Waiver Wire Wishlist - Week 6
As we enter Week 6, the waiver wire is more important than ever. We get our first round of bye weeks. Four teams are on bye this week (Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets Jets and San Francisco 49ers.) Not a ton of fantasy value will be absent this week, but there’s enough that waiver wire moves may be required to fill out some rosters. We had some heavy hitters in our Week 5 Waiver Wire Wishlist in the likes of Damien Williams and Dawson Knox. Everyone else didn’t show up. Let’s move onto Week 6!
I typically like to keep my suggestions around, or below, the 40-percent owned mark in both Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The format I’ll follow is one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers and one tight end. As always, the Streamable Defenses of the Week article will drop tomorrow (Tuesday) and Nate’s B-Team series will drop every Saturday. Be sure to follow We Know Fantasy (@WeKnowFantasy) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up-to-date with all of our fantasy football content.
The once league leader in rushing touchdowns, Sam Darnold, had his first poor performance of the season. He threw three interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s still the QB8 on the season through the first five weeks. Williams showed up in his first game as the Bears’ top rusher going for 64 yards and a rushing touchdown. Kenneth Gainwell saw just five opportunities in Week 5. Jamison Crowder caught four-of-six targets and converted a two-point conversion. Randall Cobb had just three targets. Knox continued his impressive start to the season as he’s the TE2 on the season. He went for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs.
Week 5 Results
Sam Darnold (Carolina Panthers) - 9.08 points
Damien Williams (Chicago Bears) - 16.4 points
Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles) - 3.4 points
Jamison Crowder (New York Jets) - 8.4 points
Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers) - 5 points
Dawson Knox (Buffalo Bills) - 20.7 points
Week 6 Suggestions
Geno Smith (Seattle Seahawks) - Owned in 1% of Yahoo and 0.1% of ESPN leagues
Week 5 Matchup: @PIT
The Waiver Wire options for quarterbacks this week isn’t the best. You have your normal Taylor Heinicke, Carson Wentz or Jacoby Brissett, but we’re looking for upside here. Russell Wilson could miss upwards of six weeks due to a fractured middle finger that required surgery. Enter Geno Smith. After filling in for Wilson post injury on Thursday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams, Geno smith went 10-for-17 for 131 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball three times for 23 yards. The Seahawks also get the Steelers in Smith’s first start, who have allowed the 12th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The upside is there, so if you’re in desperate need of quarterback, even if it’s for one week, Smith is your guy.
Devontae Booker (New York Giants) - Owned in 6% of Yahoo and 3.8% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: vs. LAR
The injury bug has caught up to Saquon Barkley yet again. He had his ankle rolled up on in the Giants’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys and was carted off the field. The diagnosis is a low ankle sprain and his availability is up in the air. We’re uncertain how many games he will miss, but it is assumed that he will miss some time. Devontae Booker is the next man up, who went for 42 yards on 16 carries and a score, while adding a touchdown via the air after Barkley left Sunday’s contest with the Dallas Cowboys. The upside isn’t necessarily there but anyone getting high volume is worth a roster spot. Especially with bye weeks starting, Booker has flex potential.
Darrel Williams (Kansas City Chiefs) - Owned in 16% of Yahoo and 7.6% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: @WAS
Another starting runningback left their game on Sunday with a knee injury and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. We’re unsure of the extent of Clyde Ed\wards-Helaire’s knee injury or how many games he could miss, but in the event that he is to miss time, Darrel Williams is a capable fill-in. Williams is a fantastic pass-catching back and therefore could see upwards of 15 opportunities in the Chiefs’ Week 6 tilt with the Football Team. If you’re getting 15 chances attached to the Chiefs’ offense (even if they are 2-3) you’re a must add. Like Booker, as we enter bye weeks, Williams has flex play potential, but again, if he is to start for the Chiefs, he could have low end RB2 value.
Kadarius Toney (New York Giants) - Owned in 17% of Yahoo and 12.2% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: vs. LAR
The Florida product, Kadarius Toney, has really burst onto the scene in the Giants’ last two games. He’s made the most out of both Sterling Shepard and Darrius Slayton missing time. Now, Kenny Golladay is out with a knee injury. Even if everyone is healthy for the Giants, which isn’t going to happen for a few weeks, Toney will still be heavily involved. Even after losing Daniel Jones, Toney went for 189 yards, catching 10-of-13 balls. He’s a big play waiting to happen and as this Giants’ offense becomes more and more depleted, he’s arguably the top waiver wire priority of the week.
Van Jefferson (Los Angeles Rams) - Owned in 10% of Yahoo and 10.9% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: @NYG
Now Jefferson’s line from Thursday Night’s game with the Seattle Seahawks is far from impressive but if you’ve listened to a podcast of mine in the past, you know I don’t put much into Thursday games. Prior to that, Jefferson had six targets in consecutive games. On top of that, Robert Woods saw 14 targets. That won’t happen again. Jefferson is the WR3 on one of the league’s most potent passing attacks. He’s worth a stash.
David Njoku (Cleveland Browns) - Owned in 3% of Yahoo and 1.6% of ESPN leagues
Week 5 Matchup: vs. ARI
David Njoku had a fantastic sophomore season in 2018 but then had an injury in 2019. The team then traded for Austin Hooper, which derailed Njoku’s emergence. What I’m trying to say here is that the talent has always been there. Njoku is healthy this season and is making the most of it. He caught all seven of his targets this past week against the Chargers going for 149 yards and a score. This Browns’ offense is high powered so getting the tight end who just went over 50-percent in snaps for the first time this season is a must add for me.
Week 1 Results
Jameis Winston (New Orleans Saints) - 34.62 points
Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles) - 11.3 points
James White (New England Patriots) - 9.1 points
Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions) - 3.3 points
Bryan Edwards (Las Vegas Raiders) - 12.1 points
Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) - 4.4 points
Week 2 Results
Mac Jones (New England Patriots) - 7.44 points
Elijah Mitchell (San Francisco 49ers) - 7.3 points
Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles) - 7.2 points
Christian Kirk (Arizona Cardinals) - 9.5 points
Terrace Marshall Jr. (Carolina Panthers) - 4.7 points
Juwan Johnson (New Orleans Saints) - 3.3 points
Week 3 Results
Daniel Jones (New York Giants) - 16.54 points
Cordarrelle Patterson (Atlanta Falcons) - 16.2 points
J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - 5.8 points
Rondale Moore (Arizona Cardinals) - 2.4 points
Zach Pascal (Indianapolis Colts) - 5.1 points
Evan Engram (New York Giants) - 2.1 points
Week 4 Results
Sam Darnold (Carolina Panthers) - 33.54 points
Chuba Hubbard (Carolina Panthers) - 9.1 points
Peyton Barber (Las Vegas Raiders) - 0 points
Emmanuel Sanders (Buffalo Bills) - 13.1 points
Hunter Renfrow (Las Vegas Raiders) - 16.5 points
Tyler Conklin (Minnesota Vikings) - 5.8 points