Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 6 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.

Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck IND | QB

After the dust has settled through the first five weeks, the game’s most reliable signal callers, along with the next generation of elites, have become increasingly owned throughout all leagues. As a result, this has significantly thinned out the free agent pool at the quarterback position. With that said, quarterback-needy fantasy owners should embrace rollin’ the dice on a potential diamond in the rough…in the form of Andrew Luck. I understand that Luck’s immediate future is as murky as ever, with various reports indicating there’s no guarantee he sees the field in October. I’m not suggesting you should drop a proven commodity on your bench to grab the injured Colts star, but if you’re a Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, or Charles Clay owner with depth on the bench, Luck still offers one of the highest potential ceilings for the rest of the year. Whether it’s likely he reaches it or not, he absolutely still presents stash-value to owners who can afford it. (about 66% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Jerick McKinnon MIN | RB

After spelling Adrian Peterson in the Minnesota backfield for the past few seasons, Jerick McKinnon is no stranger to opportunity. He was a popular waiver wire addition after AP suffered a torn meniscus in Week 2 last season. Unfortunately, McKinnon struggled to find much running room behind a poor offensive line in the wake of Peterson’s injury and never panned out as a speculative add. After Monday Night’s performance against the Bears, the third-year back proved you can never judge a book by its cover. McKinnon displayed a big-time burst, evidenced by a 58-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave the Vikings a 17-9 lead. The former Sprayberry High School version of Kordell Stewart (he played qb, rb, and wr there) finished the evening with 95 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown, adding six receptions for 51 yards. With a much improved offensive line and a fluid quarterback situation, McKinnon will be given every opportunity to seize a prominent role within the Vikings offense. He’s the No. 1 waiver add of the week. (about 31% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Adrian Peterson ARI | RB

The Saints made headlines on Tuesday when they traded under-utilized Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals for a conditional draft pick. The stars were aligned for it to be the first time in NFL history that a pair of running backs who reached 2,000 rushing yards in a single season would be on the same roster together, as Peterson was set to join Chris Johnson in the Arizona backfield. However, that idea lasted only a few hours as the Cardinals decided to pull the plug on CJ2K, paving the way for Peterson to become the unquestioned feature back in the desert. Despite offensive line woes and an offense that is largely committed to the passing game, Peterson should be a serviceable upgrade over the likes of Kerwynn “popcorn” Williams and Andre Ellington. The future Hall of Famer is primed to return to fantasy relevance as a flex play for the foreseeable future. He’ll be a priority-add for fantasy owners entering Week 6. (about 42% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Aaron Jones GB | RB

When the Packers entered the season with converted wideout Ty Montgomery projected to carry the mail in the Green Bay backfield, skeptics more than fairly questioned his sustained durability. After Montgomery missed the Packers’ Week 5 tilt against the Cowboys, his absence opened the door for rookie Aaron Jones to do his thing. The 5th-round rookie out of UTEP impressed en route to 125 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. The rookie’s showing garnered some interesting comments from Mike McCarthy when asked about the running back usage in the weeks to come. The Packers Head Coach basically insinuated it could very well be more of a committee when Jones and Montgomery are both active. It would be wise for the Packers to err on the side of caution with Montgomery when he’s deemed healthy enough to return, as he’s likely to initially play with a flak jacket to mitigate the pain to his broken ribs. With Montgomery no guarantee to play in Week 6, Jones will be a legit RB2 and he should have flex appeal even when Montgomery returns to the lineup. (about 58% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Elijah McGuire NYJ | RB

