The craziness started on Thursday when both Brian Hoyer and E.J. Manuel went down with significant injuries. It continued on Sunday when Calvin Johnson was suddenly and unexpectedly declared Out. Then the injury bug hit Clay Mathews, David Wilson, Michael Vick, and Owen Daniels. And today it got just plain nutty when it was announced that Julio Jones might be gone for the rest of the season.
Some fantasy rosters are in serious need adjustments at this point, and one can only hope your league’s waiver wire has the quality of players you need to keep your fantasy team viable going forward. Some suggestions on who to look for on the waiver wire this week:
1. Justin Blackmon (WR, JAX) – Wise owners would have picked him up last week before a possible run on Blackmon stock if he performed great in Week Five. After 5 receptions for 136 yards and a 67-yard touchdown, Blackmon will be a tough snag off the waiver wire. But owners who own Julio Jones or who could use a WR2 with serious upside should pursue him aggressively.
2. Garrett Graham (TE, HOU) – Owen Daniels will be out 4-6 weeks with a fibula fracture. Graham has been productive as the second tight end in Houston. Regardless of who is at quarterback for the Texans, Graham will be an important part of their game plan in the coming weeks. Pick him up as a low-end TE1 if you need to replace Daniels or if you could use improvement at the position for a few weeks.
3. Danny Woodhead (RB, NE) – Amazingly, Woodhead is still available in many leagues. He obviously has the confidence of Philip Rivers and the Chargers coaching staff (i.e., he should no longer be considered a one-time wonder). He is a valuable RB2 in PPR leagues, and he should be used as a flex player or RB3 with upside in all standard leagues. He has Darren Sproles potential every week.
4. Nick Foles (QB, PHI) – Foles has not officially replaced Vick as the starting QB in Philly. But Vick will be out this week, and he is likely to go out again at some point. Foles has been running the Eagles offense well in his appearances this season. He should only be considered a QB3 at the moment. But if you have room for him on your roster, consider bringing on Foles in deeper leagues. He could become more valuable as the season progresses.
5. Zac Stacy (RB, STL) – Stacy has been declared the starting running back in Saint Louis. He did alright last week, rushing for 78 yards. But he has a tough schedule ahead of him, so don’t get your expectations too high. He’s on this list because he is breaking out as the main back on his team. For now, he should be used as a potential flex player when the matchup is right.
6. Charles Clay (TE, MIA) – Clay keeps producing in Miami. He scored his third touchdown of the year last week. He is on a bye this week, but if he is available in your league, you might want to grab him before other owners pursue him next week. He would be a great replacement for Owen Daniels, and should be considered a low-end TE1 going forward.
7. Alshon Jeffery (WR, CHI) – Jeffery hauled in 10 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown in Week Five. That does not make him a WR1 by any stretch of the imagination, but this was his second straight 100+ yard game and the Cutler-Marshall connection has been struggling. So consider Jeffery a legitimate WR3 with upside in all leagues. And don’t take a chance thinking he might pass through waivers as a free agent to you. His stellar performance on Sunday will make him one of the most sought after players on the waiver wire this week.
8. Terrelle Pryor (QB, OAK) – Does anyone realize that, despite missing one game, Pryor has more fantasy points (standard league) than Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick? And he is only one fantasy point behind a Tom Brady, who has played all 5 games. Granted, Brady, Newton, and Kaepernick are having a tough time of it in the fantasy world this season. But Pryor is at #20 among QBs after Week Five. So if you could use a low-end QB2 with some upside, consider picking him up. He has a favorable schedule ahead of him.
9. Harry Douglas (WR, ATL) – Douglas did not really step up to fill in for the ailing Roddy White during the first 5 weeks. But with Julio Jones possibly lost for the season and White having pulled a hamstring at the end of the game Monday night, Douglas should see many more targets when the Falcons return to the field in Week 7. Now is the time to pick up Douglas as a WR3 with upside who could become a solid WR2 by the end of the season.
10. Geno Smith (QB, NYJ) – In deeper leagues, Geno Smith has value, especially given the recent rash of injuries to starting quarterbacks around the league. He is beginning to come into his own, as evidenced by his performance on Monday night in Atlanta (3 TDs, 0 INTs, and poised under pressure). If you need a solid QB3 with upside, he is worth picking up. He is a good play in 2QB leagues as a bye week fill-in if his matchup is good.