NFL Week 5 is in the books with a surprising win by the New York Jets over the Atlanta Falcons. The new week starts on Thursday and that means it’s time to start thinking about your fantasy team. Here’s at look at the Week 6 fantasy football waiver picks.
Brandon Weeden (Cleveland Browns) – Just when Brian Hoyer seemed to be a possible answer, he went down last week and Weeden returned. He was a little rusty but he redeemed himself with the win against the Buffalo Bills, throwing for 197 yards and one touchdown.
Now Weeden will have an opportunity to again prove he should be Cleveland’s starter; this will begin against two NFC North teams: the Detroit Lions (who have allowed 270-plus passing yards in three consecutive games) and the Green Bay Packers (who have given up double-digit fantasy points versus an opposing quarterback in each of their four games).
Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles) – Fans knew it was just a matter of time before starting quarterback Michael Vick (hamstring) got injured. This came last week against the New York Giants.
Enter Foles. He could replace Vick this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and see even more action if Vick either misses numerous games or he plays lights out.
Zack Stacy (St. Louis Rams) – With Daryl Richardson out last week as the starter, Stacy jumped in and gave the Rams a much-needed running game with his 14 carries for 78 rushing yards (a 5.6 yard average). He also stepped up as a blocker but ended the game early as he got the “wind knocked out of him.” He should be healthy to play this week and get the starting nod against the imploding Houston Texans.
Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars) – Week 5 represented Blackmon’s 2013 debut after he served a four-game suspension. He didn’t disappoint as he had five catches on nine targets with one pass including a 67-yard touchdown. For the game, he ended with 136 yards.
O.k., so the Jaguars still lost but Blackmon was a bright spot even under Blaine Gabbert last week who threw the long score to him. Look for them to build a relationship.
Unfortunately this week the Jaguars play the undefeated Denver Broncos. For any chance to just compete, the Jaguars need to score. Maybe Blackmon will be their guy.
Keenan Allen (San Diego Chargers) – Allen had another good week and this one came against the Oakland Raiders. He had six receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown. While Antonio Gates had more targets (10), in the past two weeks he had 11 catches for 195 yards and a score.
Will the rookie continue to improve in this pass-happy Chargers’ offense?
Sean McGrath (Kansas City Chiefs) – Many think of him as a dark horse but McGrath has been a great contributor to the Chiefs’ undefeated start. In four games this season, he has 30-plus yards and in the last two games, he has 119 yards combined.
He’s also had a minimum of four catches over his three prior games and he continues to become an integral member of the Chiefs’ passing game.
Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals) – The rookie has lived up to his hype and in last week’s game against the New England Patriots, he had five receptions for 53 yards–the same number of grabs as wide receiver A.J. Green.
In four of five games this season, he’s had 35-plus yards. This puts him on pace for a 700-yard season, ranking him within the 12 best tight ends for fantasy play.
Defense – As defined by league scoring, the Colts sit at No. 13 for the top fantasy defense. In the last three weeks, they’ve played well vs. the San Francisco 49ers, the Jaguars and the Seattle Seahawks.
Against the Seahawks, the Colts amassed a fumble recovery, interception, a touchdown and two sacks on quarterback Russell Wilson. On Monday they’ll play the Chargers, who have given the 11th greatest number of fantasy points to opposing team defenses.