Fantasy Football Fix: Viable Week 6 Waiver Wire Targets
Another week is just about in the books, and boy was it a memorable one.
First off, before we get started I would just like to congratulate Drew Brees on his record-breaking night. Brees broke Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas’ ancient record by throwing a touchdown pass for the 48th straight game on Sunday night, as the New Orleans Saints received their first win of the season. He then went on to toss three more touchdown passes, all of which to Marques Colston.
It is always great to see a guy like Brees succeed like this, and there is no doubt he will soon make it to the Hall of Fame himself.
Now, let’s get back to the Fantasy Football.
As we get deeper and deeper into the season, fantasy owners must be on top of the waiver wire if they are serious about contending for their league championship. With a handful of injuries and bye weeks to consider, I am here to assist you in finding the best players to add. Consider me your waiver wire tour guide, if you will.
Pretty corny, right? Yeah, I thought so too.
Anyway, there are a few players out there that hold significant value for fantasy owners, especially with more and more bye weeks on the horizon. Who are they, you ask? Ahh, well you have come to the right place.
Remember, even if you don’t necessarily need a player, it is always smart to stash them on your bench to block an opponent from grabbing them.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck showed the entire NFL something spectacular on Sunday afternoon.
And no, his last name has nothing to do with the performance he put on.
The rookie quarterback looked like anything but a rookie as he led his team to a come from behind victory over the Green Bay Packers. Luck played with poise, showed veteran leadership and made Colts fans forget about Peyton Manning for the time being.
Now, let’s look at Luck from a fantasy perspective, shall we?
Any doubts you might have had about adding him to your team should be gone. Luck finished Sunday’s game 31-of-55 for 362 yards with two touchdowns (and a rushing), which equal number one quarterback type fantasy numbers. The fact that he and veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne (212 yards and a touchdown) are developing top notch chemistry is something to keep an eye on.
With bye weeks in full affect, and certain quarterbacks dealing with injuries, Luck must be added in all leagues. His next three opponents are the New York Jets without Darelle Revis, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans. Very favorable quarterback matchups so add him without any hesitation.
Rahsard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Rashard Mendenhall.
That’s right, Mendenhall is back in action and looked great against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards and a score. The former Illinois running back looked great. He made strong cuts, shed off tackles and caught the ball out of the backfield well.
It is safe to say that Issac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer are in the rear view mirror.
Mendenhall is without a doubt a must-add in any league. The Steelers entered Sunday’s game with the 30th ranked running attack in football. Now that Mendenhall is back in the mix, they may return to a ground and pound offense, which makes Mendenhall very valuable in fantasy land.
So, having said all of this, stop reading immediately and go grab Mendenhall off of waivers. Like now.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
The Packers are looking to get Randall Cobb more involved in their offense.
And with Pro Bowl wideout Greg Jennings still nursing a groin injury, they may have to.
Cobb finished Sunday’s game against the Colts with 4 catches for 82 yards and a score. Although James Jones and Jordy Nelson appear to be the more valuable targets, Cobb has something they don’t.
With Cedric Benson leaving the game early with an apparent foot injury, and second string back James Starks still dealing with a turf toe, Cobb may see a significant amount of carries. This makes him a very nice flex option if you need him, especially in PPR leagues. If lined up in the backfield, Cobb will be a great option for screens and toss plays. And of course, he is still a threat as a receiver.
Jennings’ groin continues to be an ongoing issue, so Cobb is an automatic handcuff if you own him. If not, I still like Cobb as a bye week flex option, especially in PPR formats.
Devery Henderson, WR, New Orleans Saints
Filling in for Lance Moore on Sunday night, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson became a part of history.
Henderson got behind the San Diego Chargers secondary and caught a 40 yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees , which gave Brees the new record, throwing a touchdown pass in 48 straight games.
However, that isn’t all Henderson did last night.
He finished with an impressive stat line of 8 catches for 123 yards and that score. Henderson got open often and Brees found him. If Moore is to miss any more time due to injury, Henderson remains a solid wide receiver number three and could be worth a look. But, with the way Brees spreads the ball around, it makes it difficult to rely on Henderson putting up a solid stat line week to week.
Robert Meachem, WR, San Diego Chargers
All I can say is, it’s about time.
Fantasy owners have been waiting all season for Robert Meachem to produce like he did on Sunday night. Meachem finished with just 3 catches for 67 yards, but hauled in two touchdowns. He finally seemed to develop some chemistry with quarterback Phillip Rivers, which could continue down the road.
The upside is there with Meachem. He is a speedy wideout who can make big time plays over the top. However, the question remains: Can he consistently make plays? That answer is up in the air for now.
But, if you own someone like Danny Amendola, who went down with a dislocated clavicle on Thursday night, Meachem may be worth a look. It is difficult to trust him at this point, especially in an offense with weapons all over the field.
Still, I suggest you keep Meachem on your radar throughout the season.
Brandon Gibson, WR, St.Louis Rams
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has to throw someone the football, doesn’t he?
Thursday night was filled with mix emotions for Rams fans. Their team defeated division rival Arizona Cardinals, but were also defeated by injury.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola, who had just recently been coming into his own, broke his clavicle. With Amendola likely out for a while, this presents an opportunity for a Rams wideout.That wideout is Brandon Gibson.
Gibson has only been targeted 23 times this season, compared to Amendola’s 49. However, Gibson’s targets are sure to increase. If you own Amendola, Gibson is a no-brainer handcuff. He has the speed and athleticism, and will most certainly be the Rams new number one receiver. His next three games aren’t too bad either, The Rams play the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.
Now, I’m not saying Gibson will turn into a fantasy superstar. But, being the new number one receiver, he is certainly worth a look. I know Bradford will be looking his way.