The Week 6 Waiver Wire roundup does its best to find some deep wire adds for streaming or roster-filling purposes. But seeing Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles go down hurt the pool of Waiver Wire adds even more. No Fantasy Football owner wanted to see this further deplete the shallowest pool of players on the wire: the running backs.
The Chiefs must play the rest of the season without Charles, who tore his right ACL in Week 5. Of course, this impacts the already dried up RB Waiver Wire pool for Fantasy Football. The Chiefs feature Knile Davis and Charcandrick West behind Charles. We do not know how the Chiefs will use Davis and West, so monitor the practice news this week and the Chiefs game next Sunday.
Another star who missed action last week, Andrew Luck, is likely to return in Week 6. However, that same report for Week 5 is what kept me from suggesting Indianapolis Colts backup QB Matt Hasselbeck last week as a Waiver Wire add for two-QB leagues or owners in dire straits. Hasselbeck didn’t turn any heads on Thursday night, but he did as well as a Waiver Wire QB could (18-of-29 for 213 yards and two TDs). Take a look at the So Called Fantasy Experts Week 5 Game Recaps and the Fantasy Football: Strength of Schedule Comparison Tool.
The minimally-owned wide receivers available on the Week 6 Waiver Wire aren’t too impressive, either. With players like the Chicago Bears Marquess Wilson and Washington Redskins Jamison Crowder (both five percent owned) performing well in Week 5, they’d seem to prove me wrong. But those two simply capitalized on teammates’ absences last week. Nevertheless, they are options, and below I’ve provided two WRs I like a bit more.
The Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers get byes in Week 6, so make sure not to stream players from those teams this week. As always, to be on the Week 6 Waiver Wire target list, players must be less than 30 percent owned in ESPN leagues.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Targets
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (28 percent owned)
For weeks, I’ve hoped Bridgewater would get under owned enough to make this list, but I knew it would also mark a dark period for the Waiver Wire this year. Although Bridgewater’s ownership is dropping, he still holds value to Fantasy Football owners who need to roster a second QB. Yes, the Vikings operate a run-first offense, and Bridgewater’s been sacked eight times in four games. But in Week 6, the Vikings could use Bridgewater more since they play the Chiefs, who’ve allowed a league worst 13 passing TDs to just two INTs.
Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (1 percent owned)
In three games this year, Hoyer has completed 59-of-95 pass attempts for 780 yards, five TDs and two INTs. He’s taken the starting job from Ryan Mallet and found a reliable target in WR DeAndre Hopkins, who has the most receiving yards in the league (578). In Week 6, the Texans face the Jacksonville Jaguars, a middling pass defense, at best. In two-QB league or deep leagues where you have a hole, Hoyer is an average Waiver Wire addition.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (15 percent owned)
When Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar went down for the season, I looked for more PPR-valuable RBs. I’m hoping Riddick can be that player. He was in Week 5, when he caught 10-of-13 targets for 53 yards and a TD. However, the Lions play the Chicago Bears in Week 6, and that hurts Riddick’s value. The Bears, having allowed the fifth most rushing yards to RBs among teams with five games, have only allowed RBs to catch 15-of-26 targets for 107 yards and just a TD. The Waiver Wire for RBs continues to be a shallow, filthy pool. In PPR leagues, play Riddick in your FLEX spot as needed. In 12-team or deeper standard leagues, Riddick is worth a roster spot.
Theo Riddick leads the NFL in RB targets/catches (36/30) but 55.5% of his tgts came in the 4thQ. But if Lions continue to be terrible…
— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) October 12, 2015
Dwayne Harris, New York Giants (1 percent owned)
Late in the Giants game in Week 5, Harris stepped up in the fourth quarter when Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle couldn’t play. He caught 6-of-8 targets for 72 yards. It’s unlikely he’ll see much playing time unless Randle misses more time because of his hamstring. Keep on eye on Giants practice news this week to find out if Harris will get the playing time that merits a deep-league stream. He’s on the same WR3/WR4 level as the aforementioned Wilson and Crowder, but I like Harris’ QB more than Jay Cutler and Kirk Cousins. If Harris plays a majority of snaps, he has a good chance to do damage against the Philadelphia Eagles defense that’s allowed seven TDs and 944 receiving yards against WRs.
Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks (9 percent owned)
Kearse is the Seahawks leading receiver through five weeks. He has 274 yards on 18 receptions and just a TD. Yeah, it’s nothing special, but as the team’s WR2 and current leading receiver, Kearse is worth a flier off the Waiver Wire. The Seahawks can’t stay this bad all year, especially when Marshawn Lynch returns and hopefully takes pressure off of Wilson.
Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore Ravens (11 percent owned)
Gillmore is questionable for Week 6 because of a calf injury, but keep checking practice news. Before his injury, Gillmore was performing well in his first three games, with 10 receptions for 151 yards, two TDs and four targets in the red zone. If Gillmore returns in Week 6, he has a helpful foe in the San Francisco 49ers. They’ve allowed TEs to catch 26-of-33 targets for 246 yards and three TDs. However, if news surfaces this week that Gillmore is sitting again, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle get the opporuntities. Gillmore is a low-end TE1 when he’s on the field.
Derek Carrier, Washington Redskins (5 percent owned)
The Redskins TE1, Jordan Reed, is not a sure-thing to start in Week 6. That means Carrier has value off the Week 6 Waiver Wire as a streaming option. Carrier certainly is not a go-to option for Cousins, but the fill-in TE had a TD last week and a target on a 2-point conversion. Unfortunately, Carrier’s matchup on Sunday is awful in that the New York Jets have allowed TEs to catch 10-of-22 targets for 116 yards and a TD. If you have no other options for TEs this week, Carrier is your man to stream.
Minnesota Vikings (18 percent owned)
At home, taking on the Chiefs in Week 6, the Vikings do not have to worry about stopping Jamaal Charles, the heart of that Chiefs offense. If the Vikings can get to Alex Smith, they have a chance to build on their season total eight sacks and eight takeaways.
Given how thin the Waiver Wire gets once the byes enter the scenario, you have to pay attention to practice news throughout the week to make worthwhile Waiver Wire adds. A lot of times, the best additions are the ones you’d never expect to do the damage, so don’t feel silly if you hate the guys you stream for a week or two. Most of all, do a little bit of research to corroborate or counter my weekly Week 6 Waiver Wire targets.
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