Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups
By Michael Visconti October 10th, 2016
The first big set of byes are behind us after 4 teams took off Week 5. The Vikings and the Buccaneers are set for bye in Week 6. Again we escape the week without any significant injuries. This simply means that a storm is coming. It is just a part of football. As a reminder do not spend all of your FAAB on a player that you don’t really need, especially a flier on a guy that may or may not work out. You may need some of that cash in case your team has an unexpected injury.
Like I said last week look ahead to the bye week matchups to try and take advantage of a need you may have at kicker or defense to cover you. There is no sense on waiting until the last minute considering that you will have to spend up to get the juicy matchup the week of.
Marcus Mariota TEN – Finally he started ato look a bit like the guy we thought was drafted 2nd overall in the 2015 draft. He has some favorable streamer matchups over the next few weeks.
Brian Hoyer CHI – Another great outing for Brian Hoyer. He came 3 yards short of 400! It is highly possible that even after Jay Cutler returns from injury that Hoyer keeps the job as starting QB.
Watch List – Paxton Lynch DEN, Tony Romo DAL, Colin Kaepernick SF, Josh McCown CLE
JacQuizz Rodgers TB – Doug Martin is due back after the Bucs Week 6 bye. Quizz might still see some work with Sims on the IR. For now, I would treat him as a handcuff to Doug Martin should he get hurt again.
Bobby Rainey NYG – Bobby has some PPR value after getting a big increase in snaps following Vereen’s injury. Not exciting but if you are desperate for an RB in PPR he can get you some points as a bye week fill in.
Kenneth Dixon BAL – Terrance West looked pretty good in the first half then the Ravens abandoned the run, then Marc Trestman got fired. I still like Ken Dixon as an intriguing stash. It may or may not work out, but he could be a difference maker if given the chance. He was extremely explosive in college and had a nose for the end zone.
Jalen Richard OAK – DeAndre Washington did not look like the best backup to Latavius Murray on Sunday. Jalen had a bit more of a burst and looked like he would take over should Latavius stay out (Murray is expected back this week). This is going to turn out to be a 3-headed monster in Oakland, but Jalen may have some PPR value. He caught 6 of 7 targets for 66 yards.
Watch List – Paul Perkins NYG, Shaun Draughn SF, Dion Lewis NE, Alfred Morris DAL, Devontae Booker DEN, Robb Kelley WAS, DJ Foster NE
Jeremy Kerley SF – Well we had him on the list for the last couple of weeks, but after back to back big games he may not be available in your league. Sadly, he is the best wide receiver in San Francisco.
Sammie Coates PIT – If he some how did not get scooped up last week be prepared to spend 60-75% of your FAAB on #14. He looked great and has Roethlisberger’s attention.
Cameron Meredith CHI – Meredith looked like a clumsier version of a young Brandon Marshall. He clearly has a connection with Hoyer and I have to believe that Alshon’s regular practice absence plays into that. In Week 5 Cameron hauled in 9 of his 12 targets for 130 yards and a TD. If Cutler comes back that will surely deflate Meredith’s numbers, but I don’t believe he gets the job back here.
Adam Thielen MIN – Well I must believe when Diggs returns he will not have as many targets, but Bradford is building a relationship with this guy. With the way he has been playing he will stay on the field even if Randy Moss returns to the Vikings.
Chris Hogan NE – I think Brady likes his new toy. Tom and Chris connected for 4 of 5 targets for 114 yards and hit on a long one. I think this is going to be an exciting duo for the rest of the year. As with any Patriot player the weeks will be spotty, but it’s clear that Hogan will have some really big games mixed in with some quiet ones.
Watch List – Cordarelle Patterson MIN, Nelson Agholor PHI, Chris Conley KC, Marquise Goodwin BUF, Jermaine Kearse SEA,
Ladarius Green PIT – Green said that he hopes to be able to play when he is eligible to return in Week 7. Longshot here, but if he can get on the field and stay healthy he would be amazing in this offense. He should be available now and is worth a 2-week stash to see if he makes it back.
Martellus Bennett NE – Well that was something. Did he get dropped when he turned in a couple of slow weeks along with Gronk’s return? Martellus will have a role in this offense along with Gronk especially with Brady back. His role will be spotty as everyone in New England’s is, but grab him if he’s there.
Watch List – Will Tye NYG, Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ, Richard Rodgers GB, CJ Fiedorwicz HOU