2021 NFL Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

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


Teams ON BYE this week, week 6:
Atlanta Falcons
New Orleans Saints
New York Jets
San Francisco 49ers

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Latavius Murray, Darrel Williams, Devontae Booker, Alexander Mattison, Benny Snell

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Kadarius Toney, Tim Patrick, Amon-Ra St. Brown,

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Evan Engram, Hunter Henry, Dan Arnold

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Sam Darnold, 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Carolina Panthers (v Vikings) Miami Dolphins (at Jaguars), Green Bay Packers (at Bears), Cincinnati Bengals (at Lions),

RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 12.1% of all ESPN leagues):
CEH is expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks with a sprained MCL (knee injury).  Darrel Williams becomes the next man up and joins a high powered Chiefs offense.  Unfortunately he mustered just 27 yards on 5 carries and added another 18 yards on 3 catches against a stifling Bills defense.  The Chiefs had to sling it to try and play catchup so game flow didn’t play into his favor either.  He’s have some friendlier matchups coming up starting with Washington this week followed by the Titans, Giants and Raiders. 

Devontae Booker, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 6% of all ESPN leagues):
Booker got the bulk of the carries after Saquon Barkley was ultimately ruled out early in the game against the Cowboys.  He parlayed his 16 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown while adding 16 yards and another score on 3 catches.  Pictures of Saquon’s ankle went viral as he sat on the bench receiving treatment.  Buyer beware: Booker and the Giants will have a couple of tough defensive matchups against the Rams and Panthers before they face the Chiefs and Raiders.  The Giants might have Glennon at quarterback and a banged up receiving corps which means opposing defenses can stack the box to stop the run or send the house to pressure Glennon into some mistakes.  Either way, Booker can be rostered, but only desperate fantasy owners should start him.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 76.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Cook was ultimately ruled out early Sunday morning which meant Mattison got plenty of work.  He tumbled for 113 yards on 25 totes and brought in 7 of his targets for 40 yards and a touchdown.  Again, buyer beware with this waiver wire pickup.  Dalvin Cook has already missed a couple of games with an ankle injury and was ultimately a game time decision.  Mattison only has value if Cook sits again.  He’ll have some tough matchups against the Panthers, Cowboys and Ravens in the coming weeks.

Latavius Murray, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 65% of all ESPN leagues):
Latavius Murray as the Ravens lead back ultimately didn’t pan out.  The Colts took the lead early which means the Ravens and Murray played catch up.  Lamar Jackson ultimately logged more carries than the other running backs combined.  Meanwhile, Murray produced just 17 yards on 6 carries and brought in 2 of his targets for 13 yards.  He’ll face the Chargers this week but then the schedule softens up a bit with the Bengals and Vikings.  Baltimore’s offense can support 2 fantasy relevant running backs so Murray is worth adding as a dart throw owners can stream against weak defenses.  

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants (currently owned in 12.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Kadarius Toney certainly made a name for himself this week by bringing in a monstrous 10 of 13 targets for 189 yards.  Although he failed to reach the endzone, the rookie became Daniel Jones’ and subsequently Mike Glennon’s primary target after the Giants lost Golladay, Shepard and Slayton to injuries.  He could continue to be targeted heavily again if all three wideouts remain sidelined.  For more on what “The Joker” did during his time as a Florida Gator, check out our 2021 wide receiver rookies and redshirts section here

Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 29.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Again, somebody has to catch the ball for the Broncos.  Although Sutton had the big day, Patrick still brought in 7 of his 9 season high targets for 89 yards.  He’ll probably continue to get targets until Jerry Jeudy returns from IR from a high ankle sprain. He’ll have a tasty matchup this week against a Raiders team that’s in disarray after former head coach John Gruden’s resignation.  

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 5.4% of all ESPN leagues):
St. Brown continued to be heavily targeted in the short to intermediate passing game.  He’s been targeted 8 times in each of his last 2 games and he’s brought in 13 of those 16 targets for 135 yards for an average of just over 10 yards per catch.  His rapidly developing rapport with Jared Goff means it’s only a matter of time before he really goes off.  He’ll have the Bengals, Rams and Eagles before a week 9 bye.  For more on what this rookie did as a USC Trojan, check out our 2021 wide receiver rookies and redshirts section here!

