Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 6 goals include potential league-winning addition – Yahoo Sports

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 6 goals include potential league-winning addition - Yahoo Sports

If you felt like the 2022 fantasy season was difficult to navigate through its first five weeks, just wait. The hard stuff is actually just beginning. The byes are due in Week 6, with four teams suddenly unavailable (Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Tennessee). Even the healthiest of fantasy rosters will have to make some moves this week. Below you’ll find a collection of approved pickups, all available on at least 50 percent of Yahoo links.

Running backwards on the wire

Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks (46%)

after Rashad Penny out with an ankle injury in Week 5, it didn’t take long for Walker to make his presence felt:

One decisive move and he simply disappeared. Walker was legendarily productive at Michigan State, rushing for 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns last year while averaging 6.2 YPC and generally carrying his team’s offense. He earned his second-round draft status. He wasn’t much of a receiving threat at the college level, but Seattle typically doesn’t ask early-down runners to be volume pass-catchers. Walker profiles as an old-school centerpiece back and his sub-4.4 speed makes him a huge threat on every touch. He played almost every snap after Penny’s exit on Sunday.

Penny’s injury will sideline him for the rest of the season, making Walker an obvious pickup priority. Be aggressive with your waiver claims wherever he is available.

Offer: Empty the wallet.

One Benjamin, Arizona Cardinals (12%)

Benjamin is the healthiest back on the Cardinals’ roster at the moment after both James Conner (ribs) and Darrel Williams (knee) suffered injuries in the loss to Philadelphia. He accounted for 53 yards on Sunday, with a game-tying fourth quarter TD included. Benjamin is an elusive and competitive runner who plays bigger than his listed size (5-foot-9, 207 pounds). He averaged 3.6 yards after contact per attempt this year and he caught a dozen passes for 97 yards. Next week, the Cardinals travel to Seattle to face the NFL’s most generous defense, so Benjamin is a near-lock to make a fantasy splash.

Offer: $12

Eno Benjamin is among the priority pickups for fantasy managers in Week 6. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Eno Benjamin is among the priority pickups for fantasy managers in Week 6. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Mike Boone, Denver Broncos (36%)

Boone will clearly have a role in Denver’s revamped RBBC after gaining 85 scrimmage yards on 10 touches and catching all three of his targets on Thursday. Melvin Gordon may still lead the committee, but his ball security issues haven’t gone away. Denver has a Monday night showdown with the Chargers on deck, so Boone will be facing a run-friendly defense that has allowed an outrageous 5.8 YPC on the season. He clearly belongs in the flex discussion.

No one asked for more prime-time Broncos football, but it’s coming whether you want it or not. Denver is a run-committed team (because what choice do they have?) and Boone should get a significant portion of the backfield touches.

Offer: $9

Additional RBs to consider: Deon Jackson (he ran well Thursday night against Denver, carrying 13 times for 62 yards, plus he hauled in four catches; Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines both are currently dealing with injuries, so Jackson could be needed this week against Jacksonville), Tevin Coleman (he went from the practice squad to the end zone last week, but he’s not a threat Jeff Wilson), Rachel White (the rookie put up a quiet 42 scrimmage yards against Atlanta, but he established himself as the clear guy in the Bucs backfield), Joshua Kelley (he massively out-cracked and touched out Sony Michel on Sunday, producing 82 total yards). Jerick McKinnon (totaled 72 yards against the Raiders, including leading the Chiefs in rushing despite one less carry than Clyde Edwards-Helaire).

Quarterbacks prioritize

Gene SmithSeattle Seahawks (36% listed)

Another week, another multi-touchdown game for Geno Smith, a player who entered this season (and the previous eight seasons) as a complete afterthought in fantasy. Smith was excellent, throwing nine touchdown passes and just two picks over five games while completing a ridiculous 75.2 percent of his attempts. When you’re the guy who can pitch to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockettgood things will happen – things like that…

… and so…

Without question, Smith is playing the best football of his NFL career. He finished with 268 passing yards and three scores in Sunday’s loss and we can expect a series of similar stat lines in the coming weeks. Arizona is next, which shouldn’t scare away any fantasy managers. For those looking far ahead, deep into the season, please note that Smith will face the Jets in Championship Week. That’s an all-time Revenge Game setup, folks.

