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?
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.