2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football BYE WEEK, waiver wire and injury help is here!

The following teams have BYE WEEKS in week 6 (this week):
Los Angeles Chargers
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
Las Vegas Raiders
Seattle Seahawks

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Alexander Mattison, Chase Edmonds, Jamaal Williams, Brian Hill, Justin Jackson. Mike Boone, JD McKissic

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Chase Claypool, Laviska Shenault, Tee Higgins, Preston Williams, Travis Fulgham, Golden Tate

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Robert Tonyan, Jimmy Graham, Cameron Brate

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Justin Herbert, Gardner Minshew, Teddy Bridgewater, Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Miami Dolphins
RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Alex Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 46.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Another week in the 2020 season means another running back goes down.  Dalvin Cook bit it’s this week when he left the game at the start of the third quarter in week 5 with a groin injury.  The recovery period for this particular injury is roughly 3 to 6 weeks, but they’re tricky and could keep players sidelined for longer.  Cook also has an injury history so this isn’t necessarily a surprise.  The Vikings take on the Falcons in Minneapolis this week and Mattison could have a big workload this week in a run-heavy offense.  He should’ve been rostered by all Dalvin Cook owners, but he’s easily an RB2 that’s still available in over half of all ESPN leagues.

Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 46.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Kenyan Drake has struggled through the first five weeks of the season and the Cardinals backfield has become a bit of a timeshare as a result.  While both backs got touches, Edmonds remains a factor in the passing game and has been efficient with his touches.  He had 3 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown and added 56 yards on 5 catches, for an average of 11.5 yards per touch.  The Cardinals face the Cowboys and Seahawks before a week 8 bye.  Edmonds has found the endzone two weeks in a row now and could continue to get plenty of touches with a couple of friendly matchups.   

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 16% of all ESPN leagues):
The Packers lost critical pass catcher Alan Lazard for the year to a core injury and they’re still looking for someone to step up opposite Davante Adams.  While Jamaal Williams isn’t a wideout, he stepped up in a big way by catching 8 passes for 95 yards against the Falcons.  Adams wasn’t available week 4 which means the targets could be distributed differently after he returns.  Nevertheless, Williams could stay involved in the game plan so he’s worth stashing in all formats and he could be a viable bye week sub in PPR leagues.

Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 10.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Brian Hill makes this list because of two words: load management.  While Todd Gurley is the undisputed starter in Atlanta, he averages roughly 17 touches per game.  If the Falcons try to drain the clock and keep their defense off the field, chances are the remaining touches will go to Hill.  Predicting game flow is tough, but Hull might be worth picking up with some run-friendly matchups coming up.  They have the Vikings, Lions, Panthers and Broncos before their week 10 bye.  

Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 54.2% of all ESPN leagues):
**PLEASE NOTE** The Los Angeles Chargers are ON BYE this week.
Jackson actually wound up touching the ball 20 times as vs Kelley’s 12 which could mean that Jackson has a slight edge.  This helps raise Jackson’s floor, but he is injury prone and he’s just one turnover away from this turning into a true timeshare or Kelley being elevated to lead back.  Luckily, Ekeler is still out for at least another 3 weeks and the Chargers’ offense can support 2 fantasy-relevant running backs.  The Chargers face the Jags, Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins and Jets after their bye this week, but that means Jackson has fresh legs and should be able to make a difference. 

JD McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 14.8% of all ESPN leagues):
McKissic remained in the passing game for Washington.  He remains a safety blanket for Alex Smith, who is accustomed to throwing to Jamaal Charles for the better part of his career.  Washington also doesn’t particularly excel at protecting their quarterback which means McKissic should continue to catch short passes from his veteran QB.  He won’t get in the endzone much, but he’s caught 13 passes for 86 yards in his last two games which definitely makes him an asset in PPR leagues.

Mike Boone, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Speaking of run-heavy offenses, Boone already got a few touches last week with Cook leaving in the third quarter with a groin injury.  This elevated Alex Mattison to lead and Boone will be next in line for carries.  Ameer Abdullah is a return specialist and CJ Ham catches passes out of the backfield.  In any case, Boone could get double digit carries if the Vikings try to control time of possession and keep Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and a potentially explosive Falcons offense off the field against a young secondary.  Unfortunately Mattison averaged roughly 8 touches or so per game.  If that’s an indication of Boone’s new role, he’ll need to be extremely efficient with his touches to be fantasy relevant.  Nevertheless, Boone is worth adding in deeper leagues where owners need bye week help.

