Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups at each position for Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list. With that in mind, here’s a list of players should you consider adding to your squad for Week 6.
For a more in-depth look at the players on this list, watch our our Week 6 waiver wire video.
Top QB pickup: Baker Mayfield (40% owned)
Mayfield completed 25-of-43 passes for 342 yards with one touchdown and one interception while adding 23 yards rushing on two attempts in Sunday’s Week 5 win over the Ravens. He picked apart a stout Baltimore defense leading his team to an overtime win. With favorable matchups against the Bucs, Steelers, Chiefs, and Falcons in succession from Weeks 7-10 Mayfield has some streaming appeal especially in two-QB-leagues.
Top RB pickup: Austin Ekeler (70% owned)
Ekeler rushed six times for 15 yards while adding a 44-yard touchdown catch in the Chargers’ Week 5 win over the Raiders. He has been much more than a Melvin Gordon handcuff this season, seeing 7-14 touches and producing 50-125 yards from scrimmage per game. Despite the limited touches, he is still in the flex discussion each week and is a must-own insurance policy for Gordon owners.
RB priority list: Austin Ekeler (70% owned), Nyheim Hines (60% owned), Alfred Morris (45% owned), Ronald Jones II (30% owned), Wendell Smallwood (5% owned), Mike Davis (20% owned), Kyle Juszczyk (5% owned), LeGarrette Blount (15% owned)
Top WR pickup: Keke Coutee (35% owned)
Coutee caught 6-of-7 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against Dallas. With DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller drawing attention on the outside, Coutee should see plenty of work in the slot. It’s going to be hard for him to have week-to-week consistency, but he’s a shifty, speedy playmaker who the Texans have deployed in a variety of routes and gadget plays, which should help him maintain flex consideration.
WR priority list: Keke Coutee (35% owned), Robby Anderson (35% owned), Mohamed Sanu (35% owned), Taylor Gabriel (20% owned), Chester Rogers (10% owned), David Moore (5% owned), Willie Snead IV (5% owned), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (10% owned), Rashard Higgins (5% owned), Christian Kirk (10% owned), D.J. Moore (20% owned)
Top TE pickup: Greg Olsen (70% owned)
Olsen confirmed he is expected to return for Week 6 but said he expects to require surgery at season’s end. He’s a risk/reward type player that may not see a full workload immediately, but with the TE position as thin as it is, he should be added everywhere he was dropped.