Finest Fantasy Week 6 Waiver Pickups: Chase Claypool Breaks Out, Dalvin Cook dinner Harm Opens Door To Handcuff Alexander Mattison


The Top Week 6 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups and Free Agent Adds Present a classic situation with good news and bad news. The good thing is that there have been very few serious RBs and WRs injuries this week; The bad thing is that there aren't a lot of backups or handcuffs booked for more game time. (Update: We spoke too early. Dalvin Cook suffered a groin injury Sunday night, and while returning to a play, he was able to regress during the week and open the door to handcuffs Alexander Mattison.) That means we rely on young, breakout WRs like Chase Claypool, Henry Ruggs, and Travis Fulgham to carry the day, and luckily the trio all walked 100 yards and scored a goal, with Claypool getting the fantasy performance of the season with four touchdowns.

There was a major injury on Sunday as Dak Prescott sustained a serious ankle injury that is sure to keep him out for the rest of the season. His replacement, Andy Daltonmakes ours full list of free agentswhich also contains several other receivers that are worth stowing away (Laviska Shenault, Brandin is boiling, Preston Williams, Keelan Cole, Christian Kirk) as well as some of last week's outbreaks that are still too easily obsessed (Damien Harris, Justin Jackson, Tim Patrick). We also have suggestions for QB, TE and D / ST streamers if you're worried about goodbye weeks, injuries, or more surprise postponements. The streamer suggestions can be found at End of this list. If you've recently split up with your foosball table because of irreconcilable differences and are looking for a hot new set of legs to connect with, then you can check out ours Week 6 table football leaderboard.

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Even after Claypool's monster appearance, it's hard to say whether it's worth making a high waiver. If Diontae Johnson (back) is likely to miss the time it would add to Claypool's appeal, but otherwise he's still a rookie wide receiver who obviously just had his best game of the season. The Steelers have two other high-target wideouts and rarely throw down, so Claypool's head is pretty much game-dependent. Unless you really need WR help (or you had Prescott and need a starting QB) it would be better if you save your major RB injury waiver entitlement. However, there is a chance that Claypool could be claimed so it might take a long time to get it if you really want it. Ruggs and maybe Shenault could also be worth low claims depending on Chark's status, unless it's one of last week's holdovers (especially Harris and Phillip Lindsay) are available, this is likely a week to save your claim and move the waiver up. (Update: Mattison is worth making a top waiver if Cook misses the time.)

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Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 6

Unless otherwise stated, only players in less than 50 percent of the Yahoo Leagues considered will be considered.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings. Dalvin Cook looked like he'd suffered a serious groin injury early in the second half against Seattle, but the all-world player returned to one game before sitting out the rest of the game. Mattison ran wildly in his place, collecting 112 yards with 20 trages. It's unclear if Cook will miss week 6 (or beyond), but there's a good chance Mattison has some value anyway. When Cook isn't around, Mattison is a must against the hawks.

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Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers. Claypool was on fantasy radars after a long touchdown in Week 2, but many will believe that after his breakout with four TDs in Week 5, he rose to must-start status. We're not going to go that far, but Claypool is sure to be the top pickup of the week after overtaking seven out of eleven targets for 110 yards and three points while adding another six yards and a TD for three carry. Claypool was undoubtedly backed by Diontae Johnson (back) who got out early, but either way it's hard to imagine the Steelers won't use him in the future. With elite athleticism and good speed, Claypool is the Steelers' best downfield threat and they have shown a willingness to use him on at least a few gadget games in each game. For fantasy purposes, it doesn't hurt that Pittsburgh is already goodbye, and matchups against Cleveland, Tennessee and Dallas in three of the next four weeks are looking good too.

Henry Ruggs, WR, Raiders. Ruggs only got two passes (three goals) against the Chiefs in Week 5, but both were spectacular games, one of which allowed a 72-yard touchdown. Perhaps the biggest news is that Ruggs, who has dealt with knee and thigh injuries this year, made it through the game in one piece. The explosive rookie is unlikely to stay constant, but after Vegas' reunion in Week 6, he will have solid matchups against the Bucs, Browns, Chargers, Broncos, Chiefs, Falcons and Jets. Get it now.

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Travis Fulgham, WR, Eagles. We weren't sure what to make of Fulgham after scoring two of three goals for 57 yards and a TD in Week 4, but he looks real after scoring 10 of 13 looks for 152 yards and a score in Week has drawn 5 against Pittsburgh. The 6-2, 215-pound journeyman isn't sure he will be able to play with DeSean Jackson (thigh) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) again anytime soon, but given both players' respective injury histories (and past relative ineffectiveness) some seasons), Fulgham is still worth stowing away. After a tough matchup against Baltimore next week, Philadelphia has the Cowboys, Giants, Bye, Giants, Browns and Seahawks.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cowboys. Dak Prescott's ankle injury at the end of the season puts Dalton in a starting role and the veteran is more than capable of putting up solid stats given his sideline. Dalton led the Cowboys on a game-winning run in the fourth quarter, completing nine of eleven passes for 111 yards in the game. Going forward, he has three direct Netural-to-Favorite matchups (against Cardinals, @ Washington, @ Eagles) so hiding him in case he really takes off isn't a bad idea.

For more disclaimer / free agent suggestions, including more outbreaks and potential streamers, check out ours full week 6 list.


Steven Gregory