There are some wide receivers widely available that either have good matchups heading into Week 6 or had successful Week 5 performances, or could benefit from an injury. With that in mind, here are seven wide receivers with under 50% ownership in traditional fantasy football leagues that managers can consider picking up for Week 6.
Chase Claypool, Steelers (16 percent)
Claypool was easily the most impressive wideout in Week 5. The rookie reached the end zone four times against the Philadelphia Eagles by catching seven passes for 111 yards and three scores while also rushing for a score. Claypool’s larger role came as a result of Diontae Johnson exiting the game with a back injury. He should get a healthy increase in targets if Johnson misses time.
Mike Williams, Chargers (40 percent)
Williams returned this week from a hamstring injury and was needed in a big way after Keenan Allen was forced from the game with a back injury. And he answered the bell, catching 4-of-7 targets for 104 yards and two touchdowns. His ability as a deep threat who can go up and make contested catches, is a great fit for Justin Herbert’s arm talent. The Chargers have a bye next week, but then face the Jaguars, who rank 32nd in pass defense DVOA.
Henry Ruggs, Raiders (44 percent)
Ruggs put together his best game of the season against the Chiefs in Week 5. The rookie caught two passes for 118 yards and a score. While he was only targeted three times in the matchup, his ability to make home run plays can help him impact games with only a few touches.
Brandin Cooks, Texans (44 percent)
Cooks but together his best game of the year in Week 5 as well. He amassed a team-high 12 targets against the Jaguars and hauled in eight passes for 161 yards and a score. The Texans aren’t going to be shy about stretching the field by throwing deep. Cooks has the wheels to get in behind the defense.
Mecole Hardman, Chiefs (40 percent)
Sammy Watkins could miss a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury and Hardman will likely move into a starting role while he’s absent. He tied his season high of 50 snaps in Week 5 and caught four passes four 27 yards and a score in Week 5. Expect his exposure to rise for as long as Watkins is out.
Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars (34 percent)
Shenault led Jacksonville’s passing attack on Sunday by racking up a team-high eight targets and hauling in seven catches for 86 yards and a score. D.J. Chark Jr. got banged up with an ankle injury against the Texans and Shenault could remain a focal point with the No. 1 option out.
Travis Fulgham, Eagles (3 percent)
Fulgham has burst onto the scene over the last two weeks by tallying 12 receptions for 2019 yards and two scores. His 10 receptions for 152 yards against the Steelers in Week 5 makes it seem like he could be heavily featured while the receiving corps is spread thin.