Week 6 Pickups: Wide Receivers Who Make for Perfect Spot Starts

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 11, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Jeremy Kerley #11 of the New York Jets runs after a catch in the first half against Keenan Lewis #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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It's not real fantasy football if you don't have to get a little desperate every once in a while.

Whether it be because of bye weeks (four of them in Week 6), injuries, just plain terrible play (I'm looking at you, Steve Smith) or ginormous leagues, there's a good chance that you are doing a little bit of scrambling for spot starts this week.

Luckily for you, the wide receiver position is the deepest in the NFL.

Let's take a look. 


Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals

Roberts was a popular pickup a week ago after his six-catch, 118-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Miami Dolphins, but the momentum surrounding the third-year wideout has cooled considerably since then.

That's exactly when I like to pounce.

Roberts' five catches for 39 yards last week has to be taken with a grain of salt considering his quarterback was throwing while parallel to the turf all game long. That won't happen again in Week 6. 

The Buffalo Bills are 20th in the NFL in sack percentage, 29th in yards per pass allowed and 24th in yards per game allowed. They don't get pressure on the quarterback and they don't defend the pass well.

Moreover, the Cardinals' running game is in shambles, so they'll likely turn to the air much more in this one. Pick up Roberts, who already has four scores this season, and start him with confidence in this dream matchup. 


Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams

For whatever reason—maybe because it's Brandon Gibson—Gibson is owned in just 12.5 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. 

First of all, Sam Bradford is quietly improving into a steady quarterback. He'll still make plenty of mistakes, but he is now capable of actually tossing the ball down the field with some accuracy from time to time.

Second, with Danny Amendola out of the lineup, Gibson is far and away the No. 1 target in St. Louis. Who else is it going to be?

Chris Givens had a touchdown last week, but he's been horribly inconsistent. The other Steve Smith (I manged to get two separate Steve Smith references into the same article. Success? I think so)? Austin Pettis? Brian Quick? Tim Keeney?

Yeah, Gibson, who is averaging the most yards per catch of his career and has already tied his career high in touchdowns, is going to get a lot of looks.

Finally, the Rams are taking on the Dolphins, who are giving up 281.8 yards per game through the air.


Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets


I told myself I would never recommend a wide receiver catching balls from Mark Sanchez, but here we are. 

Kerley isn't the most disciplined player or the best route runner, and he isn't in an ideal offense, but he led the team in targets last week and is clearly the go-to guy on this offense.


Anyway, Kerley has big-play potential (19.4 yards per catch) and he's going up against a Colts secondary that has allowed 7.3 yards per pass (22nd in the NFL) and tends to get involved in a lot of shootouts.

There are worse options out there, especially in deeper leagues.