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Week 6 waiver wire rankings are back! We one once again have a rather pedestrian list of running backs, but the wide receivers are ripe for the picking. With no major injuries outside of the news of Charles Sims heading to the IR, and Eddie Lacy possibly banged up with an ankle we escaped week 5 in pretty good shape.

There are a handful of players who I’d consider spending a top waiver add or a decent chunk of my FAAB budget on this week. Those players are Sammie Coates, Cam Meredith, Devontae Booker, and possibly Cameron Artis-Payne.

If you have any waiver questions be sure to reach out to me on Twitter @FantasyWrath13. Good luck and happy waiver hunting.

Quarterback

Alex Smith

  1. Alex Smith
  2. Brian Hoyer
  3. Tyrod Taylor
  4. Marcus Mariota
  5. Joe Flacco
  6. Colin Kaepernick (2QB/Superflex)
  7. Geno Smith (2QB/Superflex)

Alex Smith – After a bye week to lick their wounds the Kansas City Chiefs will head to Oakland to take on a Raiders defense that has allowed the third-most points to QBs this season. In his last eight games against the Raiders, Alex Smith has averaged over 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. Over his first four games this season, Smith has finishes of QB3, QB30, QB18, and QB10. He’s also on pace for over 4,000 yards passing which would shatter his career high mark.

Despite some solid performances for Alex Smith, one area that has been lacking is his ability to escape the pocket and pick up yardage with his legs. On the season, he’s only escaped the pocket 10 times for 16 yards and a touchdown. It would be nice to see more mobility from the veteran QB, and would also make him a far more consistent fantasy option. All that said, he makes for the top streaming option this week against a Raiders defense that has been dominated through the air this season.

Brian Hoyer – Over the past three weeks, Brian Hoyer has been one of the hottest QBs in the league. On Sunday against the Colts, he completed 33 of 43 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns. There has been talk coming out of Chicago about Hoyer and his chances to retain the starting job once Jay Cutler heals. You would have to think he’s done enough with three straight games of 300 yard and two touchdown performances. Next up for Hoyer, is a matchup against a Jaguars defense that have allowed the 17th-most points to QBs this season.

Tyrod Taylor – Over the offseason, Tyrod Taylor was a favorite by many to be a weekly QB1 option, however, we have seen that go up in smoke with Sammy Watkins sidelined with a foot injury. He’s a limited option, but with a matchup against the 49ers on tap, he makes for an interesting streaming option.

Marcus Mariota – After two straight weeks of subpar performances, Marcus Mariota exploded against the Dolphins on Sunday. He completed 20-of-29 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns while rushing seven times for 60 yards and a touchdown. I’m still not 100% sold, but with a matchup against the lowly Browns, he makes for a solid streaming option.

Running Backs

Week 5 Waiver Rankings

  1. Kenneth Dixon
  2. Cameron Artis-Payne
  3. Devontae Booker
  4. Chris Ivory
  5. Bilal Powell
  6. James White
  7. Darren Sproles
  8. Dion Lewis
  9. Orleans Darkwa
  10. Jay Ajayi
  11. Bobby Rainey
  12. Jalen Richard
  13. Alfred Morris
  14. Matt Asiata
  15. Dwayne Washington
  16. Andre Ellington
  17. Thomas Rawls
  18. Fozzy Whittaker
  19. Josh Ferguson
  20. Chris Thompson
  21. Mike Gillislee
  22. CJ Spiller
  23. Tim Hightower
  24. Wendell Smallwood
  25. CJ Prosise
  26. Paul Perkins
  27. Jacquizz Rodgers
  28. Kenyan Drake
  29. Robert Kelly
  30. Charcandrick West

Kenneth Dixon – After missing the first four games with a torn MCL, Dixon made his NFL debut. It certainly was nothing to write home about, however, if you thought he was going to return and instantly receive a heavy workload then you were sadly mistaken. He received three carries and one reception for a whopping 5 total yards. There is no denying that Terrance West is the current Baltimore running back to own, but I’m a firm believer that Dixon will eventually steal the job away from West.

Cameron Artis-Payne – He’s coming off the best performance of his career against a Buccaneers defense that was solid against the run. He finished with 18 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers take on the Saints this week. As long as Jonathan Stewart is out, then you are starting CAP as a low-end RB2.

Devontae Booker – I’m actually surprised that he’s not owned in a high percentage of leagues, but after another week of looking like the better running back in the Gary Kubiak run-heavy offense my interest continues to rise. Booker is just a speculative add to this point, but if anything happens to Anderson or his overall production continues to falter then this backfield could turn into a full-on timeshare.

Chris Ivory – After missing the first two weeks while spending some time in a Jacksonville hospital with an undisclosed injury, Chris Ivory returned to completely underwhelm with a 2.2 YPC average. His snap share also dropped from 48% to 25% which is another reason why many fantasy owners have jumped ship. He’s currently owned in 48% of Yahoo leagues and 59% of ESPN leagues. With the bye week to get back into playing shape, he’s a guy I’m certainly still interested in rostering who holds RB3 appeal at worst.

Bilal Powell – As long as he continues to see a steady dose of targets, then he will remain a viable RB3 in PPR formats. He hauled in 6-of-7 targets for 41 yards in their loss to the Steelers and has received 15 targets the last two weeks. The Jets will get a tough matchup against a Cardinals defense that has given up the 11th-fewest receptions to running backs on the season.

