I took a bye in Week 5, but I’m ready for Week 6 with my mind right and a fresh set of fingers, ready for another week of fantasy football. Week 6 means that we’re 10 weeks away from a newly crowned fantasy football champion and by now you should be getting a better feel for your team. We’re a little over a third of the way through the season and you should be able to identify what is and what isn’t working for you. We’ve seen some injuries, roster shakeups and by now you should be getting a good sense of things to come for your fantasy players. So without further ado, I present to you the best waiver wire pickups for Week 6.
Andre Holmes, WR Oakland Raiders: Although the Raiders have now lost an abysmal 11 straight games, their 31-28 shootout of a loss on Sunday did display the big-play ability of Andre Holmes. The third year receiver out of Hillsdale College (yeah, I had to Google it too), Holmes had four receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns, 77 of which came on the opening drive of the very exciting game. Not only did Holmes lead the game in receiving yards, but he also led all Raiders’ receivers in snaps with 48 and targets with eight. Add that to the fact that he is clearly Derek Carr’s favorite target and it makes Holmes a very attractive waiver wire pickup in a young passing attack that is trying to find its way. Over the past two games, Holmes has had nine receptions on 20 targets for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Holmes is available in about 95 percent of fantasy leagues.
Antone Smith, RB Atlanta Falcons: Through six weeks, Antone Smith is one of fantasy football’s biggest mysteries in the fact that we’re not quite sure how he’s going to produce every week. One thing that is for certain though, he always finds a big way to produce, making him quite the X Factor for the Falcons’ offense. In their loss to the Bears on Sunday, Smith had four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown and while we expected some more action in the run game, he only had two rushes for five yards. While he’s listed as running back, Smith hasn’t put up double digit rushing yards since Week 4, yet he’s put up double digit fantasy points in most standard scoring PPR leagues over the last three weeks. He’s also scored four touchdowns in very limited playing time this season. Head coach Mike Smith has admitted he wants his running back to be a bigger part of the offense moving forward. He’s still a bit of gamble, but it’s one that’s paid off so far. Smith is available in about 70 percent of fantasy leagues.
Carson Palmer, QB Arizona Cardinals: It’s been four weeks since we’ve seen him play, but after being sidelined with a nerve injury, Carson Palmer looks like he’s back in business. Completing 28 of his 44 passes; Palmer threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Not particularly flashy, something that could be chalked up to about four weeks of rust, what was a great takeaway from this game was that he didn’t throw any interceptions. While it wasn’t as good as his debut, it was still a solid game for Palmer, who has two very dangerous targets in Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. What does bode well for Palmer is that he has four favorable matchups through Week 10 as the Cardinals have Oakland, Philadelphia, Dallas and St. Louis on the schedule, which is the perfect opportunity for him to get back into the swing of things. Palmer is available in about 70 percent of fantasy leagues.
Malcom Floyd, WR San Diego Chargers: Age is just a number and at 33 years young, Malcom Floyd is putting up the numbers for a receiver 10 years his junior. In their win over the Raiders on Sunday, Floyd had five receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. With a banged up Keenan Allen playing through a groin injury, Floyd stepped it up and proved he’s still got some gas left in the tank. Over his last three games, Floyd has been targeted 14 times, pulling in 11 of those passes for 214 yards. Despite his age, Floyd is still capable of the big play. Should Allen get healthy and start playing as people thought he would, Floyd’s numbers could dip. In standard scoring PPR leagues, Floyd has put up double-digit fantasy points in five of the Chargers’ six games this season. The only time he failed to do so is when he put up a goose egg in week two. Floyd is available in about 75 percent of fantasy leagues.
James White, RB New England Patriots: With Stevan Ridley most likely missing the rest of the season with a knee injury, the logical pickup would be claiming Brandon Bolden off of the waiver wire, right? Well, maybe not. Although many people think Bolden would be next in line to pick up Ridley’s duties in a two back system with Shane Vereen, it could actually be the rookie James White. The reason being that Bolden is a busy man on Sundays, working on all four special teams units and only coming in on emergency situations. The Patriots fourth pick in this year’s NFL draft (130 overall), White has only been active in one game this season, which was their Week 4 beat down against Kansas City, where White had three rushes for 21 yards. White, who finished his senior year at Wisconsin with 1,444 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns, could step up into a big role for the Patriots if he is elected to share duties with Vereen. It’s a gamble with White, but to be fair, predicting the Patriots’ backfield is a crapshoot. White is available in virtually every fantasy league.