Week 6 Waiver Wire is an interesting & pivotal time in fantasy football when it comes to rosters and the free agents available. If your one of the top teams in your league you are more inclined to play it safe and try to continue your success. If you are on the opposite end of the standings however, it’s time for a change. Time to roll the dice a little bit and take some gambles. It’s not impossible to climb out of the hole you currently find yourself in, but each week that goes by it is becoming more and more less likely to happen.
Let’s say you are 1-4 for example. It’s time to give up on guys like CJ Anderson and Peyton Manning. You cannot afford to keep waiting to see if these guys breakout or return to there old form. If you can trade them (which is very unlikely), you do it. If not…it’s time to consider dropping them for guys on your waiver wire who will actually produce for your team. You are no longer in a position to wait.
Another big issue for many fantasy football GM’s, especially those who’s team are struggling at the start of the season. Is the value they put in a players name and not his game. Sure Jimmy Graham was a monster of a TE with the Saints, but with the Seahawks he hasn’t produced outside of one game and the future games don’t look much brighter. If a guy like Barnidge is available on your waiver wire you have to add him and start using him over Graham. Stop letting the household names mislead you.
Remember…it’s not about their name, its about their game.
Week 6: Waiver Wire Adds
|Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars||I was originally not one of those who were consigning Bortles, but its starting to appear like he's the real deal. A couple of things work in Bortles favor which is why I am officially agreeing with the idea of picking up Bortles off the waiver wire. It hasn't been said for quiet some time now but the wait is over, the Jaguars have offensive weapons. Legit weapons with guys like Robinson, Hurns and Yeldon, not to mention that Julius Thomas has also returned from injury. Bortles numbers will still vary depending on who the Jags play. However, they score a bunch of points when playing in games where they are behind, and that tends to be more often than not.|
|Charcandrick West, RB, Chiefs||First, I'm not a big fan of West but suddenly their is a huge hole at the RB position for the Chiefs and someone has to fill it. In steps West, of course with Knile Davis tagging along. Neither will perform like Charles, fantasy football aside, the NFL is a better place when Charles is playing, so get healthy soon. Their is football to be played so pickup West and give him a shot, especially if you were the Charles owner. I don't feel great about him but again he needs to be owned.|
|Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots||This is simply a stash before he comes back from injury move. He was pretty effective last season and it seems like Brady is intent on throwing the ball all over the field all game long. LaFell when healthy should step right back in the thick of things and make plays. If you can afford to stash him, pick him up and sit him on the bench for now.|
|Gary Barnidge, TE, Browns||Barnidge is another guy I had no faith in after his first big game of the season...and then again after his second big game of the season. Now? Barnidge seems to benefit from being a part of a team that stinks and plays "throw the ball as much as we can to try and score points because we are so far behind" type of football. Consider me a fan of his game and as slim as the TE position is right now, he def. should be in your lineup.|
|Christine Michael, RB, Cowboys||This is Christine Michael's second appearance on my list. If you listened to me last week and added him, great. As I'm sure you heard today the Cowboys are thinking of bumping down Randle's playing time after the bye week and letting Michael have a real shot at equal carries. Get him while you can, we may be finally getting ready to see the "potential" always talked about when discussing Michael.|
|Josh McCown, QB, Browns||Yes, I'm serious. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying go all crazy and expect McCown to be your rest of season starter but he is certainly worth being the 2nd QB on your roster. Bye weeks are upon us and injuries happen. Like some other players on this list McCown benefits from being a a part of a team that is constantly playing from behind. In fantasy, all points count so garbage time points here we come!|