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Fantasy Football -- Week 6 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy Football -- Week 6 Waiver Wire

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

Quarterbacks

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

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

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If the Redskins lose Kirk Cousins, Sunday was an ugly look into QB abyss

If the Redskins lose Kirk Cousins, Sunday was an ugly look into QB abyss

For whatever reason, a vocal subset of Redskins fans do not want quarterback Kirk Cousins to return in 2018. That group got an ugly reality check on Sunday.

Cousins' performance was not particularly great (18 of 26 for 196 yards and two TDs), but on the other side of the football came an actually bad performance. 

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Blaine Gabbert threw the ball 41 times for the Cardinals, completing just 16 passes, and the Arizona offense did not score a single touchdown. In fact, with Gabbert at the helm, Arizona hasn't scored a TD in two weeks. 

The debate about Cousins no longer seems to be about his ability. It's clear he's an NFL starting caliber quarterback. That can't be argued.

The debate about Cousins comes from his value. He will undoubtedly be overpaid in the coming offseason, whether that's on a $34 million franchise tag or a lucrative long-term deal. 

Cousins is not the best passer in the NFL, but for a brief period of time, it seems likely he will be the highest paid passer in the NFL. 

That's not Cousins fault. Market economics dictate that; for those that are upset, take it up with 18th century author Adam Smith. 

Back to Gabbert.

Some Redskins fans suggest the team could get much of Cousins production at a fraction of the price if they went with a less costly QB option in 2018. That might be true, but it's also a significant gamble. 

Washington backup QB Colt McCoy is better than Gabbert, and would be a better option. Lots of QBs are better than Gabbert. The larger point goes to disprove the theory that there isn't risk in letting somebody like Cousins walk. 

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Names will pop up about potential replacements for Cousins, guys that would carry a much lesser price tag, Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor are two that pop to mind. 

Those options might be reasonable, but neither Dalton or Taylor are as good as Cousins. Look at the stats from the last three years, since Cousins was named starter. They just aren't.

And, if Cousins again chooses not to enter into long-term negotiations with the Redskins, the organization should look at drafting a passer. The team needs to look at its long-term future, that's only fair. 

The notion, however, that any QB out there could come in and help the Redskins needs to be dispelled. 

Gabbert disproved that by himself on Sunday.  

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The Redskins make the most out of their 'meaningless' mid-December game

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The Redskins make the most out of their 'meaningless' mid-December game

The Redskins got a win over a team with a quarterback who has no business being in the NFL. They had to sweat it out through four last-minute plays from the edge of the red zone. Washington also had to survive three bad special teams plays and a sluggish offensive performance.

The state of the team is such that the OK performance represented a major improvement for the Redskins. They had lost their previous two games by a combined score of 68-27, never having a lead in either game. Against the Cardinals, they took the lead on their second offensive play and never relinquished it.

This is where the Redskins are, after going through a horrid rash of injuries (Trent Williams and Zach Brown, perhaps their best players on each side of the ball, were out yesterday) and losing “coulda, shoulda” games against the Chiefs and Saints.

The Redskins got something more out of yesterday’s win. They found a couple of players who might be able to help them out in 2018. Among them are one player who has been around a while and another who just arrived in Ashburn a few weeks ago.

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The relative old timer is defensive end Anthony Lanier. He has been with the team since making the roster as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Lanier has spent more time on the inactive list and on injured reserve than he has playing. Going into yesterday’s game, he had three sacks, one pass defensed and no forced fumbles in 12 career games.

Against the Cardinals, Lanier had two sacks, he batted down three passes and forced a fumble. His first sack and the fumble were important because it set up the Redskins to take an early lead, something they needed after having been non-competitive in their last two games.

“Anthony Lanier showed up in a big way early,” said Jay Gruden. “Made a sack-fumble, had another sack and batted a couple more balls. It was great to hear Anthony Lanier’s name over the intercom a few times and see how far he has come along from a young rookie free agent. He is getting better and better. The sky is the limit for him.”

If you want to throw some cold water on Lanier’s performance, you can argue that the Cardinals had a weak offensive line before losing two starters in their previous game. Go right ahead. Still, it looks like Lanier, Matt Ioannidis, and a healthy Jonathan Allen could be the core of a solid defensive front next year.

You can’t say that the Cardinals’ defense is weak; going into the game they were No. 5 in the NFL according to Football Outsiders. It’s harder to dismiss the performance of running back Kapri Bibbs.

Unlike Lanier, who contributed throughout the game, most of Bibbs’ shining moments came in one drive. He has only been around for a few weeks, having signed to be on the practice squad on November 24 and getting elevated to the 53-man roster on December 12. All he had to do was learn the complex third-down back role, after injuries to Chris Thompson and Byron Marshall left the team scrambling.

Bibbs isn’t new to the league. He played in 13 games for the Broncos in 2015-2016 before they let him go. So he knows his way around a bit and that has helped him.  

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His big moment came early in the second quarter when he took a screen pass from Kirk Cousins, saw a lot of green grass and large men in burgundy jerseys, and dashed in for a touchdown to give the Redskins a 14-3 lead. At the time, it looked like the rout might be on. As it was, the score gave the Redskins enough of a working margin to hold the Cardinals at bay.

“Kapri [took] advantage of the opportunities that he got,” said Gruden. “He ran a great screen pass, weaved his way through traffic and got a touchdown. Drew another holding call on another screen pass, and had a couple of other catches for us that were quite significant. So happy for Kapri. Glad he got his opportunity and took advantage of it.”

Bibbs could stay around after this year. Thompson will be back from his broken fibula to reclaim the third-down job. But this year showed that it is worth considering keeping a backup to that position on the roster and Bibbs could be the ideal candidate.

So, the Redskins got a win that prevented a potential implosion, gave themselves a chance to finish at .500, and got good performances from two young players who can help them out in the future. For a mid-December game when the team has been eliminated from playoff consideration, that’s not a bad day.

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