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Week 6 Waiver Wire
Below are the players I'm considering adding to my rosters before week 4 kicks off. All of these players are near or below 50% rostered in Yahoo leagues and therefore likely to be available in most leagues.
Important note: I'm typically pretty frugal with my waiver priority and FAAB, usually only spending on a player that can win me the week. In other words, if they're just "depth" adds and nice-to-haves that might not even see my lineup, then I'd rather wake up early on Wednesday morning and add them for "free" instead of using a waiver claim for them.
Pro Tip: It's a little extra effort, but I have a recurring Wednesday morning "appointment" (reminder) on my calendar with a link to a Google Doc. Inside that google doc are the links to alllllll 20+ of my leagues followed by a bulleted list of who I plan to add/drop in each one. This helps me keep track without spending waiver priority for convenience, a short-sighted move.
As is almost always the case, there aren't any QB's I'd use waiver priority or FAAB dollars on. But there's a few guys in mind for streaming purposes:
Kirk Cousins - 84% rostered - on the off chance he's available in your league, he has a week 6 date with a Dolphins defense that came into week 5 allowing the MOST fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.
Tua Tagovailoa - 69% rostered (nice) - IF he returns, and IF he's available in your league, he has a possible shootout with the Vikings in week 6, a defense that came into week 5 allowing the 14th most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs and then allowed a season-high 17.02 fantasy points to Justin Fields.
Geno Smith - 35% rostered - Geno is ballin' outta control write (get it?) now, averaging 19.58 fantasy points per game and 24.87 over his last 3 alone. In week 6, he'll get a possible shootout at home with the Cardinals (as of Monday 10/10, Arizona at Seattle has a 51.5 point over/under, the 2nd highest on the 14 game slate). Seattle's implied total is 24.5 points, tied for the 8th highest on the 28 team slate.
Jimmy Garoppolo - 26% rostered - nothing flashy here but he's in a good spot if you're in a pinch. Averaging a solid 14.75 fantasy points per game and coming off a season high 18.02, Garoppolo has a week 6 matchup with a Falcons defense that has allowed 14 or more fantasy points to every QB they've faced so far. Garoppolo's 49ers are implied to score a healthy 24.25 points in that one, the 10th most on the 28 team slate.
If you're in a 2 QB league, Baker Mayfield (foot, bad at football) left the stadium on Sunday in a walking boot. He's a bottom barrel option and it won't be pretty, but PJ Walker will likely have to throw a ton (if Baker can't play) against a Rams defense that came into week 5 allowing the 12th most fantasy points per game to QBs.
There are 2 running back I'd use waiver priority on (one is a "maybe" depending on the rest of my roster) in week 6:
Kenneth Walker - 45% rostered - Rashaad Penny is out for the year, vaulting the 2nd round pick out of Michigan State in the RB 1 role for Seattle. Question marks remain about his pass-catching ability (and, thus, his full fantasy football ceiling) but, undoubtedly a Pete Carroll guy through and through, the talented runner has big rest-of-season RB 2 upside in an offense that looks a lot better than people were expecting.
Eno Benjamin - 11% rostered - Eno Benjamin was quite literally the last man standing in the Cardinals backfield by the end of the game on Sunday. James Conner (ribs) and Darrel Williams (knee) both exited early and never returned, leaving the backfield all to Benjamin. Few details have emerged regarding the prognosis of their injuries, but Williams seems likelier to miss more time than Conner after heading to the locker room for a knee injury. Conner is reportedly "ok" per coach Kliff Kingsbury, but the head boss also said they're "just being very cautious with him right now" placing some uncertainty around his week 6 availability. If Conner can't go (and assuming Williams can't), Benjamin is first in line for the lion's share of the backfield work, appetizing in a matchup with a Seahawks defense that was already allowing the 4th most PPR points per game before Alvin Kamara dumped 194 scrimmage yards on them in week 5. The risk with using priority on Benjamin is that it's still possible Conner plays. Still, if even if Benjamin might see your lineup in week 6, he's worth using the priority claim.
Other than that, here are several guys that I'm considering adding to my rosters this week where it makes sense:
Rachaad White - 34% rostered - Yet to hit 9 touches in a single game despite seeing Leonard Fournette rack up 23+ touches thrice, Rachaad White still isn't seeing quite enough volume to be a valid fantasy football option. But he carries massive, league-winning potential if the Buccaneers current workhorse goes down.
Mike Boone - 36% rostered - Had 10 touches—including 3 targets/catches—for 85 scoreless yards (11.5 PPR points) in his first game as the 1B to Melvin Gordon's 1A. Likely to be more involved as time passes, Boone needs to be rostered in all leagues.
