Written by Jay Dondon. You can find him as @1littleindianjd on twitter or @1littleindian on the Fantasy Life App.
Oh, Week 5 how beautiful you were. Brady came back with a vengeance I’m sorry Cleveland, Bell showed why we all still believed and Golden Tate showed why we don’t ever believe coach speak. While its business as usual in the Pawn Shop, some new inventory popping up and some old stuff just gathering dust. But all of this stuff can have value throughout the season, as the bye weeks continue to stack up and bodies continue to pile up on the IR. We need to scour deep on the shelves to find the piece that can give your roster the biggest boost.
As much as I’m of the mindset that it’s still early, since we are only going into Week 6. I’m looking for players to stash, guys that can come on to be great pieces later this year, as well to cover the bye weeks that go all the way to Week 13 (thanks a lot NFL). So here are a few of my favourite additions for Week 6.
Well, sadly Kevin White is out long term, Meredith showed he is going to have a large role in the coming weeks, with the Bears finding a running game and Hoyer moving the ball much better then Cutler. Look for this passing attack to continue to put in work through the air. With the likes of Alshon and Royal opening the field up for him and as we saw in week 4 when he came in the game with 4 receptions and then followed it up in week 5 with 9 he will get his looks. Cameron Meredith is just 1.6% owned this will change following his 22 point outburst.
With Martin coming back from a hamstring issue following the bye week, it’s worthwhile with Sims now on the IR, adding Rodgers can turn out to be more than an insurance policy for owners. This is the type of roster addition that is nice as he may slip through the waivers since next week is the Buccaneers bye. With Rodgers now taking over the change of pace/passing down back, he will be involved in what looks to be a well balanced offence. Rodgers is 26.6 owned and showed he can handle a healthy workload on MNF.
With his bye week already come and gone and 3 TD’s in 4 games, Adams is worthy of a roster spot. Being the 3rd WR in an offence that potent gives him the upside you want in a stash. While Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are they mainstays in that offence Adams will still get his looks throughout the remainder of the season. Adams is 9.7% owned and is worthy of a stash in all formats.
You saw this week why I was higher on him then I was on McKinnon following the AP injury, Asiata will continue to get passing down and goal line carries which is valuable work for any RB in the fantasy football world. Again with his team going onto their bye week he will probably slip through the waivers and be picked up on Wednesday morning. Asiata is 15.4% owned and should be rostered on RB needy teams.
With Dez still an ongoing question, Terrance Williams has shown he is able to help the passing game in his absence. Since week 3 he has recorded at least 4 catches and a low of 44 yards, and his lowest output coming with a TD. While Williams has shown that he can’t always find the sidelines when need, he is a solid route runner and Dak will continue to spread the ball around even when Dez comes back. Williams is a strong candidate for bye week fill-ins and has weekly Flex upside. Williams is only 10.9% owned and has shown the consistency to be rostered.
When Vereen went down it wasn’t clear who the pass catching back would be, but Rainey has entrenched himself in this role and will continue to have Flex appeal throughout the season. Rainey’s role isn’t just game flow dependent so even when Jennings returns, he will continue to see a steady workload in the passing game. He has posted double digit points against 2 of the stingier run defences in his past 2 games with 6 and 7 receptions respectively. He’s not the type of RB that needs to find the end zone to be fantasy relevant so he is great addition to all rosters. Rainey is 4.0% owned and his performances the past two weeks will even have the doubters adding him this week.
Well I hope you found something in the shop that’s worthy of a spot on your roster, remember that they don’t need to go in your lineup right away. These players are the ones that can make the difference later in the season. Some guys you have to get in early such as Enunwa while others such as Howard become overnight sensations, so always consider your team structure not just the hot name this week on the wire as they may not be the help you need. As always, may all your waiver claims turn to gold.