Week six leaves us with several top-flight wide receivers missing from our fantasy football rosters. With A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and Doug Baldwin on bye, and the sudden loss of Odell Beckham Jr. and disappearance of Amari Cooper, it’s a mess almost anywhere you turn. If you need to stream a wide receiver, there are plenty of waiver wire options out there, and below we highlight three. Usually, two-of-three of these guys are out there in between 50% and 90% of leagues, and one is available in 90% or more. With this edition, we flip that on its head. One player is out there in 50% or more of leagues, and two are available in 90% or more.
Jaron Brown versus Tampa Bay (42% owned)
The cheat code for Jaron Brown seemed to be to start him when John Brown was out. He’s broken through that criteria to become the bona fide WR2 in Arizona. He has at least six targets in every game he’s played this season, and has 35 through the four games he’s played. He’s getting the volume, even with John Brown there. This week the Cardinals play the Buccaneers, who allow the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. They’ve allowed seven different players at least 70 yards or a touchdown this year. That’s a good floor for Brown.
JuJu Smith-Schuster at Kansas City (9% owned)
The Steelers have a Martavis Bryant problem. The electric wide receiver and Ben Roethlisberger just can’t get on the same page. Luckily for Smith-Schuster, he and Big Ben are extremely in sync recently. He has sixteen targets in his last three games, and his yardage has increased every game this season. He’s trending up while Martavis Bryant trends downward. This week the Steelers take on a Chiefs team that allows the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers, including seven wide receiver touchdowns in the last two games.
Marquise Goodwin at Washington (3% owned)
Goodwin showed up in the deep sleeper list two weeks ago before he went out with a concussion and an eye injury. I believe in his connection with Brian Hoyer, but I thought he wouldn’t fully recover before the game last week against the Colts. I was wrong, as he went for 116 yards on five receptions. Goodwin had eleven targets last week, and his backup, Aldrick Robinson, had twelve in Goodwin’s stead in week four. This week the Niners take on a Washington pass defense that will figure out how to exist without Josh Norman. Goodwin’s a decent bet to repeat his 11 point performance this week.