Fantasy Football: Claypool is a must-add in Week 6 waiver wire originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Waiver wire pickups are typically triggered by one of two things: Injuries and breakout performances.
Week 5 in the NFL featured plenty of both, meaning there are a few high-quality players to be had for fantasy owners this week. Let's start with the player of the week.
Claypool is a must-add this week. He's coming off a breakout performance in which he caught seven passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns while also running one into the endzone on a reverse.
The Steelers always seem to draft and develop quality wide receivers and it appears Claypool will be another. The fact that they aren't afraid to use him as a runner bodes well for his long-term fantasy value. This wasn't just a fluke game. It's clear Pittsburgh likes this kid and they plan on using him in a multitude of ways.
Dak Prescott, who was in the middle of a career-year, is out for the year after suffering a gruesome ankle injury against the Giants. Dalton will replace him and have a chance to lead the Cowboys to the playoffs in a weak division.
He'll also have a shot to become a fantasy star for teams in need of a QB. There's a reason Prescott was playing so well. The Cowboys have a ton of weapons to work with and a defense that's going to force them to throw the ball and score points.
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Either way, fantasy owners should have their eyes on Mattison. He's been the handcuff backup all season long for Cook, and when he was inserted as the featured back, he ran for 112 yards on 20 carries.
If Cook misses extended time, Mattison could vault himself into RB2/flex territory.
From catching the game-winner in Week 4 to reeling in 10 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in Week 5, Fulgham has become one of Carson Wentz's favorite targets early on.
Wentz is a quarterback who throws to the receivers he trusts, so as the Eagles continue to struggle to stay healthy, especially at the wide receiver position, look for Fulgham to keep gobbling up targets.