Week 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets: Take a Risk on These Dolphins
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Miami Dolphins wide receivers DeVante Parker (left) and Preston Williams (right).
- Which fantasy football running backs and wide receivers should you target on the Week 6 waiver wire?
- Mike Randle goes position-by-position, hitting all of the relevant names, including two Dolphins WRs who deserve some consideration.
That was fun, huh?
Week 5 featured offensive explosions with players such as Will Fuller, Michael Thomas, Deshaun Watson, Christian McCaffrey, and Aaron Jones producing legendary fantasy performances.
Week 6 provides our first full bye week with the Bills, Bears, Colts, and Raiders all getting a chance to rest their injuries.
The Waiver Wire is thinning out, but there is still viable short and long term options worth your consideration.
Note: We’ve limited their recommendations to players owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues. All data as of Monday.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups
Quarterback Streaming Targets
Kirk Cousins, Vikings
Cousins silenced the critics with his best performance this season against the Giants, tallying 306 passing yards and two touchdowns.
The Vikings welcome the Eagles this week, who entered Week 5 allowing the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Vikings will certainly still skew run-heavy, but Cousins should be safe for a low-end Week 6 QB performance.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars
I am officially a believer. The Washington State product has thrown two touchdowns in three consecutive games and four of his five games this season.
Against a Carolina defense that was allowing the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Minshew threw for 374 yards and almost won the game as time expired.
With home games in three of Jacksonville’s next four games, he is definitely worth a look in two-QB leagues and is a viable streaming option this week at home against New Orleans.
Running Back Targets
Rex Burkhead, Patriots
Burkhead was declared out for Sunday’s game against the Redskins due to a foot injury. In his absence, fellow running back Sony Michel ran 16 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. James White (six receptions, 72 total yards) and Brandon Bolden (42 total yards, one touchdown) were also factors.
If you are in need of a PPR running back, this is the time to target Burkhead. He entered Week 5 ranked top-12 among all running backs in receptions (14) and receiving yards (117). Burkhead will supersede Bolden immediately upon his return and carries goal line appeal over the uninspiring Michel.
While he lacks consistency as a weekly RB2, Burkhead is a viable matchup dependent option with huge upside in the event of an injury.
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
Edmonds took advantage of a plum matchup against a Cincinnati team that entered Week 5 allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. He finished with three receptions, 86 total yards, and a touchdown.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury could start to realize the value Edmonds’ brings as a satellite back and may have earned himself more playing time.
If Edmonds replicates this performance next week against the Falcons, he will become a hot Week 7 Waiver Wire pickup.
He is worth considering as an early pickup with RB2 upside in the case of a David Johnson injury.
Potential RB Stashes
Alexander Mattison, Vikings
Another week, another appearance by Mattison in the “RB Stashes” section.
The most valuable handcuff in fantasy football, Mattison rumbles for 52 rushing yards on seven carries in Minnesota’s 28-10 victory over the Giants. He isn’t necessarily a Week 6 target, but should continue to be watched just in case of a Dalvin Cook injury.
Wide Receiver Targets
Corey Davis, Titans
All wide receivers struggle against the Buffalo stout pass defense. In Tennessee’s 14-7 win at Buffalo, the Titans Corey Davis only managed two receptions for 28 yards.
However, Davis’ promising Week 4 tally (5/91/1) gives hope for the future. Tennessee travels to Denver before hosting the pass-friendly Chargers and Buccaneers in consecutive weeks.
Davis merits consideration as a wide receiver bench stash for bye weeks.
Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
Over the past three weeks, Sanu has averaged 7.7 targets, 6.7 receptions, 69.3 receiving yards, and 15.7 fantasy points per game.
Consider Sanu a WR4 or even flex play in PPR leagues with an upcoming schedule that includes at Arizona, and home games against the Rams and Seahawks.
Auden Tate, Bengals
With wide receiver John Ross (shoulder) placed on injured reserve, Tate can serve as a nice WR3/Flex play over the next month. Tate totaled three receptions, 26 receiving yards, and one touchdown in a late Cincinnati rally against Arizona.
However, Tate has seen 22 targets over the last three weeks and is a decent bye week WR3 replacement in PPR formats.
Keke Coutee, Texans
Coutee took advantage of teammate Kenny Stills’ absence for his best stat line (three receptions, 72 yards) of the season.
However, with Stills set to return in Week 6, it’s hard to trust Coutee as a fantasy viable option behind DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and possibly Stills himself.
DeVante Parker, Dolphins
Coming off a bye week, Miami hosts Washington with its best (and possibly only) chance to earn a victory. Washington entered Week 5 allowing the fourth-most points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks and second-most points to opposing wide receivers.
While this may be the only time I will advise picking up Dolphins players, you could do worse than using Parker as a one-week replacement for T.Y. Hilton or Allen Robinson.
Parker did notch four receptions, 70 yards, and a touchdown for the overall PPR WR14 performance in Week 3 against the Chargers.
Preston Williams, Dolphins
Williams is a reasonable Miami pivot if you don’t trust Parker. He has been the most targeted Dolphins receiver (30 targets) and was top-25 in completed Air Yards through the first four weeks (PlayerProfiler).
If you are debating between Parker and Williams, you are truly desperate. But drastic times call for drastic measures, and facing Washington would give hope to any wideout.
Willie Snead, Ravens
Snead has 40 or more receiving yards in four of Baltimore’s five games this season. He totaled four receptions for 51 yards in the Ravens 26-23 win at Pittsburgh.
Tight End Streaming Targets
Chris Herndon, Jets
Herndon returns off his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and may coincide with the return of New York quarterback Sam Darnold.
The Miami-product totaled three Top-10 fantasy tight end performances over the last six games of the 2018 season.
The Jets host Dallas next week, which gives Herndon a chance to face a Cowboys team that’s allowed the 10th-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends this season.
Gerald Everett, Rams
Everett erupted against the Seahawks on Thursday night, totaling career-highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (136). He flashed big-play ability with receptions of 22 yards and 30 yards.
He has difficult matchups upcoming against San Francisco, Atlanta, and Cincinnati. While two of those are home games, all three teams rank among the bottom ten teams in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.
Everett will still share snaps with teammate Tyler Higbee, but his recent production merits waiver wire consideration.
Darren Fells, Texans
While tight end is a position that is down the target depth chart in Houston, Fells did produce two touchdown catches in the Texans 53-32 rout of Atlanta.
On the season, Fells has three touchdown catches, something only two other tight ends (Mark Andrews, Will Dissly) can boast.
His low target volume and time-share with Jordan Akins make Fells a desperation fantasy play only.