Fantasy Football 2014: Week 6 Waiver Wire Update
Taking a Look at the Week 6 Waiver Wire Trends
October 7, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and around here that means it’s fantasy football waiver wire time. We saw some critical shakeups this past weekend due to injury, and fantasy owners everywhere are flocking to the wire to pick up replacements for their starters. Who should you be targeting? Well, let’s take a closer look at some of the trending names and see what to make of them.
Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers: Oliver came from out of nowhere to gash the normally stout Jets rush defense to the tune of 19 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown. As if that weren’t enough, he added 68 yards and a score on four receptions.
With Donald Brown hurting due to a concussion (sustained in the first quarter), this Darren Sproles clone makes a fabulous add just about everywhere. He even gets a nice matchup against Oakland in Week 6.
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Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos: In another case of a backup coming on strong after injury, Hillman took over for Montee Ball after Ball pulled his groin against Arizona. Hillman ended up rushing 15 times for 64 yards.
The initial diagnosis on Ball doesn’t look too good (he should be out for a few weeks), so it appears Hillman is going to be heading something of a committee-back approach in Denver for the foreseeable future. Ball owners will want to pick him up if possible.
Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants: Moving on to our third case of injured-RB pickups, Williams showed his stuff after an early exit from Rashad Jennings (who is week-to-week now). On his 20 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown, Williams posted the second straight awesome fantasy outing.
The indications before the season were that New York was going to move toward Williams at some point this season anyway, and it looks like it’s happening now. Jennings owners need to make room for him.
Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams: The RBs were dropping like flies in Week 5, and Cunningham benefited statistically as well. He rushed seven times for 47 yards and a TD and also added 24 yards in the passing game against Philly.
The payoff here depends on Zac Stacy’s status this week. If he’s not healthy, Cunningham will get the lion’s share of the opportunities. That said, the matchup against the Niners isn’t so great.
Tim Wright, TE, New England Patriots: Let’s transition from the doom and gloom of the RB market and check out Wright. He was on fire against the Bengals, catching all five of his targets for 85 yards and a score in a huge Week 5 win.
Lots of people are picking up Wright this week, and if you’re among them you should bear in mind that he only plays during certain packages (19 of 84 snaps on Sunday). He’ll likely have to score to be relevant most weeks, and he carries a lot of risk moving forward. Low-end backup only.
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