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.
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.
Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6
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.