Waiver Wire Wishlist – Week 6
Another week, another startable asset at running back goes down for the season. This week Rashaad Penny of the Seattle Seahawks broke a bone in his leg and will have season-ending surgery. This opens the door for rookie running back Kenneth Walker III. Make sure you check your waiver wire for Walker. If he’s out there, spend all the FAAB you got. For other more competitive leagues where Walker and the likes are more than likely rostered, read below to see who you should place a claim on this week.
Week 6 Suggestions
Geno Smith (Seattle Seahawks) - Owned in 33% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: vs. ARI
Its time to accept the fact that Geno Smith may actually be a good fantasy quarterback in 2022. Despite a past of poor quarterback play, Smith has stepped up as the starter for the Seattle Seahawks this season. In each of the last two weeks Smith has posted 30+ fantasy points in 6-pt. passing TD scoring. With just one dud this season coming back in week 2, Smith sits at QB5 on the season and faces the Arizona Cardinals this week who are currently 20th best against opposing fantasy quarterbacks. Grab Smith if you need a streamer – or maybe even a starter – going forward.
Other options: Daniel Jones (13%).
Eno Benjamin (Arizona Cardinals) - Owned in 7% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: @SEA
Benjamin looks like a good speculative add in the injury-riddled Arizona backfield. Though it doesn’t seem at this point like James Conner will miss much time if any with a rib injury, Arizona running back Darrel Williams is also banged up with a knee injury. Jonathan Ward is also hurt after blowing a hamstring this past week. This leaves Benjamin and rookie back Keaontay Ingram as the only healthy running backs behind Conner. If Conner were to miss this week, Benjamin may have a work load worth of a spot start against a weak Seattle defense that ranks 30th of 32 teams against opposing fantasy running backs.
Jaylen Warren (Pittsburgh Steelers) - Owned in 4% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: vs. TB
Warren sits behind fantasy first-round pick Najee Harris on the Steelers depth chart but snagging him now may not be a bad idea. Warren saw a career-high nine touches against the Bills in a blowout loss last week and was quite productive, catching four balls from fellow rookie Kenny Pickett for 39 yards. He also ran the ball five times for 24 yards (4.8 yards per carry). Warren is a nice insurance piece to own in case anything major happens to Harris, but I can’t advise putting him in lineups at this time. Pittsburgh faces a string of tough opponents with Tampa Bay and their defense that is third-best against the run.
Other options: Brian Robinson (45%), Mike Boone (27%), Kenneth Waker III (48%).
Josh Reynolds (Detroit Lions) - Owned in 25% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: BYE
I know I featured Reynolds last week, but I stand here pounding the table for him yet again after he was added in just 15 percent of leagues last week. Reynolds once again capitalized on the absence of Amon-Ra St. Brown and D’Andre Swift by hauling in six of 10 targets for 92 yards despite a 29-0 shutout loss to the New England Patriots. Reynolds is on a bye this week and faces the return of the aforementioned St. Brown and Swift, but I believe he should still be rostered. Reynolds seems to have cemented himself as the current WR2 on this team, and with Hockenson not doing much – other than a week 4 explosion – Goff and the Lions need to throw to someone. In 0.5-ppr leagues, Reynolds has recorded double-digit points in all but one week this season. I’m adding Reynolds even on a bye week.
Alec Pierce (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 9% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: vs. JAX
If you do need a startable plug-and-play guy this week, Pierce may be your guy. The rookie wideout has shown up over the past two weeks, collecting 15 targets over that time and hauling in 12 receptions for 161 yards. He’s become a favorite target of quarterback Matt Ryan and has scored double-digit fantasy point sin 0.5-ppr scoring in each of the last two weeks. Pierce faces Jacksonville this week, who is currently 19th-best against opposing wide receivers. Pierce did not play earlier this season against the Jaguars in week 2, but he’s looked good lately. Grab Pierce if you can.
Other options: Nico Collins (12%), Isaiah McKenzie (26%), Corey Davis (31%).
Taysom Hill (New Orleans Saints) - Owned in 12% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Matchup: vs. CIN
If you’re constantly playing tight end roulette like I am in a few leagues, it may be worth your while to plug and play Taysom Hill if he’s TE eligible in your league format. Hill scored four touchdowns last week and proves to be tough to guard against in the red zone as a role player for the Saints. It’s unconventional, but Hill is now the “TE3” on the season. Why not take a shot? He probably won’t leave you with a goose egg, but I though the same thing about Tyler Conklin and now here we are…
Other options: Hayden Hurst (25%).