Prioritizing the Wire (Week 6): Which Wide Receivers Are The Top Names To Target?

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Already preparing to raid the Waiver Wire after Week 6? Let’s take a look at the wide receiver options who may be available (owned in less than 60% of ESPN leagues) and prioritize who you should be targeting and who is better left for someone else:

  1. Travis Fulgham – Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals
  3. Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs
  4. Tim Patrick – Denver Broncos
  5. Henry Ruggs III – Las Vegas Raiders
  6. Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts
  7. Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins
  8. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers
  9. N’Keal Henry – New England Patriots
  10. Laviska Shenault – Jacksonville Jaguars
  11. Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars

1) Travis Fulgham – Philadelphia Eagles

If you were concerned that Fulgham’s breakout in Week 5 was an aberration, he proved you wrong with another strong performance in Week 6 as he turned 10 targets into 6 catches, 75 yards and 1 TD. He’s now scored in three straight games, including 16 catches for 227 yards in the past two. The Eagles are getting healthy, but does anyone believe Alshon Jeffrey or DeSean Jackson is going to overtake Fulgham for the top spot right now?

2) Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals

In a shootout with the Colts rookie quarterback Joe Burrow showed a willingness to use all three of his top receivers:

  • Tee Higgins – 6 receptions (8 targets) for 125 yards
  • A.J. Green – 8 receptions (11 targets) for 96 yards
  • Tyler Boyd – 5 receptions (8 targets) for 54 yards

While Higgins has been kept out of the end zone over the past three games, he’s consistently been targeted with at least 6 targets in all five games (7+ in the past four, while he’s been targeted 8 times in each of the past two). While he and Burrow continue to develop a rapport, it’s obvious that Higgins has the potential to emerge as the team’s top option both for 2020 and beyond.

3) Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs

We’ve been waiting for Hardman to emerge since being drafted, and with Sammy Watkins sidelined the Monday night contest with Buffalo could be his chance. Time will tell, but the upside in a high-powered offense is immense.

4) Tim Patrick – Denver Broncos

All eyes were on Jerry Jeudy as the man who would emerge for Denver, but instead it’s been Patrick. In Week 6 he delivered 4 receptions for 101 yards and he’s now topped 100 yards in back-to-back weeks. The fact that he remained Denver’s top option, even with the return of Drew Lock, speaks volumes for the short-term. Time will tell if he can continue to demand the targets, but for now his recent production and opportunity can’t be ignored.

5) Henry Ruggs III – Las Vegas Raiders

Ruggs had a pair of big plays in Week 5, delivering 2 catches for 118 yards and 1 TD. It will be interesting to see if the Raiders use their bye week to get him more involved in the offense, but he’s shown the ability to be a boom or bust option as he leads the NFL with 3 receptions of 40+ yards despite having just 6 catches overall. That big play ability, with more opportunities, could emerge as a viable fantasy option in short order.

6) Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts

It has been a miserable year for T.Y. Hilton, who has consistently been targeted 5 times or less by Phillip Rivers. While it was Marcus Johnson who led the way in Week 6 (5 receptions for 108 yards), it’s Pascal who has been targeted at least 7 times in two of the past three weeks. On Sunday he delivered 5 catches for 54 yards and 1 TD and the potential is there for him to emerge as the team’s top receiver before long.

7) Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins

Williams has now scored in back-to-back games, though he hasn’t been targeted more than 5 times in a game since Week 1 and is obviously behind DeVante Parker on the depth chart. Williams has the upside and is worth stashing, but right now can’t be played.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

7 COMMENTS

  1. 14 Team 1/2 PPR

    WR’s 1&2 are Deandre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs. On the bench is Nkeal Harry and Hunter Renfrow. Would you trade in either/both to upgrade or stash Tim Patrick Adam Humphries or DeSean Jackson?

  2. Hey Prof,
    I need to drop someone to make space for a bye week kicker. my options are murray, boyd, peterson or gallup, and for obvious reasons I’m leaning towards gallup.

    do you agree?

      • Justin Tucker, lol. Same situation in my other league except my bench is brees, murray, mostert, edmonds and aiyuk…but I think I’m more stuck on this first group here

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