Week 5 was loaded with injuries to key fantasy options. As if that will not make filling out lineups difficult enough, Week 6 brings the first set of bye weeks for the season. The Falcons, Saints, 49ers and Jets will all be off, meaning the likes of Alvin Kamara and Deebo Samuel are unavailable. If your fantasy squad needs some reinforcements, consider adding the following players who are still available in the majority of ESPN leagues. You can also use our NFL fantasy football Waiver Wire Pickups tool to help find viable options and determine how much of your FAAB you might need to use for each player.
Fantasy Football: Week 6 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups
Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (92% available)
After a loss at home to the Bills on Sunday night, the Chiefs find themselves at 2-3 and in last place in the AFC West. To make matters worse, Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a knee injury that could be serious. As a result, Williams finished the game with five carries for 27 yards and three receptions on five targets for 18 yards. The Chiefs are not exactly a dynamic running team, but with their prolific offense, Williams could be an excellent fantasy option if Edwards-Helaire misses a significant amount of time.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Priority: 1 (10%-15% of FAAB budget)
Devontae Booker, New York Giants (96% available)
Very little went the Giants’ way during their 44-20 loss to the Cowboys. They suffered a myriad of injuries over the course of the game, including Saquon Barkley hurting his ankle while stepping on the foot of a defender. The camera shots of him on the sidelines showed a badly swollen ankle, which will likely cause him to miss at least Week 6, if not longer. Booker finished the game with 16 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three of four targets for 16 yards and another score. While his upside might not be great in what could be a limited Giants offense, he can still be a viable Flex option or bye week fill-in for most fantasy leagues.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Priority: 2 (10%-15% of FAAB budget)
Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks (58% available)
Like the Giants, the Seahawks are also dealing with plenty of injuries on offense. Chris Carson (neck) was unavailable to play for Thursday Night Football, which left Collins to turn his 15 carries into 47 yards. He also caught two of three targets for 25 yards. There is a chance that the long week will help Carson be available for Week 6. However, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Carson’s neck issue is a bit of a chronic one that could flare up on him at any given time. In that case, having Collins as an insurance policy could be a wise move.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Priority: 3 (10% of FAAB budget)
Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (89% available)
With Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Darius Slayton (hamstring) out for the second straight week, Toney was already in line for a big role against the Cowboys. Things opened even more for him when Kenny Golladay (knee) went down. The Giants even lost Daniel Jones (concussion), forcing Mike Glennon to come in at quarterback. The good news is that Glennon did not slow down Toney, who caught 10 of 13 targets for 189 yards. The bad news is that he threw a punch that resulted in him being ejected in the fourth quarter. Still, with 16 receptions for 267 yards over his last two games, Toney has likely played his way into a more significant role, even if things start to improve for the Giants on the health front.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Priority: 4 (5%-8% of FAAB budget)
Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (95% available)
After David Montgomery (knee) landed on IR, the Bears had a large hole to fill at running back. It seemed like they would turn the reigns over to Damien Williams, who rushed 16 times for 64 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. There were still plenty of opportunities for Herbert, though, who carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards. The Bears have deployed a run-heavy offense with Justin Fields at quarterback, so there could be enough opportunities for both Herbert and Williams to be viable fantasy options.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Priority: 5 (5% of FAAB budget)
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (70% available)
The Broncos tried to make things close at the end in their matchup against the Steelers, but they ultimately lost 27-19. They had to play catchup after digging themselves an early hole, which resulted in Teddy Bridgewater attempting 38 passes. Nine of those went to Patrick, who finished with seven receptions for 89 yards. He has posted at least 89 yards in two of four games since Jerry Jeudy (ankle) went down, making him a viable WR3 option in fantasy until Jeudy is able to retake the field.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Priority: 6 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (57% available)
With Russell Wilson (finger) out, Jones’ status up in the air and some other teams having already made changes some fantasy managers might need to stream at quarterback for Week 6. Enter Lawrence, who threw for 273 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Titans. That is certainly nothing to write home about, but he also turned seven carries into 28 yards and a touchdown. That marked his second straight game with a touchdown rushing and his fourth straight with at least 21 yards on the ground. Add in a matchup against a Dolphins team that has allowed the sixth-most yards passing per game, and a valuable performance could be upcoming.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Priority: 7 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)
Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team (99% available)
Washington suffered a significant blow to their offense after having to place Logan Thomas (hamstring) on IR. Not only is he a talented pass catcher, but he rarely comes off the field. Seals-Jones started in his place against the Saints and was busy, catching five of eight targets for 41 yards. His eight targets were tied for the second most on the team. The tight end position is thin in fantasy, so as long as Seals-Jones continues to fill Thomas’ significant role in Washington’s offense, he could be a great streaming option in what in games where Washington is forced to throw a lot.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Priority: 8 (1% of FAAB budget)
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (98% available)
One of the wildest games in Week 5 was the Browns losing to the Chargers 47-42. The Chargers scored a whopping 26 points in the fourth quarter alone, propelling them to the victory. It is not often that a team scores 42 points with their quarterback only attempting 32 passes, but that is exactly what the Browns did in that game. Njoku led the team with his seven targets, catching all of them for 149 yards and a touchdown. He had a total of seven catches for 111 yards heading into the game, so do not exactly blow the FAAB here to get him. However, for those who are desperate at tight end, the Browns are lacking talent at wide receiver, so Njoku has some upside on a weekly basis.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Priority: 9 (1% of FAAB budget)
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