Fantasy Football: Week 6 waiver wire
|10.08.13 at 10:52 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 6 waiver wire. As always, these are strong pickup options in typical 10-team leagues. Obviously, they are even better options if they happen to be available in larger formats. The ownership rates have been obtained from Yahoo! and represents ownership rates in all its leagues. If you are looking for more obscure talent, you should head on over to Rotobahn.com, where we cater to those who play in larger leagues. I’ll be adding talent throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 5 games. I’ll be back on Friday with my starts and sits column and the Fantasy Football Podcast with Jim Hackett. If you need any last-minute lineup help, feel free to join our Sunday morning chat here at WEEI. It’s all sponsored by our friends at Mohegan Sun.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He’s still unowned in 41 percent of leagues, and he should be owned in almost all leagues. The new offense has allowed Cutler to post fantasy-viable numbers even in defeat. With Alshon Jeffery starting to establish himself, the Bears are becoming very hard to defend on the outside.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
He’s playing well and he’s over his recent concussion. You can still add him in 71 percent of leagues, and I’d be adding him if I needed more upside at quarterback. Pryor is getting it done with his arm and with his feet.
Sam Bradford, Rams
He’s not perfect, but he can post very good numbers when the matchup is right. Bradford has the 10th-most points in fantasy football among quarterbacks. He makes a nice QB2 for sure, especially if he has a nice matchup when your QB1 has his bye week.
Joe Flacco, Ravens
You can get him in 40 percent of leagues, and he has a home start against Green Bay this week. That’s a decent fantasy play if your starter is on the bye or if you were starting Michael Vick.
Nick Foles, Eagles
If you own Vick and all else fails, you can turn to Foles and get decent play. Foles looked up to the task last week when he filled in for the injured Vick, and that’s expected to continue in Week 6. In fact, if Foles plays well enough, he could steal the gig.
LeVeon Bell, Steelers
He’s still there for the taking in 21 percent of leagues. Pick him up on the off chance that he’s still available. Bell is a potential monster if he can stay healthy. I project him as a weekly starter in 10-team formats the rest of the season. No way should he be available anywhere.
Danny Woodhead, Chargers
He’s still available in 30 percent of leagues, and you should grab him if your league is one of them. Woody is playing good football, which should shock no one, but his role is growing to the point where he is the main back in San Diego. He’s a player to add for sure, especially in PPR.
Zac Stacy, Rams
You can still get him in 82 percent of leagues, and he should be the team’s starter from here on out. I’ve been pretty high on Stacy since before the draft. He’s an underrated talent with some diversity to his game. Go get him if you need some quality RB depth or if you were depending on Daryl Richardson.
Willis McGahee, Browns
He’s still on the wire in 53 percent of leagues, and he can help you a lot as an RB3. McGhee looked very good in Week 5, and things should only get better as he continues to learn the offense and get into better condition.
Andre Ellington, Cardinals
He’s available in 77 percent of leagues and he has the ability to take the job from starter Rashard Mendenhall. Ellington is flashing the kind of playmaking ability that made him one of my favorite backs in this year’s draft. Check out the footage in my original scouting report if you’ve never seen Ellington play before. He’s a unique talent.
Brandon Bolden, Patriots
If he wasn’t battling knee soreness, I would probably rank him higher. Bolden has really shown his value the last few weeks, and it’s his diverse skill set that is setting him apart from both Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount. Bolden is getting most of the snaps in passing situations, but he’s also very involved in the red zone. You can still land him in a whopping 88 percent of leagues. Bolden gets a slight value bump in PPR formats.
Alshon Jeffery, Bears
He’s still there for the taking in 33 percent of leagues. He can help you at receiver and be a weekly starter if he stays healthy. I don’t know how he’s still so widely available, but having a 33 percent percent chance of landing Jeffery is not bad. Look into his status in your league.
Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
We’ve been begging you to pick this guy up, and now you know why. This is your last chance. He’s still there in 39 percent of leagues, so you have a shot. Blackmon has top-shelf talent and can be a weekly starter for you.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals
He’s making plays every week, and eventually he’s going to start finding the end zone. He’s available in 41 percent of leagues, and you should add him if you have a bench spot to play with. Floyd has serious upside as the No. 2 weapon in the Cardinals offense.
Vincent Brown, Chargers
He’s starting to heat up, and you can still get him in 48 percent of leagues. Brown is a good talent in an emerging offense, and he has a little extra value in PPR formats.
Terrance Williams, Cowboys
He is really turning it on, and he may steal Miles Austin’s job soon if he hasn’t already. Williams still is available in 83 percent of leagues, and you should be adding him for his upside alone.
Leonard Hankerson, Redskins
He’s winning the battle opposite Pierre Garcon, and he may be on the verge of breaking out. He’s a nice add for depth if you need a receiver and none of my other targets are there. He can be had in 88 percent of leagues.
Keenan Allen, Chargers
With all the injuries, he is going to keep getting playing time, and he’s producing solid numbers right now. Allen is worth owning and is available in 95 percent of leagues.
Austin Pettis, Rams
You can’t argue with production, and Pettis has been consistently involved throughout the season. He clearly has the trust of starting quarterback Sam Bradford. You can get him in 89 percent of leagues.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
He should start picking up steam as a red zone option. You can get him in 42 percent of leagues, and he is past his bye week. Things are going to get better for the big man.
Coby Fleener, Colts
Fleener is available in 57 percent of leagues, and he’s a very nice matchup play. He’s coming off a quiet week, but I expect good numbers for the most part. The Colts are slowly getting the offense together, and with Dwayne Allen finished for the year, Fleener is going to have a major role.
Jordan Reed, Redskins
Reed is another rookie we really liked when we did our film work. He is healthy and past his bye week. I expect him to start getting hot again and to take the tight end job in Washington. He’ll be one of Robert Griffin’s primary weapons, and he’ll be a fantasy asset if he can stay healthy. Reed is available in 97 percent of leagues.
Charles Clay, Dolphins
You can get him 43 percent of leagues, and he’s producing solid numbers. Clay makes a very nice bye week replacement, but not this week as Clay is on the bye himself. He’s not a solution for Tony Gonzalez owners this week.
Heath Miller, Steelers
He’s available in 60 percent of leagues if you need some tight end help. Miller’s recovery from a serious knee injury has taken a long time, but he’s playing a good level now, and Ben Roethlisberger always looks for him. Miller can help you this week.
Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
He’s playing for a contract and he’s been more active the last few weeks. He’s available in 63 percent of leagues and he makes a very good bye week option if you need one.
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