Week 6 Waiver Wire Targets
It might be yet another week to save your FAAB, since we didn’t see many major injuries that will require a big spend.
Now we have a few players who will miss a few weeks, and that might be perfect for teams who need wins right now. It’s still not too late to turn it around, so if you are winless or are sitting at the bottom of your league, you may want to spend up this week to get some spot starters.
In the next few weeks we will be getting the trade deadline and be getting into the “beef up your team for the playoffs” mode, but for now there is still time to pull off some wins and move up the standings.
Let’s dive into some players worth adding this week.
Roschon Johnson – Running Back – Chicago Bears (37% rostered)
Khalil Herbert had his leg bent in a weird way in Thursday’s win over the Commanders, and figures to miss the next few weeks at a minimum.
Rookie Roschon Johnson, after a good start, seemingly saw the field less and less over the last few weeks. But now, there really is no other option but to start the rookie RB.
The Bears’ offense has looked vastly improved over the last two weeks, but Johnson hasn’t been a major part of it yet. With Herbert sidelined for the next few weeks, Johnson should have a great chance to shine. He gets Minnesota, Las Vegas, and the Chargers…all very nice defenses for Running Backs to go against.
Jeff Wilson Jr – Running Back – Miami Dolphins (30% rostered)
Rookie De’Von Achane was a surprise add to the injury list, nursing an apparent knee injury after putting up 160 yards this past weekend.
Rumors already are swirling that he could miss a few weeks (2-4 probably) as the Dolphins protect their star rookie.
Jeff Wilson Jr has been on IR to start the year, but the Dolphins have opened up his window to bring him back and they may rush a bit to do so now that Achane will miss time.
The duo of Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr are back, and the Miami offense is potent enough to start both.
Chuba Hubbard – Running Back – Carolina Panthers (18% rostered)
Seems like no one really wanted Chuba Hubbard after last week, since his roster percentage actually went down. Now that could be good if you were hoping to add him, because you should be able to scoop him up a lot cheaper after a bad Week Five performance.
Hubbard faces Miami before their Bye, and then their schedule gets a bit easier with games against Houston, Indy, and Chicago.
Emari Demercado – Running Back – Arizona Cardinals (0% rostered)
Emari Demercado is an undrafted rookie who got his first real NFL shot on Sunday when James Conner went down with a knee injury. Backup Keaontay Ingram was also out with an injury, meaning Demercado is, at least for now, the RB1 in Arizona.
It seems like Conner will miss some time (and he usually does anyway), so Demercado is a great option as a guy who should get a ton of volume at least over the next few weeks.
Demercado carried the ball 10 times for 45 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati this past week, and the Arizona offense has been a nice enough surprise for me to trust it moving forward.
Zack Moss – Running Back – Indianapolis Colts (74% rostered)
This is just a PSA to look for Zack Moss on your waivers. He may have been dropped in some leagues when the Jonathan Taylor news dropped. Heck, he may still be dropped after this weekend.
But you got to admit, he looked great against one of the toughest run defenses in the NFL. Now maybe he had some extra juice because he wanted to show how good he can be before being relegated to Taylor’s back up again, but either way it was impressive.
Just pay attention to if he gets dropped. He still will have a considerable role in that offense and is still one of the best handcuffs. Oh and you never know, he could be used as trade bait for a RB needy team.
KJ Osborn – Wide Receiver – Minnesota Vikings (22% rostered)
The Vikings have been throwing the ball a lot so far this season, and with star Receiver Justin Jefferson now on IR, those targets are going to have to go somewhere.
Rookie Jordan Addison is already rostered in most leagues, leaving KJ Osborn as the pickup here. Osborn has flashed in the past but never really did enough to take a stranglehold on the WR2 spot.
With Jefferson out the next four weeks, Osborn should see some fantasy relevance in PPR leagues.
Josh Downs – Wide Receiver – Indianapolis Colts (11% rostered)
Anthony Richardson went down with a shoulder injury on Sunday, leaving it to Gardiner Minshew to beat the Titans.
Surprisingly the Colts beat the Titans on the ground thanks to a huge game from Zack Moss. The Titans have notoriously been great at defending the run, so this one was a bit surprising.
That said, rookie Josh Downs continued his breakout rookie season, catching six passes for 97 yards. He caught two deep passes with Minshew during this game, so it’s nice to see he has the chemistry with both Quarterbacks.
Richardson is probably sidelined for the next month according to reports, and Minshew has shown he can ball out (do people say that still? Oh well, I’m old).
One warning before spending too much FAAB though: The Colts face the Jaguars, Browns, and Saints the next three weeks, so it could be tough sledding for the Colts’ offense.
Rashee Rice – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs (23% rostered)
Picking up and playing a Kansas City Chiefs’ Wide Receiver is pretty scary, but tis the season I guess.
Rashee Rice has been fairly consistent as a pass catcher in Kansas City, getting at least five targets in four out of the five games he has played. Last week against the Vikings, Rice caught four passes for 33 yards and scored his second touchdown of the season.
The Chiefs now face, I kid you not, Denver twice, the Chargers, and Miami before their Bye. That is a lot of tasty matchups for the Chief offense. If Rice can continue to prove himself, he could finally cement himself as Patrick Mahomes’ top target.
Jonnu Smith – Tight End – Atlanta Falcons (10% rostered)
If you thought Jonnu Smith would be the leading receiver in Atlanta, big congrats on that one.
Whatever is going on in Atlanta, it must be working because they are 3-2. Smith caught six passes for 67 yards against the Texans on Sunday. He now has at least six targets in each of the last four games and has quickly built chemistry with Desmond Ridder.
The Falcons have a pretty favorable schedule in the near future, so as long as he can stay healthy, he may be a weekly starter moving forward.
He’s scoring at least 9 fantasy points a game, which is great for Tight Ends.
Logan Thomas – Tight End – Washington Commanders (8% rostered)
Two things with this: One, I guess the old veteran Tight Ends have come back to play. And two, this is a really boring Waiver Wire to be including two Tight Ends.
But in a league where solid, consistent Tight Ends are rare, having a few WW options popping up is actually a good thing.
Thomas caught nine of eleven targets for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Bears.
Now I will say Thomas has been a bit more sporadic when it comes to fantasy points. He only had three targets in two games and also missed a game.
Still, if Thomas is healthy and gets another “healthy” dose of targets on Sunday, it should be enough evidence to scoop him up.
Matt Stafford – Quarterback – Los Angeles Rams (34% rostered)
Matt Stafford has looked better than he has in years, and he continued that on Sunday with a 21/37 for 222 yards and two touchdown performance against the Eagles.
Now it’s nothing to write home about, but it was the first week back for Cooper Kupp and the Eagles have a solid defense.
Puka Nacua continues to show he is the real deal, making this offense one of the better ones in the NFL.
Now Stafford’s touchdowns are a bit on the low end, but hopefully that regresses back to the mean shortly. He’s tossed for over 300 yards in three of five games, so the Rams are throwing a lot.
With a healthy Kupp, a star rookie Nacua, and deep threat Tutu Atwell all playing well, Stafford is a solid pickup as a startable option.
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