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Week 6 Waiver Wire Rankings

Week 5 is in the books! Which means Week 6 Waiver Wire Rankings are here!

This week was another rough one for fantasy owners, with low scoring and some big injuries. The Giants lost their entire wide receiver corps and most notably to all fantasy owners, Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ looks to be done for the season with a fractured ankle that will likely require surgery. To make matters worse, Brandon Marshall will miss multiple weeks and Sterling Shepard’s Week 6 status is up in the air with an ankle injury. The big one was Odell. There is no replacing his production. The only positive for fantasy owners is the fact that it’s easier to replace a wide receiver than an RB. I would look to buy low on a few wide receiver options such as Amari Cooper.

Charles Clay will miss multiple weeks with a torn MCL. It’s a shame because Clay was a weekly DFS play and now the Bills offense will be featuring Andre Holmes and Zay Jones as their only notable pass-catchers. Perhaps, the Bills could bring in Gary Barnidge, who is still walking the streets.

Bilal Powell exited with a calf injury and his status is up in the air, which makes Elijah McGuire a very intriguing option against the Patriots.

DeVante Parker went down early with a sprained ankle. His status is unknown heading into a matchup against the Falcons. If he can’t go, Kenny Stills becomes an interesting flier this week.

Terrance West suffered a calf injury and never returned. He really shouldn’t be on your roster anyways. Buck Allen and Alex Collins have taken over the backfield.

Chris Conley went down with an Achilles injury on an onside kick return at the end of the game. Conley isn’t much of a fantasy option, but his loss will allow others like Demarcus Robinson and De’Anthony Thomas to see the field more. Neither have any value in 12 team leagues. Travis Kelce suffered a concussion even though he was able to return to the game after taking a brutal shot. If he can’t play this week, Demetrius Harris could be a streaming option for fantasy owners in a pinch.

Below is as big of a list as you will find for players to pick up. The goal is to illuminate players that fantasy owners can pick up outside of the most obvious targets. We don’t all play in small leagues, so upping the ante and shedding light on players who would otherwise be ignored is optimal. I have included a color code highlighting what type of add priority they possess.

 

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Players to who are currently out/injured

Gold = Streaming Target

Blue = Bench Stash

Purple = Deep League Stash

 

Week 6 Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Seattle

 

Quarterback

Week 6 Waiver Wire Rankings

  1. Jacoby Brissett
  2. Carson Palmer
  3. Blake Bortles
  4. Josh McCown
  5. Brian Hoyer
  6. Mitch Trubisky
  7. Kevin Hogan
  8. Teddy Bridgewater

 

Jacoby Brissett – While it wasn’t a dominant performance, he did complete 22-of-33 passes for 314 yards, zero touchdowns, an INT, and a rushing touchdown against a poor 49ers defense. It could have been a bigger day for Brissett had T.Y. Hilton not dropped a long pass and another one that would have been a touchdown. Overall, he continues to fill in admirably for Andrew Luck. Next up is a matchup against the Titans on Monday Night Football. Brissett figures to be a strong streaming option against one of the worse pass defenses in the league.

Teddy Bridgewater – He’s able to begin practicing next Monday and with Sam Bradford still hurting with his knee injury, it could be Teddy Bridgewater who leads this potent Vikings offense into the postseason. Bridgewater will need a few weeks to get ready. He could return Week 8 against the Browns. This is only a speculative add in 2QB or deeper formats.

Running Back

Week 6 Waiver Wire Rankings

  1.  Aaron Jones
  2. Jerick McKinnon
  3. Alvin Kamara
  4. Andre Ellington
  5. Marlon Mack
  6. Elijah McGuire
  7. Wayne Gallman
  8. C.J. Prosise
  9. Wendall Smallwood
  10. Alex Collins
  11. Gio Bernard
  12. D’Onta Foreman
  13. Matt Breida
  14. Charcandrick West
  15. Alfred Morris
  16. Jamaal Charles
  17. James Connor
  18. Corey Clement
  19. Austin Eckler
  20. Mike Tolbert
  21. Devontae Booker
  22. Dion Lewis
  23. Orleans Darkwa
  24. Samaje Perine
  25. Shane Vereen
  26. DeAndre Washington
  27. Malcolm Brown
  28. Charles Sims
  29. Kerwynn Williams
  30. Robert Turbin
  31. Corey Grant
  32. Darren McFadden
  33. Kenyan Drake
  34. Zach Zenner
  35. Damian Williams
  36. Jamaal Williams

