2023 IDP Football Week 6 Waiver Wire

by Steve Hungarter (IDPHunter)
2023 IDP Football Week 6 Waiver Wire 

For many Fantasy owners' waivers could be rough the next couple of weeks. The Fantasy Six Pack has you covered. The good news is that Week 6 byes are only scheduled for the Packers and Steelers, so it's a good opportunity for your team to still perform at its peak, while still planning a few games ahead. Take this time to look at the 2023 IDP Football Week 6 Waiver Wire as a guide and prepare for the grind that is about to happen in the next couple of weeks.

As for the bad news, I am not going to lie waivers get brutal from here but you might find yourself a nice mystery meal ready to eat (MRE) What's that you say, you don't know what that is. Go ahead then, read on!

During my time in the military, I had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time in various countries, including field operations where soldiers relied on packaged food known as Meals Ready to Eat (MREs). These MREs were like a mystery package, as some could be quite delicious, while others were potential gastrointestinal disasters.

The same unpredictability applies to waivers – you either have little knowledge about them or if you do, it's a first-come-first-serve situation where some individuals get the best deals like the spaghetti entry or perhaps the chili mac. In contrast, if you wait too long or bid too low, others end up with less desirable options, such as the veggie omelet or beef enchilada. In any case, there are a few important things you should be aware of regarding this week in particular. Not all treats come with a delicious beverage, sometimes it just peanut butter or saltine crackers. The point is to get out there and be active cause beggars can't be choosers.

For starters, in the first five weeks of an IDP season, you should be aggressive working waivers even when you don't have to. Teams are still getting situated. Starters are still being identified. Then of course there are the injuries. We cover all these options on our menu in this article.

In my typical IDP strategy, I tend to invest more in the initial five weeks because this is when I acquire relatively unknown players through waivers. I'm usually quite active during the early weeks of the season. However, as the season progresses, teams start to assign players, and this is when the defensive side often has an advantage over NFL offenses. Early season you will see the defense usually ahead of the offense, this will lead to some good scouting and players identified. As the season unfolds, offenses catch up, and player availability becomes scarcer, making it a bit more challenging to manage your team.

I utilize my favorite lesser-known fantasy football statistics, focusing on snap counts, player involvement, pass rush success rates, and tackling efficiency, to uncover hidden recipes. I then analyze these statistics in the context of matchups, aiming to pinpoint cost-effective fantasy options for your team. Ideally, your league size and format are suitable for these discoveries to make a significant stew off the condiments of your MRE. With any given luck, hopefully, some of these players will be here for you. If not, be mindful of player moves as always.

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2023 IDP Football Week 6 Waiver Wire 

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Nik Bonitto, DL, Denver Broncos (34%)

With a steady amount of playing time, Bonitto has recently showcased his skills with two sacks over the last two weeks. This consistent performance is making it more and more apparent that he should be considered a must-start choice in the future.

David Long, LB, Miami Dolphins (30%)

Long has had two straight games now of 90% usage or better. This uptick in his playing time can be attributed to Jaelan Phillips' injury, which prompted Andrew Van Ginkel to take his place, thereby opening up more opportunities for Long.  Keep an eye on how this turns out.

Josh Uche, DL/LB, New England Patriots (26%)

Consider this a speculative stash. In one of the rare cases, we do a write-up on a player coming off a bad week. At the time of this writing, rumors have emerged of the Raiders wanting to make a trade and this player's name routinely comes up. Even if this does not become the case he still has some value with the Patriots and should be rostered. Considering the potential extended absence of Matthew Judon due to a torn bicep tendon, the Patriots could find themselves in a situation where they have to increase Uche's playing time beyond their initial plans.

Bryce Hall, DB, New York Jets (5%)

Playing in for the injured DJ Reed, Hall had four tackles and a fumble recovery. More importantly, he has secured himself as the targetted corner on this team and that could be relied upon in CB-required leagues. Hall will be in for a massive production too, in next week's matchup against the Eagles if Reed can't pass concussion protocols.

Sam Franklin, DB, Carolina Panther (4%)

Covering down for the injured Xavier Woods, Franklin had himself a 8 tackle game, including one goal-line-saving tackle against the Lions' David Montgomery, who himself has been a top-ten back,  with an upcoming matchup against the pass-happy Dolphins, this would be a sneaky waiver pickup this week if you are looking for a cheaper more productive alternative not named Jeremy Chinn.

Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, Los Angeles Chargers  (25%)

Another speculative stash. This player is coming off a bye week. If you have the space now is your chance to sneak him in. Tuipulotu was given the starting role in the following three games and is now tied for ninth in tackles and sacks at his position.

Tyrel Dodson, LB, Buffalo Bills (0%)

Dodson after losing this job early this year, should be available everywhere for free. Matt Milano went down with a knee injury requiring surgery, and Dodson stepped in with 5 tackles and a fumble recovery. Expect him to be the short-term role filler, with potentially Dorian Williams stepping in later this season. Both to me should be waiver claims

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