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Week 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Express: All Aboard!!!

ALL ABOAARDDDDD!!!! The Waiver Wire Express is leaving the station.

Next Stop: Week 6

This weekly column will tell you all about players I am adding off the waiver wire as well as suggested FAAB amounts. I will also tell you which players I feel comfortable dropping at each position. Pay close attention to your league settings. If you have an injured player and have an IR slot – you’re much better off stashing them on IR as opposed to just dropping them. I try to include clips of each player's highlights from the previous week so I can put the proof right in this waiver wire pudding.

In general, recommended players will be 50% owned or less in Yahoo leagues (some players may be just over).

Top Adds for Week 6:


1. Baker Mayfield

2. Jameis Winston

Running Backs:

1. Wendell Smallwood

2. Corey Clement

3. Mike Davis

4. Handcuffs

Wide Receivers:

1. Keke Coutee

2. Tre’Quan Smith

3. Geronimo Allison

4. Robby Anderson

5. Taylor Gabriel

6. Chris Godwin

7. Mohammed Sanu

8. Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Tight Ends:

1. Cameron Brate


1. Ryan Succop

2. Dan Bailey

3. Ka’imi Fairbairn


1. Green Bay

2. New York Jets


1. Derek Carr – OAK (44% owned): If you can’t trust him in a good matchup against the Chargers, when can you trust him? He got bailed out by a late Jordy Nelson touchdown to save him from a complete debacle. He cannot connect with Amari Cooper and he has more interceptions (8) than touchdowns this season (7).

2. Marcus Mariota – TEN (39% owned): Same thing can be said for Mariota. If you can’t trust him to show up in a good matchup against the Bills, when can you trust him? 2 Passing TD’s all season, elbow injury or not, is simply not good enough.


1. Baker Mayfield – CLE (37% owned): This is the stretch-run where Baker Mayfield shows us why he was the number 1 overall pick. He threw for 342 yards against a tough Baltimore defense on Sunday and now he has 4 straight games against the 21st, 30th, 31st and 32nd ranked defenses (in that sequence). You better pre-heat that oven, because it's time to Bake. It’s time to sink your teeth into some freshly baked Touchdowns courtesy of Baker, the Touchdown Maker. Bon Appetit.

Upcoming Schedule: LAC, @TB, @Pit, KC

FAAB Bid: $15-20

2. Jameis Winston – TB (20% owned): Speaking of eating, Jameis Winston is back and he’s ready to eat – a ‘W’ that is! When he’s not too busy groping Uber drivers, Jameis enjoys lining up under center and throwing with reckless abandon in a pass-first offense with elite weaponry in the form of Evans, Jackson, Godwin, Brate and Howard. The run-game has been stuck in park all season and there could be a great deal of fire in the belly of Winston (in addition to crab legs) from Fitzpatrick driving the offense in weeks 1-3 and almost pulling away with the QB gig. Luckily for Winston, Fitzmagic came to a screeching halt and Dirk Koetter is handing the keys back to Jameis. Jameis has a good matchup in his first start back as the Falcons roll in to Atlanta. MMMMM... W's. The look on Godwin's (number 12) face is absolutely priceless.

Upcoming Schedule: @ATL, CLE, @CIN, @CAR

FAAB Bid: $10-15


1. Jay Ajayi – PHI (89% owned): Torn ACL. See you next season.

2. Peyton Barber – TB (37% owned): He has done nothing and now the offense is going to look different with Jameis Winston taking over and Ronald Jones II being activated. Blown opportunity.

3. Rashaad Penny –SEA (29% owned): He played one snap on Sunday and is 3rd in line for carries in the Seattle backfield.


1. Wendell Smallwood – PHI (8% owned): Down goes Ajayi! Down goes Ajayi! Smallwood has been taking advantage of an increased role in the Philly offense scoring in 2 out of 3 games. Now Ajayi is out for the season and it’s safe to assume Smallwood has passed Corey Clement on the depth chart. Darren Sproles is still nursing his hamstring injury and has not played since Week 1. Even if Clement winds up being the lead guy, there should be plenty of work for Smallwood – as there has been with Ajayi in the lineup.

