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FANTASY FOOTBALL – Week 6 Waiver Wire FAAB Rankings


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FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo and Mike Cardano recap the Week 5 NFL injury report and talk through Mayo’s Week 6 waiver wire FAAB Rankings. They address how to approach bidding on Ronnie Hillman, Branden Oliver and Andrew Williams, and which defenses make the best streams. Plus, the guys break down the most important things to look at before spending your FAAB dollars, specifically, how have your league mates bid in the past and what are your current team needs?

Week 6: Ranks Debate | Sell Highs | Buy Lows | FAAB Bids | RB Adds
Week 6 Rankings: FLEXQB | RB | WR | TE & D/ST
More Week 6: Bye/Injury Pickups | Survivor Picks | Points Against

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Week 6 Waiver Wire FAAB Power Rankings

Week 6 Waiver Wire FAAB Rankings (suggested FAAB Bids for $100 budget)
*All Players less than 60-percent owned

Running Backs

  1. Ronnie Hillman ($52)
  2. Justin Forsett ($17)
  3. Branden Oliver ($43)
  4. C.J. Anderson ($7)
  5. Isaiah Crowell ($4)
  6. Jerick McKinnon ($4)
  7. Andre Williams ($33)
  8. Darrin Reaves ($3)
  9. Lorenzo Taliaferro ($1)
  10. Bobby Rainey ($1)
  11. Alfred Blue ($1)
  12. Travaris Cadet ($1)
  13. Benny Cunningham ($8)
  14. Antone Smith ($1)
  15. Roy Helu ($0)
  16. Chris Ogbonnaya ($0)
  17. Joseph Randle ($0)
  18. LeGarrette Montez Blount ($0)
  19. Storm Johnson ($0)
  20. George Winn ($0)
  21. Anthony Dixon ($0)
  22. Bernard Pierce ($0)
  23. James Starks ($0)
  24. Ka’Deem Carey ($0)
  25. Denard Robinson ($0)
  26. Peyton Hillis ($0)
  27. Dexter McCluster ($0)
  28. Damien Williams ($0)
  29. Tre Mason ($0)
  30. Daniel Thomas ($0)

Ronnie Hillman is the only potential game changing RB sitting on the Week 6 waiver wire. Remember: potential. His value is completely tied to the status of Montee Ball’s injured groin. Ball was spotted on crutches after the game and a lengthy absence would transform Hillman into a fringe Top 10 running back. He’d basically be Andre Ellington, but in a far more Fantasy friendly environment. Are we going to know the true extent of Ball’s status by the time waivers pass? Probably not. As of now, Ball is expected to be “out a while.” Concrete stuff right there. Welcome to the age of internet reporting. Let’s say the team makes a statement, are we expected to actually believe it? Two weeks ago, Jamaal Charles suffered a high ankle sprain, an injury that has a four-to-six week recovery time. Charles missed one game (which he almost played in) and was back to full strength by Week 4. Everyone heard “high ankle sprain” and had a FAAB orgasm on Knile Davis. Didn’t really work out. Hillman is going to be a gamble, but one with tremendous upside. And off the waiver wire, what more do you want? Put it this way: If Ball was out for the year, I’d blow close to my entire FAAB budget on Hillman. If it’s only a four-week problem (which my Week 6 Waiver Wire Power Rankings reflect. Why? Because that’s what I’m guessing, OK? ), I’d put in a moderate bid based on my running back situation. If I need immediate help, I’d up my bid. Here’s the one caveat: C.J. Anderson could be a factor if Ball misses time. He was a healthy scratch Sunday, yet, had been ahead of Hillman on the depth chart since the middle of the preseason. You must weigh Anderson’s involvement while assessing the risk of picking up Hillman. If you don’t want to splurge on Hillman or don’t have the necessary FAAB dollars to get him, I’d toss a sawbuck or two towards Anderson. Actually, that is precisely what I’ll be doing in all my leagues. Anteing up to get a piece of Denver’s offense is a worthwhile bet whether it works out or not. Stay up to date on the entire situation with me on Twitter – I’ll rap about it with ya. ORRRR, better yet, just tune into FNTSY Sports Network. This is literally why we exist… Don’t expect Top 10 RB performances from Justin Forsett every week. That’d be foolish. But, it’s becoming evident that when the Ravens aren’t blowing out the competition, Forsett is who they trust standing next to Joe Flacco. He was brought to Baltimore because of his familiarity with Gary Kubiak’s one-cut running game, but it’s his efforts in the passing game that will keep him on the field. His 23 receptions place him inside the top five of all RBs and, most importantly, his pass blocking rates much better than both Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro. Like, significantly better. Forsett’s carries will waver up and down week-to-week, however, the catches make him worth owning. I still think Taliaferro has the most long term value, for now though, this is Forsett’s gig to lose. And, who knows, maybe he’ll keep it… Donald Brown’s concussion left a gaping void in the Chargers’ backfield with only Branden Oliver aka fake Darren Sproles aka Max Mini remaining to fill it. With Danny Woodhead out for the season, and Ryan Mathews at least another week away from returning, Oliver could inherit the bulk of touches should Brown be unavailable next week. But, temper expectations. While Oliver could solidify himself as the starter for the rest of the season, he’s far more likely to morph into the new Woodhead once Mathews comes back. That’s valuable, no doubt, especially in PPR, but don’t blow your entire FAAB budget on him. People gravitate towards huge performances they’ve just witnessed, allowing that to dictate their bids, and after a two TD performance, Oliver will have Fantasy players in a frenzy. I recommend a reasonable bid of around 25-percent of your budget – any more is a too risky for me. If Brown can’t go against the Raiders in Week 6, Shaun Draughn will see work between the tackles… In the stash POWER RANKINGS Isaiah Crowell holds his lead on Jerick McKinnon, but Antone Smith has entered the fray as well. I’d be interested to see what he could do with 10 touches a game. Probably more things resembling this  The Panthers backfield is a mess. No word on whether DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart will be healthy enough to suit up against the Bengals in Week 5, and even if they remain out, spending a bundle on Darrin Reaves or Chris Ogbonnaya would be unwise. Both are deep league plug-and-play options only… If you have the space, Joseph Randle has Knile Davis-type upside should anything happen to DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys offensive line is so good that even Trent Richardson might be able to average 3.7 yards per carry behind it. OK, 2.7. Still, that’s saying something… George Winn is intriguing if Reggie Bush and Joique Bell’s injuries are more serious than anticipated. File Winn away in the “let’s wait for more news” section… Ditto for Andre Williams. He’ll possess tremendous value should Rashad Jennings’ knee sprain turn out to be more severe than expected, so adjust accordingly when the results of Jennings’ MRI are made public. The initial prognosis is that it’s not so bad, though. Peyton Hillis would get a bump in value in PPR formats should the worst be revealed. Mainly because Williams can’t catch… Zac Stacy left with a calf injury. Benny Cunningham filled in admirably during garbage time, but don’t read too much into that performance since Stacy should be available in Week 6.

