Fantasy Football waiver wire pickups, Week 6: Injury replacements galore

Fantasy Football waiver wire: Saquon Barkley injury. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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Fantasy Football waiver wire, Week 6: WR/TE

1. Kadarius Toney, Giants (WR)

Given the fact that Daniel Jones is in concussion protocol, there’s a bit of a risk attached to putting in a claim on Toney as well, but the Giants are clearly going to emphasize involving their first-round pick in 2021.

With Saquon Barkley going down with an ankle injury and Kenny Golladay suffering a knee injury in the Giants’ loss against the Cowboys, could we see a substantial uptick in snaps and touches for Toney?


Over the last two weeks, he’s got 22 targets in the passing game with 16 receptions for 267 yards and two rushing attempts for 8 yards. Heck, Toney’s also thrown a pass.

If anyone at WR/TE is a “must claim” ahead of week six, it’s the rookie out of Florida.

2. David Njoku, Browns (TE)

One of the biggest wild cards in fantasy football right now is David Njoku. He is either a top-flight FLEX option or a total bust given the week, but he’s worth stashing on your roster after what we saw against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Njoku caught seven passes for 149 yards and a touchdown, showing off his elite athleticism in the process.

There’s plenty of risk involved here, but possible reward as well.

High-ceiling, low-floor options

3. Hunter Henry, TE (Patriots)

Henry seems to be breaking through as the TE1 in New England over fellow big-money free agent Jonnu Smith. He’s got a touchdown now in consecutive weeks and his target share is such that he can be relied on as a starting tight end most weeks.

With that said, how much can you really rely on any Patriots player week-to-week?

Henry, for the time being, has a higher floor than other low-floor options.

4. Marquez Callaway, WR (Saints)

Buyer beware on this one. He will be a popular candidate on the wire after a multi-touchdown game over the weekend, but one of those touchdowns came on a wild Hail Mary play and Michael Thomas could be coming back from injury in the near future.

Especially if your waiver process is of the auction variety, be careful here. If you can buy low on Callaway, he’s not a bad option ahead of week six.

5. Josh Gordon, WR (Chiefs)

Tyreek Hill has a knee injury worth monitoring and if he’s out for any period of time, Josh Gordon just became much more interesting for fantasy football purposes.

Many probably rushed to claim this low-floor option as soon as Kansas City signed him to their practice squad, but the floor has been raised a bit if Hill is out with injury.

6. Pat Freiermuth, TE (Steelers)

With JuJu Smith-Schuster suffering a potentially season-ending injury against the Broncos, we could see an uptick in targets for the rookie tight end out of Penn State, who has already slowly been taking over the top TE role from Eric Ebron.