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 8.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Claypool put on a clinic last week against an Eagles secondary that had most of their playmakers.  He exploded onto the national football scene by hauling in 7 of his targets for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns and housed it again on a sweep for 4 total touchdowns.  The Steelers have a history of finding good receivers and Claypool is no different.  He’s an explosive weapon who stepped up and filled in after Diontae Johnson left the game early with a back injury.  Claypool has the size, speed, and athleticism to continue making plays when the Steelers need him the most.  He’s worth adding in most formats and could have a career year early the same way teammate Juju Smith-Schuster did as Pittsburgh’s WR2 back in 2018.  For more on what Claypool did at Notre Dame, check out our Rookies and Redshirts entry here.

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 41.9% of all ESPN leagues):
AJ Green was forced out of Sunday’s game with an injury which led to an increase in Higgins’ usage against a good Ravens defense.  He’s averaged 8 targets a game in his last 3 games and his target share should continue to increase due to the lack of receiving options in Cincinnati.  He has 13 catches for 179 yards and a pair of scores in the last 3 week’s, but both of those touchdowns came in week 3 against an injured Eagles secondary.  He’s easily the best receiver in the Bengals’ receiving corps and his usage should continue to increase as more Bengals receivers get hurt during this injury-filled season.  For more on what this dynamic playmaker did in college, check out our Rookies and Redshirts entry here.

Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 32% of all ESPN leagues):
Shenault has turned into a consistent playmaker for the Jaguars.  He’s been targeted 20 times in the last 3 games and he’s caught 17 of them for 198 yards in that time span.  He could also get some red zone looks if DJ Chark remains sidelined for an extended period with an ankle injury.  He was targeted a season high 8 times in week 5 and his target share his continued to climb.  He’ll face the Lions and Chargers before a week 8 bye and is worth adding in all formats.  For more on what this dynamic playmaker did in college, check out our Rookies and Redshirts entry here.

Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 36.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Preston Williams finally might have had the breakout game everyone has been waiting for.  He reeled in 4 of his 5 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown last week.  His lack of targets is still concerning, but he was efficient with his touches and reminded fantasy managers what made him so great before he fell to a torn ACL last year.  There was no preseason this year so Williams may have just needed some time to get up to game speed.  Grab him and stash him, but keep an eye on his volume before getting him in the starting lineup.  Nevertheless, Preston Williams might be back!

Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Fulgham shocked the world last week by pulling in 10 of his 13 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown last week.  The fact that he’s available in virtually all ESPN leagues shows that this was totally unexpected.  Last week was his second week in a row with a touchdown and he got a whopping 37% of the target share.  He should definitely be stashed given all of the injuries to the Eagles’ receiving corps, but he shouldn’t be started until his workload is more consistent.  The 6’2”, 215lb Old Dominion wideout was drafted in 2019 by the Lions in the 6th round.  He’s a decent route runner with good hands and adjusts well to passes and he’s one of the few remaining healthy wideouts with NFL experience on Philly’s roster.  He has a tough matchup against the Ravens this week, but his schedule eases up with the Giants, Cowboys, Giants again, Browns, and the Seahawks with a bye mixed in. 

Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants (currently owned in 48.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Golden Tate is once again a pickup because of his upcoming matchups.  Washington is allowing an average of over 11 catches and over 151 yards per game to the position and they played the run-heavy teams of the Browns and Ravens.  Danny Dimes might need to sling it to keep up with Washington’s big play scoring ability, which means more targets for Tate.  He’s worth a dart throw in deep leagues with so many wideouts on bye.  

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 48.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The saying goes “one is an anomaly, two is a coincidence, three is a trend.”  Well, last week Robert Tonyan hauled in 3 touchdown passes in his third game in a row with at least one touchdown.  Granted, these touchdowns were scored while Davante Adams  was sidelined so it remains to be seen what Tonyan will do after Adams returns.  However, it looks like he’s the playmaker who has stepped up this year after the Packers lost Lazard for the season with a core injury.  He’s on the wires this week, but he’s worth adding in deeper formats where managers can afford to stash a player and see what Tonyan’s lineup will be with Adams back in the lineup.

Jommy Graham, TE, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 53.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Graham appears to be having a renaissance in his career.  He was paid in the offseason and has caught his third touchdown in 3 weeks.  He’s emerged as one of the more reliable pass catchers for the Bears who appear to lack any aside from Allen Robinson and the tight end position is a big part of Matt Nagy’s offense.  Graham should continue to improve as Foles continues to get familiar with his new receiving options at game speed.  He should be added in all leagues and can be a viable sub for bye-week depleted rosters.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 1.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Brate hasn’t been a fantasy factor in a couple of years.  However, the losses of pass catchers OJ Howard, Chris Godwin, and Shady McCoy mean their targets must be redistributed to guys like Brate.  Brate is still a big, athletic tight end and redzone target for Tom Brady since coverage usually tries to stop Mike Evans first.  Brate may not be the most talented receiving option, but Brady can make him look good.  He’s worth grabbing and stashing for the coming bye weeks and he could get additional looks if guys like Howard, Godwin, Shady, and Scotty Miller are either banged up or remain sidelined.

