Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 6 (Fantasy Football)

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We are heading into Week 6, and not only do we have a load of injuries again, but we have finally reached the dreaded bye weeks. This week, the Lions, Texans, Raiders, and Titans have the week off. Whether you are dealing with injuries, bye weeks, or both, the Fantasy Footballers have you covered. Below is a list of potentially available players to consider targeting in your league(s).

Wide Receivers

Team Player Roster % Matchups
NE Jakobi Meyers 62% @CLE / CHI / @NYJ
PIT George Pickens 71% TB / @MIA / @PHI
IND Alec Pierce 21% JAX / @TEN / WAS
BAL Devin Duvernay 59% @NYG / CLE / @TB
BUF Khalil Shakir 7% @KC / BYE / GB
NYG Wan’Dale Robinson 19% BAL / @JAX / @SEA
NYG Darius Slayton 2% BAL / @JAX / @SEA
NO Jarvis Landry 47% CIN / @ARI / LV
WAS Dyami Brown 0% @CHI / GB / @IND
GB Randall Cobb 9% NYJ / @WAS / @BUF

The pickings are a bit slim for wide receivers on the waiver wire, but there are a few gems you can take a chance on. First, let’s look at Jakobi Meyers. Patriots QB Mac Jones referred to Meyers as his “guy” in the past, but managers were on the fence about his performance with third-string Bailey Zappe. Well, it looked mighty fine. He caught seven of his eight targets for 111 yards and a touchdown in their shutout victory over the Lions. Whether it’s Jones or Zappe, Meyers should be rostered and started.

Alec Pierce is another option to target at the wide receiver position. The game on Thursday night was arguably the worst game so far this season, but Pierce saw a season-high in targets against the staunch Broncos defense. While he couldn’t convert those into a touchdown, he did catch eight of his nine targets for 81 yards. He has seen five or more targets each week since Week 2 and Matt Ryan is looking his way when he inevitably finds himself in a desperate situation.

Running Backs

Team Player Roster % Matchups
SEA Kenneth Walker III 58% ARI / @LAC / NYG
MIA Raheem Mostert 68% MIN / PIT / @DET
ARI Eno Benjamin 16% @SEA / NO / @MIN
KC Isiah Pacheco 36% BUF / @SF / BYE
SEA DeeJay Dallas 1% ARI / @LAC / NYG
DEN Mike Boone 44% @LAC / NYJ / @JAX
SF Tevin Coleman 0% @ATL / KC / @LAR
ATL Damien Williams 8% SF / @CIN / CAR
KC Jerick McKinnon 20% BUF / @SF / BYE
LAC Joshua Kelley 3% DEN / SEA / BYE
IND Deon Jackson 5% JAX / @TEN / WAS
NE Pierre Strong Jr. 2% @CLE / CHI / @NYJ

Kenneth Walker season has officially begun, unfortunately on the back of a season-ending injury to Rashaad Penny. He is nearly 58% rostered in Sleeper leagues already, but there is a chance that a fellow manager had to drop him to make room for other players. His matchup is tough this week against Arizona, but he will face the 32nd-ranked defense against RBs with the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 7.

Speaking of Arizona, James Conner is banged up yet again. In his absence, Eno Benjamin made a splash. He has yet to eclipse eight rushing attempts this season, but if Conner and/or Darrel Williams have to miss time, it’s Benjamin’s backfield. He will face Seattle, New Orleans, and Minnesota over the next three weeks and is only 16% rostered in Sleeper leagues.

If Raheem Mostert is available, he should be one of your top waiver adds at the RB position. It’s unlikely since he is available in less than 40% of leagues, but it doesn’t hurt to look.

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Tight Ends

Team Player Roster % Matchups
NO Taysom Hill 24% CIN / @ARI / LV
CIN Hayden Hurst 39% @NO / ATL / @CLE
TB Cade Otton 4% @PIT / @CAR / BAL
JAX Evan Engram 26% @IND / NYG / DEN

I wonder if the goose sound for Tyler Conklin in last week’s episode was a harbinger of his Week 5 performance. Normally reserved for those who produce only the “goose egg,” Conklin lived up to the sound effect with a big fat ZERO for Week 5. That is unlikely to continue, but I had to bring it up for Jason Moore’s sake.

There is no denying that Taysom Hill is both explosive and incredibly annoying in terms of fantasy football. If he is somehow available, he is a must-add and must-start. He rushed in three touchdowns in Week 5, recovered a fumble, and even threw a touchdown pass. His upcoming schedule is juicy as the Saints take on the Bengals, Cardinals, and Raiders.

Hayden Hurst has also earned himself a place at the startable tight end table. He has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and is garnering the trust of Joe Burrow, who needs all the help he can get. Last week, Hurst had a season-high target total in the red zone that he converted into a touchdown. Burrow has been looking for Hurst to bail him out in between the 20s as well.

Both Hill and Hurst are under 40% and can offer some help at a position that is reserved for a burning dumpster.


Team Roster % Matchups
New England Patriots 19% @CLE / CHI / @NYJ
Baltimore Ravens 57% @NYG / CLE / @TB
Jacksonville Jaguars 50% @IND / NYG / DEN
Los Angeles Chargers 50% DEN / SEA / BYE
Cleveland Browns 11% NE / @BAL / CIN
Denver Broncos 44% @LAC / NYJ / @JAX


Team Player Matchups
SEA Geno Smith ARI / @LAC / NYG
SF Jimmy Garoppolo @ATL / KC / @LAR
WAS Carson Wentz @CHI / GB / @IND
CAR PJ Walker @LAR / TB / @ATL

Good luck with your waiver claims!

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Luke Miener says:

Idk how to drop. FUCK. Do I drop Henderson?

Brian Fox says:

For bench depth… Drop Elijah Moore for Wan’Dale Robinson? Moore is doing nothing.

Darren says:

You shouldn’t drop either of those two but there has to be someone else on your roster you can drop. Drop your weakest link. If these are your weakest link then drop Conner for Kenneth Walker III. He is a potential league winner.

Gabriela Arce says:

It would be great to also see some drop candidates here! I’m struggling, should I drop Brandin Cooks or James Conner for Kenneth Walker?

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