It not every day you get to recommend the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history as a worthwhile add, but that’s the case for the top Week 6 fantasy waiver wire pickups. Frank Gore continues to be used like a starting running back, but fantasy football continue to treat him like an unexciting handcuff. But don’t worry, it’s not all 35-year-old veterans on the waiver/free agent list. We also have a rookie taking advantage of injuries (Marquez Valdes-Scantling), veterans taking advantage of an injuries (Alfred Morris, filling in for Matt Breida, and Alfred Blue, filling in for Lamar Miller), an interesting backup RB (Wendell Smallwood), and some breakout WRs who may or may not be for real this season (Keke Coutee, Robby Anderson, Christian Kirk, Donte Moncrief).
As always, we keep our full waiver list stocked with potential TE and D/ST streaming options, and there are several of each this week. The D/ST streamers will take on extra importance in another tough week for the position (despite not losing anyone meaningful to bye weeks, as Detroit and New Orleans are idle).
Ultimately, this is a good week to have a top-two waiver position, as Morris and Gore figure to be worth claims (and possibly Valdes-Scantling, especially if you own another Packers receiver). Barring more injury news on Monday, the rest of the group falls into the free agent category, which doesn’t mean they’re worthless — just that there’s more uncertainty surrounding them.
Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 6
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.
Alfred Morris, RB, 49ers. With Matt Breida seemingly taking over in the 49ers backfield, Morris’s ownership dropped to 42 percent in Yahoo leagues. While the veteran has had a presence in San Francisco’s backfield all season, his role his diminished in recent weeks. That further looked to be the case in Week 5 when Breida stayed in along the goal line in the first quarter. But an ankle injury sidelined Breidashortly after, allowing Morris to take over and finish with 21 total touches (18 carries, three receptions) and 91 total yards. X-rays on Breida’s ankle were negative, but he still might miss a week or two, making Morris a worthwhile pickup.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers. MVS filled in for Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Geronimo Allison (concussion), somewhat predictably going for seven catches (10 targets), 68 yards and a score (and had another TD called back because he was down at the one-yard line). Fellow rookie Equanimeous St. Brown actually outgained him (3-89, five targets), but a lot of that was due to a 54-yard reception in the closing seconds of garbage time. As long as one of Cobb or Allison remains out, Valdes-Scantling will have potential value. Both will likely be questionable heading into a Monday night Week 6 matchup against the 49ers.
MORE WEEK 6: Full waiver wire list
Frank Gore, RB, Dolphins. Yes, that Frank Gore — not his kid or another, much younger, running back who happens to have the same name. As much as Kenyan Drake owners want him to go away, Gore is not only staying put, he’s taking over. The 35-year-old veteran led the Dolphins in carries (12) and rushing yards (63), doubling up Kenyan Drake in rushes (6-46). Drake was utilized more as a third-down/receiving back in this game, catching seven of 11 targets for 69 yards and a score, so perhaps both can actually have value on a weekly basis. As it stands, the guy getting the carries — and potential for short TDs — has more bankable value. We’ll see how long it lasts.
Robby Anderson, WR, Jets. Anderson was hyped as a potential WR2/3 coming into the season, and many hoped that his deep speed would be better utilized by rookie QB Sam Darnold. However, the two had trouble developing chemistry out of the gate, so Anderson’s ownership dropped to just 34 percent in Yahoo leagues. In Week 5, Anderson went off and had three catches for 123 yards and two scores on a team-high five targets (tied with Quincy Enunwa). He should continue to be a great deep threat during the season, and while he may still put up some duds, he’s well worth owning as a boom-or-bust playmaker.
Alfred Blue, RB, Texans. Fantasy owners are probably rolling their eyes, thinking, “This guy? He’s still around?” And while Blue has been on and off virtually every fantasy team at some point in his career, he’s worth another go-round after filling in for Lamar Miller (chest) on Sunday night. He didn’t get much going on the ground (shocker), but for the game he totaled 119 yards (46 rushing, 73 receiving) on a whopping 28 touches (20 carries, eight catches). With Miller banged up and fairly ineffective this year, Blue might see more work even if Miller is able to play in the near future.
For additional free agent and waiver wire adds, including breakout Texans and some TE and D/ST streamers, check out our full Week 6 list.