- We’re six weeks into the NFL season, and bye weeks are beginning to become a problem for fantasy football players.
- Thankfully, there’s plenty of solid players available on the waiver wire to help you fill out your roster.
- Here are 13 waiver-wire targets for players in need of some depth or a new starter as they make the push to the playoffs.
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We’re six weeks into the NFL season, and fantasy football players now have a good idea of where their team stands.
Whether you’re already pushing for a playoff spot, or in need of some help to pull out of an early-season tailspin, here are 13 players widely available on the waiver wire that could get your team back on track.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team
ESPN fantasy ownership: 23.6%
Week 6 stats: 41 rushing yards, six receptions, 43 receiving yards â€” 14.4 fantasy points
One thing to know: J.D. McKissic has been a reliable part of Washington’s passing attack through the past few weeks, putting up at least six receptions in three straight games. For PPR players, he’s a solid fill-in option if you have some bye weeks coming up.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
ESPN fantasy ownership: 10.6%
Week 6 stats: 4 rushing yards, two receptions, 5 receiving yards â€” 2.9 fantasy points
One thing to know: With Miles Sanders dealing with an injury, Boston Scott could be due for a big game this week against a questionable Giants defence. Scott can be effective as both a rusher and a passer, but with an offensive line that is banged up, the Eagles will have to get creative to get Scott involved.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
ESPN fantasy ownership: 2.9%
Week 6 stats: 15 rushing yards, three receptions, 13 receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 11.8 fantasy points
One thing to know: Joe Mixon went down with an injury on Sunday, opening up the potential for Giovani Bernard to put up some numbers next week against Cleveland.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
ESPN fantasy ownership: 62.3%
Week 6 stats: 18 rushing yards, two receptions, 10 receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 4.8 fantasy points
One thing to know: Jerick McKinnon stepped up for the 49ers when Raheem Mostert had to miss a few weeks early in the season due to injury. With Mostert’s injury flaring up once again this week, Mostert is in a good position to step right back into his prominent role in the offence.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
ESPN fantasy ownership: 14.3%
Week 6 stats: Six receptions, 143 receiving yards â€” 20.3 fantasy points
One thing to know: Keelan Cole has made the most of his targets in the Jaguars offence as DJ Chark works his way back from injury. There’s not a lot of guys on the waiver wire you can find coming off of 140-yard games.
Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
ESPN fantasy ownership: 47.2%
Week 6 stats: Six receptions, 75 receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 19.5 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Eagles wide receiver group has been broken since the start of the season, but Travis Fulgham has emerged over the past few weeks as a reliable target for Carson Wentz and has been a top-seven receiver in all of fantasy football for two weeks straight.
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
ESPN fantasy ownership: 43.9%
Week 6 stats: Six receptions, 125 receiving yards â€” 18.7 fantasy points
One thing to know: Tee Higgins has emerged as one of Joe Burrow’s favourite targets in the Bengals offence through six weeks of football. In an offence that’s still finding itself, having the quarterback’s favourite receiver can pay dividends down the road.
Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos
ESPN fantasy ownership: 18.6%
Week 6 stats: Four receptions, 101 receiving yards â€” 14.1 fantasy points
One thing to know: Tim Patrick now has back-to-back 100-yard games for the Denver Broncos and has scored in two of his last three games. He only needs a few big plays to finish with a big day for your fantasy team.
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
ESPN fantasy ownership: 81.4%
Week 6 stats: Nine receptions, 166 receiving yards, two touchdowns â€” 39.6 fantasy points
One thing to know: While he’s already owned in more than 80% of fantasy leagues, he should be owned in 100%, so do yourself a favour and double-check to see if he’s still available in your league. He has a bye week coming up, meaning some teams desperate for depth could be looking to trade him this week if you have the assets to make a move.
Trey Burton, TE, Indianapolis Colts
ESPN fantasy ownership: 6.2%
Week 6 stats: Four receptions, 58 receiving yards, two touchdowns â€” 21.9 fantasy points
One thing to know: Philip Rivers knows how to use his tight ends, and Trey Burton had himself a day on Sunday. While they have a bye coming up next week, if you’re in need at the position, Burton is a guy to keep an eye on.
Darren Fells, TE, Houston Texans
ESPN fantasy ownership: 3.4%
Week 6 stats: Six receptions, 85 receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 20.5 fantasy points
One thing to know: Darren Fells is a huge part of the Texans’ goal-line offence and has scored in two straight games. He’s a solid option for those looking to replace the recently injured Zach Ertz, as well as daily fantasy players looking for a relatively cheap tight end to fill out their lineup.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennesee Titans
ESPN fantasy ownership: 54.1%
Week 6 stats: 364 passing yards, four touchdowns, one interception â€” 30.6 fantasy points
One thing to know: Ryan Tannehill finished as the third-best quarterback in fantasy in Week 6 and was the best signal-caller in the league in Week 5. Unless you have one of the undeniable studs of fantasy, chances are he’s playing better than whoever you have at quarterback right now.
Philadelphia Eagles defence
ESPN fantasy ownership: 13.9%
Week 6 stats: Three sacks, 30 points against â€” 7 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Eagles have been dealing with injuries up and down the roster, but a matchup against the Giants is a great spot for their defence to control the game and come out with a win.
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