Up to Date NFL Injuries and Top Waiver Wire Week 6 Pickups
What a week! First, Michael Thomas suspended. Second, Dak gets injured. Lastly, Alex Smith’s triumphant return! The week couldn’t be more polarized. Add the total revamping of team schedules due to COVID and you have yourself a whirlwind of crazy. The wide receiver position against takes first place for Week 6’s Waiver Wire pickups. Again confirming the drafting strategy’s main statement – get Running Back early and often. So, let’s take a look at the Week 6 Waiver Wire.
*All players in this article are available in over 50% of ESPN leagues.
WAIVER WIRE: QUARTERBACKS
Key Injuries: Dak Prescott (Ankle), Jimmy Garoppolo (Benched due to previous injury)
Teddy Bridgewater | Carolina Panthers | Rostered 40%
Matt Rhule and Tedd Bridgewater complement each other very well. The talent surrounding him opens up the playbook, allowing him to put up solid numbers. Its possible Quarterback is your focus in this week’s waiver wire with Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks on by week.
Justin Herbert | Los Angeles Chargers | Rostered 32%
As a homegrown Oregon kid, I cannot be more excited for Justin Herbert. However, this isn’t just blind hometown loyalty. I believe in him. Since taking over in week 2, Herbert averages 310 yards per game and ranks as QB10. Growing pains are expected but his pocket presence and arm strength continue to threaten defenses.
Ryan Fitzpatrick | Miami Dolphins | Rostered 21%
The swag is back with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Ranking as QB5 over the last four weeks, Fitzpatrick continues to give fantasy manager’s wins. He is consistent and dependable. Due to the COVID changes, Miami is on bye. However, if you have a roster spot to spare, it would wise to pick him up in the Week 6 waiver wire before his return.
Andy Dalton | Dallas Cowboys | Rostered <1%
On Sunday, Andy Dalton took the place of Dak Prescott due to a likely season-ending injury. His ankle faced out in a way it never should, leaving one of the top offenses in the NFL in the hands of the Red Rifle. Last week, Andy Dalton slipped seamlessly into the offense with a 9 of 11 for 111 yards stat line in just over a quarter of play.
WAIVER WIRE: RUNNINGBACKS
Key Injuries: Austin Ekeler (Hamstring), Nick Chubb (Knee)
Chase Edmonds | Arizona Cardinals | Rostered 45%
Sometimes opportunity is all you need. Wait…I’ve said that before. Well, that is because it’s true. Chase Edmond’s snap share continues to climb while he played a high of 44% of snaps this last weekend. Kenyan Drake has been ineffective, allowing Chase Edmonds to shine. Rostered in only 45 of leagues…Chase Edmonds needs to be rostered in all leagues.
Alexander Mattison | Minnesota Vikings | Rostered 42%
Alexander Mattison possesses the skills to win games and fantasy matchups if given the opportunity. Ground and pound are in the Viking’s DNA. It sounds like Cook might only be out a week. Ordinarily, I would select someone with a longer life span. However, if you need a week one-week starter then this is your guy.
Damien Harris | New England Patriots | Rostered 15%
First of all, we can now move beyond preseason rankings and observe with our own eyes. In addition, Damien Harris attempted 17 rushes for 100 yards just a week ago.
JD McKissic | Washington Football Team | Rostered 11%
For the most part, I don’t pick players up with low upside off of the waiver wire. Nevertheless, sometimes you just need to fill a position. Therefore, I am suggesting him as a desperation play.
WAIVER WIRE: WIDE-RECEIVERS
Key Injuries: Julio Jones, AJ Green
Laviska Shenault | Jacksonville Jaguars | Rostered 31%
Consistent play and talent set Laviska Shenault apart from other rookies. Though last week was not his best performance, he continues to produce in all facets of the game. However, Shanault lacks touchdowns but if healthy, the touchdowns will come.
Tee Higgins | Cincinnati Bengals | Rostered 40%
First of all, I suggested Tee Higgins as a pickup last week. Let’s pick him up. Tee Higgins’ snap percentage recorded season highs for the rookie wide-out. He played 88% of the Bengals snaps on Sunday. The field presences continue to grow. In addition, AJ Green exited the game with another injury. This leaves the door open for Higgins to continue the climb.
Chase Claypool | Pittsburg Steelers | Rostered 9%
Go back and watch what Chase Claypool accomplished on Sunday if you missed it. Big play after big play. This is the second time this season Claypool exploded for mega points. After his big performance in week 3, Claypool’s snap share doubled. This trend is sure to grow.
Preston Williams | Miami Dolphins | Rostered 38%
Preston Williams’ snap share actually continues to decrease. However, I still like the pickup. I wonder if it is cause for concern or if the Miami Dolphins are simply rotating players in more often to keep them fresh. This is similar to what the Dallas Cowboys are doing with their receivers as well. Either way, Preston Williams performed remarkably on Sunday.
Travis Fulgham | Philidelphia Eagles | Rostered <1%
Travis Fulgham is an enigma. To begin with, the eagles wide-out caught 10 of 13 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown but is a sixth-round pick. His performance comes only a week later than his game-winning touchdown against the 49ers. It’s a strong start that warrants a selection. Hence, my cautious optimism.
Tim Patrick | Denver Broncos | Rostered 21%
With the impromptu bye, people may be shifting away from Tim Patrick. However, a bye week doesn’t remove the amazing performance last week. For example, we are only a week removed from 6 of 7 targets for 113 and a touchdown. If someone in your league grows impatient, reap the rewards.
WAIVER WIRE: TIGHT ENDS
Robert Tonyan | Green Bay Packers | Rostered 48%
Bye Week is over. Time to pick Robert Tonyan back up. Plain and simple.
LAST THOUGHTS ON THE WAIVER WIRE
In conclusion, continue the grind. Players come and go, but a smart sound roster lineups are forever.
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