Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups
The “Bye Week Gauntlet” marches on this week. Here are the teams on bye for Week 6:
- Detroit Lions
- New Orleans Saints
This article was developed to provide actionable advice for rosters and leagues of all sizes. At the conclusion of each section, there will be a “Next Player Up” that includes quick hitters on deeper league/dynasty league targets.
Priority Waiver Wire Pickups
Nyheim Hines, RB Indianapolis Colts
I can’t keep mentioning this guy. Your responsibility is to pick up productive players and players who will have a role with their team. Even with Robert Turbin working his way back and Marlon Mack’s return looming we need to be aware of the situation. THE COLTS ARE BAD. Furthermore, Hines will be on the field in a Duke Johnson type of role. Currently, Hines is on a pace for 105-316-3 rushing and 92-524-6 receiving (on 112 targets). Now extrapolating stats out for an entire season is BAD PROCESS, but these results show Hines is involved and should be owned everywhere or a trade target.
ESPN Ownership: 46.9%
Yahoo Ownership: 59%
Wendell Smallwood, RB Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles’ backfield is in complete disarray. Jay Ajayi is currently playing with a fractured back (the same injury Derek Carr and Tony Romo tried to play through). Darren Sproles continues to miss time with a hamstring injury and Corey Clement dressed but didn’t play. Enter Wendell Smallwood. Playing almost 50% of the snaps, Smallwood finished the game with 3-27-0 and 3-44-1 receiving (on four targets). Things may get worse before they get any better in Philadelphia and Smallwood could step into a much larger market share of his backfields touches.
ESPN Ownership: 7.5%
Yahoo Ownership: 4%
Alfred Blue, RB Houston Texans
Lamar Miller was out for the Texans’ Week 5 Sunday night game and it may have helped the Texans. Blue was the only running back in town and was the only running back to have a rushing opportunity in the game. While we don’t know how long Miller will be out for (chest injury) we can hope Alfred Blue can be useful for a few weeks before turning back into a pumpkin. On the year in three less starts Blue has only nine fewer attempts, 60 fewer rushing yards, more touchdowns, targets, and receptions than Lamar Miller. Even if Lamar Miller comes back we may be witnessing a changing of the guard in Houston.
ESPN Ownership: 15.5%
Yahoo Ownership: 14%
D’Onta Foreman, RB Houston Texans
Take a trip with me back to 2017. The Texans draft a prototypically sized running back on Day 2 of the NFL Draft who has outstanding size adjusted speed and a significant need for an heir apparent to their starting running back. Fast forward to Week 10 of the 2017 season and Foreman breaks off a 34-yard touchdown where he shows everything you were expecting and then he is on the ground injured. Now fast forward one more time to the 2018 season. The Texans have an injured Lamar Miller and little depth behind Alfred Blue. This is almost the same opportunity Foreman had in 2017 and it is still waiting for him in 2018. If Foreman can return to the field and still show the exceptional athleticism he displayed in 2017 Foreman has league winning potential for our rosters.
ESPN Ownership: 6.1%
Yahoo Ownership: 20%
Chester Rogers, WR Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck needs weapons. Even if T.Y. Hilton comes back with a clean bill of health there is plenty of volume in this passing attack for a strong WR3/FLEX option for our fantasy teams. Breaking the tie between these two will be hard. I personally would lean more towards Chester Rogers. According to #NextGenStats, Chester Rogers has the better game speed, in-game he received a slightly higher target share, and Rogers’ snaps (especially in the slot) have increased each week.
ESPN Ownership: 7.6%
Yahoo Ownership: 5%
Cameron Brate, TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With the Buccaneers on a bye in Week 5, a lot of your league mates may not remember O.J. Howard sprained his MCL and will be out for another 1-3 weeks. This creates a great waiver wire opportunity for potentially a TE1 to be added to the mix if Howard remains out against the ailing secondary of the Atlanta Falcons.
ESPN Ownership: 16.5%
Yahoo Ownership: 30%
Christian Kirk, WR Arizona Cardinals
The majority of Kirk’s big day came on one play and a lot of people will dismiss that one play. I am here to instead start the dance party. Going back to Kirk’s college profile and athleticism tests during the NFL combine we say an explosive athlete who could win on the outside as well as the slot. This is exactly what the Cardinals need and Kirk already seems to have a good connection with Josh Rosen.
ESPN Ownership: 11.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 9%
Hayden Hurst, TE Baltimore Ravens
We didn’t see much of him coming off of injury, but Hurst is coming. Through five weeks of the season, Baltimore ranks fifth in the NFL in targets to the tight end position and eighth in air yards at the position. When Hayden Hurst arrives and takes on a full snap share he will likely be a top-8 tight end play for the rest of the season.
ESPN Ownership: 7%
Yahoo Ownership: 8%
Robby Anderson, WR New York Jets
Third overall in air yards for Week 5, Robby Anderson is the perfect FLEX wide receivers I like to keep around. His skillset and physical attributes do not demand a large target share, but he comes up with splash plays similar to Martavis Bryant. If Darnold can begin distributing the ball to wide receivers other than Quincy Enunwa, who still had five targets, then Anderson will have an improved outlook moving forward.
ESPN Ownership: 43.2%
Yahoo Ownership: 35%
Ronald Jones, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It happened two weeks ago. Ronald Jones was active on game day. As mentioned before, the Bucs have shown reluctance with Peyton Barber. This likely stems from their enthusiasm for Ronald Jones. While I am a firm non-believer in Ronald Jones, I do believe he will have every opportunity to succeed. As I love to mention, opportunity is king and when you can get it for free off the waiver wire you should jump at it.
ESPN Ownership: 18.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 26%
Raheem Mostert, RB San Francisco 49ers
This is going to be purely speculative, but Alfred Morris is not a good receiver. Once Matt Breida exited Week 5 with an injury (mid-to-high ankle sprain) Kyle Juszczyk took over as the pass-catcher out of the backfield with Trent Taylor also involved in the short passing game. I don’t think this will be the norm going forward. Kyle Shanahan has a history of developing productive under the radar running backs and Mostert has at least flashed during the pre-season. This add should only be done in EXTREMELY deep leagues.
ESPN Ownership: 0%
Yahoo Ownership: 0%
Mike Davis, RB Seattle Seahawks – Even with Seattle running Chris Carson as the clear starter Davis was very involved as a secondary option running ahead of Penny.
Martavis Bryant, WR Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr is starting to find Bryant downfield. Ability has never been the question with Bryant.
Ito Smith, RB Atlanta Falcons – It is very impressive for Smith, as a rookie, to have two consecutive weeks of getting goal line work. Smith is a clear handcuff if either Freeman or Coleman misses time.
Trent Taylor, WR San Francisco 49ers – The short passing game was working for San Francisco on Sunday and they just lost Matt Breida for at least a couple weeks. Possible volume coming Taylor’s direction.
Robert Turbin, RB Indianapolis Colts – Looked very good during the pre-season and would be an upgrade over Wilkins when he is ready.
Nick Chubb, RB Cleveland Browns – Be ready. Chubb has the ability to break this rushing attach wide open.
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