Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 6 Rankings, Injuries

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Week 6 Waiver Wire: Show Index

2:31 RB Pickups
18:38 Week 5 Recap
26:11 Nonsense: Part 1
34:32 NFL Power Rankings
40:09 Cooper/Watkins/Big Ben
53:09 WR Pickups
1:06:17 TE Streams
1:11:01 NFL Shop Commercial
1:17:04 QB Stream
1:18:10 DST Streams
1:20:13 Nonsense: Part 2

Week 6 Waiver Wire Notes

*All players must be less than 60 percent owned in leagues
*Will be updated for breaking injuries and after Monday night game
*Bye weeks: Bills, Bengals, Cowboys, Seahawks

Week 6 Waiver Wire: Running Back Rankings

1. Jerick McKinnon
2. Aaron Jones
3. Alvin Kamara
4. Wayne Gallman
5. Marlon Mack
6. Andre Ellington
7. Elijah McGuire
8. Wendell Smallwood
9. CJ Prosise
10. Matt Breida
11. Gio Bernard
12. Alex Collins
13. Adrian Peterson
14. D’Onta Foreman
15. James Connor
16. Alfred Morris
17. Charcandrick West
18. Mike Tolbert
19. Shane Vereen
20. Chris Ivory
21. Jamaal Charles
22. Austin Ekeler
23. Corey Clement
24. Charles Sims
25. Samaje Perine
26. Branden Oliver
27. Jamaal Williams
28. Devontae Booker
29. Jalen Richard
30. Darren McFadden
31. Robert Turbin
32. DeAndre Washinton
33. Joe Banyard

Is Aaron Jones the new starter in Green Bay? Yes, as long as Ty Montgomery (flea market) remains sidelined. Once Monty returns from his broken ribs, expect to see Jones head to a full-time complementary role. Now, Jones’ performance might allow the Packers to keep Montgomery inactive for the next couple weeks, allowing him to fully recover. That would make Jones a fringe top-10 RB every time Montgomery sits. But after that, with the way Green Bay tends to use only one RB, Jones might be nothing more than a high-end handcuff…

We made it an entire week without any substantial running back injuries. HUZZAH!!!!!! Unfortunately, that leaves relatively few new names to add on the waiver wire. Marlon Mack likely will generate the most buzz after rushing for 91 yards and one touchdown in the Colts’ OT win over the 49ers. Seems like a no-brainer, right? WRONG, WRONG!!! This is Chuck Pagano we’re talking about, man. You know he’ll stick with Gore as long as humanly possible. It was encouraging to see Mack in the field toward the end of the game and during overtime, as it was to see him visibly look the best of all the Colts’ RBs, but the overall splits have committee written all over it. Frank Gore (39) led in snaps, followed by Robert Turbin (21), then Mack (17). Obviously, Mack can earn a larger piece of the market share pie, more so if he averages more than 10 yards per carry each week — something he will not do, no matter how much Mark Morrison hypes him up. With a defense as lousy as the Colts’, and Andrew Luck appearing like he’ll sit another few weeks, expect Indy to trail in a lot in games. Why is this important? Well, Mack wasn’t much of a factor in the passing game whatsoever with only one target, compared to Gore’s seven targets and Turbin’s two. Is Mack worth an add? Yes. Pick him up if you need the RB help and see if he can take control of this backfield. Don’t set unreasonable expectations for him, though. He’s a bench player right now. Nothing more. …

With Matt Forte (toe) missing his second consecutive game and Bilal Powell exiting Sunday with a calf injury, there’s an outside chance Elijah McGuire might get the entire Jets backfield to himself next week against the Patriots — the league’s most non-triumphant defense. OK, I suppose Travaris Cadet would be active should that be the case. Don’t sweat that, though: Cadet was active Sunday and didn’t see the field even Powell got hurt. There’s probably a greater chance that at least one of Forte and Powell will be fine for Week 6, but we likely won’t know until mid-week, after waivers pass. McGuire isn’t worth a high waiver priority or a bunch of FAAB, but he is a player whom you can procure off the waiver wire, for almost nothing, and could become a must-start if certain circumstances break his way. If not, no big deal, and you send him back from whence he came. …

Alvin Kamara and the Saints are back from their bye week, and he remains unowned in a shocking amount of leagues. Sure, there are rumors Adrian Peterson finally will get more reps (don’t buy that for a minute), and that awful Mark Ingram could take over this backfield (never going to happen), but Kamara is the RB you want in the Bayou. Expect him to be inconsistent but a quality RB2/FLEX in PPR formats (FLEX in standard), with the ability to grab hold of a larger role in this offense. …

