Week 6 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

Week 6 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Another week, another quarterback down for the Cleveland Browns. For once in four weeks however, we can look back at the weekend of NFL games and talk about for the most part what happened, rather than who got injured. Other than GB RB Eddie Lacy‘s ankle injury ( Lacy said his ankle is “alright” following the Packers’ Week 5 win) the other significant injury to report from an offense is BALT WR Steve Smith, who  left Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with an ankle injury. He was later ruled out for the remainder of the game.

NFL injuries are inevitable, and fantasy football owners must roll with the punches and use the waiver wire to survive losses to their rosters and to improve them. Bye weeks can also create many roster problems for fantasy football owners, especially if they did not pay attention to them during the drafts and have many players from their team off on the same bye week.

Bye Week 6: Minnesota and Tampa Bay

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- A Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire recommendation for Week 5– Hoyer completed 33/43 passes for 397 yards and 2 TDs in Sunday’s Week 5 loss to INDY. Nice match up Week 5 vs JACK. ( Note: Bears coach John Fox said Brian Hoyer could keep the team’s starting job regardless of Jay Cutler’s (thumb) health.)

KC QB Alex Smith ( at OAK )- Although Capt. Deacon Dunk would not be a recommendation in almost any week, you may be in a deep league and have MINN QB Sam Bradford or TB QB J Winston on a “bye” in Week 5. Smith is only owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up.

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( vs SF )- The good news about Taylor, if you have to start him this week, is that he only has thrown 2 INTs this season, one of the fewest for any starting QB.  Owned in 62% of Yahoo leagues. ( San Francisco is 19th vs the pass)

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

 

CAR RB Jonathon Stewart ( at NO)- According to sources close to the Panther organization, RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) “appears set to return” this week against the Saints. ( Note: he has a ‘Bye” in Week 7)

NYG RB Bobby Rainey ( vs BALT)- In Week 5, Rainey racked up 74 total yards on 11 touches for New York, the most for any Giant’s running back. He is proving more versatile for the needs of QB Eli Manning, who is struggling. Tough match up. UPDATE: RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited in Wednesday’s practice and the MYG are facing TOUGH Ravens’ run defense.

BALT RB Terrance West ( vs NYG)- Unless HC J Harbaugh pulls a Bill Belichick, the Ravens might finally have settled on a running back. Terrance West rushed 21 times for 113 yards and a TD in Week 4 vs the Raiders. Owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues before Week 4, now owned in 78% of Yahoo leagues.

NE RB James White ( vs CINN)- I never like recommending any Pat’s RB pick up, because every week will be different. If you are in deep league however, RB Blount has a hip injury and White totaled 89 yards at Cleveland in Week 5.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi / Arain Foster ( vs PITT)- Ajayi had 13 carries for 42 yards and 1 TD for the Dolphins, by far the most for this crowded back field. So far, HC Gase is keeping his word about ending his former RBBC approach. UPDATE: Arian Foster (groin, hamstring) is expected to play Week 6 against the Steelers.

Foster is practicing again Wednesday after being limited in practice all last week.

deep deep leagues ARI RB Andre Ellington- With RB Chris Johnson (groin, injured reserve) is undergoing sports-hernia surgery, the 2nd RB duties should fall on Ellington.

GB RB James Starks ( vs DAL)- Dicier situation…..GB HC Mike McCarthy confirmed Monday that RB Eddie Lacy’s ankle injury is “not serious,” but didn’t commit to Lacy playing in Week 6 against the Cowboys. If Lacy cannot go, Starks will be in for a heavy load. UPDATE: Lacy was limited Wednesday while Starks was listed as DNP.

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

PITT WR Sammie Coates ( at MIA)-  Someone has to start getting receptions other than WR Antonio Brown, and the Steelers made a conscience effort to get Sammy ” I drop as many as I catch” Coates. He caught 6/11 targets for 139 yards and 2 TDs. Expect the effort to get him the ball to continue because WR Wheaton has been even a bigger disappointment.

CINN WR Brandon LaFell ( at NE)- Granted, most of his scoring ( 8-of-11 targets for 68 yards and two touchdowns ) came in trash time in Week 5 when the Bengals were already out of it, but Cincinnati has to get another wide out involved in their offense.

LAR WR Tavon Austin ( at DET)- A great match up coming in Week 6. Austion had 10 touches in Week 5 totaling 85 yards. Only 1 TD so far this year.

CHI WR Cameron Meredith- ( vs JACK )- Like Cleveland QBs, Chicago loses a wide reciever, and another steps in. WRs Kevin White is OUT and Eddie Royal injured again, so 6’3″Meredith ( 9-of-12 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown) will line up opposite WR Alshon Jeffery for the immediate future.

