Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups by: Jaben Marquez, @jabenff
Bye week teams: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks.
*We will not frequently rehash previous players; To see who we’ve recommended previously, Click Here.
For our on-going waiver wire exclusive* we will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses and Kickers:
*Ownership percentage is based on ESPN leagues*
Aaron Jones | Running Back | Green Bay Packers | Ownership 65%
Jones was a name I mentioned last week but in his week 5 game against Dallas, Green Bay showed confidence in Jones and avoided using Jamaal Williams aside from one carry. Ty Montgomery is still suffering from the rib injury and Jones proved he can carry a starter’s workload. Jones is here to stay and will be a pain in the side of Montgomery owners. I could not pass up talking about Aaron Jones again especially still being available in over a quarter of leagues.
Danny Amendola | Wide Receiver | New England Patriots | Ownership: 65%
Another player with an ownership a little higher than I normally aim for, but Amendola looks to be healthy again. He’s not the touchdown threat that Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks are but he has an excellent rapport with Brady seeing at least 5 targets in every game he has appeared in. In PPR leagues Amendola is a WR2 Flex play week in and out.
Marlon Mack | Running Back | Indianapolis Colts | Ownership: 3%
In his first game back from a shoulder injury Mack re-emerged with 9 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. For the 13th season, Frank Gore continues to be a serviceable RB but is this the year they finally have his replacement? Mack out-touched Robert Turbin 10 to 6 while Gore continues to be the lead dog in that backfield. Mack is a boom or bust play each week but should take over the no. 2 RB in Indianapolis making him especially valuable to the Gore owner.
Ed Dickson | Tight End | Carolina Panthers | Ownership: 8%
The Carolina TE position continues to produce for our fantasy teams. Dickson was solid in the win against New England and scorched Detroit for 175 yards catching all 5 of his targets. He has yet to find the endzone but matchups with Philadelphia this Thursday followed by Chicago, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta you may want to jump on this bandwagon before it’s too late. Also, Devin Funchess was listed as a non-participant for Monday’s practice; if he isn’t able to play Thursday Dickson should see a huge uptick in targets and production.
Depth With Upside:
Matt Breida | Running Back | San Francisco 49ers | Ownership: 7%
After the loss to Indianapolis in which Breida not only led the team in carries but also led the backfield with 5 targets compared to, the starter, Carlos Hyde who only saw one target. Coach Kyle Shanahan stated he was riding the hot hand and this had nothing to do with a hip injury that has been nagging Hyde as of late. This speaks well for Breida’s value moving forward especially as he can become the safety net for Brian Hoyer to check the ball down to.
Nelson Agholor | Wide Receiver | Philadelphia Eagles | Ownership: 19%
Welcome back Mr. Agholor, another long touchdown Nelson Agholor was second on the team in targets and receptions against Arizona. Alshon Jeffery was kept quiet by Patrick Peterson for the most part and Carolina should give the Eagles the same look on a short week. Agholor then will face Washington and San Francisco at home which should see this momentum carry on.
Cole Beasley | Wide Receiver | Dallas Cowboys | Ownership: 22%
We all knew the best red zone receiver in the game is in Dallas but little did we know that it was Beasley, not Dez Bryant. After his week 6 bye, Dallas will face a 49er team that was torched by Jacoby Brissett and Ty Hilton. San Francisco has longer more physical corners that struggle with shifty players. Look for Beasley to have another great game coming out of his bye week, buy before it’s too late.
Orleans Darkwa | Running Back | New York Giants | Ownership: 1%
A brutal Sunday for big blue as they lost 4 receivers, 2 for the whole season, including superstar Odell Beckham Jr. With such a huge hit to this already anemic aerial attack, the Giants should lean on Darkwa and Wayne Gallman even more so. Sadly they face a stout Denver defense coming up, but better days lie ahead.
Ricardo Louis | Wide Receiver | Cleveland Browns | Ownership 0.3%
Fantasy football isn’t always sexy, and names like this personify that sentiment. However, Louis did lead his team in targets, receptions, and receiving yardage. In the next two weeks, Cleveland will face a Houston team that just lost 2 of their best players and a Tennessee team coming off a recent loss to Jay Cutler. Ricardo Louis has had 5 catches and over 60 yards in his previous two games, he appears to be the no. 1 receiver for this young Browns offense.
Charcandrick West | Running Back | Kansas City Chiefs | Ownership: 10%
Almost the same scenario as last week with Alfred Morris and Ezekiel Elliott, if you are the Kareem Hunt owner not having West at this point is playing with fire. Hunt will remain the no. 1 option for that team but there will be games like today that West vultures the touchdowns and if something were to happen to hunt we’ve seen West carry a starter’s workload.