We are halfway through the fantasy football regular season and if you have a losing record, it’s time to panic. While the right pickup on the Fantasy Football Week 6 waiver wire may help alleviate some of that stress, it is slim pickings on this week’s wire so you may need a miracle.
Unfortunately there is nobody on the wire this week that is going to turn your season around. However, there are a few options available if you need someone for this week’s bye week. A handful of injuries will open up some opportunities for new starters although none of these options are what I’d call a guaranteed home run.
Jamie Harper, Tennessee Titans – Javon Ringer is likely lost for the season which makes Harper Chris Johnson’s backup. The Titans can only have so much patience with Johnson before he loses his starting job to Harper. There is certainly nothing guaranteed here and if Johnson gets it together, Harper will be useless as a fantasy player to you. I just have a feeling that at some point Johnson’s starting job will be in jeopardy and if Harper can seize the moment, you could have yourselves a nice pickup just in time for the playoffs.
William Powell, Arizona Cardinals – Technically LaRod Stephens Howlings will be the starter when he returns but he is too small to handle a large load. Many are suspecting that Powell will wind up with the bulk of the carries, although I don’t know how effective he’ll be over the long haul. I think you can do better if you’re in a 10-team league but anyone in 12 and up may want to take a shot at Powell.
David Wilson, New York Giants – It’s funny because I actually had Wilson in my blog last week when I drafted it up but wound up editing him out before publishing. The Giants believe in him even with his mistakes and if Ahmad Bradshaw goes down again, I think Wilson not Andre Brown gets the load. Right now Wilson is nothing but a lottery ticket yet Ahmad Bradshaw’s history tells me that at some point Wilson will get his shot.
Alex Green, Green Bay Packers – Cedric Benson is hurt and is likely going to miss this week’s game. He looked great against the Colts and was a popular sleeper in the preseason before the Packers signed Benson. The word out of Green Bay is that Green will split time with James Starks so proceed with caution. Keep in mind that the Packers do play the Houston Texans so it is hardly the advantageous matchup that the Colts presented.
Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions – Best is a sneaky pickup this week and while I am not a believer, I thought it was important to mention him. A lot of experts are pushing Best as a savvy waiver wire pickup since he could be coming off injured reserve shortly. I am not buying. Even if he does come back, Best was never a consistent producer anyway. In 2010 when he played 15 games he only averaged 3.3 a carry. He’ll have a lot of hype if he does get clearance to return so proceed with caution.
Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers – Brown is my top prospect of the week and is probably the sneakiest pickup of the season. Brown is eligible to return as soon as next week and is expected to play a big part in the San Diego offense. He could instantly become a number one receiver and put up serious numbers in that offense. He is widely available and if you want to take a shot on a guy that won’t be available for a few weeks, Brown is your man.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns – Someone has to be the number one receiver in Cleveland right? Listen. It’s not happening for Greg Little and it’s time to start admitting that the hype last year was misguided. Was Gordon’s big day last week a mirage or the start of something big? Is Josh Gordon going to come in and set your lineup on fire? No, but he does have the potential to make for an intriguing flyer if you have room on your bench and need wide receiver help. Maybe, just maybe he can keep some of that momentum rolling in coming weeks.
Terrell Owens, Free Agent – Someone has to catch the ball in New York right? This one is pure speculation but Rex Ryan did not shut the door on the possibility of Owens getting a shot when asked at a press conference. Would it be a recipe for disaster? Yep. Would he make for an intriguing waiver wire pickup? In deeper leagues, why not? Update: Since publishing the Jets have denied any interest in Owens.