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2017 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups, Rankings

Jake Ciely Senior Writer October 10, 2017 12:02AM EDT
REMINDER: Fantasy Football Week 6 waiver wire pickups are going to be more quick-hitting since no one likes reading for more than two minutes.

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Second reminder: I’m using dollars out of a 100-dollar budget the rest of the way. Percentages at this time of the year are tougher given remaining budgets, and you know your league best. If it’s an aggressive league, you may have to spend more or vice versa.

Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups: QBs – Quarterback Streamers

Carson Palmer, ARI (65%) – The quality matchups just keep coming for Palmer and the Cardinals. Enjoy them while you can. While he faces the awful Buccaneers secondary this week and the 49ers after the bye, the Rams sit in between and then the following four games are the Seahawks, Texans, Jaguars and Rams.

Jacoby Brissett, IND (46%) – At this rate, Brissett might start the rest of the season.We would love to see Brissett throw a touchdown with his 314 yards, but at least he scored on the ground. The Colts head to Tennessee for Monday Night Football in a favorable matchup.

DON’T: Jared Goff, LAR (44%) – Sure, Goff has improved from his rookie campaign – it’s easy when it was one of the worst seasons in the last decade – but the Rams head to Jacksonville this week. You don’t start anyone outside of the top quarterback tiers against the Jaguars.

Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups: RBs

LAST CHANCE: Aaron Jones, GB (57%) – Well, that certainly cleared things up for us. Mike McCarthy seems intent on riding his lead running back into the ground. Jamaal Williams barely saw any work, despite being a better tough-yard and pass blocking option. With Ty Montgomery still questionable, Jones is a must-own in every league… he already was last week, so I’m not sure what 43 percent of you are waiting on.
FAB Dollars: $30-40

Jerick McKinnon, MIN (25%) – Clearly more explosive than Latavius Murray (still worth picking up in Non-PPR and around $10-15), McKinnon’s last eight games in 2016 put him on a 70-reception pace. McKinnon has RB2 appeal in PPR and flex value in Non-PPR with upside for more in any game, as seen on Monday night.
FAB Dollars: $30

Javorius Allen, BAL (58%) – The Ravens backfield is clearly a headache, as the game script doesn’t even accurately predict Allen’s and Alex Collins’ (41%) use. Between the two, Allen is the better bet and will see more consistent work, especially since he’s the far superior passing game option. Collins is still worth owning in most league of 12-teams plus, but he’s a pure Non-PPR play and riskier.
FAB Dollars: $20 for Allen, 10-15 for Collins

Elijah McGuire, NYJ (16%) – With Bilal Powell hurt and likely missing Week 6, McGuire falls into Aaron Jones territory from last week. In fact, I accidentally typed Jones instead of McGuire after the comma. McGuire is similar to Cohen, and while he’ll need to step up in the passing game given this week’s matchup (Patriots), there is RB2 upside as the lead option.
FAB Dollars: $15

Andre Ellington, ARI (56%) – Ellington is a pure PPR option, but he’s been performing as a WR2 of sorts since David Johnson’s injury. It’s very hard to trust Ellington’s weekly use, as he’s in that Tarik Cohen/Chris Thompson mold, but the Cardinals appear to need him more than the Bears and Redskins need their options.
FAB Dollars: $10-15, PPR only

Matt Breida, SF (7%) – Well, the last thing we needed or wanted was another messy backfield.

Carlos Hyde is the better talent, but it appears that he won’t be 100 percent healthy this year (hip), and Kyle Shanahan is going to ride the “hot hand”. Breida will be tough to start any given week, but if Hyde were to miss time, he would become a RB2.
FAB Dollars: $10

Marlon Mack, IND (8%) – Frank Gore may not be answering the door, but Father Time is about to beat it down. Here is part of my pre-draft write-up on Mack:

“Mack is a great athlete with the power to break tackles but is very inconsistent. Mack will shrug off arm tackles and push back defenders when up to speed, but he’ll also get tripped up by blitzes from the secondary and smaller defenders if they make quality contact. If Mack can get his head right (even literally during runs by looking away from contact), Mack could shoot up the list based on his skills.”

