Fantasy football Week 6 waiver adds: Chase Claypool leaps into our pickup plans
Bye, injuries and fear of displacement keep coming. We are all on our way to deadlines that must be met. During the regular season, we set the best fantasy pickups for you every week. Each of the people listed below are available in at least 50 percent of the Yahoo leagues. If you have roster requirements, read on ...
Broad recipients who demand attention
Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (16% on roster)
Let the record show that we asked you to add Claypool two weeks ago after outperforming every other Steelers recipient in the Houston win. He was an easy pick up then. This week, however, it's going to be a fantasy bidding war.
Claypool went into the supernova against the Eagles on Sunday, catching seven balls for 110 yards and three spikes on 11 targets and also providing an early 2-yard rushing score. He consistently and mercilessly toasted Philadelphia DBs. It only took Claypool two steps to shame Jalen Mills on his second TD ...
Diontae Johnson was eliminated on Sunday with a back injury, which undoubtedly reduced Claypool's chances. But the rookie has played wow games every week this season so far. He's made at least 20+ yards in every game and now averages 20.1 yards per catch. Claypool has size (6-foot-4), speed (4.4), and silly jumping ability (40.5-inch vertical). It was a second round election so expectations are high.
We should also note that Claypool's social media skills are * ELITE * in every way ...
Conclusion: It has to be used pretty much everywhere. More house calls are coming. Claypool gets a friendly against the Browns next week, a defense that allows the third most fantasy points and gets yards to wide receivers.
Recommended waiver, assuming $ 100 budget: $ 24
Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders (44%)
Ruggs has been dumped en masse by fantasy managers while sidelined with a hamstring injury, but he has to be added en masse this week. If you need help visualizing the 4.27 speed, you can ...
This is @__ RUGGS 'first career TD that everyone is talking about. # RaiderNation # LVvsKC is on CBS. pic.twitter.com/eq7pP9BUly
- Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) October 11, 2020
Ruggs is incredibly fast, which is the tradition of the Raiders.
Already in the opening week of the season it was clear that Vegas had big plans for the 12th overall selection of the draft. He hasn't seen more than five targets in any game so far, so it's fair to say that he'll be a volatile fantasy option. But it is also obvious that his great performances have a chance to be the winner of the week. There are multiple touchdown attempts (or two) this season. Vegas has a reunion in week 6 so ruggs can't be your top priority if you're desperately looking for a week 6 win. But if you think long term, he's a primary goal.
Offer: $ 15
Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles (3%)
Fulgham has moved from squad to squad in the past few months and can't stay in Detroit or Green Bay. But it seems he found a home in Philly. He scored a touchdown against the Niners in Week 4 and faced an excellent defense in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Fulgham caught 10 balls for 152 yards in a game in which Carson Wentz completed 20 for 258. He was effective on all levels, no matter where he placed himself.
"Kid is a baller," Wentz said precisely.
The Eagles' Reception Corps is an injured mess at the moment that provides Fulgham with many targets. He wasn't really a serious prospect at any level until he blew up his busy season at Old Dominion. Today he looks suspiciously like Philly's most dangerous threat. Next week's matchup against Baltimore isn't ideal, but the schedule takes a nice turn after that: NYG, Dal, bye, NYG, Cle, Sea. After the explosion on Sunday, Fulgham cannot be let go.
Offer: $ 12
Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (34%)
Here's another rookie that we keep mentioning and you keep not adding. All Shenault has done in the past two weeks is catch 12 passes for 165 yards on 14 targets. He has exceeded 70 scrimmage yards in three of his last four games and has played no less than 54 percent of offensive snaps each week this season. Jacksonville has also fed him nine stretcher so far, adding up to an additional 53 yards (5.9 YPC). With five games in the books, he leads the jaguars in catches (23) and receives yards (270). What else do you need to see? Pick it up, guys.
D.J. Chark sustained an ankle injury late Sunday in Houston. If he pauses for next week's matchup with Detroit, Shenault could see an increase in the stakes against a user-friendly defense.
