Another week of fantasy football action is in the books, so it’s back to the waiver wire we go. Week six didn’t have a ton of major injuries (hey, Ben Roethlisberger might even return this week!), but the bye week blues are in full force heading into week seven.
On top of that, a lot of teams are hurting due to some disappointing performances thus far in 2015, so for whatever reason you could probably use a gem or two from your league’s free agent pool. We’re here to help. With that, let’s take a look at a few guys out there on the waiver wire that might help you this week and beyond:
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Available in 56% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues)
Bortles is just ablaze right now, with 7 touchdowns and over 600 yards in his last two games. He still turns the ball over quite a bit but the guy has dipped below 240 passing yards just once all year and has tons of weapons at his disposal. There’s a reason why his ownership continues to shrink.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (65%)
Carr could be out on your waiver wire due to having a bye week last week, so he could be a sneaky add despite having two elite performances in his first five games. One of those games he got hurt in and exited, and the other two he was average or better. For a young quarterback, it’s hard to do a whole lot better, while Carr has some big games ahead of him thanks to solid weapons around him.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears (65%)
Cutler is going into a bye week, which has many a owner dropping him this week to make room for said Bortles/Carr. Smart fantasy owners think ahead and protect themselves, so picking up Cutler and stashing him for the long haul is a pretty solid plan. He has a healthy Alshon Jeffery back in the fold and really has been solid to great in just about every game he’s played this year.
Christine Michael, RB, Dallas Cowboys (61%)
There are not a ton of quality running backs to even stash on your roster these days, so you have to go get the guys who offer any kind of promise. Michael just might, as Joseph Randle has been a bit of a disappointment and it looks like the former Seattle running back will get a big opportunity this week. He’s got impressive raw talent and has been waiting for a big chance like this, so he’s definitely worth picking up. You could use him in week seven, but at worst he’s a solid stash for now.
Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (79%)
Zach Zenner is out for the season, Joique Bell is useless and Ameer Abdullah can’t take care of the football. Enter Riddick, who already has an awesome passing down role and last week suddenly started seeing carries. He’s not of the feature back variety, but anyone with a role and some talent needs to be rostered. Riddick fits that description.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings (92%)
Diggs is legit after two straight very strong performances. Now all we need to do is see the kid score. He seems to have officially supplanted the disappointing Charles Johnson as a starter, and as long as he stays healthy, he’s going to have a ton of value. Pick him up wherever you see him.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (89%)
Crowder is another young receiver who has impressed, and with DeSean Jackson seemingly never being healthy he could have a role and produce for a while. Crowder wasn’t special in week six, but he’s been pretty involved for four weeks and now and that could continue even if/when D-Jax finally makes an appearance. He may be a short-term add, but as long as he’s getting balls thrown his way like this he holds value.
Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (64%)
There isn’t a ton to love at receiver, where few guys with concrete roles that are actually producing are available. Jones is pretty hit or miss, but he hit big time in week six and showed us all yet again that he can get the job done at times. I think he’ll be most valuable in Cincy’s tougher matchups, when defenses choose to take away A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. Jones is also a red-zone threat, so he really has a chance to work out in any given week. He’s on bye this week and won’t be the most consistent add on, but he’s worth picking up for the rest of the year.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($72%)
ASJ blew up in week one and then went down with a shoulder injury in week two, but you needn’t forget about him. His injury isn’t of the season-ending variety and he could return as soon as week seven. Regardless of when he gets back, he’s too talented with too nice of a role to leave out on the waiver wire – especially if you have long-term problems at the tight end position. The same goes for Eric Ebron, who is available in even more leagues.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens (89%)
Gillmore was relatively quiet in his return from injury last week, but he still racked up 3 catches for 30 yards. His value isn’t in PPR formats at all, but he is a big, menacing target that can make plays down the field and score touchdowns. He could be in a bit of a time share now but his upside makes him worth a pickup.
Josh Lambo, K, San Diego Chargers (91%)
All kickers can fail in any given week, but Lambo has been pretty solid and even consistent all year long. He’s not getting you 10+ points per week, but he’s dipped below 7 points just one time all year. He’s in a strong offense, too, so it could be hard to find a better, more reliable option. If you have the room to hold two kickers, consider stashing Bengals kicker Mike Nugent until he returns from his week 7 bye.
Minnesota Vikings Team Defense (68%)
Defenses are really tough to gauge from week to week, but out on the waiver wire the Vikes look like the only unit worth confiding in. Ideally you found a way to land the Broncos this year, but if not you’re probably streaming the position for all of 2015. That’s fine if you can get Minnesota, who should be readily available after spending week five on a bye. They dominated this past week and have that potential pretty much any week as long as the matchup is solid. The Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers give you more in terms of points potential (and are owned less), but they’re both far more difficult to trust on a weekly basis.