Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Week 6: Working the waiver wire

With bye weeks and injuries, it’s getting harder to put a consistent fantasy football roster together each week. Fortunately, there are several quality pick-ups this week that can help your team in a pinch. At this point in the season you’re not likely to find an every week starter on the waiver wire, but you can find weekly fill-ins. Here’s a list of players that should be good replacements in week 6.
Vince Young – QB Tennessee
There never seems to be an appetite for Young until you really need a QB. This week is a perfect match-up for Young, a Monday night game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags are near the bottom of the league when it comes to pass defense. With Buffalo, Cincinnati, Carolina and Arizona all on bye this week, I doubt there’s much need for a bye week fill-in. But Young could be a good replacement for Aaron Rodgers, if he’s out, or Jay Cutler, who’s returning from injury.
Mike Hart – RB Indianapolis
Anyone who plays a prominent role in the Indianapolis Colts offense should garner attention. With Joseph Addai and Donald Brown both nursing injuries, Hart could be the Colts feature RB on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Hart is a versatile RB who works well in the Colts offense. If Addai and Brown are both out for an extended period of time, Hart should be considered an every week starter for your fantasy football team.
Kenny Britt – WR Tennessee
Three TDs in three games will land you on virtually every waiver wire list. Britt has been Vince Young’s favorite red zone target of late, and his match-up this week could yield more success. Britt has disappointed a lot of fantasy football owners during his young career, but now he appears ready to contribute. Britt is a good play this week against Jacksonville and should be considered for your starting line-up.
Brandon Gibson – WR St. Louis
With Mark Clayton done for the year, Gibson could be the guy to step into the starting WR role. With Danny Amendola working the underneath routes, Gibson could be the guy to stretch the field. Clayton was having a solid season before tearing up his knee. The young Gibson could grow-up fast in this new Rams offense. (For the record, Amendola is the better pick-up of the two WRs, but I’ve already suggested you pick him up in previous posts.)
Steve Johnson – WR Buffalo
The guy with the ordinary name has been extraordinary the past three weeks. Johnson has four TDs in his last three games including 2 TDs against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Johnson is clearly QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite target in Buffalo, and should be picked up. I expect Buffalo to throw the ball a lot this year, considering how bad they are. The Bills are on a bye this week, but if you need a WR going forward the third year WR is a great option.
James Jones – WR Green Bay
With TE Jermichael Finley now likely out 8-10 weeks with a bum knee, Jones could be the guy who reaps the benefits. The Packers do not have a solid back-up TE on their roster and I expect them to use 3 and 4 WRs more often. Aaron Rodgers targeted Jones eight times on Sunday against the Washington Redskins and I expect his role to increase. Give Jones a solid look if you need a WR.

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