Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups & Advice

Following a week where Marques Colston decided many fantasy games…he, Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Cam Newton, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, and the IMMORTAL JAY CUTLER, among other big fantasy names, are on their bye-week.

Whether you’re making a playoff push, fighting from the basement, or trying to maintain your elite team, I’ve got you covered for Week 6. Including your fill-in defense and kicking needs.

Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

Brandon Gibson, STL, WR (Yahoo! 12%, FOX 3.7%)

Danny Amendola accounted for nearly 40% of the Rams receptions this season. With him hurt, there are a lot of open targets up for grabs.

Gibson looks to be the heir apparent to the number 1 spot and as long as Amendola is hurt. You can look for consistently 50+ yards per game and a regular scoring threat in Gibson.

Brandon Myers, OAK, TE (Yahoo ! 5%, FOX 2.1%)

If Rudolph, Pitta, and Bennett got snatched up in your league weeks ago (or if you’re staring at Bennett vs. the 49ers Sunday) and you have a gaping hole at tight end, you can do a lot worse than Brandon Myers.

Myers has quietly become the leading receiver in Oakland with Carson Palmer’s inability to successfully go deep this season. The Raiders will be fresh off a bye-week. Add in the fact that, despite being 5-0, the Falcons secondary is fairly weak, and I like Myers in Week 6.

LaRod Stephens-Howling, ARI, RB (Yahoo! 5%, FOX 0.5%)

Ryan Williams will miss the rest of the season. This means one of the ever important starting RB jobs is up for grabs.

Stephens-Howling will compete for the job with William Powell and Alfonso Smith. I like LaRod’s chances to get first crack at the spot, and keep it. Remember, he went for 93 yards on 21 carries starting the final game of 2011.

Josh Gordon, CLE, WR (Yahoo! 3%, FOX 0.6%)

Gordon only had two catches in Week 5.

However, they were for 2 TDs and 82 yards.

Greg Little has entered the Cleveland doghouse for his drops as of late. Gordon, while still a rookie, has the skillset to put up some big numbers should they continue to look his way.

Alex Smith, SF, QB (Yahoo! 52%, FOX 54.4%)

Yes, he’s owned in over 50% of both leagues, but he deserves a mention here. How is Smith not owned universally?


Jim Harbaugh loves Alex Smith. Fantasy owners should too.

Through five weeks, Alex Smith has the highest QB rating in the league. He’s also averaged over 16 fantasy points a week to this point.

He’s a must-own QB2 in all formats, and is probably a low-end QB1 in most. Pick him up if you’re in the lucky 50% of leagues.

Blair Walsh, MIN, K (Yahoo! 41%, FOX 21.2%)

If your kicker is hitting the bye-week, or you’ve under-performed, and missed out on Greg Zuerlein and Justin Tucker, Blair Walsh makes a great option.

Walsh has hit three 50+ yard field goals and hasn’t scored less than 8 fantasy points any given week.
I realize I’ve been in love with the Vikings recently (in the past 2 weeks I’ve sent you after Ponder, Rudolph and their defense), but this offense is very much for real this season.

Tampa Bay, TB, D/ST (Yahoo! 8%, FOX 4.9%)

If you’re stuck on defense this week, I really like the Bucs against the Rams.

Despite a rough Week 4, Tampa Bay’s defense put forth a great performance the first three weeks of the season. Add in the fact St. Louis has allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to defenses this season, and it’s a recipe for some dumpster diving defensive points.


Leave your comments and questions below and I’ll get them answered this week either in the comments or on the podcast.

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  1. non ppr 10 team league is it smart to roll pack d or pickup jets rams bengals or bills start Romo or Ponder qb ,witten or rudolph te, start 2 james jones, julio jones, dwayne bowe or reggie wayne i am leaning romo rudolph julio and wayne and have all day peterson mccoy and matthews starting already with the pack d

  2. Bucs are against KC not Rams. Still high on them as D/ST?

  3. I just did a “discount double check” on that one also. LOL So I am curious as well… Cause KC runs like crazy

  4. would you play gb d or pickup dolphins vs rams at home romo or ponder bowe or wayne non ppr

  5. Need help setting up a line-up for this week, need a desperate win (1-4 record):
    QB: Eli or Flacco
    RB: Rice, Mendenhall (Bench: Murray, Best)
    WR: Welker, Miles, Damariyous (Bench: Hawkins, Brandon Gibson)
    TE: Rudolf (Bench: Gates)
    DEF: 49ers
    K: Matt Bryant

    Available on Waiver:
    WR: Bess, Meachum, Britt, Hixon, Lafell, D Henderson, Braden, J Kerely
    RB: A Green, J Bell, Leshoure, Bolden, Hunter, Draughn, P Thomas,
    TE: Olsen, Pitta, Myers, The Millers, Chandler,

    • would go eli rice murray welker miles thomas rudolph

      • Dallas is o-line is horrible, I have doubts about their running game and going in to Baltimore, i dont see how Miles or Murray will get me the points I’ll need to win this week. Unless you see something that I dont. Are any other players worth picking up?

  6. so… Who would you start at defense? St. Louis Rams vs. Miami, Or Tampa Bay vs Kansas City? Tampa is available, I picked up St. Louis and already had the lack luster Giants. Opinions from anybody and everybody please since I am noticing that this season the writers arent doing great about responding to posts.

  7. Scodawg
    If it were me… Ponder and Rudolph for the chance to double up on scores. With Romo facing Baltimore Ponder has the better matchup. Your WR are easy, Julio and Reggie Wayne! Bowe picks up garbage TD with Cassel playing but this week they are starting Brady Quin, first game in 2 years almost. He will be shaky.

  8. I replied but it put it at the bottom… not quite sure why

  9. Ok everybody,

    Need some outside opinions. I am thinking about offering a guy in my league a trade for MJD. Michael Turner is hot right now and Oakland will make him look better. MJD is on bye and he needs a RB. Does anybody have faith in MJD longterm this season? Turner is like a train and he has speed now. Opinions? I also thought about throwing in a Lloyd for Reggie Wayne offer since I am kind of taking it in the a$$ this weekend on the deal? Let me know

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