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Week 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Report

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Week 5 isn't completely in the books, but it’s time to look toward Week 6 by scouring the waiver wire. Most of these players should be top targets this week, but as you’ll find, not every player included is a must-add.

This page is geared toward PPR leagues unless otherwise noted. All players included are rostered in fewer than 40% of leagues, per Fantasy Pros' rostership data. All stats are from TruMedia unless stated otherwise.


It’s finally time to pluck Geno Smith off waivers.

  • Rostered in 32.3% of leagues
  • Smith has 18.9, 31.7 and 24 fantasy points over the last three games
  • Smith is currently a top-ten fantasy quarterback
  • Smith has 2+ passing touchdowns in four of the five games this season
  • He only has two picks
  • Seattle faces Arizona in Week 6
  • The Cardinals are a bottom-ten team in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks

Carson Wentz will continue to be a matchup-based streaming option.

  • Rostered in 47% of leagues
  • Wentz scored 21.9 fantasy points in Week 5
  • It’s his third game of 21+ points this season
  • The other two games: Wentz failed to reach nine points
  • You can’t trust Wentz each week
  • Washington plays Chicago in Week 6
  • Chicago is among the worst teams in play rates
  • Chicago is a bottom-five team in yards passing allowed per game
  • Wentz isn’t a great play in Week 6
  • Only add him if you plan on streaming him during your main quarterback’s bye week

Justin Fields should remain on waivers.

  • Rostered in 32.5% of leagues
  • Fields scored 17 fantasy points in Week 5
  • That’s his first time reaching 14 points this season
  • His other performances, in order: 13.6, 8.8, 4.9 and 10.2 points
  • Fields had a season-high 208 passing yards
  • There are better options with better usage available

Running Backs

How is Kenneth Walker this available?

  • Rostered in 45.9% of leagues
  • Walker took over once Rashaad Penny left the game
  • Penny is out for the season with a broken fibula
  • Walker had 88 rushing yards on eight carries
  • That included a nice 69-yard touchdown run
  • He’s still the home-run threat he was at Michigan State
  • DeeJay Dallas was the primary third-down back
  • Walker still ran 14 routes, six more than Dallas
  • Seattle is just about average in rush-play rates this season
  • Each team Seattle faces in the next four games is bottom-eight in fantasy points allowed to running backs
  • Walker has RB2 appeal moving forward

This is the last time I’m saying why J.D. McKissic shouldn’t be left on the waiver wire.

  • Rostered in 34.5% of leagues
  • I’ve said this for the last two weeks
  • McKissic remains the definition of consistency
  • He’s averaged 9.9 fantasy points
  • His low ceiling is mitigated by a high floor, which is rare among bench running backs
  • McKissic is still the Commanders’ main passing back
  • There probably aren't any better running backs on the waiver wire

Put Rachaad White on your watch list.

  • Rostered in 29% of leagues
  • He scored 14.6 fantasy points (and a touchdown) in Week 4
  • He scored 7.2 points in Week 5
  • White played a season-high 38% of Tampa Bay’s snaps
  • He has 4+ targets in each of the last two games
  • He’s the next man up should Leonard Fournette get hurt
  • Once again, the waiver wire is pretty thin at running back

Don't put too much waiver capital into Mike Boone.

  • Rostered in 31.5% of leagues
  • In Week 5, Melvin Gordon saw 41 snaps, 21 routes run, three targets and 15 carries 
  • Boone saw 30 snaps, 19 routes run, three targets and seven carries
  • Boone played on twice the amount of third downs that Gordon did
  • Denver used Boone more in the second half
  • Latavius Murray wasn’t active


Wide Receivers

Make sure George Pickens isn’t still available.

  • Rostered in 52.6% of leagues
  • He has eight targets, six catches and 14+ fantasy points in back-to-back games
  • He’s averaged a whopping 15.8 yards per catch in that span
  • He’s been Kenny Pickett’s favorite target
  • We know he can make plays
  • Diontae Johnson caps Pickens’ target share, yet Pickens has still produced
  • The Steelers face the Buccaneers, Dolphins and Eagles
  • They could find themselves operating in negative game scripts often in that stretch, which likely means more pass attempts

Pick up Alec Pierce if you need wide receiver depth.

  • Rostered in 8.3% of leagues
  • Pierce has 9.1, 12 and 16.1 fantasy points in three straight games, respectively
  • He has five, six and nine targets, respectively
  • It Looks like Pierce is getting more comfortable in the Colts’ offense
  • Pierce has the best shot at becoming Indianapolis’ clear WR2
  • The Colts have surprisingly been a top-10 team in pass attempts over the last three games

Don’t waste anything on Dyami Brown.

  • Rostered in 0.1% of leagues
  • He caught two touchdowns on four targets
  • Jahan Dotson was injured
  • It was the only good game of Brown’s career
  • Enough said

Josh Reynolds is worth a waiver pickup, but only in deeper leagues.

  • Rostered in 27.4% of leagues
  • Last week I told you to wait on picking up Reynolds
  • Reynolds has averaged 16.2 fantasy points over the last three weeks
  • He once again led the Lions in targets and routes run in Week 5
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown and T.J. Hockenson were still banged up
  • D.J. Chark and D’Andre Swift were still inactive
  • The Lions have a bye in Week 6
  • They were the No. 1 scoring offense prior to their shutout in Week 5
  • There should still be room for Reynolds to make an impact, even if it isn’t a big one

Randall Cobb and Marvin Jones are nothing more than DFS dart throws right now.

  • Rostered in 3.2% and 17.4% of leagues, respectively
  • Cobb and Jones both finished as high-end WR2s
  • Cobb scored 16.9 fantasy points
  • Cobb was third among Green Bay wide receivers in snaps and routes run
  • He was first in targets
  • It was Cobb’s first time reaching eight points all season
  • Green Bay is  17th in pass attempts per game
  • Jones scored 17.4 fantasy points
  • Jones was second among Jacksonville wide receivers in snaps and routes run
  • He was first in targets
  • It was Jones’ second time this season scoring double-digit points
  • Both players led their teams in targets in a game for the first time this season

Tight Ends

Yes, Taysom Hill is worth a roster spot.

  • Rostered in 18.5% of leagues
  • Spoiler: The tight end position stinks
  • Only five tight ends have hit 20+ fantasy points this season
  • Hill hit that mark twice last season
  • He also hit 17+ points two other times in 2021
  • Hill’s coming off a 34-point fantasy performance
  • Few tight ends have the upside he has
  • Hill had nine rushing attempts in Week 5, tied for second-most on the team
  • Just don’t expect great production every week
  • Even if Jameis Winston remains out, Hill can be a factor
  • He scored 15.3 points in Week 1 with Winston

Leave Evan Engram on the waiver wire unless you’re desperate.

  • Rostered in 21.7% of leagues
  • He scored 12.9 fantasy points in Week 5
  • He saw the second-most targets behind Marvin Jones
  • He’s hit 7+ points just once before this season
  • Engram’s flashed limited upside amongst a muddled receiving group

Daniel Bellinger is only fantasy relevant in dynasty

  • Rostered in 0.8% of leagues
  • Bellinger led Giants’ tight ends in snaps, routes run and targets
  • He had only two targets and one carry
  • He scored on that carry
  • He’s averaging 8.1 fantasy points this season
  • Bellinger is New York’s starting tight end
  • He could be fantasy relevant in another season or two 


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