Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are fantasy football players to add week 6.
(Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Clyde Edwards-Heliare went down with a knee injury, which has opened up things for Williams. Williams had five carries for 27 yards against the Bills. He added three catches for 38 yards. While he hasn’t produced a ton this season, the Chiefs’ offense is high-powered and should give him some scoring opportunities down the road.
He will be competing for playing time with Jerrick McKinnon. McKinnon will likely get the third-down work, while Williams will be more of an early-down player. Williams is currently rostered in just 7.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Devontae Booker, RB, New York Giants
In an NFL Sunday that featured some bad injuries, Saquon Barkley had to leave the game for the Giants. He is expected to at least miss one game with a low-ankle sprain. From the pictures of it online (they will not be linked here), he is going to need more time than that to heal. Booker is expected to get the majority of the work in Barkley’s absence.
He played decently for the Giants with 16 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He also had three catches for 16 yards and a touchdown. The Giants will likely need to rely on Booker as well, because they have a lot of injuries to their wide receivers and quarterback Daniel Jones. Booker is available in over 96 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants
As mentioned, the Giants had numerous injuries to their offense in week 5. They needed someone to step up and their first-round draft pick, Kadarius Toney did so. Not only has he proven he can fill in for the Giants, but he should also have a much larger role in the offense even when players return from injury.
Toney finished the game against the Cowboys with 10 catches for 189 yards. He added one carry for seven yards. Late in the game, he was ejected for throwing a punch, but should be active next week. Toney is rostered in just 12 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Trey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Trey Lance is now starting for the 49ers for the foreseeable future while Jimmy Garroplo heals from a calf injury. While his play hasn’t been great yet, he is still a rookie quarterback figuring things out. Kyle Shanahan has shown that he will tailor the offense to fit Lance’s strengths and that should eventually pay dividends.
After scoring over 20 fantasy points in relief of Garroplo in week 4, Lance finished with 14.58 fantasy points after playing the Cardinals. The Cardinals are a tough defense for a rookie to start against and Lance failed to get in the end zone either with his legs or his arm. That is bound to change. He is available in about 65 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints
Callaway was a hot name in the fantasy football world during the preseason, but the season didn’t start off too well for him. That changed in week 5 and it looks like he should be the go-to receiver until Michael Thomas returns from injury. Jameis Winston looked for him in the red zone and it paid off for the Saints.
Against Washington, Callaway totaled four catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the day with 20.5 points for standard scoring leagues. His low number of receptions and relatively low number of targets are concerning, but Callaway should at least be picked up and tracked over the next few weeks. He is available in over 60 percent of ESPN leagues.
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