Week 6 Waiver Wire WRs
Week five is almost behind us and some of you are starting to appreciate that this is a passing league. Yet you keep passing on all the waiver wire value at wide receiver. Some of you thought there was no chance Calvin Ridley would score touchdowns forever. And you were wrong. Some of you thought Robby Anderson would never catch a deep ball again. And you were wrong. Some of you thought fantasy football could be fun. And oh boy were you wrong. Lucky for you, there are waiver wire wide receiver options available to save you from yourself. If I don’t mention someone whom you think I should be talking about, just know there are many reasons why I overlooked them. Maybe they are owned in most leagues. Maybe they are so bad I don’t even consider them. Maybe it’s because your opinions cannot be trusted. After all, you are here. So let us examine what our best week 6 waiver wire WRs are.
Week 6 Waiver Wire WRs: THE ROOKIES – A.K.A Maybe New And Bad Is Better Than Old And Bad
Keke Coutee – Owned in 27% of leagues – Last week, my concern for Keke Coutee was if his usage would remain consistent. In his second week of NFL play, Coutee was on the field for 71% of the snaps and saw 7 targets. His week five performance of 6 catches for 51 yards and 1 touchdown was also a good sign. I think if you are looking for help, especially in points per reception leagues, Keke Coutee is a solid option.
Christian Kirk – Owned in 10% of leagues – In week five, Christian Kirk had a very nice game, catching 3 passes for 85 yards and 1 touchdown. This is his second solid performance in three weeks. Having said that, I am not ready to commit to him at receiver quite yet. He was still only on the field for 63% of Arizona’s offensive snaps. At the moment, Kirk is the third receiving option for the Cardinals. And most important of all, the offense in Arizona is pretty hard to trust. Leave him among the week 6 waiver wire WRs.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Owned in 6% of leagues – If we were putting in waiver claims based on how awesome a name is, Marquez Valdes-Scantling would be at the top of everyone’s list (behind Keke Coutee, of course). If we were looking at performances in week five, Mr. Valdes-Scantling would still be near the top, with his 7 catches for 68 yards and 1 touchdown. With injuries sidelining Geronimo Allison and Randell Cobb, Marquez Valdes-Scantling made the most of his opportunities. The problem is, both Allison and Cobb might be back next week. So don’t waste your waiver on him until you know Marquez Valdes-Scantling is back.
Tre’Quan Smith – Owned in 2% of leagues – With Ted Ginn, Jr. injured for week five, the question was who would step up to take his place. The rookie Tre’Quan Smith came out in historic fashion, catching 3 passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. His first touchdown catch was a 62-yard bomb that made Drew Brees the all-time passing leader in the NFL. As impressive as Tre’Quan Smith’s performance was, it is important to note that he was still out-targeted by Michael Thomas, Cameron Meredith, and Benjamin Watson. I don’t know that he is worth picking up from the pile of week 6 waiver wire WRs, as his usage is not a sure thing. What I do want to know is if Tre’Quan Smith was annoyed that he wouldn’t be able to keep his first touchdown ball, because it was immediately taken to the NFL Hall of Fame.
Week 6 Waiver Wire WRs: THE VETERANS A.K.A The Same Old SH*T
Robby Anderson – Owned in 35% of leagues – If you are one of the 35% who still owns Robby Anderson, kudos to you. You are truly a loyal person. If you one of the 3% of people who started Robby Anderson, you are a crazy person. Crazy like a fox, because Robby Anderson went off in week five. His 3 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns are what everyone was expecting when they drafted him this year. This performance is only a surprise because most of us expected a game like this from Robby Anderson much sooner than this. The fact that Robby Anderson finally broke out should be comforting to those of us questioning our ability to evaluate players. If you need help at wide receiver, Anderson should be your top priority.
Mohamed Sanu – Owned in 43% of leagues – For the third week in a row, Mohamed Sanu has had double-digit numbers in fantasy football. Over the past three weeks, he has 14 catches for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. Currently, the Falcons defense is giving up the second most points per game in the NFL. With the problems Atlanta is having on defense, they are going to have to throw the ball to keep up on offense. And right now, Mohamed Sanu is still the number two receiver in Atlanta, so he is going to get a ton of opportunities. If you need help from the week 6 waiver wire WRs, Mohamed Sanu is an excellent option.
Taylor Gabriel – Owned in 6% of leagues –With the Bears coming off their bye week, Taylor Gabriel might be a worthwhile flier. If the Bears are on the cusp of turning things around on offense, Taylor Gabriel will be a very valuable fantasy commodity. You just have to ask yourself if the Bears are capable of fielding a competent offense. On the season, Gabriel is averaging 7 targets a game. To compare, Allen Robinson is averaging 8 targets a game. That means that Gabriel is going to have the opportunities to be productive. The question is whether you think he will capitalize on those opportunities.
Week 6 Waiver Wire WRs: ABSURDITY CHECK – A.K.A The Good Stuff Nobody Wants
Geronimo Allison – Owned in 49% of leagues – We are almost there. Geronimo Allison is 49% owned, even though he should be 100% owned. This week, I can accept that he was injured and unable to play. But that doesn’t mean he should be on your waiver wire. So do us all a favor and add Geronimo Allison to your teams so I can stop screaming into the void.
Chris Godwin – Owned in 39% of leagues – I get it, Chris Godwin had a bye week. But that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be on your roster.