Waiver wire pick-ups week 6: The preferred read for people who need a little mid-season insurance
[adinserter block=”1″]It is crunch time as mid-season approaches. Most leagues have broken into three categories. You have the 2-3 teams who are going to make the playoffs, 3-5 teams who are fighting to stay alive and then maybe 2-4 teams who are already thinking about next season. For most teams the waiver wire means hitting a homerun just to stay alive. Make sure you choose wisely.
Philadelphia and Tampa Bay are on bye this week so I don’t suspect many people are going to be grazing for a QB. This might be the week to grab someone so you don’t have to worry in the future, but I will be honest I am not really impressed with the choices. In the event you do end up needing a QB here are a few to consider.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals– Palmer was supposed to be one of those late pick QB’s that could carry your team and not cost you a pick. Then he got hurt, which what happens to old people. Now that his broken hip has healed it looks like he is poised to be that strong fantasy player again. In week 6 he picked up right where he left off and he has options. The Cardinals are looking good this season and Palmer might be worthy of roster spot, until once again he falls and he can’t get up.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens– I said it a few weeks ago, Flacco is your “sure thing” if you need a starter the rest of the way. Last week’s 32pt effort is going to make a lot of people forget the 7pts performance from the week before. He does have weapons and the running game seems to be solid. I don’t think he is going to blow up every week but he has shown that he is a high scoring threat. I don’t think you can go wrong here.
Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos– Any offensive player that is starting for Denver should be on a roster. 100 yards on 24 carries in his first start for the injured Monte Ball, not too shabby. There isn’t much to say, it’s the Broncos. They are going to be in the redzone a lot which gives Hillman opportunity.
Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns- There is definitely some inconsistency and some risk here but the RB position just doesn’t have a lot to choose from. Ran for 77 yard and a score in the blowout against the Steelers. He has score double digits in 3/5 games even when Tate was on the field. I am starting to believe in the Browns, Crowell is a decent bet to fill a spot this week.
Antone Smith, Atlanta Falcons– Talk about a player that goes against everything I stand for. He has only rushed for 124 yards but has 2 touchdowns in 6 games. He also has 220 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns. Basically I am suggesting you risk a lot on the hot hand. He is feast or famine, but in PPR league you could easily argue he is worth the risk.
Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals– This guy has some frequent flyer miles on this list but I think this is the last time you will see him in coach. Already a threat going into week 6 he showed that he has starter potential holding his own as Dalton’s #1 target. Green is scheduled to miss one more week due to injury making Sanu a must start in all leagues. Even when Green comes back I think Sanu will still produce as long as the defense continues to focus on Bernard and the running game.
Brandon Lafell, New England Patriots– It appears that Rip Van Brady has finally woken up from his slumber and has the Patriots offense rolling again. Lafell has 11 catches for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns over the last 3 games. It appears that Brady likes getting him the ball and he should be getting plenty of chances with defenses focusing on a healthy Gronk. The injury to Ridley might encourage the Patriots to spend a little more time throwing the ball this week.
Andre Holmes, Oakland Raiders– It is still being said that he is #2 on the depth chart behind James Jones but Holmes has shown he has the ability to be #1. 9 catches for 195 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last 2 games should grab your attention. I always look for constancy and when I guy puts together a string of decent games I take notice. The Raiders are not good so they have to play from behind and score a lot of point to stay in the game. Their running game is non-existent so they have to throw. There has to be some value there.
Clay Harbor, Jacksonville Jaguars– Blake Bortles looks like he is a legit NFL QB which could bring Harbor into the spotlight. He had a good game last week racking up a 91 yards and a touchdown. The whole receiving core will continue to benefit with Bortles behind center. He is a good fill-in for you if you are looking to replace Graham or Ertz this week. He is a low risk pick that could really pay off going the rest of the way.
[adinserter block=”2″]Jace Amaro, New York Jets– Had what some are calling a break out week against the Broncos catching 10 passes for almost 100 yards and a touchdown. Looks like he is the clear #2 option behind Eric Decker which again provides him with ample opportunity to score points. Smith has struggled off and on this season and as I have said many times this year, TE’s provide some security for struggling QB’s. Look for him in short yardage situations and in the red zone.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins– In his first start since week #1 fantasy owners saw Reed be the player they hoped he would be when they drafted him. Of course he was dropped in a lot of leagues and I am sure there are owners who are now kicking themselves. 9 catches for over 90 yards in his first game back. It is only a matter of time before he finds the endzone. If he stays healthy he should be starting in all leagues at TE or a very high flex option.