You may find that the week five weekly waiver article below is a bit boring this week. We were able to round up nine players for this week’s edition but most are good options in deep leagues of for those custom leagues that have ridiculously large benches.
Truth be told most of the players that played well this week from a fantasy perspective are the ones that are already owned in leagues.
Then are others, such as the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints defenses that are still available in a lot of regular-sized leagues and they shouldn’t be. For all of this week’s selections for the weekly waiver article, just continue on reading below.
Note: If you’re debating on who to drop to pick these guys up, you should be checking out the Bruno Boys’ article, Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire - Cut Them Loose and see if anyone on your roster is a Bruno Boys’ recommendation to drop. And, remember you can always visit our forums to get your questions answered about waiver wire candidates, players to drop or anything at all related to fantasy football.
QUARTERBACKS—PICK THEM UP
Daunte Culpepper (Detroit Lions)
It’s tough to advise picking up a Detroit Lions quarterback, especially one like Daunte Culpepper who is turnover and sack prone. However he did OK in his first in a close loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers as he was 23-for-37 for 282 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
But Culpepper is experienced and we’ve seen him do great things before, which is why you can’t completely ignore him. The Lions take on the Green Bay Packers this week who do a good job of forcing turnovers, but have only recorded five sacks in four games while allowing nine passing touchdowns.
If rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford’s injury is more serious then first thought, after a bye in Week Seven the Lions get the St. Louis Rams in Week Eight, which should be a high scoring affair. For now Culpepper should only be considered in very deep leagues as a spot starter.
RUNNING BACKS—PICK THEM UP
Michael Bush (Oakland Raiders)
With starter Darren McFadden out backup running backs Michael Bush and Justin Fargas will get their chances to carry the ball for the Oakland Raiders. Bush is a power guy who’s best between the tackles and he is hard to take down.
In the loss to the New York Giants, Bush gained just 37 yards on 12 carries but he did have a touchdown. Bush will continue to see about 15 carries a week until McFadden returns and is a better play than Fargas. Still, given how poor Oakland’s offense is Bush should only be considered in deeper leagues.
Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs)
The Kansas City Chiefs are struggling on offense there’s not much doubt about that. Because of that they’re looking to get some other players involved, as evidenced by the touchdown pass to Mike Vrabel in the overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Backup running back Jamaal Charles is one of those guys who the Chiefs are going to look to get more involved in the offense, possibly in a similar way that Leon Washington has been used by the New York Jets the last couple years. Charles only rushed for nine yards on three carries against Dallas but he also caught five passes for 54 yards.
For now he remains a guy to look at only in deep leagues or to stash on your bench if you can but it wouldn’t be surprising if he was getting 10-15 touches on the football from here on out.
Sammy Morris (New England Patriots)
With Fred Taylor out indefinitely because of ankle surgery and Laurence Maroney underperforming, the New England Patriots have gone to their tried-and-tested running back Sammy Morris. Morris had 17 carries for 68 yards and also caught two passes for 39 yards. You can expect the carries to continue to come for Morris because head coach Bill Belichick trusts him and the Patriots need somebody who can run the ball.
The problem for Morris is that he’s more of a guy that’s effective between the 20s and you can expect New England to use the passing game more inside the red zone, but here’s a running back with a guaranteed at least 15 touches every game for the foreseeable future.
WIDE RECEIVERS — PICK THEM UP
Austin Collie (Indianapolis Colts)
When the injury to wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez happened, the Indianapolis Colts knew somebody would step up but they weren’t sure who. Pierre Garcon has been an explosive deep threat but apparently isn’t ready to play on every down.
Rookie Austin Collie, however, appears ready for that job. In Week Four Collie caught six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown and in the Week Five win over the Tennessee Titans he caught eight passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
Seeing him be a consistent performer the last two weeks has us believing he’s earned quarterback Peyton Manning’s trust. We’ve seen what that’s done for other players in the past so go ahead and pick up Collie if you’re in need of a receiver.
Miles Austin (Dallas Cowboys)
Entering the season Dallas wide receiver Miles Austin was one of the guys a lot of people identified as a sleeper. Through the first four games, however, Austin had just five catches and it appeared Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton and Jason Witten were the main targets for the Cowboys.
That all changed in the win over the Kansas City Chiefs. With Williams out, Austin needed to step up and he did in a big way as he caught 10 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. In addition to those gaudy numbers, Austin also dropped two other would-be touchdowns in this game.
Given how well he played Austin will continue to be targeted though it will be interesting to see where he fits in the picture once Williams returns. For now Austin is good to pickup in most leagues though his consistency issues leave us a bit concerned.
Nate Burleson (Seattle Seahawks)
Though Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson has been playing well this season it appears he’s flown under the radar as he was still available in a lot of leagues as of Sunday night. In the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week Burleson caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Burleson is clearly heavily involved in the passing game as he’s caught four or more passes in every game despite quarterback Matt Hasselbeck missing some time. If Burleson is available in your league he should be picked up immediately and is good for any size league. Consider yourself lucky to be getting a low-end WR2 off your fantasy football leagues waiver wire.
KICKERS — PICK THEM UP
Olindo Mare (Seattle Seahawks)
As long as the Seahawks continue playing like they did last week against the Jaguars then kicker Olindo Mare is a good play. In the win over the Seahawks, Mare was two-for-two on field goals and five-for-five on extra points.
Typically in fantasy football you want to target kickers on good offenses because their teams put them in position, consistently, to score points. Because of that Mare is worth a look in any league.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS — PICK THEM UP
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
Apparently the Cincinnati Bengals are for real. We know quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Chad Ochocinco are good players but it’s been the defense that has led the Bengals this season. In the last three weeks the Bengals defense has four interceptions, one fumble recovery and two touchdowns.
The additions of linebacker Rey Maualuga and safeties Chris Crocker and Roy Williams have helped but it’s been the defensive line, led by end Antwan Odom, that has really been the strength for the Bengals.
Considering Cincinnati still has games left against Oakland, Cleveland, Detroit and Kansas City there’s a lot of opportunity for some big points from this unit.
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THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY CORY STEGER.