Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 6

We kick off Week 6 of fantasy football with a trade! That’s right, the New Orleans Saints have traded Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals, which should expect to start him right away after releasing Chris Johnson. This makes AP an obvious choice for a waiver wire grab, but who else is worth a look? Here are our fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 6. As usual, all owning percentages are taken from Yahoo! Fantasy Football.

RB — Aaron Jones (58% Owned)
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Jones has broken out for the Green Bay Packers in a big way with Ty Montgomery dealing with an injury. He came on for 13 carries, 49 yards and a score against the Chicago Bears, then he followed that up with 19 carries, 125 yards and a touchdown in the start against the Dallas Cowboys. He has earned himself more touches even when Montgomery comes back.

RB — Jerick McKinnon (12% Owned)
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When Dalvin Cook was lost for the season, everyone rushed to pickup Latavius Murray, who the Minnesota Vikings signed this offseason. However, Murray didn’t get much of a chance to win the job due to his ankle injury, and when he did play he looked like a shell of himself. So it’s not much of a shock that the quicker, shiftier McKinnon out shined Murray in their first action without Cook. He finished with 95 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown, plus six catches on six targets for 51 yards. McKinnon is a must own.

RB — Orleans Darkwa (3% Owned)
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Darkwa got the start against the Los Angeles Chargers — not Wayne Gallman — and looked like the better back while he was in. Unfortunately for Darkwa, as is with his whole career, an injury limited his playing time and it could hinder his value.

Darkwa ended the game with an impressive eight carries for 69 yards and a touchdown. Gallman played for most of the second half and looked good, so even when both are healthy it will be a committee. Be careful with him nursing a calf injury and going up against one of the best defenses in the league in the Denver Broncos this week.

RB — Adrian Peterson (42% Owned)
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Peterson has obviously not been given a full opportunity with the Saints, so it’s hard to take his 27 carries for 81 yards too seriously. Having said that, the Cardinals are dead last in both yards per game and yards per carry. Their blocking has been an issue so it’s not about to get any easier for AP. The potential here is almost impossible to ignore as long as you temper your expectations. He will get a nice volume of carries and be given every opportunity to contribute.

RB — Marlon Mack (7% Owned)
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Mack is the second option to Frank Gore, but as the season progresses the Indianapolis Colts could turn to the rookie who has shown flashes so far this season. He gashed the San Francisco 49ers for 91 yards on only nine carries and has two touchdowns on the season. Head coach Chuck Pagano said they will try to get Mack more involved in the offense moving forward after his impressive showing.

WR — Roger Lewis Jr. (2% Owned)
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To say the New York Giants wide receiver situation is dire would be the understatement of the year. They lost Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris for the season, and Sterling Shepard is week to week with an ankle injury of his own. It left the Giants in desperation mode with Lewis as literally their only option for most of the fourth quarter in Week 5. Eli Manning has to throw the ball to someone, and Lewis is the likely No. 1 guy on the outside from now on. Be careful this week with a tough matchup.

WR — Marvin Jones Jr. (53% Owned)
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Jones has yet to have a monster game, but he enters Week 6 coming off his season high in targets and yards and has a juicy matchup with the Saints. Matthew Stafford loves to spread the ball around, but Jones has been steady with six, five and eight targets the last three weeks. Something tells me Jones is ready for a bust out game.

WR — Tavarres King (0% Owned)
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As mentioned previously, the Giants are signing guys off the street to play wide receiver. King is familiar with the Giants offense after having played for Ben McAdoo in the 2016 season and going through training camp this year. His familiarity with the playbook will get him some targets.

King had a nice preseason in 2016 (seven receptions, 126 yards and three touchdowns) and had fans excited for his potential to break out like Victor Cruz. There was just too much talent in front of him in 2016 for him to see the field. Injuries held him back this year which led the Giants to cut him at the end of training camp. He now gets an opportunity to show what he can do.

TE — Ed Dickson (4% Owned)
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Dickson has always seemed like a guy that would become a good tight end when given the opportunity but never really panned out. His 175-yard outburst in Week 5 is more yards than four of his eight seasons in the league and more than doubled his previous career high in a game of 79. Take this performance with a grain of salt, but with Greg Olsen missing significant time Dickson is definitely worth stashing given the position’s struggles this year.

TE — George Kittle (1% Owned)
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Kittle exploded out of nowhere in Week 5 for seven catches (on nine targets), 83 yards and a touchdown. There aren’t many bodies to throw to in San Francisco, and a nice matchup with the Washington Redskins makes Kittle a streaming tight end option this week.

TE — Austin Seferian-Jenkins (28% Owned)
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Seferian-Jenkins took a while to get going, but has been solid over the previous three weeks. He has either led the team or been tied for the lead in targets in all three games and his Week 6 opponent — the New England Patriots — has given up the fourth most points to opposing tight ends. His six receptions were a season high last week and he finally got into the end zone.

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