GB WR Davante Adams ( vs DAL)- No question the #3 option for QB A Rodgers. 5/8 targets for 85 yards and 1 TD in Week 5. Adams has 3 TDs in 2016, WR Cobb has none.

MINN WR Adam Thielen (Bye Week)- Consider him as a bye week replacement when he comes back in Week 7.

Other candidates-

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

SD  TE Hunter Henry ( at OAK)- –Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- Despite having TE Antonio Gates return to the starting line up, Henry now has 3 nice games in a row for the SD tight end, and likely a very good tight end for fantasy football owners moving forward. Only owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues.

CHI TE Zach Miller ( at IND )- Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- new QB Brian Hoyer is on the same page with his TE Miller, who caught 7/8 passes for 73 yards in Week 5 against the Colts. Only owned in 71% of Yahoo leagues.

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6 coming as the week progresses.

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Week 5 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

Week 5 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

It was a tough for injuries to NFL quarterbacks in Week 4 and for fantasy football owners. ARI QB Carson Palmer was escorted to the locker room after his head bounced off the turf late in the game vs the Rams. DEN QB Trevor Siemian suffered a left shoulder (non-throwing) injury in the 2nd qtr. CAR QB Cam Newton could miss Week 5 after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit on a 2pt conversion in the 4th qtr.

NFL injuries are inevitable, and fantasy football owners must roll with the punches and use the waiver wire to survive losses to their rosters and to improve them. Bye weeks can also create many roster problems for fantasy football owners, especially if they did not pay attention to them during the drafts and have many players from their team off on the same bye week.

First Bye Week is in Week 5: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans and Seattle

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

DAL QB Dak Prescott ( vs CINN )- Prescott completed 23/32 passes for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns against the 49ers in Week 4. He is currently the #17 QB in the NFL and only owned in 59% of Yahoo leagues.

PHIL QB Carson Wentz ( at DET)- Wentz had a bye week in Week, but proved more than capable in Week 3…completing 23/31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Only owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues. ( Detroit is currently #32 vs the pass….dead last!)

CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- Brian Hoyer completed 28/36 passes for 302 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTS in the Bears’ 17-14, Week 4 win over the Lions. Nice match up Week 5 vs the Colts. ( Note: Bears coach John Fox said Brian Hoyer could keep the team’s starting job regardless of Jay Cutler’s (thumb) health.)

deep leagues- ARI QB Drew Stanton (at SF)- The Cardinals travel to San Francisco for Thursday Night Football, and with QB Carson Palmer in the league’s mandatory concussion protocol, it’s fairly unlikely that he could play on Thursday.

deeper leagues CAR QB Derek Anderson ( vs TB)-  IF QB Cam Newton cannot participate in Week 5 due to the league’s mandatory concussion protocol, Anderson has a favorable match up in Week 5 and was impressive in his short duty in Week 4 ( 17/23…172 yards and 2 TDs). ( Cam has an extra long week to recover, with the Panthers playing on Monday Night Week 5.)

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

CHI RB Jordan Howard ( at IND)- Some fantasy football owners jumped on the Howard train in Week 4 waivers, while others wanted to see proof first. Still owned in 82% of Yahoo leagues. HC John Fox said Jordan Howard was “outstanding” and “we’ll ride him pretty good moving forward.”

BALT RB Terrance West ( vs WASH )- Unless HC J Harbaugh pulls a Bill Belichick, the Ravens might finally have settled on a running back. Terrance West rushed 21 times for 113 yards and a TD in Week 4 vs the Raiders. Only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs TENN)- Coach Adam Gase said using a four-running back committee the past two weeks was “some bad coaching by me,” and he plans to scrap it. Fantasy football owners agree!

NYJ RB Bilal Powell ( at PITT)- Powell rushed 4/26 yards and caught 6/9 targets for 54 yards in Week 4 in loss to the Seahawks. Powell has now touched the ball 10 times each in Weeks 3 and 4. Powell should be owned in all formats, especially with Forte reportedly carted to the X-rays room after the loss. Only owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues.

