Scott Engel is in his 10th season as the official Fantasy writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. Scott is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time nominee, including being named a finalist for the 2020 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award. You can also find more of his Fantasy analysis on RotoBaller.com, SportsLine.com, the Athletic and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott won two Fantasy Football dynasty league titles in 2020, including one in the prestigious Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and he previously pulled off a three-peat in a highly competitive New York City league
Fantasy football is a game of constant lineup management. The team you draft in the summer is only the foundation of the squad that will constantly be adjusted and reworked throughout the season. Injuries regularly dictate lineup and roster moves, and we always have to be ready to replace any player at any time. That is simply the nature of the NFL and the effects on Fantasy Football.
Russell Wilson is dealing with his first major injury in his 10-year career this week after undergoing surgery on his injured middle finger. He has consistently been incredibly durable for both the Seahawks and Fantasy players since he arrived in 2012, with an ironman run of 149 games started, the second longest such streak to start a career by a quarterback since the 1970 NFL merger.
As Fantasy players, though, this is not the first time we will have to identify a fill-in for Wilson. Every year, we deal with bye weeks, so there is at least one game on the schedule that has annually prepared us to target a QB replacement for him. Wilson is fully expected to return this season, so you can still count on him for your Fantasy playoff push. For now, Fantasy leaguers who need to identify short-term options at quarterback should be able to find an adequate source of production on free agency in formats where one starting QB is required. In two-QB/superflex leagues, you can turn to the same veteran that is preparing to lead the Seahawks against the Steelers on Sunday night.
This week's waiver rundown begins with quarterback targets, and we cover several who may be available in various league sizes. You may want to consider picking up two QBs if possible and streaming them based on byes and matchups where applicable. Players are listed in order of waiver preference.
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Week 6 Waiver Targets: Quarterbacks
Daniel Jones, Giants: You will have to monitor his recovery from a concussion, but Jones was Fantasy QB6 on NFL.com heading into Week 5 and has shown real signs of progress as a passer while continuing to be a significant rushing threat. Jones passed for a career-high 402 yards in Week 4.
Sam Darnold, Panthers: He is QB10 on NFL.com so far this season. Darnold already has passed for 300 yards three times this year and has rushed for five TDs. He has benefitted from a good supporting cast in Carolina and scored 25-plus Fantasy points in Weeks 3 and 4.
Matt Ryan, Falcons: This longtime prolific passer can still get the job done, but do keep in mind he has a Week 6 bye. Ryan had four TD passes in Week 4 and his second 300-yard game of the season in Week 5. You can consider adding Ryan and another QB on this list for potential options in Weeks 6 and 7.
Jameis Winston, Saints: Winston passed for four TDs for the second time this season in Week 5. After a Week 6 bye and a matchup with the Seahawks, Winston can be considered for starting usage in games vs. Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Tennessee. Even if you aren't one of the Fantasy players looking to replace Wilson, Winston should be considered as a quality pickup. He may also get Michael Thomas back for the Fantasy playoff drive. As with Ryan, you can add Winston and another QB for usage in Weeks 6 and 7. Both passers should remain as viable options beyond that point, too.
Taylor Heinicke/Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington: Heinicke threw eight TD passes in Weeks 2 through 4. He had 20-plus Fantasy points in each week. Fitzpatrick may return soon, but either Washington QB is capable of being a good fill-in option. You can also consider streaming Washington and New Orleans QBs.
Carson Wentz, Colts: A healthier Wentz passed for 402 yards and two TDs on Monday night. His upcoming matchups include Houston, San Francisco, Tennessee and the New York Jets.
Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars: The rookie passed for 273 yards in Week 5, his second-highest yardage total so far. He has also rushed for TDs in each of the past two games. Lawrence can supply at least adequate Fantasy totals while he continues to improve as a pro. He has a bye in Week 7.
Justin Fields, Bears: He has been installed as the regular starter for Chicago, so add him with the potential promise of starting Fields as the passing totals hopefully rise in the weeks ahead.
Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos: He has been a steady performer for Denver, and has thrown two TD passes in three of four starts. Bridgewater is certainly worth an add in deeper leagues.
Two-QB league/Superflex Option: Geno Smith, Seahawks: In the two-QB superflex formats, Smith has instant appeal as he readies to start in Week 6 at Pittsburgh. Smith performed admirably vs. the Rams when called on, as he scored 9.5 Fantasy points in a relief role. Smith started 29 games in his first two NFL seasons and now will be working with the best WR duo of his career, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. He certainly can slide into lineups as one of your two QB starters and generate some quality Fantasy totals.
Devontae Booker, Giants: Saquon Barkley will miss a few weeks with an ankle injury. Booker scored twice in a relief of Barkley on Sunday. He should assume a heavy workload with not much competition for significant carries.
Darrel Williams, Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire is also expected to miss a few weeks with a knee injury, and Williams will now likely function as Kansas City's lead ball carrier. Jerick McKinnon should be added in deeper leagues, as he may work as a complement to Williams.
Khalil Herbert, Bears: The rookie led Chicago with 18 attempts and 75 yards in Week 5. He should continue to operate in a time share with Damien Williams.
Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots: He carried 11 times in Week 5, and should continue to remain on your radar in deeper leagues. Stevenson did have a strong preseason and could become more of a factor as the season progresses.
Kadarius Toney, Giants: He will be the top free agent add of the week after his 29.6 point outburst in Week 5. Toney set a Giants rookie franchise record with 189 receiving yards on 10 catches. He scored 13.9 Fantasy points in Week 4, so we have two good outings to merit getting him into your lineups right away as a Fantasy WR3.
Marquez Callaway, Saints: Callaway has three TD catches in his last three games and 159 receiving yards in the last two, so he is looking worthy of lineup consideration after the Saints return from their Week 6 bye.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions: He led Detroit with seven catches for 65 yards in Week 5. The rookie should continue to emerge as a top target in the Lions passing game, as the opportunities are certainly there for him to become a significant contributor at WR.
Parris Campbell, Colts: Campbell caught four passes for 56 yards on Monday night, and that may have been a good outing prior to a bigger game in the near future. Campbell is a prime potential deep threat for Indianapolis, and if Carson Wentz continues to open up the Colts passing game, Campbell can emerge as a more frequent downfield playmaker.
Mo Alie-Cox, Colts: He had two TD catches in Week 5 and 50 receiving yards in Week 5. Alie-Cox is another pass-catcher who can benefit from continued quality outings from Wentz.
Hunter Henry, Patriots: Henry has scored in each of the last two games, so he is worth adding at the thinnest position in Fantasy Football.
Week 6 Lineup Considerations: This will be the beginning of the bye weeks, so you will have to start tapping into your reserves. The Falcons, Saints, Jets and 49ers will be off. … Leonard Fournette should continue to perform well vs. Philadelphia. … Javonte Williams is worthy of flex consideration vs. the Raiders. … Zack Moss is a good bet to score vs. Tennessee. …. Kenneth Gainwell faces Tampa Bay, which has allowed the most receptions (42) to RBs, so the Eagles rookie can be used as a flex in deeper leagues. …. Emmanuel Sanders will continue to roll against Tennessee. … Tyler Lockett will have a good chance of scoring vs. Pittsburgh. … Laviska Shenualt should be started as a WR3 vs. Miami. … Jaylen Waddle should display his upside against Jacksonville. … Zach Ertz will be a Top 10 TE start vs. Tampa Bay. … Tyler Higbee will score vs. the Giants. … Trevor Lawrence is a respectable streamer vs. Miami. …. Wentz should surpass 300 yards and throw at least two TD passes vs. Houston. … Week 6 Defensive streaming options that may be available include the Colts, Packers, Raiders, Vikings and Panthers.
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Fantasy Insider Scott Engel identifies players to target on the waiver wire in the lead up to Week 6 of the 2021 season.