WIDE RECEIVERS

  1. Brian Quick ($33)
  2. Rueben Randle ($27)
  3. Andrew Hawkins ($4)
  4. James Jones ($3)
  5. Allen Robinson ($4)
  6. Markus Wheaton ($2)
  7. Marvin Jones ($7)
  8. Jordan Matthews ($2)
  9. John Brown ($2)
  10. Jarius Wright ($1)
  11. Malcom Floyd ($3)
  12. Eddie Royal ($5)
  13. Louis Murphy ($2)
  14. Andre Holmes ($0)
  15. Allen Hurns ($1)
  16. Miles Austin ($0)
  17. Robert Woods ($0)
  18. Odell Beckham Jr. ($1)
  19. Mohamed Sanu ($0)
  20. Taylor Gabriel ($0)
  21. Brandon LaFell ($0)
  22. Kenny Britt ($1)
  23. Jeremy Ross ($1)
  24. Devin Hester ($3)
  25. Andre Roberts ($1)
  26. Kenny Stills ($3)
  27. Jeremy Kerley ($1)
  28. Jerricho Cotchery ($2)
  29. Davante Adams ($0)
  30. Brandon Lloyd ($0)
  31. Doug Baldwin ($0)
  32. Marqise Lee ($0)
  33. Brian Hartline ($0)
  34. Harry Douglas ($0)
  35. Donnie Avery ($0)
  36. Nate Washington ($0)

