2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury, and bye-week help is here!

The following teams have bye weeks and WILL NOT be playing this week:
- Buffalo Bills
- Chicago Bears
- Indianapolis Colts
- Oakland Raiders



RUNNING BACKS (RB)

Jonathan Hilliman, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 1% of all leagues):
Hilliman stepped in to fill in for Gallman after he succumbed to injuries this week.  If both Gallman and Barkley are both unable to go on a short week, Hilliman would be the next man up for a young and struggling Giants team.  He'll have a tough matchup this week against one of the better defenses in the league.  The Giants travel to Foxborough to take on the Pats on Thursday Night Football.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 48.6% of all leagues):
This is truly a desperation play if there ever was one.  Head Coach Jay Gruden was fired on Monday morning and the Redskins still don't know who their quarterback is.  Washington may lean on the run even more as they struggle to find their identity, bounce back offensively, and help out whoever is under center taking snaps.  Luckily, they take on a team that's even worse.  They'll travel south to face the Miami Dolphins, so there's at least a slim chance Peterson could post a respectable stat line.

STREAMING OPTION

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 3.7% of all leagues):
Last week the Bengals gave up 68 yards and a touchdown on 8 carries to Chase Edmonds of all players.  Yes, the Bengals' run defense is still the softest.  The Ravens get to run all over their division rivals this week so Gus Edwards is worth rostering and getting in the starting lineup. 

Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 2.9% of all leagues):
This is strictly due to the health of David Johnson, who played through a back injury last week against the Bengals.  Edmonds has the backup job locked up and could be ready to step into the starting role in case DJ can't go this week against the Falcons. 

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR)

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 19.6% of all leagues):
Johnson has now been targeted 20 times in his last three games and is clearly one of the preferred targets of Mason Rudolph.  He's brought in 14 of those targets for 156 yards and two touchdowns during that time.  He'll face an injured Chargers defense this week that allowed 20 points to the Broncos last week.  However, Johnson's starting status in fantasy leagues will depend on Rudolph's recovery. 

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 42.9% of all leagues):
Sanu basically fell off of fantasy radars after an injury-plagued 2018 season.  However, the 6'2", 210lb wideout is now in his 8th season and proved that he still has plenty left in the tank.  He'll be a crucial part of the Falcons offense as they try to find their identity after a slow start to their 2019 season.  He posted 9 cauptches for 91 yards in week 4 against the Titans, and he put up another 5 catches for 42 yards and a touchdown this week in Houston.  He should have a relatively easy this week against an Arizona pass defense that ranks in the bottom third of the league.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 2.7% of all leagues):
A torn Achilles ended Thomas' 2018 season and a hamstring kept him on the bench after his season debut with the Jets.  However, he was targeted nine times by backup QB Luke Falk in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, and he caught 4 of them for 47 yards.  He hasn't been on fantasy radars since 2017, but he could have a revival in his career.  He could be a sneaky add in the coming weeks when Sam Darnold comes back.  He's a great stash for now, but he has a soft schedule from week 8 through the end of the season making him a great deep league stash or for anyone who has room on their roster.

Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 26.4% of all leagues):
Kenny Stills appeared to have passed Coutee on the depth chart earlier this year but a hamstring injury sidelined Stills and allowed Counted to get more opportunities.  He's definitely more of a boom or bust player because he works the underneath routes and most of his yards come after the catch.  He should continue to get some run as long as Stills remains sidelined.  It's anyone's guess when Stills will come back especially since he's a speed guy dealing with a tricky injury.  This makes Coutee worth an add and a spot start as needed as long as Stills is unavailable.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Byron Pringle (currently owned in 0% of all leagues)
DeMarcus Robinson (currently owned in 67.3% of all leagues)
Mecole Hardman (currently owned in 52.4% of all leagues)
One Byron Pringle popped up on fantasy radars thanks to a hamstring injury to Sammy Watkins.  Prior to last week, Pringle had a couple catches for 20 yards all season.  Last week he snagged six of his targets for 106 yards and a touchdown.  Another week, another no name turned household name by the Chiefs' explosive offense.  By now, most readers should know that it's Reid's playcalling combined with Mahomes' playmaking that puts these guys on the map.  This corps could continue their rise to fantasy relevance if the Chiefs still don't have their top two wideouts back next week.  Buyer beware: Mahomes did injure his ankle twice last week and was visibly hobbled at the end of the game, so that could limit the upside of these young wideouts.  Nevertheless, chances of any one of these guys posting a good box score is pretty good.  Pringle is owned in exactly none of ESPN leagues, so he's worth a dart throw.

Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants (currently owned in 0.5% of all leagues):
Slayton caught 4 of his 5 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown against a tough Vikings defense.  The rookie out of Auburn will be a player to keep an eye on as the season continues to develop.  At 6'1", 190lbs, he runs a 4.39 40 which gives him an excellent size-speed combo that could be difficult to cover.  He could use his size, speed, route running ability, and time spent developing with fellow rookie Daniel Jones to be a good outside threat opposite Sterling Shepard.  He's a deep league stash at the moment but could feature more prominently as the season rolls on.

Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 10.3% of all leagues):
Tate stayed busy this past week in Arizona, catching 3 of his 6 targets for 26 yards and a touchdown.  Yes, Tyler Boyd was the main benefactor of the injuries to Green and Ross, but Tate was able to find the endzone and stay fantasy relevant.  He's still worth an add in most leagues thanks to his size, target share, and steady hands.  He can fill in during the bye week this week against a Ravens secondary that's been less than stellar.  Buyer beware: AJ Green could return in a couple of weeks which would put a question mark on Tate's involvement in the offense.

TIGHT ENDS (TE)

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 12% of all leagues):
For those in deep leagues or in need of a tight end, this could be the last chance to snag Herndon.  He should have plenty of targets whether it's Falk or Darnold throwing to him.  Gase loves to use his tight ends and Herndon is a matchup nightmare who can catch the ball on short passes and turn upfield for big gains.  Herndon really came on strong during the last 11 games of last season when he caught 34 passes for nearly 500 yards and four touchdowns.  He'll try to carry over his success to this year.

Foster Moreau, TE, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 0.1% of all leagues):
***The Oakland Raiders have a BYE WEEK this week and DO NOT play***
Fantasy managers everywhere know that Waller is the primary pass catching tight end for the Raiders, but Moreau and Waller were both targeted five times in last week's battle against the Bears.  Moreau reeled in 4 of those targets for just 46 yards and failed to find the endzone.  This makes him a bit of a boom or bust player, but he's certainly worth looking at especially in PPR leagues. 

QUARTERBACKS (QB)

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 18.1% of all leagues):
Minshew Mania continues as owners go gaga for Gardner.  Alright, so he's still available in more than 80% of all ESPN leagues.  He's worth a bye week sub at the very least for owners who have Josh Allen, Derek Carr, or Jacoby Brissett.  He just posted 374 yards and 2 touchdowns against a decent Panthers defense and he has a strong connection with DJ Chark who caught both of Minshew's touchdown passes.  He faces the Saints this week who field possibly the toughest defense Minshew has faced all year.  Still, the young signal caller is a playmaker and could surprise.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 10.2% of all leagues):
Teddy B shocked the world last week by tossing four touchdown passes and over 300 yards.  Then again, it shouldn't be that surprising with the talent that surrounds him and the support he gets in the play calling.  He should continue getting better as the season continues.  However, he'll have a pretty tough matchup this week against the Jaguars.  Moreover, Brees is slated to return in a few weeks.  Those in need of a bye week sub or just need a streaming option should consider Bridgewater.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 24.7% of all leagues):
The Steelers may have problems on the offensive side of the ball, but their defense is just fine.  They've forced five turnovers, four of those being interceptions, and scored double-digit fantasy points in their last 2 games.  They've looked different since Minkah Fitzpatrick joined their secondary, and they face a Chargers offense that struggled against a banged up Broncos defense.  They also have Miami after the bye week, so this is a pretty decent stash.  The Steelers have a good, young corps of players and a steady run game that could help lead the Killer Bees into the playoffs.

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 38% of all leagues):
The Jets have looked like a mess this season. Their starting QB had mono, their run game has gone nowhere, and their offensive line has been non-existent.  The Cowboys defense managed to hold a high-flying Saints offense to just 12 points.  Granted, New Orleans had Teddy Bridgewater under center.  The Jets are much more inept on offense so this is a pretty good matchup.  Yes, they gave up 34 points to the Packers this week but the other offenses on their remaining schedule have been struggling.

STREAMING OPTIONS:

Washington Redskins (currently owned in 4.3% of all leagues):
While potential fantasy owners may not realize it, the return of Quinton Dunbar to the Redskins backfield signaled a turnaround for this Dunbar, Landon Collins, and Josh Norman form one of the most underrated backfields in the league.  Daron Payne and Montez Sweat are starting to solidify things in the defensive trenches and Ryan Kerrigan is still one of the best linebackers in the business.  Oh, they also travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins.

Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 45.3% of all leagues):
The Bengals have struggled just as hard on offense as they have on defense.  While they may have been embarrassed by the Browns and Chiefs, they did manage to do a decent job shutting down the Cardinals and Dolphins.  Andy Dalton doesn't have an offensive line to protect him.  Thee turnover-prone quarterback will also try to sling it against one of the better backfields in the league led by Early Thomas combined with Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey.  Mixon can't run it without an offensive line either so expect this to be a pretty low-scoring affair on Cincinnati's side.

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