Fantasy Football Rankings Week 6: Best Bye-Week Pickups at WR

Leo HowellContributor IIIOctober 8, 2013

Justin Blackmon is as good as it gets for waiver wire additions in Week 6.
Justin Blackmon is as good as it gets for waiver wire additions in Week 6.Michael Thomas/Getty Images

Week 6 of the NFL season is here, and that means more bye weeks and more tough decisions for fantasy football players. If you have Roddy White, Brian Hartline or Mike Wallace, you're going to be looking for a fill-in player this week, so who are the best options?

I'm going to use ESPN's player ownership numbers and only include players who are owned in 20 percent or less of leagues, so you can be sure to find a player who is on your waiver wire for Week 6.

 

5. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

Williams isn't the most reliable option, but he has momentum and a great matchup.
Williams isn't the most reliable option, but he has momentum and a great matchup.Rick Yeatts/Getty Images

Williams had a breakout game against the Denver Broncos and gets to face yet another weak pass defense when he lines up against Washington on Sunday. He's owned in only 1.3 percent of ESPN leagues, which means he's probably available, but someone likely already has a claim in for him on the waiver wire.

He's got a good matchup, but I am still worried a bit about his reliability. He's dropped a pass and lost a fumble already this season in limited work, and the Cowboys have a plethora of options at wide receiver who all have the trust of Tony Romo.

But a good matchup and a breakout performance in Week 5 are enough to earn Williams the fifth spot in the rankings.

 

4. Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles

Avant will have plenty of chances for success against the Buccaneers.
Avant will have plenty of chances for success against the Buccaneers.Brian Cleary/Getty Images

The Eagles have one obvious choice at receiver for fantasy football, and that's DeSean Jackson. And if you believe what Jackson told Paul Domowitch of Philly.com, he's still a good play despite a tough matchup in Week 6.

But despite his claims, Jackson will likely find it hard to get open for Nick Foles with Darrelle Revis in coverage. That opens up opportunities for second and third receivers, and Avant is as reliable as it gets for a backup.

Boasting some of the best hands in the league, Avant will be able to pick on the non-Revis corners in Tampa Bay and provide a safe option to throw to for Foles, who had a career game the last time he faced the Buccaneers.

And since he's owned in only 3.2 percent of ESPN leagues, he's likely available for your roster.

 

3. Santana Moss, Washington Redskins

Moss will want to post another impressive performance against his division rivals from Dallas.
Moss will want to post another impressive performance against his division rivals from Dallas.Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Moss and the Redskins take on the Cowboys in Week 6, which means they'll face a defense that was just torched for 51 points the week prior. And while Robert Griffin III isn't quite on the same level as Peyton Manning, he should be able to find success through the air against the porous Dallas defense.

That opens the door for Moss to get involved, and at only 16.2 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, that means he's likely on the free-agent list and ready to fill in for an injured player or a receiver on a bye week.

Moss usually does well against Dallas, and this year will be no exception. This game will likely be a shootout, so while Moss might not be a great option every week, this is one of the veteran receiver's best chances to relive his glory days and post a huge fantasy football statistical performance.

 

2. Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets

The Steelers gave up plenty of points to wide receivers in Week 4, and Kerley could be the next to torch them.
The Steelers gave up plenty of points to wide receivers in Week 4, and Kerley could be the next to torch them.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Kerley is owned in only 3.6 percent of ESPN leagues, but this week against the Steelers he will be worthy of a much higher ownership ratio.

The Steelers allowed the Minnesota Vikings wide receivers to run wild against them in London in Week 4, and the Jets will look to exploit the Pittsburgh defense the same way. And with injury doubts to Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill, Kerley emerges as one of Geno Smith's best receiving options.

As Michael J. Fensom of The Star-Ledger pointed out, Kerley enjoys working out of the slot and feels the offense in New York is designed to benefit slot receivers.

He'll have plenty of opportunities to get open and get fantasy points for your team against Pittsburgh, so be sure to pick him up if you need someone to fill in for a bye-week player.

 

1. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars

If Justin Blackmon is available in your league, you need to add him immediately.
If Justin Blackmon is available in your league, you need to add him immediately.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Justin Blackmon is owned in only 20 percent of ESPN leagues, and that must change immediately.

If you have waiver priority, or if he's available for pickup without waivers, stop reading this article and add him right now.

Blackmon has game-changing ability and will be the number one target on an offense that will have to throw to be competitive at all. And unlike his quarterbacks, who will lose points for interceptions, Blackmon will benefit from the high volume of passes being thrown his way, no matter how good or bad they may be.

Struggling starter Blaine Gabbert has suffered an injury that may keep him out of action for a prolonged period of time, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

That means Chad Henne will be under center for Jacksonville, and as Bleacher Report's Ethan Grant points out, Henne is an improvement over Gabbert, and he showed an instant trust in Blackmon upon entering the game on Sunday.

Blackmon is more than just a bye-week filler for your fantasy team; he's a player you should start as a WR2 or flex player until the end of the season. But if you just need a replacement for Week 6, you can't get any better than Blackmon.