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2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire

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Tom Brady continues to get it done, reaching a pair of new milestones in Sunday’s blowout of the Miami Dolphins. In the 45-17 win, the 44-year-old completed 31-of-40 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns.

It was the ninth time in his career that Brady has thrown five touchdowns, tying Peyton Manning for the second-most in NFL history, two behind Drew Brees. Antonio Brown’s 62-yard touchdown was the 45th career TD of 50 yards or more, tying him for third-most all time.

Maybe he’ll fall off the cliff next year?

Four teams (ATL, NO, NYJ, SF) will be on bye this week, making the waiver wire crunch a little tougher for some managers.

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire will focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (18% rostered)

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It was a bit of a thin week for waiver wire quarterbacks so Bridgewater might be the best option available in the majority of leagues.

The veteran performed well against a stingy Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense, completing 24-of-38 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns. In the four starts that he’s finished, Bridgewater has averaged just over 18 fantasy points per game. Not mind-blowing numbers but perfectly acceptable for streamers or a replacement option in two-QB leagues.

With Matt Ryan, Jameis Winston, and Trey Lance not playing this week, Bridgewater could be a solid stop-gap for managers without a rostered backup.

Mac Jones, New England Patriots (18% rostered)

I did say it was a thin week for quarterbacks.

Jones has been a pretty good real-life quarterback in his rookie year, completing 71.1% of his passes in his first five games. Unfortunately, it hasn’t yet translated to fantasy production, as he’s tossed just five touchdown passes to five interceptions within the conservative Patriots offense.

However, the Pats’ Week 6 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys might force Jones into taking more shots down the field. 

Unless New England can become just the second team all season to hold the Cowboys under 30 points, Jones will be forced to throw to keep his team in the game. A shaky run game could also put the ball in Jones’ hands more often, as Damien Harris lost another fumble in Week 5 and then left the game with a rib injury. Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson and veteran Brandon Bolden would start at RB for the Patriots if Harris is out, likely forcing Josh McDaniels to move towards a less traditional run game.

Managers looking for a dart throw in very deep leagues or in DFS could turn to the rookie in a likely high-scoring affair.

Running Backs

Devontae Booker, New York Giants (6% rostered)

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Saquon Barkley will miss 2-4 weeks with a low-ankle sprain, thrusting Booker into the starting role. He did well in relief of Barkley against the Cowboys rushing for 42 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and adding three catches for 16 yards and a second touchdown.

Booker will be the Giants’ bell cow while he’s the starter and should have a decent floor, as his four targets on Sunday were tied for third on the team.

The Giants will face a tough Rams defense this week so Booker might not have the most efficient outing. However, he should get plenty of touches as the Giants continue to struggle with injuries.

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (19% rostered)

Herbert and Damien Williams split the backfield carries in the absence of David Montgomery. Surprisingly, Herbert saw heavy volume, out carrying Williams 18-16 and outgaining the veteran 75-64 on the ground.

The rookie performed well in the preseason, averaging 4.7 yards per carry on 14 attempts. The Bears will continue to utilize a run-heavy approach with Justin Fields at the helm, meaning there will be enough volume to support both Williams and Herbert as fantasy options.

Williams will see most, if not all, of the passing work out of the backfield, so Herbert must continue to be efficient with his carries to be a valuable asset.

Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (17% rostered)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire sustained a sprained MCL and will miss a few weeks, meaning Williams will likely be the lead back for the foreseeable future.

Williams is familiar with the Chiefs offense and has the trust of head coach Andy Reid. He will also get a decent amount of receiving work, raising his floor in the Chiefs’ pass-heavy offense. However, like CEH, his upside is capped due to a lack of red zone opportunities the Chiefs give to running backs. 

He is worth a roster spot and will be a flex option for as long as Edwards-Helaire is out.

Wide Receivers

Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (17% rostered)

Toney was the forgotten man in New York until injuries ravaged the Giants’ receiving corps. Without Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard in Week 4, Toney was targeted nine times, catching six passes for 78 yards.

After Kenny Golladay and Barkley went down in Week 5, Toney became the entire offense, watching 10-of-13 targets for 189 yards. His receiving mark broke Odell Beckham Jr’s single-game Giants rookie receiving yards record, set in 2014.

Sunday wasn’t all good for Toney, as he was ejected for throwing a punch at a Cowboys player. He reportedly won’t be suspended for the act, was head coach Joe Judge was impressed with his rookie.

“That’s not going to be acceptable. That’s not going to be condoned,” Judge said following the game.

It remains to be seen whether or not Toney will face internal discipline from the team. Regardless, he is a must-add this week as the focal point of a hurting Giants offense.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (31% rostered)

Patrick has been a steady contributor for the Broncos all season. He has scored 11 or more fantasy points (0.5 PPR)  in four of his five games and surpassed 80 yards in two of his past three starts.

Patrick set season highs in targets (9) and receptions (7) in Week 5 against the Steelers. He has seen his role grow on a weekly basis. While his ceiling isn’t the highest, Patrick has become a decent floor play for managers looking for a FLEX option.

Other Options: Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints (30% rostered)

Tight Ends

Evan Engram, New York Giants (31% rostered)

Engram has re-entered the fantasy conversation thanks to the Giants’ injury woes. While Toney was the focal point of the offense, Engram was quietly second on the team with 55 receiving yards on four catches.

If Daniel Jones is unable to play in Week 6, Engram could see heavy volume with Mike Glennon at the helm. The Giants could be playing from behind very early against the Rams. Engram could provide decent volume-based value as they try to play catch up.

Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (4% rostered)

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Arnold was a big part of the Jaguars’ offense in his second game since being acquired from the Carolina Panthers.

Playing from behind, Arnold caught six passes for 64 yards and led the team with eight targets. Head coach Urban Meyer seems to love Arnold and it looks like he will be a featured part of the offense moving forward.

Deep League Special

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (3% rostered)

St. Brown seems to be establishing himself as the Lions’ No. 1 wide receiver. Over the past two weeks, St. Brown has caught 13-of-16 targets for 135 yards.

T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swift are the top two options in the offense, but St. Brown could carve out a large role for himself as well. Quintex Cephus broke his collarbone on Sunday which could potentially end his season.


St. Brown is now in line for an even larger target share and could be a useful addition for managers in deep leagues. 


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