Did your first-round pick tear a muscle you can’t pronounce? Is your top running back doing more sucking than running? Welp, Let’s look for sleepers and waiver wire gold together, and be wrong together, and cry together.
As the sands of time pass through the hour glass, the waiver wire thins. This week, Alex Green is your waiver hero, and he could be stuck in an ugly committee if he doesn’t produce immediately.
Yep, it’s come to this in Week 6.
1. Ryan Tannehill: He’s still out there, and he’s still the most efficient and trustworthy bye week filler, a title that should be especially sought after this week with Cam Newton, Drew Brees, and Jay Cutler sitting out. Tannehill had a mediocre fantasy day in Week 5 with just 223 passing yards and no touchdowns. This week his matchup isn’t exactly appealing either against a St. Louis defense that’s allowed only two passing touchdowns. But as you’re about to see below, if it’s a desperate filler you seek, there are far worse options out there, and this week Jabar Gaffney could be worked into the Dolphins’ offense more.
Percentage owned: ESPN – 5.4%, Yahoo – 9%
2. Kevin Kolb: The tumble beyond Tannehill begins with Kolb, who’s usually a bad idea. However, although his 350 passing yards and four touchdowns (with, um, for interceptions) are very much looking like pieces in a vicious outlier performance in Week 4 against New England, he has a decent chance to be a serviceable bye filler this week. That’s because of the Bills, and the 303 passing yards they gave up to Alex Smith this past Sunday. Over 75 career game appearances, that was only Smith’s third 300-yard game.
Percentage owned: ESPN – 16.6%, Yahoo – 24%
3. Kirk Cousins: Deep league Robert Griffin III owners with a lower waiver priority need to make this claim, even though it’s looking like RG3 will practice tomorrow, and be ready for this week. But right now on a Tuesday night the reports of Griffin feeling good mean little, especially after earlier in the season Darrelle Revis seemed to be fine after his concussion, and he was then a surprise scratch. If it’s going to cost you next to nothing, be cautious and buy the insurance.
Percentage owned: ESPN – 0.1%, Yahoo – 0%
1. Alex Green: With Cedric Benson gone for at least two months due to a Lisfranc injury, a committee will develop in Green Bay, and Green will be its leader. Under normal circumstances, that would mean a more cautious approach this week in terms of your need to make a claim, with James Starks and Brandon Saine vulturing carries. But against a Texans defense that’s playing its first game without run stuffer Brian Cushing, Green is an intriguing flex play.
Percentage owned: ESPN – 0.8%, Yahoo – 13%
2. William Powell: It’ll be a time share in the Arizona backfield until Beanie Wells returns in about six weeks, with Powell and LaRod Stephens-Howling replacing Ryan Williams after he was lost for the year. The Cardinals’ staff reportedly doesn’t trust Stephens-Howling to hold up under a heavy workload, so lean towards Powell if you’re looking for either the next man up to slide in for Williams, or a flex play.
Percentage owned: ESPN – 0.1%, Yahoo – 6%
3. David Wilson: He has at least one foot out of the dog house now after his 44 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Browns on just two carries, and Wilson will get more looks in the short term behind Ahmad Bradshaw while Andre Brown deals with a concussion. For the general fantasy population, Wilson can remain on the wire. But the Bradshaw owner needs to act, because Wilson is his handcuff again now, and he provides additional value as an explosive kick returner.
Percentage owned: ESPN – 53%, Yahoo – 18%
1. Stephen Hill: He practiced in a limited capacity late last week, giving faint hope that Hill could return from his hamstring injury and give Mark Sanchez a respectable receiving option. But for your purposes, when he returns matters little, because Hill’s injury isn’t a long-term one, and once he’s back he’ll get significant targets because someone has to catch footballs for the Jets.
Percentage owned: ESPN 17%, Yahoo – 16%
2. Josh Gordon: His targets could and should decrease if Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin are healthy. But they also could and should increase moderately after Gordon showcased his blazing speed and had as many touchdowns as receptions against the Giants this past Sunday (two apiece) and 62 yards. At the very least, he should be ready to edge ahead of Benjamin as the No. 3 receiver in the Browns’ offense.
Percentage owned: ESPN- 0.3%, Yahoo – 3%
3. Domenik Hixon: The Giants’ WR depth chart beyond Victor Cruz is crowded with Ramses Barden and Reuben Randle also producing. But if Hakeem Nicks remains out — and at this point he’s only hinting about being ready for the Niners this week – rostering the default No. 2 receiver in the league’s third-ranked passing offense is always a fine strategy during a time of desperation due to byes or injuries. Since Nicks went down again two weeks ago, Hixon has 169 receiving yards on 11 catches.
Percentage owned: ESPN – 17%, Yahoo – 49%