The Waiver Wire – Week 6

Week 5 turned into the weekend of the high ankle sprain as we lost Steve Smith Sr. and Eddie Lacy to the dreaded ankle injury. The timetable for their return is still too cloudy to predict but it could be a couple weeks before we see either back on the field, which means you need to pick up a WR or RB! Don’t worry The Waiver Wire is here to make your decision on who to target that much easier.  Other than that it was a very light week on the injury front for fantasy relevant players. This week only the Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on a bye, so plan accordingly.

With that being said let’s see who you need to be targeting this week in The Waiver Wire. Like always I will give 3 choices at each position (plus bonus’s from time to time). This is ranked in order of who I would target first to third. At the end of the day you control your waiver rankings, so go get the guy you want! Without further hesitation let’s dive right into this weeks The Waiver Wire.

Quarterback:

  1. Marcus Mariota (ESPN 32% / Yahoo 49%) – That’s the Marcus Mariota every fantasy owner has been waiting for since he came into the league. We know he isn’t Brees or Brady and going to have huge passing yard games but be efficient, use your legs and when you’re in the redzone convert. Carry over effect is real and poor Cleveland is up next at home. Great bye week fill in with season long potential.
  2. Brian Hoyer (ESPN 14% / Yahoo 18%) – Don’t say I didn’t tell you he was a great start last week against the Colts! If you didn’t listen last week, listen now, go pick him up! Jacksonville is up next and this is his last startable game before Chicago’s bye.
  3. Tyrod Taylor (ESPN 55% / Yahoo 62%) – Since Buffalo fired Greg Roman and inserted Anthony Lynn as the offensive coordinator, the Buffalo Bills are 3-0 and Tyrod Taylor has a stat line of 87/53/519/3/1. Taylor isn’t going to light up a stat sheet as you can see he only has 3 touchdown passes over the last three weeks but he is consistent. He scores around 16 to 19 points every week and as an owner, I can live with that for one week.

*BONUS: Colin Kaepernick (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 1%) – The 49ers are just about done with Blaine Gabbert and that means it’s time for the Kaepernick & Kelly experiment to begin. I think this could really work and Kap might be worth taking a flyer on.

*DROP ALERT: Jameis Winston (ESPN 57% / Yahoo 78%) – This is more of a stay ALERT for him being dropped because the Buccaneers are on a bye. Famous Jameis’s next four opponents after the bye week are @SF, Oak, Atl, Chi. That looks like 4 games of Winston being a top ten QB play. Pick him up if someone is willing to drop him.

Running Back: 

  1. Devontae Booker (ESPN 21% / Yahoo 9%) – It looks like it’s going to be a true timeshare in Denver just like CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman last year. Booker is a great pickup this week as the Broncos play the Falcons on Thursday night.
  2. James Starks (ESPN 24% / Yahoo 9%) – The injury to Lacy’s ankle looks like it’s of the dreaded high variety and it has the potential to keep him out this week if not multiple games. Starks can be a very effictive fantasy RB when given starter volume.
  3. Jacquizz Rodgers (ESPN 26% / Yahoo 20%) – Doug Martin is still down with an injury and Charles Sims was sent to the IR yesterday. I think Martin is back after Tampa Bay comes out of the Bye but better no word yet. Might be a good stash considering Martin’s health problems.

*BONUS: Bobby Rainey (ESPN 4% / Yahoo 5%) – Rainey’s usage has seen an uptick since the injury to Jennings and the loss of Vereen. Bobby Rainey is a must own in a PPR format and a sneaky situational start in standard leagues. I am still holding out hope for a Perkins / Rainey RBBC…only time will tell if it will come true.

*NO BRAINER ALER: Tevin Coleman (ESPN 79% / Yahoo 77%) – If he is available then he is your #1 claim target!!! When you drop 4/132/1 through the air and 6/31 on the ground on the defending Super Bowl champs you need to be owned in 100% of leagues.

Wide Receiver: 

  1. Sammie Coates (ESPN 40% / Yahoo 38%) – Coates has once again found himself on The Waiver Wire but this time I believe he won the #2 WR job in the process. An 11/6/139/2 stat line for the best passing offense in the league, sign me up all day.
  2. Cameron Merideth (ESPN 2% / Yahoo 4%) – In out of no where news Cameron Merideth burst onto the national fantasy scene with a 12/9/130/1 stat line against the Colts in a loss. Hoyer is making browns offensive weapons weekly playable but just like Hoyer one more must start is in line for Merideth before back to back tough matchups. Great grab but has the lowest potential to continue on his current pace of the group.
  3. Chris Hogan (ESPN 35% / Yahoo 25%) – There are two things you can always count on with the Patriots, they will win the AFC East and that they will have a white receiever on the field. Hogan who came over from Buffalo in the offseason in his first game with Brady showed his big play ability. No reason to not think his volume with Brady back can continue and don’t worry so will the touchdowns. Buy Buy Buy Buy Hogan!! (Then immediately change your team name to HogansHeros)

*BONUS: Jeremy Kerley (ESPN 8% / Yahoo 10%) – Over the past two weeks Jeremy Kerley has been a top 10 fantasy WR and that is with Blaine Gabbert at QB. 8/102/1 on Thursday night made it back to back weeks Kerley had found the end zone. He is the 49ers #1 receiver and Kaepernick might help his value but it’s a BIG might.

Tight End: 

  1. Hunter Henry (ESPN 55% / Yahoo 28%) – I said his role would not deminish even once Gates came back and he went out and posted a 3/74/1 on 4 targets. Tight Ends have been playable against the Broncos with success and he has Atlanta between the Denver sandwhich.
  2. Jesse James (ESPN 21% / Yahoo 23%) – James also finds himself back onto The Waiver Wire this week. James has one more week as the lone TE in the best passing offense in the league right now. Miami is awful and the Steelers are clicking.
  3. Charles Clay (ESPN 14% / Yahoo 12%) – Charles Clay might be back! I talked about Taylor earlier and Clay is seeing the love from the new OC. 7 targets last week and 5 this week shows the new offensive cordinator is looking to get the ball in Clay’s hands. 5 catches for 73 yards against a very good Rams defense on the road could be a springboard for a great stretch.

*BONUS: Ladrius Green (ESPN 3% / Yahoo 7%) – Green is eligable to come back week 7 but I believe he will be held out and will make his season debut Week 9 against Baltimore after the Steelers bye. This is a name to keep in the back of your mind because you see the success Jesse James is having and now think what Green (a much better athlete) might be able to do.

Defense:

  1. Tennessee Titans (ESPN 6% / Yahoo 6%) – The Titans defense overwhelmed a very bad Miami Dolphins team sacking Ryan Tannehill 6 times and grabing 2 interceptions. Up next the Browns and who know’s who will be their starting QB by the time Sunday comes around.
  2. Washington Redskins (ESPN 8%/ Yahoo 23%) – Just like the Titans, the Redskins dominated the Ravens sacking Flacco 3 times and causing one turnover. The Skins have been solid for four straight weeks and get Philidephlia at home. Good thing rushing yards don’t hurt your defensive score!
  3. Detroit Lions (ESPN 4% / Yahoo 5%) – Just like the Redskins I like the way the Lions defense has been playing and again they where ball hawking all Sunday which caused 2 turnovers. They also added 3 sacks and up next is LA who just gave up a 17 burger to the Bills defense.

Kicker: 

  1. Matt Bryant (ESPN 29% / Yahoo 27%) – The Falcons are playing at the highest level I have since they won the NFC South back in 2013. Bryant has been able to take advantage of an offense that has been unstopable the first 5 weeks of the season to move the ball. Seattle will be another massive test for the Falcons and that could mean a lot of FG opportunties in the great North West.
  2. Brandon McManus (ESPN 36% / Yahoo 29%) – McManus has had over double digit field goal attempets over the past three games and it should continue in San Diego. Especially if Rookie Paxton Lynch gets the start.
  3. Nick Novak (ESPN 12% / Yahoo 16%) – The Texans struggled badly Sunday against the Vikings but everyone has. With Indy on deck in primetime Sunday night I believe the offense bounces back and that means Novak Field Goal attempts the plenty.

Well there you have it,  The Waiver Wire is in the books for this week. I will see you all next Tuesday for another edition! If you ever have any fantasy questions hit me up via our email: Insider@tffgurus.com or on Twitter @TFFGurus

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