By Greg Larnerd
We’re getting to the point in the fantasy football season here in Week 6 where things can start to go one way or the other for your team. Or maybe you’ve experienced some bad luck early and have run into some unfortunate matchups where no matter what you do you happen to be facing those one or two players that goes bonkers each week. Maybe because of that you’re 1-4, looking up at everyone in the standings.
Either way it’s time to make moves to get you over the hump and out of the basement, or, to keep you ahead of the competition by racking up some wins and claiming some talent to help your roster off the waiver wire.
Some players we’re going to look at are to add value and depth to your roster and may not add immediate playability but no worries. There will come a time when their workload increases because of effectiveness or the opportunity will arise with an injury or with a prominent player on a bye. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
Brian Hoyer (Chicago Bears, 28% CBS League owned): Jay Cutler who? We know Hoyer isn’t the long-term answer for the Bears or probably any other team because at age 30, we’ve seen what he is over the years. But hey, maybe he’s finally figuring it out, 30 is the new 20 as they say, right? You heard what Tom Brady said after coming back and winning this past weekend, that he feels better at 39 than he did at 29, so there’s still hope for Mr. Hoyer.
Nevertheless, he’s preforming well for a very average Bears team, a team Jay Cutler couldn’t do anything with. Whether you pick him up as a bye week plug-in or to start him on a weekly basis based on the matchup, he’s worth an add at QB. Speaking of matchup, he’s got the Jacksonville Jaguars up this week, so play and enjoy.
James Starks (Green Bay Packers, 33% owned): Just when Eddie Lacy seemed to be getting his footing this early season, he sustains an ankle injury (yes pun intended). He was unable to return to the game Sunday night and knowing the Packers have no other viable option at the RB position if Lacy misses time, it’s all on Starks. He’s a must add to handcuff to Lacy if you haven’t done so already. And, if Lacy is out for any length of time, Starks will certainly carry the load at RB for Mike McCarthy and the Cheeseheads.
Bobby Rainey (New York Giants, 9% owned): The New York Giants backfield situation is not a good one but there is a beacon of light and it seems to be Bobby Rainey. He’s been effective out of the backfield catching the football and has been something of a safety valve for struggling QB Eli Manning by catching 13 passes the last two weeks. This fact makes him a very intriguing flex option in a PPR league or if you’re looking for a bye week plug in.
James White (New England Patriots, 67% owned): I know he’s highly owned but if you’re in a PPR league and there’s a chance you can snag him off your waiver wire please go do it now. Much like Bobby Rainey, White will provide you with a solid receiving option out of the backfield in NE. With Tom Brady back in the mix the playbook is wide open and there will be more of an up-tempo offense, which will only benefit Mr. White (11 catches 113 yards last two weeks).
Jeremy Kerley (San Francisco 49ers, 7% owned): The 49ers are not a good football team but WR Jeremy Kerley is getting an opportunity and for the most part he’s making the best of it after being dropped by the New York Jets. If you’re looking for a bye week plug in this could be a guy you look towards, he’s got a tough match-up as they head for the land of the Ryan brothers in Buffalo but he’s their #1 WR so he’ll get looks in the passing game with what is now new starting QB Colin Kaepernick, although he may have to get himself a bit of a haircut or at least a trim to fit that fro he’s been rocking fully into his helmet.
Cameron Meredith (Chicago Bears, 3% owned): The 12 target, nine reception, 130 yard and 1 TD performance this past Sunday may have been an anomaly. But, I’m looking at the Bears’ life without Kevin White and Alshon Jeffery banged up, so I’d utilize the addition of Meredith as a handcuff with Jeffery just in case anything were to happen where he’d miss time. He also led all Bears receivers in snaps played with 63. If that continues and Hoyer continues under center there could be some real opportunity for Meredith to contribute in more games moving forward.
Happy waiver wire hunting this week, fantasy fanatics.
Greg Larnerd is the CBS Sports Radio Round-Up Midday Host on CBS Local Sports, 10am-2pm on RadioRoundup.com. Greg’s the resident fantasy football nut, constantly talking everyone’s ear off around the office about all things fantasy football and the glory that is this great game.
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