Monday, October 8, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 6

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

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With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 6 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (32 percent)

Targeted a minimum of seven times in three consecutive games, Sanu has now scored a touchdown or exceeded 100 yards in three consecutive games. During that three-game stretch, he has a total of 14 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons return home, where Matt Ryan has played better this season, to face the Buccaneers, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. If you need help at wide receiver, Sanu could be a plug-and-play WR3 for you this week.

2. Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (46 percent)

Sidelined by a concussion and hamstring injury, Allison sat out Week 5. Before that, however, Allison has a minimum of 64 yards in four consecutive games with at least five catches in three of four games. If Randall Cobb (hamstring) misses another game, Allison would be a WR2/WR3 in Week 6 against the 49ers. If either Cobb or Allison is unable to play in Week 6, rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling continues worth a look (as noted below).

3. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38 percent)

After beginning the season with a three-game scoring streak, Godwin finished with just two catches for 22 yards and no touchdowns in Week 4. Coming out of the bye, the concern with Godwin is the potential to be outsnapped by the trio of Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and even Adam Humphries (like in Week 4), but one could argue that he's the team second-most talented wideout. At a minimum, he's worth stashing on your bench as it wouldn't be a surprise if the second-year wideout makes a bigger splash as the season progresses.

4. Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (33 percent)

One week after leading the team in targets (15) with an 11/109 line, Coutee had six catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's win over their cross-state rivals. Will Fuller (hamstring) played and had just two catches for 15 yards. While I would expect Coutee to be the team's third-most productive wide receiver most weeks, he's off to an impressive start to his NFL career.

5. Robby Anderson, New York Jets (34 percent)

Better in Week 5 (3/123/2) than he was through the first four games (8/108/1), Anderson did a lot of damage but most likely from someone's bench in the third of leagues where he is owned. A breakout player in 2017 with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns, he's been a massive disappointment this season. Tying Quincy Enunwa for a team-high five targets, Anderson could disappear again, but the talent is there for some big games if he and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold show greater chemistry going forward.

6. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (9 percent)

With both Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Geronimo Allison (concussion/hamstring) out, Valdes-Scantling served as the No. 2 wide receiver to Davante Adams for Aaron Rodgers. The rookie performed well as he finished with seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. Depending on the availabilty of Cobb and Allison against the 49ers, MVS would be in the WR3/flex conversation if both/either miss another game.

7. Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears (18 percent)

Gabriel was getting opportunities in his first three games (15 catches and three carries), but the yardage was modest as he was held to just 34 receiving yards or less in each of those games. In Week 4, however, the speedster exploded for seven catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in addition to a 10-yard carry. With Anthony Miller (shoulder) potentially set to miss more time, Gabriel could continue to see a bump in usage coming out of the team's bye week.

8. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals (9 percent)

For the second time in three weeks, Kirk has had a productive fantasy outing. In Sunday's win over the 49ers, Kirk had three catches for 85 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown. The four targets was a four-week low, but Kirk now has 14 catches for 203 yards and a touchdown in his three games combined. Even though he ranks fourth on the team in targets (24), he leads the team in receptions (19), receiving yards (234) and receiving touchdowns (one).

9. Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville Jaguars (13 percent)

It's difficult to trust any of Jacksonville's receivers, but Moncrief now has solid back-to-back performances. After posting a 5/109/1 line in Week 4, he had a team-high 15 targets as he finished with six catches for 76 yards in Week 5. The problem remains that Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook or Moncrief could lead the team in receiving in any given week and the offense may not support multiple fantasy starters in most weeks.

10. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (19 percent)

The first rookie off the board in the 2018 NFL Draft, Moore had his best game of the season in terms of opportunities. Moore had four catches for 49 yards and a double reverse where he gained 18 yards. It was the first time this season that he more than one catch and more than two touches. The volume isn't there to put him into your starting lineup, but a few more games with similar volume could earn him more consideration.

11. Chester Rogers, Indianapolis Colts (5 percent)

T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) sat out Week 5 against the Patriots and has extra time to get ready for Week 6, but it's possible that he misses another game. If Hilton (and tight end Jack Doyle) miss another game, Rogers could be a sneaky WR3 in PPR formats. Rogers now has back-to-back weeks with eight catches and 11 targets and he's finished with 85 and 66 yards, respectively, in those games.

12. Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams (0 percent)

Both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp left Sunday's game against the Seahawks with concussions. The trio of Kupp (WR2), Robert Woods (WR8) and Cooks (WR22) have been highly productive as top-24 fantasy wide receivers (standard scoring) even though Cooks had a goose egg on Sunday. If Cooks and Kupp are out this week, Reynolds would be next in line for a significant role in the high-powered Rams offense.

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