The fantasy football Week 6 waiver wire may lack the depth of those in the past, but there could be some league-winning running backs on the horizon. While there are others who could be valuable streamers right away or depth pieces down the line, these few lead the way.
Check back after Monday Night Football for our complete Week 6 Waiver Wire article, where we break down our top starts, stashes, and streamers. As of now, here are some of the top names to find on your waiver wire as Week 5 comes to a conclusion.
FULL WEEK 6 WAIVER WIRE BREAKDOWN: START, STASH, STREAM
RB KEN WALKER, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (44% ROSTERED)
It’s officially Kenneth Walker szn after Rashaad Penny fractured his fibula on Sunday. Walker was slowly stealing early down work from Penny and he will become the clear early-down and goal-line back for the rest of the season. He’ll be handing off passing down duties to DeeJay Dallas (0% rostered), but Walker has an elite running back skill set that he showed off right away when he broke loose for a 69-yard touchdown run.
During his final season at Michigan State, Walker led the power five with 1,636 rushing yards. He also found paydirt 18 times. Walker is an elite add off the Week 6 waiver wire in a sneaky fantasy-friendly offense.
RB JAYLEN WARREN, PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8%)
Najee Harris is a shell of his rookie self. Whether it’s been his nagging lower body injuries, his shitty offensive line, or his bad football team, he is a clear bust as a 2022 first-round pick. I’m not here to say Jaylen Warren is the better running back than Harris, because he’s not. But, the undrafted rookie is worth the add even if you aren’t a Harris manager.
During the team’s blowout loss against the Bills, Warren played more offensive snaps and gained more rushing yards than Harris. Sure, Mike Tomlin could’ve just been resting his banged-up bruiser, but Warren has looked more explosive and fresher than the former Alabama star. We’ve been beating this drum for a while now… Warren needs to be rostered because Harris’ outlook is on thin ice.
WR JAKOBI MEYERS, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (48%)
It doesn’t matter if it’s Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe, as long as Jakobi Meyers is healthy, he’ll be a target hog in New England. Meyers corralled seven of eight targets for 111 yards and a touchdown against the Lions after sitting out the past two games with a knee injury. In three games this season, Meyers has seen 27 targets. With Jones set to return in the near future, he has a favorable stretch of secondaries with games against the Browns, Bears, Jets X2, Colts, Vikings, Cardinals, and Bengals.
WR ZAY JONES, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (27%)
Zay Jones returned from injury and added another eight-target game from Trevor Lawrence — his third eight-target game in his four played this season. Jones only caught three of those targets for 12 yards, but Jones once again looked like the WR2 from a target-share perspective behind Christian Kirk — despite a 100-yard game from Marvin Jones Jr.
TE TAYSOM HILL, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (29%)
I despise writing his name, but sometimes one has to be the bigger man and tip his cap. Carrying the TE designation, Taysom Hill carried the rock nine times for 112 yards and three touchdowns this week. He also added a 22-yard touchdown pass on his only pass attempt of the day.
The tight end position absolutely sucks and there’s no greater boom-or-bust at the position than Hill. Yet, here we are. Even if he took advantage of the depleted weapon cabinet around him, it makes sense to roll the dice on Taysom if you aren’t one of the lucky ones who have an elite tight end.