Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 6
October 12, 2015 | Evan Sandel
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Charcandrick West (11% Yahoo, 0.3% ESPN)
The big news of the week, besides Gary Barnidge’s ‘great’ (ridiculous) catch, was Jamaal Charles blowing out his ACL. This is horribly depressing for the owners who invested a high first rounder on Charles, but will otherwise trigger a waiver wire gold rush for Knile Davis, who many fake footballers will remember from two games last season in which he went off for 211 yards and three scores after Charles went down with a high ankle sprain.
But not so fast, this time around Charcandrick West was the man to come into the game after Charles went to the locker room. A 2014 UDFA elevated from the Chiefs practice squad, West had a stellar preseason and appears to have overtaken Davis for the role of primary backup to Kansas City’s annual All-Pro.
West, while not quite as fast as Davis, doesn’t shy away from contact like last years fill-in; he has good hands catching out of the backfield, he’s the better pass-protector and has superior vision to boot.
A converted cornerback, West had a stellar senior year at Abeline Christian, scoring 16 touchdowns and averaging a dominant 6.2 ypc. He’ll look to pick up where he left off next Sunday against a Vikings’ defense allowing 4.7 yards per rush attempt, 27th in the league.
Davis is worth rostering too, as this might be something of a committee. However, West should be your first waiver priority, while you cross your fingers that everyone with a higher priority goes after the guy they’ve heard of before.
Charles Sims (19% Yahoo, 39% ESPN)
The Bucs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon, putting up 38 points in the process. They somehow reached that number while only allowing Jameis Winston to throw the ball 19 times, and seven of those times the ball was caught by a running back.
As the volume of passing plays continues to decline while the Bucs cope with Winston’s disappointing debut, the roles of both Doug Martin and Charles Sims will both continue to grow. Sims has sneakily scored double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive games and is officially half of a two-headed monster on a run-heavy team. He’s especially worth adding in PPR formats as he’s the man on the field for most passing downs.
Willie Snead (43% Yahoo, 29% ESPN)
As the Saints’ passing game continues to figure itself out in the post Jimmy Graham era, Ball State product Willie Snead appears to have established himself as an integral cog, leading the Saints in targets on Sunday against the Eagles.
A UDFA just a year ago, Snead has already played for the Browns, Panthers and failed a tryout for the Giants prior to finding himself in New Orleans.
Snead caught 6 passes for 141 yards this week and has flashed not only chemistry with Brees, but also big play ability with a 59-yard gain in the fourth quarter.
Snead appears to be settling in as the no.2 option for a prolific Saints’ offense and needs to be added in all formats.
He should have no problem keeping it going next week against a Falcons’ defense that allows 288 yards per game through the air – 29th in the league.
Blake Bortles (25% Yahoo, 27% ESPN)
Bortles finished 5th amongst quarterbacks in fantasy point scoring in week five, thanks to his four touchdown passes and 303 passing yards. Far from a fluke, Bortles is surprisingly sixth in scoring amongst QB’s this season. And with newly minted tight end Julius Thomas now healthy, he has an increasingly impressive array of weapons to throw to.
It’s hard to expect the situation in Jacksonville to remain so friendly to the young quarterback’s stat-line, but Bortles appears to have taken a step forward this year and is worth rostering for those with QB troubles.
It’s also worth noting that Bortles’ fantasy playoff schedule is absolute cake, as he’ll see the some of the worst passing defenses in the NFL in weeks 13-15. He’ll face Indy (287 ypg), Atlanta (288 ypg) and New Orleans (273 ypg). Bortles could be worth stashing just for that primo scheduling.
Richard Rodgers (46% Yahoo, 43% ESPN)
As the Packers’ receiver corps continues to get banged up – including Andrew Quarless who operated as the other half of Green Bay’s tight end committee – Rodgers is starting to see an expanded role. He only produced 45 yards against the Rams on Sunday, but far more significantly he lead the Packers in targets with eight, while Randall Cobb came in second with six. Rodgers has quietly become the third option for the best quarterback in the league and as such, needs to be rostered.
Larry Donnell (45% Yahoo, 56% ESPN)
Donnell’s value thus far has been mitigated by the presence of fellow tight end Daniel Fells. However, with Fells in the hospital dealing with what sounds like a truly horrific infection, Donnell will become relevant; his targets will significantly increase.
He’s a particularly appealing option because the Giants’ best receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., is short, and their running backs are unintimidating, therefore Donnell could be in line for a disproportionate number of short-range end zone targets.
Julius Thomas – While not widely available, his ownership is still surprisingly low at 72% on Yahoo and 57% on ESPN. If nobody bothered to stash him, go grab him.
Jermaine Kearse – Nobody is doing more with less than Kearse, who in the last two weeks has produced 18.2 standard fantasy points on a mere 4 receptions. That’s not rosterable in redraft, but makes for a good dirt-cheap DFS play if you feel like gambling.
Darren Waller – My latest attempt to find some value from a Baltimore receiver? A rookie projected as high as the third who fell to the sixth, presumably due to behavioral issues. Waller is Calvin Johnson sized and offers more upside than Kamar Aiken. With Breshad Perriman done for the year, Waller is a worthwhile stash if you’ve got room.