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Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 6

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 6

Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 6Another week to hit the waiver wire is upon us. Big injuries across the board including Odell Beckham Jr, DeVante Parker, Bilal Powell and Charles Clay. This to go along with Buffalo, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Seattle on bye weeks, the waiver wire is essential for Week 6.

Hopefully, you tuned into last week’s article that featured Aaron Jones, Wayne Gallman, Devin Funchess, Cameron Brate, and Deshaun Watson who all had nice fantasy days.

Key Tips:

  • Go big or go home! If there is a player on the waiver wire that you like be aggressive if you have a losing record. We are far enough into the season where it may not do you any good to hold onto that FAAB. The dominant teams have been established and if you are not one of them, take advantage of them not looking to waivers.
  • Take some risks. Remeber as fantasy football can be very frustrating it is supposed to be fun! So do not take it so seriously sometimes. If you have a gut feeling about picking up certain player then go for it!

But enough small talk. Let’s get into it. Your waiver wire pickups for Week 6!

Quarterbacks

Jacoby Brissett

Quarterback | IND

  • ESPN: Less 16% than owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 12% owned

Jacoby BrissettBrissett has played well in favorable matchups this year, most notably against the Browns and 49ers. In a Week 6 game against the Titans, Brissett should be able to be a nice streaming option. The Titans have allowed the second most fantasy points to the quarterback position.

Carson Palmer

Quarterback | ARI

  • ESPN: Less 55% than owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 65% owned

Finishing as the 12th best quarterback prior to Monday Night Football, many owners were disappointed with Palmer’s performance against the Eagles. However, the volume is still there for the Arizona quarterback as he attempted 44 passes on Sunday. This week the Cardinals are back at home, where Palmer is averaging 19.5 fantasy points per game. With a matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have allowed the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last two weeks, pick up Palmer after somebody drops him this week.

Tyrod Taylor

Quarterback |BUF

  • ESPN: Less 55% than owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 54% owned

Tyrod Taylor has struggled so far in 2017, unable to reach the 20 point fantasy benchmark in any of his games. However, a lot of that does have to do with his matchups as all of those teams rank in the top half of fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Once Taylor comes back from his bye week, his schedule is much easier.  He faces six teams that are in the top seven of points allowed to quarterbacks and the other four are against teams in the top 21. If you have not been successful streaming quarterbacks this year, it might be wise to pick up Taylor and roll with the mobile quarterback.

Running Backs

Jerick McKinnon

Running Back| MIN

  • ESPN: Less than 29% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 28% owned

There was some question to who would be the lead dog in the Vikings offense after the loss of rookie Dalvin Cook. Most assumed Jerick McKinnon would see most of his of time in the passing game, but after a strong performance Monday Night it’s safe to say he could see a larger role than Latavius Murray. The Vikings play the Packers next week followed by the Ravens and the Browns. He would be a nice Waiver Wire RB pickup moving forward.

Elijah McGuire

Running Back| NYJ

  • ESPN: Less than 15% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 17% owned

As the injuries continue to pile up in the New York backfield, McGuire will be the primary beneficiary. After Powell left the game on Sunday, McGuire dominated the carries finishing with 11 carries for 20 yards. Now those numbers are not great, but running backs are all about volume. With the potential for a full workload against the Patriots defense that has allowed the second most fantasy points to the running back, McGuire is a nice addition.

Marlon Mack

Running Back| IND

  • ESPN: Less than 4% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 7% owned

Mack looked fully healthy on Sunday, ripping off explosive runs for a total of 91 yards on nine carries and one touchdown. Frank Gore will still handle the majority of the carries, but for a running back with big-play ability, Mack is a player to target.  The Colts will also face the Titans next who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points against the running back.

Matt Breida

Running Back| SF

  • ESPN: Less than 8% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 7% owned

Is there a running back change in San Franciso? Well, maybe not a change, but it appears that Breida is going to be more involved in the offense. In Week 5, Breida led the 49ers with ten carries for 49 yards. A solid stat line for ten carries, this looked rather impressive especially due to the fact that Carlos Hyde struggled; only mustering eight carries for 11 yards. We have seen Kyle Shanahan use multiple running backs before in Atlanta so even if Breida does not take on the starting role, he may provide stand-alone value.

