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Good things come to those who are opportunistic. The weekly waiver wire is a gold mine for those types of opportunities. While not every week will have instantaneous starting caliber players, you’ll be surprised how quickly under the radar pickups can prove to make a difference on your team. This week’s waiver wire is a bit underwhelming, as there weren’t too many breakout performances in week 5. That should get you excited, as that means you can score on a player who’s breakout is yet to come. After taking a deep dive at the waiver wire pool, here are the 10 best pickups for week 6.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (Own 76%)
You might be one week late to the game on this one, as Everett’s own % skyrocketed 68% in a matter of days. He plays for a stellar offense, he has been productive, and he plays at a position that is highly coveted. What’s not to like? He is worthy of a spot on any team right now. Everett seems to have taken the reigns on the tight end position for the Rams, after it looked like it was going to be Tyler Higbee’s. I’d be comfortable inserting him in my lineup immediately.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (Own 16%)
The third receiver on the Texans came to life against the Falcons last week. He totaled 72 yards on 3 catches. His value this week is found in his matchup, as the Chiefs defense has surrendered more than 30 points in 3 of their 5 games this season. Deshaun Watson and the rest of the offense will have to keep up with Mahomes, so you can count on a lot of passing attempts this sunday. Coutee is an enticing flex play this weekend, he should be considered as a pickup.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (Own 46%)
Cousins finally returned to form against the New York Giants. Minnesota’s quarterback tossed for 300 yards with 2 touchdowns and no turnovers. If this is a sign of things to come, I’d take a waiver on Cousins. He may very well become your starting quarterback, as he has been a valuable fantasy asset in years past. He should continue this trend for at least this week, the Eagles are the 27th worst team in pass defense. Pick up Cousins, as he may have the most potential production of anyone on this list.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (Own 7%)
Baltimore’s second string running back has done nothing so far this season to garner fantasy consideration. However, he has a superb matchup that should yield some production. The Bengals are the 27th worst team in rushing defense. They also allowed the Cardinals second string running back last weekend to go for 86 yards and a touchdown. If Edwards is in store for a statline like that, he should absolutely be picked up in week 6. He should receive some flex consideration in your lineup.
Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals (Own 23%)
Cincy’s new WR2 should become more and more valuable. John Ross is out with an injury, and A.J. Green is still sidelined with an ankle injury. Tate should garner a healthy amount of targets and hopefully will capitalize on such an opportunity. The young wide receiver did record a touchdown last week against the Cardinals. Tate has all the opportunity to be a week in and week out flex option until Ross and Green return. He is worth a roster spot on all teams.
Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (Own 30%)
Packers’ 3rd receiver has proven to not be a reliable fantasy option. He is truly only making this list because Aaron Rodgers is his quarterback. With that said, Allison has had games where he’s worth starting. In week 4, Allison had 52 yards and a touchdown. The waiver wire is littered with players who have unknown fantasy value, so picking up a player who at least has shown ability is appealing. Allison isn’t a must grab, but he should be considered.
Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints (Own 20%)
We shouldn’t be all too surprised that a quarterback is thriving with Sean Payton. New Orleans’ offensive minded head coach has played to Bridgewater’s strengths. The fill-in starting quarterback just went off for over 300 yards and 4 touchdown passes. Until Brees returns, The Louisville product should garner waiver wire consideration. He is very capable of starting in your lineup this week.
Demaryius Thomas, New York Jets (Own 4%)
The veteran receiver should become more of a fantasy factor with starting quarterback Sam Darnold returning from illness. Thomas showed some life last week with 4 catches and 47 yards. His potential is limited because he is the third receiver on the Jets, but he may have flex appeal depending on the matchup. Again, he’s not by any means a must have player, but he should be considered if you have a spot to spare.
Darren Fells, Houston Texans (Own 3%)
Houston’s tight end has become a touchdown magnet this season. He scored 2 last weekend, and had another in week 3. He has a very enticing matchup against the Chiefs in week 6. I’d strongly consider picking up Fells, he should be in for another touchdown this weekend. With the tight end position being so hit or miss, Fells has shown potential to become a starting caliber tight end with more consistency. I’d look into grabbing Fells even if you have an elite tight end, as he could become a very valuable trade asset.
Sam Darnold, New York Jets (Own 15%)
The Jets’ starting quarterback is finally making his return after missing a few weeks due to illness. Darnold has shown flashes in his young career to be a viable fantasy option. We also haven’t seen him play with Le’Veon Bell for an extended stretch just yet. With the addition of a superstar running back, along with the signing of a quality receiver in Jamision Crowder, Darnold and the Jets should be able to produce points. Darnold did look Crowder’s way 17 times in the only game the starting quarterback has played this season. He is not a must have pickup, mostly because the pool of waiver wire quarterbacks is always littered with capable players. I’d keep an eye on Darnold, he could turn into your starting quarterback by year’s end.
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