Tevin Coleman - 0% rostered - Tevin Coleman scored 21.7 PPR points in week 5 on 11 touches—including 3 catches on 3 targets—for 67 yards and TWO TDs. With bye weeks starting this week (and creating more need for "fill ins"), 11 touches makes him fantasy viable. Tevin Coleman instantly just put himself on the map like it's 2018.
Joshua Kelley - 1% rostered - We've talked many times about how there'd be fantasy value in Los Angeles if someone from the Chargers was able to clearly emerge as the RB 2 behind Austin Ekeler. It looks like we might be finding that in Joshua Kelley after he received 12 touches—including 2 targets/catches—for 82 yards and 1 TD while Sony Michel played just 2 snaps. I want to see it again before trusting it, but that kind of volume belongs on the radar as bye weeks settle in.
DeeJay Dallas - 1% rostered - The one knock on Kenneth Walker's profile coming into this year's draft was that he wasn't much of a receiver coming out of college. If those concerns continue to translate, then DeeJay Dallas can come into some PPR appeal as the Seahawks go-to passing down back (which we've already seen in week 5 usage).
Jaylen Warren - 8% rostered - Saw 9 touches in week 5, including a PPR attention catching 5 targets and 4 catches. This likely had everything to do with Pittsburgh in chaotically negative game script while desperately trying to catch up to Buffalo, but it's something to monitor at the very least (they're likely going to face a lot more negative game script and fantasy managers will be looking for help with bye weeks starting)
The following guys are already highly rostered but I'm surprised to see the rostership (boom, new word) percentage number not higher than it is. On the off chance these guys are available in your league, change that ASAP: Rhamondre Stevenson (88%), Melvin Gordon (87%), Jeff Wilson (82%), Michael Carter (71%), Raheem Mostert (70%), Alexander Mattison (68%), Brian Robinson (62%), Tyler Allgeier (56%).
There are not any wide receivers that I'd use priority on this week, but there are several I'll consider adding to my rosters after waivers clear:
Jakobi Meyers - 48% rostered - Jakobi Meyers went 8 targets, 7 catches, 111 yards and 1 TD in his week 5 return with Bailey Zappe at QB. He is now averaging 17.37 PPR points on 9 targets, 6.67 catches and 87 yards with 1 TD in 3 games with Mac Jones and Zappe.
Rondale Moore - 18% rostered - Moore played 91% of the Cardinals' snaps and turned it into 8 targets, 7 catches and 68 scoreless yards (13.8 PPR points). Gets a possible shootout with the Seahawks in week 6.
Josh Reynolds - 31% rostered - averaging 17.3 PPR points on 9.33 targets, 6.33 catches and 89.67 yards with 1 TD in 3 games. That includes three straight games of 8 or more targets, 6 or more catches and 81 or more yards.
Alec Pierce - 8% - Averaging 12.40 PPR points on 6.67 targets, 5 catches and 74 scoreless yards over the last 3 games.
Darius Slayton - 0% rostered - 13.9 PPR points on 7 targets, 6 catches and 79 scoreless yards. Not quite worth adding yet, but getting more run in the last two weeks. Could he be what the Giants were hoping Kenny Golladay would be?
Marvin Jones - 5% rostered - likewise, not quite worth adding yet but an 11 target game (catching 7 for 104 scoreless yards) is worth having on your radar as bye weeks settle in.
Randall Cobb - 3% rostered - See Marvin Jones, but 13 targets for 7 catches and 99 scoreless yards.
Donovan Peoples-Jones- 10% rostered - 16 targets in the last 2 games
As usual, there are no tight ends I would use waiver priority on. Here's who I'd consider in a week 6 pinch however:
Taysom Hill - 30% rostered - "tight end" Taysom Hill went crazy last week with THREE rushing TDs on just 9 carries, and one TD pass on just one attempt. He's ridiculously tough to trust on such low volume, but he's also a "tight end" getting high-leverage carries at fantasy football's weakest position. Taysom is in a boom/bust tier of his own and will bust more than boom, but good luck finding bigger upside for your "tight end" position if you don't have Travis Kelce or Mark Andrews.
Irv Smith - 49% rostered - averaging 5 targets per game and gets a possible shootout with the Dolphins, a defense that was giving up the 4th most PPR points per game to tight ends coming into week 5.
Evan Engram - 24% rostered - 10 targets in week 5, plays a Colts defense in week 6 that was giving up the 5th most PPR points per game to tight ends coming into week 5.
I'll never use waiver priority on a defense, but there are several defenses I'd be looking to stream in week 6 if I can find them. Assuming I can't get the Rams, Buccaneers, Packers, Eagles or 49ers this week, I'd be going for
Baltimore Ravens - 63% rostered - their opponent, the Giants, are implied to score just 19 points in week 6.
Chicago Bears - 9% rostered - their opponent, the Commanders, are implied to score just 19.25 points in week 6.
Indianapolis Colts - 33% - their opponent, the Jaguars, are implied to score just 19.75 points in week 6.