While last week provided plenty of player personnel movement, which would have resulted in plenty of action on the waiver wire, there were no big trades this week.
However, there were some surprising performances this week and there are some solid options for redraft and dynasty leagues on this week’s waiver wire.
RB Chris Ivory, Saints
With Pierre Thomas out once again, Ivory clearly separated himself from the Saints' other backup running backs this week with his first big performance of the season. Ladell Betts and Julius Jones looked pedestrian this week while Ivory put up a healthy 158 yards on just 15 carries and chipped in 17 receiving yards on his lone reception.
Thomas has yet to even test his injured ankle in practice, which means Ivory could be line for significant touches this week against a porous Browns defense.
WR Jason Avant, Eagles
Injuries create opportunities and Avant has a big opportunity. With DeSean Jackson expected to miss at least one game with a concussion (and possibly several more), Avant steps into the starting lineup in and he has produced when given an opportunity in the past.
He caught 41 of 58 targets in 2009 for 587 yards and three touchdowns, and immediately becomes a decent bye week starter as long as Jackson is out.
RB Danny Woodhead, Patriots
Looks like Woodhead has assumed Kevin Faulk’s role in the Patriots offense and is getting plenty of playing time when the team goes to a no-huddle look. He is splitting time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and is also being used on passing downs with Green-Ellis getting the short yardage work.
In the Patriots pass-heavy offense, Woodhead figures to get enough looks to be a solid flex option. He has 25 touches over the last two games and has turned that into 162 yards and a touchdown.
WR Patrick Crayton, Chargers
As noted above, Crayton is another player who benefits from his teammates going down. Crayton figures to benefit from the injuries suffered by wide receiver Malcom Floyd and tight end Antonio Gates.
Early reports indicate Floyd will miss this week’s game against the Patriots and that Gates may be able to suit up. However, he is likely to see a reduced workload due to his injured ankle.
In addition, fellow wideout Legedu Naanee is dealing with an injured hamstring and could be ready to return this week. Crayton took advantage of his increased role this week against the Rams, catching six of seven targets for 117 yards.
WR Danario Alexander, Rams
Alexander put up solid numbers in his first action as a pro this week, catching four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. On the touchdown, Alexander showed deceptive speed, going past Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason and making a diving catch in the end zone.
Alexander was expected to be a taken in the early rounds of the draft before he suffered a knee injury at the Senior Bowl, which caused him to go undrafted. The Rams' other outside receivers are unproven players (Brandon Gibson, Laurent Robinson, Mardy Gilyard) so Alexander has a chance to impress.
While he’s hardly a candidate to start on a weekly basis in 10-team leagues, he could be useful in larger redraft leagues and in dynasty formats.
Week 6 Review
If you’re looking for accountability, here it is.
WR Danny Amendola, Rams
Thumbs down. Amendola had a season-low five targets with three receptions for 19 yards.
WR Kenny Britt, Titans
Thumbs up. With the Titans having an early lead, Britt was targeted five times, catching two passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. If you’re counting, and you should be, that’s a touchdown in four consecutive games.
WR Brandon Tate, Patriots
Thumbs down. Tate showed he’s not quite ready for prime time with no receptions on his four targets against the Ravens.
QB Vince Young, Titans
Half full, half empty. Young suffered knee and ankle injuries this week, forcing him out early during the Titans' Monday night matchup with the Jaguars. Reports indicate he could have returned, so he’s worth holding onto as a fantasy backup.