Fantasy football Week 6 recap and top waiver wire picks

There were a lot of headlines in Week 6 of the fantasy football season but none bigger than the broken collarbone suffered by Aaron Rodgers.

Packers fans, relax? No, it’s time to worry. Unless Brett Hundley improves significantly, the Packers have no shot to make the playoffs after losing their leader.

RELATED: Fantasy football Week 7 rankings.

Though this season has seen its share of huge injuries affecting fantasy football, none can be bigger than the one suffered by Rodgers. Odell Beckham Jr. and Dalvin Cook each suffered injuries in successive weeks before Rodgers in Week 6. If your team was being carried by Rodgers, then you’re going to have a tougher time than Beckham and Cook owners. It’s why I advise on waiting on a quarterback during the draft, so that you can balance out your roster with quality at the running back and wide receiver positions.

Anyone who drafted Rodgers early missed out on a high quality running back or wide receiver that could come in handy right about now.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) lies on the ground after being hit by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

The other big headline from this week was the big week turned in by Adrian Peterson after being traded to the Cardinals. A lot of people thought he was washed up by now, and who could blame them? He was getting very few touches with the Saints. Peterson needs touches to flourish, and that’s just what he got with the Cardinals on Sunday. He rushed 26 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The Arizona offense looked rejuvenated with him in the backfield and I don’t see why his production would drop off.

Not only did his move to Arizona help his fantasy value, it helped the values of the running backs on the team he left. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara both had great days. Ingram rushed 25 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 36 yards. Kamara rushed 10 times for 75 yards and caught four passes for 12 yards.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) scores a touchdown in front of Detroit Lions free safety Glover Quin (27) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

The top performing running back in Week 6 was Melvin Gordon who rushed 25 times for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also caught nine passes for 67 yards and another score.

Le’Veon Bell had a great day as well, rushing 32 times for 179 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers handed the Chiefs their first loss of the season.

Also in the Steelers game, Antonio Brown led all receivers this week. He caught eight passes for 155 yards and a spectacular 51-yard score.

Larry Fitzgerald also had a big day as a wideout. He caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald, Peterson and Carson Palmer look like the best 30-plus-year-old triplets in the NFL. Palmer looked like a new man, throwing for 283 yards and three touchdowns.

Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals catches an 11 yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer #3 during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The best quarterback of the week was Kirk Cousins. He threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Cousins also rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown.

The signal caller that leads the league in touchdown passes is Deshaun Watson with 15. He had another great week, throwing for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Watson has tossed at least three touchdowns in each of the last three weeks. With Rodgers out for the rest of the season, is it that far fetched to think Watson could be the best fantasy QB the rest of the season?

Watson has been utilizing second-year player Will Fuller extremely efficiently. Fuller has five touchdowns in three games on just eight receptions.

Demaryius Thomas had a big day for the Broncos, catching 10 passes for 133 yards.

Both Lions receivers had productive days, and nearly identical stat lines. Golden Tate had seven receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. Marvin Jones had his best day of the season, catching six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones pulls in a one-handed touchdown reception overNew Orleans Saints cornerback Ken Crawley (20) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

In a game that totaled 90 points, the Saints vs. Lions, there were a few fantasy disappointments. Michael Thomas had just three catches for 11 yards for the Saints. Lions running back Ameer Abdullah had just 54 total yards.

The biggest disappointments of the week were Derek Carr, Jonathan Stewart, Sammy Watkins and Chris Hogan.

Carr returned from an injured back and didn’t inspire confidence in his owners. He threw for just 171 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Sitting Amari Cooper continues to be the right move as he caught five of Carr’s passes for just 28 yards.

Stewart had a dreadful Thursday night game, rushing eight times for minus-four yards. He’s one of the least reliable starting running backs in the league.

Watkins’ poor performances are becoming commonplace and he can’t be trusted until he strings a couple of good games together.

Hogan had been doing well, but he had just one catch for 19 yards this week. Before Week 6 he had five touchdowns in his previous four games.

Rob Gronkowski led the Patriots in receiving, catching six passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Another tight end that produced well was Evan Engram, who is the last good remaining target for Eli Manning. Engram caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Cameron Brate’s scoring streak continued in Week 6. He caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Zach Ertz was in danger of not having a good game this week as he caught just two passes on Thursday night. Both catches happened to be touchdowns.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins should have had two touchdown receptions, but apparently crossing the goal line with complete control of the ball isn’t a touchdown anymore. The officials ruled that Seferian-Jenkins lost control of the ball and didn’t regain it until he touched out of bounds on a play. The replay seemed to show him cross the goal line with control, but that’s just my opinion. He finished the game with eight catches, 46 yards, a touchdown and an unjustified fumble lost.

