Fantasy Football Week 6: Get Your Claims In On These Waiver Gems
The injuries are starting to pile up around the league. And to make matters worse, you have the bye weeks to contend with.
Some of us are barely hanging on, so a waiver wire pick up could be the difference between contending for your league crown or dusting off your wait til next year smack talk.
The pickings aren't necessarily slim this week, they are just not as guaranteed as last week with Ryan Torain and Fred Jackson getting the starting nods on their respective teams.
But there are a few diamonds in the rough.
10. Caleb Hanie
I don't know if I would call him a gem...
No offense to Mr. Hanie, but we are putting him on here for those of you out there that are desperate for a starter because of the bye week and you also have Jay Cutler.
Cutler hasn't been cleared to play next week, though he still might. But just in case he doesn't, the Bears are saying that there is no way they are going to throw Todd Collins back out there to toss another four interception gem.
So if you have Cutler and you have to wait until game time to see if he is suiting up, you might want to handcuff him with Hanie.
9. Davone Bess
Bess has had back to back strong games as the Dolphins underneath guy and scored a touchdown against the Patriots last week.
Because of the bye week, he might be accessible since no one likes to carry waiver wire picks during their by week.
Brandon Marshall is the undisputed number one in Miami, but there are plenty of balls to go around and Bess is catching more and more of them.
8. Jabar Gaffney
Pretty soon Kyle Orton is going to have to be mentioned as a possible Fantasy Football MVP front runner. Even the Baltimore defense couldn't slow him down.
Gaffney is getting almost as many passes as Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal. Jump on the Orton passing bandwagon and grab the last of the trio that might still be out there.
7. Max Hall
Granted, Max Hall's numbers probably didn't blow you away, (17-27, 168 yards and a pick), but if you watched the game you saw two things: a kid that was in charge of the team and was not afraid to stick his head in there, even though he almost lost his head, literally.
And you saw a quarterback who was constantly looking for his best weapon, Larry Fitzgerald.
Hall could be a spot starter and he will only get better.
6. Nate Burleson
Before this week Burleson's Detroit Lions premiere season had pretty much been a disappointment, but combining the fact that he caught his most catches and a touchdown with Calvin Johnson's injury, means that Burleson might become Shaun Hill's favorite receiver for a few weeks.
And when Matthew Stafford comes back, if things are going well Burleson might continue to get his share of the balls.
5. Laurent Robinson
The St. Louis Rams not only got beat up on the field, yesterday when the Lions beat them 44-6, they also took a huge hit to their receiving corps.
Starting wide receiver Mark Clayton went down with a leg injury early in the game and the coaches are not optimistic about his return coming anytime soon.
Yes, we are talking about the Rams and they did just get pummelled by a previously winless team, but Clayton's replacement Laurent Robinson was a hot name before the season so just keep him in mind for now.
4. Donald Lee
Donald Lee hasn't done much in the way of catches so far this season, but he might be the guy next week for Green Bay as they face off against the Miami Dolphins.
Starter Jermichael Finley will most likely miss next week's game due to injury and the tight end position has always been a big part of the Packers' offense.
UPDATE: Lee's shoulder injury looks like it might be more serious than predicted. Either stay away from Green Bay tight ends until the dust clears or you can try rookie Andrew Quarless.
3. Mike Wallace
Wallace has only had nine catches this season, and only one big game, but with Ben Roethlisberger under center, he again becomes the team's best downfield threat.
Unless you catch everyone else in your league asleep, Wallace is probably gone. If not, it's Christmas in October for you.
2. Mike Hart
Hart went from backing up both Donald Brown and Joseph Addai a few weeks ago, to scoring the only touchdown in the Colts win yesterday.
Donald Brown hasn't been active for a couple of weeks and now with Addai suffering a shoulder injury he has both upper and lower body injuries.
Mike Hart might be the Colts' guy for now, so if you need a back, check with the Colts later this week.
1. Brandon Tate
If you haven't jumped on the Aaron Hernandez bandwagon you are most likely too late, but here's a second shot at grabbing a Patriot who might have some upside.
Brandon Tate is the heir apparent to the starting receiver spot recently vacated by Randy Moss.
Tate has been explosive on special teams and now gets to show what he has as a starter.
And he does have Tom Brady throwing to him.