2017 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

Flex Replacements, Bye-Week Streamers, 7 Tight Ends to choose from, and a Kicker for NFL Week 6

Buffalo Bills
Cincinnati Bengals
Dallas Cowboys
Seattle Seahawks
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 60.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Kamara has had a relatively quiet season, but has scored a touchdown in both games before his bye week.  He's arguably a more dynamic player than Ingram and Peterson and his role has expanded week after week.  He should be picked up if he's on the wire, especially in PPR leagues because of his heavy involvement in the passing game.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 50.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Ellington did his part to generate offense, catching 9 passes for 65 yards and rushing once for a 2 yard loss.  Once again, he was the most consistent performer in the Cardinals backfield, and should be owned in all PPR leagues.  He'll face a Buccaneers defense that guards against the big play, and should have a big day if the Cardinals need to dink and dunk.  

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 26.9% of all ESPN leagues): 
McKinnon took 16 carries for 95 yards and a toouchdown and caught 6 passes for 51 yards.  The Vikings' receiving back is an immediate pickup in PPR leagues given how much Dalvin Cook was used in the passing game.  At the moment, it looks like McKinnon will be the lead back because he got 22 total touches to Murray's 14.  McKinnon's playing style fits the system makes him difficult to defend (there's no way to tell if he's rushing or receiving) and it fits the Vikings' system.  While his usage needs to be monitored before being picked up in some standard formats, he should be added in all leagues of 12 teams or more.  Next up is a juicy matchup against a soft Packers defense, and it's likely the Vikings will be chasing points.  
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 9.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The pickup of Charcandrick West on most waiver wires will depend on the health of Travis Kelce.  The Chiefs converted on a lot of third downs on Sunday night, and West's pass blocking was a big part of that.  With Kelce out, West could see the field as a receiving option or picking up blitzes.  That's not a knock on Hunt.  West is arguably a better pass blocker than Hunt and can catches passes out of the backfield like Hunt.  If Kelce is out, look for West to be on the field to do both in 3rd down situations.  Oh, West also caught 2 passes for 12 yards and 2 touchdowns.  
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 13.5% of all ESPN leagues):
This pickup was bound to happen, given the injury history of Forte and Powell.  McGuire carried the ball 11 times for 20 yards and added another 10 yards on 2 catches.  The Jets have found ways to move the ball on the ground, and the rookie McGuire isn't a bad back.  He ripped off a 69 yard touchdown run against Jacksonville, one of the best run defenses in the league.  He's worth picking up, especially for Powell and/or Forte owners.
Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 20.5% of all ESPN leagues): 
Injuries decimated the Giants' receiving corps.  With Marshall and Shepard dinged up, and OBJ done for the year, the targets will need to go somewhere.  Vereen is a proven receiving threat out of the backfield and should definitely be looked at in all leagues, given the Giants' depletion at the skill positions.  He caught 4 passes for 27 yards in a tough loss to the Chargers.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 53.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Funchess has 14 catches for 123 yards and 3 scores over the past 2 weeks.  With most defenses covering Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen still out, Funchess should be added in all leagues.  Next up is a matchup against an Eagles secondary that's looked leaky at times. 
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 56% of all ESPN leagues):
Fuller scores touchdowns.  It's just what he does.  He only has 6 catches for 92 yards in the 2 games he's been back, but 4 of those catches were for touchdowns.  He uses his blistering speed to get downfield, behind defenses, and his quarterback airs it out.  He did it at Notre Dame, and he did it against a tough Chiefs defense.  He should be able to do it again this week against a suspect Browns secondary, and should be picked up immediately in all leagues.
J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 36.2% of all ESPN leagues): 
Carson Palmer is slinging the rock and is on pace for over 70 passes of 20 yards or more this season.  This makes Nelson a hot commodity at a position that sustained losses this game.  He caught 4 passes for 80 yards and rushed once for 14 yards.  The speedster could have similar success against one of the worst secondaries in the league.  Buyer beware: Continue to monitor the health of the Bucs' defensive backs.  Their health could determine Nelson's viability to start.  Also, the Buccaneers' pass rush could make it a long day for Palmer if he's asked to stand in the pocket and wait for guys to get open.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 2.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Mystery surrounds the status of Jordy Nelson.  Although he stood on the sideline with his helmet on, he just wasn't on the field for the Packers' final drive.  His usage isn't too concerning since the Packers found success running the ball and wanted to keep their leaky secondary off the field against a Cowboys offense that can throw.  Allison is the next man up in 3 man sets with Adams and Cobb.  Continue to monitor the situation.  if Nelson appears on the Packers' injury report, Allison should be picked up as a weapon in a potent passing game.
Austin Stefarian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 33.5% of all ESPN leagues):
ASJ is a real receiving option in an offense that doesn't have many.  He caught 6 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.  He's averaged 5 catches in the last 3 games, making him a PPR commodity at least.  He'll face a Patriots defense that's given up 13 catches and 191 yards and 2 touchdowns to the position over the last 3 games.  
Darren Fells, TE, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Fells only caught 2 passes for 24 yards, but both of those passes were for touchdowns.  Although he's a boom or bust commodity at the moment, but he's definitely worth a look given his usage in the past 2 weeks.  He plays a position that lacks any type of fantasy depth and is available in virtually all leagues.  Ebron has suffered from a case of gametime drops, so the Lions have begun targeting Fells more consistently.  He could continue to emerge as another weapon in the Lions' passing game.  
