Fantasy Football: Some Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 6
Heading into Week 4, Jeffery was on my waiver-wire list, but there is a good chance that he is no longer available in your league(s).
Since then, he had his first-ever 100-yard game and followed that up with his first-ever 200-yard game where he set the franchise's single-game receiving yards record (218) on Sunday.
Every week, we compile a list of potential additions to your fantasy squad(s) that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in either the short- or long-term (or both).
For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list.
Here's a new list of players to consider adding to your fantasy squad (sorted based on position and Yahoo! ownership):
QB - Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
Although I would prefer Terrelle Pryor, who was on last week's list, Bradford is the best of the remaining QBs still owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! leagues.
No quarterback has thrown more pass attempts than Bradford (216) through Sunday's games although Atlanta's Matt Ryan has only 43 fewer going into Monday night's game — and has thrown for 43-plus attempts in two of four games. Regardless, the point is Bradford has thrown it a ton so far this season. In addition, he has thrown 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions on the season.
RB - Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (49 percent)
One of the league's more underrated players, Thomas is perhaps a better real (than fake) football player, but he has some flex appeal if he's available in your league(s). Thomas is averaging only 2.9 yards per carry this season, but he he also has 28 receptions for 166 yards through five games. Only Danny Woodhead, who was on last week's list, has more receptions (31) so far this season.
RB - Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (18 percent)
Entering Week 5, Stacy had one NFL carry for four yards in four games. Getting his first-ever start against the lowly Jags in Week 5, however, Stacy took advantage and rushed for 78 yards, the most by a Rams back this season, on 14 carries. With a solid performance on Sunday, it appears likely that he will continue to lead the Rams in touches in Week 6 and going forward.
RB - Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (12 percent)
Through three games, Bolden is averaging 6.6 yards per carry and has 12 receptions. Until Shane Vereen is eligible to return, Bolden should continue to get passing-down work (and more). Both Stevan Ridley, who missed last week's game with a thigh injury, and LeGarrette Blount have had some issues with fumbling.
RB - Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (six percent)
Early in the Giants' loss to the Eagles, David Wilson left the game with a neck injury and was kept out of the game. Considering the Giants play on Thursday night, it appears highly unlikely that Wilson will play and it's possible that it turns into "a multi-week injury."
Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Jacobs isn't a great option even if Wilson is out this week. With 22 carries on the season, he has only 48 rushing yards for a yards-per-carry average of 2.2 and the Bears are allowing only 3.7 yards per carry and 98.2 rushing yards per game.
In addition, the team will re-sign Da'Rel Scott according to various reports.
WR - Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks (32 percent)
Harvin, who had hip surgery in August, is on the PUP list and eligible to return in Week 7 although that's unlikely to happen. That said, Harvin has began running last week and could be back in early November. As dynamic of a player as he is, he's worth stashing if you have the bench space as his return gets closer.
WR - Rueben Randle, New York Giants (38 percent)
Unless there is an injury to Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz, Randle's fantasy value will be much greater in 2014 than 2013. For the second time this season against a divisional foe, however, Randle had a big week. He finished the game with six receptions on 13 targets, both of which are season highs, for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Through five games, Randle has 17 catches for 258 yards and two scores.
WR - Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (five percent)
With only three catches through Week 3, Allen has stepped up in the past couple of weeks with big performances. After a 5/80 performance in Week 4, Allen set career highs with six catches on nine targets for 115 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown. With the injury woes to San Diego's receiving corps, Allen should continue to get a healthy dose of targets.
WR - Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (23 percent)
Wright has four consecutive games with five-plus receptions and 50-plus yards and had his best game of the season last week with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. Through five games, he has 26 receptions for 266 yards and a touchdown, which puts him on pace for 83 catches, 851 yards and three touchdowns.
WR - Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys (16 percent)
In two games with Miles Austin (hamstring) on the sidelines, Williams, one of the team's third-round picks, has stepped up with two excellent fantasy performances. In those two games, Williams has a combined 11 receptions for 222 yards and a touchdown.
While he's unlikely to have any more 151-yard games this season, he can be productive, especially when Austin is out. This week, the Cowboys host the Redskins, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to receivers heading into Week 5.
TE - Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (three percent)
Although he was inactive in Week 3 and the 'Skins had their bye in Week 4, Reed has been more productive than Fred Davis this season. Reed has 13 receptions, fourth on the team, for 106 yards and a touchdown so far. In addition, the Cowboys, his Week 6 opponent, has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing TEs heading into Week 5.
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