Offer: $ 9
Additional WR / TE options: Brandin Cooks (oh, hey, look who finally produced a useful fantasy line days after being dropped in tens of thousands of leagues), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (he has an 8-goal Game behind and bye is behind him now), Tim Patrick (still available in over 80 percent of the leagues, partly due to his unplanned goodbye), Preston Williams (he crossed 100 reception yards for the first time this season and one more House call made), Dallas Goedert (presumably returned from IR soon and now only 44 percent of the roster), Jimmy Graham (the vet has spiked four times in five games and will get an appealing matchup in Carolina next week), Trey Burton (the long-running fantasy tease scored 11 hits last two weeks), Gerald Everett (targeted Tyler Higbee on Sunday while producing 90 reception yards).
Quarterbacks worth streaming
Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (3% on the roster)
First of all, we hope that Dak Prescott is heading for a quick, full, and uneventful recovery after ankle surgery. He's an undeniably great QB who hit a historic pace in the first quarter of the season. His injury brought an abrupt end to one of the most compelling NFL stories of the year.
While Prescott recovers, Dallas' schedule continues. The team is only 2-3, but somehow that record is good enough to position the cowboys on the hellish landscape of the NFC East. For the remainder of the season, Andy Dalton is in control of an offense that includes a trio of stellar recipients and one of the league's most dominant running backs. So yeah, Dalton is back in fantasy talk without question. He averaged 10.1 yards per attempt to relieve Prescott in Sunday's narrow win, and completed nine of eleven throws.
It should go without saying that Dalton stands nowhere near the fantasy production a healthy Prescott would have delivered this year. Dalton's game has no serious rush element and is generally good for at least one or two regrettably risky tries a week. Even so, Cooper, Lamb, Gallup and Elliott are now available to him, and his team's defense has not stopped anything. It's always nice to have playmakers like that ...
Dalton's upcoming schedule is full of opportunities starting next week against Arizona. Given his team context (and history of occasional competence), he deserves aggressive waivers this week. Again, he can't completely replace Dak's production, but he is certainly able to reach a top 10 position if the matchup is right. Dalton has two seasons of 4,200 yards on his résumé, so he's already shown that he can support multiple fancy reception threats.
Offer: $ 11
Other QBs to Consider: Kirk Cousins (he gave us a usable, if not spectacular, 249 yards and two TDs on Sunday night, and next week's matchup with Atlanta is another major point), Ryan Fitzpatrick (many were hoping Tua See now, but Fitz is just stubbornly producing), Nick Foles (the Bears are certainly the least likely / happiest 4-1 team of all time, and they're being sent to Carolina for one more winnable game).
Running backs to add
Alexander Mattison, Vikings of Minnesota (37%)
Mattison is another name we've consistently suggested as a stowable option, much like Claypool and Shenault. This week he's no longer just a fantasy flier. It is undoubtedly the top priority for any team in need of on-site support. Mattison, of course, should already have been hired by managers chosen by Dalvin Cook for precisely the reason that is now a pressing concern.
Cook suffered an apparently significant groin injury on Sunday night. In his absence, Mattison ran predictably wild, piling 136 scrimmage yards on 23 taps. He outscored Mike Boone at 43 to 5, so it's not like the Vikings formed a backfield committee. Mattison has averaged 4.7 YPC in 18 career games, completing 18 of his 21 goals. There is little reason to doubt that it can provide roughly 90 percent of the production we would expect from a healthy cook. Minnesota's upcoming matchup with Atlanta is obviously an ideal place.
Offer: $ 21
Various other RBs of interest: Rex Burkhead (dropped by many during his unplanned goodbye, he was to continue to play a significant role in Sony Michel's absence), JD McKissic (you probably don't want to get a stake in Washington's misdemeanor, but he was Jamaal Williams (a widespread contributor to a crime that was a fantasy gold mine).
Miami Dolphins (2%)
When in doubt, add defense preparing for the jets. (After various planning changes over the weekend, Jets-Dolphins was postponed to Week 6.) Miami has apparently had an unexpected and thorough drubbing of the Niners on the street, generating three food stalls and five sacks. We can assume that defending the dolphins won't have much of an issue with Adam Gase's Carnival of Despair.
Offer: $ 1
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