Fantasy Football: Week 6 Waiver Wire
|10.11.11 at 3:48 pm ET|
Here are the big names on the week six waiver wire. As usual, we’ll be adding players all day at Rotobahn.com, and we’ll have more options for those of you who play in deeper leagues. We also have forums for those of you with burning questions, so please feel free to check us out and to submit a question.
Tim Tebow, QB, Broncos
If you read us, you know how much we like this kid for fantasy, and our reasons for this were on display Sunday. He’s got a ways to go. He doesn’t throw the ball like Cam Newton, but he will generate foot-points like Newton. He’s Cam-Lite. If you have a roster spot in any format, we’d add Tebow. If you have a need at QB, it’s an even easier decision. Denver has their bye in week six, and though coach Fox has yet to name Tebow the starter, it’s hard to see it breaking any other way after what we watched on Sunday.
Curtis Painter, QB, Colts
No way do they go back to Kerry Collins now. Reggie Wayne was right all along; Painter can play a little bit when he’s getting first-team reps all week. The Colts’ offense actually functions with him in there. Some days will be better than others, but he at least has potential. He can be a backup for you in deeper leagues and a bye week replacement in all leagues.
Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins
He stayed on a few waiver wires because he had his bust-out game as he headed into his bye week. He should start this week and he can start for you in any format. Is he a long term answer? Maybe, but he’s never stayed healthy for more than a few weeks at a time, so we’d roster Roy Helu along with him in larger formats. As much as we like what Torain can do, the guy gets hurt with stunning regularity.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers
Don’t get too excited about his performance unless you play in a large format. Dwyer is a talented back who has failed to find traction on the Steelers’ depth chart. Here’s what we had to say about Dwyer ten weeks ago…
“Popular theory on the best back to draft as a handcuff to Mendy leads us to Isaac Redman, but do not discount Jonathan Dwyer, whom we see as a better candidate to be a lead ball carrier, which is what they’d need if Mendenhall were to go down.”
So yeah, we like this guy as far as skill goes. The issue here is Mendenhall. If he is active along with Mewelde Moore, then Dwyer most likely goes back to being inactive. The way he gets in there is if Mendenhall is out. Basically, this backfield is now a mess. If we had to guess, in deep leagues, the best guy to roster behind Mendenhall is Dwyer. In smaller leagues, this is probably not a hancduff situation.
Delone Carter, RB, Colts
With Joe Addai down for a week or more, Carter should be a solid bet for production. He may end up sharing some with Donald Brown, but we expect Cater to maintain his goal line role. He’s a nice short term add with long term potential. Carter is worth a spot in all leagues right now.
Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
He’s for real, but he also had a long score on what was a freak play. Cruz is unlikely to maintain his current pace, but he is a decent flex option in bigger leagues and can be used for as long as he is playing this way. The guy makes plays.
Greg Little, WR, Browns
We’ve been harping on him a bit, but he is very skilled and now he is going to start, so the time to add him is now–if he is still available. We’d add him in all but ten-team leagues and maybe some of those too.
Kevin Walter, WR, Texans
He’s just a short term option until Andre Johnson gets back into the lineup. Walter is a decent WR3 until that time. You can use him in most formats.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
He’s producing and he makes a contribution every week. With Seattle settling into a decent groove, he is a solid guy to roster in medium to large leagues. Seattle has a lot of receivers, so he may or may not be able to maintain his level of use, but right now, he is a decent play.
Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
He sort of disappeared after his huge game and then he had his bye. We like his upside, so we’d scoop him up in most formats just in case he continues to produce against defenses that lack a Darrelle Revis. He has legit deep speed on a team that has been lusting for it.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals
We’ve been pimping him for a few weeks and this will be his last week here, but get him if you can. He is a top flight talent and Andy Dalton is proving to be a good enough quarterback to get his guys the ball. He’s a good option in any format.
Jared Cook, TE, Titans
If you are looking for a TE with big upside, this could be your guy. Cook is highly talented and in the wake of Kenny Britt’s season-ending injury, Cook’s targets are on the rise. He’s a reasonable play in any format and a must add in larger leagues if he’s there for some reason.
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