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Citak: Top Fantasy Football Waiver Claims Heading Into Week 6

October 9, 2018
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Another week, another slew of injuries.

The 2018 NFL season has not been kind to many fantasy owners, as we have witnessed plenty of fantasy contributors fall victim to injury, varying from minor to season-ending. 

Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or a bye-week streamer, you have come to the right place.

Here are the top waiver-wire adds at each position heading into Week 6. 

QUARTERBACKS

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston passes against the Bears on Sept. 30, 2018 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
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Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fitzmagic finally ran out in Week 4, resulting in Winston regaining the reigns of the Buccaneers' offense. In just one half against the Chicago Bears, Winston completed 80 percent of his passes for 145 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It was only last season that Winston entered Week 1 as one of the quarterbacks with the most upside in the entire NFL, and Tampa Bay still has a stellar group of pass catchers that includes Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate (with O.J. Howard returning in a few weeks as well). Winston's first start of the season will be against the Falcons, who have allowed opposing quarterbacks to light them up each game over the last four weeks. With teams beginning to enter their bye weeks, Winston could end up being the top streaming option available.

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Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Flacco hasn't been all that special this season, which could make his appearance on this list confusing to some. However, even during this unexciting campaign, the veteran quarterback has managed to average 310 passing yards per game, with an 8-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. More importantly, Flacco's schedule for the rest of the season is one of the most QB-friendly you will find. Baltimore will face the Titans, Steelers, Panthers and Saints over the next four weeks, while the team's schedule during weeks 13 to 16 (which coincides with the fantasy playoffs) includes matchups against the Falcons, Chiefs, Buccaneers and Chargers. Flacco could end up being a significant addition for any QB-needy team when it comes time for the playoffs.

RUNNING BACKS

Alfred Morris, San Francisco 49ers
Matt Breida was the latest fantasy contributor to go down with an injury, as his sprained ankle suffered during Week 5 will likely sideline him for at least a few weeks. This opens up the door for Morris to take over as the 49ers' featured back. After taking over for Breida during the team's loss to the Cardinals, the veteran back touched the ball 21 times and totaled 91 yards. Morris' volume will likely remain around this level while Breida remains out, and he should continue to receive the goal-line carries, although those could be limited considering the efficiency of the San Francisco offense with C.J. Beathard under center. Regardless, the injury to Breida makes Morris a solid fantasy option for the next few weeks, making him a must add.

Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks
Davis looked great in Week 4 with Chris Carson sidelined, but Carson's return to the lineup in Week 5 led to many figuring Davis' time on the fantasy radar had already passed. However, Davis showed us this is clearly not the case. The fourth-year back gained 75 yards on 14 touches, which included an average of 5.7 yards per carry and a touchdown. Carson will likely remain the starting back, but Davis has clearly played his way into some touches each week. Considering how injury prone Carson seems to be, Davis is an excellent pickup this week.

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Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
No backfield has looked more muddled than that of the Colts. Both Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins have had their fair share of opportunities to stake their claim as the team's featured back, but neither has been able to separate himself from the rest of the pack. Mack entered the season as the team's No. 1 running back, but injuries have forced him to the sidelines for all but one of Indy's games. A Week 6 return is looking more and more likely for the second-year back, who should get an opportunity to breathe some life into the Colts' running game and take over as the team's No. 1 RB. That may not mean much considering the state of the Colts' offense, but he's worth a speculative add. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
Calvin Ridley has been drawing a ton of praise in the Falcons' offense through the first five weeks of the season, as he should be. But after a slow start, Sanu has quietly put together three consecutive solid outings. The veteran has either caught a touchdown or totaled at least 73 yards in each game over the last three weeks, and looks to have regained his standing in Atlanta's offense. The Falcons are likely going to be playing from behind for the rest of the season, as the team's defense looks almost nonexistent, meaning Sanu and the Falcons' other receivers could be looking at a lot of volume moving forward. Julio Jones will continue to draw double coverage, opening up the field for Sanu and Ridley. 

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Robby Anderson, New York Jets
Don't get too excited about Anderson's production in Week 5, as the young receiver still only saw five targets on the day (and he has only eclipsed that mark once this season). But the connection between Anderson and rookie QB Sam Darnold that had looked off during the first four weeks finally showed its potential Sunday, as the pair linked up for two deep balls that resulted in 109 yards and two touchdowns. Anderson probably won't be so lucky moving forward and Week 5 might prove to be his best game all season, but he's worth an add just in case the chemistry between him and the young Darnold continues to grow stronger as the season progresses.

Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling catches a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 7, 2018, at Ford Field.
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Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
The Packers are currently dealing with a ton of injuries at wide receiver, which has opened up the door for Valdes-Scantling to make a name for himself in Green Bay. With Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison banged up, the rookie receiver stepped up in Week 5, catching seven of 10 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown. As long as Aaron Rodgers is under center, the Packers should continue to produce two to three reliable fantasy wide receivers. Cobb and Allison are not locks to suit up in Week 6, and if either remains out, Valdes-Scantling will get another shot in the starting lineup. MVS is one of my favorite pickups this week.

Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams
Reynolds is facing an eerily similar situation as Valdes-Scantling in that injuries paved the way for him to contribute in Week 5. The Rams fell victim to the injury bug in Seattle, losing receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp to concussions, which led to Reynolds receiving an extended look. He didn't wow anyone with just two receptions for 39 yards. However, if Cooks and Kupp are unable to make it back for Week 6, Reynolds could be in for a monster game. Sean McVay and the Rams are not going to change their offense just because of a few injuries, meaning Reynolds could be the biggest beneficiary of Los Angeles' stellar offensive schemes. Keep an eye on the injury report, but if Cooks and/or Kupp don't make it back, Reynolds enters must-start territory. 

Tight Ends

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It is clear that Brate has taken a back seat to O.J. Howard as the Buccaneers' No. 1 tight end this season. But Howard's injury, suffered in Week 4, should allow Brate to be a reliable TE1 for the next few weeks, especially with Winston taking over at quarterback. Winston has enjoyed targeting the 27-year-old tight end in the past, as the two connected for 14 touchdowns in 2016 and 2017. Considering how weak the tight end position has been this year, along with how productive Tampa Bay's passing offense has been, Brate could immediately become one of the top tight ends in fantasy. He's a must add for any fantasy owners still searching for an answer at TE.

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals were already thin at tight end due to the injury to Tyler Eifert, but then Tyler Kroft hurt his foot during the team's Week 5 win, which could lead to Uzomah getting even more looks in Cincinnati. I'm all-in on the Bengals' offense this season, as Andy Dalton and his gun-slinging ways have led Cincy to a 4-1 start. Dalton has looked toward his tight ends a lot in the past, and that is unlikely to change even with the injuries. Picking up Uzomah is definitely a gamble, but one that could pay off big. 

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.