Fantasy Football Week 6: Through The Waiver Wire


Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) runs the ball in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Jets won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Berry’s waiver wires and sleepers, oh my. If you started foaming from the mouth after reading the first few words, then you, my fantasy football nerd, are ready for some fantasy football — and it may also be time to see a shrink. If you’re in a league, or several leagues, it’s all business from here on out. Fantasy football. All. The. Time.

Owners: Don’t jump off the ledge just yet. There’s plenty of season left, and if you dedicate yourselves to weekly roster maintenance, you can still right the ship. More importantly, if you want to


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Waiver Wire must-haves below:

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith
Yes, you read that correctly. Geno Smith is coming off a 199 yard, three-touchdown performance. The rookie quarterback has himself a hot hand, and he’ll carry that in Sunday’s game against the 0-5 Pittsburgh Steelers. This Steelers team is not what they used to be on both sides of the ball, so look for Mornhinweg to call a genius gameplan that will give Smith the best chance for another big game — also, keep in mind that the Jets are running the ball now, and they will use their 3-running back committee to get the pass game going — Smith can hurt you with the deep ball, and on the ground, so if you’re looking for a quarterback for this week, Geno is the way to go.

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson
If you still haven’t picked up Fred Jackson, what’s wrong with you? More importantly, if Jackson is still available, what kind of hack league are you in?

Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel is out, so the Bills have some guy named Thaddeus Lewis, who they picked up at the local 7-11, under center. I can’t imagine they’re going to throw a lot, meaning Jackson will get a huge workload. Yes, they’re going against a tough Bengals defense this week, but with Jackson’s versatility and increased workload, he’ll rack up the points.

Da Bears
If Jay Cutler and/or Alshon Jeffery are available, please pick them up. Why? They’re going against a terrible, and banged up, New York Giants defense. Enough said.

Atlanta Falcons receiver Harry Douglas
You may be asking yourself: who in the world is Harry Douglas? Well, you’ll know exactly who he is after Week 6.

We know the Falcons love to pass — especially with Steven Jackson still out, and with Roddy White nursing a hamstring injury and Julio Jones probably out for the rest of the season, Douglas will get a lot of attention.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne
Yes, this is digging deep, but if you’re looking for a starter this week, Henne will provide you points. Jaguars starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, is out for an extended period of time, so Henne is Jacksonville’s man until Gabbert comes back.

The Jaguars are going against a not so tough Denver defense, so it will be a quarterback-friendly matchup. Let’s keep in mind that Denver is giving up a league-high 365 yards passing per game, and, knowing Henne’s game, he’s going to chuck it around everywhere — and being that the Jaguars will definitely be playing from behind, the team will definitely keep throwing it, especially in garbage time.

Houstan Texans tight end Garrett Graham
If you’re in need of a tight end this week, or even down the road, Garrett Graham should be your top priority. With Owen Daniels out for four to five weeks with a fibula injury, Graham will be Matt Schaub’s safety valve.

The Texans are one of the team’s that uses their tight ends the most inside the 20-yard line, so with Daniels out, Graham will get plenty of red zone looks. Oh, I forgot to mention that Graham is also tied for fifth in tight end touchdowns. Do the math.

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