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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings & Pickups to Target (Week 6)

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings & Pickups to Target (Week 6)

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups to Target

Roschon Johnson (RB – CHI): 41% rostered

  • Next Opponents: MIN, LV, @LAC
  • True value: $15
  • Desperate need: $22
  • Budget-minded: $9

Analysis: Despite leaving Chicago’s Week 4 game with a concussion, the “other” Texas rookie RB is still somehow the healthiest Chicago running back in the room. Clearing protocol will hopefully be less of an issue following a Thursday game. Khalil Herbert‘s ankle injury might land him on IR, while only D’Onta Foreman and newly acquired Darrynton Evans are expected to enter Week 6 without an injury designation. Travis Homer is also on the mend, so the hope will be that Roschon and Foreman will spearhead a nice stretch of matchups coming for the red-hot Bears offense.

Quentin Johnston (WR – LAC): 33% rostered

  • Next Opponents: DAL, @KC, CHI
  • True value: $6
  • Desperate need: $10
  • Budget-minded: $4

Analysis: The numbers for Johnston haven’t been pretty. He has a 7.5% target share, an 8.9% air-yard share and a 9.9% first-read share. His Week 4 usage was more encouraging, with a 67.7% route run rate and a 12.5% target share (per Fantasy Points Data). Investing in Johnston is a belief in not only his talent bubbling to the surface as we move through the season but also buying into a high-powered offense. The Chargers are seventh in points per game and yards per play. Johnston is a talented rookie coming out of a bye week who has been thrust into a larger role that could continue to grow. The upcoming matchups are gruesome, but by the time we get to the Bears’ secondary in Week 8, Johnston could be headed for a monster stretch run. In Weeks 14-17, the Chargers get two dates with the Broncos and a game against the Raiders.

Derek Carr (QB – NO): 24% rostered

  • Next Opponents: @HOU, JAX, @IND
  • True value: $5
  • Desperate need: $11
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: While I would normally let Carr and his touchdown allergies waste away on the wire, he is entering a wild stretch of favorable games that extends all the way to the Saints’ Week 11 bye. New Orleans absolutely destroyed New England in Week 5. Carr looked sharp and showed no ill effects from his shoulder strain. Chris Olave and Michael Thomas have proven to be worthy weapons, while Alvin Kamara’s return to the field has worked wonders in keeping Carr’s jersey clean, letting him check down before taking too many shots.

Logan Thomas (TE – WAS): 15% rostered

  • Next Opponents: @ATL, @NYG, PHI
  • True value: $4
  • Desperate need: $8
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: Thomas blew up last week with a 21.5% target share, nine grabs, 77 receiving yards and a touchdown. Thomas has surpassed 40 receiving yards in three of his four games and now has two contests with at least eight targets under his belt. Thomas could be a top-12 fantasy option in each of the next three games. Over that stretch, he faces defenses that have allowed the seventh-most, 14th-most and second-most fantasy points per game to tight ends.

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