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Working the Wire: Week 6

By Josh Tinelli | 10/9/23 |

Each week I’ll provide you with a rundown by position of key waiver wire adds. We’ll evaluate not just breakouts based on past performance, but also who could deliver this week based on a soft matchup. Stats will be provided based on a 12-team PPR league, with players less than 75% (preferably less than 50%) ownership being considered.

Week 6 Byes: Green Bay, Pittsburgh


Matthew Stafford, LAR vs ARI

Stafford threw for 21-37, 222-2-0 against the Eagles, putting up fine numbers against a tough pass rush. Up next, he gets the Cardinals defense, which has given up the 4th most passing yards and ranked 4th-worst against QBs.

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Gardner Minshew, IND @ JAX

Minshew came on for an injured Anthony Richardson (shoulder, looks to miss at least one game, if not more) against the Titans, throwing for 11-21,155-0-0. He’s been effective in three games this year where Richardson has been out due to injury, throwing for 63% completion rate and 2 TDs with 0 INTs. Up next is the Jaguars pass defense that ranks 6th-worst against QBs, giving up a combined 10 TDs to the position in five games.

Other QBs to consider: Russell Wilson DEN (@ KC), Desmond Ridder ATL (vs WAS)

Last week’s waiver adds:

C.J. Stroud, HOU @ ATL: Stroud had a solid, if unremarkable, game against the Falcons, going 249-1-0 with 2 yards rushing. Stroud still hasn’t thrown an interception this year, setting a record for most rookie pass attempts without one. Next up is a tough test against the stingy Saints pass defense before a Week 7 bye, so he could be droppable if your main starter is back.

Sam Howell, WAS vs CHI: As expected, Howell had his best game of the year against the Bears bad defense. Howell put up 388-2-1 throwing (37 of 51 attempts) and another 4-19-0 rushing. Howell has shown he can be effective against poor defenses, but this week he gets a middle-of-the-pack Falcons team so his ceiling will be capped.

Running Backs

Roschon Johnson and D’Onta Foreman, CHI vs MIN

Starter Khalil Herbert went down with a reported high-ankle sprain in the Week 5 win over the Commanders, and Travis Homer is nursing a hamstring injury. Foreman has been a healthy scratch the last fout games in favor of Johnson, but Roschon also suffered a concussion and may not be available in Week 6. Johnson would be the preferred add, but if he is ruled out this week, Foreman would look to dominate touches against a Vikings defense that has been relatively tough against RBs (top 10 fantasy points against), although they are middle-of-the-pack in rushing yards allowed.

Emari Demercado, ARI @ LAR

Demercado came in after James Conner left with a knee injury, and had a solid day, going 10-45-1 rushing and 3-1-12-0 receiving. Conner has dominated the RB touches for the Cardinals, so if he were to sit, Demercado would likely face a big workload against the Rams.

Other RBs to consider: Jerick McKinnon KC (vs DEN), Ezekiel Elliott NE (@ LV)

Last week’s waiver adds:

Jaleel McLaughlin, DEN vs NYJ: McLaughlin was expected to have a nice day through the air, and he delivered with a 4-3-21-1 line to go with 9-68-0 on the ground. Javonte Williams was sitting with a quad injury, so if he can’t go again in a short week, McLaughlin could be an option against the Chiefs, although Samaje Perine is still commanding a healthy snap share.

Gus Edwards, BAL @ PIT: Edwards dominated the rushing touches (12-48-0), but unfortunately, Justice Hill was the one to cash a red zone TD against the Steelers. Hill also out-targeted Edwards 4-0, making Gus an option only against poor rush defenses.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Tyler Boyd, CIN vs SEA

Boyd turned in a steady 7-6-39-0 line against the Cardinals. While Ja’Marr Chase went nuclear with Tee Higgins out with a rib injury, Boyd could see a lot of work again in Week 6 against a Seahawks defense that is the league’s worst against WRs. If Higgins is held out again in preparation for the Bengals’ Week 7 bye, look for Boyd to have one of his best games of the season.

