Let’s all take a break from drowning ourselves in whiskey following the Texans’ abysmal loss to the Vikings to talk fantasy football, specifically the waiver wire. As we all struggle to compensate for injuries and bye weeks (this week we are without the services of Minnesota and Tampa Bay), here are a few names worth a second look.
Sammie Coates (WR—PIT): Coates had his career best game this weekend, amassing 139 yards and two touchdowns on six catches. He has big play potential and could be getting more targets from Ben Roethlisberger moving forward.
(ESPN: 40.1% owned, Yahoo: 39% owned)
Chris Hogan (WR—NE): With Tom Brady back at the helm, Hogan went from barely contributing to amassing 114 yards on four catches in Week Five. Hogan seems poised to become a major contributor to New England’s passing attack. Grab him while you can.
(ESPN: 34.8% owned, Yahoo: 25% owned)
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB—TB): He’s on a bye this week, so he can’t help you out immediately, but Rodgers should return in Week Seven as the RB2 in Tampa Bay (assuming that Doug Martin is back).
(ESPN: 26.6% owned, Yahoo: 20% owned)
James White (RB—NE): The return of Brady gave the entire offense a boost, and White was no exception. He has the most value in PPR formats (four catches for 63 yards in Week Five), but is worth an add across the board.
(ESPN: 38.5% owned, Yahoo: 46% owned)
Dwayne Washington (RB—DET): He burned me when I shoved him into my lineup in Week Four, but that’s really more on me than on Washington. I rushed to play him because my roster was riddled with RB injuries, and then Washington injured his ankle. Hello, 0.5 point performance! That aside, I do think Washington is the best option in Detroit’s backfield, and an investment stashing him now could pay off later.
(ESPN: 14.2% owned, Yahoo: 13% owned)
Cameron Meredith (WR—CHI): Meredith had an explosive performance in Week Five, totaling 130 yards and a TD. With Kevin White on IR for a significant chunk of time, Meredith should step up as the WR2 for Chicago in a big way. His performance last week might be a fluke, but he seems to be in line for a decent number of targets moving forward. Consider him stash-worthy.
(ESPN: 1.6% owned, Yahoo: 5% owned)
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Colin Kaepernick (QB—SF): He’s not a plug-in option right away, but Kaep has the starting job in San Francisco for now, and the potential to get things going for the 49ers. I’m not necessarily grabbing him off the waiver wire this week (unless you play in a two QB league or have no healthy QBs), but I’ll watch and see how he develops over the next few weeks.
Are there any other players that you think should be on the list? Who is your top waiver priority for Week Six? You can use the comments section to give advice, ask questions, or make fantasy predictions for this weekend.