Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 6
One of the most-added wide receivers from the waiver wire last week was Green Bay's James Jones.
Coming off a two-touchdown performance in Week 4, many expected Jones to have a solid performance in Indianapolis in Week 5. After all, teammate Greg Jennings was ruled out early in the week and the Colts were without a pair of cornerbacks in Vontae Davis and Justin King.
Jones delivered for fantasy owners.
For a second week in a row, he hauled in a pair of touchdowns.
Available in two-thirds of Yahoo! leagues one week ago, Jones is available in only 31 percent of leagues now. That number will likely continue to decrease.
That said, he won't appear on this list (again) since he was on last week's list of waiver-wire suggestions.
Players that appear on this waiver-wire list need to satisfy two criteria: (1) they are owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) they were not on last week's waiver-wire list. And, of course, they are worth adding to your squad(s).
Here are some other players to consider adding to your roster (Yahoo! league ownership in parenthesis):
QB: Christian Ponder, Vikings (29 percent)
Ponder has yet to exceed 270 passing yards in any of his first five games this season, but he has been solid. Through those five games, he has thrown six touchdowns and only two interceptions. In addition, Ponder has the ability to make plays as a runner: 13 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown.
If you need a bye-week replacement in Week 6, Ponder has a favorable matchup against a banged-up Redskins defense. Only the Bills, Raiders and Titans have allowed more fantasy points per game to quarterbacks than the 'Skins so far this season.
RB: William Powell, Cardinals (six percent)
Beanie Wells has missed the past few games and is on the new injured reserve that will allow him to return (but not until late November). The injury woes at the position continues for the Cards as they have lost Ryan Williams to a season-ending shoulder injury.
It's possible that LaRod Stephens-Howling, who's owned in seven percent of leagues, gets more touches than Powell. That said, I prefer Powell, who led the NFL in rushing (249 yards) in the preseason.
RB: Alex Green, Packers (13 percent)
Packers running back Cedric Benson left Sunday's game with a Lisfranc injury and he is expected to miss at least eight weeks. In his absence, Green had nine carries for 55 yards and one reception for eight yards.
Although the Packers have a difficult matchup in Week 6 against the Texans, Green should get the majority of the workload going forward.
RB: Bilal Powell, Jets (15 percent)
While he has not been spectacular this season, he has been better than the incumbent starter, Shonn Greene. Through five games, Powell (3.9) is averaging a full yard per carry more than Greene (2.9). At some point this season, perhaps sooner than later, a switch to Powell as the starter seems logical.
WR: Kendall Wright, Titans (34 percent)
Through five games, Wright has 27 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Wright is tied with Denver's Eric Decker for 19th in the league in targets (44) and tied with San Francisco's Michael Crabtree for 19th in receptions.
As bad as the Titans are, they should trail often with the need to throw, which will continue to provide Wright the opportunity to put together more solid fantasy performances.
WR: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders (48 percent)
Although he may or may not play this week, Heyward-Bey has been cleared for contact, according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times. Once he returns to the lineup, however, he will be a top 30-40 receiver in most weeks. Considering the Raiders have already had their bye (Week 4), DHB will give you a viable option at receiver with four or six teams on bye through Week 11.
WR: Jeremy Kerley, Jets (31 percent)
In last night's loss to the Texans, Kerley finished with five receptions for 94 yards. Considering the lack of other viable options in the Jets passing game, Kerley should continue to see plenty of targets going forward. On the season, Kerley is averaging 58.2 yards per game and has scored two touchdowns.
WR: Brandon Stokley, Broncos (eight percent)
In deeper point-per-reception (PPR) leagues, Stokley might be worth a look. In his past four games, he has 15 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers aren't spectacular, but Stokley and Manning have a built-in rapport.
TE: Joel Dreessen, Broncos (seven percent)
Dreessen continues to catch touchdown passes. In five games this season, Dreessen has 11 receptions for 96 yards and three touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, nine of his 39 receptions and have been for touchdowns. If you're in a deeper league and need a tight end, Dreessen is worth a look.
Some other players on last week's list that I still like (if still available in your league): Tim Tebow, Brandon Bolden, Kendall Hunter, Brian Hartline, Domenik Hixon, Andre Roberts, Scott Chandler
Good luck in Week 5!
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