Waiver Wire Pickups: 10/17/17

So week six of the NFL regular season is in the books.  If you’re not quite happy with the way your roster is shaking out, we have the top five players for you to target on your league’s waiver wire for week seven.


Orleans Darkwa, RB New York Giants (owned in 10%  of Yahoo and 4.3% of ESPN leagues):

Darkwa got the start in week six against the formidable Denver Broncos run defense and torched them for 117 yards on 21 carries.  With a renewed commitment to their running game due to a rash of injuries for their pass-catchers, the Giants should once again feed the ball to Darkwa in week seven. It may be tough sledding against the Seattle Seahawks, but the vaunted ‘Hawks D has been gashed at times this season on the ground, giving up 100 yards to DeMarco Murray and Carlos Hyde.  Expect 15+ carries for Orleans this week.

Mike Williams, WR Los Angeles Chargers (owned in 21% of Yahoo and 13.9% of ESPN leagues)

In his rookie debut this past week against the Oakland Raiders, Williams saw a limited number of snaps as he continues to recover from a back injury.  Against Oakland, Mike played only nine snaps and finished with one reception for 15 yards.  Expect his role to continue to grow as the season progresses, possibly taking over the #2 receiver duties by week 10, making him worth a bench spot on your roster.

Brett Hundley, QB Green Bay Packers (owned in 2% of Yahoo and 0.1% of ESPN leagues):

With Aaron Rodgers likely out for an extended period of time, the Packers will hand the offensive reigns over to their third-year passer.  As expected, Hundley looked middling in his first real playing action of his career in week six against the Minnesota Vikings, but he will get to play the New Orleans Saints this week, who just gave up 312 passing yards and three TD’s (albeit with three INT’s) to a gimpy Matt Stafford.  It would not be unexpected to see Hundley put up numbers similar to the Colts’ Jacoby Brissett the rest of the way.

Matt Forte, RB New York Jets (owned in 22% of Yahoo and 50.5% of ESPN leagues):

Expected to split snaps with rookie Elijah McGuire, Forte instead was on the field for over 58% of the Jets’ offensive plays, finishing with 22 rushing yards and 59 yards on eight receptions against the New England Patriots in week six.  Bilal Powell may be back in week seven against Miami, but if not, Forte is a solid add in PPR formats as he is a preferred check-down option for Jets’ QB Josh McCown.

Austin Hooper, TE Atlanta Falcons (owned in 50% of Yahoo and 37.9% of ESPN leagues):

With Mohammed Sanu missing the week six contest against the Miami Dolphins, Hooper was the clear number two target for the Falcons behind Julio Jones.  Hooper totaled seven catches for 48 yards against the ‘Fins, which led the team in number of receptions for the game.  If Sanu is out again in week seven,  Austin will be in the TE1 conversation, especially in PPR leagues.

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