Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire. Hopefully, everyone was able to make it through the first bye week of the season intact.
While Week 5 had some incredible games on its slate, the headlines were dominated by Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys' starter suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle against the Giants.
Dak Prescott is set for surgery Sunday night after compound fracture.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 12, 2020
Prescott underwent surgery Sunday night and will miss the remainder of the season. It's a heartbreaking end for Prescott's 2020, as, statistically, he was off to one of the best starts in NFL history.
A downgrade is in order for all of Dallas' weapons. However, not all is lost because an experienced starter will step right into the role.
For a look at Sunday's other injuries, check out the Week 5 Injury Impact article.
The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.
2020 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire
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Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (3% Rostered)
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Dalton may not be the sexiest option at quarterback but he is an experienced starter stepping into one of the most loaded offenses in the league. The former Bengal looked good in relief of Prescott, completing 9-of-11 passes for 111 yards in a comeback win over the Giants.
The Red Rocket will be supported by the best stable of weapons he has ever played with. With Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup to throw to, Dalton should have no problem finding an open target. The Cowboys defense remains one of the worst in the league and Dalton will have plenty of pass attempts to rack up points.
Dalton has been an average quarterback his entire career but could find himself reinvigorated in one of the best situations anyone could ask for.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (21% Rostered)
Fitzpatrick just continues to get it done. The bearded one finished Week 5 with 350 yards and three touchdowns, good for 27 Fantasy points. Sunday's game marked the fourth straight game that Fitzpatrick has scored at least 23 points. After Sunday's slate, his performance puts him at QB6 on the season.
The postponed Patriots-Broncos game has been moved to Week 6. As a result, the Dolphins will take on the winless Jets in Week 6. New York has been good against the run but their defense struggles against the pass. Through four weeks, their DVOA against the pass is fifth-worst in the NFL.
Fitzpatrick has had runs like this earlier in his career and history tells us he will crash and burn sooner rather than later. However, managers with Drew Brees or Russell Wilson could do worse than streaming Fitzpatrick against one of the worst teams in the league.
Other Options: Derek Carr (20% Rostered)
Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (40% Rostered)
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Dalvin Cook left Sunday night's game with a groin injury and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Cook did attempt to continue playing so there's a chance he will be able to suit up in Week 6.
If he's not, Mattison will be an automatic RB2 with RB1 upside against the Falcons. Mattison turned 20 carries into 112 yards in relief of Cook. The Vikings found early success against the Seahawks with a run-heavy approach to drain the clock and will continue to do so against a porous Atlanta defense.
Mattison should be added in every league as managers wait for word on the severity of Cook's injury.
J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (6% Rostered)
McKissic only saw one carry on Sunday but still has his best game of the season thanks to his work in the passing game. The former Seahawk caught six passes for 46 yards, leading the WFT in targets, receptions, and yards. McKissic has now seen 33 targets through five games, fifth-most among all running backs.
If Alex Smith gets another start in Week 6, expect McKissic to see plenty of targets against a bad Giants defense. Terry McLaurin struggled against Jalen Ramsey and could once again have a tough time against James Bradberry.
James Bradberry continues to shut down opposing no. 1 receivers, holding Amari Cooper to one catch for 8 yards and a pass breakup. 77.9 overall grade is the best for the Giants D.
Bradberry is currently PFF’s #2 highest graded corner this season.
— PFF NY Giants (@PFF_Giants) October 12, 2020
Another tough matchup for McLaurin should give McKissic a decent PPR floor in Week 6. Managers struggling with bye weeks can use McKissic as an RB3.
Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (16% Rostered)
How many touchdowns did Chase Claypool score on Sunday?
— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) October 11, 2020
The Canadian exploded against the Eagles, catching 7-of-11 targets for 11 yards and three touchdowns. The rookie also handled three carries, taking one in or another touchdown. It was a true breakout game for Claypool whose seven catches and 11 targets were more than his first three games combined.
Diontae Johnson left the game with a back injury giving Claypool the opportunity he needed. JuJu Smith-Schuster has yet to surpass 69 yards and saw just five targets despite Johnson leaving the game. Smith-Schuster could once again become the focal point against the Browns, but Claypool needs to be added in all leagues as the big play option in Pittsburgh.
Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (34% Rostered)
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Shenault led the Jaguars receiving corps on Sunday, catching seven passes for 79 yards in a loss to Houston. The rookie continues to see a bigger role in the offense every week as his eight targets were a season-high.
D.J. Chark suffered another injury and was forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter leaving Shenault as the No.1 option. If Chark misses his second game of the year Shenault would be a high-end WR3 with WR2 upside against the Lions, who have allowed the 7th most Fantasy point to wide receivers this season.
Other Options: Brandin Cooks (44% Rostered), Henry Ruggs (44% Rostered), Preston Williams (22% Rostered)
Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles (3% Rostered)
Few managers took notice of Fulgham's performance in Week 4. After his Week 5 explosion, Fulgham has everyone's curiosity and attention. The former Lion caught 10 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season.
Fulgham was the only Eagles receiver to surpass 37 yards or catch more than four passes. With Carson Wentz playing as poorly as he is it's tough to believe Fulgham can continue playing this well. However, Fulgham looks to have surpassed Greg Ward as the WR1 on Philadelphia's depth chart.
What that means for his production moving forward remains to be seen, especially in a Week 6 matchup against the Ravens. Managers shouldn't blow their budgets on Fulgham but he is a good stash to see how the depth chart shakes out.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (1% Rostered)
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Everett played well for a second straight week, leading the Rams with 90 receiving yards while catching all four of his targets. Last week the tight end took an end-around for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Tyler Higbee took a backseat again, catching just two passes for 12 yards. Outside of his blowup Week 2 in which he scored three touchdowns on just five targets, Higbee has been mediocre. Last season's breakout player has not surpassed 54 yards or five targets in any of his games.
Sean McVay has said he wants to get Everett more involved and it could happen sooner rather than later. Everett has a tough matchup next against a 49ers defense that has allowed the second-fewest FPTS to tight ends. However, he is worth a stash as his workload increases in a fast-paced offense.
Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (1% Rostered)
Mo Alie-Cox is out, and Burton is in. After missing the first three games of the season, Burton returned and had looked like the tight end of choice for Philip Rivers. While it hasn't led to production yet, Burton has seen 11 targets over his last two games. He saw six targets in Week 5, the same amount that Alie-Cox and Jack Doyle have combined for over the last two weeks.
The Colts passing game is a bit of a mess while Rivers struggles but managers can't ignore that Burton has seemingly taken over as the receiving tight end in Indianapolis. Managers don't need to rush to the wire as his modest 33 yards will put him under the radar. However, the Colts receiving corps has been decimated by injury and someone will eventually step up as the No.2 option to T.Y. Hilton.
Other Options: Jimmy Graham (40% Rostered), Cameron Brate (2% Rostered)
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Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3% Rostered)
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Johnson stepped into a starting role with Chris Godwin and Justin Watson out due to injury. The rookie caught 4-of-6 targets for 61 yards in his first real action of the season.
He showed good rapport with Tom Brady despite going up against a tough secondary. If the Tampa Bay receiving corps can't get healthy by next week, Johnson could once again see a decent workload against the Packers, in what should be a high-scoring game.
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