Aaron Jones – I had him as an RB1 against the Cowboys this past week in my weekly rankings and boy did he make me look smart. He finished with 125 yards rushing on 21 carries and found the end zone on a seven-yard scamper. He wasn’t as involved in the passing game, only hauling in one pass for nine yards. One of the biggest questions will be what will the Packers do with Jones once Ty Montgomery returns from injury. At worst, you have to figure Aaron Jones has earned himself regular playing time and could end up being the early down back while Ty Montgomery serves as the pass-catching back. That’s all speculation and we won’t have any clue how this will pan out until he returns from his rib injury. This week the Packers will face a Vikings defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards and only one touchdown to running backs.

Jerick McKinnon – Well, this is kind of awkward. It only took one week for Latavius Murray to get cast aside for a more explosive running back. McKinnon rushed 16 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also hauled in six receptions for 51 yards against a solid Bears run defense. Murray averaged a measly 2.6 YPC and quickly proved why he’s better served as a backup. McKinnon is one of the most athletic running backs in the league and it shows. Many called him overhyped last week due to poor performances last season. One thing is different this season though. That’s the offensive line. The Vikings turnaround on their offensive line has been amazing. They went from worst in the league to a top-10 run blocking unit. McKinnon could be the number one add and possesses league-winning potential. There is a very small gap between Aaron Jones and Jerick McKinnon as the number one waiver add this week. Ironically enough the Packers and Vikings will square off this week.

Alvin Kamara – Definitely more of a PPR move, but regardless, he’s worth an add in all formats. He’s averaging 6.5 targets per game and is currently RB19 with 13.4 PPR points per game. Don’t overthink this. I wouldn’t even be mad if you used a No. 1 waiver add in PPR leagues.

Andre Ellington – Another no-brainer in PPR leagues. He’s averaged eight targets per game the last three weeks. The Cardinals offensive line has been ravaged by injury which is forcing Palmer to dump off to Ellington at a feverish pace. He’s a weekly RB2/3 in PPR formats for the foreseeable future.

Marlon Mack – Welcome back Marlon Mack! After missing the last few weeks with a shoulder injury, he returned with a vengeance. He carried the ball nine times for 91 yards and a touchdown. Although he was out-touched by Frank Gore 14-9, it was Mack who received the touches when the game was on the line. It was an impressive game for the rookie running back. He looked explosive and at the least earned himself a much bigger role in the offense with Frank Gore showing his age this season. Gore is currently the RB21 on the season but he is averaging a lousy 3.2 yards per carry. If Mack can stay healthy, he figures to receive an increased workload and should carry some PPR appeal as a flex when the matchup allows it.

Elijah McGuire – While he didn’t have the big game he put together the week prior, he did make it out as the only healthy running back. Bilal Powell exited the game with a calf injury and his status is up in the air heading into the Jets Week 6 matchup against the Patriots. McGuire finished the game and rushed 11 times for 20 yards and hauled in two passes for 20 yards. If Matt Forte and Bilal Powell are forced to miss time, McGuire should see a heavy workload which should bode well for him as the Patriots have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards on the season. McGuire should be added in all 12 team leagues.

Wayne Gallman – He rushed 11 times for 57 yards and hauled in five passes for 25 yards. He battled all day with Orleans Darkwa for touches as they both gashed the Chargers porous run defense. He ended up prevailing due to Darkwa succumbing to a calf injury. Next up is a brutal matchup against a Broncos defense that has allowed 41.75 rushing yards per game through four weeks. That is by far the fewest in the league, however, with the Giants losing four of their five wide receivers, he may receive a massive workload which would make him a low-end RB3 option.

C.J. Prosise – The Seahawks are on bye this week, which is good news for the ailing second-year back, C.J. Prosise. After losing Chris Carson, the Seahawks ground game looks to be in complete disarray with Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls failing to get anything going against a Rams defense has been gashed all season by opposing running backs. Perhaps the answer will lie in the hands of Prosise who has been impressive when healthy. If Prosise was dropped I would look to make a low-key move and add the explosive back ahead of his Week 7 matchup against the New York Giants.

