Fantasy Football Week 6 Weaver Wire: Alexander Mattison, Chase Claypool and Top Dak Prescott Replacement

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This is a weird week on the waiver wire. For starters, I’m writing this column before the final game of Week 5 has ended since the Bills and Titans play Tuesday night. That could alter some of the suggestions you’re about to read.

One move that will be made in every league is the Fantasy manager of Dak Prescott (ankle) searching for a new quarterback since Prescott is out for the season. Guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick , Kirk Cousins and Andy Dalton will be your best options, and we’ll explain why in detail below.

We don’t have a big-time running back to add this week in most leagues unless Alexander Mattison is available, but he’s already rostered in 72 percent of leagues on CBS Sports. And you should check if Justin Jackson (66 percent) is available since he appears to be the No. 1 running back for the Chargers while Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is out, even though they have a bye in Week 6. 

Aside from Mattison and Jackson, you might want to lock up one of your handcuffs or steal someone else’s for a lottery ticket. Let the injury to Dalvin Cook (groin) be a lesson to you since Mattison could be a star in Week 6 if he starts for the Vikings .

At wide receiver, we have plenty of good options, with Chase Claypool the top priority. He might be the No. 1 player to add in all leagues after scoring four total touchdowns in Week 5 against the Eagles . We’ll also talk about other receivers to add like Christian Kirk , Preston Williams and N’Keal Harry . And check for Mecole Hardman (68 percent rostered) because he could be awesome now that Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is out.

The tight end options are slim, but Jimmy Graham , Irv Smith and Trey Burton could be useful in Week 6. And there are several good options at DST and kicker, with the Dolphins DST one of my favorite plays this week in a matchup with the Jets .

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

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Week 6 Waivers

  • Injuries of note: Dak Prescott (ankle), Cam Newton (illness), Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), Drew Lock (shoulder), Tyrod Taylor (chest), Baker Mayfield (ribs), Kyle Allen (arm) and Sam Darnold (shoulder )
  • On a bye: Russell Wilson, Justin Herbert, Drew Brees and Derek Carr
  • Priority list: Ryan Fitzpatrick (43% rostered), Andy Dalton (4%), Kirk Cousins (54%), Derek Carr (49%), Daniel Jones (53%), Drew Lock (27%) and Alex Smith (4%)
  • Check to see if available: Teddy Bridgewater (83% rostered), Gardner Minshew (83%), Matthew Stafford (81%) and Ryan Tannehill (72%). Of the guys listed here, Stafford would be the No. 1 quarterback to add in all leagues with his matchup at Jacksonville in Week 6. I would put Fitzpatrick next, followed by Tannehill, Minshew, Bridgewater and Cousins.


Week 6 Priority List


Running Backs

  • Injuries of note: Dalvin Cook (groin), Christian McCaffrey (ankle), Austin Ekeler (hamstring), Nick Chubb (knee), Sony Michel (quad), Carlos Hyde (shoulder), Tevin Coleman (knee), Ke’Shawn Vaughn (chest) and LeSean McCoy (ankle) 
  • On a bye: Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, Joshua Kelley, Justin Jackson, Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker
  • Priority list: JD McKissic (18%), Jamaal Williams (42%), Darrel Williams (36%), Duke Johnson (53%), Devontae Booker (3%) and Matt Breida (28%)
  • Check to see if available: Chase Edmonds (83% rostered), James White (82%), Adrian Peterson (76%), Alexander Mattison (72%) and Justin Jackson (66%). These are the running backs to grab if available, and the order should go Mattison, Edmonds, Jackson, White and Peterson. Mattison is a top-five running back in all leagues if Cook is out in Week 6. Edmonds is a flex with Kenyan Drake healthy and would be a top 15 running back if Drake were to miss any time. Jackson just had 20 total touches (five catches) for 94 yards Monday night at New Orleans in the first game without Ekeler. And White and Peterson have proven to be useful flex options, with White better in PPR leagues, and Peterson better in non-PPR formats.
  • Handcuffs who matter: Tony Pollard (60%), Brian Hill (46%), Benny Snell (39%), Giovani Bernard (35%), Boston Scott (33%), Darrynton Evans (30%) and Jordan Wilkins (5 %). If you have an open roster spot, please start to stash these guys in this order: Pollard, Snell, Bernard, Hill, Evans, Wilkins and Scott. Should something happen to the starter in front of them – and you already saw Snell have a big game in Week 1 after James Conner got hurt – you could have a league winner on your roster.
  • Potential drop candidates: Sony Michel (57%), Carlos Hyde (44% rostered), Jordan Howard (38%) and Jeff Wilson (37%). Michel is hurt, Hyde is injured and on a bye and Howard and Wilson aren’t factors in their backfields right now.
Running back