CAR RB Fozzy Whitaker  (vs TB)- Fozzy Whittaker caught 9/9 targets for 86 yards and rushed 3 times for 6 yards in Week 4. If QB Cam Newton ( concussion) cannot play in Week 5, the Panthers will likely lean on the rushing game. Whitaker is also the preferred receiving back for Carolina, an option QB Derek Anderson may also lean on.

deeper leagues PHIL RB Darren Sproles/ Wendall Smallwood ( at DET)- Prior to their Week 4 bye, Sproles led the Eagles in Week 4 in targets, catches and receiving yards. He caught all 6 of his targets for 126 yards. In Week 3, Smallwood had 79 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. He is a great speculative add in deeper leagues. ( RB Ryan Mathews was dealing with stiffness and swelling in the ankle he injured prior to training camp and came out of the game in Week 4 and never returned.)

deeper leagues ARI RB Andre Ellington- With RB Chris Johnson (groin, injured reserve) is undergoing sports-hernia surgery, the 2nd RB duties should fall on Ellington.

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

BALT WR Steve Smith (vs WASH)-  After a slow start, Steve Smith Sr. has 9+ targets in 3 of 4 games. In Week 4 Smith caught 8/11 targets for 111 yards and a TD. Only owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues.

SD WR Dontrelle Inman- ( at OAK)- Inman caught 7/11 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ Week 4 loss to the Saints. ( WR T Benjamin had a costly fumble in the 4th qtr which may have cost the Chargers the game and QB P Rivers trust)

DAL Terrance Williams/ and Brice Butler- Even before WR Dez Bryant’s injury, new QB Dak Prescott was passing the ball around to everyone, including WR Williams. Terrance Williams caught 4/6 targets for 44 yards and a TD in Week 4. Only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues.   Bruce Butler- Caught 5/9 targets for 41 yards and a TD in Week 4.

IND WR Philip Dorsett ( vs CHI)- Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- WR Donte Moncrief is expected to miss about another month with a broken shoulder blade. Although Dorsett only had one reception in Week 4, it was a 64-yard touchdown catch. Only owned in 53% of Yahoo leagues.

CLEV Terrelle Pryor (vs NE)- An integral part of the Cleveland offense, Pryor has a tough match up in week 5 however. Owned in 82% of Yahoo leagues.

Other candidates-

CHI WR  Eddie Royal ( at IND)- Royal has out-produced disappointing WR Kevin White all season so far, and now White needing an MRI on his injured ankle.

CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr ( vs TB)- WR Devin Funchess left the Week 4 game with a toe injury late in the 4th quarter & did not return. Toe injuries can linger, so Funchess should be considered highly questionable for Week 5.

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

PHIL TE Zach Ertz ( at DET)-  Ertz (ribs) had his MRI came back clear and he plans to play Week 5 against the Lions. Only owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues.

SD  TE Hunter Henry ( at OAK)- –Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- Two nice games in a row for the SD tight end, and likely a very good tight end for fantasy football owners moving forward. Henry caught 4/7 targets for 61 yards and 1 TD in Week 4 against the Saints. Only owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues, but this will drastically change this week. Get him while you can.

CHI TE Zach Miller ( at IND )- Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- new QB Brian Hoyer is on the same page with his TE Miller, who caught 3/3 targets for 31 yards and 1 TD in the Bears’ Week 4 win over the Lions. Only owned in 60% of Yahoo leagues.

TB TE Cameron Brate ( at CAR)- TE ASJ is gone (thankfully) and Brate finally gets the starting gig by himself. 18 targtes in thepast 2 weeks, and 2 TD receptions in Week 3. Tough match up however in Week 5.

GB TE Richard Rodgers ( vs NYG) – Before their Week 4 Bye, the Packers TE Jared Cook suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 3 against the Lions. In Week 3 Rodgers had 2 receptions for 9 yards and 1 TD. UPDATE: Jared Cook (ankle) will not play in Week 5 against the Giants.

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5 coming as the week progresses.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Another week of tough injuries for NFL teams and for fantasy football owners. CHI RB Jeremy Langford was carted off the field with a ankle injury and GB TE Jared Cook suffered an injury to his ankle as well in the Week 3 loss to the Cardinals. NYG RB RB Shane Vereen will miss the rest of the season. SEA QB Russell Wilson came into Week 3 with a banged up right ankle, and he suffered an additional sprained left knee. We’ll know more soon, but he’ll likely play again Week 4. NFL injuries are inevitable, and fantasy football owners must roll with the punches and use the waiver wire to survive losses to their rosters and to improve them.

First Bye Week is in Week 4: Green Bay & Philadelphia

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

DEN QB Trevor Siemian ( at Tampa Bay)- The new Denver quarterback is getting more comfortable every week, and has plenty of weapons. He completed 23/35 passes for 312 yards and 4 TDs in Week 3’s win over the Bengals. If you have PHIL QB Wentz or GB QB A Rodgers ( bye Week 4), this is a nice matchup.

