We’re already to Week 6 of the fantasy football season, and the waiver wire pickups are starting to get more important with bye weeks in full swing.
The Bills, Bears, Colts, and Raiders all have the week off, which puts fantasy owners in a spot of needing to find suitable replacements for players like Josh Allen, Allen Robinson, Marlon Mack, and Josh Jacobs.
Well, not all the waiver wire pickups for this week will be able to match the production of those players, but there are still some that could break out for big performances.
Here are the top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 6 in fantasy football.
10. Teddy Bridgewater (QB, New Orleans Saints, 10.2 percent owned)
Everyone is trying to figure out whether Bridgewater’s outstanding performance against the Bucs was a fluke or a glimpse of what he could do the rest of the season. The thing is, there are a ton of weapons in the Saints offense, and that always gives Bridgewater a chance to put up big numbers. That may be enough to consider adding him, even if you’re only using him in situations where your regular starter is on a bye.
9. Auden Tate (WR, Cincinnati Bengals, 13.7 percent owned)
It seemed like Tate was due for a huge game against the Cardinals with John Ross on injured reserve, but he had just three receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown. However, that was still enough for 11 fantasy points, and the volume should continue to make him an option against better defenses, especially since AJ Green has yet to return to practice.
8. Gerald Everett (TE, Los Angeles Rams, 3.4 percent owned)
Everett has produced two huge games in a row, combining for 35 fantasy points against the Bucs and Seahawks. While starting him this week may be a gamble considering the 49ers have allowed the least fantasy points to tight ends, there are nice matchups after that against the Falcons and Bengals.
7. Diontae Johnson (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers, 19.6 percent owned)
The Steelers’ quarterback situation is not great after Mason Rudolph suffered a scary concussion in the loss to the Ravens. That means Devlin Hodges will likely get the start in Week 6 against the Chargers – a game where the Steelers will likely be playing from behind. That makes Johnson an intriguing addition, as does the fact that he gets the Dolphins in Week 8 after next week’s bye.
6. Kirk Cousins (QB, Minnesota Vikings, 25.5 percent owned)
You’re never fully going to trust a quarterback who has a terrible record against winning teams and may not throw the ball more than 20 times in certain games. But Cousins still deserves a serious look because of the playmakers he has around him. Even if you aren’t starting him every week, he’s at least worth a play in Week 6 in what could be a potential shootout with the Eagles.
5. Chris Herndon (TE, New York Jets, 12.0 percent owned)
The best fantasy players plan ahead, and some clearly stashed Herndon knowing that he was set for his return from suspension this week. Sam Darnold could also return, which means that the Jets’ offense could finally start to get on track. Of course, Herndon may not put up huge numbers in his first two weeks since the Cowboys and Patriots are up next, but there’s a ton of opportunity after that.
4. Preston Williams (WR, Miami Dolphins, 4.7 percent owned)
The advice has been to stay away from Dolphins’ players in fantasy, but I continue to be impressed with the rookie wideout. He has been more consistent than DeVante Parker to this point, and with three double-digit fantasy performances against three solid defenses, Williams is a fine add ahead of a better matchup against the Redskins.
3. Mohamed Sanu (WR, Atlanta Falcons, 43.4 percent owned)
While everyone talks about Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Sanu just keeps doing his thing. He has at least five receptions in every game this season and has three straight performances with 13 or more fantasy points. What’s even better is that he gets a matchup with the Cardinals next, and that should be one of the highest-scoring games of the week. The Falcons are going to be playing from behind a lot due to the woes on defense, making all the top receivers valuable options.
2. Gardner Minshew (QB, Jacksonville Jaguars, 18.7 percent owned)
Folks, Minshew mania is running wild, and you want to be a part of it. Trust me, you do. He has put up at least 15 fantasy points in all five games this season, and despite three fumbles against the Panthers, he still managed a season-high 20 points. His next four games: vs. Saints, at Bengals, vs. Jets, vs. Texans. That is simply fantastic.
1. Adrian Peterson (RB, Washington Redskins, 48.6 percent owned)
This season’s fantasy motto is to play everyone against the Dolphins, and now Peterson gets the opportunity to join in on the action despite struggling thus far this season. There are some unknowns with Bill Callahan taking over as the Redskins’ interim head coach following Jay Gruden’s firing, but when you consider that the Dolphins have allowed a gazillion fantasy points to running backs, Peterson is an obvious addition if you have a bye spot with Mack, Jacobs, or the Bears’ running back duo.