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Week 6 waiver-wire pickups and fantasy targets

By Jeff Ratcliffe
Oct 10, 2017

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Elijah McGuire #25 of the New York Jets runs the ball against Joe Schobert #53 of the Cleveland Browns during a game at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Jets defeated the Browns 17-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A lot of fantasy football players will be looking to make up ground on the Week 6 waiver wire, especially if you happened to lose Odell Beckham Jr. for the season. We have plenty of opportunity at running back this week, and some potential upside options at wide receiver and tight end.

Remember, we cast a wide net every week in our waiver wire advice. Below you’ll see recommendations for shallow, regular, and deep leagues. Players are listed in order of priority and the suggested auction budget percentage is in parentheses.

Keep in mind that some leagues may be more aggressive or conservative in terms of bidding, so know your league tendencies. Regardless of the size of your league, it’s suggested that you work your way down the list and prioritize the top players in your waiver claims for this week.

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Shallow leagues (8-10 teams)

Quarterback

Andy Dalton, CIN (3-5%) — There aren’t many options left on the wire at quarterback this week, but Dalton has performed well enough over the last three weeks to be considered a QB2 going forward.

Running back

Jerick McKinnon, MIN (25-50%)Latavius Murray drew the start, but McKinnon emerged on Monday night as the preferred fantasy option in the Minnesota backfield.

Javorius Allen, BAL (20-40%) — The Ravens backfield continues to fluctuate with Allen now back in the driver’s seat as the lead back.

Wide receiver

Will Fuller, HOU (15-30%) — Fuller scored twice in each of his first two games this season. His touchdowns will regress, but Fuller will continue to benefit from Deshaun Watson‘s ascending play.

Devin Funchess, CAR (15-30%) — Funchess out-targeted Kelvin Benjamin last week and is 10th among wide receivers in fantasy scoring over the last two weeks.

Tight end

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ (10-20%) — Somebody has to catch the ball for the Jets. Seferian-Jenkins has 15 receptions over the last three weeks and is a borderline TE1 option.

Hunter Henry, LAC (10-20%) — The Chargers final unleashed Henry and used him more than Antonio Gates last week. The breakout is still possible.

Regular leagues (12 teams)

Quarterback

Jacoby Brissett, IND (1-3%) — With Andrew Luck looking unlikely to return before November, Brissett still has streamer value in the right matchups.

Running back

Aaron Jones, GB (15-30%) — With Ty Montgomery sidelined, Jones saw 20 touches and played very well in Week 5. He’ll likely get you at least one more start before Montgomery returns.

Elijah McGuire, NYJ (15-30%) — With Bilal Powell and Matt Forte both potentially on the shelf, the door is wide open for McGuire to take a huge workload.

Marlon Mack, IND (15-30%) — The rookie was downright explosive on Sunday with 91 yards and a score on nine carries. He’s still behind Frank Gore, but Mack’s upside is very appealing.

Matt Breida, SF (10-20%) — With a committee situation looming in San Francisco, Breida is worth an add. He actually out-performed Carlos Hyde in Week 5.

Wayne Gallman, NYG (10-20%) — The Giants offense is spiraling, but Gallman put together a solid performance in Week 5.

Andre Ellington, ARZ (10-20%) — Ellington has seen double-digit targets in each of the last two weeks and should continue to be a flex option in PPR leagues going forward.

Wide receiver

Roger Lewis, NYG (5-8%) — With Odell Beckham Jr. out for the season, Lewis figures to see an increased role for the Giants.

Albert Wilson, KC (3-5%)Chris Conley‘s season-ending injury opens the door for Wilson to see more targets in the Chiefs’ offense.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT (3-5%) — The rookie has outscored Martavis Bryant over the last two weeks.

Ricardo Louis, CLV (3-5%) — Louis led the Browns in targets with eight in Week 5. He’s worth a look if you’re in a pinch at wideout.

Tight end

Cameron Brate, TB (8-15%) — Brate continue to be highly productive this past week and is now knocking on the TE1 door.

Ed Dickson, CAR (7-10%) — Dickson exploded for 175 yards in Week 5. We aren’t likely to see this sort of production going forward, but Dickson is now squarely in the TE2 conversation.

George Kittle, SF (5-8%) — The rookie caught seven balls for 83 yards and a score, and should continue to see healthy volume going forward.

Deep leagues (14-plus teams)

Quarterback

Kevin Hogan, CLV (1%) — The Browns haven’t officially pulled the plug on DeShone Kizer, but Hogan looked much more capable of running an offense in Week 5.

Running back

Dion Lewis, NE (5-8%) — Lewis saw his role expand in Week 5 with seven carries for 53 yards. He’s worth a stash.

J.D. McKissic, SEA (3-5%)C.J. Prosise continues to miss time, which gives McKissic value in deeper leagues.

Austin Ekeler, LAC (1-3%) — Those looking for handcuff upside may want to stash Ekeler, who served as Melvin Gordon‘s backup with Branden Oliver out in Week 5.

Charles Sims, TB (1-3%) — With Doug Martin back, Sims saw seven targets as the passing-down back. He’s a deep PPR option.

James Conner, PIT (1-3%)Le’Veon Bell is no stranger to missing time, so it’s still worth stashing Conner.

D’Onta Foreman, HOU (1-3%) — The Texans continue to use Foreman and view him as a three-down option if something happens to Lamar Miller.

Wide receiver

Mike Williams, LAC (3-5%) — Williams will make his debut in Week 6 and is worth an add. He could pass Tyrell Williams in short order.

Corey Davis, TEN (3-5%) — Davis is trending toward returning this week and is now widely available in fantasy leagues.

Nelson Agholor, PHI (1-3%) — He isn’t likely to catch long scores every week, but Agholor is trending up and offers value in deeper leagues.

Tight end

Zach Miller, CHI (3-5%) — Miller saw an uptick in targets with Mitch Trubisky under center. He’s worth adding if you need help at tight end.

Coby Fleener, NO (1%) — Fleener is a streamer option in a plus matchup against the Lions this week.

Nick O’Leary, BUF (1%) — With Charles Clay out for at least the next month, O’Leary will serve as the Bills’ primary pass-catching tight end.

David Njoku, CLV (1%) — He’s still behind Seth DeValve in the target pecking order, but Njoku has scored in three of the last four games.

DST Streamers for Week 6

Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins (1%) — Miami has surrendered double-digit fantasy points to each of the last three defenses they’ve faced.

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (1%) — The Patriots aren’t a good defense, but they’re worth consideration as a streamer this week against the Jets.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland (1%)Derek Carr is likely to return for the Raiders this week, but this offense has surrendered 10 sacks and five turnovers in their last three games.

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