fantasy-football-week-6-waiver-wire-pickups:-alexander-mattison,-chase-claypool

A chaotic Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season was full of surprises that left many fantasy football managers scrambling at the last minute to fill out their rosters. Patriots-Broncos was rescheduled after multiple players tested positive, Bills-Titans will be played on Tuesday night and quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending compound ankle fracture against the Giants.

The schedule shuffling, in conjunction with the injuries to key players, will leave managers running to the waiver wire once again in Week 6. Below you will find players who are all rostered in fewer than 50% of leagues that are worth targeting.

Players are ranked by roster percentage on Yahoo and all fantasy points are calculated in half PPR scoring.

Quarterbacks

Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (3% rostered)

Dalton will be a top waiver add this week for managers who rostered Prescott and either don’t have better options on waivers or don’t want to make a trade. He completed 9 of 11 attempts for 111 yards in relief on Sunday. He should have better days ahead surrounded by a talented cast of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Ezekiel Elliott, which is arguably the strongest set of skill position players in the league. Dallas faces Arizona, Washington and Philadelphia next, none of which are very fearsome opponents on defense. He should fall in the high-end QB2 range next week versus the Cardinals.

Running backs

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (44% rostered)

Jackson was a popular Week 5 waiver add after Austin Ekeler went down with a hamstring injury. He proved himself on Monday and had 15 rushing attempts for 71 yards and caught five of six targets for 23 yards. Perhaps more importantly, he finished with more touches than Joshua Kelley, who had 11 carries for 29 yards and one catch for 9 yards. Ekeler is on IR and is out until at least Week 8, but there is a good chance he misses more time than that. The Chargers are on bye in Week 6 thanks to some schedule shuffling, but Jackson is still worth a high waiver claim or FAAB bid.

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (41%)

Dalvin Cook left Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with a groin issue. He returned to the game, but was clearly limited as he saw no additional touches after his injury. Mattison came in and finished with 20 carries for 112 yards and caught all three passes he was targeted on for 24 yards.

Cook underwent an MRI exam on Monday which head coach Mike Zimmer said “went pretty well.” As we continue to monitor the situation, Mattison is worth an add as he has proven to be an extremely valuable handcuff with some standalone value as well.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool and Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison, fantasy football week 6 waiver wire
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool and Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander MattisonGetty Images

Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons (21%)

Hill had six attempts for 39 yards and caught both targets for 15 yards. His value is limited as Todd Gurley’s backup, but with the running back waiver wire thin this week and the uncertain nature of this season, it’s not a bad idea to consider stashing Hill in deeper leagues.

J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (6%)

McKissic had one rush for 3 yards and reeled in six of eight targets for 46 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, good enough for a top-24 finish among running backs. This is his second game in a row with eight targets and it appears he is establishing himself as a pass-catching threat in this offense. He is worth a look, especially in PPR formats and/or if you need additional depth at the position.

Wide receivers

Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs (40% rostered)

Receiver Sammy Watkins went down with a hamstring injury during the team’s Week 5 loss to the Raiders and will miss time. Hardman and Demarcus Robinson would be next up behind Tyreek Hill. Hardman is worth an add as a member of the explosive Chiefs offense.

Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (34%)

Shenault caught a season-high seven of eight targets for 79 yards in Houston on Sunday. The rookie’s targets have been trending upward as the season has progressed, and could continue to increase should receiver D.J. Chark miss any time with his ankle injury. Shenault should be rostered in all leagues as a high-floor WR3/flex option. 

Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (16%)

Claypool had a fantastic Week 5 and finished as the top wide receiver for the week. He caught seven of 11 targets for 110 yards, ran three times for 6 yards and scored four total touchdowns. His staggering target share could have been impacted by the absence of Diontae Johnson, who suffered a back injury early. That said, whether or not Johnson is healthy, it appears this exciting rookie has established a role in this offense and could the the Steelers’ No. 2 option behind JuJu Smith-Schuster moving forward. Claypool is worth a significant bid or waiver claim this week, especially with his bye out of the way.

Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles (3%)

Fulgham was close behind Claypool as the No. 2 receiver for the week. He scored for the second week in a row and reeled in 10 of 13 targets for 152 yards. He saw 36 percent of Carson Wentz’s targets, well ahead of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward, and passed the eye test. The Eagles have Baltimore on deck in Week 6, but in light of the copious injuries to this receiving corps, Fulgham, who is widely available, should see healthy targets moving forward.

Tight ends

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (40% rostered)

Graham caught three of five passes for 33 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night against the Buccaneers and has posted three top-13 finishes among tight ends. Like many at the position, he remains a touchdown-dependent option. He is a borderline TE1 in Week 6 against the Panthers.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2%)

Brate and Rob Gronkowski split targets evenly on Thursday with 2017 first-rounder O.J. Howard out for the season. Brate caught five of six targets for 44 yards while Gronkowski reeled in three of six targets for 52 yards. Brate is a TE2 option and deeper-league add, especially with the staggering injuries to the Buccaneers’ offense.