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Eddie Brown

Fantasy football Week 6: Add and drop

Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Follow me on Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the week.

Here are my best bets off the waiver wire for Week 6:


— RB Kenneth Walker III, Seahawks (ESPN: 48%; Yahoo: 46%): This is the epitome of a push your chips (FAAB) into the middle of the table moment for your fantasy team — especially if you're hurting at running back. Walker will likely lose some passing snaps to DeeJay Dallas initially, but there's no reason he won't eventually take over that role as well.

— QB Geno Smith, Seahawks (ESPN: 33%; Yahoo: 36%): Smith is the overall QB7 through five games, but only Josh Allen has been a more productive fantasy quarterback the past three weeks. Seattle's schedule is expected to get tougher, which might bring the journeyman signal-caller back to Earth a bit, but that also should mean more volume.

— WR Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (ESPN: 65%; Yahoo: 48%): Meyers sat out Week 3 and Week 4 with a knee issue, but he returned against the Lions and looked the part of a WR1 (even with a rookie at quarterback making his first start). Only 12 wide receivers are averaging more points per game in standard formats — only seven are averaging more points per game in PPR.

— TE Hayden Hurst, Bengals (ESPN: 25%; Yahoo: 30%): Hurst has at least five receptions or a touchdown in four of five games this season. He's currently the overall TE12 in standard formats (TE11 in PPR).

— WR Rondale Moore, Cardinals (ESPN: 20%; Yahoo: 18%): I believe many of you are probably apprehensive with DeAndre Hopkins' return on the horizon (he'll be back Week 7), but Moore has proven his health the last two games and has secured Christian Kirk's slot role from a year ago, when Kirk finished as the overall WR28 in standard formats (WR26 in PPR).

— BONUS: WR Isaiah McKenzie, Bills (ESPN: 26%; Yahoo: 48%): McKenzie missed last week with the remnants of a concussion he suffered Week 4, but he should be good-to-go in a potential offensive bonanza at Arrowhead against the Chiefs this week. He was the overall WR30 in standard formats (WR34 in PPR) before the concussion on the strength of scoring a TD in three of four games and he'll likely have the valuable slot role in Buffalo's offense locked down with Jamison Crowder on the IR for the foreseeable future with a broken ankle.

— BONUS: RB Jaylen Warren, Steelers (ESPN: 4%; Yahoo: 8%): According to Pro Football Focus, Warren has twice as many avoided tackles per carry, a higher first-down rate and a higher yards after contact per carry figure than Najee Harris this season. If you roster Harris, you should absolutely roster Warren. Otherwise, he still deserves to be stashed on the off chance what happened to Rashaad Penny, happens to Harris.

— BONUS: WR Alec Pierce, Colts (ESPN: 9%; Yahoo: 9%): It's been clear since training camp Pierce was the second-best wide receiver on Indy's roster — behind only Michael Pittman Jr. The rookie is the overall WR29 in standard formats (WR25 in PPR) since Week 3.

— BONUS: QB Carson Wentz, Commanders (ESPN: 48%; Yahoo: 46%): It's pretty clear you play Wentz against a subpar defense and you bench him against a good defense. It's that simple. He finished as the QB3, QB5 and QB6 against the Jaguars, Lions and Titans while finishing as the QB30 and QB27 versus the Eagles and Cowboys. He's currently one of three quarterbacks with 1,375-plus passing yards and 10-plus passing touchdowns this season — the other two are Josh Allen and Justin Herbert.

— BONUS: RB Rachaad White, Buccaneers (ESPN: 24%; Yahoo: 34%): Tom Brady's receiving back has always been a valuable fantasy asset, but it appears White is already earning more work outside of passing downs. The schedule softens considerably going forward for Tampa Bay, which should present opportunities to get the rookie more involved.

— BONUS: RB Damien Williams, Falcons (ESPN: 4%; Yahoo: 4%): Williams is eligible to return from injured reserve this week. He was the clear lead back for Atlanta in Week 1 before suffering a rib injury and would stand a chance to maintain decent usage even after Cordarrelle Patterson returns.

— BONUS: WR Skyy Moore, Chiefs (ESPN: 29%; Yahoo: 12%): Moore could be this year's Amon-Ra St. Brown, a legit talent just waiting for the opportunity to shine. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes Scantling are the only wide receivers getting consistent targets through five games and neither has done anything noteworthy. I expect the dynamic playmaker to be more involved coming out of Kansas City's bye (Week 8), so go ahead and stash him if you have the space at the end of your bench.

— BONUS: TE Greg Dulcich, Broncos (ESPN: <1%; Yahoo: 1%):

Albert Okwuegbunam has been a bust so far — he has only two receptions (five targets) for 17 yards the last four games — and Dulcich is nearing his return. The rookie could have streaming value soon after he's activated off of injured reserve with the upside of becoming a weekly starter (assuming the real Russell Wilson ever decides to join us).

— BONUS: D/ST Patriots (ESPN: 13%; Yahoo: 42%): I had a feeling Bill Belichick would humble the Lions offense. After a matchup with the run-heavy Browns this week, New England will face the Bears, Jets (twice) and Colts.

— BONUS: D/ST Colts (ESPN: 45%; Yahoo: 33%): Indy's defense has been better in the real world compared to fantasy, but that could change over the next month. The Jaguars, Titans, Commanders and Patriots aren't exactly a murderers' row of offenses.


— RB Rashaad Penny, Seahawks: Penny will be sidelined for the rest of this season after suffering a broken fibula against the Saints.

— WR Allen Robinson, Rams: A mediocre five targets per game for a seriously struggling offense isn't any reason for excitement.

— RB Chase Edmonds, Dolphins: We probably just witnessed Edmonds' floor against the Jets — only 10 snaps and a single carry — but that's pretty low and I'm not even sure Myles Gaskin (he had seven touches on Sunday) isn't the proverbial "next man up" if something goes awry with Raheem Mostert.

— WR Chase Claypool, Steelers: Claypool seems to be caught between the moon (George Pickens) and New York City (Diontae Johnson). He's looking like a boom-or-bust, touchdown-dependent option going forward.

— WR Mecole Hardman, Chiefs: Hardman just had his best game of the year on Monday night against the Raiders. He finished with four receptions (five targets) for 73 yards. And outside of the occasional TD, this might be his ceiling. I expected his familiarity with the offense and Patrick Mahomes would benefit the speedy receiver in potentially stepping into Tyreek Hill's vacated role, but that hasn't been the case. Hardman is currently fifth in target share (8.9%) for Kansas City.

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