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Entering week six of the NFL season things are becoming more clear. Those on a clear path to the playoffs need to make sure they don’t get complacent, and make sure their roster is as good as it can be, because things can change rapidly for a fantasy football team. Those that are stuck in the middle grasping to anything they can trying to save their season are combing through the waiver wire trying to determine who to put in a claim for. Choose the wrong guy and your season is over, choose the right guy and you just might sneak into the playoffs. So put the high waiver rank to good use this week and add some of these guys and turn your season around. If you have questions regarding players not on this list feel free to hit my up on Facebook at Dynasty League Problems or on twitter @mikekelleydlp for more great information.
Top Waiver Wire Adds for Week 6
NoHalftime Waiver Add of the Week: WR Sammie Coates (PIT)
Sammie Coates was in a battle with Markus Wheaton to win the WR2 job opposite Antonio Brown, and everyone thought he had it locked up when Wheaton went down before the season started. Coates did absolutley nothing to lock down the job, in fact he did so poorly it opened the door for Eli Rogers to take a crack at the job. Rogers failed at his attempt to take the job and ended up getting hurt too. Wheaton was coming back as Rogers was getting hurt and he did nothing to take the job. So after trying to give it away for three weeks Coates finally stepped up in week four against the Chiefs with a solid game and followed it up with a great performance against the Jets. It looks like the Steelers finally have their WR2 and its Coates. Currently only 36 percent of Yahoo leagues roster Coates, and with as much as Ben Roethlisberger likes to throw the ball, I would be making room to added Coates to my roster.
QB Brian Hoyer (CHI)
If Hoyer has not earned the starting quarterback job in Chicago, it could only mean Jay Cutler has dirt on his coach. In his three starts this season he has thrown for an average of 339 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Those number are not resulting in wins for the Bears but clearly it is not his fault, and he is the Bears best shot at getting some wins. Owned in only 18 percent of Yahoo league I would be looking to add him to my roster, even if I already had a top starting quarterback. If I am in a 2QB league he is a must start every week until he cools off.
- Marcus Mariota (Titans) 47 percent owned
- Sam Bradford (Vikings)14 percent owned NOTE: Vikings on bye this week.
- Alex Smith (Chiefs) 18 percent owned
RB Bilal Powell (NYJ)
Things were not looking good for Powell after the frist two weeks. Powell was one of those popular zero running back ppr guys to have, but after two weeks he had three receptions for eight yards. It was looking like Matt Forte was taking all the carries and receptions. Since week three though Powell has 18 receptions for 136 yards. He is averaging close to eight targets a game in that span. Throw in the additional 22 yards on the ground and he is averaging and that makes him worth a little over 12 points a game, making him a low RB2 or flex starter. Currently only owned in only 35 percent of leagues he is a solid add for teams in PPR leagues. Like last season I expect his numbers will climb as the season wears on. His fantasy playoff run last year was a big part in helping me win my championship.
- Jay Ajayi (Dolphins) 31 percent owned
- Jalen Richard (Raiders) 21 percent owned
- C.J. Spiller (Seahawks) 7 percent owned
- Mike Gillislee (Bills) 3 percent owned
I had a hard time deciding between Kerley and Meredith here. I think both are solid pickups, but both offer cons. First Kerley, he was picked up right before the start of the season and has jumped right in as Blaine Gabbert‘s number one guy. Plus if your league rewards return yards he chips in a few there as well. The Con on Kerley is the 49ers might be making a quarterback change and with a new quarterback we wont know what his place in the pecking order will be. Now lets talk about Meredith. He had a monster game last week hauling in nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. He looked really impressive as the Bears WR2. The con on Meredith is he has had 17 receptions for 172 yards and no touchdowns in he previous eight games played. So which one do you target? With Kerley is seven percent owned and Meredith is only 2% owned, chances are either guy can be had if you are high enough on the wire. If I am in a redraft league and I need help this week I target Kerley, we know he is being used and we have more than one week to prove that. If I am in a dynasty league and or I have room to stash him to see how it pans out, I want Meredith. While this might be the start of something great for Meredith, it could also just be a fluke game against a weak D.
- Cole Beasley (Cowboys) 41 percent owned
- Chris Hogan (Patroits) 23 percent owned
- Davante Adams (Packers) 9 percent owned
TE Hunter Henry (SD)
Everyone expected Hunter Henry to take over for Antonio Gates at some point in the near future. No on expected it to be week three. Gates missed weeks three and four with a hamstring injury and Henry came right in started producing right away. Even after Gates came back this week Henry was still a part of the game plan. In the last three weeks he has 12 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Those are not top tight end numbers but certainly start-able tight end numbers. He is only owned in 28 percent of yahoo leagues, so if your tight end is going on bye or under producing Henry could be a tight end you plugin for multiple weeks.
- Jesse James (Steelers) 23 percent owned
- Charles Clay (Bills) 12 percent owned
Michael Kelley is a member of the Going For 2 team. You can check out his website Dynasty League Problems for more writings or find him on Twitter @mikekelleydlp spreading fantasy knowledge for the masses.