Waiver Worthy: Week 6 (2018): Intriguing Wide Receivers, Running Back Worth Stashing & More

by Will Overton

Another week is nearly in the books with just the Monday Night game to go tonight. Once again the waiver wire material is dominated by the wide receiver position, with teams airing it out more and more. That said, we do still have a couple running backs to break down and a tight end you don’t want to miss out on. Let’s get to work breaking down all the top names of the week:

 

Marlon Mack, RB – Indianapolis Colts
For just the second time this season Mack was able to suit up and play for the Colts. With Indianapolis down early and playing catch up, Mack didn’t get a ton of carries but he was clearly the lead back on the ground. He carried the ball 12 times for an impressive 89 yards, adding one catch for four yards. The Colts have a bevy of running backs to choose from which makes things tough, but it seems like a healthy Mack has a big leg up on getting carries. So even if he loses out on third down work to Nyheim Hines he has some value as what looks like the lead back.
Verdict: You have to grab him if you can

 

Nick Chubb, RB – Cleveland Browns
There aren’t any real signs of a change coming in Cleveland at running back, but you can’t help but wonder if it isn’t coming soon. Carlos Hyde continues to be the lead back, but he also continues to be pretty unimpressive collecting just 34 yards on 14 carries yesterday and averaging just 3.4 yards per carry for the season. Meanwhile Chubb turned limited carries into 35 yards. The sample size is crazy small, but he has 173 yards on only 16 carries this season and you have to wonder when the Browns will want to see what he can do with more touches.
Verdict: Speculative add if you have room on your bench

 

Tyrell Williams, WR – Los Angeles Chargers
Phillip Rivers and Tyrell Williams had the connection going yesterday afternoon as they led the way for a route of the Cleveland Browns. Williams caught three passes for 118 yards and a pair of long TD catches. He has just 16 catches through six games but he’s turned it into 310 yards, good for 19.4 YPC. He is the clear deep threat for the Chargers and that leads to the occasional big game like this one. Unfortunately it’s often hard to predict when these games will happen because he is TD dependent.
Verdict: Williams is someone to use in a pinch, but is better off used in daily game formats

 

Jermaine Kearse, WR – New York Jets
What kind of waiver wire column would this be if Jermaine Kearse didn’t make the list at least once this season? Every year there is a period in the season where you wonder if you should be adding him. With an injury taking out Quincy Enunwa, Kearse got an opportunity and made the most of it with 9 catches for 94 yards. The Jets used Robby Anderson and Terrelle Pryor on the outsides to stretch the field, but it was Kearse in the slot moving the chains. Enunwa will have an MRI today on his ankle, and if he is out for any period of time Kearse could be a solid spot play in PPR formats.
Verdict: If Enunwa is out he’ll make a good floor option at WR in PPR leagues

 

Albert Wilson, WR – Miami Dolphins
Using Dolphins’ receivers is a bit of a crap shoot, but Wilson may be emerging as he number one guy. DaVante Parker can’t stay healthy, Kenny Stills has fallen off andDanny Amendola seems limited in upside, leaving us with Wilson who blew up yesterday, as he caught six passes for 155 yards and a pair of TD. He turned in the performance with Brock Osweiler under center, and it’s unclear if that’ll continue, but Wilson was gaining some traction with Ryan Tannehill too. Wilson has the big play ability this offense desperately needs right now and I think he’ll continue getting looks.
Verdict: Grab Wilson in all formats

 

Cole Beasley, WR – Dallas Cowboys
In a game where the Cowboys were expected to get shut down by the Jaguars, the offense exploded in a big way and Beasley was a big part of it. He pulled in 9 catches for 101 yards and a pair of TD. This was by far the best game we have seen from Dak Prescott and in turn Beasley too. It’s possible the Cowboys offense has figured some things out and turned a corner, but my gut says this game is an aberration which makes me a little lower on Beasley than someone like Wilson, because I don’t think he has the same kind of ceiling.
Verdict: There are more enticing options out there

 

O.J. Howard, TE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The knee injury for Howard’s was supposed to keep him out of play for a few weeks, but after just one game out he was back on Sunday against the Falcons. Howard hauled in four catches for 62 yards and a TD in the game, his second TD in his last three games. Cameron Brate is still in the mix and caught a TD as well, but Howard is really distancing himself in terms of production and talent. He is averaging 18.9 YPC, almost unheard of from a TE. When he got injured he was cut in many leagues and this week is probably your one and only chance to add him before it’s too late.
Verdict: Should be owned in all leagues

Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Waiver Worthy: Week 7 (2018): Several Running Backs To Target & More
Waiver Worthy: Week 5 (2018): Wide Receiver Fliers, Speculative Running Back Additions & More

12 comments

  1. Mike in Toledo says:

    I agree that Kearse is probably the target to own since Enunwa is looking like a 4-8 week casualty due to the high ankle sprain. He may have top-30 potential going forward.

    As far as streaming options go over the next 2-4 weeks for a deep league, what are your thoughts on Hardy, Ratley, Josh Reynolds and David Moore? All seem to have an opportunity to step up either due to injuries or bad competition.

  2. OtisP says:

    What to do with Amari Cooper? Would you pick up Albert Wilson for Cooper?

  3. Jim says:

    I’ve been offered Carlos Hyde for Corey Clement, do I make the trade? Seems like Hyde is on the way down and Clement seems to have good upside.

  4. Krysta says:

    14 team, PPR…Devonta Freeman owner. I currently have Carlos Hyde, Javorius Allen, Adrian Peterson and Nick Chubb. Available on waivers: Ito Smith, Frank Gore, Raheem Mostert, Corey Clement, Duke Johnson. Thoughts? And if you could please give an order of preference as well!

  5. Ron says:

    14 team half PPR. I have Royce freeman, David Johnson, Kareem Hunt. Should I keep freeman or drop him for Marlon Mack, Ito Smith, Peyton Barber or Frank Gore?

    Also looking to pick up a WR, I’m thinking of the NOW but also remainder of season. I have Ridley, Julio jones and Agholor. Who should I target? Kearse, Albert Wilson, David Moore(Seattle), Cole Beasley or Willie Snead? I picked up Randall Cobb from waiver wire earlier…should I stick with him?

    Lastly, seems like marshawn Lynch has some groin issues and those have a tendency to linger…that being said, who has higher upside? Jalen Richard or Doug Martín?

    Thanks!

    • RB – I’m keeping Freeman, as he still has more upside than the other four, but I wouldn’t mind also adding Mack or Barber to the mix

      WR – I’d go with Moore, than Wilson, over Cobb

      As for if Lynch is out, chances are they first try Martin as the ball carrying RB with Richard keeping his current role. If Martin struggles, though, Richard could quickly emerge as an overall option.

  6. MikeP says:

    Random WW question, standard scoring league 14 teams w/flex spot.

    So this league always has an RB hoarding problem. Always super slim pickens, as an example every last RB on this list was already snapped up.

    But I did see Giovani Bernard sitting on the wire so I snapped him up. My other option though is Albert Wilson.

    My thought process there, once healthy the Bernard and the Bengals are facing some of the worst fantasy defenses in the NFL in coming weeks. I can see how he might easily cash in a TD and several touches vs NO, KC, and TB which are the next 3 defenses they face. Wilson on the other hand is facing more middle of the road or halfway decent defenses in the coming weeks.

    Combined with Cincy’s overall better offense, or at least more consistent offense compared to Miami with the QB problems and general inconsistency I like Bernard over Wilson on the whole.

    All that said I’d be curious about your take?

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