DAL QB Dak Prescott ( at SF)- Prescott completed 19/24 passes for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns ( 1 pass/ 1 run) and the 49ers defense was exposed Week 3 by the Seahawks who had several injured players participating in this game. Only owned in 44% of Yahoo leagues.

NE Jimmy Garoppolo (vs BUFF)- Garroplo is “definitely making progress” and there is hope he can be ready for Week 4. More updates as the week progresses. ( QB Jacoby Brissett only suffered a sprained thumb but will not require surgery.)

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

SEA RB Christine Michael (at NYJ)- SEA HC Pete Carroll said RB Thomas Rawls (fibula) will miss multiple weeks. RB Christine Michael is officially the starter and a must own in all formats.

CHI RB Jordan Howard ( at DET)- RB Jeremy Langford was carted off the field Sunday night and spotted in a walking boot after the game. Howard is a must-add in all formats.

NYG RB Orleans Darkwa (vs MINN)- RB Shane Vereen will miss the rest of the season with a triceps injury, so RB Orleans Darkwa is a waiver wire pick up once again. He rushed 10 times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ Week 3. NOT an ideal match up Week 4 at Minnesota however.

TB RB Charles Sims ( vs DEN)- A very impressive day for Sims, who ran 13 times for 55 yards and a TD, plus catching 6/8 targets for 69 yards in Tampa’s Week 3 loss to the Rams. RB Doug Martin Martin is week to week with a bad hammy.

DET RBs Theo Riddick/ Dwayne Washington- RB Ameer Abdullah (injured reserve) is done for the year with a torn ligament in his foot.

CAR Fozzy Whitaker/ Cameron Artis-Payne ( at ATL) – CAR RB Jonathon Stewart is expected to miss at least a couple games. C. Artis-Payne had 13 touches to Fozzy Whitaker’s 10 touches Week 3, although Whitaker did have a 50+ TD called back on a holding penalty. Nicer match up Week 4.

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

SD WR Tyrell Williams- An Utter-Fantasy Week 2 Waiver Wire recommendation- LINK– before RB Danny Woodhead’s injury. Williams is a big receiver…6’4″ and 205 lbs. William 6/9 targets for 69 yards in Week 3. Still Only owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues.

IND WR Philip Dorsett ( vs JACK in London)- WR Donte Moncrief is OUT, so WR Phillip Dorsett caught 3/4 targets for 27 yards in the Colts’ Week 3 win over the Chargers. His days will get better as he acclimates to being the clear #2 WR in INDY.

CLEV Terrelle Pryor (at WASH)- This guy did it all in Week 3…Terrelle Pryor caught 8/14 targets for 144 yards in Cleveland’s Week 3 loss to Miami and had a featured role with QB Josh McCown and WR Corey Coleman sidelined. He rotated snaps with QB Cody Kessler at quarterback, rushing for 21 yards on four carries and completing 3/5 passes for 35 yards.

NYG WR Sterling Shepard (at MINN)- More fantasy football points than OBJ- 3 weeks in a row. Owned in 90% of Yahoo leagues.

Other candidates-

deep league option-TB WR Adam Humphries ( vs DEN)- Targets…..Week 1/ 5…..Week 2/ 8…..Week 3/ 12. It looks like QB J Winston has a weapon he prefers over WR V Jackson.

DAL WR Cole Beasley/ Terrance Williams ( at SF)- PPR deep league must own

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

NO TE Coby Fleener ( at SD)- Fleener caught 7/11 targets for 109 yards and 1 TD in Monday night game Week 3. QB D Brees was without WR W Snead and the Falcons shut down WR B Cooks, so Brees looked for Fleener. The connection should continue to grow. Nice match up Week 4 at San Diego.

CHI TE Zach Miller ( vs DET)- After totaling three catches for 35 yards on 12 combined targets Weeks 1 and 2, Miller caught 8/9 targets for 78 yards and 2 TDs in Week 3 against Dallas. Miller has been more involved since QB Brian Hoyer took over in QB Cutler’s absence and faces the Lions who cannot cover tight ends.

SD  TE Hunter Henry ( vs NO)- Henry caught 5/5 targets for 76 yards in the Chargers’ Week 3 loss to the Colts. TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) “wasn’t close” to suiting up against the Colts, and will likely miss another game.

SEA TE Jimmy Graham ( at NYJ) – It took awhile, but Graham might actually be fantasy football relevant again! Graham caught 6/9 targets for 100 yards and a TD in Week 3. Owned in 73% of Yahoo leagues.

 

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4 coming as the week progresses.