Working the waiver wire each week is crucial if you’re going to make it in your fantasy football league. Guys rise up depth charts because of injuries or benchings, some have mid-season breakouts, and others are still available just because they’re flying under the radar. Whatever the case, there are always valuable contributors waiting for you to claim them. I’m giving you guys who are owned in under 50% of ESPN leagues as of this writing. So, check your Week 6 waiver wire right after reading this and pick up a difference-maker for your fantasy squad.
Andy Dalton (0.2% owned)
Well, Dak Prescott’s foot is sideways now. If you haven’t watched the video of it yet, you need to check it out. I’ll warn you though, you may not like what you see.
With Dak obviously done for the season, Andy Dalton is your new starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Sure, his last season with the Bengals was ugly. It was bad enough to relegate him to backup duty. He’s still a decent quarterback, though. And decent is all you need to be to put up numbers with the Cowboys. He has the league’s best trio of wide receivers, one of its best running backs, and an offensive scheme that is going to ask him to throw the ball approximately 8,000 times a game. He also finally has a decent offensive line to play behind after dealing with whatever it was Cincinnati thought passed as an offensive line those last few seasons. The immediate results speak for themselves. The Red Rifle had nine completions on 11 attempts for 111 yards after he came into the game and helped seal the victory.
Here’s your first must-add of the Week 6 waiver wire. Even if you don’t have Dak on your team, Dalton’s going to be a top-15 QB over the rest of the season and a great QB2 for your bench/Superflex spot. And if you did have Dak, well, I don’t need to tell you that you need to scoop up Dalton.
Chase Edmonds (46.5% owned)
I tried telling you last week. Injury-stricken players aside, Kenyan Drake is the fantasy bust of the season. As of the end of the Week 5’s Sunday games, Drake is seventh in total touches but 46th in yards from scrimmage. Meanwhile, Chase Edmonds is averaging 6.1 yards per touch and has established himself as one of the better receiving backs in the league this season.
A five-game sample size says Drake’s monster tear in the second half of last season was a fluke and that he’s worth nothing more than spot duty in an RBBC. Drake received 19 touches in Sunday’s game against the Jets, but he only turned that into 62 total yards. Edmonds, meanwhile, posted 92 yards from scrimmage on just eight touches and also reached the endzone. After a performance like that, it feels inevitable that Edmonds will replace Drake as the lead back in Arizona. That’s why you need to claim him off the Week 6 waiver wire.
Actually, you know what, it doesn’t even matter if the #FreeChaseEdmonds movement doesn’t take off. He’s already outscoring Drake in half and full-PPR scoring and as an RB3/4. You should want to roster a guy who can do that while averaging fewer than 8 touches a game. Meanwhile, if Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury ever wants to break out the stat line and see that Drake is better-suited playing left bench, Edmonds’s ceiling is as high as an RB2/3 in PPR formats.
Alexander Mattison (41.6% owned)
So, Dalvin Cook’s MRI on his groin apparently “‘went pretty well” according to the Vikings’ Head Coach Mike Zimmer. If that means Cook’s not going to miss any time, Mattison will remain Minnesota’s back-up and get his usual 5-10 touches a game.
But did you see what he did to Seattle’s defense on Sunday Night???
Cook missed almost the entire second half after his injury, and all Mattison did after taking over was rack up 102 yards. Cook isn’t about to take a backseat to the second-year Mattison, but even if the league’s rushing leader misses just a week, you’ll want Mattison for that one game. This offense has the second-most rushing attempts going back to last season, and clearly, they’re comfortable giving Mattison the ball, considering he got 19 touches in the second half of the loss to the Seahawks.
Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that Cook has an adductor strain, and his status for Minnesota’s Week 6 game against Atlanta is up in the air. If the Vikings do decide to let him rest, you can pretty much book Mattison for 150 yards and two touchdowns. This latest injury is also a nice little reminder that Cook has already missed 19 games since 2017. His health is a constant question mark.
If you have a tough matchup coming up next week, or if you’re comfortable rolling the dice and betting on Cook suffering a more serious injury at some point this season, then Mattison is the low-priority claim for you on the Week 6 waiver wire.
Chase Claypool (8.8% owned)
You knew he was going to be here. Claypool made the rounds on social media after Week 3 with his 84-yard receiving touchdown, but his Week 5 performance announced his presence in the league. The rookie out of Notre Dame embarrassed the Eagles’ secondary to the tune of seven catches, 110 receiving yards, and four total touchdowns. As of Tuesday morning, Claypool is Week 5’s leading scorer.
Maybe Steelers Offensive Coordinator Randy Fichtner liked Claypool’s size and athleticism against Philly’s DBs and just wanted to scheme him open for this one game—we’ve seen one-game fantasy wonders in the past. Between JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and even James Washington and Eric Ebron, the Steelers have a lot of capable weapons in the passing game. Coming into this game, no one on this team was averaging more than 53.3 receiving yards a game. It’ll be easy for Claypool to get lost in the shuffle moving forward. So, maybe you should let someone else roll the dice on him and watch that guy get burned as Claypool puts up dud after the dud.
Or, Claypool could become a WR2 for the rest of the season and you’re going to feel like an absolute asshole for actively passing on a supreme talent. I highly doubt your WR group is so deep that Claypool isn’t even worth taking a flier on while you wait to see if he’s for real. He’s your second must-add of the week.
Travis Fulgham (0.2% owned)
On the other side of the Eagles-Steelers game, there was Fulgham. The second-year wideout was Week 5’s second-leading scorer, repeatedly torching a good cornerback in Mike Hilton to the tune of 152 receiving yards and a touchdown on 10 catches.
Fulgham looks like a diamond in the rough for Philadelphia after two games. He only got this shot because the Eagle’s starting rotation of wide receivers all got injured. With 209 yards and two touchdowns in those two starts though, I doubt the likes of Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are going to keep him off the field.
Still, Jeffery and Jackson are the seasoned vets in the wide receiver room, and they’re both close to returning. Throw in a handful of young draft picks, and the unheralded Fulgham could easily fall down the pecking order for targets. Betting on Fulgham to stick around as one of Carson Wentz’s go-to options is a big risk. At the same time, would it really be prudent for Philly to force the ball to their platoon of “meh” wideouts instead of continuing to feed their leading receiver in Fulgham? That’s right, he’s the Eagles’ leading receiver despite not playing in three of their five games. That’s how bad everyone else has been.
If you’re in a deep league and need to take a shot on someone to boost your WR group, Fulgham is a good backup plan if you can’t land Claypool.