10 Oct Fantasy Football: Week 6 Waiver Wire Targets
By: Mike Stromme – @stromme_93
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The RB position is a lot like Guns N Roses frontman Axl Rose; a volatile, yet necessary cog in the machine that is your fantasy football team.
Here are a few guys that, hopefully, will help you through the November Rain.
Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals:
That’s right folks, he’s on the Cardinals now. The Arizona Cardinals acquired the battle-tested vet from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.
Throughout the preseason, Peterson boasted about not only his ability as a runner, but what he could bring in the passing game. Ever since the team lost Superstar RB David Johnson in Week 1, the Cardinals have been starved for a RB that can not only get it done in the passing game (through pass protection and receiving) but a man who can deliver between the tackles as well.
Mind you, we haven’t seen the real AP since 2015, but I think he can still deliver enough to be fantasy relevant in 2017. Peterson has a chip on his shoulder after being mis-cast as a backup in Arizona.
I expect to see something similar from Peterson to what another future Hall of Famer, Chris Johnson, did for Coach Bruce Arians in 2015. He’s a feature back with a pedigree with something to prove.
Snatch him up if he’s still around, he’s definitely worthy of flex/RB2 consideration.
Elijah McGuire, New York Jets:
Just a few weeks ago, this backfield was a rather crowded one; Matt Forte and Bilal Powell were monopolizing the carries in this backfield.
A few weeks later, and it appears as if both Powell and Forte will be questionable to start in Week 6, this makes Elijah “Don’t Call Me Lizzy” McGuire a must-start.
According to The New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta, McGuire is expected to get a “heavy workload” with Powell and Forte banged-up.
The rookie RB has been type-casted as a pass-catching back, but proved to be an underrated between-the-tackles runner at the NCAA level.
The Jets get the Patriots this week. While there’s a chance McGuire’s role could be limited due to a less-than-friendly game script, he could gash the Pats given the chance. The Patriots are currently giving up a WHOPPING 5.0 YPC to opposing ball carriers this season.
Expect big things from McGuire this week.
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts:
Last week was the first step of the Marlon Mack takeover in Indy.
In a juicy matchup last week versus the 49ers, Gore was limited to just 48 yards on 14 carries. Needless to say, the grizzled vet didn’t exactly get revenge on the team that let him go after the 2014 season.
While Gore didn’t do much on the ground, the man behind him on the depth chart certainly did. Rookie RB Marlon Mack, on the other hand, made the most of his opportunity. He finished his day with an uber-efficient line of 9-91-1.
To me, Frank Gore is (finally) starting to look his age, he’s averaging a mere 3.2 yards per attempt on the ground during his 13th season in the league. It’s clear that his 3,462 career touches are finally taking their toll.
Look for Mack to shoulder the load quite a bit more going forward. He’s worth more than a look in just about every format.