Just like that, we are onto week 6. We are now starting the bye weeks, so these replacement players are going to be more important the further we go along. Some big names getting injured as well, so we need to look down the depth chart to find these hidden gems. Let's start digging.
Teams on Bye: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback: Geno Smith (Seattle) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (0.1% Rostered)
With starting Quarterback Russel Wilson needing surgery on his throwing hand, in steps Geno Smith. He was thrust into action last week, and didn't do too bad at all. Went 10/17 in the second half throwing one touchdown and one interception. Going up against the Steelers this week, the Seahawks will need to throw the ball against this Steelers front 7. Smith is athletic, so he has the ability to move around the pocket and even rush if needed.
Running Back: Devonte Booker (NYG) vs Los Angeles Rams (3.8% Rostered)
With Saquon Barkley getting hurt, Booker stepped into the RB1 role nicely. He ended the game with a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. With starting QB Daniel Jones out as well, I can see Booker getting a lion share of the workload against a high octane Rams team. Booker has shown ability to have a part in the passing game, and the Giants may play call around the limited time Glennon has had with the starters.
Wide Receiver: Kendrick Bourne (New England) vs Dallas Cowboys (2.3% Rostered)
With each passing week, it looks like Mac Jones is getting more comfortable in that New England offense. In week 5, he led a comeback against the Houston Texans, and one target I noticed he relied on was Bourne. Bourne has had at least 3 targets in every game so far this year, and each week he has been progressively been more a part of the game plan. Needing to keep up with a high powered Dallas offense, New England will need to lean on their passing attack to keep the game close.
Tight End: Ian Thomas (Carolina) vs Minnesota Vikings (0.1% Rostered)
Thomas has begun to become a larger part of the Carolina game plan, seeing his targets per game increasing week after week. He isn't the most athletic, but he is sure handed and can be used in the red zone with a mismatch. He had his best game of the season thus far last week, and I see him building on that momentum going forward.
Defense/Special Teams: Dallas Cowboys vs New England Patriots (35.4% Rostered)
Like I previously said, I expect the Patriots to be throwing the ball a lot to try and keep against with the Cowboys, but the Cowboys defense is on fire right now. They have at least 2 interceptions in each of the first 5 games so far, and Trevon Diggs is playing like a man possessed right now. Diggs will be facing off with his former Alabama teammate in Mac Jones, and I think Diggs will get the better of this matchup.
Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship (Indianapolis) vs Houston Texans (21.9% Rostered)
Blankenship will be playing at home in Week 6, and that means kicking in a dome. I love when kickers are in a dome, because they rely on their pure talent. Blankenship is a talented kicker, and he can hit some long Field Goals. With Indy going against Houston in a divisional game, they intensity will be high, and the Colts can put him into spots to score.
Homer Pick of the Week: Tyler Bass vs Tennessee (77.8% Rostered)
This pick is not really for your season long, but more of a daily fantasy play. With Bass rostered in more than two thirds of ESPN leagues, he will be hard to find sitting on the waiver wire. With a Monday night matchup against the Titans, I look for the Bills offense to light up the score board again, and Tyler Bass can have another double digit fantasy night.