Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes (Week 6 Fantasy Football)
How many times have you heard someone telling you to “stream” a position? Whether it be quarterback, tight end, or defense, the idea of streaming is great, provided you get the players you want off the waiver wire. The issue with streaming week-to-week is that everyone knows who you’ll be targeting in those good matchups and you might have that player swiped from underneath you, or even worse, your opponent that week may snag a player just to ensure you don’t get them.
We started this article so you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Each Saturday morning, you’ll head over to your waiver wire and snag the players who are lined up for good matchups the following week. They may have a brutal matchup for that current week. Great, even better. That just means they’re more likely to be available for you. By snagging them a week prior, you eliminate the need to spend a lot of FAB dollars on the top tier defense that everyone is chasing. Here are the players who have solid Week 7 matchups on tap, or have breakout potential in Week 6, and are less than 40 percent rostered.
Baker Mayfield (CLE) at CIN in Week 7
You remember back in Week 2 where the Browns hung 35 points on the Bengals? Mayfield threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns in that game, which may not seem like a lot, but when you know he threw the ball just 23 times, that is a lot. Without Nick Chubb rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns, he would’ve been asked to do a lot more. Mayfield should be a streamer with a stable floor in the rematch.
Andy Dalton (DAL) at WAS in Week 7
I was somewhat shocked to see Dalton available in over 70 percent of leagues, but I’m guessing it’s due to the sour taste fantasy enthusiasts have in their mouth over the last few years. He’s not just going to walk in and produce like Dak Prescott, but he has shown a ceiling before when he finished as the No. 4 quarterback in 2013, and it wasn’t due to mobility. When you combine the poor defense they have with the bevy of weapons he has at his disposal, Dalton should be a high-floor start nearly every week. Four of the five quarterbacks who played against Washington have thrown two touchdown passes.
Last ditch option: Kyle Allen (WAS) vs DAL in Week 7
J.D. McKissic (WAS) vs DAL in Week 7
He’s far from a sexy pickup, but he’s got a role that’s bigger than most realize. Considering targets are worth 2.5 times as much as carries in a PPR format, McKissic actually has the 36th-most weighted opportunity among running backs, ahead of guys like Nyheim Hines and Chase Edmonds. Washington figures to be playing from behind and McKissic has run 37 more routes than Antonio Gibson, so this game should favor his role.
Jamaal Williams (GB) at HOU in Week 7
He’s averaged 7.3 carries per game and then saw a season-high eight targets in Week 4, so there’s a clear role for him on this team. The Texans have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to the running back position, which includes the third-most touches (31.4 per game). Aaron Jones can’t account for all of the 173.8 total yards per game they allow to running backs, can he?
DeSean Jackson (PHI) vs NYG in Week 7
Many have moved on from Jackson with all the question marks surrounding his situation and I can’t blame them, though a matchup with the Giants should be beneficial for him and fantasy managers. James Bradberry would be covering Alshon Jeffery or Travis Fulgham, leaving Jackson with Ryan Lewis in coverage, a cornerback who’s been on three team in the last three years, and one who’s allowed 15.2 yards per reception over the last two years.
Russell Gage (ATL) vs DET in Week 7
While Gage hasn’t been too heavily involved in the offense since his concussion, the Falcons weren’t the same without Julio Jones, but he’s returning in Week 6, and the offense should return to normal. Despite playing just four games, the Lions have already allowed six top-36 wide receivers against them. The biggest weakness of the secondary is in the slot, as Justin Coleman and Darryl Roberts have been a point to attack. It’s not any different from last year when Coleman allowed a 107.3 QB Rating in his coverage.
Christian Kirk (ARI) vs SEA in Week 7
He was in this article last week too, so you might already have him on your roster. If you know anything about streaming, it’s find the wide receivers playing against the Seahawks. They’ve allowed a massive 21.6 receptions per game to wide receivers. That is more receptions than 30 other teams have seen targets to wide receivers. They’ve been efficient receptions too, as the 9.38 yards per target ranks as the eighth-highest in football. Kirk has seen at least five targets in 3-of-4 games and should present a solid floor.
Boom or bust alternative: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB) at HOU in Week 7
If he’s somehow still available: Mecole Hardman (rostered in just 45 percent of leagues)
Add him now to your bench: Sterling Shepard (NYG)
Drew Sample (CIN) vs CLE in Week 7
You remember that week where a lot of fantasy managers ran to the waiver wire to snag Sample after he caught seven passes for 45 yards? Yeah, I was one of them. While he hasn’t lived up to the expectations, the Bengals clearly saw a hole in the Browns defense, because between Sample and Uzomah, they combined for 15 targets, 11 receptions, 87 yards, and a touchdown in that game. It wasn’t really a fluke, either, as the Browns have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Sample should be able to give you some sort of floor.
Greg Olsen (SEA) at ARI in Week 7
The Cardinals matchup may not be as good as it was for tight ends last year. Heck, through five games, they’ve actually allowed the 14th-fewest points per game to them. However, when you look at the competition, that may have something to do with it. Outside of George Kittle, who was hurt in the first half, they’ve played against Logan Thomas, Chris Herndon, Ian Thomas, and T.J. Hockenson/Jesse James. The only competent ones are the Lions duo who combined for 7/81/1 on 11 targets. Olsen isn’t guaranteed a high floor, but I believe this matchup is still a good one for him.
Philadelphia Eagles vs NYG in Week 7
In standard defense scoring leagues, the Giants have allowed DST to score at least 8.0 points, which is typically enough to get you inside the top-10 defenses for the week. The offensive line has allowed Daniel Jones to be sacked 16 times through five weeks, and he’s not doing much to help, as they’ve turned the ball over nine times, including one that went for a touchdown against the Cowboys last week.
Green Bay Packers at HOU in Week 7
Deshaun Watson has been sacked at least three times in four of the five games they’ve played, including four or more sacks in three of them. Meanwhile, the Packers have an 8.28 percent sack-rate, which ranks as the sixth-highest in the league. The Texans have also turned the ball over at least once in every game.