NFL Waiver Wire – Week 6

October 9, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments week 5 waiver wire

Jameis Winston TB, QB

Owned in 49% of CBS Leagues

If you’re looking for a QB streamer this week, Winston looks like the best option. He will start for the Buccaneers coming off of a bye against a Falcons defense that has been decimated by injury. Without Deion Jones, Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, Atlanta hasn’t been able to stop anyone recently, giving up over 40 points per game the past three weeks. Tampa’s offense had been rolling before the embarrassing Week 4 blowout loss in Chicago, so expect them to get back on pace in this match up. Winston should have a big day in his first start of 2018.

Wendell Smallwood RB, PHI

Owned in 11% of CBS Leagues

With Jay Ajayi out for the season with a torn ACL, the Eagles backfield is in flux. Smallwood and Corey Clement should both see an increase in workload. The latter is owned in more leagues and has gotten more touches this season (including in the game Ajayi missed), but Smallwood has been more explosive and effective, averaging 6 yards per carry and 9.6 yards per catch while hauling in at least 3 passes in his last 3 contests. Smallwood is seen as the better early down option, while Clement is used more in passing situations, so the volume could switch into the favor of Smallwood depending on game script. Both should be picked up in most formats, but the lesser owned of the two might just have more upside.

Alfred Morris RB, SF

Owned in 49% of CBS Leagues

Matt Breida could miss multiple weeks due to an ankle injury suffered Sunday, opening the door for more touches in the San Francisco backfield. Breida is an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor. With Breida out, Morris should see his touches tick back up after they had been steadily declining in recent weeks. He isn’t much of a factor in the passing game, but Morris will be the clear cut early down back, which gives him RB2 upside for as long as Breida remains out.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR, GB

Owned in 10% of CBS Leagues

With both Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb out last week, Valdes-Scantling got the start and did not disappoint, posting 68 yards and a touchdown on a whopping 10 targets. Allison (Concussion – Elevated Injury risk, Below Average HPF) and Cobb (Hamstring – High Injury Risk, Below Average HPF) are both still question marks for Week 6, so Valdes-Scantling becomes a solid speculative add. Allison seems more likely to return than Cobb, but even if one or the other are in the lineup, there should be plenty of targets to go around for 3 receivers to produce in the Green Bay offense.

Josh Reynolds WR, LAR

Owned in 0% of CBS Leagues

Sunday was a bloodbath for the Rams’ wide receivers, with both Cooper Kupp and Bradin Cooks suffering concussions. Reynolds touched the ball three times in the 2nd half for 49 yards in replacement duty, flashing enough ability to make one optimistic about what he could do with a starter’s workload in the Rams’ explosive attack. Kupp and Cooks are both High Injury Risks and seem highly questionable for Week 6. Should both, or even just one, be out, Reynolds will be next in line for touches alongside Robert Woods. With Sean McVay dialing things up, any receiver that gets on the field for the majority of snaps has a chance to put up big numbers, making Reynolds a solid streaming option this week.

Cameron Brate TE, TB

Owned in 28% of CBS Leagues

OJ Howard suffered an MCL sprain in the Bears last game in Week 4, which is supposed to sideline him for 2-4 weeks. Howard is an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor, and it seems like a stretch that he would make it back for this week. The injury comes with a 3-4 week optimal Recovery Time. Should he miss Sunday’s game, Brate becomes a highly intriguing option for all of the match up related reasons that were mentioned above with Winston. The Bucs should have a field day offensively, increasing Brate’s chances for production, especially in the red zone. He is the top tight end streamer this week.

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