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Week 6 Waiver Wire 2020: Fantasy Football Pickups You Need to Add

Jason Schandl
Top fantasy football waiver wire targets to add for Week 6, including Alexander Mattison.
Top fantasy football waiver wire targets to add for Week 6, including Alexander Mattison. / Bob Levey/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL season continues to bring us chaos and uncertainty, from postponed games to injury troubles to surprising busts.

Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or simply have some free roster space because of players you need to drop, here are the top waiver wire pickups to target heading into Week 6.

Week 6 Waiver Wire Targets for Fantasy Football

5. Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (40% Rostered)

Sammy Watkins suffered a hamstring injury in Week 5's loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, and if Watkins misses any time then Mecole Hardman should replace him as the boom-or-bust WR2 option in Kansas City. A big-play threat with 8 touchdowns and 18.8 yards per receptions on 39 NFL catches, Hardman is never going to be a safe play, but he can also boast week-winning upside with Watkins on the shelf.

4. Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (34% Rostered)

Laviska Shenault Jr. is quickly emerging as one of the busiest players in the Jacksonville Jaguars offense. In Week 5 he played a season-high 69 percent of the team's offensive snaps and saw a season-high 8 targets. Those were the most targets for any Jaguars player in their loss to the Houston Texans, and that was his third straight game with at least 6. Adding in his versatility (9 carries through five games), Shenault looks well on his way to seeing the kind of consistent volume needed to be worth considering as a fantasy starter on a weekly basis.

3. Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (16% Rostered)

Chase Claypool isn't exactly flying under the radar after scoring 4 touchdowns on Sunday, and there's no chance he'll still be available in 80-plus percent of leagues once waivers roll over this week. He racked up 11 targets with Diontae Johnson hurt, but even if Johnson doesn't miss any time, it's going to be hard for Pittsburgh to not keep getting Claypool involved. He's played just 156 NFL snaps, but he's already got 5 touchdowns and is averaging a ridiculous 20.1 yards per reception.

2. Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans (44% Rostered)

After a down game in Week 4, Brandin Cooks was one of our top fantasy football sleepers in Week 5, and he delivered in a big way. Not only did his 161 yards and 1 touchdown generate a ton of fantasy points, but his volume was incredibly encouraging as well. Playing in the slot more this week, he led the Texans offense with 12 targets.

1. Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (40% Rostered)

Dalvin Cook suffered a groin injury in Week 5, and if he misses any time then Alexander Mattison will be a must-start RB option in fantasy. With Cook making an early exit, Mattison played 49 percent of the Vikings' offensive snaps (43), while Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah played a combined 6 snaps. Mattison was a workhorse, handling 20 carries and 3 targets. With workhorse potential like that, Mattison should be just about everybody's top waiver priority this week unless we hear that Cook is a lock to play in Week 6.

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