Week Six Waiver Wire
The landscape of the NFL is starting to take shape, and the picture becomes a little bit clearer after every new week. Week five is in the books, and with it comes some performances that either solidified a strong opening quarter of the season, or capitalized on the opportunity presented to them this week. What names are worth monitoring going forward, and what names are worth a spot on your roster? Here are the waiver wire targets to keep an eye on heading into week six.
Teams on bye this week: Bengals, Bills, Cowboys, and Seahawks.
*Waiver wire targets are selected based on many factors including previous performances, change in workload, and upcoming matchups. All waiver wire targets are available in roughly 50% of ESPN leagues. Percentages listed is current percent owned on the respective sites.
Jacoby Brissett (16% Owned ESPN) –
Jacoby Brissett is more of a streaming option this week. If you are in a pinch and need someone just for week 6, the Colts play the Titans who are currently allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Tyrod Taylor (53% Owned ESPN) –
The Buffalo Bills are on bye this week, so this one is a stash. After the bye week, Tyrod Taylor gets 4 straight weeks where he’ll have great matchups. The Buccaneers, Raiders, Jets, and Saints. The Bills don’t have many options after losing Charles Clay to injuries, but you’re playing the matchups here, and the Bills have a great schedule coming up.
Other waiver wire QB targets;
Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco.
Jerick McKinnon (29% Owned ESPN) –
This isn’t the first time that Jerick McKinnon has been a popular name on the waiver wire. After Dalvin Cook has gone down, once again McKinnon is looking like a viable option. Last week many owners went after Latavius Murray, but this week I’m saying go get McKinnon. I’m definitely one that used to advocate for McKinnon to have a potential breakout over the past few seasons, and this is the first time he’s got a solid OL in front of him.
Elijah McGuire (14% Owned ESPN) –
Rookie Elijah McGuire was a guy that I was pushing as a buy-low candidate since the off-season. Check out my buy-low article talking about him from back in June. Dynasty Buy Low & Sell High 3.0 This is the perfect time for McGuire to take over. Matt Forte is hurt again and Bilal Powell has also been dealing with injuries. Not only was he a good buy-low candidate for Dynasty, but now he’s looking like a viable option in Redraft as well.
Marlon Mack (3% Owned ESPN) –
The Colts seem to have finally realized that Marlon Mack is on their roster. Frank Gore is still the starter, and Mack is more of a stash for me at this point. Don’t start him yet, but Mack is someone that you should stash if you can afford the roster spot. 91 yards on 9 attempts and a TD isn’t going to be something you get very often, but stash him and see just how real Mack is going to be in that Colts offense.
Other waiver wire RB targets:
Andre Ellington, Matt Breida, and Wendell Smallwood.
Will Fuller (56% Owned ESPN) –
It only makes sense to go after the guys that are catching passes from one of the top fantasy QBs. Whether we want to believe it or not, Deshaun Watson has been a great fantasy QB. Depending on your scoring system, most leagues he’s in the top three or so. DeAndre Hopkins has had 12 or more targets in 4 out of the first 5 games. Will Fuller is opposite him and looks healthy. WR2’s with great fantasy QBs need to be owned, and Fuller will be a good guy to plug in if you’re hurting at WR.
Sterling Shepard (64% Owned ESPN) –
The Giants receiving core just turned into hot garbage overnight. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are both done for the season. The two winners from this I believe are Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. Shepard isn’t 100% right now, but he is an absolute must-own moving forward. He should get the volume and produce for you and your fantasy team for the rest of the year.
John Brown (42% Owned ESPN) –
John Brown is definitely behind the first two guys on this waiver wire list. He was second for the Cardinals in snaps played last week with 48, and going against Tampa Bay this week, they currently give up the second most passing yards allowed per game to opposing WRs. You can start him if you’re desperate, and they’ve got the Rams and 49ers in their two matchups following week 6, with their bye week in between.
Other waiver wire WR targets:
Cooper Kupp, Jermaine Kearse, and Mohamed Sanu.
Austin Hooper (38% Owned ESPN) –
Austin Hooper is currently playing right around ¾ of the snaps for Tight Ends in Atlanta. Hooper was one that I was fairly high on heading into the year, but it really hasn’t panned out so far. Hooper gets the Dolphins, Patriots, and Jets in his next three matchups, and all three should be solid starts for anyone without a stud TE. He’s got just as much upside, if not more than most streaming TE options.
Hunter Henry (50% Owned ESPN) –
The fact that only half of all ESPN leagues have Hunter Henry on a roster is not something most fantasy owners would’ve predicted. Most everyone was fairly high on Henry since the off-season, and he’s been a disappointment. He’s scored two weeks in a row, but more importantly, his 8 targets last week give us some hope. He is still a fairly risky streaming option, but I can’t imagine any other time where his ownership will be this low.
Other waiver wire TE targets:
Coby Fleener, David Njoku, and George Kittle.
Atlanta Falcons (13% Owned ESPN) –
The Falcons are coming off of their bye week and are hosting the Dolphins, who have been a major disappointment this year. Jay Cutler has been Jay Cutler in Miami, and this week could get ugly. The Falcons should put up points on offense and defense, and for a streaming option, this DST should be great this week.
Washington Redskins (5% Owned ESPN) –
Another home game coming off of a bye week, the Washington Redskins host the 49ers. The 49ers are rolling with Brian Hoyer, who actually just put up just over 350 yards and 2 TDs in Indianapolis last week. The 49ers offense is looking miserable, and heading into Washington, I don’t expect this to be the week they somehow get it all together.
Other waiver wire DST targets:
Los Angeles Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.