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Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 6

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Waiver Wire Gems Week 6

fantasy-football-waiver-wireThe six-week mark always had significance growing up. In school, that was always the first the first big measuring point, where the total grades were assessed and you pretty much knew where you stood. The same principle applies to football. This deep into the season, we have a pretty good idea of how good or bad our teams are.

Hopefully, yours is off to a good start. If not, it’s certainly not too late to turn it around and get your team back into contention. Because as fast as this six weeks as flown by, the end of the season is depressingly near.

Let’s take a look at some key waiver wire adds that you can add to your fantasy squad this week in the hopes of strengthening your team for a playoff run. I can’t help slow down that dreaded Week 16 clock, but hopefully, I can help you be playing for something and end the 2016 season with a bang.

Week 6 Byes: Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Marcus Mariota – Mariota hasn’t been the most consistent passer, but he was extremely efficient in week 5. Even though he only threw for 163 yards, Mariota ended up as the QB1 for the week due to four total touchdowns and a season-high 60 rushing yards. For Week 6, the Titans host a moribund Cleveland team. Consider Mariota the top streaming option for the week, but also worth rostering for the rest of the season.

Trevor Siemian – It’s a short week for Denver, but Siemian should be back under center for the Broncos as they host a reeling San Diego secondary. Due to that outstanding matchup, Siemian makes a very intriguing streaming option for the week. The only reason I’m not suggesting a more aggressive bid is because of the shoulder. He’s expected back, but it’s worth monitoring daily.

Brian Hoyer – I’m not sure when the magic will run out, but Hoyer has been a fantastic fantasy option off the bench. The talk in Chicago is that Hoyer has a real opportunity to usurp Jay Cutler’s job- and why not? Hoyer’s QB-rating is well north of 100, and he has yet to throw a pick. But they’re going to eventually come, so I’m not bidding too much to acquire his services. Hoyer does make a great start in Week 6, however, against a lousy Jacksonville pass defense.

Waiver Wire WK6 Team Pos. Own% FAAB
Sammie Coates
WR 39.8 0.33
Brandon LaFell
WR 3.1 0.18
Bobby Rainey
RB 4 0.18
Marcus Mariota
QB 32 0.15
Jeremy Kerley
WR 8.1 0.15
Jacquizz Rodgers
RB 24.8 0.13
Trevor Siemian
QB 12.2 0.1
Davante Adams
WR 9.7 0.1
Chris Hogan
WR 34.8 0.1
Cole Beasley
WR 40 0.1
James White
RB 38.5 0.08
Cameron Meredith
WR 1.5 0.08
Bilal Powell
RB 44.6 0.05
Brian Hoyer
QB 16.6 0.05
Matt Asiata
RB 15.4 0.05
James Starks
RB 23.7 0.04
Jesse James
TE 20.6 0.04
Devontae Booker
RB 21.1 0.03
Charles Clay
TE 13.8 0.03
Dion Lewis
RB 18.2 0.03
Vance McDonald
TE 3.2 0.03

-Ownership data based on ESPN public leagues

Running Backs

bobby-raineyBobby Rainey – Even if Rashad Jennings returns, Bobby Rainey should still see a significant role as the Giants’ change-of-pace runner and pass-catching specialist. Over the past two weeks, Rainey has rushed for 22 yards in each game, but what really stands out are the 13 receptions. Rainey is now playing the Shane Vereen role and should maintain that job for the remainder of the season. That gives him RB3/flex value in PPR leagues.

Jacquizz Rodgers – Quizz got the opportunity to be an every-down back on Monday Night Football to cap off Week 5. But with the Bucs on bye for this week, Doug Martin should be ready to return to the starting role in Week 7. The reason Rodgers is still a desirable add is because pass-catching specialist Charles Sims has been placed on IR, meaning Rodgers will take over that role behind Martin. Sims has been plenty capable of being an every-week option in PPR leagues, even as Tampa’s back-up. Now Rodgers will take over that role probably for the remainder of the season, giving him significant PPR value beginning in Week 7. View him as a potential weekly fantasy contributor, and bid accordingly.