If you play in a PPR league, you can start Andre Ellington every week. That simple. Double-digit targets the last two weeks for the Cardinals has resulted in nine receptions in each game. Those are just free points. Imagine if Ellington ever scores a TD or breaks a big one? His floor is higher than mid-30s Robert Downey Jr. Who’s not playing this guy?. UPDATE: Arizona has traded for Adrian Peterson. They’ll try and give him the bulk of the work until they realize AP is more washed up than Chris Johnson (Chris Johnson was cut). Could vulture some scores, though. Frankly, if you’ve been holding AP all this time, shame on you, start using the spin machine to trade him as quickly as possible. Also, this changes my feeling towards Alvin Kamara. While I still don’t think he’ll have an opportunity to grab the lead gig in New Orleans, the absence of Peterson opens up more solidified week-to-week touches, so I moved him ahead of Mack in the rankings. …

Paul Perkins sat with a rib injury, and Orleans Darkwa was forced from action with a calf issue, leaving Wayne Gallman the last rusher standing for the Giants. Yes, Shane Vereen is still there, but he’s not exactly a “rusher.” There’s a solid chance both injured parties will return next week to create a massive amount of confusion, but it’s hard to ignore how much better Gallman has looked opposed to the other two. It really hasn’t been close. Now 0-5, and sans OBJ, it’s time for the Giants to see what they have with Gallman. There’s no guarantee they’ll actually oblige, but he’s someone who can seize control of his team’s backfield rather easily if given an opportunity. That’s something that makes him a worthy add. …

Eddie Lacy reeked. So did Thomas Rawls. And JD McKissic barely played. The Seahawks enter their bye week with a significant backfield conundrum. Is the answer CJ Prosise? Maybe. And that’s better than I can say about the rest of these bums. He’ll go for almost no FAAB, and will be more valuable in PPR leagues, and — the best part — finally will be healthy. Prosise was close to action Sunday against the Rams before his ankle forced him out again. With another two weeks of rest, he’ll be as close to 100 percent as humanly possible when the Seahawks go cross-country to meet the Giants in Week 7. …

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan claimed Matt Breida out-snapping Carlos Hyde was due to riding the “hot hand” and had nothing to do with Hyde’s hip injury. Sure, Kyle. We all believe you. Hopefully, this nonsense doesn’t happen again.


Week 6 Waiver Wire: Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Devin Funchess
2. Will Fuller
3. John Brown
4. Cooper Kupp
5. Jermaine Kearse
6. Marqise Lee
7. Allen Hurns
8. Kendall Wright
9. Jaron Brown
10. J.J. Nelson
11. Paul Richardson
12. Mohamed Sanu
13. Ricardo Louis
14. Taylor Gabriel
15. Robby Anderson
16. Corey Davis
17. Mike Williams
18. Robert Woods
19. Roger Lewis
20. Kenny Stills
21. Cole Beasley
22. Adam Humphries
23. Nelson Agholor
24. Brandon Tate
25. Trent Taylor
26. Deonte Thompson
27. Bruce Ellington
28. Kenny Golladay
29. Brice Butler
30. Zay Jones
31. Terrance Williams
32. JuJu Smith-Schuster
33. Kasen Williams
34. Tyler Lockett
35. Phillip Dorsett
36. Josh Doctson
37. Justin Hardy
38. Benny Fowler
39. Geronimo Allison
40. Josh Bellamy
41. Rashard Higgins
42. Aldrick Robinson
43. Markus Wheaton

The Giants’ injury report – Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle), Sterling Shepard (ankle) — leaves me with one conclusion: They shouldn’t have played Allen Iverson in a game of one-on-one. Beckham broke his ankle, so he’s likely finished for the season. Marshall sprained his ankle — UPDATE: Marshall’s done for the year — but he’s old, so he probably will. Shepard suffered a similar injury, to the same ankle as he did in the preseason. Early reports already have him as “week-to-week,” so expect him to miss time as well. So, now the real question: Down his three top WRs, how did Eli Manning not get Evan Engram a single catch? It seems unfathomable. Going forward, I’d rather have Shepard over Marshall, although both should get ample opportunity once they return. Oh, did I mention Dwayne Harris fractured his foot and is done for the season, too? Because that happened. In the interim, that leaves us with Roger Lewis, and, as Hollywood Mike Clay points out, a trio of practice-squad wideouts: Travis Rudolph, Ed Eagan and Marquis Bundy. I couldn’t pick any of those three in a lineup of one. But let’s be serious — the chances of someone named Ed Eagan being good in the NFL are rather slim. Marquis Bundy, now that has promise. At least the promise of eventual Al Bundy GIFs, which seems well worth rooting for. The thing is, even if OBJ, Marshall and Shepard all sit next week, the Giants are in Denver, the black hole of receiver production. Lewis is the only add from this group, and frankly, not a very good one. …

