The Waiver Wire 10/13
Waiver wire targets for Week 6
Welcome to the Week 6 Waiver Wire. As I said this morning over at WEEI, it’s a bummer of a Tuesday because we had a major injury on Sunday. Nobody likes to see a great player like Jamaal Charles go down. That said, the injury does create opportunity if you can go out and land Charcandrick West or even Knile Davis.
I will be updating these players over the next few hours—adding players for those of you in deeper formats. I’ll also add a few defensive matchups for this week.
Sam Bradford, Eagles, 70 percent
Marcus Mariota, Titans, 69 percent
Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 72 percent
Jay Cutler, Bears, 32 percent
Once he gets Alshon Jeffery back, he's a potential weekly starter. Cutler getting close to 100 percent after missing some time with a hamstring injury. This is a good time to add Cutler in large formats. He's a streaming option in smaller leagues.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 25 percent
He's gotten it done for the most part this season and he finally had a big game in Week 5. His only poor effort was back in week 1. Bortles now has a good pair of receivers and a healthy Julius Thomas. He can keep up his current pace and that makes him a good add in all formats.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, 21 percent
It's coming together for Winston as a fantasy option. He gets Austin Seferian-Jenkins back soon and he should start making more plays with Mike Evans as they get better acquainted. Once the Buccaneers are hitting on all cylinders, Winston could be a weekly starter in bigger leagues. The fact that Tampa's backfield is really stepping up is also a big plus for Winston as both backs are good receivers too.
Derek Carr, Raiders, 46 percent
The youngster has a tough schedule over the next month or so, but he does have some good matchups down the stretch, starting in Week 10 at Detroit. The Raiders are on a bye this week and play the Chargers in Week 7.
Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings, 44 percent
This may be the time to add Bridgewater, as his receivers should all be healthy soon. He's found a new weapon in Stefon Diggs. The most important thing is that his schedule is pretty good the rest of the way and he has a ground game to work off of with Adrian Peterson.
Kirk Cousins, Washington, 9 percent
If you are using a rotation at quarterback, Cousins might be able to help you. He does have a lot of good matchups on his schedule, but he also has some matchups where he is not a viable option. Cousins gets DeSean Jackson this week or next and that will raise his ceiling. The one thing he lacks right now is a field-stretching presence.
EJ Manuel, Bills, 0 percent
He will start this week and perhaps longer due to Tyrod Taylor's MCL Injury. He's a risky play, but he does have good matchups in Weeks 7 and 8. Manuel is basically a poor man's Taylor. He'll hit some big plays and give you some foot points.
Brian Hoyer, Texans, 2 percent
He has a solid remaining schedule and I exepct him to keep the job, so he is worth an add in deeper formats and 2QB leagues.
Josh McCown, Browns, 7 percent
He was great last week but he has a matchup with the Broncos this week so if you add him, it should probably for a matchup down the line. Quite frankly, there are not that many good ones remaining on his schedule.
Karlos Williams, Bills, 72 percent
Chris Johnson, Cardinals, 70 percent
Ronnie Hillman, Broncos, 66 percent
Duke Johnson, Browns, 49 percent
He looks like he will settle into a role where he gets about 10 carries and 10 targets each week. That makes Johnson a player to own in all PPR leagues and all leagues with 12 or more teams regardless of scoring format. He's a natural football player and he's starting to make an impact now that he is fully healthy.
Charcandrick West, Chiefs, 12 percent
West has a chance to take the whole job in the Chiefs' backfield. If you just lost Charles, this is the player to target as his replacement. Knile Davis is the other option, but West, as I said in last week's expanded waiver wire, is the guy to own. West gives you a lot of the elements you get with Charles. He's multi-skilled and he's explosive. Rotobahn was one of the few outlets to do a scouting report on West when he came out of Abiliene Christian. He's a player with legitimate upside in both standard and PPR scoring. He won't be Charles, obviously, but he's a back who can excel in Andy Reid's offensive system, and he's the back to go after on all waiver wires this week, whether you owned Charles or not. Remember, West has been working behind Charles for over a year. He's ready to go. He knows the ground scheme and he's good in pass protection. That's why he jumped Davis on the depth chart before Charles went down.
Isaiah Crowell, Browns, 54 percent
He looked very good in Week 5 and he should hold onto his role as the primary early down back and main goal line option. Crowell is a RB2 or flex play when the matchup is good. He lacks big upside unless there is an injury to Johnson, but he has plenty of flex appeal.
