Whether its bye weeks, injuries, or COVID, playing the week six waiver wire right will be of immense importance. While we saw massive breakout performances there are a plethora of options to choose from. Pay attention to who is available in your league, there are some surprising players still available that could turn out to be league winners. That is usually rare to find at this point in the season.
All players listed below will be available in around 50% or less of leagues on at least one of Yahoo! and ESPN. Not all options listed below are plays for the week, but players you should keep your eye on for future production.
Andy Dalton (Yahoo 55%, ESPN 42%)
First off, nothing but the best wishes for Dak Prescott. He suffered a horrific injury on Sunday and will be out for the year. Luckily for Dallas they have the best backup quarterback in the league in Andy Dalton. While he is not the quarterback Dak is, he is more than competent to lead this offense. He inherits one of the strongest supporting casts and needs to be rostered in every league.
Teddy Bridgewater (Yahoo 55%, ESPN 42%)
Do you believe yet? Bridgewater turned in yet another stellar performance against the Falcons. The Panthers look rejuvenated and are showing no signs of slowing down. Carolina doesn’t have their bye until Week 13. Five of the seven games until then are positive matchups making Bridgewater the perfect option to help get you through the bye weeks.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Yahoo 21%, ESPN 19%)
Fitzmagic is alive and well. After not finding the endzone against Seattle he went into San Francisco and shredded the reigning NFC Champions for 350 yards and three scores. His reward? A home matchup with the Jets. Don’t let the numbers fool you, this Jets defense is BAD. Fitzpatrick always has boom potential, even moreso this week.
Justin Herbert (Yahoo 52%, ESPN 35%)
Justin Herbert looks every bit the real deal. He announced himself to the world in primetime against New Orleans with four touchdowns and almost pulled off the upset. The Chargers are on bye next week, but draw Jacksonville, Denver, Vegas, Miami, and the Jets when he returns. He’s already a top 15 quarterback and should keep climbing higher.
Alexander Mattison (Yahoo 41%, ESPN 41%)
Dalvin Cook left Sunday’s game with a groin injury and Mattison made the most of it. They had the same number of touches yet Mattison out-gained Cook by 50 yards. He may be a one week rental, but he gets the premier RB matchup in the Falcons. Cook managers need to have him on their rosters at all costs and he is a top 10 running back option in all formats this week.
Justin Jackson (Yahoo 44%, ESPN 54%)
After being an afterthought through the first quarter of the season Justin Jackson was the lead back on Monday night. He outsnapped Joshua Kelley 42-25 and looked like the more dynamic back. His six targets against the Saints were two shy of Kelley’s season total and should continue to see the bulk of the work until Ekeler returns.
Chase Edmonds (Yahoo 64%, ESPN 46%)
Another week, another game where Chase Edmonds out performs Kenyan Drake. He already has the passing game work locked down (23 targets to Drake’s five) and looks like the best RB in Arizona. Stop me if you’ve heard this before but Drake is in a prime spot against the porous Dallas defense. If he can’t capitalize Edmonds should assume the starting role. This is your last chance, pick him up while you still can. He could be a league winner. He will not last past the week six waiver wire.
Matt Breida (Yahoo 25%, ESPN 36%)
Breida has increased his snap rate and usage with each game this year and has established himself as the clear number two back in Miami. Gaskin is the clear top option but anyone who watched Breida in San Francisco knows the kind of playmaking ability he possesses. Keep an eye on this situation as Breida would be a top week six waiver wire option if Gaskin were to get hurt or falter in the coming weeks.
Jamaal Williams (Yahoo 15%, ESPN 16%)
One thing we know about Green Bay is they love getting Williams on the field. While Jones is the top option Williams is only averaging nine less snaps a game and has been productive when on the field. Like Breida, he isn’t in the starter conversation save for super deep leagues but is worth monitoring. He’s a favorite of the coaching staff and good for one or two breakout games per year. If you have room on your bench you could do much worse than picking him up.
Chase Claypool (Yahoo 17%, ESPN 8%)
Pittsburgh needs to triple the salary of their WR scouting department as they find gems each and every year. Chase Claypool broke out in record breaking fashion with seven catches for 110 yards and four total touchdowns. Don’t bet on this type of performance this season, but his 33% target share on Sunday is hard to ignore. Diontae Johnson left the game with an injury and could be a WR2 going forward if he misses more time.
Tee Higgins (Yahoo 53%, ESPN 41%)
With A.J. Green leaving Sunday’s game with an injury we finally have some semblance of normalcy in 2020. Tee Higgins has averaged almost eight targets in his last four games and should continue to see high volume with Green on the mend. With games against Indy, Cleveland, and Tennessee coming up he could be in for some big weeks.
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Laviska Shenault Jr. (Yahoo 34%, ESPN 32%)
Shenault has seen his target share increase every week and should see more work against Detroit with Chark injured again. Gruden is finding ways to get him the ball every week and he is a big play waiting to happen. Detroit can’t stop anyone right now making Shenault flex worthy in week six. He should be rostered in every league.
Preston Williams (Yahoo 22%, ESPN 36%)
Sunday provided a glimpse of what everyone expected out of Preston Williams. He looked unstoppable hauling in four of five targets for 106 yards and a score. Save for a Week 8 matchup with the Rams and Week 15 matchup with the Patriots the Dolphins schedule is light the rest of the way. Williams led the Fins in target share before his injury last season and has immense potential. Make sure to scoop him up if he is available.
Mecole Hardman (Yahoo 40%, ESPN 37%)
Another sign that things are returning to normal is Sammy Watkins missing a few weeks to injury. Hardman should benefit the most as he works primarily out of the slot like Watkins. He may not be as nuanced of a route runner as Watkins, but his speed and explosiveness make him a matchup nightmare especially considering Hill has that same combo. The volume may not be super high, but his game breaking potential puts him in boom/bust WR3 territory.
Alshon Jeffrey (Yahoo 18%, ESPN 13%)
The only reason Travis Fulgham didn’t make this list is because Jeffery has an opportunity to return in week six. Yes, Fulgham balled out against Pittsburgh but Doug Pederson and Carson have a habit of spreading the wealth from game to game (see Greg Ward and Dallas Goedert). Just like with Claypool, we are unlikely to see this type of game from him again this season. The potential return of Alshon and Desean Jackson muddies things even more.
Before his injury last season Jeffery was on pace for 92 rec, 1.123 yards, and six touchdowns (while not at full health). The Eagles need a jolt on offense and a health Alshon will do just that.
Jimmy Graham (Yahoo 41%, ESPN 53%)
Graham has worked his way back into relevancy this season with four touchdowns in five games and 169 receiving yards. Not exactly world shattering numbers, but that’s par for the course for the tight end position. The position is barren on the Week 6 waiver wire and he is the best of the bunch. Consider him nothing more than a bye week streaming option.
Darren Fells (Yahoo 2%, ESPN 0.7%)
If you miss out on Graham, Fells is the next best option. He has never been a high volume guy, but is red zone favorite of Deshaun Watson. If Jordan Akins is able to play this week then he would be the preferred play. If not, you could do a lot worse than taking a shot on Fells. Pending tonight’s game the Titans are the seventh worst team against the TE position this season.
Miami Dolphins D/ST (Yahoo 3%, ESPN 1%)
The return of Byron Jones against San Francisco looked to give the Dolphins defense new life as they held the 49ers to 17 points. They hope to ride that wave this coming weekend when Joe Flacco and the Jets come to town. That shouldn’t be too hard considering how incompetent they have looked all season. They are my not only my top defense to add off the week six waiver wire but my top defensive play overall.