Week 6 Waiver Wire: Rashard Mendenhall and 4 Injured Stars You Should Start

Cody MeadowsCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2011

Week 6 Waiver Wire: Rashard Mendenhall and 4 Injured Stars You Should Start

0 of 5

    There have been a lot of star players injured early, and you are wondering what to do.

    Should you play them, sit them or cut them all together?

    Before you give up on guys who you expected to carry your team to victory, consider these five players who deserve a second chance.

    If they continue to struggle then by all means, cut away.

    Otherwise, hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

Rashard Mendenhall

1 of 5

    Rashard Mendenhall has had over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    He also scored a combined 20 touchdowns over that time frame and has a mix of speed and power. Now that the Steelers added Max Starks, look for Mendenhall to bounce back in a big way against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

    The offensive line was much improved last weekend, which will have Mendenhall ready to go tomorrow.

    He has practiced all week and is a lock to play. You will be sorry if you don't start him! 

Arian Foster

2 of 5

    Another running back off to a slow start due to injury is Texans star Arian Foster.

    While you may be hesitant to start Arian Foster against the Ravens defense this weekend, don't be.

    The Ravens have given up the 28th most fantasy points to running backs this season, and Foster averaged five yards per carry against them last season.

    I look for him to play angry and focused, a combination that will lead to success yet again.

    The Texans will look to get Foster established early and often.

Steven Jackson

3 of 5

    Steven Jackson is said to be fully healed from the quad injury he had earlier this season.

    He will carry the struggling Rams this weekend against the Green Bay Packers. Sure, the Rams will probably get beaten badly.

    That won't mean a thing when Jackson carries the ball 20-plus times to protect Sam Bradford.

    I look for him to rush for over 100 yards.

Miles Austin

4 of 5

    Miles Austin is set to play this weekend against the New England Patriots.

    The best news for fantasy owners is that the Patriots defense has given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

    Also, he is listed as probable but told reporters earlier this week that he is 100 percent healthy.

    Another thing to consider is the fact that the Patriots score a lot of points, so the Cowboys will more than likely have to throw the ball to keep up.

Percy Harvin

5 of 5

    Percy Harvin is listed as questionable, but he returned to practice on Friday.

    He's a proven threat as a kick returner and a wide receiver, and I see him having a huge game this weekend against the Chicago Bears.

    Keep an eye on the injury report, but I would be surprised if he misses a game that the Vikings must win.