Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire: Charcandrick West Leads Best Pickups
It wouldn’t be a week in the NFL without a star player going down.
The latest victim of the injury bug was Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who left Sunday’s game with a torn ACL. That’s obviously very bad news both for the Chiefs and for Charles’ fantasy owners, as only Devonta Freeman has more fantasy points among NFL running backs this season.
Fortunately, help is on the way for those who drafted Charles, although it might not necessarily come from usual backup Knile Davis. Check out who could fill the void for Charles — as well as some other key Week 6 waiver wire adds — below.
Teams on bye week: Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
We never thought we’d put a Jets quarterback on this list, but it’s been that kind of season.
While Fitzpatrick is far from spectacular — he has yet to top 20 fantasy points in a game in standard-scoring leagues — he’s been pretty consistent, throwing multiple touchdown passes in three of his four games so far. Three of his next four opponents are the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars, so if you’re in desperate need of a QB, the Harvard grad is a solid add.
Other QBs to consider: Teddy Bridgewater, Josh McCown, Colin Kaepernick
Running Back, Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
After Charles went down Sunday, it was West, not Knile Davis, who received the bulk of the workload for the rest of the game.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid played coy after the game, telling reporters West and Davis will split carries in Charles’ absence. West is a relative unknown, signing with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Abilene Christian, but it appears Kansas City likes him slightly more than Davis at this point.
Neither will put up Charles-esque numbers, especially if this develops into a timeshare. For now, though, West is your best bet.
Other RBs to consider: Knile Davis, Shane Vereen, Boobie Dixon, Antonio Andrews
Wide Receiver: Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
Snead has developed into Drew Brees’ clear No. 2 target behind Brandin Cooks, making him a must-own in standard leagues.
The 22-year-old saw 11 targets against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and converted those into six catches for 141 yards. He has hauled in only one touchdown pass so far, but the matchup still is good Thursday night against an Atlanta Falcons team that’s allowed three 100-yard receivers already this season.
Other WRs to consider: Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr., Kamar Aiken, Eric Decker
Tight End: Larry Donnell, New York Giants
Did you see that catch he made Sunday night?
We can’t expect Donnell to make the highlight reel every week, but with Daniel Fells on injured reserve with a MRSA infection, Donnell should see a bump in targets as the team’s primary tight end. He’s still available in about 50 percent of leagues, so go out and grab him if you need help at tight end.
Other TEs to consider: Gary Barnidge, Derek Carrier, Garrett Celek
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