Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Wishlist - Week 6 (2023)
We took some swings in the Week 5 edition of the Waiver Wire Wishlist and ultimately missed but a few of our Week 5 suggestions did offer some immediate success. I could not have seen Devin Singletary getting zero carries and Melvin Gordon was sent back to the Ravens’ practice squad as of the time of writing this. Either way, we’ll keep plugging along each and every week to suggest who you should look to add to your fantasy football teams!
Each week, I will develop a list of must add targets for fantasy football leagues. My goal is to keep each suggestion under 40-percent owned in Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. At least one of my suggestions will be owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. I will also strive to have at least one player per position (QB, WR, RB and TE.)
Week 5 Results
C.J. Stroud, QB, Houston Texans - 14.16 Points
Joshua Dobbs, QB, Arizona Cardinals - 10.74 Points
Jaleel McLaughlin, RB, Denver Broncos - 17.9 Points
Devin Singletary, RB, Houston Texans - 0 Points
Melvin Gordon, RB, Baltimore Ravens - 0 Points
Michael Wilson, WR, Arizona Cardinals - 2.8 Points
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals - 9.9 Points
Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs - 13.3 Points
Jonnu Smith, TE, Atlanta Falcons - 13.3 Points
Week 6 Suggestions
Sam Howell (Washington Commanders) - Owned in 34% of Yahoo and 17.4% of ESPN Leagues
Outside of a tough showing in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, Howell has scored at least 16.18 fantasy points in his four other starts. In three of them he has scored at least 19.6 fantasy points. He’s fresh off his best game of the season, throwing 37-for-51 for 388 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He gets some decent matchups for the next three weeks as well with the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. He’s currently the QB14 on the season and that’s with a bad Week 3 in the mix.
Gardner Minshew (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 1% of Yahoo and 0.5% of ESPN Leagues
Anthony Richardson is set to miss at least a month with an AC joint sprain opening the door for Minshew to play at least the next four games. The matchups in that stretch are not ideal but if you’re playing in two quarterback leagues or a superflex league, you could do a lot worse than Minshew. Minshew threw for 155 yards on 11-for-14 passing against the Titans after Richardson left the game.
Roschon Johnson (Chicago Bears) - Owned in 41% of Yahoo and 37% of ESPN Leagues
Khalil Herbert is set to hit the IR with an ankle injury, opening this backfield wide open for Johnson. Now, Johnson is recovering from a concussion that saw him leave Chicago’s Thursday night victory over the Washington Commanders but with it happening on a Thursday, he should be able to clear the protocol by Sunday.
Tyjae Spears (Tennessee Titans) - Owned in 26% of Yahoo and 25.5% of ESPN Leagues
Soon enough, you won’t be able to find Spears on the waiver wire. Even with a healthier looking Derrick Henry in the same backfield, Spears ran the ball seven times for 34 yards while recording his first NFL touchdown. The real bright spot to Spears’ is his receiving ability and the lack-there-of for Henry. He’s seen at least four targets in four of the Titan’s five games, including catching four-of-five for 35 yards against the Colts. It’s time to act now and grab Spears.
D’Onta Foreman (Chicago Bears) - Owned in 7% of Yahoo and 5.1% of ESPN Leagues
Everything I said about Johnson above goes for Foreman. With Herbert set to hit the IR, there is a big void in the Chicago backfield. For Foreman, he may even see a lead-back workload in the Bears’ Week 6 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings if Johnson is to miss the game due to his concussion. Foreman has been inactive since Week 1 so if Johnson is to miss this week, I could see the Bears adding another back but for the time being, Foreman should be rostered in deeper leagues.
Emari Demercado (Arizona Cardinals) - Owned in 1% of Yahoo and 0.5% of ESPN Leagues
Demercado was the only other Cardinals’ runningback along with James Conner to receive a touch in their Week 5 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished the game with ten carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. The undrafted free agent out of TCU also saw three targets. Conner left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, opening the door for Demarcado who has been quickly ascending in the Cardinals’ depth chart prior. Keaontay Ingram is dealing with a neck injury that kept him out of Sunday’s game with the Bengals and Corey Clement is the only other back on the roster.
Josh Downs (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 9% of Yahoo and 10.9% of ESPN Leagues
Downs led the Colts in targets in their Week 5 victory over the Tennessee Titans with six. Additionally, in Gardner Minshew’s last start for the Colts, Downs saw 12 targets, catching eight of them. With Anthony Richardson out for at least a month, Minshew and Downs have already proven to be able to connect right away. I’m expecting big things for Downs this next month with Minshew at the helm.
Rashee Rice (Kansas City Chiefs) - Owned in 39% of Yahoo and 23.3% of ESPN Leagues
Rice has seen at least five targets from Patrick Mahomes in four of the Chiefs’ five games this season. That should be enough of an analysis right there for you to go and roster him. Anyone who receives a consistent five targets from Mahomes warrants a roster spot in my opinion. On top of that, he has a very favorable stretch of games coming up in the Denver Broncos (who have allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers,) the Los Angeles Chargers (second most,) Broncos (seventh most,) the Miami Dolphins (tenth most,) a bye week and then the Philadelphia Eagles (fifth most.) Go get Rice now!
Quentin Johnston (Los Angeles Chargers) - Owned in 33% of Yahoo and 43.9% of ESPN Leagues
We suggested adding Johnston following Week 4 when Mike Williams was lost for the season to a torn ACL. He has since gone unforgotten as the Chargers had a Week 5 bye week, but you still have a chance to add the rookie. This is more so a stash-and-see type of suggestion as his production through his first four games has been pretty limited. With Williams out for the season and tied to one of the most proficient offenses in the league, Johnston’s talent will soon rise to the surface.
Wan’Dale Robinson (New York Giants) - Owned in 24% of Yahoo and 6.2% of ESPN Leagues
Robinson has seen at least five targets in each of the three games he’s played this season. Lets not forget that Robinson is still getting into the swing of things and getting back into football shape after returning from tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament last season. Daniel Jones is set to miss some time and the argument can be made that this Giants’ offense may look better with Tyrod Taylor under center anyhow.
Jonnu Smith (Atlanta Falcons) - Owned in 16% of Yahoo and 9.8% of ESPN Leagues
I’m going back to the Jonnu Smith well. For a position that lacks consistent production across the NFL and fantasy football landscape, Smith has seen at least six targets in each of his last four games. Across his last two games he has seen 13 targets, catching 12 of them for 162 yards. Kyle Pitts did look better last week with 11 targets, seven receptions and 87 yards but we still can’t ignore that Smith had outproduced Pitts in the three games prior.