Fantasy Waiver Wire: FAAB report for Week 6 pickups, free agents E! News UK

This is the type of exemption that owners of fantasy football have come to expect. Several starting RBs are / were injured, paving the way for the handcuff burst (Devontae Booker, Darrel Williams, Khalil Herbert, Rhamondre Stevenson), and several other players broke / continued their breakouts (Kadarius Toney, Hunter Henry , Dan Arnold, Amon -Ra St. Brown). The best Week 6 waiver feed pickups are going to require high claims and serious FAAB offers, so you better have your budgets in order. You can also find a lot of gold with free agent additions, but if you want the best guys it will cost you dearly.

As we’ll be doing weekly this season with the help of our friends at Fantasy Alarm, let’s break down the best mics and project how much of your FAAB budget you should bid on them.

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Week 6 Fantasy Football FAAB Tip: QB Mic Waiver, Streamers

Trevor Lawrence, (JAX). Depending on how desperate you are to fill that void, you may need to spend a bit more on Lawrence. While most rookie quarterbacks see their passing attempts limited, we’ve seen Lawrence become more efficient as a passer and provide a boost in his last two games. Jacksonville heads to London this weekend to take on the Dolphins. Miami might not have the biggest pass rush, but they have a solid secondary. However, the Jaguars are expected to extend Lawrence’s leash in this game, and it’s possible he could score another rushed touchdown for the third week in a row. He also has some good after his 7 week break. Projected FAAB submission: 7-12% of the total budget

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT). There have been many jokes about how Big Ben seems to be in constant pain every time he plays, and the loss of JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) certainly hurts. But the Steelers will host the Seahawks in prime time this week, and the Seattle defense can’t leave the field. It could very well be a Najee Harris game, but against the Broncos we saw Big Ben rack up over 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns. You have to imagine that he can do better against Seattle, which puts him in play as a streamer. Proj. FAAB offer: 3-4%

MORE POTENTIAL QB STREAMERS (1-2% FAAB bid): Carson Wentz (v HOU), Geno Smith (@ PIT), Taylor Heinicke (v KC)

STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 6:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Week 6 Fantasy Football FAAB Tips: RB mics waiver, streamers

Darrel Williams (KC). The running back position forces us to spend on saves. It’s a position of opportunity, and when you get the chance to touch an offense like this, then you’re going to have a price. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) will miss a few weeks, so the next man will be Williams, who is familiar with this offense. For what it’s worth, we could very well see the Chiefs go for a split backfield and get Jerick McKinnon, who can be had for a lot less, some action. The game’s script was not in Williams’ favor on Sunday night, but he should get a good chunk of the runs and work on the goal line with CEH sidelined. Projected FAAB submission: 15-18% of the total budget

Devontae Booker (NYG). Saquon Barkley can’t take a break. He was finally hitting his stride and rewarding fantasy owners before awkwardly rolling his ankle in Sunday’s game. He instantly inflated and he was taken to the locker room. Instead of Barkley, Booker received 19 touches and found the end zone. Was he effective? No, but the volume was there for him. Now the Giants are optimistic that Barkley could only miss one game. If that’s the case, we don’t need to throw a ton of FAAB on Booker, but we know this offense likes to use running backs. We saw Wayne Gallman succeed in that attack a year ago after Barkley tore his ACL. Booker could be a weeklong hire, but if the injury persists for Barkley we have a decent flexibility option that will see a lot of volume. Proj. FAAB offer: 10-15%

Khalil Herbert (CHI): Herbert was not as “introduced” as Damien Williams, but he still carved out a nice role for himself in place of David Montgomery (knee). He finished with 75 yards on 18 carries, and if you just look at the fantastic points, maybe there weren’t many, but he just didn’t find the end zone. Hits are easier to predict than touchdowns, and while he won’t get 18 races in the future, if he gets 10-12 timeshare with Williams, he at least deserves to be entered. Proj. FAAB offer: 7-8%

Rhamondre Stevenson (NE). Damien Harris might have avoided a serious injury, but even after his return Stephenson was still used. Stevenson was a star in the preseason, and we know they’re a team that’s not afraid to mix things up in the backfield. Harris hasn’t been very impressive as a running back in this attack, and while Harris’s job may not be in jeopardy (yet), it could be to the advantage for the Patriots to give more litters to the recruit. He didn’t do much with Sunday’s workload, but keep in mind that the Patriots’ offensive line was four starters. It should also be noted that Brandon Bolden, mentioned last week, remains the privileged target of PPR formats. Proj. FAAB offer: 6-7%

