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2017 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire

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Another football Sunday, another crazy week of injuries. This week, we lost two of the absolute biggest studs in the football community for the season – Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt. There’s an argument to be made that they are the best offensive and defensive players in football, and just like that, we won’t get to watch them anymore this year.

It’s sad for us as football fans and fantasy players, but we must remember that while athletes are paid to entertain us, they’re still human. I saw a few tweets go out about how Beckham’s injury was “screwing my fantasy season.” Tough luck. That man broke his leg – I think he’s a little worse off than you.

We’re going to look at every standout player on the Week 5 Waiver Wire with less than 35% ownership in ESPN leagues.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire

*Players are listed in order of priority of pickup.

Running Backs

Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (29.0%)

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Looks like it’s back-to-back weeks with Vikings’ running backs at the top. Hopefully, this one works out better than last week’s choice. Shout out to @Fantasy_Mansion and all the McKinnon truthers for continuing to believe.

McKinnon is a freak athlete – 98th percentile SPARQ score – and far more dynamic than Latavius Murray. McKinnon demonstrated that with a dominant performance on Monday Night Football, rushing 16 times for 95 yards and a touchdown while adding six catches for 51 yards.

Murray will certainly factor into this backfield, but McKinnon forced his way into the starter’s role with this game.

Wayne Gallman/Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (26.9%/1.3%)

Amidst all the losses the Giants suffered in Week 5, Gallman and Darkwa were the lone bright spots. Darkwa mustered eight carries for 69 yards and a touchdown before being limited with a calf injury. After Darkwa left, Gallman rushed for 57 yards on 11 carries and caught all five of his targets for 25 yards.

With literally all of the Giants’ starting receiving corps minus Sterling Shepard being knocked out for the season, there should be more work going towards the running backs. Shane Vereen will continue to be a change-of-pace back, but both Darwka and Gallman should find space to contribute.

Gallman has the higher upside, so I’d have him ranked second here. Darkwa slots in last on this list.

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (3.3%)

In the two games Mack has been healthy this year, he’s totaled 138 yards and two touchdowns on 21 touches. Meanwhile, Frank Gore is averaging 3.87 yards per touch and is 34 years old. We often say players like Gore and Larry Fitzgerald are ageless wonders, but one has to wonder if Gore is slowing down.

Either way, Mack should begin seeing a significant role in the offense. He’s a big-play threat that Gore is not, and the Colts could use that.

Matt Brieda, San Francisco 49ers (7.1%)

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I’m not sure I really believe it, but Kyle Shanahan said that Brieda out-snapping and outproducing Carlos Hyde in Week 5 was simply a matter of riding the “hot hand.” Chalk me up as skeptical since Hyde is dealing with a hip injury.

However, the numbers don’t lie, and Brieda has gotten 24 productive touches over the last two games. Whether Hyde has an injury or not, Brieda has carved himself a role in this offense. It certainly doesn’t hurt his value that Hyde has been one of the most injury-prone players over the last few seasons.

Elijah McGuire, New York Jets (14.6%)

McGuire wasn’t impressive in Week 5, but the Browns are actually an underrated run defense this year. That’s not a great excuse since the Jets’ don’t project to be a great offense going forward anyways, but it should be mentioned.

Another thing McGuire has going for him is injuries to his backfield mates. Powell was held out of the second half with a calf injury and Matt Forte is still dealing with turf toe. These two tricky injuries suggest that McGuire will likely get a big workload in Week 6 against the Patriots, who give up the most fantasy points to running backs. So hopefully you’ll get one very useful start with potential for upside going forward.

Darren McFadden/Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys (21.4%/6.7%)

These adds would be pure speculation and pretty much only if you’re a Zeke owner or have the extra roster spot. We should be getting news of Elliot’s appeal result any day now, and if his six-game suspension is upheld, one of these guys would inherit a prime opportunity.

Morris is currently second on the depth chart while McFadden has been inactive for games, but I think that’s by plan. I believe McFadden is superfluous while Elliot is playing, but if Elliot is out, McFadden would essentially substitute in for him.

