FANTASY PLAYS: Fewer waiver pickups, but still worth a look
Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) tries to pull away from Indianapolis Colts defensive end Zach Kerr (94) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
This is not a great week for the fantasy football waiver wire and that's a good thing. That means there were no major injuries to key players.
There were some good performances from unheralded receivers that deserve notice and there are always running backs to stash in case of injuries.
Even if you don't have a major need, always take a look at the waiver wire. Here are some players to consider adding:
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MARCUS MARIOTA (QB, Titans)
Mariota is a good Week 6 streamer. He hasn't attempted more than 33 passes since Week 1, but he rushed for 60 yards on seven carries with a score against the Dolphins last week and passed for 163 yards with three scores. The Browns have allowed 14 passing touchdowns.
BRAIN HOYER (QB, Bears)
He has passed for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns in three consecutive games and could keep the job even when Jay Cutler is healthy. Hoyer has another good matchup in Week 6 against the Jaguars.
BOBBY RAINEY (RB, Giants)
Game flow has benefited Rainey the last two weeks with the Giants playing from behind and in pass mode. Rainey is the pass-catching back in the offense. He caught seven passes for 43 yards on nine targets in Week 4 and caught all six targets for 52 yards on Sunday.
DEVONTAE BOOKER (RB, Broncos)
Booker has seen his snaps increase every week and he had six carries for 23 yards and four catches for 36 yards on six targets. C.J. Anderson owners need to get him.
BILAL POWELL (RB, Jets)
For the third consecutive game, Powell was a key part of the passing game. Powell has six receptions in each of those games and is averaging eight targets per game in that span. He had six catches for 41 yards in Week 5 and has reached double-digit points in point-per-reception formats in the last three games.
JAMES WHITE (RB, Patriots)
White played more snaps than LeGarrette Blount and that wasn't a surprise with Tom Brady back at quarterback. The Patriots will be a pass-heavy team and White sees an increase in value. He had four catches for 63 yards and five carries for 26 yards on Sunday.
JACQUIZZ RODGERS (RB, Buccaneers)
Rodgers will not get the volume he did Monday night with 35 touches for 129 yards. Doug Martin is scheduled to return in Week 7 following the Buccaneers' bye and he will be the feature back. Rodgers, who has value in PPR leagues. will see some action in the passing game and Charles Sims, who was placed on injured reserve, caught 51 passes in that role last season.
JAMES STARKS (RB, Packers)
Starks has not been good at all but if Eddie Lacy misses time with an ankle injury, Starks will get touches. Starks is averaging 1.8 yards per carry and the Cowboys have been solid against the run due to their ball-control offense. Don't spend a lot on a free agent acquisition bid or a high waiver pick on Starks. He's only in play if you're desperate and Lacy is out.
CHRIS HOGAN (WR, Patriots)
Forget anything that happened with the Patriots the first four weeks. Things are vastly different with Tom Brady back from his suspension. It is a big boost for Hogan, who had a connection with Brady in the preseason. Hogan is the player in the offense that can be a vertical threat and it was evident on Sunday with four catches for 114 yards, including catches of 43 and 63 yards.
SAMMIE COATES (WR, Steelers)
Coates averaged 70.5 yards per game through four weeks, but didn't score and his drops were documented. The drops continued in Week 5 with three, but Coates caught six passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets. He has six catches of at least 40 yards, including a 72-yard TD against the Jets. Ben Roethlisberger continues to target Coates deep.
CAMERON MEREDITH (WR, Bears)
Meredith is 6-foot-3 with a large catch radius and took advantage of a great matchup with nine catches for 130 yards on a team-high 12 targets. Don't blow the budget, but he has a nice skillset and he's worth a stash to find out if he can become a consistent part of the offense with Kevin White on injured reserve. Eddie Royal and Alshon Jeffery are not 100 percent either.
JEREMY KERLEY (WR, 49ers)
Kerley has become the top target in a bad 49ers offense that will be playing from behind and throwing often. Kerley had eight catches for 102 yards with a touchdown in Week 5. He has at least six targets in each game and is averaging nine per game.
CHARLES CLAY (TE, Bills)
Clay is seeing more targets with Sammy Watkins on injured reserve. Clay caught five passes for 47 yards in Week 4 and five passes for 73 yards on Sunday. He doesn't have a high ceiling, but is a solid fill-in.
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