Winning Waiver Wire Tiers Entering Week 6
Each and every week in fantasy football there are surprise performances and there are injures. Both of these occurrences tend to lead to opportunity. Opportunity leads to touches, and touches tend to lead to fantasy points. Every week there is something to pay attention to in the NFL. At times it is injuries, others it’s bye weeks, and in 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic lingers and could possibly impact NFL teams and your fantasy rosters. All of these scenarios highlight the waiver wire and your need to pay attention to it.
Entering Week 6, the injuries are piling up and the player pool is getting smaller and smaller. In addition to navigating injuries, bye week season has arrived. In Week 6, the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, and San Francisco 49ers are on bye.
1. PLAN A
Plan A is the cream of the crop off the weekly waiver wire. These are the players that you should prioritize adding to your fantasy rosters. These players most often can be added and inserted into your starting lineup.
Michael Carter – New York Jets
Rostered: ESPN – 65%, Yahoo – 54%, Sleeper 67%
Carter is starting to take over this backfield. Now the Jets are not the most potent offense there is, but starting running backs on the wire entering Week 6 are rare and thus prioritized. Note Carter is on bye in Week 6, so if you are adding help to plug into your lineup next week, Carter is not your man.
Alex Collins – Seattle Seahawks
Rostered: ESPN – 42%, Yahoo – 37%, Sleeper 50%
Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his neck. Carson is day to day, making Alex Collins very attractive to roster. Carson could have this painful aliment flair up at any moment and Collins has the ability on the ground and via the pass to help you fantasy roster.
Devontae Booker- New York Giants
Rostered: ESPN – 4%, Yahoo – 5%, Sleeper – 12%
Saquon Barkley rolled his ankle yesterday and is looking at a 4-6 week recovery timeline. Devontae Booker has shown he can hold his own in the past filling in for Josh Jacobs in Las Vegas and at times in Denver. Booker should be rostered and used as a flex play in Week 6 versus the Los Angeles Rams.
Kadarius Toney – New York Giants
Rostered: ESPN – 11%, Yahoo 15%, Sleeper – 32%
Admittedly, the RotoHeat team wasn’t overly hot for Kadarius Toney coming out of Florida this season. In his two outings he has turned 22 targets into 16 catches for 267 yards. With Kenny Golladay joining Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard on the sideline with injury, Toney has the opportunity to run as the Giants WR1.
2. PLAN B
Plan B are the next guys. If you took a swing and missed at the Plan A tier, or you simply wanted to keep as much of your FABB as possible, these players are for you. They are good enough to roster and at times good enough to plug into you lineups.
Hunter Henry – New England Patriots
Rostered: ESPN – 36%, Yahoo – 46%, Sleeper 52%
Henry appears to be taking hold of the primary TE spot for the Patriots. New England is throwing much more often with Mac Jones than they did a year ago with Cam Newton. Double H should absolutely be rostered.
Rondale Moore – Arizona Cardinals
Rostered: ESPN – 38%, Yahoo – 40%, Sleeper 55%
Rondale Moore is fun to watch when he has the ball in his hands. His involvement in the offense is a tad inconsistent as expected from the rookie wide receiver, however the injury to TE Maxx Williams on Sunday could open up more underneath for Moore going forward
Marquez Callaway – New Orleans Saints York Giants
Rostered: ESPN – 39%, Yahoo – 30%, Sleeper – 41%
Marquez Callaway was the 2021 NFL Preseason MVP. He has struggled to start the season along with the rest of his Saints offense. The Saints were good in Week 5 and Callaway benefitted. The Saints are on bye in Week 6, and Michael Thomas’s return is looming. Callaway would be a cautious add for me.
Rashod Bateman – Baltimore Ravens
Rostered: ESPN – 13%, Yahoo 24%, Sleeper – 42%
We haven’t seen Bateman yet, so this one is more of the speculative nature. The RotoHeat team was very high on Bateman coming out of Minnesota this season, and entering a Ravens offense that is throwing more, Bateman could have immediate impact.
3. PLAN C
Plan C are the dart throw guys; a group of players that you add, likely stash and are pleasantly surprised you roster when something good happens. These guys are the $20 bill you find in the pocket of your winter jacket in November.
Amon-Ra St. Brown
Rostered: ESPN – 4%, Yahoo – 3%, Sleeper 20%
St. Brown is starting to see more targets and could continue to develop into a plug and play fantasy asset in his rookie season.
Dan Arnold – Jacksonville Jaguars
Rostered: ESPN – 4%, Yahoo – 3%, Sleeper – 8%
A personal favorite of mine, Dan Arnold appears to be a welcomed addition to a Jaguars team that lacks identity. Targets are cool and Arnold is getting them. At the ultra-shallow TE position you could do much worse.
Geno Smith – Seattle Seahawks
Rostered: ESPN – 0%, Yahoo – 1%, Sleeper – 0%
Russell Wilson was injured this past Thursday and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks. Geno Smith came in and looked good. If you play in a Super-Flex or 2QB League, Smith is this week’s priority.
Davis Mills – Houston Texans
Rostered: ESPN – 1%, Yahoo – 1%, Sleeper – 5%
If you are desperate for QB help please call 1-800-Houston-Texans. Mills had a nice week, and in SF or 2QB leagues I would take a shot. All other formats he should be left on the side of the road where you found him.
Khalil Herbert- Chicago Bears
Rostered: ESPN – 5%, Yahoo – 19%, Sleeper – 22%
The back up to the back up. The Bears rookie looked good yesterday, and if you are RB desperate, he is worth a bench stash. David Montgomery is out upwards of 4 more weeks, and Damien Williams is not exactly a youngster. Stranger things have happened.
David Njoku – Cleveland Browns
Rostered: ESPN – 2%, Yahoo – 2%, Sleeper – 6%
David Njoku is the No.1 TE in Cleveland. The Browns have figured this out and fantasy managers need to as well. He is a great bye week fill-in and a TE that should be rostered going forward.
Rashard Higgins – Cleveland Browns
Rostered: ESPN – 1%, Yahoo – 0%, Sleeper – 3%
One of a few scenarios are playing out for the Browns: Baker hates Odell Beckham Jr., teams are taking OBJ away, or the other WR options in Cleveland are just better than OBJ at getting open. This brings players like Higgins into the equation.
Josh Gordon – Kansas City Chiefs
Rostered: ESPN – 24%, Yahoo – 39%, Sleeper – 38%
Flash is back, and a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Any part of the KC offense is worth a look, and Josh Gordon is no different. If he is still on your wire take a shot. Keep you eye on him being dropped as he was added heavily last week and did very little in his debut.
Ricky Seals-Jones – Washington Football Team
Rostered: ESPN – 1%, Yahoo – 2%, Sleeper – 4%
The injury to Logan Thomas gets RSJ on the field more often. The talent that RSJ possesses will get him targets. The nagging groin injury to Curtis Samuel just may make him fantasy relevant.
4. PLAN D
Plan D is the desperation tier. The “OMG, my players are all hurt and/or on bye this week” group. These guys are the dart throws for dart throws, players rostered near zero percent in your leagues. The key to this group, however, is the upside. Things could very well fall into place, and they are worth your desperate addition to your lineup.
Chris Moore – Houston Texans
Chris Conley – Houston Texans
DeAndre Carter – Washington Football Team
Mike Glennon – New York Giants
John Ross – New York Giants
Ross Dwelly – San Francisco 49ers
Tavon Austin – Jacksonville Jaguars
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