Charles Sims, Buccaneers, 19 percent
As I said last week, Sims looks quicker than he did during his injury-plagued rookie season. While starter Doug Martin has looked outstanding and isn't going anywhere, Sims is forcing his way into more snaps. He racked up 136 total yards in Week 5 and he looks like a viable flex option in all PPR leagues.
Shane Vereen, Giants, 44 percent
Vereen is a player to own in PPR leagues. He seems to have earned a bigger role and they are targeting him often as a receiver and not just on dump offs and swing routes. The Giants lack talent at receiver and Vereen is one of the ways they are filling that void. He had a few down games before last week's breakout performance, but I like the way his schedule looks going forward. Go get him if you play in a PPR league.
Ryan Mathews, Eagles, 50 percent
He is looking good in Chip Kelly's scheme, making a lot of big plays on not a lot of touches. The Eagles have a nice schedule, so I like Mathews as a flex option in 12-team leagues. He's more of a bench or bye week option in smaller formats. He's obviously a great handcuff for those who own DeMarco Murray.
Thomas Rawls, Seahawks, 48 percent
Rawls isn't a guy who will have much stand alone value, but he has proven what he can do as Marshawn Lynch's replacement, and that makes him one of the better handcuff options you will find. Rawls should be a priority for those who own Lynch, but he is also a great 1-week option for everybody if Lynch can't play in Week 6 due to his lingering hamstring injury.
Knile Davis, Chiefs, 15 percent
Davis is a player to stash in all leagues if you are looking for an upside play at running back. West should get the first crack, but if he disappoints, Davis has a lot of ability. He's a big back who can score touchdowns and make plays in the passing game. The fact that West is ahead of him is a surprise to a lot of people I am sure.
David Johnson, Cardinals, 38 percent
He just keeps making plays. I'm not sure I would allow him to be on any waiver wire. He's a stash until his role is more predictable, but Johnson has made big plays in almost every game so far. Stash him if you can.
Darren McFadden, Cowboys, 35 percent
He looks like the heir apparent to Lance Dunbar, who is lost for the season. Dunbar had been catching all the passes out of the backfield, but that role, predictably, went to McFadden last week and I expect that to become a trend going forward. Add him if your league uses PPR scoring, but be aware of his Week 6 bye.
Matt Jones, Washington, 46 percent
He will be a little frustrating because he has been game flow dependent so far. Last week he was a good play because he scored, but the bigger news is that he seems to be out of Jay Gruden's dog house, where he'd been since his crucial fumble against the Giants in Week 3. Jones can help you if you need a back, especially in bigger standard non-PPR leagues.
Theo Riddick, Lions, 6 percent
He's a legit PPR option but who knows for how long. The Lions need to get their rookie, Ameer Abdullah, more involved, and at some point soon, development will be a priority. Still, for now, Riddick is catching 5 plus balls a week, so use him if you need him.
Zach Zenner, Lions, 0 percent
Zenner got some love last week after Abdullah was pulled for fumbling. If Abdullah keeps it up, Zenner could end up get a crack at the gig. He's a good hedge for Abdullah owners and a nice stash option in really deep leagues.
Antonio Andrews, Titans
.He's a flex option in deeper leagues because he is scoring touchdowns. His lobg term value is shaky with David Cobb returning in a few weeks
Christine Michael, Cowboys, 9 percent
He's a pure stash option, but one with some real merit. The Cowboys are on the bye this week, so this is their chance to get Michael up to speed. We'll learn a lot about there plans in Week 7 and 8.
Martavis Bryant, Steelers, 82 percent
Travis Benjamin, Browns, 79 percent
Davante Adams, Packers, 69 percent
Allen Hurns, Jaguars, 56 percent
He's becoming a safe play and needs to be owned in all leagues right now. He gets a lot of single coverage against second tier corners and he's developing a strong connection with Bortles. He can be your WR3 right now in any league.
Willie Snead, Saints, 44 percent
He's coming off of his best game, as Snead is seeing a lot of targets and he's converting at a rate that will keep Drew Brees looking for him often. As teams concentrate on stopping Brandon Cooks, Brees is finding Snead often, and I expect this to continue all year long. Go get Snead in all leagues, but especially in one with PPR scoring.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles, 46 percent
He left last week's game in the first half with a shin injury, but he won't be out long if at all and he has a lot of upside if the Eagles continue to right the ship, and I think that they will.
Tavon Austin, Rams, 48 percent
They are using him as a receiver and as a rusher and I like what I am seeing as I told you a few weeks back. The presence and effectiveness of Todd Gurley only adds to Austin's upside. He should be owned in most leagues and certainly all 12-team leagues.