James White and Dion Lewis – Yeah, Tom Brady is back. Spoiler alert! James White is far more valuable with Tom Brady on the field. He out-snapped Blount to a tune 38-31 and out-touched him which led to 89 total yards. As things stand there is no exact return date for Dion Lewis, however, he’s worth rostering in formats with deep benches. James White is an every-week RB3 and should be owned in all formats unitl Dion Lewis returns.

Jay Ajayi  – Finally the Dolphins give Jay Ajayi an extended look and although it wasn’t anything mind blowing he did finish with a decent stat line of 13-42-1. With the return of Arian Foster looming, Ajayi won’t be much more than a bench stash, but let’s not kid ourselves, Arian Foster is always a stubbed toe away from landing on the IR.

Jalen Richard – So much of my Twitter timeline was filled with DeAndre Washington love, and all the while Jalen Richard just went unnoticed. Richard and Washington each had 14 touches but it was Richard who did far more with his touches racking up 97 yards to the 52 of Washington. With a matchup against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the 7th-most points to running backs, you can safely fire up Richard as an RB3 as long as Latavius Murray sits again.

 

Wide Receiver

Sammie Coates

  1. Sammie Coates
  2. Cam Meredith
  3. Chris Hogan
  4. Tyler Lockett
  5. Quincy Enunwa
  6. Davante Adams
  7. Jeremy Kerley
  8. Cordarrelle Patterson
  9. Michael Thomas
  10. Corey Coleman
  11. Phillip Dorsett
  12. Robert Woods
  13. Eddie Royal
  14. Brandon LaFell
  15. Adam Humphries
  16. Tavon Austin
  17. Josh Doctson
  18. Brian Quick
  19. Chris Conley
  20. Jamison Crowder
  21. Terrance Williams
  22. Mohamed Sanu
  23. Pierre Garcon
  24. Nelson Agholor
  25. Dontrelle Inman
  26. Brice Butler
  27. Adam Thielen
  28. Jermaine Kearse
  29. Dorial Green-Beckham
  30. Tyler Boyd
  31. Anquan Boldin
  32. Robby Anderson
  33. Seth Roberts
  34. Kenny Stills
  35. Justin Hunter
  36. Andrew Hawkins

Sammie Coates – Well, this is the final time I will be mentioning Sammie Coates this season. After hauling in 6-of-11 targets for 139 yards and two touchdowns, he figures to be the top waiver add this week. Rember when Eli Rogers was supposed to be the guy to own? That seems laughable now and Markus Wheaton isn’t far off. Coates is filling the Martavis Bryant role very nicely. You are going to have to live with some frustrating drops but his big play ability makes him a legit WR3 moving forward.

Cameron Meredith – If you listened to the GameDay show on Sunday then you know I endorsed Meredith as a strong flex play last week against a Colts defense that was going to be focusing on Alshon Jeffery. What I didn’t expect was the explosion from the 6’3 200 lb undrafted second-year WR from Illinois State. He hauled in 9-of-12 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown. We just need to accept Meredith and realize he’s going to be a thing. I’d use 20% of my FAAB budget and a top waiver add.

Chris Hogan – He’s certainly worth an add, but predicting his useable weeks will be impossible. The Patriots have so many weapons, which will make Hogan the third or fourth option for TB12.

Davante Adams – I feel gross listing him here. If you listened to the podcast last season you know how much disdain I have for Mr. Adams. His inconsistency and bricks for hands soured me on him far too many times last season. Well, one thing you can’t deny is the production. He currently sits as WR25 through the four games played by the Packers. On the season, he’s hauled in 13 passes on 23 targets for 184 yards and three touchdowns. He’s become a weekly flex option in deeper formats.

Jeremy Kerley – He hauled in 8-of-13 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown. He has also now dropped double-digit fantasy performances for two weeks in a row. He’s certainly become a useful WR3 in PPR formats and is a bye week option in standard leagues.

Cordarrelle Patterson – What a weird season it has been. First Christine Michael became a thing and now Cordarrelle Patterson has my attention. He has received six targets each of the last two weeks and found paydirt last week against the Texans. The Vikings are on bye this week, but one thing is for certain, Patterson has a role in the offense. Now, you have to ask yourself, does he deserve a spot on your bench?

Corey Coleman – Still buying despite the question marks at QB. He’s a game-changing talent. Don’t wait. Add him now, providing you have the bench space.

 

           Tight End:

Charles Clay

  1. Charles Clay
  2. Richard Rodgers
  3. Jesse James
  4. Cameron Brate
  5. Hunter Henry
  6. Eric Ebron
  7. Ladarius Green
  8. Jacob Tamme
  9. CJ Fiedorowicz
  10. Virgil Green
  11. Will Tye
  12. Jack Doyle
  13. Trey Burton

 

Charles Clay – He hauled in five of his seven targets for 73 yards in Sundays win over the Rams. Up next for Clay is back-to-back matchups against two teams who have struggled to contain the tight end (49ers & Dolphins). He should be considered a strong streaming option the next two weeks.

Richard Rodgers – Nothing more than a touchdown-dependent streaming option.

Jesse James – He’s scored a touchdown in each of his last two weeks, however, you aren’t going to get much more out of him than that. The Steelers will take on a Dolphins defense that allow the 9th-most points to the tight end position.

Hunter Henry – Even with Antonio Gates returning, he still was able to haul in three passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. With injuries to Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, the Chargers may be able to support two tight ends this year.

Ladarius Green – He could return as early as next week. I don’t typically endorse holding two tight ends, but Green is a game changing talent that possesses TE1 upside.

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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