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Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 6 (Fantasy Football)

Oct 8, 2019

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We asked our writers to name their top waiver-wire targets at running back and wide receiver for the week. Here’s what they said.

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Who’s your top running back pickup of the week?

Chase Edmonds (ARI)
David Johnson is currently dealing with a back injury and is uncertain for Week 6. Edmonds entered Sunday’s Week 5 game against the Bengals carrying the ball eight times for 68 yards and a touchdown while catching three of four targets for 18 yards. He was a much bigger part of the game plan with Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) both sidelined. Edmonds is an elite handcuff for DJ owners and could see additional carries if Johnson is sidelined for an extended period of time. He has plenty of upside and is worth stashing.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

David Johnson is the star of this offense, and if he were healthy it would not make much sense to chase last week’s performance. The reason Edmonds was viable last week was a 37-yard touchdown run, which accounted for over half of his 68 yards rushing. The problem for the Cardinals is that Johnson has a back injury, and he may not be able to play this week. The Atlanta Falcons are ninth against fantasy running backs, but Edmonds as a starter would have at least flex value, which would be nice for Johnson owners or the owners of one of the running backs on bye this week.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

Ito Smith (ATL)
Ito Smith (14% owned) represents a sneaky add, especially in PPR leagues. The Falcons are off to a dissapointing 1-4 start and are finding themselves in game scripts that favor the usage of Smith, whose snap share has rested in the 40 to 50% share most weeks. With Atlanta’s playoff hopes fading and incumbent Devonta Freeman failing to live up to his $8 million AAV, don’t be surprised if Smith continues to assert himself in the offense.
– Nicholas Gerli (@nickgerli1)

Alexander Mattison (MIN)
This isn’t a sexy answer, but there aren’t any interesting running backs owned in under 30% of ESPN leagues (Derrius Guice is close, and I love stashing him on IR in leagues with that spot). Since there is no one with a clear path to an every-down role, owners might as well take a shot on Mattison, who is a solid RB1 if anything happens to Dalvin Cook. I didn’t even like Mattison as a prospect, but it’s not like the Vikings will give Ameer Abdullah meaningful touches in any situation. On the plus side, Mattison is posting almost 5.0 yards per carry even when factoring out long runs (and 5.1 with them). On the minus side, he’s totally unusable as long as Cook is healthy. If space allows, he’s the best running back stash under 30% ownership on ESPN.
– Mark Leipold (@LeipoldNFL)

Tony Pollard (DAL)
Pollard is purely a handcuff right now after getting drafted in most leagues with a mid-round pick in the hopes he would be a league-winning starter in the event of an extended Elliott holdout. Instead, Dallas’ front office caved in, giving Elliott his new deal, and the star rusher has thus far remained healthy since his return. Despite that, Pollard has flashed in limited action as a change-of-pace option, and he’s arguably the most talented secondary option the team has had on its roster in years. Elliott led the league with 381 touches last year and logged 1,003 career touches heading into this season. That’s a massive workload, and when coupled with the holdout, it could easily lead to an injury if the Cowboys keep riding him as heavily as they have in the past. Pollard was drafted to ease the burden, and his three-down ability makes him the perfect type of handcuff to own since he wouldn’t have to give up passing duties to another back on the roster if pressed into a starter’s role. Pollard’s ownership has dropped to just 22% in Yahoo leagues, which is insane considering no Elliott owner should be leaving him on the wire. Pick him up now before something happens and you need to empty your entire FAAB budget to acquire him.
– Paul Ghiglieri (@FantasyGhigs)

Who’s your top wide receiver pickup of the week?

Preston Williams (MIA)
This isn’t rocket science, really. Williams is owned in under 5% of ESPN leagues and the Dolphins are coming off a bye week, so you don’t even have to worry about that down the road. Williams is a rather unexciting prospect out of Colorado State, but he did manage to dominate in his redshirt junior season after transferring from Tennessee, so there’s at least some promise and his late breakout is understandable. Williams has a 22.1% target share which ranks 32nd in the league thus far and is top 10 among wide receivers in red zone receptions (through Week 4). Williams isn’t really impressing on paper in 2019, either, but he’s seeing plenty of targets in an offense that needs to pass a lot (Williams ranks 11th in Air Yards). He’s the No. 1 receiver in an offense that passes at an above-average rate and is available in 95% of leagues. What’s not to like?
– Mark Leipold (@LeipoldNFL)

I do not really want any part of the Miami offense, but Washington just fired their head coach and they are allowing the third-most points to fantasy wide receivers. The Dolphins are coming off a bye, they are at home, and Williams has had either 60 yards receiving or a touchdown in three of their four games. This is a week where there are four teams on bye and fantasy owners will need to stream some players. Williams could be a great play this week in a dream matchup for a Dolphins’ team that played four 2018 playoff teams in a row to start the season.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

A.J. Brown (TEN)
Brown (23% owned) will break out in a big way at some point this year. It might not happen in Week 6. But by the back half of the year, I fully expect Brown to seize target share in Tennessee and to be putting up WR2 fantasy numbers. At 6’0″, 225 lbs and running a 4.49 forty-yard dash, Brown has insane physical measurables that allow him to come down with contested catches and run with the ball after the catch. While his Week 5 output looked pedestrian at two catches and 27 yards, Brown’s snap share jumped from the ~45% range to 65%. Expect Brown to continue to see the field and earn more targets in upcoming games. Jump on him now before the breakout happens.
– Nicholas Gerli (@nickgerli1)

Deebo Samuel (SF)
This is mostly about speculation since the 49ers have been able to run the ball at will amid a blazing 4-0 start, and the passing game has not taken off yet. Despite that, no receiver has stepped up as the premier option in San Francisco thus far. Marquise Goodwin looks like a situational player, Dante Pettis has failed to live up to expectations, Jalen Hurd was placed on IR, Richie James Jr. is a special teamer. Samuel has 12 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown through four games, putting him on pace for just 48 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns. However, the 49ers will eventually have to throw more as teams start stacking the box to make Jimmy Garoppolo beat them with what looks like a cast of misfits at wideout opposite stud tight end George Kittle. Samuel has shown the most YAC ability as 101 of those 150 yards are all after the catch. It’s just a matter of time before Kyle Shanahan starts scheming the ball into Samuel’s hands more and Garoppolo begins looking his way with more frequency, especially in games where the team has to throw more to stay competitive.
– Paul Ghiglieri (@FantasyGhigs)

Diontae Johnson (PIT)
Johnson has caught 11 of 14 targets for 104 yards and a touchdown the past two weeks. He set a career-high in targets Week 5 and continues to see his snap count increase. If James Washington (shoulder) were to miss extended time, Johnson would see an increased role as the number two wideout behind JuJu Smith-Schuster. He could be in line for an increased share of targets if Washington is out, but the quality of the targets depends on Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph‘s health. I would pick up AJ Brown and Jamison Crowder first, but if neither is available, scoop up Johnson and hope he can wrestle the number two wideout job from Washington.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

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