That’s why I would rather have McFadden over Morris in this dart throw scenario. But there’s enough volume for Morris to have value too.

Deep Dives

Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders (6.7%) – Beast Mode has been struggling and Richard handled 9 carries to Lynch’s 12 in Week 5. Oakland is going to be run heavy while Derek Carr is out and Richard might be able to get his foot in the door fantasy-wise.

Wide Receivers

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (19.5%)

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That’s twice this season that Agholor has topped 85 yards with a touchdown. He looked like a bust throughout his rookie season but has taken advantage of the attention that Alshon Jeffrey, LeGarrette Blount, and Zach Ertz soak up to post reasonable WR4 stats.

He’s not quite a completely trustworthy start every week yet, but he’ll definitely pay off in some weeks.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (33.4%)

Davis was impressive in his debut, catching six balls for 69 yards. However, he left Week 2 with a hamstring injury and hasn’t played since. He’s on track to return soon – maybe even this week – and could be a difference maker.

Davis could be the 2017 version of 2014-15 Odell Beckham Jr. He’s gotten comparisons to a handful of Hall of Fame level wide receivers including Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, and Terrell Owens. With Eric Decker struggling (he hasn’t topped 50 yards receiving in a game this year), Davis could step right in and continue contributing.

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (7.0%)

Another (less likely) candidate to emulate Beckham Jr’s rookie season is Williams. Williams is coming off a back injury and may play in Week 6. However, unlike Davis, Williams steps into a receiving corps that is already playing well. Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin aren’t just going to cede their jobs to Williams.

Still, Williams, like Davis, is a high draft pick with high upside. The Chargers are 0-5 so they might just be willing to give Williams a look.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (3.1%)

For the second straight week, Smith-Schuster has gotten more snaps and ran more routes than Martavis Bryant. That might be just one of the reasons why the Steelers are struggling, but it is noteworthy nonetheless.

Smith-Schuster has played his way into the Steelers’ slot position as well as PPR consideration in deeper leagues.

Deep Dives

Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers (2.5%) – Goodwin caught 5 of 11 targets for 116 yards in Week 5. He’s a big play threat waiting to happen, but the 11 targets are what’s important here. If Brian Hoyer continues to look his way, Goodwin could be more than just a long touchdown prayer play each week.

Ricardo Louis, Cleveland Browns (0.4%) – Louis continues to lead the Browns in targets, receptions, and reception yardage, but there’s only so much upside a Browns pass-catcher can have. He definitely has appeal in deeper PPR leagues though.

Roger Lewis/Tavarres King, New York Giants (0.1%) – With Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Dwyane Harris hitting IR, Lewis and King will have to step up. If I had to pick one, I’d go with King.

Tight Ends

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (36.1%) is the top add of the week if he is still available.’

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (1.1%)

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A relatively unknown rookie, Kittle burst onto the scene in Week 5 by catching 7 of 9 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown. He’s a combine freak whose role is gradually expanding in this offense.

Kittle is 6′ 4″, 247 pounds, runs a 4.52 and is 88th percentile in SPARQ score. The Niners generally lack playmakers, so his emergence would be welcome for them. I think his upside and potential role in this offense gives him a higher season-long ceiling than Dickson and Njoku.

Ed Dickson, Carolina Panthers (8.7%)

The numbers certainly scream “fluke,” especially since Dickson had two unlikely catches-and-runs of 57 and 64 yards to get his yardage up to 175. However, with the position so thin, it’s worth paying attention to.

Dickson is taking advantage of the attention Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, and Christian McCaffery is soaking up in the passing game to find seams in the defense. While I don’t expect him to keep it up, he’s solidly on the streaming radar after catching three passes for 62 yards in Week 4 as well.

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (3.1%)

Three of Njoku’s 12 catches on the season have gone for touchdowns. With Isaiah Crowell struggling and Kenny Britt nursing an injury, Njoku seems to be the Browns’ go-to endzone option.

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Njoku’s not really on the streaming radar except in the best matchups, but you could do worse if you’re just praying for a touchdown.


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinH_F6P

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