Week 6 of the NFL season is upon us, and the bye weeks continue as the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the week off. Tom Brady is back in the NFL following his suspension, and he led the Patriots to a win over the Browns in dominant fashion. With some fantasy starters missing this week due to injury or bye, you might need to hit the waiver wire. Who am I intrigued by? Here are some ideas. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears. The Bears may be who we thought they were, but Brian Hoyer is looking pretty good. He's been fantastic so far with Chicago, so he's a likely decent fill-in. He could even keep the starting job in Chicago once Cutler is healthy.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota and the Titans face Cleveland this week. That means you want to start him. If he's available in your league go get him, especially if you need help at the position.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys. Your league has likely forgotten about Tony Romo as a fantasy option. However, he could be starting in week 8. If you're weak at the position and have an open spot to work with, grab him now. It could help you win your league.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Smith isn't an every week starter by any means, but he's been great against the Raiders. In his last four starts against Oakland, he's put up at least 20 fantasy points in standard scoring systems each time.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers. Artis-Payne broke out for the Panthers in a big way against the Buccaneers, scoring two touchdowns. He's been an enticing fantasy option since he was drafted, but has struggled for looks. If he continues to play like this, he'll force his way into carries.
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos. Booker might not be a must start THIS week, but he's starting to eat into CJ Anderson's workload in Denver. Booker is a talented back that I liked a lot coming out of college. He has the talent to earn more touches in Denver, and he could emerge as a vital piece of your roster down the stretch if he continues to show that he can do well with the touches that he is given.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. I'm high on Powell, and have been the past few seasons. He's never going to be a bellcow back, but he will always put up at least respectful flex-type numbers. If you need that type of help, then Powell is your guy this week. Go get him.
James White, RB, New England Patriots. It's always tough to hype a Patriots running back, but with Brady back under center, White is a must-roster until Dion Lewis gets healthy. He might or might not be start-worthy each week (that's the price of rostering a Bill Belichick running back, but the upside is there if you feel like taking a gamble.
Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots. With Brady back, Hogan's value skyrockets. His value should once again increase with Tom Brady throwing him the ball. He was a hero in the preseason and will be the number 2 WR in this offense moving forward.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, San Francisco 49ers. I'm not a 49ers fan, but Kerley has done some nice things in the San Francisco offense so far. He's hit or miss, and is as likely to have a bad game as he is a good one, but if you're desperate he could get you there.
Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears. Meredith has looked great since Kevin White went down with injury. He should continue to put up solid numbers as long as Brian Hoyer is under center. Meredith is a guy that could be a sneaky start this week if you need help at the position.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts. Especially if you're in a smaller league, Moncrief could be available due to his injury. He's halfway through his recovery and could be a huge part of the Colts offense when he returns. Grab him now and stash him if you have room.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Patterson continues to look like a valuable part of the Minnesota offense. He's not the top receiver in this unit, but he will continue to be a nice complimentary piece (starting in week 7 after his bye), and could have some nice value especially in PPR leagues. He's not a starting option this week but he will help you when the Vikings return from their bye.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills. Clay has had 5 catches in each of his last 2 games, and he gets to face the 49ers, a team that is extremely generous for tight ends. He should have a nice week this week.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. My weekly public service announcement on Eifert. He shouldn't be available in your league, but if he happens to be, get him on your roster. NOW.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers. James is wickedly touchdown dependent, but when he scores he puts up some solid points. Add him and expect Heath Miller version 2.0.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers. Jared Cook is out again this week, and Rodgers gets to face the Cowboys. He's really streaky, but could put up a nice game against Dallas.
Detroit Lions D/ST. The Lions defense is never a great option, but they do play the Rams. The Rams are a team that struggles to put up points, even though they have a strong defense. The Lions defense could have a good week this week.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. The Titans defense gets to face the Browns. Enough said.
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