Fantasy football waiver wire advice for Week 6 of the 2017 season.
The parameters and assumptions of this weekly waiver wire advice column can be found in the preseason introduction. Let’s review my previous recommendations, and then see what we can scrounge up for Week 6 waiver wire advice.
Season to Date Waiver Wire Recap
This table includes every player recommended so far this year,1 along with ownership and an updated comment. I also indicate whether or not I’d still want to target the player if they’re still on waivers.
|Player||Still a Target?||Week First Recommended||Position||Current Ownership %||Comment|
|Elijah McGuire||YES||4||RB||15||Double-digit attempts two weeks in a row, and now Bilal Powell is dinged up. Should be rostered.|
|Shane Vereen||YES||1||RB||20||See below.|
|Sam Bradford||YES||Preseason||QB||23||May return in Week 5, a good streaming option.|
|Jaron Brown||YES||3||WR||25||Seventh among all WRs in air yards, better RACR than Alshon Jeffery or DeSean Jackson.|
|Wayne Gallman||YES||5||RB||27||22 attempts and 7 targets in 2 games. Should be rostered.|
|Allen Hurns||YES||2||WR||36||Decent market share numbers but Jacksonville is passing less. Safe to drop in shallow leagues but always worth considering if you need a WR.|
|Austin Seferian-Jenkins||YES||4||TE||36||Averaging 6 targets, 5 receptions, but just 35 yards per game. Definite streamer, should probably be rostered.|
|Marqise Lee||YES||2||WR||37||Jaguars leading receiver by targets and air yards. Solid hold.|
|Cooper Kupp||YES||2||WR||40||Solid hold in deep leagues. Hold if desperate in shallow leagues.|
|Wendell Smallwood||YES||4||RB||48||Missed Week 5 but should be owned. Grab him if he's available.|
|Andre Ellington||YES||5||RB||50||Double-digit targets two weeks in a row. Should be rostered.|
|Devin Funchess||YES||3||WR||56||Hold if you have him, try to get him if not.|
|Will Fuller||YES||4||WR||56||Four TDs in two games. Woot!|
|Javorius Allen||YES||2||RB||62||Solid hold.|
|Sterling Shepard||YES||1||WR||64||Solid hold; see below.|
|Evan Engram||YES||4||TE||71||One big game and one dud, but should see more reliable usage going forward.|
|Tarik Cohen||YES||2||RB||84||Potential league winner. Most hold, worth a trade inquiry.|
|Latavius Murray||YES||5||RB||84||We'll find out tonight.|
|De'Angelo Henderson||NO||1||RB||0||Safe to drop.|
|Tyler Ervin||NO||2||RB||0||Safe to drop.|
|Geronimo Allison||NO||4||WR||3||Only consider if another Packers WR misses time.|
|Chris Ivory||NO||2||RB||5||Straight handcuff, nothing more.|
|Ryan Griffin||NO||4||TE||5||Streamer only.|
|Kerwynn Williams||NO||2||RB||8||Safe to drop.|
|Vernon Davis||NO||4||TE||8||Streaming option if Jordan Reed misses time.|
|Paul Richardson||NO||2||WR||9||Safe to drop; Week 6 bye, followed by negative matchups 3 of 4 following weeks.|
|Charcandrick West||NO||Preseason||RB||10||Safe to leave on waivers, despite fluky 2 TD game.|
|Samaje Perine||NO||3||RB||16||Safe to drop.|
|Nelson Agholor||NO||2||WR||20||Despite the big game, only had 3 more air yards and 1 more target than Alshon Jeffery. Deep league hold.|
|Austin Hooper||NO||1||TE||38||No need to roster in most formats. Matchup based play.|
|J.J. Nelson||NO||3||WR||100||Home run potential but has only had more air yards than either of the J.Browns once this season. Only consider if John Brown is out.|
|Charles Sims||MAYBE||Preseason||RB||11||Finally got decent targets in Week 5. Should be free but there are better options.|
|Kendall Wright||MAYBE||Preseason||WR||16||Marginal value as desperation streamer. Only one game with more than 4 targets.|
|D'Onta Foreman||MAYBE||4||RB||19||Lamar Miller handcuff but big upside.|
|Cole Beasley||MAYBE||1||WR||22||Just third on the team in targets, only one more target than Terrance Williams.|
|Alex Collins||MAYBE||5||RB||33||12 attempts but clear second-fiddle to Javorius Allen.|
|Jamaal Charles||MAYBE||1||RB||38||Hold if you have bench space.|
|Jermaine Kearse||MAYBE||2||WR||41||Solid hold in deep leagues. Hold if desperate in shallow leagues. Robby Anderson is crushing him in air yards the past three weeks.|
|Danny Amendola||MAYBE||2||WR||65||Always worth considering if you need a WR, but tough to rely on.|
Some of the players previously recommended will be recommended again this week. For those that aren’t, you’ll have to use your judgment (or hit me up in the comments) to figure out how to prioritize them relative to this week’s recommendations.
