Oct 15, 2012
The sixth week of NFL games is over and the waiver wire is finally showing some fresh faces again at all the positions except for tight end. This week in particular presents a great opportunity to snag a long term starter at wide receiver. Bye week fill-ins at quarterback are numerous and as usual, more running backs got injured this week thereby vaulting their backups into fantasy football relevance. A majority of the waiver wire adds we recommend this week are the same ones we recommended last week which goes to show just how useful this article can be for getting the jump on potential adds. Be sure to check your waivers for the “Carryovers from Last Week” because in most cases those guys hold the most value. Stay tuned for the cut list we publish every week so you know who you can safely drop.
Quick Note: Not all players that had strong Week 6 outings are on this list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have value. If you have any questions about free agents not discussed in this article, head over to the forums and we’ll help you with the answers. If you are wondering who to cut to pick these one of these players up, stay tuned for our Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Cut List.
QUARTERBACKS—PICK THEM UP
Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman has disappointed a lot of owners so far this year but it’s wise to remember that his start to the season was expected to be rough. He’s faced some really solid seasons so far. This week he threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns versus one interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. Freeman has thrown for an average of 300 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face a string of easy defenses starting next week against with New Orleans Saints. Freeman could put up excellent numbers as a bye week fill-in for the next several weeks. He’s only owned in 57% of Fleaflicker leagues so grab him if he is still out there.
Consider Adding In: 12-team and 14-team Leagues; especially two-quarterback leagues or as a bye week fill-in
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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been up to his usual flop after a good stretch of games to open the season. Or has he? Fitzpatrick’s only bad games all season have come against the New York Jets (with Revis), San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals. Even when his team was dominated in Week 4 by the New England Patriots, Fitzpatrick still managed to put up nice numbers. We know he has the weapons and the run support. Is it possible this is the year for Fitzpatrick to shake his normal routine?
The schedule actually says no. It remains rough for pretty much the rest of the season. The good news is that he still has value as a spot play this week against a terrible Tennessee Titans’ defense. Fitzpatrick is available in 34% of Fleaflicker leagues (and likely more after this week) so don’t be afraid to use him as a one week spot play if he’s out there.
Consider Adding In: 12-team and 14-team Leagues; especially as a Week 7 bye week option
Carryovers from Last Week: —NONE—
Quarterbacks Watch List: Brandon Weeden (Cleveland Browns), Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee Titans), Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins)