- Rene Ramirez
NFL Week 6: Top 3 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pick-Ups
- By Rene Ramirez
As the NFL season enters Week 6, it’s safe to identify most teams’ week-to-week game plans, making the fantasy waiver wire more dependent on injuries rather than a player’s development within their teams’ system.
1. Taysom Hill (TE | New Orleans Saints)
Taysom Hill has and, unless a miraculous development in his throwing accuracy, will always be a Swiss Army knife. There’s no shame in the role he plays and both the Saints and fantasy football owners are certainly the
beneficiaries of his skills. Hill’s status as a tight end allows for him to have a
ceiling up there with the likes of Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews, shown with a position-high 34 points in Week 5, and the floor of Evan Engram and Noah Fant, shown in his measly 1.4 points in Week 2. Hill is simply one of the most polarizing players in fantasy football, but if you’re a team struggling to rack up wins in a 10+ player league, investing in a player that, at worst, will amount you around eight fewer points than a mid-tier tight end, is a risk worth taking.
2. Kenneth Walker III (RB | Seattle Seahawks)
After the Seattle Seahawks’ 2018 first-round running back, Rashaad Penny, sustained his second season-ending injury within the past three years with a broken fibula against the New Orleans Saints, Kenneth Walker III, finished the game with 8 carriers for 88 yards and a touchdown. Walker’s 11 yards per carry in addition to his 58% offensive snap count was the highest of the season. Pete Carroll is certainly a sucker for a run-first offense, regardless of who is running for him, so don’t expect too dramatic of a shift in the teams’ RB1 rushing attempts. Within the next three weeks, Seattle faces two bottom-tier rushing defenses in the New York Giants and Los Angeles Chargers, who both have given up 130+ yards a game, so expect Walker to have the opportunity to hit the ground running.
3. Raheem Mostert (RB | Miami Dolphins)
It took just five weeks for Raheem Mostert to overtake Chase Edmonds as the Miami Dolphins’ RB1. If you take a closer look at the history of Mostert and head coach Mike McDaniel, this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The two had a four-year tenure with the San Francisco 49ers that included Mostert leading the conference champion team in rushing yards in 2019. Although the Dolphins aren’t as run-heavy as the 2019 49ers, the genius of McDaniel’s scheming will allow Mostert many opportunities to excel with his second-gear speed.