This article is part of our NFL Waiver Wire series.
We're quickly approaching the halfway point of the regular season for most fantasy leagues. That means injuries and bye weeks are both mounting, all while fantasy managers try to conserve their FAAB for a late-season push. That makes it extremely important to be aware of shifting depth charts and anticipating which players could see expanded roles prior to the rest of your leagues. Let's dive into some of those topics for both shallow and deeper formats as we head into Week 6 action.
Sam Darnold vs. Vikings (46 percent ESPN)
Darnold has started to slip back to his Jets ways by turning the ball over five times across his last two games. But with the exception of Week 5, he's remained very efficient in terms of yards per attempt. Darnold has a number of upcoming favorable matchups, so it's a good time to invest in him as a backup/matchup play as others drop him.
Trevor Lawrence vs. Dolphins (45 percent ESPN)
Speaking of efficiency, Lawrence has averaged over eight yards per attempt in each of his last two contests after failing to surpass 6.5 in any of his first three appearances as a pro. Miami has been exceedingly generous to opposing quarterbacks, so Lawrence is a viable streamer if needed.
Matt Ryan - BYE (31 percent ESPN)
Ryan heads into his bye week having thrown multiple TDs in four consecutive games. He's also averaged nearly 41 pass attempts per contest, so he should have enough volume to produce moving