Week 6 Priority List


Wide Receivers

  • Injuries of note:  Allen Lazard (abdomen), Alshon Jeffery (foot), DeSean Jackson (hamstring), Henry Ruggs (hamstring), Bryan Edwards (ankle), Sterling Shepard (toe), Mike Williams (hamstring), Michael Pittman (leg ), Parris Campbell (knee), Steven Sims (toe), KJ Hamler (hamstring), Adam Humphries (illness), Breshad Perriman (ankle) and Jalen Reagor (thumb)
  • On a bye: Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Tre’Quan Smith, Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfrow, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams
  • Priority list: Chase Claypool (38% rostered), Christian Kirk (58%), Preston Williams (56%), N’Keal Harry (62%), Mike Williams (47%), Tim Patrick (52%), Alshon Jeffery (39%), Travis Fulgham (1%), Keelan Cole (40%), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (54%), Sterling Shepard (43%), Jeff Smith (3%) and Nelson Agholor (9%)
  • Christian Kirk (48%), Tre’Quan Smith (31%), N’Keal Harry (52%), Brandon Aiyuk (57%), Zach Pascal (8%), Olamide Zaccheaus (2%), Darnell Mooney (2 %), Isaiah Ford (1%) and Jeff Smith (0%)
  • Check to see if available: Henry Ruggs (79% rostered), Laviska Shenault (78%), Tee Higgins (77%), Marvin Jones (74%), Cole Beasley (71%), Brandin Cooks (69%) and Mecole Hardman (68%). This list has plenty of receivers you should be going after, especially Hardman with Watkins out. He would be the No. 1 receiver to add this week, followed by Higgins, Shenault and then Claypool. I’m also excited about Cooks after his breakout game in Week 5 with 30 PPR points against Jacksonville. And Beasley and Jones are useful No. 3 receivers, with Beasley better in PPR. As for Ruggs, he is definitely worth stashing even with the Raiders on a bye.
  • Potential drop candidates:  Sammy Watkins (92% rostered), AJ Green (82%), Hunter Renfrow (80%) and Tre’Quan Smith (70%). Watkins could miss several weeks with his hamstring injury and isn’t worth stashing. Green could be out with his hamstring injury, and it’s time to move on after his poor performance to start the year. Renfrow and Smith aren’t worth holding on their bye weeks, especially Smith with Michael Thomas expected back in Week 7. 
Wide receiver

Week 6 Priority List

  • Injuries of note: Noah Fant (ankle), Dallas Goedert (ankle), Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Tyler Eifert (neck) and Jordan Akins (concussion)
  • On a bye: Darren Waller, Hunter Henry, Jared Cook and Greg Olsen
  • Priority list: Jimmy Graham (61% rostered), Irv Smith (12%), Trey Burton (2%), Austin Hooper (57%), Gerald Everett (7%) and Cameron Brate (12%)
  • Check to see if available: TJ Hockenson (82% rostered), Mike Gesicki (81%), Jared Cook (79%) and Eric Ebron (72%). Like the running backs, this is the list of players you want to search for, and the priority order would be Gesicki, Hockenson, Ebron and Cook. The only reason Cook is last is because New Orleans is on a bye in Week 6, but I would start Gesicki, Hockenson and Ebron in all leagues this week. 
  • Potential drop candidate: Mo Alie-Cox (70% rostered), Greg Olsen (36%) and Logan Thomas (32%). Alie-Cox is hurt and not involved enough for the Colts when Jack Doyle and Burton are healthy, and Olsen isn’t worth stashing on his bye. Thomas doesn’t produce enough to warrant using in most leagues.

Tight End

Week 6 Priority List

  • Dolphins (6%) vs. NYJ
  • Packers (30%) at TB
  • Giants (7%) vs. WAS

  • Mason Crosby (45%) at TB
  • Younghoe Koo (55%) at MIN
  • Matt Prater (28%) at JAC

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