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2023 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Picks

By Jeff Stinger

Fantasy football managers won’t be missing out on much from the byes of Week 6, with only the Packers and Steelers taking the week off. That being said, there are still a handful of intriguing waiver wire acquisitions to be had, especially with the mid-season action heating up and the fantasy title contenders starting to separate themselves from the pretenders.

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Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets in 2023 NFL Week 6


Gardner Minshew – Colts

  • Pct. Owned: 0.5%

Green Bay’s Jordan Love and Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett aren’t the most attractive options in fantasy, which means QB streaming won’t be as big of an issue in most leagues this week. However, Indy’s rookie gunslinger Anthony Richardson is, and Richardson suffered a shoulder injury this past Sunday to put his status in doubt once more. That said, fantasy managers who own A-Rich should seriously consider picking up mustachioed wonder Gardner Minshew in a rare QB handcuff situation.

Sure, there could be more attractive options at QB on the waiver wire market right now, but arguably the league’s best backup quarterback all but guarantees a backup plan in correlation to Richardson’s help without having to worry about future QB add/drop moves. Minshew has been solid in his three NFL games played this year (two starts), throwing a combined 553 passing yards with a pair of TD throws without a single turnover to date.

Running Back

Roschon Johnson – Bears

  • Pct. Owned: 37.0%/li>

With Chicago’s lead back Khalil Herbert having suffered a high-ankle sprain and is set to multiple weeks, the Bears’ backup backfield committee will surely be sought after on the waivers in Week 6. Two names immediately come to mind: rookie Roschon Johnson and veteran D’Onta Foreman. Between the two, the former has more fantasy appeal than the latter.

In Week 1, Johnson was a blip in most fantasy radars after running for a touchdown and hauling in six catches for 35 yards in the air in his NFL debut. The 22-year-old out of Texas has been used sparingly since the season opener but will be featured more in the weeks to come given Herbert’s injury. Foreman, meanwhile, was recently made a healthy scratch and has had even less of an impact than the newcomer. The Bears are only slight (+2.5) home underdogs in Week 6 against a porous Vikings defense as well, which could mean a return to fantasy relevancy for Johnson.

Tyjae Spears – Titans

  • Pct. Owned: 25.5%

Although Derrick Herny is still the main attraction out of Tennessee’s backfield, rookie Tyjae Spears has still consistently been in the mix for fantasy opportunities, with the former AAC Offensive Player of the Year being involved in nearly half of the Titans’ offensive snaps so far.

Spears had the breakout performance he was waiting for in Week 5, finding the end zone for the first time as a pro to go with seven carries for 34 rushing yards and five catches for 35 more receiving yards. The third-round pick out of Tulane has been a nice change-of-pace back for the Titans and should still play a huge role in their offense even with King Henry still getting the most touches in the ground game. Spears has even more value in PPR leagues considering he’s seen at least four targets in four of his first five NFL games.

Wide Receiver

Josh Reynolds – Lions

  • Pct. Owned: 24.5%

With how prolific the Lions offense has been of late, just about every offensive weapon they have is a viable fantasy option. Case in point: wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who’s owned in just about a quarter of fantasy leagues to date and will be a hot waiver wire pickup this week not just for scoring his third touchdown of the season this past weekend.

In four of five games played (he missed Week 3 with an injury), Reynolds has seen no fewer than five targets from Jared Goff and finished with no fewer than his 66-yard outing from Week 2. That being said, the seventh-year wideout is a noteworthy stash on the bench and could see starts in lineups soon with more teams heading for byes on the horizon.

Rashee Rice – Chiefs

  • Pct. Owned: 23.3%

Also owned in less than 25 percent of fantasy leagues is young Kansas City wide receiver Rashee Rice, who found the end zone in Week 6 for the first time since catching his first NFL TD pass in Week 1. The second-round rookie out of SMU has seen at least five targets in four of five starts and has proven once again that he’s a dependable end-zone target for Patrick Mahomes last Sunday.

Although Rice’s yardage totals leave a bit to be desired – only one game with over 50 receiving yards – his boom potential for a TD or two cannot be ignored, especially with the Chiefs’ offense starting to get into a better groove. KC is currently a heavy (-10.5) home favorite to beat the Broncos on Thursday Night Football, and we all remember how the Dolphins just hung up 70 points on Denver, as well as the Jets’ lackluster offense having just made the Broncos’ D look foolish this past week.

Tight End

Logan Thomas – Commanders

  • Pct. Owned: 8.1%

Speaking of high-upside players, Washington tight end Logan Thomas is back in our fantasy conversations after hauling in his second touchdown of the year in Week 5. Not only that, but he also finished with season-highs of 11 targets, nine catches, and 77 receiving yards.

Thomas has been one of the Commanders’ more dependable receiving options even dating back to the short-lived Taylor Heinicke era. Granted, the 32-year-old out of Virginia Tech has had his fair share of wear and tear throughout his career already and he’s even missed a game already in Week 3 due to an injury. Nevertheless, for as long as Thomas remains healthy, he’s a borderline top-eight tight end as Sam Howell’s top security blanket in the passing game who’s also a physically massive target in the end zone (6-foot-6, 250 pounds) that not even a lot of the top fantasy TEs could compare.

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