Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 6

Keke Coutee and Wendell Smallwood are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
October 08, 2018 - 11:15 pm

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues as Week 6 in the NFL is upon us.

1. Keke Coutee (WR, Houston Texans) – Coutee continues to play extremely well by showcasing his elusiveness, speed and fantastic route running. He once again found the end zone Sunday, when he had six catches for 51 yards. Coutee also saw another rushing attempt, his third in two games. With so much attention on DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, Coutee should see plenty of single coverage and lots of opportunities to make big plays with DeShaun Watson under center.

2. Wendell Smallwood (RB, Philadelphia Eagles) – I contemplated putting Smallwood in the top spot, but with only six touches this past week and eight the week before, it remains to be seen how his workload will increase with the news of Jay Ajayi's ACL tear and Corey Clement's impending return to health. Plus, Darren Sproles is on the mend, and rookie Josh Adams lurking too. Still, Smallwood has looked explosive, and if you're in need of running back help, I'd make the move to grab him early. He had 71 yards and a score Sunday.  

3. Alfred Morris (RB, San Francisco 49ers) – With Matt Breida's recent ankle injury marking the latest health issue for him, Morris needs to be owned everywhere. Morris owned the backfield workload after Breida left, recording 21 touches, including five targets, for 91 total yards. Morris will see the goal-line work as well. If he's available, you want him on your roster as a volume RB3. 

4. D'Onta Foreman/Alfred Blue (RB, Houston Texans) – Foreman looks to be on track for a Week 7 return, and he could be the missing piece in this Texans' backfield. Lamar Miller has struggled so far, and Foreman was beginning his ascendance last year before tearing his Achilles. There's no guarantee that he'll be the same player, but he's worth stashing to find out. Blue is also worth a stash and showed why Sunday night, when he had 42 rushing yards and added 73 receiving yards on eight catches. The Texans are moving the ball offensively and if Miller continues to struggle, Blue has shown he can handle the load.

5. Ronald Jones (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – It's the same story for Jones as last week. He was a high draft pick, he's an explosive speedster and the Buccaneers' offense is in need of some serious juice at the running back position. Peyton Barber hasn't been cutting it, and he played behind Jones before the bye week. Problem was, the Bears destroyed the Bucs, whose running game never got going on Sept. 30. I'd expect Jones to get the first crack at claiming the job coming out of the bye.

6. Robby Anderson (WR, New York Jets) – On Sunday, we finally saw the Anderson from 2017, as he took two of his three receptions to the house while piling up 123 yards in the process. Anderson is going to be inconsistent with rookie Sam Darnold at quarterback, but their connection should improve as the season goes on. As we get into the thick of bye weeks, Anderson makes a great flex play given his explosion potential in any given matchup. 

7. Mike Davis (RB, Seattle Seahawks) – Chris Carson was back to leading the Seattle backfield Sunday, but Davis was the clear 1B to Carson's 1A. The Seahawks have gotten their running game going the last couple of weeks, and it was a big reason to why they hung tight with the Rams. Davis got the most important carry from a fantasy perspective, popping a seven-yard touchdown run as a complement to his 14 touches and 75 total yards. Davis is also in line for a monstrous workload if Carson misses any time going forward, which we know from his Week 4 eruption. 

8. Taylor Gabriel (WR, Chicago Bears) – Gabriel continues to be an integral part of an improving Bears offense. He's seen at least seven targets in each of the last three weeks, and they're getting him involved in the running game with reverses. In his most recent game before the Bears' bye week, he posted a career-high 104 receiving yards and added two touchdowns. It remains to be seen if Gabriel can provide consistency, as it's something he's never done before, but it's hard to argue with the volume right now. We know he can provide a big play at any point and with the targets he's seeing, Gabriel can be a nice flex play.  

9. Christian Kirk (WR, Arizona Cardinals) – With Larry Fitzgerald banged up, Kirk is stepping into a more prominent role. He hauled in three of four targets Sunday, including a 75-yard touchdown pass. He finished the day with 85 receiving yards and added one rush for five yards. His connection with Josh Rosen will continue to grow, and he's playing 71 percent of the snaps on the season. 

10. Tre'Quan Smith (WR, New Orleans Saints) – Move over Ted Ginn, there's a new sheriff in town. Actually, I'm not so sure Ginn will be relegated to the bench after Monday, but there's no doubt that Smith's role is growing within the Saints' offense. He had three catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns Monday. The Saints have a bye week coming up, but Smith is worth a stash going forward.

11. Josh Reynolds (WR, Los Angeles Rams) – Reynolds is listed because Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp suffered concussions Sunday. If we get news that either one's status is in doubt for next weekend, Reynolds will be a usable fantasy asset in an explosive Rams offense.

Just missed: Jameis Winston, Kyle Juszczyk, Frank Gore, Kapri Bibbs, Marlon Mack, Donte Moncrief, Mohammed Sanu, Martavis Bryant, David Moore, Cortland Sutton and Cameron Brate. 

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​