By Jamal Murphy, OFN Chief Fantasy Analyst
Fantasy Waiver Wire Pick-ups (Week 6)
Week 5 brought us season-ending injuries, routine injuries and good ole fashioned breakout performances. Thus, there are a handful of key pick-ups on the waiver wire this week.
Here is a list of those worth targeting.
WR John Brown, Arizona Cardinals…Brown caught two passes for 26 yards at Philadelphia last week, but one of those receptions was for a touchdown and he was targeted by Carson Palmer seven times. Coming into the season, Brown was the clear WR2 in Arizona, but injuries allowed Jaron Brown and others to surpass him on the depth chart. However, he appears to be healthy now and received more targets than Jaron Brown in Week 5, so he becomes a viable pick-up for owners who are looking for help at wide receiver.
RB Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants…Last week, we told you to pick up Wayne Gallman and that worked out nicely. It turns out that Gallman’s backfield mate, Darkwa, is worth an add as well. Darkwa ran hard on Sunday – as he has whenever he’s been given the opportunity – to the tune of 69 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Gallman played more often because he is better in the passing game, but Darkwa showed enough to warrant continued playing time and an add in deeper leagues.
TE Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers…Many have been clamoring for Henry to become a bigger part of the Chargers’ offense, but Phillip Rivers and company have been reluctant to lessen Antonio Gates’s role. That seems to be changing, as Henry played quite a few more snaps than Gates last week and contributed three catches, 42 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. Henry also had a touchdown catch in Week 4, so the tide may be turning and fantasy owners should take notice.
TE Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams…A tight end even more under the radar is Higbee, who had four catches for 98 yards on a team-high tying eight targets. That’s coming off a Week 4 where he caught three passes for 47 yards on six targets. He seems to have passed Gerald Everett on the depth chart and in the Rams’ innovative and high-powered offense, expect Higbee to receive plenty of good looks.
WR Roger Lewis, New York Giants…This one is clearly more about injury and circumstance than performance. Lewis is literally the last man standing from the Giants’ wide receiver corps after season-ending injuries to Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, as well as an ankle injury suffered by Sterling Shepard that could force him to miss multiple weeks. Eli Manning will have to throw to someone and that someone is highly likely to be Lewis. The two connected on a 29-yard touchdown pass and catch in the third quarter on Sunday and Lewis had seven receptions coming into Week 5.
RB Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts…Mack stepped into must pick-up territory after Sunday’s nine carry, 91-yard, two touchdown performance versus the 49ers. The rookie fourth round pick out of South Florida looked explosive and complimented the powerful and sure-handed Frank Gore quite well. Well enough to expect Mack to become close to an equal partner in the Colts’ backfield moving forward, rather than just Gore’s backup.
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