11 Oct Fantasy Football: Week 6 Waiver Wire: Adding Depth Moving Forward
About time we have made it through a week without a bevy of serious or season ending injuries to some of our key fantasy players. The most serious was earlier in the week when the Buccaneers put RB Charles Sims on IR after injuring his knee in their Week 4 affair versus the Broncos. Jacquizz Rodgers filled in admirably finishing with 101 rushing yards on 30 carries while also adding five receptions for 28 yards. He may move back into a secondary role as the Bucs have a bye in Week 6 possibly giving starter Doug Martin to recover from his ailments.
Eddie Lacy (GB)- Lacy went down with a left ankle injury in the Packer’s 23-16 win against the New York Giants. Lacy left in the 4th quarter and did not return. Lacy’s injury is not severe, however there is no word on his status for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. James Starks got the 4th quarter carries, and expect him to fill in for Lacy in case he is not active Sunday.
Steve Smith Sr. (BAL)- Smith Sr. did not make it past the 1st quarter, as he has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury the past two weeks. Harbaugh did not give the severity of the injury, and Smith Sr. did not speak to the media following Sunday’s lost to the Washington Redskins. It seems as though his injury is more of a pain tolerance thing, and since Smith Sr. is a tough S.O.B, I expect him to play, but with limited snaps. With that being said, be careful browsing the waiver wire for the next Ravens receiver, as Smith Sr. was not the only Ravens wide out to get injured.
Mike Wallace (BAL)- Wallace took a hard shot to the ribs on the last play of Sunday’s game. Wallace stayed down for a short amount of time, but managed to head to the locker room under his own power. His injury seems to be less severe than Steve Smith Sr.’s, as he is optimistic to play. He is listed as questionable for Week 6 as of right now.
Jeremy Hill (CIN)- Hill exited in the 3rd quarter due to a shoulder injury, leaving Giovanni Bernard the bulk of the carries. Hill reiterated Monday evening that he is okay, but considering Bernard got the start, it would not surprise me if he got the start over Hill this week against the New England Patriots. Hill was also listed as questionable in Week 5 dealing with a chest/shoulder injury.
Gary Barnidge (CLE)-Barnidge had X-Rays taken on his right ankle following the Brown’s blowout loss against the Patriots. Although his injury does not appear to be serious, expect him to make the injury list and is likely to be questionable for Week 6. The outlook on Barnidge’s performance this Sunday will depend more on the status of his quarterback than his injury.
Cody Kessler (CLE)- Kessler is listed as day-to-day for Week 6, but there is a good chance he plays this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, according to Mary Kay Cabot, writer for Cleveland.com. Kessler exited the game in the 1st quarter after he took a hard shot to the ribs against the Patriots.
Marcus Mariota (TEN) vs. Cleveland- The Tennessee quarterback looks to be putting his past two weeks of poor performance behind him. Although Mariota only threw for 163 yards, he had three passing touchdowns and added 60 additional yards and a score on the ground. This week his team will take on a struggling Browns club that has given up the 25th most passing yards per game, and is tied for third most passing touchdowns against with 13. Furthermore, Mariota and his offensive line have done a great job keeping him upright as the team has the third lowest sacks given up (7), and the Browns struggle to get after the passer displayed by being ranked 27th in the league with only seven sacks of their own. If Mariota can continue to protect the ball and gain additional yards on the ground, he may be a serviceable fantasy starter as the season progresses.
Brian Hoyer (CHI) vs. Jacksonville- Another player who gets to do a double-take on this list, and rightfully so illustrated by the numbers he has put up over three consecutive weeks. He has surpassed the 300-yard mark and two touchdowns in his three games since taking over as the starting QB for the Bears. In his last performance Hoyer threw for 397 yards and two touchdowns in Week 5, and has continued to protect the ball much better than Cutler in his time as starter. Barring any indication that the quarterback situation in Chicago is changing, Hoyer has a good matchup in Week 6 against Jacksonville.
Colin Kaepernick (SF) @ Buffalo- It was only a matter of time before this move was conducted. He had multiple operations in the offseason and was not going to be ready for opening day or else I believe this move happens Week 1. Blaine Gabbert has not been absolutely atrocious thus far in 2016, but he is not good enough to win games, or even mount comebacks in late game situations due to the limitations in his arm and big play ability. By no means am I saying Colin will come in and light the world on fire like he did under Jim Harbaugh that triggered a situation that led to long-time San Fran QB Alex Smith moving to Kansas City. What I can tell you is he has a much bigger arm than Gabbert (although with little-to-no touch), and is much more athletic which can lead to lofty rushing totals acting as a scoring floor each week.
Please go back and read what I wrote about James White (NE) and Bilal Powell (NYJ), as both of my assertions came to fruition. http://thesportscrew.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=16265&action=edit
James Starks (GB) vs. Dallas- The numbers 24 carries for 42 yards are far from usable as a fantasy asset, but with Eddie Lacy banged up, the Packers are potentially in need of a fill-in starter. We’ll see if Lacy is good to go in Week 6, but if not, Starks immediately vaults into a borderline top-25 play. There isn’t another true running back on Green Bay’s roster.
Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) BYE- While Martin could return for Tampa Bay following a Week 6 bye, Charles Sims is out for at least eight weeks after being placed on the injured reserve list. That opens the door to Rodgers sustaining a role, perhaps comparable to the one Sims had when both he and Martin were healthy. For now, Rodgers should be added in 12-team leagues and can certainly be used in your lineup in Martin does not return in Week 7.
Bobby Rainey (NYG) vs. Baltimore- In today’s NFL there are two different types of RB on most teams; one that can run between the tackles, the other acting as the pass-catching back. Rainey definitely fits the latter, and has had 22 total touches in the two games that Shane Vereen has missed since being placed on IR. The stat to take notice of is 13 of his 22 touches has been via the reception, and he has amassed 26 points over two weeks in a PPR setup. Over the next three weeks the Giants will play the Ravens, Rams, and Eagles all of which they could be playing from behind where Rainey finds himself on the field more often in that situation.
Jay Ajayi (MIA) vs. Pittsburgh- (Throws up in mouth). It is so hard to endorse this Miami backfield. First of all we have a player in Arian Foster, that if there were a place in the HOF for a player who had the most Q’s (questionable) next to his name during his career, he would surely fulfill the prerequisites. Unsurprisingly, we still do not have clarity on whether Foster will play in Week 6, but if he’s inactive again Ajayi holds some value. Adam Gase admitted he had to cut down the four-man committee he was using at the RB position, and it proved to be true as Ajayi found the end zone and scored double digit points even in a standard league. Running back depth is tough to come by, and with Foster’s injury history that he continues to extenuate, Ajayi is a formidable addition.
Sammie Coates (PIT) vs. Miami- Coates has emerged as the No. 2 passing threat in the high-octane Pittsburgh offense. He has six catches in consecutive games and exploded for a pair of touchdowns in Week 5. Drops remain an issue, but Coates is a must-add in all leagues. Obviously with the suspension of Martavis Bryant there was going to be big shoes to fill by the mediocre brigade that the Steelers’ secondary receivers represent. Prior to the season most of the fantasy community thought Wheaton would be the one to receive the enlarged role. Through the first week or two it actually was Louisville product Eli Rogers taking advantage of the opening. Coates was providing the team with a 40-50 yard huge reception through the first three weeks, but Week’s 4-5 he has been magnificent. Against the Jets two weeks ago he grabbed six balls for 79 yards, but then exploded versus the Jets in Week 5 handing in a 6/139/2. The upside is obvious and if he is still available go scoop him up.
Davante Adams (GB) vs. Dallas- Adams has scored in three of four games played this season and picked up five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in Week 5. With Randall Cobb currently banged up, the potential value of Adams is notable. He’s something of a wide receiver handcuff in the Packers’ passing offense. He will step up into the top two on the Packers’ WR depth chart if Cobb has to miss any time due to injury.
Cameron Meredith (CHI) vs. Jacksonville- There are two ways to evaluate the nine-catch, 130 yards and one touchdown performance of Meredith: one is to recognize that Week 5 could well be the best game of his season, the other is to examine a few positive indicators working in his favor. He led all Bears WR with 63 offensive snaps that helped him accumulate 12 targets (also team high). He assumed the role that Kevin White had before his injury, and it’s worth noting that White led all Bears in targets before he went down. Meredith can definitely be considered for 12-team leagues or larger, and at the least be considered a stash.
Charles Clay (BUF) vs. San Fransisco- If you know me, or have ever read my work/listened to our Saturday Football radio show on The Sports Crew Radio, you would know that I hate suggesting any Buffalo Bills (my hometown team) players as a fantasy asset. Nevertheless, Clay is one of Buffalo’s primary receiving targets as Sammy Watkins continues his stint on the Bills’ injured reserve. The tight end caught five passes for 73 yards in the Bills’ win over the Rams. The Buffalo tight end is somewhat limited by the lack of a passing attack, catching over half of the Bills’ 124 passing yards. Clay has a very advantageous matchup against a susceptible San Francisco secondary in Week 6, which hopefully spurs the Bills to increase their volume of passes.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (NYJ) @ Arizona- Here we go again with this guy being mentioned in fantasy circles. Very maligned like other tight-ends who have been promoted as this “breakout guy,” (Kyle Rudolph, years of this finally looking true, Jordan Cameron, Eric Ebron, Jared Cook, Travis Kelce, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen). Probably missing a few names there, but it illustrates how volatile and unpredictable this position can be. I suppose we could say that the emergence of Cameron Brate in Tampa Bay, with a corresponding move to release ASJ was pretty unpredictable. The Jets were the winners of ASJ sweepstakes, picking him up off of waivers after he was released by the Buccaneers. In his Jets debut, Seferian-Jenkins caught two passes for 17 yards, marking the first time this year a Jets tight end made a reception. Although the reception and yardage totals for the New York tight end were low in Week 5, it is likely he will get more involved in the offense as other Jets receivers, including Eric Decker, deal with injuries.
Check on back next week for more injury updates and corresponding waiver moves you can make to stabilize your fantasy teams.
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