Waiver Wire Week 6 Pickups
The time to be on your A-Game when it comes to the waiver wire has begun. Up to this point, our depth hasn’t had to be tested much, but from now until week 15, we are going to have to work around not only the enormous amount of injuries up to this point but bye weeks as well. Let’s get started.
Quarterback 0% rostered
While there is no definite timeline for return for Russel Wilson, I would assume that he is out until after their bye week in Week 10, giving Smith the reigns for the next three weeks. He looked sharp on Thursday and is surrounded by playmakers at receiver. Add in his rushing upside and Geno could be one of the best bye week/injury fill-in Quarterbacks out there.
Running Back 11% rostered
With Saquon Barkley set to miss a few weeks, the next man up is Booker. Booker is a talented back who is proficient as both a rusher and pass catcher, as evidenced by his two-touchdown performance this week, one on the ground and one through the air. Daniel Jones, Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton all are injured, meaning Booker may be in line for a ton of work in next week’s matchup against the Rams. I can see him racking up over five catches rather easily next week, giving him a nice floor in PPR leagues.
Running Back 19% rostered
Darrel Williams is my top pick-up of the week, due to being on the better offense than Booker. Whenever he has been given the opportunity he has looked good and I have faith that he can be a nice RB2 with bye weeks here, with upside for more. Clyde Edwards-Helaire may miss more time than Barkley, so you should get more usable games out of him than Booker.
Running Back 16% rostered
The darling of the Pre-Season had a costly fumble in Week One and has been a healthy scratch up to Sunday. The timing could not have come better, with starter Damien Harris going down with an injury. If Harris were to miss any time, Stevenson will be the main beneficiary with James White also out of the picture. Brandon Bolden is a change of pace back at best who will steal a few catches, but it should be Stevenson getting most of the opportunities, especially at the goal-line where it counts.
Wide Receiver 31% rostered
Tight End 35% rostered
Toney was included in my quick hits section of my article last week and delivered with a monster 189-yard performance. As I stated in my Booker piece, the Giant’s entire offense is injured, leaving Toney and Engram as literally the only pass catchers worth a roster spot. Hopefully, Daniel Jones can get cleared in time because if not, it will be Mike Glennon throwing passes to Toney, which hurts his value. Still, this is a short-term concern with him and after his coming out party this week, I expect Toney to have nice rest of the season value, only getting better as the season progresses.
Wide Receiver 19% rostered
Wide Receiver 17% rostered
Kalif Raymond was included in my article last week but failed to register a catch as St.Brown took over as the alpha, recording his second straight game of eight targets. Fellow receiver Quintez Cephus is out for the year with a broken collarbone, just in time for Tyrell Williams to possibly return. One of these guys will be a nice contributor for your fantasy team as the Lion’s best receiver has averaged over 13 points a week. With their rostered percentages all so low, it’s worth taking a shot on them in hopes you grab the right one. I would rank them the rest of the season: 1) St.Brown 2) Williams 3) Raymond.
Tight End 4% rostered
Until this past week, Taylor Heinicke has played very well, scoring over 23 fantasy points in three weeks straight. He struggled in this week’s game but gets the horrible Chiefs defense who can’t stop a nose bleed, making Seals-Jones a fantastic streaming option in Week six. With Kyle Pitts on a bye and George Kittle on IR, tight end is THIN next week. RSJ could be your answer.
Tight End 7% rostered
I have always liked Arnold as a prospect, I remember including him in a sleeper article when he was on the Saints. The trade to the Jaguars has been a blessing for him as he has meshed very well with Trevor Lawrence. Arnold even led the Jaguars in receiving this week, thanks in part to his career-high in the snap percentage of 73%, up from 32% the week prior. Along with RSJ, Arnold is your next best bet if you are streaming tight end in Week 6.
- Khalil Herbert made some noise this week as he received a whopping 18 carries for 75 yards. Williams is still the preferred play, but if you are in larger leagues Herbert is worth a roster spot.
- Jaret Patterson is a guy who you can get ahead of the curve and add to the end of your roster if you are in larger leagues. Gibson is dealing with a fractured shin and that could turn bad very quickly, opening the door for Patterson.
- Giovanni Bernard’s last two healthy games resulted in 19.1 and 11.5 PPR points and have out-snapped Ronald Jones in them both. He can be a worthwhile flex moving forward in deeper leagues with bye weeks and injuries.
- I mentioned James Washington in the quick hits section of a previous article and he pops up here again with JuJu Smith-Schuster out for the year. When Claypool missed Week 4, Washington had 10.9 points playing 825 of the snaps.
- Quez Watkins will be an interesting dart throw if you are looking for a receiver this week. The Bucs defense is banged up and I can see Watkins burning us for a long one possibly. Whoever is cheaper out of him and Jalen Reagor will most likely be in my DFS lineups on Thursday.
- David Njoku was included in my article last week in the quick hits section when I mentioned he could be on the verge of a breakout over Hooper. He stands at 55% rostership, thus not qualifying to be featured, but if he is available, I am jumping on it.
Brandon aka @Doublehfantasy1 has been playing fantasy football (and winning championships) since 2002. He has a special place in his heart for larger leagues and lives by the motto, “If you’re in a 10 team league, first thing you should do as commissioner is add more people”. Brandon is dedicated to providing deeper analysis on players after years of seeing useless vanilla takes all over the mainstream fantasy world for years. Brandon is a life long South Jersey resident but the only thing he loves more than a good beer is the Buccaneers. Go Bucs!