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (currently owned in 30.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Engram has historically been an injury-riddled, unreliable TE2 who has been inconsistent at best.  However, he could get a big bump in his target share with Golladay, Slayton, and Shepard potentially all sidelined.  That would leave Engram and emerging rookie Kadarius Toney as the primary pass catchers for this team of walking wounded because Mike Glennon, who might sub for Daniel Jones (concussion), can’t even dump it off or hand it off to Devontae Booker because Saquon Barkley (ankle) is also sidelined.  To say this team is a mess is an understatement.  However, the opportunity might be there which makes Engram worth a dart throw especially at a position that has no depth.  Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and the Los Angeles Rams meet the Giants at the Meadowlands this week. 

Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (currently owned in 40.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The nation got to see some “vintage” Hunter Henry, if there is such a thing.  He snagged 6 of his 8 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown against a soft Texans secondary.  He’s averaged 5 targets a game in his last 3 games and he’s caught touchdowns 2 games in a row now.  While the Patriots offense may not be as potent, a healthy Henry could be emerging as one of the team’s top weapons.  Like Engram, Hunter Henry is worth rostering even if he isn’t in the starting lineup because he has upside and his position lacks depth. 

Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 1.9% of all ESPN leagues):
A change of scenery might be just way Dan Arnold needed.  He saw his targets jump to 8 against the Titans last week which is nearly as many as his previous 3 games combined.  He brought in 6 of those targets for 64 yards and he might be targeted often with DJ Chark on the mend, Marvin Jones Jr, Lasviska Shenault, and not many other receiving options.  He’s a big athletic target for his rookie quarterback who’s worth a dart throw.  He’ll face a Dolphins secondary before a week 7 bye.

QUARTERBACKS (QB):

Sam Darnold, QB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 60.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Darnold will try to bounce back from a disappointing week 5 performance when he threw for just 177 yards and a touchdown but also tossed 3 picks.  He averaged nearly 27 fantasy points per game until last week when he posted just 6 points.  He does have some soft matchups coming up against the Vikings, Giants and Falcons though so he’s worth rostering.

Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 7.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Wentz exploded for 402 yards, 2 touchdowns and a pick in a shootout against the Ravens on Monday night.  This was a bit out of character for the normally conservative Colts offense who would prefer to play defense and control time of possession by running the ball, but Monday Night Football turned into an absolute fireworks show that went down to the wire and then some.  Carson and the Colts welcome the Texans to town this week which means the signal caller and his receiving options have a soft matchup.  Wentz doesn’t have a very high ceiling, but he does have a pretty high floor.  He’s worth streaming this week at least.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 20.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Teddy B is sometimes known as a game manager, but he certainly put up a fight against a good Steelers defense.  He completed 24 of 38 of his attempts for 288 yards, a pair of scores and a pick.  He’ll have a softer matchup this week against the division rival Raiders, but his ceiling could be capped by game flow.  Head coach Vic Fangio is a defensive head coach who loves to play defense and control the clock by running the ball.  Nevertheless, the matchup presents upside that’s worth getting him in the starting lineup this week especially in deep or 2QB leagues.  

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 66.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Stephon Gilmore joins Jeremy Chinn and CJ Henderson to help solidify a Panthers’ secondary.  They have some soft matchups against the Vikings, Giants, Falcons, and struggling rookie QB Mac Jones and the Patriots.  This unit is worth adding for at least the next month.  They have a week 13 bye as well so they might be able to lead fantasy owners all the way up to the playoffs. 

Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 19.1% of all ESPN leagues): 
The last thing the Jaguars and their impotent offense need is a distraction, but that’s exactly what Urban Meyer is with his off the field antics.  James Robinson might be the lone bright spot in this offense.  If the Fins defense can stop the run, they might be able to force young Trevor Lawrence into some mistakes.  

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 23.3% of all ESPN leagues): 
This is because the Bears have struggled to move the ball and they could struggle without lead running back David Montgomery.  The Bears also have multiple injuries in their offensive line and are thin at all positions there.  It could be a big day for Savage and the Smiths.  Yes, Jaylon Smith comes over from the Cowboys to bolster the Packers’ linebacker corps. 

STREAMING OPTIONS

Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 18.9% of all ESPN leagues):
This is simple.  The Bengals defense has found ways to get to the quarterback and might be one of the more underrated units in the league.  Nobody expected them to go toe to toe with Rodgers and the Packers.  The Bengals take on the Lions and an injured offensive line.  This unit is worth streaming this week. 

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