7:10 pm, October 9th, 2012
There are slim waiver pickings out there for sure. Many free agent lists have been picked clean, especially with the bye weeks creating heightened urgency among Fantasy owners. But we keep you ahead of the curve, telling you who to pick up before they become hot waiver targets. Remember: you found out about Jackie Battle and William Powell here first. On to our week 6 waiver wire recommendations (all photos via Getty):
1.Add: Alex Green, RB, Packers
This is the obvious add after Cedric Benson went down with a Lisfranc injury and could be out at least eight weeks. Green excited Fantasy players with a late 41-yard run against the Colts, but let’s put his appeal in perspective. He is not suited to be an every-down runner, and is unlikely to make a major impact on your team. Grab him, and then trade him to a team that is desperate for RB help. He’s not going to help you much.
2.Add: William Powell, RB, Cardinals
Hopefully you added Powell when we initially recommended him. But if not, here's another reminder. Many Fantasy owners will opt for LaRod Stephens-Howling first because he is ticketed to start, now that Ryan Williams is out for the season again. Powell, however, is more physically equipped to handle a larger workload than Stephens-Howling and could get any potential goal-line carries. None of the Cardinals RBs may amount to much, but Powell had a good preseason and now may get the shot he deserves.
3.Add: Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets
Someone has to catch the ball on the Jets, even though the offense looks about Pop Warner level at the moment. Kerley asserted himself well on Monday Night Football, catching five passes for 94 yards against the Texans. Kerley is the only sure-handed and remotely dependable wide receiver on the Jets roster right now. No matter who is going to play QB for New York, they will look for Kerley frequently on key passing downs.
4.Cut: Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers
Looking at Freeman on film, it’s apparent he is not about to recapture his rookie form. He is completely scattershot and his accuracy seems to be a big issue. Despite the addition of Vincent Jackson, Freeman has shown no noticeable signs of improvement this year. Other players have emerged as viable No. 2 Fantasy QBs over him, and his statistical ceiling is quite low on an every-week basis.
5.Add: Matt Flynn, QB, Seahawks
Pete Carroll simply can’t stick with preseason sensation Russell Wilson too much longer. While the rookie has tried very hard to limit his mistakes and has a mediocre receiving crew, the Seahawks offense has looked limp under his guidance. Marshawn Lynch has not been affected in a major way, but he is not scoring frequently enough. Carroll needs to give his veteran acquisition a shot, as a more experienced player might be able to spark the passing game to at least the point of respectability. Flynn should be stashed just in case he proves he is worth the money the ‘Hawks spent on him.
6.Add: LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers
He played pretty well during the preseason, obviously miffed that the Bucs added rookie Doug Martin. Then, just before the bye, Blount re-emerged as a goal-line option, which was startling considering all the problems he had getting in the end zone in the past. Blount has been very motivated and focused this season and could continue to vulture TDs from Martin.
7.Add: David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
He is officially out of the doghouse, and is playing with more focus and confidence. Wilson was a mess very early on, looking nervous and overwhelmed by the pro game. But he regained his composure on special teams first and then scored on a 40-yard run against Cleveland, another confidence builder. Wilson seems set to lock up the No. 2 RB job behind Ahmad Bradshaw again, and we all know Bradshaw is notoriously brittle.
8.Don’t Add: Robert Meachem, WR, Chargers
He scored twice against his former team, the Saints, in Week 5. Well, facing an old ballclub often brings out raised production in players. Meachem may go right back into the statistical tank after his best game as a Charger. He was highly inconsistent as a Saint, following promising performances with weeks of nothingness. Don’t waste the pickup.
9.Add: Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
We recently recommended that you release him, because he simply was not developing a rapport with Jake Locker. Veteran Matt Hasselbeck, though, has discovered Wright as a favored target when he is trying to play catch-up. Kenny Britt has not been a factor in the passing game and Hasselbeck needs a potential playmaker other than Nate Washington at WR. The arrow is pointing up again for Wright.
10.Add: Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
Brandon Weeden has been throwing the ball a lot, and he finally discovered Gordon’s big-play ability in Week 6, connecting with him for two TD passes. Gordon has great raw talent and can certainly challenge defenses. Consistency may be an issue, but he will be a good matchup play when you need a bye week option. Also consider his teammate, Jordan Norwood, in PPR leagues.
11.Add: Mario Manningham, WR, 49ers
This is simply for a one-week play. We noted for Meachem before that guys often show up to make an impact when facing their former teams. The same applies to Manningham. You can be sure that Manningham had Week 6 circled on his calendar since the summer. He’ll get in the end zone this week against the Giants and will make a nice plug-in option.
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