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 19.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Fitzmagic has thrown for 2 or more touchdowns in 3 of his last 4 games, and he’s rushed for a touchdown in 2 of his last 3.  Sure he did it against the struggling secondaries of the Jags, Seahawks, and 49ers, but he also threw for 328 and a pair of TD’s to earn a 100.3 passer rating on a solid Bills defense.  There’s a real chance that he’s more than the mediocre starter fantasy managers have come to expect in recent years.  Parker, Williams, and Gesicki are all healthy and Gaskins and Breida are both great pass catchers out of the backfield.  He has the Jets this week and then he goes into a week 7 bye, but he’ll have the Cardinals, Broncos, Jets again, and Cincinnati all on the docket after the bye.  He’s worth adding especially during the bye weeks.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 42.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Teddy B has thrown for two touchdowns two weeks in a row and he added a rushing touchdown against the Cardinals.  He eclipsed 300 passing yards last week for the second time this season.  Robby Anderson appears to be more than a downfield go route specialist now which helps raise Bridgewater’s ceiling.  Teddy B should also  continue to get better as he continues to get better with his receivers and after Christian McCaffrey comes back.  He has some challenging matchups coming up, but a win against a good Bears defense means the Panthers’ passing attack is for real.  Owners can grab him and then wait and see.

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 56.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Minshew has cooled off a bit in recent weeks.  He’s thrown picks in 3 of his last 4, but he’s also thrown for 2 or more touchdowns in 4 of the 5 games and he’s thrown for over 300 yards in 3 of his last 4.  His stats suffer significantly without DJ Chark on the field, but he’s found another playmaker in rookie Laviska Shenault.  Unfortunately, he has the Lions this week and the Texans week 9, but he has a tough rest of the season.  As frustrating as he can be sometimes, he a decent stash and he can be started in 2QB leagues or during bye weeks. 

Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 16.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Falcons are surrendering 4 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.  Adam Thielen and Justin Jackson have both been top 10 fantasy wide receivers which raises Cousins’ ceiling.  Unfortunately, game flow and a run-heavy approach could cap his production.  Still, Cousins is worth a dart throw against the worst passing defense in the league with Brees, Russ, Cam Newton, and Carr on bye this week.  

Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 35.3% of all ESPN leagues):
**PLEASE NOTE** The Los Angeles Chargers are ON BYE this week.
Herbert has been one of the fantasy football surprises this year.  He’s completed nearly 72% of his passes for 931 yards and 5 touchdowns this year and has earned a 102.2 QB rating.  He does have a bye this week, but owners should definitely stash him in 2QB leagues, especially after he exploded for 4 passing touchdowns last week against a good Saints defense.  Herbert has exceptional talent with a full compliment of receiving options and he can help a lot of teams through their bye weeks.  He should also continue to get better as he develops his timing and trust with his wideouts.

Alex Smith, QB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, this could be the beginning of one of the best comeback stories.  Smith suffered a horrific compound fracture in his leg two seasons ago.  His return to pro football was the culmination of months of recovery and rehab and saying he knows adversity would be an understatement.  Dwayne Haskins is now a third-stringer so Smith has a firm grasp on the starting job until he gives his team a reason to start Haskins again.  He has the Giants, Cowboys, a bye, then the Giants, Lions, Bengals, and Cowboys again. His schedule certainly looks soft and he could prove he can start in the NFL again.  Smith should be rostered in all 2QB leagues and can be stashed for bye weeks in most formats.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 17.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Eagles have a tough Ravens offense this week, but they’re still led by Fletcher Cox up front.  They also have Darius Slay and other playmakers in their defensive backfield who are mostly healthy for the first time this year.  They have a couple of divisional matchups against a struggling Giants team and they’ll also face Andy Dalton who can be a turnover machine.  The Eagles’ defense is a decent streamer this week 

Washington Football Team (currently owned in 6.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Washington’s defense might actually be flying under the radar.  They have one of the better front 7 led by Montez Sweat, Chase Young, and Ryan Kerrigan.  They’ll face a Giants team that has struggled to move the ball all year and hasn’t scored more than 16 points in 4 of their first 5 games.  Washington can pressure Danny Dimes into making mistakes or at least getting rid of the ball early.  Yes, this defensive unit has allowed 30 or more points to their opponents, but their opponents all have high flying talent.  Alex Smith should also help give this unit a rest if he keeps the clock running and controls time of possession.  Washington has two divisional matchups with the Giants and one with Andy Dalton in the next 4 weeks.  This is a viable streaming defense, if not more. 

STREAMING OPTION:

Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 1.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jets are an absolute dumpster fire and they’re on the Tank for Trevor train.  The Dolphins also held Kittle and the 49ers offensive unit to just 17 points last week which makes them a good streaming option against a struggling Jets offense this week.

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