DeVante Parker also injured his ankle, as it was the cool thing to do in Week 5, and was spotted leaving the stadium on crutches. Crutches? This is 2017: Scooters can handle problems now. I actually had no idea that injury scooters were a thing until this week when I spotted a child using one. Initially, I just assumed the kid was too lazy for a regular scooter. I quickly was filled in by my wife after making a snide comment. Never go a day without learning something. Early reports indicate Parker might be fine for Week 6 in Atlanta, but we probably won’t know until the Dolphins’ Friday practice. Jarvis Landry will be the only Miami WR you’ll be able to trust, and even his ceiling is capped in this pathetic offense. Kenny Stills theoretically should get a bump in opportunity, but again, this offense sucks. If you’re ran-out-of-booze-at-2am-and-there’s-nowhere-open-so-you-give-a-hard-look-at-the-alcohol-content-of-Listerine desperate, Jakeem Grant played some snaps after Parker left. Promise me you’re not this desperate. …

Tyler Boyd injured his knee against the Bills. He’s also up on drug charges … because of a vape pen. Not a good week for Boyd. The Bengals really could use Tyler Eifert and John Ross to quickly return. A.J. Green can’t do it all himself every week. With Cincinnati entering a bye week, there’s an outside chance we could see both of them back on the field in Week 7 in Pittsburgh. …

Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu both were dinged up before the Falcons’ bye week. Jones is expected back when Atlanta hosts Miami, but Sanu might need to sit another week. He’ll likely be limited at practice during the week, with the final decision being made Friday, but stashing Taylor Gabriel now, in case Sanu remains in street clothes, could be a prescient move in deeper leagues …

Chris Conley reportedly suffered a torn Achilles in the Chiefs’ Sunday Night Football win. If so, he’s done for the season. Obv …


Week 6 Waiver Wire: Tight End Rankings

1. Ryan Griffin
2. Cameron Brate
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
4. A.J. Derby
5. Zach Miller
6. Ben Watson
7. David Njoku
8. Ed Dickson
9. Hunter Henry
10. George Kittle
11. Austin Hooper
12. Jack Doyle
13. Vernon Davis
14. Coby Fleener
15. Eric Ebron
16. Daniel Fells
17. Antonio Gates
18. Vance McDonald
19. Seth DeValve
20. Tyler Kroft
21. Jermaine Gresham
22. Eleanor Higbee
23. Jesse James
24. Luke Willson

Charles Clay was carted off with a knee injury. He has a storied history of knee injuries, so it’s doubtful he’ll return any time soon. Bills backup TE — and most common fake name given to cops on St. Patrick’s Day — Nick O’Leary also was banged up toward the end of the game. With Jordan Matthews (Thumb) out for another few weeks, Buffalo is down to Brandon Tate, Zay Jones and Andre Holmes in the receiving game. And Zay Jones can’t catch, so that’s problematic.

Travis Kelce entered concussion protocol Sunday night — TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!! Hopefully he won’t miss any time, but proactively preparing a Plan B might not be a stupid move. …

Keep streaming against the Browns and Giants until it stops working. I used this method last week and got TDs from Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Hunter Henry. This week, it’s time to dial up Ryan Griffin and A.J. Derby.

If Kevin Hogan starts at QB for the Browns against the Texans, David Njoku is a live option. Hogan has thrown 38 passes this season, and two have been TDs to Njoku. Certainly not a safe play, but there’s not much out here on the Week 6 waiver wire for TEs.


Week 6 Waiver Wire: Streaming Quarterbacks

1. Carson Palmer vs TB
2. Jacoby Brissett at TEN
3. Sam Bradford vs GB
4. Josh McCown vs NE
5. Kevin Hogan at HOU


Week 6 Waiver Wire: Streaming Defenses

1. WSH vs SF
2. LAR at JAX
3. PHI at CAR
4. ATL vs MIA
5. LAC at OAK


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