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Fantasy Football Week 6: Five Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Week 6 of fantasy football is about to be in full swing come Thursday night. Bye weeks and injuries are always a part of the game, and some will certainly need help from the waiver wire this week. Since the 2012 NFL season is flying by, most waiver wire options will be scarce, but there is still value out there, folks. Injuries to Green Bay Packers RB Cedric Benson and Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams will have a cluster of new faces on the waiver wire at the RB position.

The following teams are on bye week for week 6 and they will more than likely alter a few lineups out there. The Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the New Orleans Saints have the week off. Players like Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, the Bears D/ST, and Maurice Jones-Drew, and Jimmy Graham will be shelved so what are owners to do in week 6?

Bye weeks are unavoidable, there is no skipping them, sort of like taxes and death. Nobody wants to deal with them, but you just have too. It's just part of life. This is why I stress keeping your bench strength at the maximum, and always keeping active on the wire.

Look through your leagues that you are in. You will notice, the majority of the time, those who do not put in the work and make moves week in and week out, are more than likely struggling through six weeks or they are about to hit a drought. That's fantastic if you drafted such a great team that you do not need to go digging for that gold mine, but that's usually not the case. Here are the week 6 waiver wire warriors you should be targeting

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Number 5: QB Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders


QB Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders - Carson Palmer is owned in roughly 58% of all leagues, but only being started by a meager 5% of teams. With the Raiders coming off their bye week, it's very possible he is just sitting there on the wire for the taking. Palmer has made the best of a bad situation with his top wide outs injured. Jacoby Ford is out, Darrius Heyward-Bey had his clocked cleaned two weeks ago, but he will be back for the Raiders week 6 match against the Atlanta Falcons. Denarius Moore had an ailing hamstring, but the bye week has helped that issue, and he looks to be back at 100%. The Raiders should have to air it out against the Falcons, and Palmer has had success in the past in the Georgia dome. In 2010, as a Cincinnati Bengal, Palmer exploded for 412 passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions. If history truly does repeat itself, don't be surprised if he throws three again on Sunday.

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Number 4: RB Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts


RB Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts - With Donald Brown out at least a couple of weeks with some torn cartilage, Vick Ballard has been named the starting running back for the Colts. While his numbers are lousy (42 yards on 21 carries), Ballard might actually emerge as a viable option. His week 6 opponent, the New York Jets have been miserable at stopping the run. Through five weeks, the Jets have given up seven rushing touchdowns and a whopping 723 yards on the ground. Ballard may end up in a timeshare, but as long as he's the starter, especially against a soft run defense like the Jets, he holds value.

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Number 3: WR Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

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WR Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans - As long as Matt Hasselbeck remains the Titans quarterback, Kendall Wright will continue to see targets. To begin the season, Jake Locker was not looking Wright's way all that often, but now that Hasselbeck is running the show, Wright's targets have increased. Last week, Kendall saw a team high 11 targets, catching 9 of them for 66 yards. He failed to reach the end zone, but if he keeps getting fed like this it's only a matter of time. Wright in only owned in roughly 11% of leagues, but if the looks keep coming his way, the production will come and so will the waiver wire vultures. The Titans may have lost all faith in RB Chris Johnson, and may turn into a pass-first team, so don't snooze on the rookie.

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Number 2: WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

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WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns - Gordon is an intriguing player to keep an eye on. Let's face it, the Browns are a pretty lousy team, and are usually facing deficits early in games, forcing them to turn into a pass-happy offense. The Browns best play maker is clearly rookie RB Trent Richardson, but after that it's pretty thin. Wide receiver Greg Little was supposed to be the go-to-guy for rookie QB Brandon Weeden, but he cannot be trusted as he drops way too many balls. Gordon has emerged as the home run hitter, as he flashed his potential last week against the New York Jets, hauling in two touchdowns on two receptions. He did have a total of eight targets last week, so his hands are just as suspect as Little's are, but he seems to be showcasing a little more potential than Greg is. Keep a close eye on Gordon.

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Number 1: TE Joel Dreessen, Denver Broncos


TE Joel Dreessen, Denver Broncos - I think we have all seen enough out of Joel Dreessen that we can assume he is worth a look in almost all leagues. Dreessen has become a target that QB Peyton Manning looks for in the red zone quite often. While he won't light up the board with mass amounts of receptions, he has hauled in three touchdowns in three consecutive games. Jacob Tamme has 21 receptions versus only eleven for Joel. Still, Dreessen ranks higher and averages more fantasy points than Tamme on a weekly basis. Dreessen is virtually un-owned with only a measly 3.2% of leagues having them on their roster, but I think he deserves a little more respect. If you are a Jimmy Graham owner, or need tight end help, Dreessen could be your guy.

Michael J. Igyarto is a featured columnist and fantasy football expert at Rant Sports

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