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Fantasy Football News and Analysis: 2013 NFL Week 6: Top Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Adds

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 6: Top Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Adds

October 8, 2013

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Waiver Wire - Top WR adds

What a wild week in the Wide Receiver market.  Several young receivers have put together a string of good games, and BAM, the #1 WR, Julio Jones, is rumored to be done for the season.  Justin Blackmon's breakout return is coming at just the right time for Jones owners in position to grab Blackmon off the waiver wire.  If Blackmon is not an option, then here is a list of the top WR adds this week based on their value over the remainder of the season.

1. Justin Blackmon - Blackmon made a huge splash in his return to action on Sunday.  Blackmon had 5 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown against the Rams.  While the Rams defense has been very bad all season, it was still great to see Blackmon be able to get right into the mix and make plays. Blackmon finished the 2012 season on a very strong run, and on Sunday, picking up right where he left off.  Blackmon has several factors working in his favor at this point, which should help him be a top fantasy WR the rest of the season.  The Jaguars will be starting Henne at quarterback for the foreseeable future since Gabbert was injured again, and the Jags will have to throw a lot this year since they will most likely be playing from behind.  Blackmon has the skills and the talent to be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, and while his team is not that good, being on a bad team with a decent QB can make for lots of garbage time fantasy points.

Fantasy Football News and Analysis: 2013 NFL Week 6: Top Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Adds

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2. Keenan Allen - Allen is a very interesting player this year, and if Rivers continues to trust him in tough situations, he may just end up the rookie of the year.  Allen is on the verge of becoming Philip Rivers #1 WR, and that position has translated into very valuable fantasy numbers in the past.  The Chargers have not been able to run the ball very well this year, and while that is normally a problem for teams, Philip Rivers does not mind throwing the ball 50 times a game week in and week out.  If Allen does become the top receiver in San Diego, he will be a very valuable fantasy commodity the rest of the season.  And based on his play the last two weeks and the comments from Rivers, there is good reason to believe Allen will be a viable fantasy option the rest of the year.

3. Jerome Simpson - SImpson has become a forgotten man since his great flipping TD highlight from 2011.  It takes talent to make arguably the greatest TD score of the decade, and therefore, Simpson should not be looked over anymore.  Simpson has had two great games this year, and now that the Vikings are moving up at the quarterback position, Simpson has the chance to have a breakout year.  Simpson was a 2nd round draft pick in 2008, and he is finally in a situation where he can succeed.  AP keeps defenses focused on the run, and both Cassel and Freeman are competent passers that can get him the ball.  Greg Jennings is the biggest name on the Vikings receiving core, but he is not the most targeted player on the team, Simpson is.  All the signs are pointing to Simpson emerging as the top wide receiver in Minnesota and now that Ponder is all but officially out of the picture, it's time to take a gamble on Simpson.

4. Austin Pettis - Pettis was overshadowed all year by the hype around Tavon Austin and Jared Cook, but neither Cook nor Tavon have lived up to the hype.  Pettis has quietly become the top fantasy WR in St. Louis and he just might be Bradford's most trusted target.  Bradford has been spreading the ball around very evenly (Targets: Tavon: 40, Pettis: 36, Givens: 34, Cook: 33), and that is one reason Austin has a limited upside at the moment. However, Austin is coming through in the redzone, and he leads the Rams with 4 touchdowns.  Since Bradford likes to spread the ball around, Austin has limited upside this year, but he has been a decent option for 4 weeks in row now.

5. Terrance Williams - Williams was a relative unknown to the Fantasy Football World just a few weeks ago, but now, fantasy owners are starting to take notice of the rookie wide out from Baylor.  Williams is a 3rd round draft pick that has taken full advantage of his opportunity to get on the field because of a Miles Austin injury.  Williams has limited upside this season because he will be no more than the 3rd option in the Dallas passing attack, but if Romo can keep slinging the rock like he did Sunday against the Broncos, then Williams will be a fine fantasy add.  However, it's most likely that the Cowboys will continue to run the ball and Williams will have trouble putting up big numbers on a consistent basis. Fantasy owners can't ignore the fact Williams has 11 catches for 222 and a score over the last two games with Austin on the bench, and WIlliams seems more than capable of picking up the slack left by Austin.


Extra Note:

Alshon Jeffery - Jeffery has taken the Fantasy Football World by storm over the past two weeks, and the reason he did not make the list above is that he is owned in most leagues. However, if Jeffery is on your league's waiver wire, go ahead and pick him up.


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