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Fantasy Football: Week 6 waiver wire

10.09.12 at 10:52 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 6 waiver wire. The bye weeks are in full swing, so it’€™s always a good idea to keep your bench strength at a maximum, and that’€™s what we are here for. Go to Rotobahn.com for full free agent rankings if you play in deeper leagues. We’€™ll be adding players all day as we continue to work through the Week 5 film.

QUARTERBACKS

Carson Palmer, Raiders

If he was dropped on his bye week, we suggest that you pick him up. He’€™s been playing pretty good football and the Raiders will be throwing a lot in 2012.

Christian Ponder, Vikings

He’€™s getting more love in the marketplace, but he’€™s still available in a lot of leagues and he makes a fine QB2 or matchup QB if you lack a strong No. 1 option.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

He stands tall in the pocket and gets it done with marginal personnel. The Dolphins have finally found their quarterback. Tannehill can be a solid backup for you in most formats.

Brandon Weeden, Browns

He was impressive again in Week 5. We like Weeden, as we said in preseason, and he is starting to show it on the field. He can be your QB2 in a deep league. Grab him if he’€™s available. The Browns have more offensive talent than they are given credit for.

RUNNING BACKS

Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers

This one is obvious, but he is still unowned in some Yahoo leagues … and after last week, he needs to be owned everywhere. He looked pretty darn good in his first action since knee surgery.

Alex Green, Packers

He’€™s our guy for those of you who go back with us. He may finally get his chance this week after filling in well for Cedric Benson in Week 5. It appears that Benson could be out long term, so pick up Green in any league where you need a starter for Week 6 and beyond. He has a chance to make a name for himself now. Green is a great fit for the Packers offense. Tons of upside here. Check out this article I wrote on Green last year before his season-ending injury.

David Wilson, Giants

He’€™s a potential star. His upside alone makes him a guy you should want on your roster. Is he going to be given a bigger role after last week’€™s touchdown run?

Brandon Bolden, Patriots

He looks really good toting the rock, and Ridley now has fumbled in consecutive games. That is a risky way to keep your job under Bill Belichick. Bolden is a guy to own, especially in deep formats and long term. This kid is not a fluke.

Kendall Hunter, 49ers

He’s flashed his talents the last few weeks with the 49ers holding big leads and we expect him to be a bigger factor as the weeks wear on. The big reason to own Hunter is that Frank Gore is oft-injured and Hunter would start in his absence. Hunter is a very good handcuff option.

Pierre Thomas, Saints

He is playing well right now and he makes solid flex or bye week replacement in medium to large leagues. Thomas is involved in the passing game too, so he has PPR appeal too.

James Starks, Packers

With Cedric Benson out for a significant time, there is a chasm at RB based on the snap distribution so far. If Alex Green fails or is still less than 100 percent, Starks could get back in there. We definitely prefer Green, but Starks is the next option. If you are in a deep format, he is worth rostering now.

William Powell, Cardinals

He missed last week with a concussion, but he should return for Week 6 and he might be Arizona’s starter going forward with both Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams out. Williams is done for the year and Wells won’€™t be back for two months at minimum.

LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals

With all the injuries in Arizona, Stephens-Howling could be a factor in bigger fantasy leagues. We’€™d add him in large 12-team leagues and bigger formats.

Jahvid Best, Lions

He could be a factor soon if he gets medical clearance. There is obvious risk with Best, but we’€™d nab him, especially in large PPR formats.

WIDE RECEIVERS

James Jones, Packers

This is insanely obvious, but make sure he is owned in your league as he is scoring in bunches right now and Greg Jennings could be out another week or more. Jones can help you in any format right now and he is available in 31 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Jeremy Kerley, Jets

He is going to get a lot of opportunities and he’€™ll be valuable once the Jets get to the easier part of their schedule. He may not be sexy, but he’€™ll be a useful option as we move through the bye weeks. He really showed us something making plays on the outside Monday night. He can help you in most formats.

Josh Gordon, Browns

Upside. That’€™s what we saw from Gordon in Week 5 as the rookie scored twice and kept his team in the game. In some ways, it is easy to argue against Gordon’€™s viability … it was just two plays, and he caught no other passes. On the big play, he got single coverage on a linebacker. Nevertheless, we knew he had talent and now he is making big plays on a team that sorely needs them. He is a guy to add if you have some roster space.

Robert Meachem, Chargers

We’€™re not sure that he’€™ll hold on to his job once Vincent Brown returns, but for now, Meachem seems back to being his dangerous self scoring twice against his old team in week five.

Sidney Rice, Seahawks

Rice has looked good the last few weeks but has not scored. He is healthy and that is the key thing. He should be owned in all but small leagues.

Golden Tate, Seahawks

Tate was a Week 4 dud after his Week 3 bust-out, but he came back strong in Week 5 and we like him as a flex option right now. We’€™d add him in all but small leagues.

Jonathan Baldwin, Chiefs

A QB change could be good news for Baldwin, who has been getting playing time but still is lost in the inept KC passing game. We’€™d keep him rostered in medium to large leagues due to his upside.

Brandon LaFell, Panthers

He has been disappointing for sure, but he is still locked in as Carolina’s No. 2. The Panthers get better matchups going forward and we expect LaFell to be an asset again. Pick him up in medium to large leagues and keep an eye on him in all formats.

Andrew Hawkins, Bengals

He’€™s still out there in some leagues and he can be a very useful player during the byes … and potentially all year if he keeps it up and stays healthy. He was heavily targeted last week but did not make the big play. He can still help you.

Andre Roberts, Cardinals

He keeps making plays and he should be owned everywhere. Nevertheless, he can be had in over half of Yahoo leagues.

Stephen Hill, Jets

Hill has some upside as a big-play threat and he should be from his hamstring soon. He’ll probably return in Week 6. With Santonio Holmes gone, there is a target vacuum in New York. Somebody has to catch the ball.

T.Y. Hilton, Colts

We just don’€™t trust Donnie Avery to stay healthy, and we love Hilton’€™s big-play ability. He’€™s a guy to own in big leagues.

Chris Givens, Rams

The injury to Danny Amendola could be what Givens needs to make a name for himself. He’€™s caught long balls the last two weeks. He is a guy to add in large formats.

Reuben Randle, Giants

In big leagues, Randle is a guy to add due to all the injuries in the Giants receiving corps. He has upside, too, due to his immense talent.

Vincent Brown, Chargers

He could be San Diego’s No. 1 receiver by the end of the year if he comes back healthy. He could return soon, so grab him in deep leagues as a stash player.

TIGHT ENDS

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals

He’€™s starting to come around as we thought he would. Get him now. He can start for you. Gresham is a major talent and teams just can’€™t afford to double team him because of A.J. Green. Get him if he’€™s still out there.

Heath Miller, Steelers

Again, Miller was involved though he was kept out of the zone for the first time all year. We are still encouraged by the way the Steelers are using him. Miller should be owned in most formats.

Scott Chandler, Bills

He’€™s still unowned in more than half of Yahoo leagues, so he belongs here. Chandler is a big part of the red zone offense in Buffalo and he is more active between the 20s than he was last year. Pick him up if you need a tight end.

Jared Cook, Titans

He’€™s unowned in a lot of leagues and he is just too talented to be on the waiver wire. If he was dropped and you need a TE, go get him.

Dustin Keller, Jets

If you play in a deep league and Keller is out there, we’€™d go get him. He could come back next week and he’€™d be the top option in his team’s passing game.

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