How To Target Kadarius Toney On Fantasy Waiver Wire: How Much FAAB To Bid To Roster Giants WR
Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images. Pictured: Giants WR Kadarius Toney
The Giants were further decimated by injuries in Week 5, with Daniel Jones (concussion), Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Kenny Golladay (knee) all going down against the Cowboys.
News around these injures has been somewhat encouraging at least, with Barkley and Golladay seeming to avoid long-term injuries. Jones has entered concussion protocol, so it will take time to determine where he is at.
The silver lining was first-round pick Kadarius Toney finally getting the opportunity to really shine as the rookie put up 189 receiving yards. With New York’s depth chart looking slimmer and slimmer, Toney should see this attention continue despite being rostered in just 18% of Yahoo! leagues.
But how aggressively should you target Toney on the Week 6 waiver wires?
Our trio of analysts break down his potential value and how much of your Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) to bid in order to roster him.
Target Kadarius Toney On Fantasy Waiver Wire?
Toney posted a monster game on Sunday for the Giants, who were severely shorthanded in the game. Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are still sidelined with hamstring injuries, and Kenny Golladay injured his knee in the first half of play and would not return. Toney recorded 10 catches on 13 targets for 189 yards and may be the team’s No. 1 option for now. It will be interesting to see how this wide receiver corps shakes out once Slayton, Shepard and Golladay are all healthy, though I foresee the first-round pick from Florida will have carved out a role for himself regardless. Head coach Joe Judge did mention to the press on Monday that Toney is dealing with an ankle injury of unknown severity, which is worth monitoring throughout the week.
Toney is the highest-priority add among WRs in my Week 6 breakdown of the waiver wire market.
Toney is a must-add WR if you are hurting at the position. He offers WR3 value right now with so many Giants pass catchers injured. He was the Giants’ 2021 first-round pick, so I’m guessing New York tries to use him even more once everyone returns. Toney himself is dealing with an ankle injury that has left him as questionable for Week 6. Still, I would roll the dice that he’ll play in Week 6 and bid 40%+ of your FAAB on him depending on your record, how desperate you are at the position and how much you think your league will bid on him. It’s pretty rare to have a WR with WR3+ potential pop up during the season as Toney has.
Toney is averaging 8.0 catches for 133.5 yards on 11.0 targets over the last two weeks. He is a WR3 with WR1 or WR2 upside as long as the Giants are down two or more of Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. That said, he’s likely to remain a top-three option when everyone is healthy, so his floor going forward is still in the low-end FLEX/WR4 range. He’s a worthwhile pickup and the No. 1 waiver priority at WR, especially given the injury histories to Golladay and Shepard. I would still prioritize RBs over him due to positional scarcity — especially given the uncertainty regarding Toney’s own health after an ankle injury limited him to 54% of the Giants’ offensive snaps in Week 5.