Matt Breida – He rushed 10 times for 49 yards and hauled in three passes for 29 yards against the Colts on Sunday. Most of his work came in the second half when Carlos Hyde was on the sideline. Breida is a must add as one of the best handcuffs in the league and one that could bear fruit with Carlos Hyde already nursing injuries.

D’Onta Foreman – Like Breida, Foreman has looked mighty impressive in limited opportunities (aside from a big fumble against the Chiefs) despite playing behind Lamar Miller who is starting to play better the last few weeks. Foreman doesn’t possess huge standalone value but is one of the best handcuffs to this point.

Charcandrick West – He’s not going to score two touchdowns again the rest of the season (barring injury) but as well as the Chiefs have played this season, he’s worth a look in 12 team leagues or higher. He continues to be the trusted option on third down because he’s a proven pass blocker. Kareem Hunt has a long way to go in that department which will allow West to have some standalone value but you would have to be pretty desperate to play him.

Wide Reciever

Week 6 Waiver Wire Rankings

  1. Devin Funchess
  2. Will Fuller
  3. Ricardo Louis
  4. John Brown
  5. Corey Davis
  6. Cooper Kupp
  7. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  8. Allen Hurns
  9. Mohamed Sanu
  10. Robby Anderson
  11. Paul Richardson
  12. Robert Woods
  13. Nelson Agholor
  14. Roger Lewis
  15. Kendall Wright
  16. Jaron Brown
  17. Josh Doctson
  18. Kenny Stills
  19. Cole Beasley
  20. J.J. Nelson
  21. Kenny Golladay
  22. Mike Williams
  23. Tre McBride
  24. Adam Humphries
  25. Tyler Lockett
  26. Bruce Ellington
  27. Demarcus Robinson
  28. Brice Butler
  29. Kasen Williams
  30. DeDe Westbrook
  31. Phillip Dorsett
  32. Travis Benjamin
  33. Josh Gordon
  34. Zay Jones
  35. Terrance Williams
  36. Justin Hardy
  37. Chris Godwin
  38. Aldrick Robinson
  39. De’Anthony Thomas
  40. Rashard Higgins
  41. Andre Holmes
  42. Bennie Fowler
  43. Michael Floyd
  44. Albert Wilson
  45. Bryce Treggs

Devin Funchess – He’s currently questionable with a knee injury for their Week 6 matchup against the Eagles on Thursday Night. It’s become pretty clear that Funchess is the Panthers best wide receiver. He leads the team in targets and red zone targets with three. We have been waiting for Funchess to breakout and appears he’s finally doing that. You will need to monitor his availability this week, but he should be a pivotal part of their offense for the foreseeable future.

Will Fuller – Dude has six catches in two games and four of them have gone for touchdowns. That’s some crazy efficiency that will not hold up and you probably didn’t need me to tell you that. Either way, he’s going to be a steady part of the game plan moving forward and should be added in all leagues where available. He will have some boom-or-bust weeks. He might be one of the best sell-high options as recency bias will allow you to cash in on his big performances.

Ricardo Louis – Over the past two weeks, he has secured 10-of-17 targets for 135 yards. Clearly, he has been the Browns lone bright spot among their wide receivers, although that’s not saying a whole lot. The Browns have been, well, they have been the Browns through five weeks. Rookie QB DesShone Kizer was benched in favor of Kevin Hogan. With Kenny Britt looking more and more like Dwayne Bowe and Corey Coleman out with a broken hand, Louis figures to see enough volume to lock him into your flex in 12 team leagues.

John Brown, Jaron Brown, and J.J. Nelson – John Brown has received 14 targets the last two weeks and has looked like he’s finally healthy. The problem with him is he never stays healthy. He scored his first touchdown this week, however, he was limited to two catches for 27 yards. With a poor offensive line and zero run game, the Cardinals will continue to air it out at a feverish pace, which should allow for Smokey Brown to be a weekly threat or a WR4.

As for the other two, neither are consistent options, but with the high volume and injury-prone John Brown, both Nelson and Jaron Brown could become more involved in the game plan. As things stand, I wouldn’t trust either outside of a bye week dart throw.