You should have listened to me on Brian Quick the past three weeks. Now, he’s really going to cost ya… I’m taking a mulligan on Rueben Randle. He’s absorbing targets at a high rate, Eli Manning is really keying on him in the red zone, and he can actually catch now. So that’s a bonus. The ODB, Odell Beckham Jr., looked OK in his debut, but he’s nothing more than a deep league bench guy. Magnified by Larry Donnell and Victor Cruz’ awful outings, there’s going to be little consistency in the Giants receiver corps. So proceed with caution. Shockingly, Randle may be the safest of the group… Andrew Hawkins wasn’t able to translate his nine targets into much actual production, but he remains the focal point of the Browns’ passing attack. And a down week just means you’ll be able to acquire his services for less than his actual value. Hawkins persists inside the Top 15 of WR targets for the season, and he already had his bye week. I still prefer Miles Austin to Taylor Gabriel, but both are better “watch list” guys than actual pickups… Allen Robinson, 10 targets. Allen Hurns, 10 targets. I’m curious to see how much their usage is affected by the returns of Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts, but for the moment, both are serviceable Top 50 WRs, through attrition alone… As long as Mike Evans is sidelined, LOUIS MURPHY has value. Potentially after Evans returns too… John Brown managed just four yards on two catches, but was targeted seven times. The same number as both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. If you don’t watch Cardinals games (why would you?), Brown is a larger part of this offense than you may realize…  I like Davante Adams more in theory than in real life. And by “real life,” I mean Fantasy. There are just more reliable names on the Week 6 waiver wire. Adams is nothing more than a bench stash should anything happen to Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb. Adams is the Crowell of receivers… Malcom Floyd was the superior dancer receiver for San Diego against the Jets, and I’m resolute in my stance that he’s more ownable than his teammate Eddie Royal. As long as he’s healthy. Which is rarely. I mean, he left the game this week with a ankle issue. Floyd was spotted wearing his helmet on the sidelines after returning from the locker room, but it would have been senseless to put him back in with the Chargers up by so much at that point. Until you hear otherwise, treat it like IT DOESN’T MATTER… Don’t forget about Jarius Wright either. Despite his terrible showing Thursday night, Wright was still highly involved, getting looks both downfield and on third down. And, his prospects will improve when Teddy Bridgewater Throwsevelt returns under center; Christian Ponder may be worse than E.J. ManuelCalvin Johnson’s status for Week 6 is unknown. His absence would greatly increase the value of Golden Tate III and doesn’t do too much for anyone else. Jeremy Ross and Eric Erbon would get a slight uptick, but neither is rosterable outside the deepest of leagues… James Jones and Andre Holmes are coming off bye week. Just a heads up… Brandon Lloyd can only make ridiculous catches. Anything else, would be uncivilized. Stevie Johnson is still the better add of the two, if you’re desperate.

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TIGHT ENDS

  1. Travis Kelce ($23)
  2. Jordan Reed ($6)
  3. Owen Daniels ($5)
  4. Dwayne Allen ($4)
  5. Tim Wright ($1)
  6. Clay Harbor ($0)
  7. Ladarius Green ($0)
  8. Eric Ebron ($0)
  9. Ben Watson ($0)
  10. Chase Ford ($0)
  11. Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($0)
  12. Jace Amaro ($0)
  13. Josh Hill ($0)
  14. Coby Fleener ($0)

My pontification on Travis Kelce has been going on since draft time. You should already own him. But, as we saw in San Francisco, he’s still not completely integrated in the Chiefs’ offense. Plus, the Chiefs’ passing offense isn’t very good, so that limits him too. I think he’ll develop into a Top 10 TE by mid-season, but for now, he’s not an every week option. However, Kelce (and bye weeks, I suppose) remain the only reason to ever own two tight ends if you have no FLEX spot… Tim Wright certainly has upside, yet I remain dubious of how involved he’ll be every week. Was this just New England’s game plan to expose a soft spot in the Bengals defense? Or, is Wright legit? If you have the roster room, giving Wright a tryout for cheap isn’t the worst idea ever.

QUARTERBACKS

  1. Teddy Bridgewater ($8)
  2. Blake Bortles ($4)
  3. Mike Glennon ($3)
  4. CHEF HOYARDEE!!!! ($3)
  5. Zach Mettenberger ($1)
  6. Austin Davis ($3)
  7. Kyle Orton ($1)
  8. Matt AHHHH MCGLOIN ($0)

I’m still in on Teddy Bridgewater as the only every week starter on this list. He’s definitely not trustworthy right now, especially coming off injury, but from this list of pivots, Teddy Football’s the only one that could develop into a Top 10 Fantasy QB sometime this season… Jake Locker cracked his hand off a helmet and ended up being treated for a concussion post game, presumably because this happened to him. Locker loves missing games as much as Justin Blackmon loves drinking and driving, and Charlie Whitehurst shall resume his real job as a “guy I give dirty looks to as I pass him on the sidewalk” soon enough – try a haircut hippie. SOOOOOO, Zach Mettenberger and his golden arm should be under center in Tennessee soon enough. I’d grab him in 2QB leagues and ultra deep formats. The weapons are there.

STREAMING DEFENSES 

  1. DEN at NYJ
  2. BUF vs NE
  3. TEN vs JAX
  4. NE at BUF
  5. SD at OAK
  6. ARZ vs WAS
  7. SF at STL

I don’t care who how good the Pats looked Sunday night, the Bills defense is very much for real and has given Tom Brady fits in the past. Plus, I’m pretty sure Buffalo just won the Super Bowl, so they must be pretty good, right… Oh, they still have Kyle Orton at quarterback? Then New England is a solid play too… With Pittsburgh’s late defensive TD, opposing D/STs have scored double-digit Fantasy points against Jacksonville every week. So, the Titans.


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