If you are fighting for a fantasy postseason spot, or just want to make your elite team even better, there are quite a few waiver options to pick up going into Week 6.
It’s imperative that you get your squad ready for the lean weeks ahead, as many top fantasy players will be sitting out on their bye soon. Playing the waiver and finding a suitable backup are imperative and something that all the consistently great fantasy players take advantage of.
Let’s take a look at some top players available in many free agency pools that you should look into nabbing, as they can hopefully help you earn a bye of your own come the postseason.
QB Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
It’s crazy to think that one of the premier young QBs in the league would be available on waivers, but he’s right there for the taking in many leagues.
The second-year man out of Florida State has strung together a respectable five game stretch and there is no reason to think this is a fluke. Ponder has completed 109-of-158 pass attempts for 1,082 yards and six TDs, while only tossing two interceptions. He’s also rushed 15 times for 77 yards and another score—with no fumbles.
Now the Vikings have an easy matchup upcoming against a soft Washington Redskins secondary. That is a unit that has given up an average of 328.6 yards per game, second-worst in the league.
If you have Drew Brees or another top QB on a bye this week, don’t hesitate to give Ponder a start.
RB Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots
Predicting who will get the carries in the New England rushing game is always tough, but in 2012 it’s easy to count on this group putting up numbers.
Bolden has had 30 carries in the past two weeks, and coach Bill Belichick seems to be splitting the backfield touches amongst the former Ole Miss stud and starter Stevan Ridley. The Patriots are actually No. 3 in the league in rushing offense, averaging 165.4 yards per contest—mostly divided between these two main RBs.
One area of concern is the tough matchup against a feisty Seattle defensive unit in Week 6. Bolden only managed a meager 54 yards against the Denver D, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can find any lanes up in the Emerald City.
WR Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams
While the St. Louis Rams' offense isn’t the most explosive, they do pass for 183.4 yards per game and have tossed seven touchdowns.
With Danny Amendola out—a player that accounted for almost 40 percent of the team’s receptions—those scores and yardage have to go somewhere.
Gibson is the most ideal candidate to pick up where Amendola left off and become QB Sam Bradford’s most reliable receiver. The fourth-year man out of Washington State is now the team’s No. 1 and should be able to garner at least 50-to-75 yards per game and be a threat to score in each contest that he is the top receiving option.
TE Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
As ridiculous as this sounds, the unheralded TE is the Oakland Raiders' leading receiver. With Carson Palmer struggling to throw the deep ball in 2012, he’s been looking at Myers quite a bit and the former Iowa Hawkeye has responded.
With 16 receptions and 228 yards thus far on the season, Myers can be counted on to haul in at least five catches and go for 60-plus yards each week. While he’s yet to score a TD in his short career, there is no doubting that he’ll eventually find pay dirt, and soon.
Oakland faces an undefeated Atlanta team in Week 6, but the team has a weak secondary and could be a breakout game for Myers, who is refreshed after his Week 5 bye.