Week 6 Waiver Wire for Fantasy Football

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2023

Week 6 Waiver Wire for Fantasy Football

Every week, Nate Hamilton will cover fantasy football waiver wire pickups. Read his Week 6 Waiver Wire picks for fantasy football.

DomiNate the Waiver Wire for Week 6

This season continues to amaze us with the effects of COVID-19. It feels bizarre to be writing a waiver wire article for what is normally a day to put in our waiver bids, but it’s also now Tuesday Night Football between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans.

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The fact that both of these teams are currently undefeated is just so 2020.

Regardless, I will give you the players I think you should be targeting to add to your rosters for Week 6 and beyond.

I will include a dollar range of your free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) you should bid for each player.

(Note: Roster % is as listed for Yahoo! Fantasy leagues. FAAB bid range is based on a $100 budget.)


Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas Cowboys (3% rostered)

Injuries to starting players are often the reason for someone on fantasy waivers to become relevant. Andy Dalton finds himself in a great spot for fantasy purposes, much to the chagrin of Cowboys fans since this means Dak Prescott will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.

Dalton rushed to get onto the field unexpectedly after Prescott went down with a dislocated ankle and compound fracture. Dalton looked shaky, getting sacked on his first play, then later fumbling the football on a routine snap.

Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton (Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports)

He eventually turned things around on the last drive of the game when he threw two perfect sideline passes to Michael Gallup. These passes set up the Cowboys with the go-ahead field goal to win the game.

I wouldn’t typically suggest going after a QB on waivers, but Dalton is a solid quarterback with a plethora of weapons at his disposal in the Cowboys’ offense.

  • Andy Dalton FAAB bid range: $17-$25

Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (17%)

If you are in any dynasty leagues, you should have already known about Chase Claypool. For those just focused on redraft, now you know.

Claypool had what could easily have been his breakout game that should lead to increased volume going forward. He caught 7 of his 11 targets for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also carried the ball three times, one of which led to another TD on the day.

He will likely cost you significant FAAB to acquire, but if he continues to get the volume he saw in Week 5, he becomes an every-week starter.

  • Chase Claypool FAAB bid range: $25-$30)

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (41%)

I’ve been saying this for a long time: Alexander Mattison is my favorite backup running back in the game. He truly deserves to be the lead back on an NFL team.

Another injury took place in Week 5 that gave Mattison volume, and he did not disappoint. Dalvin Cook left the game with a groin injury allowing Mattison to take over. He rushed 20 times for 112 yards.

Cook will likely miss Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons, which would be an amazing matchup for the backup RB. Do not break the bank for a possible 1-week rental (unless you roster Cook, then you need Mattison as your handcuff).

  • Alexander Mattison FAAB bid range: $12-$15 (higher if you also roster Dalvin Cook)

Week 5 Waiver Wire: Mike Williams scored 2 TDs in Week 5
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (81) catches a pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (40%)

Mike Williams has frustrated a lot of fantasy managers this season, which led to his roster percentage decrease. After his performance on Monday Night Football, everyone will be scrambling to get him back.

Williams looked dominant against the Saints, catching 5 of his 8 targets for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Keenan Allen left the game in the second quarter with a back injury and did not return. If this injury lingers, Williams will be the prime beneficiary.

  • Mike Williams FAAB bid range: $12-$15

Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos (17%)

I already encouraged you to pick up Tim Patrick in last week’s waiver wire article, but if you didn’t, his price just went up.

The Denver Broncos have served their bye week and are ready for a Week 6 return to action against the Patriots. Patrick was only rostered in 2% of leagues in my Week 5 Waiver Wire article. Now he is rostered in 17%.

Get Tim Patrick on your fantasy teams. He will continue to see volume with Courtland Sutton on IR.

  • Tim Patrick FAAB bid range: $8-$12


$4-$6 FAAB

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins (21%)

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a legit option at the quarterback position, and not only in fantasy,; he is winning games for the Dolphins and forced to throw often due to a mediocre running game and often frantic game flow.

He is currently the QB7 and should be rostered in 100% of leagues.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (2%)

Nelson Agholor hasn’t been targeted much, but he makes the most of his opportunities when they come.

He has 111 yards and 2 touchdowns combined in the past two weeks on just 6 targets. He has caught all but 1 of his looks this season, which should earn him some volume moving forward.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2%)

O.J. Howard is done for the 2020 season (ACL), which opens up additional opportunities for Cameron Brate.

Though Brate’s workload may be in more jeopardy whenever Chris Godwin (hamstring) returns from the sidelines, Rob Gronkowski saw just as many targets as Brate in Week 5, but he’s rostered in 53% of leagues, and head coach Bruce Arians has talked about using him to block more.

Brate is the sneakier and cheaper option if you need help.

Nate Hamilton is a regular contributor to the fantasy football industry and brings his nearly two decades of experience as a fantasy football player to The Game Day. He provides advice & analysis on a daily basis via Twitter (@DomiNateFF). He has previously written content for FantasyPros, The Fantasy Footballers, and Fantrax. He is a co-author of Amazon’s #1 Best Selling “The Fantasy Football Black Book” with Joe Pisapia. Nate hosts his solo podcast “The DomiNate Fantasy Football Show" and performs weekly AMA live streams on Twitter/Periscope. He is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA).

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Nate Hamilton is a regular contributor to the fantasy football industry. He has produced content for some of the top fantasy football sites including FantasyPros, The Fantasy Footballers, Fantasy Data, FantraxHQ, and currently The Game Day! He is a co-author of Amazon's #1 Best Selling "The Fantasy Football Black Book" with Joe Pisapia. Nate is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA).

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