Waiver Favors™: 2020 Week 6 Fantasy Football Pickups
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Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I do every year over the last 8 years, I’m here to help with waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors article! And I’m assuming if you’re a returning reader, you won your fantasy football championship last year, so congratulations!
But it’s a new year, so I’ll make a couple suggestions for after Week 6 of the 2020 fantasy football season. You’re welcome. Again.
As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.
QB – Miami Dolphins – 7% Owned
Shockingly, and seemingly from out of nowhere, it now looks like the Dolphins will start first-round rookie Tua Tagovailoa in Week 8 against the Rams. Not sure why since Ryan Fitzpatrick has been pretty solid, but they must have made this decision a long time ago. He should be picked up in all two QB leagues, and as a speculative stash in all 12-team keeper and dynasty leagues or deeper.
RB – New York Jets – 18% Owned
With Le’Veon Bell released, veteran Frank Gore took the reigns, but it’s only a matter of time before rookie 4th round pick La’Mical Perine gets his chance. He only ran 7 times for 27 yards, also catching 2 of 3 targets for 9 yards, but that’s more than the 0 he got in Week 5 when Bell was around. Remember that Perine had an efficient college career in Florida ending with with 2,485 yards (8th most in school history) and 22 rushing TDs on 493 carries and 72 receptions for 674 yards and 8 receiving TDs. If you have the bench space, go ahead and stash him in 12 team leagues or deeper.
RB – Philadelphia Eagles – 13% Owned
Miles Sanders is reportedly a “great concern” after his knee bent at the end of a 74 yard run in the second half. He’s going for an MRI, but even if he’s clear of structural damage, it’s unlikely he’ll be ready for Thursday night in Week 7. If Sanders misses time, Boston Scott is likely to be the lead back for the Eagles against a middling Giants defense ranked 16th per DVOA. If Sanders is out for more than a week, Scott can be even more than a one week replacement and may be an interesting stash in 12-team leagues or deeper.
- UPDATE – 10/19/20 – Sanders has a confirmed knee injury that will have him out an estimated 1-2 weeks. Scott looks like a decent pick up for that time frame. And if you miss on Scott, Corey Clement (0% Owned) may be viable for the truly desperate in 14-team leagues or deeper. In addition, Zach Ertz now confirmed out with a high ankle sprain for approximately a 3-4 weeks. Dallas Goedert (41% Owned) is eligible to return from IR this week, which now makes him a very interesting pick up in all leagues for TE needy teams.
RB – Washington Football Team – 11% Owned
I still think that Antonio Gibson will be the future for the Washington Football Team backfield, but for now, J.D. McKissic is getting as much run as Gibson on the grown and way more involvement in the passing game. In Week 6, McKissic rushed 8 times for 41 yards and had 6 receptions for 43 yards, leading the backfield in both. Of course, Washington was in come back mode for a lot of the game, so perhaps the targets were due in part to that, but he sure looks like he’s going to remain involved with Kyle Allen behind center, so feel free to grab him in 12-team PPR leagues or any 14-team leagues or deeper.
RB – Baltimore Ravens – 3% Owned
Gus Edwards was getting some touches even with both Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins in the backfield, but once Mark Ingram went out with an ankle injury in Week 6, Edwards took over. He didn’t do much with it, just rushing 14 times for 26 yards and a TD, but that’s not nothing. If Ingram misses time, I still prefer JK Dobbins (64% Owned) to get the majority of the touches, but Edwards seems to be in the mix and is likely to at least get short yardage and goal line carries, so he could be a decent flex play in 14-team leagues or deeper.
WR – New York Jets – 8% Owned
The Jets are a complete dumpster fire. Part of the problem is the lack of play makers, particularly after releasing Le’Veon Bell. In stepped Breshad Perriman, who finally managed to overcome an ankle injury that’s kept him out since Week 2. And although he didn’t do a lot, he still managed to snag 4 of 8 targets for 62 yards in an otherwise dismal Week 6 game against the Dolphins. But her, Sam Darnold should be back eventually, and someone has to catch balls in all the negative game scripts that the Jets are likely to face. Plus, Perriman did have a break out in Tampa at the end of 2019 with 645 yards and 6 TDs on 36 receptions. Feel free to take a flyer in 14-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Indianapolis Colts – 6% Owned
I’m not excited about this pick, but numbers are numbers. In Week 6, Zach Pascal caught 4 of 7 targets for 54 yards and a TD against the Bengals. Pascal now has had at least 7 targets in 2 of his last 3 games, and for some reason, Phillip Rivers continues to ignore TY Hilton. Someone needs to catch the ball, so why not Pascal? Give him a look in 14-team leagues or deeper.
Irv Smith Jr.
TE – Minnesota Vikings – 9% Owned
We all had high hopes for Irv Smith at the beginning of the year, but the Vikings basically have gone into the tank. But Smith has showed signs of life recently catching 4 of 5 targets for 64 yards in Week 5 and 4 of 5 targets for 55 yards and a 2 point conversion in Week 6. The Vikings look to have plenty of negative game scripts in the future, so there should be plenty of volume for Smith, making him an interesting stash for TE needy teams in 12-team leagues or deeper.
TE – Houston Texans – 5% Owned
This be more of a desperation play, but as long as Jordan Akins remains out, Darren Fells should continue to see the lion’s share of TE targets in Houston. In Week 6, Fells caught 7 of 8 targets for 85 yards and a TD one week after catching both targets for 57 yards and a TD in Week 5. If you really need a TE in 14-team leagues or deeper, you could do worse.
UPDATE for Monday Night Football
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And here’s who I’ve recommended in previous weeks that I still think deserve a look:
RBs – Mike Davis
QBs – None
WR – None
TE – Drew Sample
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