The pressure is on if you have a losing record after five weeks. The right pickup on the Fantasy Football Week 6 waiver wire may help alleviate some of that stress. Unfortunately it is slim pickings on this week’s wire so you may need a miracle if you are hoping to turn it around strictly through waivers.
We are also right at the start of the bye weeks. Even if you have a winner on your hands, if you have no depth, you could be in for a rude awakening over the next few weeks. So while there may not be many miracle workers available to turn seasons around, there are a few guys out there that could be a nice substitute while your stud is taking a well needed rest.
Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos – Speaking of miracles…Tim Tebow is back! I am a little bullish on Tebow than some because I don’t think Tebow lasts the entire season at quarterback. He’s just not that good! But what he is good at is delivering big fantasy points to his owners. If you need a quarterback I’d grab him and hope for that miracle. You saw what he did in a half of play against the San Diego Chargers. Keep in mind that the Broncos have a bye week this week so getting him could be tricky if you have other needs for this week’s bye week.
[adinserter block=”2″]Curtis Painter, Indianapolis Colts – Guess what? He really isn’t that bad. Don’t let the Colts record fool you, Painter is quietly becoming a nice little fantasy quarterback. He has something going with Pierre Garcon and has had two touchdowns in back to back games. I actually like him better than Tebow for stability. One thing that does scare me (and scares me with Garcon) is that the Colts are paying Kerry Collins a lot of money and Jim Caldwell already said that Collins is back when cleared. At this point I can’t see how they make that move but it is definitely something to think about when you are making a choice between Painter and Tebow this week.
Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers – Anyone who had the stats that Smith has right now and wasn’t named Alex Smith would not be available on your waiver wire this week. Alex Smith is having a damned good season and he is available in all of my leagues. In five games he has only had one hiccup and the team is looking better every week. If you are looking for the safe pickup this week at QB, Smith is the way to go.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks – Okay look, it pains me to write this but Lynch has been looking good the last couple of weeks. He has had a touchdown in each game and is running real hard when given the opportunity. He does get spelled by Justin Forsett but he is getting the job done. With a revitalized air attack in Seattle, he could even get more opportunities with defenses relaxing on the run in favor of the pass. He has a bye week this week but he could be a sneaky pickup if you are in need of a running back.
Jackie Battle, Kansas City Chiefs – I am not as hot on Battle as the so-called “experts” are but I wouldn’t be doing my job not to include him in the blog. Be aware that he does have a bye week this week so you can’t use him right away if you are desperate. He put up 119 yards Sunday but it was the Colts after all defense so take that for what it’s worth. I still need to see more but the potential is certainly there.
Delone Carter, Indianapolis Colts – Carter had a lot of sleeper hype coming into the season but hasn’t really lived up to any of it, thanks to a hard running Joseph Addai. Well Addai got hurt Sunday and Carter finally got his shot, and…well he didn’t do anything special. But, Addai has a hamstring injury and could miss a week or two so if you are absolutely desperate, Carter is available and has some nice upside. Unfortunately he has nice downside too thanks to splitting time with Donald Brown.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks – Excuse me if I hold off jumping on the Baldwin bandwagon, but his performance certainly should open some eyes. I think his value drops immensely once Mike Williams comes back, but he is turning into a nice option for Seattle quarterbacks when Williams and Sidney Rice are covered. There are better options in a ten team league, but in a deeper league you can do much worse than taking a shot with Baldwin.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders – I feel like Bey is a broken record. Every season he has one of those great games or two, sucks you in, and falls back into the fantasy wasteland. Well while that is true, his last two weeks certainly warrants at least a look on the waiver wire. The hope you have in picking him up is that defenses will worry more about stopping Run DMC than worrying about the pass. That is what happened in Houston, and that is what you hope happens going forward if you take a shot on the Raider. One big difference though in previous years, the Raiders offense is actually pretty darned good this season.
Jabar Gaffney, Washington Redskins – The Redskins are coming back from a bye this week and playing the same Philadelphia Eagles defense that has been sliced and diced all season. Gaffney and Rex Grossman have developed some really nice chemistry yet he still hasn’t found Gaffney in the end zone. I think that changes and I think Gaffney makes for a nice bye week filler over the next few weeks if you are in need.
[adinserter block=”1″]Tight Ends
Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals – I own Antonio Gates and Aaron Hernandez in one league and picked up Gresham off of waivers two weeks ago. I can happily tell you that the kid has been great in the two weeks I have owned him. He has had one touchdown in each of the last two games which is all you can ask for from a waiver wire tight end. If you need a tight end, you better grab him quickly before someone else does. His days on the wire are numbered!