Week 6 is on the horizon and the 2010 football season is hitting its stride. Some fantasy football owners are off to a nice start and heading toward playoff contention, while others might have to settle for being the spoiler and looking ahead to 2011.
Week 5 had its share of injuries that might have you looking for a replacement or two for your roster. It also brought new fantasy relevant players to our attention and a few seasoned vets reclaimed their fantasy football value.
Whatever situation you happen to be in, keep in mind that there is a lot of football to be played—don’t count yourself out of contention too soon or rest on your early season laurels. With that in mind, here are Bruno Boys' fantasy football recommendations for Week 6 waiver wire “pick them ups.”
Danny Amendola (St. Louis Rams)
With Mark Clayton (right knee) now out for the season, the Rams now find themselves a little shallow at wide receiver. Clayton’s injury stands to open up an opportunity for Amendola to emerge as quarterback Sam Bradford’s top target.
He had 12 receptions (19 targets) for 95 yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 5, and has at least five receptions in all but one game so far this season. This is good news for fantasy football owners, as it’s a true indicator that Amendola already seems to have some rapport with the rookie signal caller.
Amendola is not particularly explosive, as his yards per catch can attest, but he could be a very nice option in PPR leagues if you’re in need of a wide receiver. If he can start to find the end zone on a regular basis down the road, he could also become worth considering in standard formats at some point as well.
Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Freeman had a solid day on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, as he went 20-for-33 for 280 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed three times s for 20 yards in the Buccaneers’ victory. He has put up 15 or more fantasy points in three out of four games this season, and his running ability enhances his fantasy potential.
While Tampa Bay will never be confused with a high-octane offense, Freeman has a decent array of weapons around him (TE Kellen Winslow, WR Mike Williams) along with a deep running back corps. His upcoming schedule (New Orleans, St. Louis, Arizona) is also somewhat favorable; therefore, Freeman is worth considering if you’re in a need of a QB2. Freeman is currently available in 82 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he has already had his bye week.
Steve Johnson (Buffalo Bills)
Johnson had five catches for 46 yards and two touchdowns in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which now gives him four touchdowns over the last three games. He seems to have good chemistry with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and there’s no reason to think that can’t continue after the Bills’ bye in Week 6.
Buffalo’s schedule will get a bit tougher after their bye (Baltimore, Kansas City, Chicago), but Johnson is worth considering in 12-team leagues if you’re in real need for a wide receiver. Just remember you’ll have to stash him until Week 7.
To see who else to add to your fantasy team go here...Week 6 Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up