It's Week 6 in fantasy football and time to turn to the waiver wire once again. Your team is either already in desperation mode, looking to improve at a position or two or looking for bye week fill ins. Whatever the case, there are some solid players that emerged from Week 5. But be warned, not everyone is as good as they seem!
Week 5 in the NFL saw some familiar and unfamiliar names have unexpectedly good games, leaving many choices to be made on the waiver wire. Some players thrust themselves onto the fantasy radar for the first time, while others have been flirting with it for weeks. Will they keep producing or fall off the map?
I'm going to give you advice on who to add, who not to add and who to keep an eye on.
RB Delone Carter (12 percent Owned according to Yahoo)
With Joseph Addai likely out for multiple weeks, Carter will see an increased workload. The only problem is that the rookie has a three yards per carry average on the season, and former first-round pick Donald Brown will also be in the mix for carries. The Colts offensive line is banged up and Carter is virtually non existent in the passing game.
RB Jackie Battle (10 percent Owned)
Don't get too excited about Battle. He has a limited skill set and will not be likely to stay productive unless the Chiefs can keep creating gaping holes like they did against the Colts. It should be noted that Thomas Jones, who has been awful this year, averaged 5.5 per carry in the same game. Battle's emergence is more attributed to the Colts numerous injuries on the defensive line.
WR Steve Breaston (16 percent Owned)
It looks as though Matt Cassel is forming a solid rapport with Breaston. The former 1000-yard receiver has had eight catches for 141 yards and two TDs in the last two weeks as the Chiefs have got their passing offense back on track.
Breaston has a history of knee injuries and will have to worry about rookie Jonathan Baldwin taking the field eventually, which doesn't make him a hot commodity on the waiver wire.
The Chiefs are headed into their bye week and there are better receivers out there for now. I would watch Breaston closely in Week 7 against the Raiders before I considered adding him.
WR Greg Little (7 percent Owned)
Reports out of Cleveland say that the Browns have spent the bye week looking for a jump start to their anemic passing attack, and that Greg Little will be the main piece of the puzzle. Now an every-down starter over Brian Robiskie, Little will have a greater chance at getting a piece of the production pie.
If you need help at receiver this week, I would start Little here, but I'm going to list him as someone to keep an eye on.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (8 percent Owned)
Though most in the fantasy football world had written Heyward-Bey off long ago, he's now had two productive games in a row and will be added in many leagues this week.
Darrius has blazing speed but is still not the complete receiver he needs to be in order to achieve consistent numbers. The Raiders passing attack has a slew of other guys who can eat into his production, and Jason Campbell hasn't exactly been lighting it up through the air.
Let someone else in your league get burned by Heyward-Bey this week.
WR Doug Baldwin (6 percent Owned)
Baldwin is coming off a 136-yard and one TD performance but has been inconsistent this season. He is not a top option in a passing attack that projects to finish in the bottom half of the league. Big Mike Williams will make his return soon and eat (no fat joke intended) into Baldwin's catches.
QB Curtis Painter (8 percent Owned)
Though Painter has thrown four touchdowns and no interceptions over the last two games, the Colts passing offense is still a work in progress. Still, Painter is an interesting prospect who could turn into a fantasy option later in the year. Monitor his progress and check back in a few weeks.
QB Matt Cassel (31 percent Owned)
After a bumpy start, Matt Cassel has now thrown for seven touchdowns and one interception in the last three games. Dwayne Bowe is showing that last year's gaudy numbers were no fluke, and Steve Breaston is starting to produce. Look for the Chiefs to rely on the passing game to manufacture wins. Cassel is a solid bye week starter.
QB Tim Tebow (10 percent Owned)
Tebow will undoubtedly be the starter as the Broncos come out of their bye in Week 7 and should be owned in all leagues. He is always a threat for goal line touchdowns and has a good connection with Brandon Lloyd, who is now healthy after a groin injury. Denver has a better rushing game this year compared to last, so Tebow shouldn't be relied on to carry the offense on his back. The upside here is great.
WR Kevin Walter (13 percent Owned)
It was initially thought that Jacoby Jones would pick up the slack in Andre Johnson's absence, but that was not the case at all against the Raiders. Jacoby was targeted often but failed to surpass nine receiving yards. That abysmal fail should now make Kevin Walter the top wide receiver to own in Houston, especially in PPR leagues.
QB Alex Smith (15 percent Owned)
Smith is off to the best start in his career with seven touchdowns and one interception for the season. With the running attack finding its niche and Michael Crabtree coming back from injury, expect for Smith to continue to produce solid numbers as a bye week starter for your team.
WR James Jones (12 percent Owned)
Jones is coming off his best game of the season, but don't expect him to be anywhere near consistent. Even with Donald Driver slowly being phased out of the offense, Jones will be mixed in with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb for Green Bay's third option in the receiving game.
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