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Week 6 Fantasy Football FAAB Tips: WR Pickups, Waiver Streamers

Kadarius Toney (NYG). Toney is a special talent, and he was fully on display in Week 5. Everyone was hurt before Toney was kicked out for throwing a punch, but he had quite a breakthrough in Dallas. He caught 10 of 13 targets for 189 yards, and this after having had nine targets last week. Daniel James’ injury (concussion) could hamper overall production in the future, however. Also, there are other pass catchers in this offense, but they just can’t seem to stay on the pitch. He will be the most popular wide receiver this week on waivers, as he showed that “winner of the week” rise that we so desperately seek on waivers. Projected FAAB submission: 20% of the total budget

Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET). Quintez Cephus suffered a broken collarbone in Week 5, which should open things up for St. Brown (although you could make that argument for any pass catcher in this offense). We didn’t see TJ Hockenson take off like most believed, and even he has publicly stated that the defenses are plotting for him and making him disappear. So on that note, St. Brown led the team in receiving Sunday with seven catches on eight targets for 65 yards. This attack is a bit difficult and far from the most explosive on the pitch, but Cephus’ injury gives the ARSB a boost in fantasy. Proj. FAAB bid: 6-8%

Mecole Hardman (KC). The Hardman advantage is well documented. It offers great speed and big game on the rise, but when you’re consistently behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce for targets, you’re not exactly a fantastic option every week. However, it looked like everyone in Kansas City got injured on Sunday night. Tyreek Hill had pain in his knee, Travis Kelce had a stinger and we have already mentioned the injury to Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee). This opened the door for Hardman to see a dozen targets presenting themselves to him. The only way it pays is if there’s a long-term injury to Hill or Kelce and it doesn’t appear to be, but it’s a situation to watch out for. Proj. FAAB offer: 6%

Tim Patrick (DEN). He hasn’t found the end zone in his last three games, but the workload and the opportunities have been there for Patrick. He’s scored fantastic double-digit points in four of five games in the PPR format, and he’s had 15 targets in his last two games. It still looks like Jerry Jeudy (ankle) is a few weeks away from his return, and if so, Patrick still has some appeal, especially against the Raiders, who don’t have the biggest secondary and will play under a new interim head coach. Proj. FAAB offer: 4-5%

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Week 6 Fantasy Football FAAB Tip: TE mics waiver, streamers

Hunter Henry (NE). At the tight end, most of the players you broadcast will be touchdown dependent. It’s unfortunate because touchdowns are the most difficult statistic to predict, but Henry’s shots and goals over the past few weeks are heading in the right direction. Jonnu Smith will still have his weeks involved, but Henry has found the end zone in straight weeks and makes six catches for 75 yards in Week 5 against Houston. New England signed both Smith and Henry respectable contracts in the offseason, so we can expect them both to find a way to get involved in the future. Henry is the one receiving love right now, so he’s worth more on the wire. Projected FAAB submission: 7-8% of the total budget

Dan Arnold (JAX). The Jaguars seemed pretty excited to acquire Arnold, who wasn’t using him enough after signing him in the offseason. Arnold led the Jaguars in all receiving categories last week, and remember, this was only his second game with Jacksonville. The Jags were quite anxious to get him to do some activity in his first game after trading for him a few days before, and now he’s carving out a bigger role for himself. If you missed Dawson Knox, this could be your chance to redeem yourself. Proj. FAAB offer: 7-8%

David Njoku (CLE). The concern with Njoku is mostly Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant (and, possibly, Jarvis Landry). We won’t be able to trust him from week to week, but his shots are heading in the right direction. Plus, it’s still a team that would prefer to run the ball. Sunday’s play script dictated being a little more aggressive in the air, and Njoku caught his seven targets for 149 yards and a touchdown. For some reason, Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. may not be on the same page, and the defenses could be considering removing OBJ. It opens things up for others in the offense. Njoku has seen at least 60% of the snaps in the past three weeks, so hopefully that’s a trend we see continuing. Proj. FAAB offer: 3%

Week 6 Fantasy Football FAAB Tips: Waiver wire Defense microphones, streamers

As we always caution, you shouldn’t be spending more than one percent of your FAAB budget on a D / ST. Here are the potential streaming captures from this week:

  • Indianapolis Colts (vs. Texans)
  • Miami Dolphins (vs. Jaguars in UK)
  • Dallas Cowboys (@ Patriots)
  • Green Bay Packers (@ Bears)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Lions)

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