C.J. Prosise

Running Back| SEA

  • ESPN: Less than 21% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 14% owned

Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls cannot get it done in the Seattle backfield and J.D. McKissic does not have any volume upside. With all other options unusable, I am predicting that after the bye week, C.J. Prosise will finally be “unleashed” for the Seahawks. Prosise who was on the list last week is a very talented player, but injuries have plagued his young career. However, after the bye week, he should be good to go to fill the role as the pass-catching back on the Seahawks. The Seattle offensive line is so bad that it will help generate targets for Prosise. Wilson will be forced to make quick throws. It is happening with Andre Ellington in Arizona who is becoming a target machine, and I believe it could happen to Prosise. Stash him if you can.

Wide Receivers

 

Mike Wallace

Wide Receiver| BAL

  • ESPN: Less than 55% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 37% owned

A threat to take it to the house on any given play, Mike Wallace is a typical boom-or-bust player. The one thing that Joe Flacco can do well is throw a nice deep ball.  The Bears have not been great against wide receivers ranking sixth worst after Sunday in terms of fantasy points allowed. With better production over the last two weeks, he is definitely worth a flier if you need a plugin play wide receiver three or high upside FLEX for Week 6. For Weeks 7-9 Wallace also has value facing the Vikings (9th), Dolphins (22nd), and Titans (4th), who ranks against wide receivers are pretty favorable. Also throw in the fact that two of those game are #revengegames for Wallace and you got yourself a solid waiver wire pickup.

John Brown

Wide Receiver| ARI

  • ESPN: Less than 42% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 37% owned

Will the real J.Brown, please stand up? Brown only had two catches in Week 5 on seven targets, but one of them went for a touchdown. With Brown looking healthier and healthier every week, his upside in high volume offense is very favorable. Especially this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. John Brown lines up from the left wide receiver spot frequently so he will see a lot of coverage from right corner Vernon Hargreaves who has been suspect against some deep passes so far in 2017.

Marquise Goodwin

Wide Receiver| SF

  • ESPN: Less than 3% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 2% owned

A guy I really liked last week, Goodwin came up big on 11 targets compiling, five receptions for 116 yards.  He was able to exploit the favorable matchup against the Colts and will face a Redskins’ secondary without Josh Norman in Week 6.  The Redskins have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to the wide receiver position per game, but without Norman, the results on Sunday could be vastly different.

Roger Lewis

Wide Receiver| NYG

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 1% owned

The walking wounded also known as the New York Giants’ receiving corps, was devasted by injuries on Sunday. Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and Dwayne Harris all suffered injuries leaving Roger Lewis Jr. as the only healthy receiver. Lewis caught a 29 yard-touchdown from Eli Manning and looks to be in line for some serious work should any of the receivers miss time. Lewis is more of a target in deep leagues and is someone that you do not want to start next week, as in Week 6 the Giants will take on Denver Broncos.  Another Giants’ receiver to keep on eye on as well, is the undrafted rookie free agent Travis Rudolph. Rudolph is a member of the Giants practice squad and could be promoted due to the lack of depth at the position. Rudolph led the Giants in receiving yards during the preseason. Obviously, if Shepard is available make sure to grab them first!

Tight Ends

George Kittle

Tight End| SF

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 1% owned

Hello Kittle! George Kittle had a monster performance against the Colts. On nine targets the tight end amassed seven receptions for 83 yards and a score to send the game into OT. As the tight end roulette continues to roll, Kittle could be your guy this week. He is facing the Washington Redskins who have allowed the third most fantasy points to the tight end position. Kittle leads the 49ers in red zone targets so you have to like his odds of scoring in Week 6.

Coby Fleener

Tight End| NO

  • ESPN: Less than 39% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 47% owned

He is back on the list! Fleener has a great matchup this week against the Detriot Lions, who got ripped up last week by Ed Dickson for 17.50 fantasy points. The Lions have traditionally struggled against the tight ends so Fleener is a nice streaming option.

A.J. Derby

Tight End| DEN

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 1% owned

The Giants are downright pitiful against tight ends allowing the most fantasy points to the position so far in 2017. With a date with the Denver Broncos next for the Giants, Derby could find himself with a productive day. Get off to the Derby on the waivers this week!

 

 

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About the author

Andrew Erickson

Andrew is a Roger Williams University graduate where he majored in Marketing. While there he interned at a sports marketing agency where he had the opportunity to work with many professional athletes like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

After college, Andrew started to write his own fantasy blogs via Wordpress.com to show his friends why he calls himself the Fantasy Football Master. He calls himself this because back in '07 in his first ever fantasy football league he drafted the Bears defense in the 1st round. He then proceeded to win the entire league. #DefenseWinsChampionships

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