K.J. Osborn, MIN @ CHI

Osborn went 9-5-49-0 against the Chiefs, tying for the team lead in targets. Justin Jefferson left the game with a hamstring injury and looks like he will miss multiple weeks, so there are a ton of targets up for grabs in the Vikings offense. Up next is a Bears defense that has been mediocre against WRs but has allowed the 3rd-most total points, so the Vikings should be able to find the end zone.

Josh Palmer, LAC @ DAL

Palmer was on a bye in Week 5, but he’s still available in nearly 50% of Yahoo leagues. Week 6 is a tough test against the Cowboys, but Palmer’s season is just getting started after Mike Williams was lost for the year. This may be the last time he’ll be on this list as the clear No.2 option in the potent Chargers passing attack.

Logan Thomas, WAS @ ATL

Thomas went 11-9-77-1 against the atrocious Bears defense, leading the team in targets, receptions and yards. Look for him to keep it rolling in Week 6 against a Falcons defense that ranks 2nd-worst against TEs, allowing 3 TDs to the position in five games (including a 10-7-65-1 day to Dalton Schultz in Week 5).

Cade Otton, TB vs DET

Otton was on bye in Week 5, but Week 4 he went 4-3-13-1 against a very tough (against TEs) Saints defense. Week 6, Otton gets the Lions, who have allowed the most catches and 2nd most yards to the position.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Brandin Cooks DAL (@ LAC), Robert Woods HOU (vs NO), Noah Fant SEA (@ CIN)

Last week’s waiver adds:

Michael Wilson, ARI vs CIN: Wilson was totally invisible against the Bengals, going 2-1-18-0 even though they were down big late. Wilson was out-targeted 5-2 by Rondale Moore, so the thought that he was the clear No.2 behind Marquis Brown may not be correct.

Rashee Rice, KC @ MIN: Rice didn’t see a lot of targets, but made them count by going 5-4-33-1 against the terrible Vikings secondary. Up next, he gets another favorable draw against the Broncos that have allowed 6 TDs to WRs so far in 2023.

Wan’Dale Robinson, NYG @ MIA: Robinson led the WR room again in targets, but only managed 18 yards on 5 receptions with a paltry 3.2 aDOT on the year. Darren Waller was the biggest beneficiary with the Giants playing from behind against Miami, but Robinson figures to also be heavily targeted with the Giants’ sieve offensive line forcing quick throws from Daniel Jones. Up next is a tough Bills secondary.

Zach Ertz, ARI vs CIN: Ertz saved his fantasy day by scoring a TD (TE TDs are the hallmark of the Bengals defense), going 4-2-10-1. He’s mostly used as a safety valve around the line of scrimmage, but still finished 3rd on the team in targets. Up next will be a Rams defense that is also bottom-10 against TEs.

Dalton Kincaid, BUF vs JAX: Kincaid struggled along with the entire Bills offense in the first half against the Jaguars in London, resulting in only 2 catches for 19 yards. He outgained fellow TE Dawson Knox, but this appears to be a split TE room with both players having seen 19 targets through the first five games.

Defense/ Special Teams

Chiefs vs DEN

KC has gotten better over their four-game winning streak now that Chris Jones is back in the lineup. The Chiefs have a fumble recovery in every game this year, so they look to keep the streak alive against a Broncos team that has given up the 2nd-most fumbles in the league.

Falcons vs WAS

Atlanta has not generated a lot of sacks or turnovers to start the year, but they've been solid (top 10 in scoring, top 5 in passing yards). In Week 6 they get the Commanders, who have allowed the 2nd-most sacks and 2 defensive TDs on the year, while averaging 2 turnovers per game.

Last week’s waiver adds:

Lions vs CAR: Detroit had a decent stat line against the Panthers, creating 3 turnovers and 1 sack in a blowout win.

Texans @ ATL: Houston was able to generate 2 fumbles against the Falcons, but they couldn’t hold on at the end and lost 21-19.

Dolphins vs NYG: Miami had their best game of the season, only allowing 16 points while creating 7 sacks. Up next is a struggling Panthers offense.