Upcoming Schedule: @NYG, CAR, @JAX, BYE

FAAB Bid: $15-20

2. Corey Clement – PHI (25% owned): He’s missed the last two weeks and Smallwood has played a bigger role in his absence. Clement is definitely worth a speculative add and he should get plenty of work as Doug Pederson loves him some running back by committee. Smallwood and Clement should be splitting the backfield carries for the rest of the season unless the Eagles sign someone. You could do worse at your flex spot than the 1 or 1a in the Philly backfield.

Upcoming Schedule: @NYG, CAR, @JAX, BYE

FAAB Bid: $10-15

3. Mike Davis – SEA (19% owned): 'Iron Mike' Davis is behind Chris Carson in line for touches in the Seattle backfield, but he’s definitely moved ahead of Rashaad Penny. Davis has had 21 and 12 carries in the past two games and scored 3 touchdowns in that span. He’s definitely worth a flex-play or a spot-start covering byes and he is a must own handcuff for Carson owners.

Upcoming Schedule: @OAK, BYE, @DET, LAC

FAAB Bid: $8-10 (Carson Owners: $10-12)

4. Handcuffs: The injuries are starting to pile up at Running Back. Do not get caught without your handcuff and end up having to pay through the nose via FAAB or a trade to get them back. If you need your handcuff – add them now or trade for them. I am not going to mention handcuffs on really bad offenses, satellite backs or handcuffs already heavily owned (over 75%).

Here is a list of SOME of the handcuffs that need to be owned in no particular order:

1. Rod Smith – DAL

2. Malcolm Brown – LAR

3. Spencer Ware – KC

4. Latavius Murray – MIN

5. Giovani Bernard – CIN

6. Wayne Gallman - NYG

7. Alfred Blue or D’Onta Foreman – HOU

8. Nick Chubb - CLE

9. CJ Anderson - CAR

10. Stevan Ridley – PIT (the Steelers do not use Jaylen Samuels in the run game despite their depth chart having him second behind Conner)

11. Frank Gore - MIA

12. LeGarrette Blount - DET

13. Alfred Morris - SF

14. Buck Allen - BAL

15. Chris Ivory - BUF


1. Larry Fitzgerald – ARI (88% owned): I am not saying to drop him. I’m saying if you need to – I get it. 3 receptions or less in each game since Week 1. The Cardinals offense is bad. Only drop him if you need to. Like for one of these top guys below, perhaps.


1. Keke Coutee – HOU (34% owned): 17 catches on 22 targets for 160 yards and a touchdown in his first two career games – you have my attention sir. The Texans are also finding creative ways to get the ball in his hands out of the backfield. He is super fast and he's becoming a focal point of a potent offense in Houston.

Upcoming Schedule: BUF, @JAX, MIA, DEN

FAAB Bid: $20-25

2. Tre’Quan Smith – NO (2% owned): Ginn was out with an injury and Smith got the start and boy did he take advantage. 3 Catches on 3 Targets for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s got elite speed and if he’s going to get the opportunity to play opposite Michael Thomas in the same offense as Kamara, Ingram, Brees and the rest of this high-powered offense, then he needs to be owned. Add him and see how this develops.

Upcoming Schedule: BYE, @BAL, @MIN, LAR

FAAB Bid: $20-25

3. Geronimo Allison – GB (46% owned): Normally he’s the 3rd wide receiver in an Aaron Rodgers led offense. Right now, he’s their #2 WR with Randall Cobb out. Allison himself is banged up and did not play Sunday with a concussion. But if he can return this week there’s not many better situations than #2 WR paired with Aaron Rodgers and going opposite Davante Adams.

Upcoming Schedule: SF, BYE, @LAR, @NE

FAAB Bid: $15-20

4. Robby Anderson – NYJ (35% owned): The talent has been there. It was the production that wasn’t. Well on Sunday, the production came, and now he needs to be re-added to see if he can keep this rolling. 3 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns could be the performance that catapults Anderson into must-start territory. Add him and monitor the production.

Upcoming Schedule: IND, MIN, @CHI, @MIA

FAAB Bid: $10-15

5. Taylor Gabriel – CHI (19% owned): “You’re not his agent. Gabriel is his agent.” I love that commercial. Almost as much as I love Taylor Gabriel. Despite little production heading in to Week 4 – Gabriel quietly had 22 targets heading in to his matchup against the Bucs. He then caught 7 passes on 7 targets with 2 touchdowns. Slot receiver Anthony Miller is dealing with a separated shoulder and Gabriel is filling in at the slot and is heavily targeted by Trubisky when under pressure. Gabriel is pulling away as the second wide receiving option in Chicago after Allen Robinson. He’s coming off a bye so hopefully he flew under your league’s radar. And hopefully Anthony Miller stays out of his way.

