Fantasy Football: Playing the waiver wire for Week 6

Moving on toward Week 6, here are some fantasy football waiver wire adds to consider.

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WR Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders

Samuel had six receptions (on seven targets) for 65 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 5. He has topped 50 receiving yards in three straight games and four of five this season, with a touchdown (a rushing score in Week 4) in back-to-back games. Over the last two games, he has 13 catches on 15 targets.

Samuel feels like a secondary piece in the Commanders' offense, but he has played over 60 percent of the offensive snaps in all five games this season with at least six opportunities (targets plus carries) three times.

Samuel is roster-worthy as a depth receiver/flex option in leagues with 12 or more teams. With the latest possible bye (Week 14), he can be helpful right through bye weeks.

ESPN Ownership: 14.7%
Yahoo! Ownership: 17%

TE Jonnu Smith, Atlanta Falcons

Kyle Pitts had a resurgence in Week 5 against the Houston Texans (seven catches for 87 yards). But Smith remained involved, with six receptions for 67 yards himself as he also played more snaps than Pitts (49 to 40, according to Pro Football Focus).

Over the last three weeks, Smith has 17 receptions on 21 targets with over 65 yards twice and at least five catches in all three. Going back a little more, he has at least four catches, six targets and more than 8.5 full PPR points in four straight games.

Pitts' presence, and disillusionment from those who drafted him over what he has not done this year, has likely kept fantasy owners from noticing what Smith has been doing.

There's definite risk of a dud game, but a Falcons' offense that's targeting tight ends at nearly a 38 percent rate has room for Pitts and Smith to be a factor. And Pitts is not used as a traditional in-line tight end anyway. The tight end landscape, and involvement that can't be ignored, makes Smith at least a streaming option right now.

ESPN Ownership: 9.6%
Yahoo! Ownership: 16%

TE Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans

Injuries at wide receiver for the Texans (Tank Dell, Robert Woods) certainly played a role. But Schultz set a season-high with 10 targets, as he finished with seven catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. He has scored in back-to-back games, with at least 7.4 full PPR points in three of his last four.

The matchups aren't fantastic for Schultz over his next three games around a Week 7 bye (New Orleans Saints-Week 6, Carolina Panthers-Week 8, Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Week 9). But C.J. Stroud has been keeping multiple pass catchers fantasy relevant this season, and it may be Schultz' turn.

Schultz was popular draft sleeper at tight end, then he was dropped by a chunk of those who drafted him amid a slow start. The sheer dearth of good options at tight end puts him back on the radar now.

ESPN Ownership: 52.4%
Yahoo! Ownership: 36%