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Week 6 Waiver Wire Targets

Each week throughout the 2017 season PDW will be posting a list of those players worth targeting on your weekly waiver wire. These lists will be made up from PDW contributors as well as fantasy partner content. Please check back weekly for the hot pickups. 

This week’s Waiver Wire Targets courtesy of our friends at numberFire.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

Yahoo Ownership: 56%

With Ty Montgomery sidelined Sunday, it was Aaron Jones who emerged as the lead back for the Green Bay Packers. Jones finished with 125 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries against the Dallas Cowboys. Fellow rookie Jamaal Williams was just an afterthought, notching only one carry for one yard.

Jones’ performance was actually the best for a Packers running back this season — Montgomery never rushed for more than 54 yards in a game before he was injured.

Montgomery’s status for Week 6 and beyond is up in the air as he deals with broken ribs, making Jones a top add for this week. Jones’ next matchup isn’t ideal, though, as the Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings, but should Montgomery remained sidelined, the Packers play the New Orleans Saints in Week 7 before heading into a Week 8 bye.

Even if Montgomery returns next week, at a minumum, Jones has shown he’s one of the top handcuffs to own in fantasy football, but there’s a chance Jones could have earned a meaningful role going forward regarless of Montgomery’s health.

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Yahoo Ownership: 7%

Matt Breida is just about a must-add for Carlos Hyde owners. For the second week in a row, Hyde was in and out of the game with a hip injury, and Breida has continued to look impressive in limited work.

Against the Colts Sunday, he had 10 carries for 49 yards while adding 3 catches for another 22 yards. Meanwhile, Hyde had just 8 carries for 11 yards and 1 catch for 7 yards. Due to Hyde’s injury, Breida actually played more snaps than Hyde (35-33).

If Hyde — who’s been averaging more than 20 touches per game — is forced to the sideline because of his hip, Breida, an undrafted rookie out of Georgia Southern, has established himself as the clear guy backup to own in San Fran. Over the next three weeks, the Niners take a tour through the NFC East, playing the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles –in that order.

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

Yahoo Ownership: 63%

Through five weeks, Devin Funchess is the WR14 in both standard scoring and PPR leagues, yet he remains rather available.

Since Greg Olsen broke his foot in Week 2, Funchess has been successful in taking on a larger role in the Panthers’ passing game, and he stayed hot in Week 5, catching 7 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. He’s seen at least eight targets in each of the last three weeks is outpacing teammate Kelvin Benjamin in targets this season (35-25).

The upcoming schedule for Funchess is also promising — the Panthers face the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the next three weeks, three teams that rank inside the top-10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers.

Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets

Yahoo Ownership: 16%

Rookie running back Elijah McGuire may be in line for more playing time after Bilal Powell left Sunday’s game with a calf injury. With Powell sidelined, McGuire played the majority of snaps in the second half, but struggled to find much success against the Cleveland Browns. He finished with 11 carries for 20 yards and 2 receptions for 10 yards.

McGuire is just one week removed from a breakout performance against Jacksonville where he had 93 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown and 2 catches for 38 yards.

With Matt Forte still sidelined with a turf toe injury, McGuire would figure to pick up the majority of the carries in the Jets backfield if Powell missing any time moving forward. The Jets face the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, and Atlanta Falcons over the next three weeks.

Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets

Yahoo Ownership: 4%

Whether you’re streaming quarterbacks or just in a bye-week crunch, Josh McCown will be in a nice spot in Week 6. The New York Jets have won three in a row and are now set to host the New England Patriots, who have allowed a 300-yard passer in each of their first five games.

McCown and the Jets have outperformed expectations early in the season — they’re currently 3-2, with McCown completing more than 70 percent of his passes and accounting for 6 touchdowns (5 passing and 1 rushing). He does remain a turnover risk, though, since he has four interceptions and has lost two fumbles.

But for those who have Dak Prescott, Andy Dalton, Russell Wilson, or Tyrod Taylor on a bye, McCown makes for a great fill-in option.

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