James White – The Tom Brady effect paid immediate dividends for White, who played a season-high 38 snaps in Week 5 and also had a season-best rushing and receiving day. White’s 38 snaps were seven more than LeGarrette Blount, who is banged up. Whenever the Patriots decide to utilize a pass-heavy offense, White will play a big role and would be in-line for 12-15 PPR points. View White as worth an aggressive bid for a player that may only have 2-4 usable weeks left.

Bilal Powell – It was inevitable that Matt Forte wouldn’t be able to carry on with that early-season workload. Now the Jets duo have entered into a full-fledged committee, with Powell playing only seven less snaps than Forte over the past two weeks. Powell isn’t a great runner, but he can be an effective weapon as a receiver out of the backfield. He’s on the flex radar in PPR leagues

Wide Receivers

Sammie Coates – He’s still plagued by drops, but Coates’ big-play upside was showcased nicely in Week 5 as the second-year speedster finished the week as the No. 1 fantasy wideout with a breakout 6/139/2 game. Coates has played between 33-44 snaps in each game but has also made a deep reception in all five Pittsburgh games. He’s a true boom-or-bust option that is worth aggressively bidding on due to that elite upside. Coates and the Steelers have another great matchup in Week 6 facing a Dolphins secondary that has yielded the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts.

Brandon LaFell – Don’t overreact to the two garbage time touchdowns LaFell caught in Week 5, but instead notice that he’s commanding a lot of targets and playing time. LaFell has played 93% of the snaps for the Bengals and actually has logged more plays (317) than AJ Green (308.) Of course, LaFell has three games under 45 receiving yards, so there’s going to be some bad games, but Cincinnati’s schedule sets up favorably for the passing game and LaFell.

Jeremy Kerley – Kerley saw a whopping 13 targets last Thursday and hauled in a season-high eight balls for 102 yards. He’s playing a ton of snaps out of the slot- a position that tends to be the most productive in Chip Kelly’s passing attack. Kerley has exceeded 6 receptions in three of San Francisco’s five games and offers fairly significant weekly value as a WR2/3 in PPR leagues.

Davante Adams – The much-maligned Adams has done a pretty good job as the WR3 in Green Bay. Through Week 5, Adams is the WR48 and comes off of his best game of the season in a Sunday night win against the Giants. Teammate Randall Cobb took a hard shot near the end of that game, so if Cobb is forced to miss any time, Adams would be in for an expanded role. The Packers host Dallas on Sunday.

Tight Ends

Charles Clay

Charles Clay – 
Tight end is a tough position to fill off of waivers. Once you can get a solid weekly producer, you hold onto them. Clay hasn’t been a weekly option, but he has caught five balls in three of Buffalo’s past four contests. If you’re desperate for a Week 6 fill-in, Clay is worth a minimal bid.

Jesse James – The Outlaw has played a staggering 97.5% of snaps for the Steelers offense. He’s also caught three touchdowns on the season and ranks as the overall No. 9 tight end in fantasy, ahead of Jason Witten, Gary Barndige and other, higher-owned options. In Week 6, Pittsburgh travels to Miami to face a Dolphins defense that ranks 20th in the NFL against tight ends. James is a strong streaming option this week.

Vance McDonald – I really want no part of the San Francisco passing game right now. At this point, we don’t even know who the starting quarterback is. Still, McDonald is expected to return from his ailing hip and should be on the TE2 radar for Week 6.

Deep Sleeper Adds

  • Quarterbacks – Brock Osweiler, Alex Smith, Ryan Tannehill
  • Running Backs – Kenneth Dixon, DeAndre Washington, Josh Ferguson
  • Wide Receivers – Pierre Garçon, Anquan Boldin, Danny Amendola
  • Tight Ends – Ladarius Green, Jack Doyle, Lance Kendricks


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Jody Smith

Senior Writer Gridiron Experts. 2012 FantasyPros Most Accurate Fantasy Expert. Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. 26-year fantasy football veteran. Featured on NFL.com, Fantasypros, Football Diehards annual magazine, local AM sports radio, podcasts everywhere and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Once scored 4 touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School.

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