With Mack impressing last week, he’s going to see more work going forward with the potential to take the lead or even be a Top 20 running back if Gore ever got hurt.
FAB Dollars: $5-10

Wayne Gallman, Orleans Darkwa, NYG (39%, 3%) – Good luck figuring out this backfield each week. Good luck to the Giants for having any running game going forward given the schedule and no healthy receivers.
FAB Dollars: $10 Gallman (more upside), $5 Darkwa

Adrian Peterson, ARI (37%) – Peterson is toast. Cardinals offensive line is soggy bread. Cardinals are still pass first… and second… maybe even third. Peterson barely has Non-PPR appeal.
FAB Dollars: $5

Jamaal Charles, DEN (35%) – Devontae Booker is still the handcuff to C.J. Anderson and would likely be the lead if Anderson were to get hurt. However, Charles is proving that he has plenty left as the change of pace/complementary piece. He can have bye week value.
FAB Dollars: $5

FOR THE FUTURE: Charcandrick West, KC (8%); James Conner, PIT (7%); Chris Ivory, JAX (3%); Austin Ekeler, LAC (2%) – West joins the backup plan group. Andy Reid already prefers him in the two-minute offense

Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups: WRs

LAST CHANCE: Sterling Shepard, NYG (63%) – Even though Shepard will likely miss time, he needs to be owned in 100 percent of leagues. Odell Beckham is done for the year, and Brandon Marshall will miss significant time. Shepard fills the OBJ role, and while he’s not as amazing as Beckham, Shepard is plenty talented and will be the team’s No. 1 receiver once back.
FAB Dollars: $30-35

John Brown, ARI (37%) – I’m going to repeat myself, but I want to make sure the point is made: When healthy, Brown is the most-talented receiver in Arizona. Brown is always a threat to miss time, but as seen last week, he is a dangerous weapon in a pass-first offense.
FAB Dollars: $20

Cooper Kupp, LAR (47%) – Kupp has eight red zone targets already and at least one in each game. While Sammy Watkins just played the “squeaky wheel, grease” card, Kupp is the Rams more reliable option… just don’t get too excited with this week’s matchup.
FAB Dollars: $15-20

Roger Lewis, NYG (0%) – As with Mack, I’ll give you a peak at my NFL Draft blurb on Lewis last year.

“Lewis’ opponent strength (or lack thereof) boosted his stats. On paper, you marvel at his 1,544 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. He didn’t test too well and needs route work, but Lewis has great acceleration and is exceptionally quick in his routes. Lewis throws off defenders thanks to amazing foot control (can stop on a pin), is great after the catch and at tracking the ball. If given the opportunity, Lewis can be an immediate downfield option and has the NFL skills to grow into a No. 2 option.

Until Shepard returns, Lewis is the Giants top option and is worth grabbing even with the two tough games before the bye.
FAB Dollars: $15-20

Taylor Gabriel, ATL (17%) – Gabriel’s startability (yes, that’s a word when it comes to Fantasy) is contingent on Mohamed Sanu missing time.

Sanu appears to be out for at least another week, which moves Gabriel from boom-or-bust potential to WR4 range with great upside.
FAB Dollars: $5

Ricardo Louis, CLE (1%) – He’s the new No. 1 for the Browns, and if Kevin Hogan is at quarterback going forward, Louis has more appeal given DeShone Kizer’s atrocious play.
FAB Dollars: $5

Nelson Agholor, PHI (31%) – Looking at Agholor’s game log, you can clearly see how volatile he is. Nevertheless, he’s improved enough as a receiver to have bye week startability (see, there it is again).
FAB Dollars: $5

Kendall Wright, CHI (15%) Mitchell Trubisky breathed some life into this offense. Wright has solid bye-week PPR appeal.
FAB Dollars: $5 in PPR

