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Fantasy Football -- Week 6 Waiver Wire


Fantasy Football -- Week 6 Waiver Wire

Here are the best Week 6 waiver wire pickups for NFL fantasy football.


Bye week: Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor 

Jacoby Brissett -- Not a great pool of options for those in need this week, but the Colts starter looks like the best bet. Indianapolis faces a Tennessee defense allowing the fourth-most points to fantasy quarterbacks and the most touchdown passes (tied with New England). Brissett put up solid points in recent games and he'll provide some help with his legs. Not bad for beggars can't be choosers scenario.

Case Keenum -- Shrugs. Pick Josh McCown at home against the Patriots or Brian Hoyer against a Redskins defense without Josh Norman if you want. Of these three, I'll lean Keenum because 1) He has the best receiving weapons with Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph and 2) the likelihood of having to play catch up or at least keep up against Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.

Be concerned: Eli Manning. Forget not starting. Manning probably shouldn't be on rosters anymore now that Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall are out for the season. There's simply not enough not upside for now. See where things are at in a few weeks when Sterling Shapard returns from his injury the Giants start using rookie tight end Evan Engram more on the outside. 

Running backs

Bye week:  Ezekiel Elliott, LeSean McCoy, Joe Mixon, Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy

Jerick McKinnon --

Marlon Mack -- Owners were told to grab Mack late in drafts because the Frank Gore ride will eventually derail and the rookie's all-around game made him the most likely replacement. There hasn't been a takeover, but Mack went for 91 yards and a touchdown on nine carries last week. Don't feel compelled to force Mack into your Week 6 lineup, but he's certainly worth a sign-and-stash.

Adrian Peterson -- The RB-needy Cardinals acquired Peterson from the Saints Tuesday. if available, he's worth a flyer simply based on opportunity. Arizona's backfield remains a mess following David Johnson's injury. The thing is, the offensive line isn't helping the cause which means Peterson won't have tons of help. Still, if he receives 12-18 touches per game, that's hope and that's worth taking a small risk if needed.

Be concerned: Isaiah Crowell has scored a total of 24 fantasy points this season. Seeing as Duke Johnson is making plays and the Browns don't exactly move the ball with ease, Crowell becomes a potential cut option for those aiming for a home run addition.

Others: Wayne Gallman, Elijah McGuire, Samaje Perine

Wide receivers

Bye week: A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Doug Baldwin, Cole Beasley

Will Fuller -- Don't hesitate. Grab the Texans speedster if he's available after scoring four touchdowns over the last two weeks. DeShaun Watson is cruising and going next level with Fuller now in the lineup after an early injury.

Marvin Jones -- This is a strickly Week 6 recommendation. The Lions and Saints should keep the Superdome scoreboard operators busy. New Orleans's secondary is certainly beatable. That's it, that's the call. Jones is fine generally and perhaps better than that in this potential shootout.

Others: Josh Doctson, Cooper Kupp, Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, Roger Lewis

Tight ends

Bye week: Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Charles Clay 

Evan Engram -- This call might not work for most leagues, but the rookie is a must-own following Sunday's injury nightmare. Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall are done for the season along with Dwayne Harris while Sterling Shepard is out a couple of weeks. The thing is, Eli Manning will still throw 30+ passes and somebody will be targeted on each. The best for lots of work among those not in the backfield is Engram, who has already flashed impressive skills early in his first season.

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins -- He helped needy owners out last week with 6-29-1 and now faces a Patriots defense allowing oodles of production to fantasy tight ends.

Others: Ryan Griffin, Zach Miller, David Njoku

Streamers:  Patriots (@ Jets), Redskins (vs. 49ers), Falcons (vs. Dolphins)

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Can Brandon Scherff do something that no Redskins O-lineman has done since 1991?

Can Brandon Scherff do something that no Redskins O-lineman has done since 1991?

Those who doubted the wisdom of the Redskins drafting a guard with the fifth overall pick in 2015 (yes, I was one of them) should be preparing to eat their words.

On draft day and during the two and a half years since then, there has been plenty of talk that the Redskins would regret taking Brandon Scherff, who played tackle in college but seemed destined to play guard in the NFL, so early. Not that anyone thought that Scherff would be a bad NFL player but given that they left DL Leonard Williams and edge rusher Vic Beasley on the board, he needed to develop into an All-Pro caliber guard to justify such a high pick.

Well, don’t look now but Scherff is making his way towards becoming one of the best guards in the game. Not just Pro Bowl good; he checked that box last year. Scherff could become the first Redskins position player to be named a first-team All-Pro since Darrell Green and Jim Lachey earned the honors in 1991.


