Week five of the 2021 NFL season is finished and if you put your fantasy hopes in Russell Wilson’s trusting hands, you are gonna have trouble holding on. Whether it’s Wilson’s busted hand or Jones’ busted head, the waiver wire will get you through it. This week, I’m going to provide you with the best options available. 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 who the best week six waiver wire players for your championship run.
Week Six Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (43% rostered)
Don’t burn a waiver spot on Daniel Jones until he clears the concussion protocol. Once he is clear, get as many shares of Jones as you can. Jones is the QB11 on the season thus far, but he is also the number three rushing quarterback. The biggest improvement to his game is his lack of turnovers, with just two turnovers in five games. While I will miss making fun of Jones if he can sustain this success, a good Daniel Jones only makes football better.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars ( 47% rostered)
I could mention Justin Fields to you again, but at this point, you either believe in Fields or you do not and are my mortal enemy. If we are enemies, I have a safer rookie quarterback for you. Trevor Lawrence has 300 total yards and 2 touchdowns in week five. Lawrence has all the advantages of a Justin Fields, with the added benefit of playing for a Jacksonville Jaguars team that needs to constantly score points if they want to win games. In week six, they play a Miami Dolphins team that might be as bad at football as Jacksonville.
Week Six Waiver Wire Running Backs
Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (13% rostered)
With Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffering a sprained MCL and expected to miss a few weeks, Darrel Williams has to be a top waiver wire addition for week six. Especially if you need help at running back. And you definitely need help at running back. In the words of Football Absurdity co-founder and editor-in-chief, the amount of running backs you need on your roster is one more than you have. With Darrel Williams, you aren’t necessarily getting a good running back, but you are getting the lead back on one of the best offenses in football. That type of production can win you games, even if it only lasts for a few weeks.
Devontae Booker, New York Giants (6% rostered)
This waiver wire recommendation is just a sadder version of the Darrel Williams one. Instead of playing for the Chiefs, Booker plays for the Giants. Booker also has the disadvantage of being bad at football. However, when Saquon went down, Booker did manage 58 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. Booker will get opportunities while Barkley is out, the question is whether it is worth burning your waiver priority for a one to two-week rental?
Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots (7% rostered)
If you thought the Devontae Booker waiver wire recommendation was sad, Rhamondre Stevenson is a Greek tragedy. Yes, Damien Harris went down, but he isn’t even expected to miss any time. When Stevenson got his change in week five, he only got 23 yards on 11 carries. Worst of all, he is a Bill Belichick running back, so all rostering Rhamondre Stevenson will do is break your heart.
Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks (39% rostered)
Last week, I mentioned that Chris Carson was losing usage to Alex Collins. With Carson a surprise inactive, Collins showed for 72 all-purpose yards on Thursday night. Even with Carson healthy, Collins was getting a significant share of that offense. Without Carson, Alex Collins has a lot of value.
Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (39% rostered)
Khalil Herbert showed well with David Montgomery out, with 18 carries for 75 yards. Damien Williams is the starter in Chicago, but Herbert is someone to keep an eye on. He could end up taking over for Williams since Herbert might actually be good at football.
Week Six Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (15% rostered)
My initial thought on Kadarius Toney is do I really want to invest in this? After thinking it through, I think Toney is a great calculated risk. After the draft, the consensus on experts was that the New York Giants reached for him. Why Toney has the tools, the question was whether he could translate it to the football field. His 10 catches for 189 yards proves translates pretty nicely. Daniel Jones has been slinging it this season and Toney might be the only receiver left standing on that Giants offense. Perhaps most important of all is that it doesn’t matter how the rest of us graded Kadarius Toney. The Giants ranked him as a first-round wide receiver and they will give him every opportunity to succeed, which could end up being a great opportunity to grab some receiver help on the waiver wire.
Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints (35% rostered)
In week five, Marquez Callaway had a very strong performance, with 4 catches for 85 yards and 1 touchdown. After Alvin Kamara, Callaway has the most targets on the Saints. In years past, the number two receiver on the New Orleans Saints would be a huge target. The departure of Drew Brees has had a significant impact on the offense the Saints are running, with the sixth-fewest yards in the NFL. I find it hard to trust Callaway to be consistent and I think there will be better waiver wire receivers in later weeks.
Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders (50% rostered)
There is no reason Hunter Renfrow should be on waiver wires. Renfrow is a guy with a decent floor, as the number one receiver on the Raiders not named Darren Waller. The reasons I like Renfrow are the reasons I am low on Callaway. While Callaway is on a weaker offense, the Raiders have the fourth-most passing yards. Hunter Renfrow has 38 targets in five weeks of football, which ranks 19th among wide receivers. Renfrow is going to get you big weeks just based on opportunity and should be rostered in every format.
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals (39% rostered)
Rondale Moore keeps popping up in my waiver wire article. It is almost as if I think he is on the verge of blowing up and winning someone a fantasy football championship. In week five, Rondale Moore had 97 all-purpose yards, led the Cardinals in rushing, and was second in receiving. After a certain point, you won’t be able to grab Moore on the waiver wire. Don’t miss out on a rookie playing for the best scoring offense in football.
Week Six Waiver Wire Tight End
Hunter Henry, New England Patriots (41% rostered)
In week five, Hunter Henry helped the Patriots come back to defeat the Texans on 8 targets, 6 catches, 75 yards, and 1 touchdown. This is the second week in a row that Hunter Henry has put up double digits at the tight end position. Just bear in mind that this week, Henry was playing a Texans defense that had given up the second-most fantasy point to opposing tight ends. The question you have to ask yourself is this – how comfortable are you depending on Mac Jones to score fantasy points?