Wisely playing the waiver wire often means the difference between winning a championship and coming up short in fantasy.
While not all weekly pickups are going to be slam-dunk starters for you on a weekly basis, you can definitely improve your roster and have your team ready to weather bye weeks and injuries.
Let’s take a look at some of the top talents you should target going into Week 6.
Michael Vick is likely out for at least a week with a hamstring injury, meaning backup Nick Foles will once again have a chance to shine.
The second-year signal-caller out of Arizona has been great when he actually has a chance to see the field this year, including his performance last week after Vick exited with injury.
Foles tore up the dismal New York Giants defense, completing 16-of-25 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. That adds to the 24-year-old’s numbers in garbage time against the Denver Broncos, when he completed 3-of-4 passes for 49 yards and a score in Week 4.
Things will get a tad tougher in Week 6 against Tampa Bay, as the Buccaneers are conceding just 238 yards per game through the air and boast an extremely talented secondary.
Regardless, Foles is a must-add for all Vick owners, teams that are starting Matt Ryan or Ryan Tannehill (the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins are on a bye) and those that are in leagues that start two quarterbacks.
Pierre Thomas only generated 36 rushing yards this past week against the Chicago Bears, but owners can feel comfortable using him knowing that he was given 19 carries.
Those in PPR leagues should feel even more excited about the prospect of adding the veteran back, as he hauled in nine receptions and turned them into 55 yards and two touchdowns.
While quarterback Drew Brees has an arsenal of weapons at his disposal, he often targets the running backs in the passing game.
There is a ton of potential for Thomas to be a valuable member of this team’s attack on both the ground and through the air going forward.
Blackmon returned from his four-game suspension in Week 5 and immediately sparked the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars offense.
The second-year wideout was one of the most consistent fantasy players at his position at the end of 2012—at least six catches in each of the team’s final four games—and got off to a hot start in 2013.
Blackmon hauled in five receptions for 136 yards and a score against the St. Louis Rams and could have had a few more if beleaguered quarterback Blaine Gabbert was more accurate.
Regardless of who is under center for Jacksonville—likely Chad Henne after Gabbert's possible hamstring injury—Blackmon should be a reliable weapon for the remainder of the season. He’s an immensely talented receiver that was taken in the first round of the 2012 draft for a reason.
Expect to see the Jags work to get Blackmon the ball early and often in the rest of their games.