Asked about Scherff’s play this year, Jay Gruden was effusive in his praise.

He’s reacting. He’s anticipating. He’s pulling. He’s pass-blocking. He’s run-blocking. He’s double teaming. He’s doing everything you want him to do out in screens, out in space. He’s the best guard out in space by far in this league. It’s fun to watch him.

You can listen to Gruden’s full comments on Scherff in the video above.

Gruden is not exactly an unbiased observer. But other, more neutral analysts also have been heaping praise on Scherff.

An article on Pro Football Focus said that Scherff had an “elite” game against the 49ers, not allowing any pass rush pressures and dominating as a run blocker.


Two other analysts clipped some plays from the 49ers game to illustrate just how well he was playing.

This one from Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network shows one play, the 49-yard screen pass to Chris Thompson on which Scherff threw a key block.

I’m not sure what the scouting credentials Brandon Thorn has but he did put together a nice collection of clips of Scherff making quality blocks both in space and in the interior vs. the 49ers.

Will Scherff earn All-Pro honors? That could depend on how well the team does. While the All-Pro teams are supposed to be individual honors, it’s tough for an offensive lineman to get many votes if he’s not on a winning team, especially one like Scherff who would be trying to break into the club for the first time.

But the Redskins are not really worried about All-Pro votes. If he keeps playing the way he’s playing and he gets no such consideration it will be fine with them.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Need to Know: Redskins to face Eagles’ clutch Carson Wentz, productive Zach Ertz

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Need to Know: Redskins to face Eagles’ clutch Carson Wentz, productive Zach Ertz

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 20, three days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday night football.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky news conferences, open locker room, after practice approx. 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 9
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 16
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 34

Injuries of note:
Not practicing
: OT Trent Williams (knee), OT Ty Nsekhe (core muscle)
Limited: CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle), OLB Ryan Anderson (back), S Stefan McClure (knee). OL Tyler Catalina (concussion protocol).
It was encouraging that Breeland and Norman practiced although Jay Gruden noted that they both took place only in individual drills. See the full injury report here.  

First look at Redskins vs Eagles

Number that pops out—LeGarrette Blount, who had a career average of 4.4 yards per carry coming into the year, is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, fourth in the NFL. Not bad for a guy who is supposed to be a lumbering power back. The key to stopping him is the same as it always has been, getting the north-south runner to go east-west. The Redskins did a solid job against him in Week 1, limiting him to a 3.3-yard average on his 14 carries.

The clutch gene?—Carson Wentz is the MVP favorite right now and the thing is that his stats are very good but not very impressive. He ranks 10th in net yards per attempt, 25th in completion percentage, eighth in yards per game, and seventh in passer rating. But he gets it done when it counts. Seven of his 16 touchdown passes have come on third down. His passer rating of 130 on third down is 10 points better than the second-best in that category, a guy named Tom Brady. As a result, the Eagles get first downs on 53 percent of their third-down passes, also best in the league.

Third down passing the key—The Redskins allow conversions on 35.7 percent of third-down passes, 16th in the NFL. If this game ends up with third downs near the Redskins’ season performance they will be in good shape. If the Eagles convert half of their third downs or more, the visitors will be in trouble.

Protecting Kirk Cousins—The Eagles have 14 sacks on the year. They got four against the Redskins in the season opener so they have 10 in their five games since. Their leading sacker is Brandon Graham, who has four on the season. Two of those came in the opener so he has two in the other five games. He will again be lined up against Morgan Moses, who had one of his worst games since becoming a starter against Philly. If Moses plays as well as he has since Week 1 Cousins could have time to have one of his usual big games against the Eagles.

Yes, Ertz is a pain— This is kind of hard to believe but Zach Ertz, who has been in the league since 2013, is third all-time in tight end receptions against the Redskins with 54. He’s behind only Jason Witten and Jackie Smith and ahead of Jeremy Shockey, Mark Bavaro, and Jay Novaeck. Ertz has played nine games against Washington; Witten has played 28 and Smith played 27. So if it seems like Ertz is always a thorn in the Redskins’ side, it’s because he is.

Potpourri: Wentz is the Eagles’ second-leading rusher with 133 yards on 32 carries . . . The Eagles have the third-best special teams DVOA in the league. On punt returns, they are averaging 16 yards per and giving up an average of 5.6 yards. That’s a lot of hidden field position.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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From the locker room

Josh Norman talking about how it felt when he put some stress on his broken rib during practice on Thursday.

Posted by Rich Tandler on Thursday, October 19, 2017

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