Waiver Wire Report – Week 6

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Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire report provides you with valuable insight on who you should be targeting in your leagues. Josh Lieberman breaks down his top 10 list of NFL players with fewer than 30% ownership in Yahoo fantasy leagues. 

This wild NFL season continues, with more casualties than your typical fantasy roster can handle. With the amount of players going down, there are likely few teams who have clean rosters, meaning the competition for fringe players off the waiver wire is that much greater. Even if your starters are healthy right now, other teams are already thinning out the waiver wire to replace their injured stars, so the time is now if you want to get some insurance for your top players.

Here are the top adds for the upcoming week:

#1) Marlon Mack (RB – IND) – Back from his two week absence for a shoulder injury, Mack exploded for 91 yards on just 9 carries, while finding the end zone once. While the ageless Frank Gore is still maintaining a 50%+ share of the backfield snaps, there is a great chance that Mack will begin to eat into that in the coming weeks, especially if he can duplicate his week five performance. Mack is also a terrific receiver, which adds even more appeal to this potential addition, especially in PPR. 15-20% bid to give you a shot at this acquisition.

#2) Mike Williams (WR – LAC) – Expected to make his return in week six, Williams should be a must add in nearly all formats. The 7th overall pick in the draft, he is a big part of the teams future plans. He has decent talent to surpass before he sees enough targets to make him a useful fantasy contributor, but he should have no problem finding snaps by the end of the year. 15-20% bid.

#3) JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT) – Averaging five targets a game over the past four outings, he has carved out a spot in the Steelers offense. He’s the option for Big Ben over the middle of the field, and Schuster has shown that Anquan Boldin-like toughness that will make him a great volume target. 10% bid.

#4) C.J. Prosise (RB – SEA) – If only Prosise could just get healthy…there is a definite role for him, if and when he does so. With Chris Carson down for the year and Lacy just not good, he’ll have a clear path to backfield touches when he returns. While he is no sure bet to play in week 6, he is a player worth waiting on. 10-15% bid.

#5) Josh Doctson (WR – WAS) – Coming off a bye, I will give one more recommendation for scooping up Doctson. While he has yet to play more than 50% of the snaps for Washington, he has been close to capitalizing on his big play potential the last couple of weeks, and did actually come through with a 52 yard TD in week 3. Health concerns are still a reoccurring theme for him, but the potential payoff is worth the price of admission right now. 10% bid.

 #6) D’onta Foreman (RB – HOU) – Foreman likely makes his last appearance on this waiver wire report, as he keeps inching closer to dominance in the Texans backfield. Despite the difficult game flow in week 5 to assess the snap usage, Foreman was given 49% of those snaps. He broke off an impressive 25 yard run, and there is little doubt that the confidence in Lamar Miller is wavering. 10% bid.
#7) Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE – NYJ) – Ok, last chance for ASJ! This time I mean it, as he is now at 28% owned and will for sure not qualify for next week’s report. He now has 15 receptions in three games, and recorded his first TD of the season in week 5. There is truly nothing else in the Jets receiving core to prevent ASJ from being a weekly contributor. 15% bid.

#8) Elijah McGuire (RB – NYJ) – His week 5 performance against the Browns was certainly disappointing, but it should not completely deter you from the pursuit. His 30 total yards this past Sunday was more a result of a dysfunctional offense. While that explanation won’t encourage you to snag him, the typical come from behind game flow the Jets will find themselves playing most weeks, should. With both Forte and Powell nursing injuries, there is likely an immediate opening for McGuire to collect some serious volume. There is also the high likelihood of the Jets going full rebuild mode once their fate is “officially” sealed, and thus open up further opportunities for him. 5-10% bid in redraft formats.

#9) Matt Breida (RB – SF) – Breida got some decent run in week 5, with 10 carries and five targets, accomplished through 47% of the backfield snaps. Now, some of this was a result of Carlos Hyde struggling through his hip injury, but there was also an element of the “hot hand” at play here as confirmed by coach, Kyle Shanahan. By cutting Tim Hightower and not blinking before placing Joe Williams on the IR in offseason, we have solid supporting evidence that Breida is a player that the 49ers like. He is a must add/own for Hyde owners, but is also worth rostering in deeper formats. 5-10% bid.

#10) Alex Collins (RB – BAL) – A slight decrease in production from the previous two weeks, Collins still carried the ball 12 times for 55 yards. What allowed Collins to stay on this list, is the injury sustained by Terrance West in week five. If it’s serious, the door is wide open for Collins as the early down back. 5-10% bid.

Honorable Mentions: Shane Vereen (RB- NYG), Jerick Mckinnon (RB – MIN), Charcandrick West (RB – KC), Dion Lewis (RB – NE), Charles Sims (RB – TB).