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Week 6 Waiver Wire

Week 6 is upon as and we have a new crop of injuries to pay attention to, and a new batch of waiver wire gems ready to be snatched up. Here’s a look at players to target in Week 6.

Branden Oliver (RB, San Diego Chargers)

It’s been difficult to get excited about the San Diego Chargers rush offense this year. So far, they rank 31st according to our schedule-adjusted Net Expected Points (NEP) metrics, and that includes a solid day on Sunday against one of the best rush defenses in the league.

Branden Oliver was a key reason for that, as starter (thanks to injuries) Donald Brown left the game with a concussion. Oliver totaled 182 yards, including 114 on the ground.

Considering Donald Brown’s terrible start – only about 20% of his rushes have been deemed successful this season, when most running backs see rates above 35% – Oliver is a must add off the wire. And in Week 6, San Diego faces Oakland. Yes, please.

Andre Williams (RB, New York Giants)

Unlike Donald Brown, Rashad Jennings has started the season well. Entering Week 5, only Chris Ivory had a higher Rushing NEP than the new Giants’ starter.

Jennings unfortunately sprained his MCL on Sunday, and according to some reports, could be out a couple of weeks. Enter rookie Andre Williams, who’s generally underperformed this year.

Williams is a bruising back capable of handling the load, but lacks pass-catching skills to give him PPR upside. He’s definitely a top add this week though, as Jennings has been overworked to start the year, giving Williams season-long appeal.

Ronnie Hillman (RB, Denver Broncos)

The Broncos depth chart lists Ronnie Hillman as the number-two back in the offense, but there’s questions surrounding whether or not he can handle a legitimate workload. At 5’9”, 200 pounds, he represents a very Denard Robinson-like running back.

I’d prioritize him over CJ Anderson off the wire, not only because he saw 15 touches in Week 5, but Anderson was also a healthy inactive against Arizona. Anderson’s a good add in deeper leagues, but Hillman should get opportunity while Ball’s sidelined.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...