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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Top 30 waiver-wire pickups heading into NFL Week 6

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BATSBY Sports places an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end, especially those who've already become fixtures in the red zone.

Here’s the BATSBY Sports listing of fantasy football’s top 30 free agents in advance of Week 6, universally citing 12-team Points Per Reception leagues — a countdown which typically values long-term viability over one week of superb stats (unless the red-hot asset has affiliation with Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes).

Obviously, free-agent quarterbacks like Daniel Jones, Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater, Gardner Minshew II and Matthew Stafford (fresh off a Week 5 bye) are the likeliest candidates for most points from Sunday to Sunday.

But we also place an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end, especially those who’ve already become fixtures in the red zone.

PREFERRED WAIVER-WIRE PICKUPS

  1. TE Gerald Everett, Rams
  2. QB Matthew Stafford, Lions
  3. WR D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
  4. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Saints
  5. WR DeVante Parker, Dolphins
  6. RB Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  7. WR Randall Cobb, Cowboys
  8. RB Chase Edmonds, Bengals
  9. WR Byron Pringle, Chiefs
  10. WR Auden Tate, Bengals
  11. QB Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars
  12. QB Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  13. TE Chris Herndon, Jets
  14. RB Dion Lewis, Titans
  15. QB Daniel Jones, Giants
  16. D/ST Pittsburgh Steelers
  17. RB Brandon Bolden, Patriots
  18. PK Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals
  19. RB Elijhaa Penny, Giants
  20. WR Darius Slayton, Giants
  21. D/ST Houston Texans
  22. QB Kyle Allen, Panthers
  23. RB Jalen Richard, Raiders
  24. WR Preston Williams, Dolphins
  25. TE Noah Fant, Broncos
  26. PK Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans
  27. PK Matt Prater, Lions
  28. TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  29. TE Hayden Hurst, Ravens
  30. D/ST Kansas City Chiefs

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Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

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