Week 6 Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome to Week 6! If you have made it this long with a winning record, you should play the lottery or something, because it has been absolutely brutal out there in fantasy. As we have discussed previously, injuries and lackluster performances from players with early draft capital have caused many to scramble around, looking for answers. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, welcome to bye weeks!!! Now the only healthy RB you have will be sitting out, (looking at you, Alvin Kamara), and the injuries continue to pile on. Let’s go through the dystopian nightmare of the season so far, and see if we can find that oasis of a player. Good luck this week!

Carson Wentz, QB, Colts

Wentz had a fantastic game against Baltimore in Week 5, throwing for 402 yards and two scores despite losing a fumble. His point totals have risen in the last couple of weeks, and they should continue trending upwards. Wentz has a favorable schedule going forward in terms of fantasy, as he is facing some bottom-tier defenses in the next couple of weeks. Wentz would make a solid starter moving forward.

Geno Smith, QB, Seahawks

Geno Smith, the Seahawks’ backup quarterback, took over for Russell Wilson and looked fantastic. He passed for 131 yards and a score but threw an interception on a play when Tyler Lockett stumbled. Smith also gained 23 yards on three rushes. Smith has apparently found a stash of Michael Jordan’s secret stuff, as he played the best football of his career in relief of Wilson. Smith has some intriguing Konami potential, and if you are hurting or affected by bye weeks, is well worth the add. 

Darrell Williams, RB, Chiefs

CEH is going to be on the shelf for a couple of weeks, which makes Williams a starting option in all leagues. He’s already scored two touchdowns as a short-yardage option for the Chiefs this season, and he was serviceable for Kansas City in the playoffs last year. He is a complete back that will be spelled at times by Jerick Mckinnon but is expected to get the majority of the work. Pick him up and plug him in for the next couple of weeks, as he has a high ceiling. 

Devontae Booker, RB, Giants

Booker should start with Barkley out with an ankle injury for a couple of weeks. In Week 5, Booker took over for Barkley and had 16 carries for 42 yards and a score on four targets, as well as three receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown. Depending on how the next couple of games go, the Giants may limit Barkley even when he returns. Booker is in the same situation as Darrell Williams, as he is a good option as long as he is starting, and should be a plug and play in all formats. 

Kadarius Toney, WR, Giants

His future as a pro boxer aside, Toney had a breakout performance of 10 receptions for 189 yards on 13 targets in week 5. He now has 22 targets in his last two games, with at least 13 PPR points in each. The rest of the Giants receiving corps seems to be trying out as extras for the Walking Dead, so Toney is shaping up to see WR1 targets in the next couple of weeks. He’s the real deal and should see a majority of the work, even as the Giants get healthier.

Tim Patrick, WR, Broncos

In Week 5, Patrick was targeted nine times and caught seven of them for 89 yards. Patrick’s targets have risen in three straight games, and he’s now scored more than 12 fantasy points in four of his last five. He has a steady workload week to week and should be considered a safe option for as long as Jerry Jeudy remains hurt. Patrick is the exact kind of player whose solid performances will fly under the radar as everyone scrambles to take the backup RBs that should be available. Use that as an opportunity to get him on the cheap.  

Hunter Henry, TE, Patriots

In Week 5, Henry led the Patriots in all receiving categories. While playing 62 percent of the snaps, he had eight targets, six receptions, 75 yards, and a score. After he signed with the Patriots, it was assumed that Jonnu Smith would be the TE1 and Henry would play more of a complementary role.  The tight end position, in general, is a huge dumpster fire, so any player that has these kinds of numbers and the target opportunity of Henry should be rostered. 

Dan Arnold, TE, Jaguars

Arnold had a great day in the first game that Jacksonville played without DJ Chark. Arnold caught six passes for 64 yards on eight targets. Chark being out for an extended period of time opens up the door for Arnold to continue seeing quality targets. The game script will force the Jags to be passing more often than not, so look for Arnold to have quality targets moving forward.