Recommended opt-out bid, assuming a $100 budget: $11

Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders (46%)

If you’re a bit of a recklessly aggressive manager, we’d like to direct your attention to the fact that Washington takes on Chicago this week on Thursday night. (The Bears actually play prime-time games in each of the next two weeks. Enjoy, America.) Wentz is coming off a 359-yard effort — his third 300-yard game this season — and his receiving corps is loaded with talent. . Sometimes fantasy forces us to make unfortunate choices; if you’ve never Wentz’d before, here’s yet another chance to experience his passing joys.

Please note that fantasy managers assume all risks associated with Wentz. Neither Yahoo nor its corporate partners make any warranties associated with this receiver.

Offer: $3

Also on the approved list at QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (His ceiling and floor in any given week are remarkably similar; he’s good for 200-something yards and either a score or two in most situations).

Priority adds at wide receiver and tight end

Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots (49%)

Meyers returned from his knee injury with a huge performance against Detroit, hauling in seven of eight targets for 111 yards and one score. He is coming off an 866-yard season and averaged 9.0 targets per game so far this year. Even with a third-string QB at the controls of New England’s offense, in a game in which his team gained less than 200 yards through the air, Meyers was terrible. It’s understandable if he was relegated to shallow leagues while injured, but he needs to be on someone’s roster next week, especially in PPR formats.

Offer: $15

Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts (9%)

In an otherwise awful Thursday night game, Pierce’s talent stood out. He grabbed eight of his nine goals – a miraculous achievement, considering the overall quality of Matt Ryanthe performance of – and finished with 81 receiving yards. Pierce also played 59 percent of the team’s offensive snaps and ran just one less route than Michael Pittman Jr. It seems fair to say that the second-round rookie has fully arrived.

Pierce has size (6-3), wheels (4.4) and elite leaping ability (40.5-inch vertical), so he essentially has a built-in athletic profile. Clearly we’d rather see him linked to a better offense, but, hey, he probably wouldn’t be a candidate for the pickups column if team context wasn’t a concern. Pierce is the clear No. 2 receiver option in Indy; going forward, he won’t be short of goals and deep chances. If you play in a 10-team league, then you probably don’t need to mess with Colts who aren’t. Jonathan Taylor or Pittman. But in deeper formats, Pierce is very much on the fantasy radar.

Offer: $8

Taysom Hill, New Orleans (31%)

It seems as though Hill scored more fantasy points in Week 5 than every other tight end combined all season, but that’s probably wrong. In any case, he was subpar on Sunday against Seattle, the softest defense in the league.

The man scored three times on the ground, plus he passed for another touchdown. If you aired Hill, it was a legendary move. It’s kind of wild that we have a massive season in progress for a tight end who almost never sees a target, but here we are. Hill almost certainly just produced his biggest fantasy performance of the season, but it’s also clear that he’ll remain a threat to score on any given week, regardless of matchup.

Tight end has been a minefield of a position, so we fully understand the temptation to simply park Hill in your lineup and worry about other things. New Orleans doesn’t have their bye until Week 14, which is rough for those guys but friendly for fantasy purposes.

Offer: $11

Other receivers to add: Rondale Moore (he rehabilitated himself in time for DeAndre Hopkins come back and take a huge slice of the targets), Josh Reynolds (said to bye so he can’t help you next week, but that will also make him an easy addition; he’s seen 28 targets over his last three games, converting them into 269 yards), Darius Slayton (he’s probably the Giants’ healthiest and most competent receiver right now as the team heads into a home game with Baltimore), Wan’Dale Robinson (the electric rookie finally returned to practice, so he should re-enter the receiving mix for New York soon), Khalil Shakir (valuable flyer in deep leagues after his 3-75-1 performance, but Isaiah McKenzie‘s likely return would ruin his Week 6 potential).

Noml-worthy tight ends: Hayden Hurst (with Tee Higgins sidelined Sunday night, Hurst hauled in seven targets and found the end zone for the second straight week), Evan Engram (turned up 69 yards and six catches on a season-high 10 carries, in an otherwise ugly game for Jacksonville).

If you are issuing D/STs

New England Patriots (42%)

The Pats just shut out a team that entered Week 5 as the NFL’s most prolific offense, so this group isn’t too bad. New England has also generated multiple takeaways in each of its last four games. The schedule ahead appears full of sacks and turnovers, with the Browns, Bears, Jets and Colts. This D is not just a one-week substitute.

Offer: $4

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