23.9 points in Week 4, with TD passes of 72 and 59 yards. He has thrown for 300 yards in consecutive games, and Carr is a viable streaming option, especially with exciting rookie Henry Ruggs back as a true downfield threat.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins (22.8): While he remains in the Miami starting lineup, Fitzpatrick should get frequent lineup consideration if you do not roster a must-start QB such as Russell Wilson or Kyler Murray. He has the seventh-most Fantasy points among QBs so far and has three 300-yard games. Fitzpatrick threw for three TD passes in Week 5 vs. San Francisco. Fiztpatrick is a matchup play and gets a friendly one vs. the Jets in Week 6.
Alexander Mattison, Vikings (11.6): Mattison is one of the top No. 2 RBs in the NFL. He rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries in a relief performance in Week 5 and now becomes an instant Fantasy starting option. Dalvin Cook is out for Week 5 with a groin injury and Mattison will now lead the NFC's best running game.
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals (21.1): He has looked like the most explosive RB on the Arizona roster. Edmonds has three total TDs and has caught 23 passes as the team's primary receiving back. His role in the Cardinals offense may continue to increase in the weeks ahead.
Cam Akers, Rams (41.9): Darrell Henderson is the shining star in the Rams backfield right now. Akers, however, will eventually claim his share of the spotlight, as he was drafted to play a significant role for Los Angeles. Sometimes, other Fantasy players cut guys when they are injured, and you can take advantage of who they relegate to free agency.
J.D. McKissic, Washington (2.0): This former Seahawks sparkplug has caught 13 passes in his past two games. He is worthy of plug-and-play consideration in instances where NFL scheduling may spur you to search for a deeper option.
Chase Claypool, Steelers (4.8): He is going to be the hottest free agent acquisition in Fantasy Football after leading all players with 42.6 points in Week 5. The rookie caught seven passes for 110 yards with three TDs and added a rushing score. There is definite upside with Claypool as a big target with nifty playmaking abilities. He can be considered for streaming usage as he continues to emerge.
Brandin Cooks, Texans (55.2): This veteran has been a Fantasy standout in the past, but was released in some leagues when he scored less than six Fantasy points in three of his first four games. We saw the version of Cooks we have all known before in Week 5, as he caught eight passes for 161 yards and a TD. With offensive coordinator Tim Kelly now freed up to fully guide the Houston offense, Cooks has Fantasy WR3 appeal again.
Preston Williams, Dolphins (21.6): It appears Williams is now adequately recovered from last season's unfortunate knee injury. He totaled 106 yards and a TD in Week 5 and should re-establish himself as a prominent playmaker in the Miami passing game in the weeks ahead.
Travis Fulgham, Eagles (0.3): The Eagles needed someone to step forward as a pass-catcher because of injuries, and Fulgham has answered the call after recently being activated off the practice squad. He scored 31.2 Fantasy points in Week 5, second only to Claypool. Fulgham caught 10 passes for 152 yards and has scored in two consecutive games. He should continue to be a frequent contributor in the Philadelphia passing game.
Jimmy Graham, Bears (51): He has four TD catches and will be a consistent threat near the goal line.
Irv Smith Jr. (1.1): The second-year man caught four passes for 64 yards in Week 5 and his role in the Minnesota passing game could start to grow.
Week 6 Defensive Streamers: The Dolphins defense scored 12 points vs. the 49ers and is a top play vs. the Jets. … Washington is a quality play vs. the Giants. … The Bengals should be a decent streamer vs. the Colts.
Week 6: Seahawks on Bye
The Seahawks are on a bye this week, so here are some quality options to replace your top players from their offense. Many of these players are good streamers in other situations as well.
QB (to replace Russell Wilson or other starters): Fitzpatrick is a top option vs. the Jets. … Matthew Stafford and Minshew are both viable starters as the Lions face the Jaguars. … Kirk Cousins should be good for at least two TD passes vs. Atlanta.
RB (for Chris Carson or others): Antonio Gibson should bounce back vs, the Giants. … Myles Gaskin will make the most of his touches vs. the Jets. … David Montgomery can post adequate totals vs. Carolina. … Consider Chase Edmonds as a bye week sub vs. Dallas.
WR (for DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett or others): Claypool can build on his breakout game as he faces the Browns. … Justin Jefferson should bounce back vs. Atlanta. … if you add Preston Williams, you can start him as he takes on the Jets. … Christian Kirk is worth consideration vs. Dallas
TE: Evan Engram should remain in lineups as he faces Washington. … Eric Ebron has scoring potential vs. Cleveland.
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