By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
It's time once again to hit the waiver wire in anticipation of week six.
With the fantasy football season almost half over, the waiver wire gems
are going to be more difficult to come across leaving each passing week
more important than the last. With that said, let's take a look at
which players could have an impact immediately and which players may be
better off staying on the waiver wire.
Branden Oliver- Running Back- San Diego Chargers- With injuries piling
up in San Diego, Branden Oliver is the latest Chargers player to step up
and make an impact. Ryan Matthews is set to return to the team in the
next couple of weeks but for now, fantasy owners should ride the wave of
rookie Branden Oliver. Especially with the Oakland Raiders as the week
six opponent for the Chargers. What makes Branden Oliver's week five
performance that much more impressive was it came versus the Jets who
happen to be the fifth toughest team to run on. Oliver totaled 182 yards
and two scores making him a top waiver wire add heading to week six.
Andre Williams- Running Back- New York Giants- With an MCL injury to
Rashad Jennings, it looks to be Andre Williams time to shine. He is off
to a great start where in week five, he had a total of 83 yards and a
touchdown. All indications are Williams will get every opportunity to
show what he can do and should even get goal line touches as well. There
is a possibility of Peyton Hillis stealing some touches from the Boston
College rookie but this looks like Williams' job to lose until Jennings
Odell Beckham Jr- Wide Receiver- New York Giants- Finally over his
hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first four weeks of the
season, Odell Beckham Jr wasted no time in showing what he can do with
four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown on five targets. Beckham Jr
played half the snaps for the Giants offense in his debut and figures to
receive more going forward barring any setbacks with his hamstring.
Storm Johnson- Running Back- Jacksonville Jaguars- After five weeks of
pedestrian numbers out of Toby Gerhart, the Jaguars may look to rookie
Storm Johnson for week six. Johnson played just eight snaps in week five
which ranked fourth among Jaguars running backs but looks to be in line
for a heavier workload in week six. Of the eight snaps Johnson saw, he
carried the ball four times for 27 yards. After an 0-4 start to the
season, it may be time for the Jaguars to see what Storm Johnson can do
Antone Smith- Running Back- Atlanta Falcons- When your line after five
weeks shows you have four touchdowns and are averaging over 16 yards per
carry on 17 touches, fantasy owners have to wonder why Antone Smith
isn't getting more touches. Smith has clearly been the better back in
Atlanta thus far and could be a potential sleeper candidate if he gets
more touches going forward. He is capable of breaking off big plays as
he's showed this season and is worth a stash in case the Falcons wise up
and showcase him more.
Travis Benjamin- Wide Receiver- Cleveland Browns- While Travis Benjamin
may have been on some fantasy owners radars, he definitely made a name
for himself in week five when he caught two touchdowns. This may be
another second year receiver ready to break out or it could have been
just a game but either way Travis Benjamin should be a player fantasy
owners keep an eye on.
Ronnie Hillman- Running Back- Denver Broncos- With the groin injury
expected to keep Montee Ball out multiple weeks, Ronnie Hillman could be
the next man up in Denver. There are a couple of other possibilities
for the Broncos to use as Ball's replacement but Hillman is definitely
in the mix. He did rush for 64 yards on 15 carries versus the Cardinals
in week five leaving him in the mix for touches.
Juwan Thompson- Running Back- Denver Broncos- The rookie out of Duke was
the most impressive running back in week five for Denver when Montee
Ball went down with an injury when he rushed for 15 yards and a
touchdown on three carries. As is the case with Ronnie Hillman, Thompson
should be in the mix for touches in the absence of Montee Ball. He will
probably end up splitting time with both Ronnie Hillman and C.J.
Kenny Britt- Wide Receiver- St. Louis Rams- Before this article goes any
further, let's all pump the brakes on Kenny Britt. His week five stat
line would suggest there is still life left in Kenny Britt but fantasy
owners should not buy into the hype of one week. His three catches for
68 yards and a score may have some fantasy owners thinking about picking
him up but there isn't a good enough reason to use a roster spot on a
player that has his better days behind him. Granted Britt does have two
double digit fantasy points games this season but unless fantasy owners
are desperate for receiver help, Britt will look better on the waiver
wire than fantasy rosters.
Tim Wright- Tight End- New England Patriots- As of this moment, Wright
isn't worth owning simply because his playing time isn't there. That
could all change in a week but for now, Wright's season high in snaps
remains at 21 and that came back in week one. With Gronk looking
healthier each week, it may be difficult for Wright to get the playing
time he needs to be fantasy relevant. The days of two tight end sets in
New England may be a thing of the past.
Jermaine Kearse- Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- Even though Kearse had a touchdown on Monday
night and sees eighty percent of snaps on a weekly basis, he's not
getting enough targets to warrant taking up a roster spot on fantasy
teams. He saw two targets in week five and caught his lone target for a
15 yard touchdown.
C.J. Anderson- Running Back- Denver Broncos- The Broncos backfield is
about to become a lot more crowded now that Montee Ball is expected to
miss significant time with his groin injury. Fantasy owners should
expect less touches from Anderson who was a healthy scratch in week five
and has done nothing the last two weeks. It seems like a majority of
the running back duties will fall on Ronnie Hillman and rookie Juwan
Thompson until Ball is healthy enough to return.
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