Fantasy Waiver Wire: Target Chase Claypool, Alexander Mattison & Mecole Hardman

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  • Steelers WR Chase Claypool. Vikings RB Alexander Mattison. Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman
  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in three of the past five seasons -- breaks down his top fantasy football waiver wire targets.
  • Find out why those are his top three pickups heading into Week 6 and how much you should spend to acquire them.

With the extended fantasy football waiver wire deadline, Sean Koerner breaks down his takes on the top-three targets heading into Week 6. He also includes how much of his Free Agency Acquisition Budget (FAAB) he’d be willing to spend to acquire these players.

Alexander Mattison, WR, Vikings

Mattison should already be rostered in every league, but as of Wednesday evening, he’s available in 57% of Yahoo leagues.

Mattison has built-in upside — he offers RB3/Flex value when Dalvin Cook is healthy, but shoots up to an RB1 when Cook is out.

Mattison is currently ranked as RB4 for Week 6 with Cook in doubt for Sunday. Mattison may end up being only a one-week rental, but he’s worth a healthy bid for his long-term value.

FAAB Spend: 40-65%

Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers

Hopefully, you read my Week 5 Tiers and took my advice to stash Claypool as a potential “league winner.”

On Sunday, he benefited from Diontae Johnson suffering an in-game injury, but the rookie earned all four of his touchdowns. Now it’s impossible to get him at a reasonable price.

It’s unclear how the Steelers will use Claypool if Johnson is able to return this week. But Claypool has definitely earned a top-two role in this offense and I have him currently ranked as my WR23 for Week 6.

His range of outcomes for the rest of the season are anywhere between a WR1 to a WR3/Flex.

FAAB Spend: 25-50%

Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs

Hardman is the other wide receiver I’ve recommended as a “league winning” stash, but we couldn’t trust him in our lineups until he either passed up Demarcus Robinson in routes run or one of the Chiefs’ other WRs went down. Well, Sammy Watkins’ hamstring injury opens the door for Hardman to break out over the next few games.

Claypool and Hardman have the talent and opportunity to establish themselves as rest-of-season WR2s, but Claypool has the clearest path to upside and I would prefer him. However, you can get Hardman much cheaper.

FAAB Spend: 15-25%

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