Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire: Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement the top adds

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We got hit with a big injury Monday evening when it was reported that Eagles running back Jay Ajayi will be placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. It will make Wendell Smallwood quite popular on this week’s waiver wire.

Smallwood will be part of a rotation with Corey Clement and Darren Sproles, but Smallwood should get the most touches in Week 6 at the Giants. The game is Thursday night, and Clement (quad) has not played since Week 3, while Sproles (hamstring) remains out since getting hurt in Week 1.

Clement is also worth adding in all leagues and could eventually become the starter, but the Eagles will likely use multiple backs for the rest of the season based on coach Doug Pederson’s track record. Or Philadelphia could be a buyer via trade — Le’Veon Bell is clearly a possibility — after the team acquired Ajayi from Miami last year in a mid-season deal.

For now, Smallwood should be the No. 1 player added in all leagues. And he will likely be a starting Fantasy option in Week 6, especially if Clement isn’t ready for a heavy workload in his return to the field.

In other injury news, Alfred Morris could also be a popular waiver-wire addition with Matt Breida (ankle) hurt. And Fantasy owners will likely need some receiver help with Brandin Cooks (concussion) and Cooper Kupp (concussion) both ailing.

And with New Orleans and Detroit on a bye, we are without several stars in Week 6, including quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford. Jameis Winston is a priority add for anyone in need of a quarterback because he could be a top-10 Fantasy passer for the rest of the season.

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players owned in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.


  • Key players on a bye: Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford 
  • Injuries of note: None 
  • Priority list: Jameis Winston (49 percent ownership), Baker Mayfield (62 percent), Eli Manning (41 percent), Mitchell Trubisky (42 percent), Case Keenum (36 percent), C.J. Beathard (12 percent)

Drop candidates: Alex Smith (86 percent), Blake Bortles (66 percent), Derek Carr (60 percent) 

Running backs

Drop candidates: Jay Ajayi (99 percent), Giovani Bernard (83 percent), Jamaal Williams (68 percent), Peyton Barber (55 percent), Duke Johnson (46 percent), Rashaad Penny (42 percent) 

Wide receivers

Drop candidates: Larry Fitzgerald (87 percent), Kenny Stills (85 percent), Randall Cobb (74 percent), Quincy Enunwa (74 percent), Chris Hogan (73 percent), Ted Ginn (56 percent), Marquise Goodwin (53 percent) 

Tight ends

Drop candidates: Ricky Seals-Jones (50 percent), O.J. Howard (49 percent), Benjamin Watson (43 percent)

DST streamers

  • Packers (51 percent) vs. SF
  • Seahawks (38 percent) at OAK
  • Cowboys (47 percent) vs. JAC

K streamers

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