Doug Baldwin, Seahawks, 42 percent
He's a light WR3 or flex option, but he is giving you something each week and he's found the end zone twice so far this year. Baldwin can help you if you are in a bye week crunch in a 10-team league, and he can be your WR3 in 12-team PPR leagues.
Leonard Hankerson, Falcons, 56 percent
He's gotten ahead of Roddy White in the pecking order and that means a lot of weekly targets and because of Julio Jones, he will see nothing but single coverage. He missed parts of last week's game with a rib injury but he should be OK for this week.
Ty Montgomery, Packers, 10 percent
If Davante Adams cannot go this week, and it's possible that he won't, Montgomery is proving a viable fantasy option. It helps to play with Aaron Rodgers.
Brandon LaFell, Patriots, 29 percent
He could return as early as Week 7 and he is available in more leagues than he should be. He's probably owned at a higher rate in New England, but you never know. Scoop him up if he is there and you might have a weekly WR3 down the stretch.
Ted Ginn, Panthers, 33 percent
As I have been saying for a few weeks now, Ginn is playing some of the best football he's ever played. He's the top option for Cam Newton right now and he is worth a play as a WR3 in most leagues if you need an option.
Marvin Jones, Bengals, 36 percent
With the exception of Week 4, Jones has been active every week, and with Andy Dalton playing the best ball of his career, Jones should have flex appeal in big leagues going forward.
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks, 19 percent
He had a long bomb called back last week because he had a foot on the sideline. Lockett is a definite part of the offense and I am still stashing him in large formats.
Marquess Wilson, Bears, 7 percent
He's finally got some momentum after two straight strong games and I see no reason why he won't be running as a starter when Jeffery returns. Add Wilson as a WR4 option if you need some help. You never know, he could develop into a weekly play if he can stay healthy.
Antonio Gates, Chargers, 83 percent
Julius Thomas, Jaguars, 72 percent
Jordan Cameron, Dolphins, 68 percent
Gary Barnidge, Browns, 51 percent
He's got a score in three straight games and plenty of yardage to go with it. Go get Barnidge if you need a tight end or have a roster spot to play with. He's a huge part of Cleveland's passing game now.
Eric Ebron, Lions, 25 percent
He may miss one more game (knee bruise), so be careful if your need is immediate. I like Ebron as a TE1 the rest of the way, but that's once he gets healthy. The young tight end is one of the few positive stories in Detroit right now. That coaching staff needs to go.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buccaneers, 28 percent
He could return this week (shoulder) and he's a potential weekly starter if he is playing at 100 percent. Seferian-Jenkins has a ton of natural ability and he is an outstanding red zone weapon.
Richard Rodgers, Packers, 46 percent
He scratches out some points every week and he finds the end zone enough to make him a borderline TE1 in 12-team league. He can help you if you are struggling for an option.
Ladarius Green, Chargers, 30 percent
He was still involved, so you canhold him in really deep leagues, but Gates also made a big impact, so things are certainly crowded in San Diego. Green has added an element to the offense and he may be a viable Te2 in large formats. He's certainly worth rostering behind Gates if you can pull that off after the Chargers' Week 10 bye.
Derek Carrier, Washington, 3 percent
He may not be an option this week, but if Jordan Reed misses another game, as he seems likely to do, Carrier is a solid start in all leagues against the Jets next week. Bench Washington's receivers against the Jets, but play the tight end. That tight end is most likely going to be Carrier.
Jacob Tamme, Falcons, 1 percent
He may be coming on. He certainly did a lot last week and his team needs weapons in the passing game. We also know that Matt Ryan likes to use his tight end when possible. Add Tamme is large PPR leagues as a TE2 and see what happens.
New York Jets, 54 percent
They have a nice home matchup with a tunorver prone Washington offense. They can handle DeSean Jackson is he returns though that is no lock. The Jets also get stud DT Sheldon Richardson this week. They are coming off of their bye and are well rested not to mention healthy. Grab them if you can and use them every week.
Minnesota Vikings, 10 percent
I like the Vikings the rest of the way as a DEF1. They have a lot of good matchups left on their schedule and they can hang with tough offenses when you need them to. They have a nice matchup with the reeling Chiefs this week.
Cincinnati Bengals, 36 percent
They can be used on most weeks as I have said repeatedly. They also have a sweet matchup with EJ Manuel and the Bills this week.
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