Corey Davis – I was actually surprised he was available in almost 75% of Yahoo leagues. He’s missed the last three weeks due to injury, however, Mike Mularkey hinted that the rookie wide receiver could be ready to return this week. With Eric Decker looking washed, Corey Davis should step right into a healthy target share (10 targets Week 1). If he’s available and you just lost Odell Beckham Jr, Corey Davis could provide some relief to that major blow.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – He’s scored nearly double-digit PPR points three of the last four weeks and played on 82% of the snaps last week against the Jaguars. With Martavis Bryant struggling to create chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger, the rookie wide receiver out of USC continues to provide fantasy owners with a steady floor and could push for the No. 2 position in the offense. At worst, he’s a nice addition to any team looking for some depth or bye week fill-in. The Steelers will travel to Kansas City to take on a Chiefs defense that has allowed the most fantasy points per week to the position.

Robert Woods – While he may not be a sexy option, he has turned into one of the Rams most reliable receivers. He secured five-of-eight targets for 66 yards against the Seahawks. Over the past three weeks, he has been targeted 21 times and he has turned that into 13 receptions, 191 yards, and a touchdown. He’s a WR4 or 5 depending on the matchup. If he continues to see this kind of usage he may find himself as a weekly flex option.

Roger Lewis – With Odell Beckham likely done for the season, Brandon Marshall looking he’s going to miss multiple weeks, and Sterling Shepard’s status up in the air, Roger Lewis could be the Giants No. 1 wide receiver. He’s not a player who screams high-upside, however, he’s going to see volume which should allow him to be a usable asset, just not this week. The Giants will travel to Denver to take on of the leagues best defense. I’m not certain that Eli Manning will make it out of Denver in one piece.

Kenny Golladay – I still have hope that Babytron can get healthy and get his rookie season back on track. I have held onto him all season, even with him missing the last two weeks due to an injury. This week the Lions will travel to New Orleans to take on a Saints defense that has allowed the 13th-most points to wide receivers.

 

Tight End

Week 6 Waiver Wire Rankings

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  1. Ryan Griffin
  2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  3. David Njoku
  4. Tyler Kroft
  5. Ed Dickson
  6. Zach Miller
  7. George Kittle
  8. Ben Watson
  9. Austin Hooper
  10. A.J. Derby
  11. Vernon Davis
  12. Demetrius Harris

Ryan Griffin – The Texans take on the Browns this week which means it’s Ryan Griffin week! The Browns have been awful against the tight end this season. I will be playing whoever the tight end is playing the Browns every week. It’s really that simple.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Speaking of the Browns, Austin Seferian-Jenkins continued the streak with scoring a touchdown against the Browns. He hauled in six-of-eight targets for 29 yards. This week the Jets take on a Patriots defense that has yielded the 7th most yards (330), 4th most receptions (28), and the 3rd most touchdowns (4) to the tight end.

David Njoku – If you weren’t familiar with David Njoku prior to this week, then now you know (unless you didn’t see any part of the Browns game). Dude is one of the next stud tight ends and he showed why on Sunday. He reeled multiple highlight-reel grabs and found the end zone on another impressive run and diving touchdown. While he only received three targets, the talent is hard to deny. He should continue to carve out a larger role which could allow him to be a weekly option in your fantasy lineups.

George Kittle – It was apparently rookie tight end week. George Kittle hauled in seven-of-nine targets for 83 yards and a touchdown. He set career-high marks across the board. As things stand, he’s more of a TE2 but with only Pierre Garcon as a viable option, he should continue to see targets which will allow him to be a streamable option on most weeks.

Defense/St

Week 6 Waiver Wire Rankings

  1. Redskins vs 49ers
  2. Rams vs Jaguars
  3. Falcons vs Dolphins
  4. Ravens vs Bears
  5. Buccaneers vs Cardinals

Kickers

Week 6 Waiver Wire Rankings

  1. Harrison Butker
  2. Jake Elliott
  3. Matt Bryant
  4. Will Lutz
  5. Matt Prater
  6. Kai’imi Fairburn
  7. Chris Boswell
  8. Graham Gano
  9. Nick Novak

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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