Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

by Keenan Keeling

By: Keenan Keeling

Holy big performances Batman! Alshon Jeffery goes off for 218 and a touchdown! Geno Smith throws three touchdown passes in the Jets road win versus Atlanta! Terrence Williams drops 151 and a touchdown! "The Neckbeard" (Ryan Fitzpatrick) scores over 20 fantasy points! Tread lightly folks...tread very lightly. You'll notice, below, that only one of these guys is really worth a waiver claim (excluding Jeffery who is owned in 70%+ of leagues). Here are your waiver wire pickups for Week 6.

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Zac Stacy (RB - STL) Owned in 1% ESPN, 19% Yahoo
Early Sunday morning, the Rams announced that Stacy would start against Jacksonville, and the rookie answered with 78 yards on 14 carries. Late Sunday, the Rams announced that Stacy will also start next week against Houston and coach Jeff Fisher said, "...would've liked to see him get more carries...". It looks like St. Louis is ready to give Stacy 17-20 touches a game as they try to spark their running game. Stacy should be owned in every league and should creep into the flex conversation this week against Houston. Expect Daryl Richardson to continue to receive work, but it's clear that Stacy and Richardson are the only two backs that will be involved in the offense. For what it's worth, Stacy's numbers were solid in a very favorable matchup, but after Houston the schedule gets tough (CAR, SEA, and TEN next 3). But, in a season where starting tailbacks are hard to find, Stacy is worth a roster spot and should be a RB3 going forward.

Jay Cutler (QB - CHI) Owned in 66% ESPN, 59% Yahoo
It's a longshot that he's available in your league (see percentages above), but he's the perfect bye week quarterback. He's a strong armed, proven-capable quarterback in a good offense with a solid running game...what more do you want? If you have Matt Ryan, or stream quarterbacks, Cutler is a lock for at least 20 fantasy points against a New York Giants secondary that is giving up 21.5 fantasy points per game (6th worst) to quarterbacks this year. If that wasn't enough, Chicago takes on Washington's 29th ranked pass defense in week 7. Jay Cutler may not be a top 12 fantasy quarterback at the end of the season, but he's definitely going to be for the next two weeks. He's easily a low-end QB1.

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Andre Ellington (RB - ARI) Owned in 4% ESPN, 23% Yahoo
Ellington is now the back to own in Arizona. Period. Sure, Rashard Mendenhall is still #1 on the depth chart, but head coach Bruce Arians clearly loves him some Ellington. He's more explosive and has much more playmaking ability than the plodding Mendenhall, who appears to be "done" as a featured back in the NFL. The only thing holding Ellington back, who is a much better fit in an offense with poor offensive line play, is that he's not built to take over the workload. The good news is that Arians knows that and they keep him limited to about 25 snaps per game. You can't start him yet, especially with 2 brutal matchups on the horizon (SF and SEA), but get Ellington on your team.  He's already out-producing Mendenhall and could easily be in the RB3/Flex conversation after Arizona's Week 9 bye. You must move now as Ellington is coming off a game where he gained 83 yards of total offense. Folks are starting to take notice and you may not have many more opportunities to grab his hidden gem.

Justin Blackmon
 (WR - JAX) Owned in 20% ESPN, 61% Yahoo
Looks like the Yahoo crowd listened the last two weeks when Blackmon was about to come off on suspension. Now, the ESPN crowd is going to have to scramble to pick up the talented wideout who is now the second player to come off suspension and light up the fantasy world (see: Gordon, Josh). Blackmon caught five passes for 136 yards and a touchdown in his debut, despite quarterback Blaine Gabbert. If you can grab him on waivers, he has Denver in week six where Jacksonville may throw the ball 150 times, followed by San Diego. If Blackmon is solid next week, you should consider selling high on him because his schedule gets significantly tougher after San Diego (San Francisco, Houston twice, Tennessee twice, and Cleveland), but right now Blackmon is a WR3 in an offense that is consistently in catchup mode.

Terrence Williams (WR - DAL) Owned in 1% ESPN, 17% Yahoo
Williams, taking advantage of the absence of Miles Austin, is coming off of back-to-back starter worthy performances. In the past two games (@SD and vs. DEN), Williams has caught 11 passes on 12 targets for 222 yards and a touchdown. He plays Washington and Philadelphia the next two weeks, which gives him two very favorable match-ups  Austin could return at any moment, but given his hamstring issues, Williams should be on your bench. In bye weeks, it's your flex spot that will hurt the most, so getting a talented, yet raw, player in a productive offense is the key to success. If Austin remains out, you can plug Williams into your flex. He's a WR3/4 with WR2 upside.

Rueben Randle (WR - NYG) Owned in 56% ESPN, 38% Yahoo
You can't ignore Randle's performance against the Eagles, but he's going to be hit or miss all season. The Giants are a bad, bad, bad team, and Eli Manning's propensity to throw interceptions and take sacks means that production from outside wide receivers will suffer (see: Hakeem Nicks). Randle should definitely be owned in most leagues, but only as a WR4/5 or Nicks handcuff. The Giants will need to really turn around their season before Randle is a viable fantasy starter.

Austin Pettis (WR - STL) Owned in 1% ESPN, 10% Yahoo
Pettis has been lingering on the fringe of fantasy relevance for a couple of weeks now, only to be held back by subbar quarterback play and an ultra-conservative offense. Check his stats though...he's been productive in four out of the first five weeks, totaling 54 fantasy points over those games. He's not lighting the world on fire with those numbers, but if you're in the market for a bye week flex, Pettis is definitely getting the kind of work you want.

Team Defense
If you stream defenses, here are a few you can grab for Week 6:

New York Jets (DST)
The Jets are at home versus Pittsburgh, which is good news because the Steelers like to give up sacks and the Jets defense is actually pretty decent. Be a little careful here though, the Jets offensive woes actually have a negative impact on their defense since they have a hard time sustaining drives and turn the ball over. Nevertheless, you're playing match-ups at this point, and this is a good one.

Carolina Panthers (DST)
If you started the Panthers in Week 5 against the Cardinals, you were rewarded with a solid fantasy performance. The Panthers didn't win the game, but that's not your concern (unless you're also a Panthers fan...which is too bad). They finished the game with 3 interceptions and 2 sacks. This week, the Panthers take on the Vikings, and while we all fear Adrian Peterson, no one fears anyone else on the Vikings roster. The Vikes have given up double digit points to fantasy defenses in 3 of their first 4 games (they were on bye in week 5), which means if you started them last week, there is no need to waste a waiver claim.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DST)
If you're truly desperate, try the Bucs. Their defense is actually not too bad, but you generally want to shy away from teams in complete meltdown mode. Teams like that have a tendency to implode and infect even the good parts of the team. Nevertheless, the Bucs defense has looked decent and they have a great matchup with Philadelphia in Week 6.

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