Geronimo Allison, GB (18%) – And time to repeat myself again. Allison is like a running back handcuff. If Jordy Nelson (reportedly will be okay), Randall Cobb or Davante Adams ever misses time, Allison carries WR3/4 upside.
FAB Dollars: $5

Mike Wallace, BAL (33%) – Yep, Wallace is still lingering. Joe Flacco hasn’t played well this year, but there is some bye week appeal still left with Wallace given his big-play ability.
FAB Dollars: $5

JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT (5%) – Martavis Bryant has been less than impressive, and while some would prefer to blame Ben Roethlisberger, let’s pay attention to JJSS outplaying Bryant of late.
FAB Dollars: $5

FOR THE FUTURE: Mike Williams, LAC (8%) – The second most talented receiver and serious red zone threat is nearing his return. I want to buy the cake (Philip Rivers) and not the icing (multitude of receiving options) with the Chargers to avoid the frustration, but Williams does have WR3 upside for the second half.
FAB Dollars: $5

DON’T: Torrey Smith, PHI (7%) – Smith will have 2-3 more big games, but it will be impossible to predict them… and then when it doesn’t happen, you’ll be cursing that “2” in your box score.

Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups: TEs

LAST CHANCE: Evan Engram, NYG (69%) – He’s likely owned, but if not or someone drops Engram after his 0-fer, Engram is a must-own with the entire Giants receiving core going down in Week 5.
FAB Dollars: $15

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ (28%) – Seferian-Jenkins has 15 receptions in three games and looks like the second best receiving option for the Jets. As a reminder, Josh McCown favors his tight ends.
FAB Dollars: $5

David Njoku, CLE (7%) – Njoku has more potential if Hogan is at quarterback, but similar to Engram, he’s really just a big-body receiver… as in, I’m pretty sure he never even learned to block.
FAB Dollars: $2-5

DON’T: Ed Dickson, CAR (0%) – Remember Marcedes Lewis’ London game. Yep. These things happen.  Move along.

Week 6 buy low and sell high

buy low – They’re Definitely Better
Matt Ryan – We knew about the regression; he’s still better than this and bye week is done
Jameis Winston – If he keeps passing for 300 yards, more touchdowns are coming
Joe Mixon – Scored thankfully. Offensive line isn’t helping his vision concerns but touches are promising
Christian McCaffreyJonathan Stewart bombed last week and is banged up (shocker, I know)
Julio Jones – No, he’s not going touchdown-less!
Demaryius Thomas – Same as last week: too talented
Amari Cooper – He’s 23. He’s coming off two 1,000-yard seasons to start his career. He’s not this bad
Alshon Jeffery – It’d be easier to break through the security around the Hope diamond than Patrick Peterson’s coverage

buy low – Could be a Bust this Year, but Potential Reward
Jay Ajayi – Same as last week: could qualify for both categories with knee concern, but talent hasn’t left him
DeMarco Murray – Demoted to this list, but his workload was significantly higher than Derrick Henry’s
Marshawn Lynch – He might be toast; he might be able to get some cheap touchdowns with Derek Carr back and the offense back on track
Isaiah Crowell – A salvaged season is moving further and further into the distance
Mark Ingram – Reminder from last week since it was a bye
Golden Tate – Only moved here because his run from last year is looking like a distant memory with the Lions new balanced approach
Jamison Crowder – Could be 100 percent healthy for the first time this season coming out of the bye

sell high
Deshaun Watson – I’ll  happily scarf some crow if he finishes as a Top 5 quarterback
Aaron Jones – One Ty Montgomery returns, Jones will be the change-of-pace option – still valuable, just not RB2-plus
Duke Johnson – I’m a big fan. I own him in a ton of leagues and talked him up all preseason. However… unless the Browns demote Crowell, the touches aren’t high enough to sustain the Top 20 RB value owners see
Giants RBs – If you happen to own already – schedule, OL, no receivers… run for the hills!
James White – Remember when selling Mike Gillislee seemed crazy? Also, Rex Burkhead’s return coming

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