Upcoming Schedule: @MIA, NE, NYJ, @BUF

FAAB Bid: $10-15

6. Chris Godwin – TB (38% owned): Another guy coming off a bye week and you need to check your waiver wire to make sure he’s not on there. He had a strong start to the season and should continue to get looks in two and three wide receiver sets in the Bucs passing offense. Go add him if he’s there.

Upcoming Schedule: @ATL, CLE, @CIN, @CAR

FAAB Bid: $10-15

7. Mohammed Sanu – ATL (32% owned): Despite all the buzz surrounding Calvin Ridley, Sanu remains the #2 wide receiver in Atlanta. Once again he was 2nd on the team in WR targets on Sunday and he hit pay-dirt. Since Week 2 he’s scored a touchdown or had 100 yards in all 3 games. He’s a fine WR3 or Flex option in good matchups, like this weekend against the Bucs.

Upcoming Schedule: TB, NYG, BYE, @WAS

FAAB Bid: $8-10

8. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – GB (9% owned): MVS had a big game on Sunday with Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb both out of the lineup. He had 7 catches on 10 targets and was inches away from scoring a 2nd touchdown. If Allison and/or Cobb cannot go this week, MVS should be in the WR3/Flex mix. He is worth the roster spot, especially in deeper leagues.

Upcoming Schedule: SF, BYE, @LAR, @NE

FAAB Bid: $4-6


1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – JAX (31% owned): He went on IR with a core muscle injury.


1. Cameron Brate – TB (32% owned): It is time to ‘Make America Brate Again’. He is back to being involved in this offense and has scored in each of the last two games. Winston has leaned on him heavily in the past and OJ Howard is injured. Add Brate if you need a tight end.

Upcoming Schedule: @ATL, CLE, @CIN, @CAR

FAAB Bid: $8-10


1. Ryan Succop – TEN (20% owned): He is 13/14 on the season; he has not missed from within 40 yards and is 6/7 from 40+ yards out. He’s 3/3 from 50+ yards out. The dude is a kicking machine and needs to be added wherever a kicker is needed. He’s second in kicker scoring to only Justin Tucker. He plays the Ravens at home this week and it could get real stingy on that half of the field. Succop will capitalize.

2. Dan Bailey – MIN (44% owned): Back to back double digit scoring weeks. He’s one of the most accurate kickers of all time. 2/3 from 40+ yards out and kicks for a good Vikings offense. The Vikings should be in striking range plenty of times at home against the Cardinals.

3. Ka’imi Fairbairn – HOU (17% owned): He leads the league in Field Goals Made and Field Goal Attempts. He’s hitting 81.3% of his field goals and the Texans give him a ton of chances from 40+ and even 50+ yards out. He’s 3/6 from 40+ yards out. He’s kicking at home against a bad Bills team this week.


1. Green Bay Packers (52% owned): Arizona picked off Beathard twice and sacked him 4 times. They recovered 3 fumbles and had a defensive touchdown. Now the 49ers go on the road and have to play in a hostile environment on Monday Night Football. The Packers have a solid pass rush and should be able to get pressure and create turnovers. Stream with confidence.

2. New York Jets (22% owned): And… you’re number 1 Defense in Fantasy Football after 5 weeks is…. The Chicago Bears (in only 4 games too). But, 2nd. 2nd is your New York Football Jets. 14 sacks, 7 INT, 4 Fumble Recoveries and 1 Return TD. Now they get Indy coming to New York and possibly without TY Hilton. The Colts can’t run the ball at all. The Jets should play well at home in this spot.

RECOMMENDED FOR DEEP LEAGUES: QB Mitchell Trubisky, RB Frank Gore, RB Alfred Morris, RB LeGarette Blount, RB Ronald Jones II, RB Nick Chubb, WR Christian Kirk, WR Chester Rogers, WR Ryan Grant, WR Courtland Sutton, WR Antonio Callaway, WR David Moore, WR Donte Moncrief, TE Niles Paul, TE Geoff Swaim, TE C.J. Uzomah, TE Ryan Griffin

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