WEEK 6 WAIVER WIRE ADVICE
Percent of ESPN leagues where the player is available is in parentheses. Players are listed in the order I prefer them, but that may not apply to your league settings. Hit me up in the comments or on the Message Boards for more specific advice.
Andre Ellington (50%)
He’s received double-digit targets two weeks in a row and has the second-best running back schedule over the next four weeks according to the Buy Low Machine. There was a time when he had a bright future. That ship probably sailed, but there’s no reason he can’t be a great asset until David Johnson returns. I’d make a moderate to large bid.
Jaron Brown (75%)
Through five weeks, he’s seventh among all wide receivers in air yards and has a better RACR than either Alshon Jeffery or DeSean Jackson. He has three good matchups upcoming. A moderate bid is worthwhile.
Wendell Smallwood (52%)
He missed Week 5, so if he hits the waiver wire again, he’s worth an add. He faces Carolina in Week 6 but has two good matchups thereafter. LeGarrette Blount rushed well in Smallwood’s absence but earned zero targets (Corey Clement earned just one), so Smallwood should assume a lot of passing game work right away in addition to some rushing work. Also worth a moderate bid.
Mike Wallace (44%)
Mike Wallace is only available in 44 percent of ESPN leagues, but if he is, I’d scoop him up ASAP. His air yards are on the rise and three of his next four matchups (Chicago, Miami, and Tennessee) are favorable. A moderate bid for the WR needy.
Elijah McGuire (85%)
The Jets are probably a messy three-way committee, but as long as one of the other members is injured (Bilal Powell left Week 5 with an injury), McGuire should see steady usage. He’s gotten double-digit attempts two weeks running and has the fourth best RB schedule over the next four weeks. A small bid is all I’m making. The outlook is improving but still tenuous.
Robert Woods (87%)
Woods was a popular preseason sleeper, but interest faded after Sammy Watkins joined the Rams. Consider the following, from Air Yards.
We now know that Jared Goff is at least a serviceable quarterback, and we know that the Rams are willing to pass the ball. (They’re 13th in attempts). Woods leads the team in targets, as well as market share of air yards and targets. It’s still hard to rely on him, and there are other options, so just a small bid for me.
Wayne Gallman (73%)
He’s earned 22 attempts and seven targets in two games, and now that the Giants have lost their entire WR corps, they should lean more towards the run. That might be good for volume but probably not for efficiency, especially when you consider that the next three weeks include games against Denver, Seattle, and a bye. A moderate bid if I’m desperate.
Marlon Mack (97%)
He’s still clearly behind Frank Gore in terms of both rushing and receiving workload, but a dynamic game in Week 5 puts Gore on notice. The Colts have a poor RB matchup in Week 6 (Tennessee), followed by a pair of neutral matchups. I’m not ready to start him yet, but he should definitely be rostered. A moderate bid if you’re desperate, but I’m probably just making a small offer.
Marqise Lee (63%)
Leads the Jaguars in targets and air yards, and is their clear No. 1. There’s just not much volume or consistency. A solid hold or small bid if you need a WR.
Kamar Aiken (100%)
Over the past two weeks, Aiken leads Donte Moncrief in targets (12 to 6), air yards (117 to 56), target share (19 to 10 percent), and WOPR (0.4 to 0.2). Indianapolis has the best WR schedule for Week 6. Could be a sneaky spot start. You may not need to bid on him to get him.