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 1.1% of all ESPN leagues): Kittle dominated in targets at his position for the 49ers.  He caught 7 of 9 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in an overtime thriller against the Colts.  Hoyer loves throwing to his tight ends, and will look more and more to his 6'4", 247lb rookie receiving option as they continue to develop chemistry, especially when the Niners need to move the sticks.  He's worth a look in deep leagues.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 3.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Njoku is another deep league add.  He's a boom or bust player in a woeful Browns passing game who has quietly caught a touchdown in 3 of his last 4 games.  He's a situational starter who should only be placed in the lineup against favorable matchups.  He'll take on the Texans' stout passing defense, so he's a grab and stash this week.
Ed Dickson, TE, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 8.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Dickson, normally the blocking tight end, caught 5 passes for 175 yards against aa tough Lions defense.  With Cam Newton finally looking like Cam and slinging the rock, he might continue using the 6'4", 255lb weapon with most defenses trying to stop the Panthers' other outstanding offensive weapons first.  For now, he's a deep league add to stash, wait, and see.  With Greg Olsen not eligible to return until late November, Dickson could be the Panthers' next serviceable player at the position.  
Will Tye, TE, New York Giants (currently owned in 71% of all ESPN leagues): 
Every starter at every skill position is hurt for the Giants except for Tye.  If he is available in any league, he should be picked up immediately.  Eli simply does not have anyone else to throw to.  He'll have an especially tough matchup against the Broncos' no fly zone, but he should be grabbed and stashed in all leagues. 
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 9.9% of all ESPN leagues):
**The Cincinnati Bengals DO NOT PLAY in week 6.  They have a bye week** 
Kroft is essentially Tyler Eifert's handcuff.  Seeing as how Eifert has suffered with injury after injury, Kroft should be added in all leagues even though Eifert could come back at any time.  His stats indicate that he does have a fantasy-worthy role in Bill Lazor's offense, catching 10 passes for 106 yards in the past 2 games.  His starting status will obviously depend on Eifert's health, but he's worth a stash in all leagues.  
Case Keenum QB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 22.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Keenum should have a huge night against a suspect Green Bay secondary.  Yes, the Vikings will try to move the ball on the ground, but they'll probably find themselves chasing points at some point.  This means Keenum will need to air it out to fantasy stars Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph.  He's a decent streamer this week, but should be picked up in most leagues.  Bradford appeared to aggravate an old knee injury, so Keenum could be the starter for the foreseeable future if Bridgewater stays on the PUP list.  
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 38.2% of all ESPN leagues):
**The Cincinnati Bengals DO NOT PLAY in week 6.  They have a bye week** Even though Dalton has a bye week this week, he should be picked up and stashed in all leagues.  He struggled in the first 2 games of the season, but has put together some good work since Bill Lazor took over as offensive coordinator.  A.J. Green called for the ball, and caught 7 of Dalton's passes for 189 yards and a touchdown.  With safety valve Gio Bernard in the backfield, there's always a chance to dump it off.  Dalton has looked efficient and effective these last 3 weeks.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 13.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Brissett threw for 314 yards and a pick, but rushed for a score.  He's always a threat to use his legs, buy time, improvise with his wideouts, or rush for touchdowns, like he's done 3 times this season already.  If Jack Doyle is healthy enough to start, Brissett will have another receiving weapon in addition to Hilton and Moncrief.  He has a nice matchup this week against a soft Titans secondary.  
New England Patriots (currently owned in 49.2% of all ESPN leagues):
While the performance of the Pats' defense was underwhelming, it was a step in the right direction, if anything.  The return of Hightower to linebacker and movement of some defensive pieces resulted in a positive progression.  They held an otherwise explosive passing game to just field goals (which wound up being missed) on 3 separate occasions.  The New York Jets passing game averages nearly 100 yards less and only has half the receiving touchdowns of the Bucs.  With Forte and Powell both dinged up, the Pats have a fighting chance if their below-average Pats rush defense can stuff the Jets' rushing attack.
Washington Redskins (currently owned in 5% of all ESPN leagues):
Bad teams are bad for a reason.  This week, the above-average Redskins square off against the winless 49ers.  Washington can use their 7th-ranked ground game to chew up the clock and get their defense some rest.  Teams that travel from the west coast like the 49ers also struggle historically when traveling to east coast destinations like Washington.  
Houston Texans (currently owned in 81% of all ESPN leagues):
Owners may have dropped the Texans' defense in light of a season-ending injury to J.J. Watt and Mercilus out with a chest injury.  On the flip side, owners can still stream the Texans' defense at least for one more week.  They play a Browns team that has a quarterback quandary and a leaky defense.  Given the recent defensive injuries, the Texans may run the ball excessively to dominate time of possession and keep their defense off of the field.
Harrison Butker, K, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 10.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Given the Chiefs high-powered offense and all of their trips to the redzone, Butker gets a lot of chances to kick field goals.  He made the most of his opportunities Sunday night, kicking a perfect 5 for 5 field goals and 3 extra points.  

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