2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds, Waiver Wire Pickups, and Bye Week Subs

RUNNING BACKS: Wendell Smallwood, Nyheim Hines, Alfred Morris, Mike Davis, Kyle Juszczyk

WIDE RECEIVERS: Keke Coutee, Donte Moncrief, Robbie Anderson, Antonio Callaway, Mohamed Sanu

TIGHT ENDS: Cameron Brate, Nick Vannett

QUARTERBACKS: Blake Bortles, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS: Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

The following teams have BYE WEEKS and DO NOT play this week:
Detroit Lions
New Orleans Saints

RUNNING BACKS

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 7.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Smallwood should see quite an expansive workload with Ajayi out for the season.  Even so, he carry the ball 3 times for 27 yards and caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown, for a total of just six offense of touches.  Although he might be the guy on the field for the snaps, he may not actually get the ball. Nevertheless he's worth an add on possible volume alone.  However it's worth noting that he and Corey Clement could split time in the backfield moving forward.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 46.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Hines' performance this week validates his involvement in the offense.  Sure, his emergence may have been the result of the absence of Hilton, but Hines has certainly proven himself as a playmaker, especially out of the backfield.  He caught 7 of his 11 targets into 45 yards so he's certainly worth an add in PPR formats.

Alfred Morris, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 49.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Morris has seen his fantasy stock drop since Breida had started dominating the touches in the backfield.  However the tables turned after Breida supposedly tweaked his ankle with plenty of time left and last week's game. It was Morris who wound up getting most of the offensive load. At this point most Breida owners should definitely at least pick up Morris as a handcuff.

Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 14.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Even with Carson back in the backfield, the splits for carries was relatively even. Mike Davis carried the ball 12 times to Carson's 19, and Rashaad Penny was nowhere to be found.  With so many potential players in the Seahawks backfield, it looks like two have finally emerged as the two top backs to own. Even though Davis may not get a huge volume of carries, he does score touchdowns. He's certainly worth an add in deeper leagues especially with the coming bye weeks.

Kyle Juszczyk, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 0.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Juszczyk saw significant usage as a receiver out of the backfield.  While Morris will get most of the carries on the ground, the game plan will dictate that Juszczyk gets plenty of passes out of the backfield.  The offensive line could be struggling with injuries and the 49ers will probably be playing catch-up with the high-flying Packers offense.  Head coach Kyle Shanahan could dump the ball off to Juszczyk early and often, making him a PPR flier.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Keke Coutee WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 11% of all ESPN leagues):
Coutee proved he was not a one week wonder.  Although fellow pass catcher Will Fuller was on the field, he was limited by hindered by a hamstring injury which led to more looks for Coutee.  He caught 6 passes for 51 yards and should continue to be involved in the Texans' game plan.  He's certainly worth an add in PPR leagues, as he's a possession receiver who moves the chains and generally works the middle of the field.

Donte Moncrief, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 13% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jaguars will need Bortles' arm to generate offense with Fournette out of the lineup indefinitely.  Moncrief was targeted 15 times, the highest of this season, and he caught 6 of those targets for 76 yards, his highest catch total for the season.  He caught 5 balls for 109 yards and a score against the Jets as well.  His production is trending in the right direction, so he's worth a stash.

Robbie Anderson, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 43.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Anderson has been a fantasy non-factor so far this year.  He certainly changed that when he smoked a tough Broncos defense for caught 3 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Fellow wideout Enunwa certainly stands out as the top wideout in the Jets passing attackin terms of targets, but he also gets the most coverage.  This certainly helped opened things up down field for Anderson.  That could be apparent this week when the Colts come to town.

Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 26.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Callaway should be in line to see added looks with the injury to Richard Higgins.  The fast, big-bodied rookie has a great opportunity to make an impression when he faces soft coverages in the coming weeks.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 53% of all ESPN leagues):
Sanu almost fell off of fantasy radars completely after fellow wideout Calvin Ridley stole the show amassing 6 touchdowns in 3 games.  Ridley was held out of the endzone and Sanu scored just his second touchdown of the season in a loss to the Steelers.  He'll try to reach paydirt again in another high flying affair against the Buccaneers this week.

TIGHT ENDS

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 16.7% of all ESPN leagues):
With O.J. Howard reportedly walking around with a heavy brace on his leg, Brate is worth adding for at least another week.  The Buccaneers secondary has been one of the league's worst, so Jameis Winston will need all of the firepower the Buccaneers can muster to lead his team to victory.  Brate figures into that high flying game plan.

Nick Vannett, TE, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 49.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Dissly has been placed on IR, basically making Vannett the last, healthy, remaining tight end on the Seahawks roster.  Unfortunately, he doesn't get many looks with the run game emerging and Doug Baldwin returning.  However, he's still worth a dart throw at a position so thin.

QUARTERBACKS

Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 40% of all ESPN leagues):
Sure Bortles is an inconsistent, streaky, turnover machine, but he needs to generate offense at the moment with Fournette still sidelined.  He has some underrated playmakers around him and he can go off at any time.  He's available in over half of all ESPN leagues and is certainly worth a bye week sub if needed.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 38.1% of all ESPN leagues):
This year's first overall pick has done a decent job of slinging the rock.  He has some nice matchups coming up and should get even better as he gets more comfortable in his offensive system.  He's worth an add with all of the bye weeks coming up.

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 5.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Darnold has looked better and better as he's gotten more comfortable in his offensive system as well.  He has a nice matchup this week against the Colts in which he'll try to keep trending upward.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 15.6% of all ESPN leagues):
There has been a night and day difference in the Bengals defense with the return of Vontaze Burfict.  The former Pro Bowler solidifies things in the middle of the field, and will certainly make the entire unit better.  It should be noted that they faced a conservative Dolphins offense last week during their coming out party.  The Steelers finally woke up last week on both sides of the ball, so Cincinnati will face their first real test.  Nevertheless, they're worth adding for spot starts or bye weeks.

Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 32.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Cardinals defense held a turnover party against the 49ers last week with 2 picks, 3 forced fumbles, including a forced fumble for a touchdown.  Arizona's pass rush generated 4 sacks and 9 quarterback hits.  The Vikings offensive line has been banged up or struggling, leaving Cousins exposed and their run game ineffective.  The Cardinals defense and special teams could have another big day if Cousins is on the run.

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