Who would have guessed the Jets would be tied atop the AFC East at 3-2, while the Giants would be winless after the season’s first five weeks. The wins haven’t necessarily been pretty for Gang Green in the early-going, but they’ve been able to make plays in timely situations and have implemented a game manager moniker offensively. Bilal Powell joined Matt Forte in a banged-up backfield after aggravating his calf in the first half of Sunday’s win over the Browns. With Powell questionable at best for this Sunday’s matchup against the Patriots, the Jets could very well turn to the Louisiana rookie in a featured role against their division rivals. While McGuire turned in a pedestrian performance with 11 attempts for 20 yards, the Jets should deploy a game of keep away against Tom Brady and the Patriots this weekend, which would bode well for McGuire’s chances to receive an uptick in carries. He’ll be a solid flex option this week and should be owned until the Jets firmly announce their workload distribution plans at running back. (about 18% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Marlon Mack IND | RB

A deep sleeper in fantasy circles coming into the year, Marlon Mack finally made a case to warrant fantasy consideration after his Week 5 performance. During the Colts’ overtime win over the 49ers in Indianapolis on Sunday, the USF rookie ripped off 91 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Mack is especially enticing because incumbent starter Frank Gore could see his workload scaled back at any given point. While the thirteen-year veteran has proven to be mildly productive this season, Week 5 marked the second consecutive week that Gore failed to reach 50 yards on the ground or find the end zone. Head Coach Chuck Pagano heaped praise onto Mack’s performance from Sunday, which at the very least should be a testament to more of a timeshare in the Indianapolis backfield moving forward. Mack will be on the back-end of the flex radar for a favorable matchup against the Titans this week. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

John Brown ARI | WR

Talent has never been the issue for Cardinals receiver John Brown. The Pittsburg State product has battled through sickle-cell over the past few years which has limited his snap count over the past year or so. The fourth-year receiver was slowed by a quad injury earlier in the year, but he appeared to be healthy in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, reeling in two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown. Playing in an out-of-sync offense, there’s plenty of targets up for grabs for receivers not named Larry Fitzgerald. A guy who went over 1,000 receiving yards and recorded seven touchdowns just two years ago, if Brown can stay on the field, he could offer sneaky WR3/WR4 value. (about 37% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Mike Wallace BAL | WR

After a slow start to the season, veteran receiver Mike Wallace has turned it up a notch over the last two weeks. Week 5 was the second consecutive week that the former superstar posted double-digit fantasy points, solidifying himself as Joe Flacco’s go-to target in the Baltimore offense. With the Ravens desperate for consistent playmakers in the passing game, I fully expect Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to fit Wallace in the gameplan on a weekly basis going forward. The thirty-one year old will continue to operate as Baltimore’s deep-threat, with Jeremy Maclin being relied upon as more of the possession guy underneath. Wallace will offer WR4 upside in the weeks to come and has a decent matchup this weekend against a beatable Bears secondary at home. (about 34% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight Ends

Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ | TE

One of our recommended sleeper picks for Week 5, Austin Seferian-Jenkins delivered as predicted when corralling a Josh McCown fade pass in the end zone. The veteran tight end recorded six receptions for 29 yards to go alongside the touchdown and should continue to see some of the highest volume in the Jets invisible passing game. With McCown locked and loaded as a checkdown passer, Seferian-Jenkins should hold a relatively high floor at a thin tight end position and is creeping into the legitimate TE1 conversation. (about 29% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Atlanta Falcons ATL | DEF

After five weeks of football, it’s safe to say Jay Cutler shouldn’t have left his post at the Fox Sports broadcast booth. The veteran signal caller has been flat out atrocious in the early going and has been public enemy No. 1 for opposing fantasy defenses. After the Titans got decimated by Deshaun Watson and the Texans in Week 4, Cutler and the Dolphins offense was only able to muster nine points against the same Tennessee defense. This week Cutler and the ‘Fins have a road date with the reigning NFC Champion Falcons, who could conceivably get Vic Beasley back from a hamstring injury. Regardless of Beasley’s presence, Atlanta should maximize its speed defensively to go alongside an effective edge rush against a bottom-feeding Dolphins offensive line. Atlanta should be able to force multiple turnovers and projects to be a top-three unit on the week. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 6 streamer option