Fantasy Football Week 6 Wide Receiver Preview: Waiver Additions, Screenings, DFS Games and More

Fantasy Football Week 6 Wide Receiver Preview: Waiver Additions, Screenings, DFS Games and More


In 2021, Deebo Samuel finished WR3 overall due to extremely valuable role (121 targets and 59 carries) and insane efficiency (eight rushing touchdowns, league best 18.2 yards per catch) . In early 2022, the regression we’ve been waiting for hit hard, and it looks like the role is changing as well.

Samuel scored just once on 21 carries and his yards per strike dropped to 13.3. Worse still, his catch rate has dropped to a career-low 54.1%, despite his aDOT being just 4.2. I would expect the capture rate to rebound, but the rest of the efficiency regression looks about right. Which would be nice if he had the same role.

Samuel had a similar role earlier in the season. He had at least five rush attempts in each of his first three games and exceeded 50 rushing yards in two of those games. But he has just four rushing attempts in the last two games combined, as Jeff Wilson and Tevin Coleman dominated the 49ers rushing attack.

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The absence of rushed work and the regression of efficiency mean two things. First, Samuel will need more goals to finish as the No. 1 wide receiver. So far, it’s only advancing towards 125 targets, which may not be enough. The second thing is that with Samuel back as a full-time receiver and George Kittle healthy, Brandon Aiyuk could be in trouble. Aiyuk has just eight targets in the last two games combined and is yet to go for 65 yards in a game this season.

So what about 49ers receivers? I’d be looking to see if anyone in my league is still liking Samuel as a top-12 wide receiver and selling while you can. As for Aiyuk, it’s worth staying a few more weeks just to see if anything changes, but right now he’s nothing more than a desperate one-week substitute.

Here’s the rest of the Week 6 WR preview:

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The following players are not scheduled to play Week 6 at this time. Here’s what that means:

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Numbers to know

  • ten – Darnell Mooney leads the Bears with 10 receptions, 127th most in the NFL.
  • 53.1 – Fantasy points per game given up to wide receivers by the Ravens over the past three weeks, the most in the NFL.
  • 74 – Jakobi Meyers caught 74% of his targets in 2022.
  • 1 – Three teams have allowed just one receiving touchdown to wide receivers in 2022: the Texans, Bengals and Broncos.
  • seven –Devin Duvernay saw a career-high seven targets in Week 5. He’s the No. 1. 2 receiver if Rashod Bateman stays out.
  • 4 – Gabe Davis scored four touchdowns the last time he faced the Chiefs. He still has a low floor, but you throw him into this shootout.

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Matchups that matter

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