Roger Lewis (100%)
When I started researching this article, I figured that Lewis would be one of my top adds for the week, but there are reasons for hesitation. We know that Odell Beckham is probably done for the year. We also know that Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard are doubtful for Week 6. Both are dealing with ankle injuries that sound like they’ll cost them some time but aren’t season-ending. In other words, I’m quite sure Lewis will get a lot of playing time next week, but he could be back to third fiddle by Week 7.
Now let’s look at the matchups. The Giants face Denver, Seattle, a bye, and then the Rams. That’s not a schedule that’s conducive to a simple opportunity-based breakout. Tavarres King could get the nod, and Travis Rudolph has been called up. The Giants could even re-sign Victor Cruz. I think Lewis should definitely be rostered, especially in dynasty, but I’m not making a very big bid. I’m more likely to see if I can acquire Shepard, who should be the team’s top WR when he returns.
Allen Hurns (64%)
Hurns has decent market share numbers but as with Lee the volume isn’t there. A safer option than Lewis but less potential upside.2 Small or no bid.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (64%)
There are usually plenty of tight end options available, otherwise, I’d rank him higher. The ceiling may be low in the Jets offense, but the usage is solid. He’s averaging six targets and five receptions (but just 35 yards) over the past three games. New England, Miami, and Atlanta are all favorable matchups for TEs.
Sam Bradford (77%)
We know he has good weapons, and he has a great upcoming schedule: Green Bay, Baltimore, and Cleveland. Move him up or down this list depending on your quarterback situation, but he should definitely be in streaming consideration during the bye weeks.
Ricardo Louis (100%)
Remember that time Rashard Higgins was going to be a thing? Sorry about that. I won’t tell if you won’t. Cleveland may be in the midst of a quarterback controversy, and there’s no telling who will emerge in their WR corps. In Week 5, it was Louis, with eight targets and 71 yards. Actually, he’s Cleveland’s leading WR for the season, by almost any measure. Two good matchups in the next two weeks make him worth a speculative add in deep leagues. A small or even no bid should do it.
George Kittle (99%)
I’d probably wait until first come first served waivers, but he has two very good matchups (Washington and Dallas) upcoming.
- I don’t really want to recommend Shane Vereen, but there’s a chance that in the absence of Beckham, Marshall, and Shepard, that the Giants get their pass-catching RB more involved. Grab him if you need help, but I might wait for first come first served waivers to just add him for free.
- Buffalo lost Charles Clay, so one of Nick O’Leary or Logan Thomas could emerge, but Buffalo has a Week 6 bye. You probably don’t need to add either yet.
- Tyler Kroft has a Week 6 bye as well, and Tyler Eifert may return by Week 7. If not, consider Kroft a streaming option, as the Bengals face the Steelers, Colts, Jaguars, and Titans. All have been plus matchups for TEs so far.
- Darren Fells isn’t really a player I’m recommending. Mostly I’m pointing out that if he’s outperforming Eric Ebron, then Ebron has to be considered droppable. Detroit gets the Saints next week before their bye. It’s hard to imagine rostering him through the bye week unless he does something impressive against New Orleans.
- Chargers rookie WR Mike Williams should be back soon, but I’m leaving him on waivers. The rest of the Chargers WRs are healthy, and after Oakland in Week 6, the Chargers face Denver in Week 7. If Williams breaks out, it probably won’t be soon.
- DeVante Parker got banged up in Week 5. If he misses time, Kenny Stills could be in play. Miami has a great upcoming WR schedule: Atlanta, the Jets, Baltimore, and Oakland.
- Ed Dickson had a career game against Detroit, but I’m fading him since Carolina has the third-worst TE schedule over the next three weeks.
- Marquise Goodwin is available in 97% of leagues and had over 200 air yards in Week 5. Of course, he had fewer than 70 air yards in each of the three weeks prior and failed to hit double-digit PPR points in each of the first four weeks of the season. In 14 games last year, he only had double-digit points twice. But those were 19 point performances. He’s not someone I’m bidding on but he’s interesting if you need a real swing-for-the-fences type player.
- Tyler Boyd looks like he’ll miss some time, so Brandon LaFell could see a little more work, but it probably won’t be enough to make him startable.