Geno Smith, Michael Carter, Week 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups
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It’s suddenly a Geno Smith fantasy football world

Navigating the waiver wire is incredibly important to fantasy football success. Each week, Jets X-Factor dives into the waiver wire for the must-adds to your fantasy football team.

The common theme in this edition is injuries. Week 5 did a number on fantasy football teams across the world, and how owners respond will obviously loom large the rest of the way.

This week, we’ll see a former Jets player make this list because of injury, along with numerous other players, including a rookie running back that was toting the rock for the Tar Heels this time last year.

All roster percentages are from Yahoo.

Quarterbacks

Geno Smith (1% Rostered)

It’s been a while since Jets fans have heard the name of Geno Smith. Russell Wilson is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after damaging a finger on his throwing hand—leaving the aforementioned Smith to take over at quarterback.

The Seahawks offense is dangerous, and the former Jet has the potential to put up big fantasy football performances.

Running Backs

Darrel Williams (17% Rostered)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is expected to miss a couple of weeks due to an ankle injury. This opens the door for Darrel Williams to be the starting back on one of the most electric offenses in the NFL. He should be able to provide instant Flex appeal.

Devontae Booker (7% Rostered)

Like CEH, Saquon Barkley will also miss time due to an ankle injury. This allows Booker to take over the starting role and provide a potential spark on a hurting Giants offense.

He may not represent a consistent option, but he could be a good plug-and-play option as a bye week fill-in.

Khalil Herbert (19% Rostered)

With David Montgomery out, many expected Damien Williams to carry the load. That was not the case as Khalil Herbert out-rushed Williams, 18-16 (though Williams scored).

If this usage continues going forward, Herbert will quickly become the running back to have in Chicago.

Michael Carter (54% Rostered)

Michael Carter is becoming one of the more consistent fantasy options on the Jets. He’s had at least 13 touches and a touchdown in consecutive games and three games of 10+ fantasy points.

He isn’t a fantasy football RB1 but could be a solid Flex option going forward—especially in PPR leagues.

Wide Receivers

Kadarius Toney (18% Rostered)

Toney made a stupid mistake in Week 5’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, but he also showed that he’s an electrifying talent.

I’d be wary of adding him with the expectation of being available this week, but he could prove to be a valuable asset among an underperforming Giants wide receiver group moving forward.

Rashod Bateman (24% Rostered)

Rashod Bateman is still on the IR, but he should be stashed now. He will return to action soon, and with the way the Ravens are passing the ball, he could be a reliable fantasy option.

Bateman is an elite talent at the wide receiver position. It’s usually safe to bet on the talent.

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Tight Ends

Hunter Henry (46% Rostered)

Jonnu Smith seemed to be the favorite tight end on this team during the offseason, but Hunter Henry has proven otherwise. He’s now scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks and is proving to be a security blanket to rookie quarterback Mac Jones.

It’s hard to trust both of the New England Patriots top tight ends, but Henry has continued to produce.

Ricky Seals-Jones (2% Rostered)

With Logan Thomas on IR, and the wide receiver group in Washington decimated, Ricky Seals-Jones is a good option to pick up at the position.

In his first start, he received eight targets, which is nothing to sneeze at. As long as Logan Thomas is out, Seals-Jones is a solid plug-and-play option for fantasy football at tight end.

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Thomas Christopher is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, big fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar@yahoo.com

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