A player who was featured in this very column two weeks ago has caught eight passes for over 100 yards and a touchdown since. He played on Thursday, his name is Rashee Rice. It's still early, but he is the kind of player I'm trying to bring you in this 2023 Fantasy Football Week 6 Players to Stash!
What I'm trying to do here with this article is give you who I think will be featured in next week's waiver articles here at F6P and abroad a week early. Maybe not a week but you know, before the rush to the waiver wire for the new hotness shows up. I want to give you the new hotness before he makes himself known.
With that comes volatility. While we have an idea of who will be good and who won't be, what defenses to target and avoid and such, finding guys to stash away before they break out in the hopes that they do is tough. I won't always be right.
However, I will do my absolute best to look at the data available to bring you the best possible chance to find a contributor or even a league winner, sometimes it will merely be a bye-week fill-in a week early! We've got a lot of teams on bye in week 7, with Cincinnati, Dallas, Tennessee, New York Jets, Carolina, and Houston on bye. So getting ahead of the bye week rush is imperative more than ever.
Let's get started!
2023 Fantasy Football Week 6 Players to Stash
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Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington Commanders
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I've not been a Curtis Samuel stan, even when it was cool. I just wasn't on board. I'm starting to turn the corner though I'll admit I'm not fully on the train yet. But, I can't deny the workload Samuel is getting. He's had 15 targets in the past two games for the Commanders, scoring a touchdown in each of them. For fantasy purposes, he's the WR2 behind Terry McLaurin until Jahan Dotson shows signs of life. Washington could find themselves in negative or at least pass-happy situations in the coming weeks and Samuel could work his way into your lineup as a WR3.
Sam Howell, QB, Washington Commanders
Sam Howell has been surprisingly good so far this season, defying the expectations of many. Well, it doesn't surprise me exactly because I thought he was a better prospect than Kenny Pickett anyway. What is surprising, is his ability to continue playing well despite getting hit 24-7. Like I think he just got sacked, and it's not even game day. I went into detail about how well Howell has been doing this season despite his offensive line struggles despite being essentially a redshirt rookie in my weekly streaming article.
He has a string of favorable matchups coming up after playing against Atlanta (who I don't mind streaming him against), with the Giants and Philly coming up. He then plays New England, Seattle, and the Giants again before facing Dallas and then Miami. So overall his upcoming schedule is quite nice. Ooop, he just got sacked again. Dang.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Full disclosure, this is very much a copy and paste of my take on Baker from last week. I usually like to feature players at MOST every other week, but as I said above, with so many teams on bye in Week 7, waiver options will be thinning out if you don't act ahead of time.
Baker has the eight-highest completion percentage, the sixth-best true passer rating, and the best under-pressure completion percentage in the NFL. Where did that come from (salty Browns fan here!)?! I swallowed my pride and my bitterness in several leagues this year and have played him in several spots where I needed a streamer. If you're in need for a QB in Week 6 or beyond, give Baker a try.
Jonathan Mingo, WR, Carolina Panthers
Mingo had his best pro performance last week against the Detroit Lions, catching five of seven targets for 48 yards. I understand that he will be on bye in Week 7, but with the Panthers facing Miami and a negative game script, Mingo could see an even better game in Week 6, making him harder to get if you wait. It takes time for rookies to acclimate to the NFL and Mingo wasn't the most polished of prospects coming in. However, he's an athletic specimen who has been showing flashes. It's not the worst bet you could take to put your team ahead for the future if you have the bench space.
That is going to do it for this weeks 2023 Fantasy Football Week 6 Players to Stash! Hope you all enjoyed it and I'll see you next time!
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