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Through The Wire - Week 6

By Antonio D'Arcangelis | 10/12/21 |

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs, and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


Baker Mayfield, CLE – Mayfield (50% owned) completed 23-of-32 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 47-42 loss to the Chargers. He added eight yards on two carries.

Carson Wentz, IND – UPDATE: Wentz (7-10% owned) seems to be recovered from his double ankle issues and looked sharp for most of Monday night, completing 25 of 35 passes for 402-2-0 in the 31-25 overtime loss to the Ravens. He also was sacked twice and lost a fumble, but gets a favorable matchup in Week 6 vs. HOU.

Davis Mills, HOU – Mills (0-1% owned) broke out in a big way Sunday for 312-3-0, and while this one week doesn’t mean he’s a must-add, it does give the Texans’ offense some life – and Mills some confidence – heading into a Week 6 matchup against the Colts.

Other QBs to consider: Trevor Lawrence (40-45%), Teddy Bridgewater (20-25%), Jacoby Brissett (2-3%), Geno Smith (0-1%)


Daniel Jones, NYG – Unfortunately, Jones has a concussion. He’s subject to league protocols for head injuries and will likely yield Week 6 quarterback duties to journeyman Mike Glennon.

Mac Jones, NE – Jones was relatively efficient with his 231-1-1 passing line in Sunday’s win over the Texans, but he’s not been unleashed and has yet to top 300 passing yards in a game.

Taylor Heinicke, WAS – Heinicke couldn’t get it done from a fantasy or real-life perspective Sunday, completing just 20-of-41 passes for 248 yards with zero TDs and two INTs in the loss to the Saints. He added 40 yards on five carries and should be a much better option next week against a bad Chiefs defense.

Devontae Booker

Running Backs

Devontae Booker, NYG – Booker (about 5% owned) will be the hot waiver wire RB pickup this week and Saquon Barkley sprained his ankle in Week 5 and looks likely to miss a few games. Booker rushed 16 times for 42 yards and a TD and hauled in three of four targets for 16 yards and another score in the 44-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Darrel Williams, KC – UPDATE: Williams (12-15% owned) is in line for a starting role after the news that Clyde Edwards-Helaire (sprained MCL) will miss a few weeks. Williams is a capable veteran who will serve as lead back, with Jerick McKinnon as change-of-pace. The Chiefs have a favorable matchup against Washington in Week 6.

Giovani Bernard, TB – He’s deep-league PPR only and won’t get a huge workload going forward unless Ronald Jones or Leonard Fournette gets injured, but Bernard (10-15% owned) had some big plays in his return with four carries for 21 yards and 2-14-1 receiving.

Ty Johnson, NYJ – The Jets RB situation is a weird one, but Johnson got some red zone touches (four rushes for 12 yards and a TD on the game) and added two receptions for 22 yards. He’s a fringe RB4/5 with some upside if they have injuries in the backfield.

Other RBs to consider: David Johnson (35-40%), Rhamondre Stevenson (7-10%), Khalil Herbert (5%), Jerick McKinnon (0-1%)


Damien Williams, CHI – Williams was a no-brainer add for Week 5, finishing with 16 carries for 65 yards and a TD, adding 2-20-0 on Sunday. Williams should remain usable as long as David Montgomery is out, but he did yield a few carries to rookie Khalil Herbert.

Samaje Perine, CIN – Joe Mixon was active on Sunday but Perine still saw a lot of work, rushing 11 times for 59 yards and hauling in four of five targets for 24 yards and a TD in the loss to the Packers. He landed on the Covid-19 list on Monday.

AJ Dillon, GB – Owners who took a shot on Dillon (still just 55-60% rostered) this week were rewarded as the change-of-pace RB rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught all four of his targets for 49 yards and a TD during the overtime win against the Bengals.

Alex Collins, SEA – With Chris Carson Inactive, Collins rushed 15 times for 47 yards and secured 2-25-0 on three targets in the Seahawks’ 26-17 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. He’s probably just a handcuff with Carson expected back soon.

Brandon Bolden, NE – Bolden finished Sunday’s 25-22 win with 25 rushing yards on two carries and 4-6-0 receiving.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Kadarius Toney, NYG – A lot to unpack here. Toney had a complicated game that featured 10-189-0 receiving on 13 targets, an ankle injury, and an ejection for throwing a punch at a Cowboys safety. But the numbers are promising and he seems to have emerged out of the injury abyss and a worthwhile fantasy option if the other guys (Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton) keep missing time.

TE David Njoku, CLE – Njoku (just 1-2% owned), led the Browns in catches, targets and receiving yards, hauling in all seven of his targets for 149 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 47-42 loss to the Chargers. He and Mayfield will try to keep it going against the undefeated Cardinals.

Chris Moore, HOU – Moore came out of nowhere after being elevated from the practice squad to record five receptions on five targets for 109 yards and a TD in Sunday's loss against the Patriots. Keep an eye on him moving forward.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Mecole Hardman (40-45%), Rashod Bateman (20%), Amon-Ra St. Brown (5%), Rashard Higgins (0-1%), Chris Conley (0-1%)


Jamison Crowder, NYJ – Crowder took a step back in Week 5 with just 4-24-0 on six targets. He’s a fringe WR4/5.

Darnell Mooney, CHI – Mooney caught 3-35-0 in the Bears’ 20-9 win over the Raiders on Sunday, which was dominated by ball control and solid D from Chicago.

TE Dawson Knox, BUF – Last week was probably your last opportunity to get Knox (70% owned) who caught three of four targets for 117 yards and a score in Sunday’s win over Kansas City.

Randall Cobb, GB – Cobb caught two of three targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime win against the Bengals, but failed to reach the end zone. His value will be TD-dependent this season.

Kalif Raymond, DET – Raymond saw just two targets and did not have a catch during Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Vikings.

TE C.J. Uzomah, CIN – Just 2-16-0 on two targets on Sunday for Uzomah, who took a back seat to the WRs in this one.