Waiver-Wire Pickups, Keeper Sleepers and Spot Starts: Week 6

Wow. That’s all I can say after watching last nights game between the Bills and Cowboys. While predicted to be one of the more lopsided contests of the season, that game proved to most likely be one of the best games of the year. How can Romo play SOOO bad and his team still win? I guess only Bills fans can answer that one. Anyhow, here are your waiver wire pickups, keeper sleepers and spot starts for Week 6. I’ve added a quick review of the teams that are on a BYE this week for your reference (and will continue to do so for the next few weeks) at the top as well.

BYE: Buffalo, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco (rough week for many managers I’m sure)


Kurt Warner (ARI): With Matt Leinart done for the year with a broken collarbone, Warner now takes over as the uncontested starter in Arizona. If Boldin can come back this week, Warner should be able to put up some quality numbers passing to him and Larry Fitzgerald for the remainder of the season.

Gus Frerotte (STL): It appears that Frerotte should be relatively effective in St. Louis, nearly leading them to the first victory of their season. He seems to enjoy passing the ball and with Steven Jackson out, they should continue to do this a lot. If you had Marc Bulger on your team, or even if you didn’t, you might give Frerotte a spot start and hope he can duplicate his three TD performance that he put up this past weekend.

Daunte Culpepper (OAK): I was thinking about adding David Carr or Byron Leftwich to this list, but I realized that Culpepper is still probably available in your league and is a much better play at this point in the season. Even Brian Griese is probably better than Carr and Leftwich. Culpepper is off his BYE week, so you don’t have to worry about that any more. Also, he’ll have two more weeks to become familiar with the first string offense, so his passing numbers should only improve from here.

Running Backs

Jason Wright (CLE): While it appears that Jamal Lewis’s injury isn’t that severe, you should probably invest in Jason Wright if you own Lewis. If he misses any extended time with his foot injury, Wright will get the start and did fairly well in relief of him this past weekend (15 carries for 59 yards).

Kenton Keith (IND): If Joseph Addai owners haven’t already snatched Keith up after game one where Addai almost got hurt, you might be able to sneak attack and pick him up. Addai will most likely be back after the bye week, but you might be able to either deal him to the Addai owner in your league, or keep him for yourself and reap the benefits whenever Addai doesn’t play. Keith proved that he can be a more than reliable backup to Addai with this weekends performance, where he ran for 121 yards and 2 TD’s. Consider Keith when the Colts have clinched the playoffs and are sitting Addai, but at the same time it is your fantasy league’s playoffs. Keith could become quite handy to have at that point.

Najeh Davenport (PIT): While Fast Willie Parker is the uncontested starter in Pittsburgh, it appears that Davenport is going the Jerome Bettis vulture route, stealing two of Parker’s touchdowns this past weekend. Davenport is currently averaging 7.5 yards a carry and I have a feeling the Steelers will try to get him a little more involved in the running game in the near future, if only to keep Parker fresh come playoff time.

Mewelde Moore (MIN): At this point, Moore is a stretch to consider picking up. However, if you had "Cadillac", then you had Pittman, you might as well continue the trend and pick up Moore with the hopes that Tampa Bay trades for him. Earnest Graham doesn’t appear to be the answer for the Bucs and apparently Moore would fit the Tampa Bay system nicely. If you have a free roster spot, stashing him on your bench isn’t the worst thing you could do.

Wide Receivers

Sidney Rice (MIN): Maybe you didn’t pick him up last week because he was on a bye, but this week Minnesota will be back on the field and Rice is proving to be a solid target in a weak passing game. He’s a solid pick up in keeper leagues, but should also be considered for a spot start in Week 6 if you’re struggling for options.

Anthony Gonzalez (IND): Indianapolis is on a bye this week, but you might consider picking up Gonzalez now before he has another chance to prove that he’s got the skills necessary to be one of Peyton’s major targets. This past weekend, with Marvin Harrison nursing an injury, Gonzalez caught seven passes for 71 yards and was Manning’s favorite target. If Harrison struggles to return from this injury, Gonzalez may continue to play a pretty good role in this offense.

Devery Henderson (NO): Maybe it was my psychic co-blogger Matt’s prediction that caused Henderson to go off this weekend, or maybe he’s actually becoming a bigger part of the Saints offense. Either way, he’s worth taking a stab at if you’re struggling for receivers this week. He’s a big play threat, so if you’re expecting a lot of receptions, look somewhere else. If you want a 60 yard TD though, he could be your man.

Antwaan Randle El (WAS): Randle El is one of the reasons why fantasy football managers have a higher suicide rate than normal people. He went nuts in week 1, then proceeded suck the next two weeks before the bye week. Now he returns to the field and racks up 100 yards on seven catches, but hurts himself in the process. He’s worth the free agency pick up if he’s available, but trust me, each week you start him you’ll regret it…and each week you don’t, you’ll regret it.

Tight Ends

Ben Watson (NE): He could till be available in your league, so if that’s the case, and you’re currently starting Eric Johnson or Owen Daniels at the TE position, you might consider playing Watson. While averaging only around 40 yards a game receiving, he is averaging a solid 1.0 TD/game, which is pretty good production out of the position.

Greg Olsen (CHI): After all the hype (most given to him by my co-author Matt), Olsen seems to have begun living up to his potential this past weekend, catching four passes for 57 yards and a TD. Although you might not start him at this point, having him on your bench, or at a minimum, on your fantasy radar, can’t hurt.