Fantasy Football Week 6 Pickups

Week 5 brought down some critical fantasy components and week 6 brings long list of injuries and byes.  Without further delay, your picks for week 6 are served. 
Quarterback (QB)
- i's -
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (knee)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (shoulder)
- Byes -
Brandon Weeden, Dallas Cowboys
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- R's -
Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 57.8% of all ESPN leagues): Bradford recovered nicely in the past 2 weeks.  Sam has seen his stock struggle, but put up great numbers against a soft Saints Secondary.  If he's available in your league, pick him up as a bye-week sub or stash him as a respectable QB2 with upside potential. 
Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (currently owned in 1% of all ESPN leagues): Hoyer has strung together a couple of solid games now throwing for 544 yards, 4 scores, and a pick in the past 2 weeks.   He was just named the Texans' starting quarterback in week 5 and some nice matchups coming up.  He's available basically in all ESPN leagues, and should be a sneaky plug-and-play if you need a bye-week sub. 

Runningbacks (RB) / Wide Receiver (WR) / FLEX
- i's -
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (knee - torn ACL)
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills (hamstring)
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills (concussion)
Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens (ankle)
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (quad)
Marquis Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints (shoulder)
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys (foot)
Steve Smith Sr., WR, Baltimore Ravens (ribs)
O'Dell Beckham Jr. (hamtring)
Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants (hamstring)
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills (calf)
Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers (hamstring)
Nelson Aghalor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (ankle)
Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams (shoulder, questionable for week 6)
- Byes -
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys
LaTavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams
Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Brown, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- R's -
Charcandrick West / Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 0.3% / 23.5% of all ESPN leagues): with Charles' ACL tear confirmed, pick up one or both of these RB's immediately.  Charles will miss games, but there's been no timetable for his return.  While Knile Davis is next on the depth chart, it's Charcandrick West who got the bulk of the remaining carries against the Bears, seeing 8 total touches to Davis' 2.  We all know that Knile Davis is a bruising, downhill, power runner who can pound the rock at any time.  West is 5'10" and 205lbs, runs a 4.27-40, has great burst, can make defenders miss, break tackles, and catch the ball out of the backfield making him a ppr commodity as well.  West is still currently available in 99.7% of all ESPN leagues and has arguably the highest upside in the backfield.  The Chiefs have a soft schedule facing defenses that are mediocre at best, and have a bye in week 11.  Get West now.
Few defensive injuries deserve mentioning, but the loss of premier pass rusher & probowler DeMarcus Ware helps soften things up for opponents of the the Broncos defense, such as the Chiefs' run and screen game.  The likes of Danny Trevathan & Von Miller will need to step up and step in to fill the defensive void left by Ware.   
Antonio Andrews, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 22% of all ESPN leagues): Andrews, the undrafted practice squad player, is poised to take the lead back role after a slow start to the Titans' run game.  He has made full use of his opportinities, producing 115 yards and 2 scores on 23 total touches (4 catches) in the past 2 games.  He's still available in 78% of all leagues, so get him while the backfield picture is still murky and Andrews is still cheap.
Javorius "Buck" Allen / Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 1.5% / 15.6% of all ESPN leagues): If you have a crystal ball, you can predict who will fill in for Forsett during week 6.  Taliaferro is the seasoned veteran, but Allen has the higher upside.  To cloud the situation evem more, Kyle Juszczyk had 3 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown making him a possible ppr commodity, while Allen rushed 8 times for 58 yards & remained scoreless.  Either way, while Forsett's injury isn's a high ankle sprain, he could still be out a week or 2.  While you can basically roll the dice on who Forsett's replacement will be, Buck Allen will probably be your best bet.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 29% of all ESPN Leagues): With an aging, banged up Colston, there's a need for Snead among the young and inexperienced Saints wideouts.  So far, Snead has with 22 receptions for 381 yards, and has the highest reception-per-target rate among all Saints wideouts, and is averaging 17.3 yards per catch.  He's currently on pace for 1000 yards and a handful of scores.  Although he is an unproven rookie, he may find more passes thrown his way if he continues to reel in targets.  If teams start gameplanning for Brandin Cooks or stacking the box to stop the run, look for an increase in fantasy numbers.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 5.2% of all ESPN leagues): Chicago's top receiving options are top draft picks, athletic specimens, and excellent bench warmers.  With that said, Marquess Wilson has been on the receiving end of Cutler's throws.  The third year player is healthy and no longer living in the shadows of Marshall and Jeffery.  He's caught 12 passes for 185 yards and a score in the past 2 weeks.  With rookie first round pick Kevin White out for the season, Wilson will continue to get chances, looks, scores, and fantasy results as long as Jeffery and Royal are hurt.  At 6"4' and 200lbs, Wilson gives Cutler another big red zone target to throw to when Martellus Bennett is covered.
Chris Hogan, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues): Keep an eye on this backup wideout.  Like Marquess Wilson, Hogan has stepped up in the past 3 games to replace the oft injured Sammy Watkins.  Although Charles Clay has stepped up as a roleplayer and playmaker, the rookie quarterback still needs another receiving option when Clay and Harvin are covered.  While he only has 11 receptions for 137 yards in the last 3 weeks, he also has 2 scores.  If Sammy stays on the sidelines, look for Chris Hogan as a flier flex option or bye-week sub.

Tight End (TE)
- i's -
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (hip)
- Byes -
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams
- R's -
Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants (currently owned in 56.3% of all leagues): with Randle potentially out with a hamstring injury and Daniel Fells on IR, Donnell will see an increase in targets.  He has a great schedule coming up and a bye in week 11.  If he's available in your league and you haven't been pleased with your tight-end's performance, pick up Donnell as a bye-week sub, match-up play, or insurance policy.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 0.7% of all ESPN leagues): Zach Ertz has been off to a slow start and there's been a lack of pass catchers in Philly.  Seems like Coach Kelly has been looking to old, reliable Brent Celek.  Now in his 9th season with the Eagles, some would argue that Brent Celek is on his way out.  Looks like the seasoned veteran still has some gas in the tank though, catching 4 passes for 54 yards in the past 2 weeks.  However, 2 of those catches have been for touchdowns.  The Eagles face a New York Giants secondary that can be thrown on.  If you need a bye-week replacement, consider Celek.

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