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Week 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings

Hello Friends! Thank you for using The Fantasy Authority as your source for redraft and DFS information! The waiver wire has been a little strange this year as we have gone five weeks without any dire additions but with the volatile nature of football, things can change quickly. Let’s dive right Week 6 Fantasy Waiver Wire rankings!

Green = Top Waiver Option

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench Options/Flex Options

Purple = Deep league bench plays


1) Jameis Winston

2) Baker Mayfield

3) Sam Darnold

4) Derek Carr

5) Joe Flacco

Jameis Winston: The Buccaneers signal caller is the top streamer of the week with a matchup against a depleted Atlanta defense that has allowed 24.5 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. The Buccaneers-Falcons projected game total is at 57.5, ranking as one of the highest scoring games of the week. With a close three-point and half spread, this game has the potential for a back and forth shootout and tons of fantasy goodness. Grab a piece of this action through Winston and reap the rewards on Sunday!

Baker Mayfield: The Browns quarterback has quickly impressed in his first two starts including passing for 342 yards against a stingy Baltimore Ravens’ defense. Mayfield will face four straight poor pass defenses in Weeks 7-10 (Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Atlanta) and should be picked up in all formats as soon as possible.

Running Back

1) Alfred Morris

2) Corey Clement

3) Wendell Smallwood

4) Mike Davis

5) Latavius Murray 

6) Ronald Jones 

7) Marlon Mack

8) Nick Chubb

9) LeGarrette Blount 

10) Devontae Booker

11) Frank Gore 

12) D’Onta Freeman

13) Chris Ivory

14) Alfred Blue

15) Jalen Richard

16) Doug Martin

17) Mark Walton

18) C.J. Anderson

19) Spencer Ware

20) Malcolm Brown

21) Rod Smith 

Alfred Morris: With Matt Brieda’s multi-week ankle injury, the veteran has a good opportunity to take over as San Francisco’s lead running back. We can’t expect Morris to play in a three-down role with his lack of receiving skills but he should see the majority of carries including red zone attempts (Morris already ranks in the top 5 among running backs in rushing attempts inside the ten with 6).

Corey Clement / Wendell Smallwood: A whole bunch of opportunity opened up in Philadelphia’s backfield with Jay Ajayi’s season-ending injury but be wary of the hype. According to Graham Barfield, an Eagles running back has played in more than 60% of offensive snaps (in one game) in 3-of-39 games under Doug Pederson. The Eagles are also reportedly looking to trade for a running back so do not overbid on either back if your league employs a FAAB budget for your waiver claims.

Mike Davis: The Seattle offensive line has improved vastly the past three weeks as their running backs’ success rate jumped from 27.3% to 42.4%. Despite Chris Carson returning to a starting role last week, Davis still carried the ball 12 times including 3 rushing attempts inside the ten.

Wide Receiver

1) KeKe Coutee

2) Chris Godwin

3) Mohamed Sanu

4) Robby Anderson 

5) Antonio Callaway

6) Josh Reynolds

7) Taylor Gabriel

8) Cam Meredith

9) Tre’Quan Smith

10) Courtland Sutton

11) Christian Kirk

12) Donte Moncrief

13) Taywan Taylor

14) D.J. Moore

15) Willie Snead 

16) Tyrell Williams

17)  James Washington

18) Marquez Valdes-Scantling 

19) Albert Wilson

20) Chester Rogers

21) Jakeem Grant

22) Martavis Bryant

23) Terrelle Pryor

24) Cole Beasley

25) Jermaine Kearse

KeKe Coutee: In a pass-heavy offense, the Texans rookie receiver has quickly shown legitimate fantasy potential and needs to be picked up in all formats. In two weeks with Will Fuller still operating as the second receiver, Coutee has seen 22 targets and produced an average of 11 standard fantasy points per game.

Mohamed Sanu: In the past two weeks, Sanu has reappeared on the fantasy map hauling in 10-of-16 targets for 184 yards and 1 touchdown. The Falcons have a cupcake matchup this week against the Buccaneers who still rank in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers despite having a bye week.

Robby Anderson: The Jets big-play threat finally exploded for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 5 despite only playing 51% of offensive snaps. Look to add Anderson in standard scoring leagues as a speedy receiver is often volatile and unpredictable (produced less than 2 standard fantasy points in 3-of-5 games this season).

Antonio Callaway: The Browns wideout has seen a slight decrease in playing time the past two weeks but should see more snaps with Rashard Higgins expecting to miss some time. The rookie has seen 14 targets in the two games Baker Mayfield has started.

Josh Reynolds: With Cooper Kupp and Brandon Cooks dealing with a concussion, Reynolds could be in line to start in Week 6 for the high flying Rams. In one start in 2017, the second-year receiver hauled in 4-of-6 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Cam Meredith / Tre’Quan Smith: Both receivers’ fantasy values will take a hit in Week 6 with Ted Ginn expected back but they are still worth a bench spot in such a productive offense. Meredith has played in 43% of offensive snaps in two of the past three weeks while Smith showed last night he can produce when given an opportunity.

Christian Kirk: The Cardinals rookie has been Josh Rosen’s favorite receiver with 11 targets in Rosen’s two starts. It can be scary to roster receivers from bad offenses but Kirk’s ceiling is definitely higher with the rookie quarterback under center (just watch his 75-yard touchdown last week).

Donte Moncrief: The Jaguars wide receiver leads the team in overall targets (37) and continues to see volume in the red zone with 4 targets inside the ten.

Tight End

1) Cameron Brate

2) C.J. Uzomah

3) Hayden Hurst

4) Niles Paul

5) Nick Vannett

Cameron Brate: The veteran tight end should take all the snaps this week against Atlanta with O.J. Howard dealing with a knee injury. Brate has produced in the red zone in the past with Winston at quarterback, hauling in 7-of-9 targets inside the ten in 2017 for 6 receiving touchdowns.

C.J. Uzomah: With Tyler Kroft dealing with a foot injury, Uzomah played in 91.7% of offensive snaps in Week 5 as the last healthy player left at the position. The fourth-year Bengal has a premier matchup against the Steelers this week, the team allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends in 2018.

Niles Paul: Paul will likely play on passing downs in the future with starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins placed on Injured Reserve. The veteran tight end was on the field for 42.4% of offensive snaps in Week 5 against the Chiefs and hauled in 7-of-9 targets for 65 receiving yards.


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