Week 6 Pickups: Adrian Peterson is for the birds

This week’s waiver wire is a great reminder that, if your roster needed help, it might have been better to make moves last week. Choices are limited if you didn’t stash, but, if your league is slow to adapt, perhaps you’ll find some of last week’s gems or this week’s leftovers available.

Though Latavius Murray handled the first few touches for the Vikings, it was Jerick McKinnon who seemed to take over as the game went on. His long touchdown may have cemented him as the go-to guy for the Vikings the rest of the year, but we’ll have to see if the trend sticks.

If you heard the chimes of ESPN app alerts this morning, you already know that the Saints traded Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals today. He is currently listed atop the depth chart as the Cardinals let Chris Johnson go in a corresponding move, but we will have to see if he looks any better in Arizona red than he did in the Saints black and gold. AP still hasn’t impressed, but he was buried in an offense that seemed unwilling to adapt for him in New Orleans. The offensive line in Arizona will do him no favors, but you’ll want to roster him if you want to see if he has a spark left.

Injuries have opened the door for Matt Breida of the 49ers and Elijah McGuire of the Jets this week. Breida is the better long-term add as he may have a role even when Carlos Hyde is fully healthy, but McGuire should see more work this week with Bilal Powell and Matt Forte likely out.

John Brown returned to the field for the Cardinals and immediately had an impact with seven targets and a score. He should be owned as long as he is healthy.

Atlanta’s Austin Hooper could see some of the targets that have been going Mohamed Sanu’s way with Sanu out, which makes him worthy of consideration in the immediate future.

And, speaking of the Falcons, their D/ST should be in for a big week against the Dolphins. COming off a bye, they may have been dropped and could get back their top sack generator in Vic Beasley.

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