New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) is tackled by New England Patriots’ Malcolm Butler (21) and Duron Harmon (30) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. After further review the play was ruled a fumble into the end zone. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

On the defensive side, the Saints once again surprised me, scoring three times, making five sacks, forcing two fumbles and intercepting three passes. The Giants and Rams also had big weeks defensively.

Top waiver wire picks

Orleans Darkwa, RB, Giants: Darkwa had the best day of a Giants running back on Sunday night. He rushed 21 times for 117 yards.

Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots: He carried the ball more than 10 times for the first time this season.

C.J. Beathard, QB, 49ers: Only a streaming option, but could be a good one.

Josh McCown, QB, Jets: Another streaming option who does well against bad defenses.

Aldrick Robinson, WR, 49ers: 2 rec., 66 yards, TD. He caught a TD with the Niners new starting QB.

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Fantasy football Week 8 recap and waiver wire suggestions

Week 8 was a week of returns in a lot of ways.

First you had the return of Dez Bryant, who had his best game of the season after missing three contests, catching four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) and cornerback Nolan Carroll (22) defend as Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reaches up to catch a touchdown pass in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) and cornerback Nolan Carroll (22) defend as Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reaches up to catch a touchdown pass in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Then you had the return of Tyler Eifert to full strength. The Bengals tight end played in the London game a week after playing limited snaps and caught nine passes for 102 yards and scored.

Another returning tight end, Jordan Reed, caught 9 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown after recovering from a concussion.

There was also the return of Josh McCown to the Browns lineup, and if you’re needing to stream your quarterback, he may be a decent option. He threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns.

Donte Moncrief, who was gone for five games, came back from injury to gain 41 yards and score a touchdown. His preseason ranking was pretty high and it’s possible he’ll produce like he was expected to before the injury.

Indianapolis Colts' Donte Moncrief (10) makes a three-yard touchdown catch against Kansas City Chiefs' Steven Nelson during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indianapolis Colts’ Donte Moncrief (10) makes a three-yard touchdown catch against Kansas City Chiefs’ Steven Nelson during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Finally, you had the mutiple interception returns, including one 49-yarder for a touchdown, by the Broncos who topped all defenses in scoring this week. They also had four sacks.

Other top scorers were the triplets of Oakland. Derek Carr passed for a franchise record 513 yards and four scores. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree benefited mightily from Carr’s performance. Cooper had 12 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Crabtree had 8 catches for 108 yards.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) pulls in a 34-yard touchdown pass after getting past Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Chris Conte (23) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) pulls in a 34-yard touchdown pass after getting past Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Chris Conte (23) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

As far as running backs, the Jets backfield was pretty impressive. Matt Forte had 82 yards rushing and two touchdowns while Bilal Powell rushed for 76 yards and scored. Don’t expect both to be good every week. They were facing the Browns.

On Thursday, DeMarco Murray continued to show last season was a fluke as he rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Melvin Gordon is also proving that his scoreless rookie season was an anomaly. He rushed for 111 yards and caught four passes for an additional 44 yards. Despite not scoring, he has 10 touchdowns this year.

Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers fights off cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers fights off cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Theo Riddick seems to be in a perfect role for the Lions as he totaled 133 yards and caught a touchdown pass.

Devontae Booker had a nice start for the Broncos as he totaled 84 yards and scored.

Marcus Mariota stayed hot while Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers did what you’re used to them doing. Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski as usual while Rodgers even led the Packers in rushing with 60 yards.

Speaking of the Packers, they were hit with some surprise inactives as Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb were unable to play. Jordy Nelson benefited, catching four passes for 94 yards and a TD.

Other receivers with top performances were A.J. Green, Quincy Enunwa, J.J. Nelson, Allen Hurns and Jamison Crowder.

Some receiving duds were Mike Evans and Brandon Marshall. Both had great matchups but neither scored a TD or gained more than 68 yards.

Cleveland Browns' Joe Haden defends New York Jets' Brandon Marshall during the third quarter on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns lost the game 31-28. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)
Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden defends New York Jets’ Brandon Marshall during the third quarter on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns lost the game 31-28. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Sadly, it’s time to realize Russell Wilson is not a good fantasy quarterback when he’s got limited mobility. Don’t start him again until he proves he can be productive.

Mark Ingram ended the day with a negative score after being benched for fumbling. You’ll notice his backup on the waiver wire suggestions.

Waiver wire suggestions:

Quarterbacks

Josh McCown, Cleveland (341 yards, 2TDs)
Nick Foles, Kansas City (223, 2)

Running backs

Tim Hightower, New Orleans (27-102)
Rob Kelley, Washington (21-87, TD)
Charcandrick West, Kansas City (16-60)
Dion Lewis, New England

Wide receivers

J.J. Nelson, Arizona (8-79, 2TDs)
Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland (5-31, 2TDs)
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City (5-98, TD)