Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 6
Every Tuesday I will be bringing you the NFL players who have somehow flown under the fantasy radar and are owned in far too few leagues given their production and/or ceiling. Injuries and byes are inevitable, too.
With the first game of the week a mere 48 hours away, here are some players that are on quite a few waiver wires out there that simply shouldn’t be.
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (Yahoo 5% owned; ESPN 1.1%) – 4% FAAB
It’s easy to forget that this soon to be 30-year old has made just 17 career starts (less than Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson). The fantasy community was eager to pull the plug on Weeden, but with Josh Gordon back in the folds and Jordan Cameron performing as an elite tight end, it is entirely possible that the Browns starting quarterback is at least a reasonable bye week replacement over the next two weeks with games against the Lions and Packers (Matt Ryan, Ryan Tannehill, Terrelle Pryor, and Drew Brees all have byes).
He’s not a superstar, but with favorable matchups and a handful of quarterbacks on bye, he’s worth considering if you didn’t draft a backup signal caller.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans (Yahoo 4% owned; ESPN 0.6%) – 3% FAAB
He didn’t play exceptionally well against a very solid Chiefs defense (21/41 for 247 yards with one touchdown pass and two interceptions), but he showed that he is what he is: a quarterback that will make as many good plays as bad plays, resulting in decent fantasy numbers (especially if you’re in a pinch).
I like the fact that he spread the ball around (five players had at least five targets) and that he was willing to get his nose dirty (six carries for a team high 50 yards and a score). He’s another one that I’m not over-extending for, but assuming that Locker remains sidelined, Fitzpatrick will face the Rams, Jags, Colts, and Raiders in November (when 15 teams have their bye week).
I’m not picking up Nick Foles or Jeff Tuel. The Eagles have come out and said that Mike Vick is the team’s starting quarterback (when healthy) and the Bills aren’t going to shy away from E.J. Manuel when he comes back. Tuel is the better bet to get extended playing time over the next month or so, but with a hobbled Stevie Johnson and a banged up backfield, I don’t trust him in anything but 15 team two quarterback leagues.