Week six is the first week of byes, meaning that fantasy managers will need to fill gaps in their lineup. Injuries are beginning to pile up as well, and teams are in need of depth. Here are all the need-to-know names for the week six waiver wire.
– Geno Smith (32.5% rostered on ESPN)
– Daniel Jones (13.4% rostered on ESPN)
It is time to start treating Geno Smith as a legitimate starting option in fantasy. He produced at a high level once again on Sunday with 24 fantasy points. He’s dicing apart opposing secondaries and adds just enough of a rushing threat to help his fantasy floor. The Geno Smith hype train is rolling and is worth jumping on.
Daniel Jones is certainly not an enticing option, but his rushing value and surprising efficiency to start the season makes him a viable play for desperate teams. He has big play ability and is taking care of the football. Jones is not a driving force behind the Giants success at the moment, but it’s unfair to neglect that he is playing at a sufficient level.
– Kenneth Walker (47.5% rostered on ESPN)
– Mike Boone (26.8% rostered on ESPN)
– Rachaad White (24.3% rostered on ESPN)
Kenneth Walker is this week’s must-add player. Rashaad Penny will miss significant time due to an ankle injury, giving the rookie second-round pick a clear runway for success. Penny was in the midst of a very productive season, and Walker should be expected to immediately fill his role. He was arguably the best pure runner in his class and now has the breakout opportunity fantasy managers have been waiting on.
The Denver Broncos backfield is more of a split than expected. Mike Boone had seven carries and three catches on Thursday night. Gordon outsnapped 41 to 30, but his lack of efficiency could signal that more work is coming Boone’s way. Denver relies on its rushing attack to set up Russell Wilson and the rest of the offense, and Boone should play a large role in that moving forward.
Rachaad White continued his ascension on Sunday logging four targets and five carries. His role should keep expanding as the season progresses and Leonard Fournette wears down. White is settling into the James White role for Tom Brady and has massive upside in points per reception formats.
– Devin Duvernay (24.9% rostered on ESPN)
– Rondale Moore (19.6% rostered on ESPN)
– Alec Pierce (8.6% rostered on ESPN)
Devin Duvernay stepped up in Rashod Bateman’s absence as Lamar Jackson’s secondary receiving option. Baltimore is getting him involved in creative ways and he has electric playmaking that allows him to pop off for chunk plays. His floor is raised as long as Bateman is banged up, and his big play ability makes him worth a bench spot.
Rondale Moore missed the first few weeks of the season and that caused him to slip through the cracks and onto the waiver wire. He had seven receptions and 68 yards against a talented Eagles secondary. DeAndre Hopkins will be back after week six, but Rondale Moore’s role is likely to remain as it is. He is simply too talented and too involved in his offense to be left off of rosters.
Alec Pierce played a substantial role in Indianapolis’ victory on Thursday Night Football with eight receptions. He has recorded 80 yards in back-to-back weeks now. The Colts offense is not appealing in fantasy, but Pierce is making a case to be considered a fantasy relevant receiver along with Michael Pittman. Matt Ryan is developing a connection with him, and he is an ascending talent.
– Hayden Hurst (25.3% rostered on ESPN)
– Taysom Hill (11.8% rostered on ESPN)
The tight end landscape is quickly becoming unpleasant. However, Hayden Hurst is receiving a consistent workload in the Bengals’ pass-heavy offense. He has earned the trust of Joe Burrow and had his best game yet in Baltimore. No, he’s not an overly exciting option and does not have the highest upside, but there are worse directions you could go at the position.
Taysom Hill exploded against the Detroit Lions with four combined touchdowns and 112 rushing yards. He is producing at an unbelievable rate but it is not sustainable. He has just one target on the season and his 10.9 yards per carry will not continue. Hill is a fun gadget player that can provide a top-five finish any given week. However, his inconsistency prevents him from being a legitimate weekly starter.