Desperation is a Stinky Cologne: Deep Sleepers for Week 6

If you’ve already perused Brandon’s waiver report for this week and still can’t find anyone on your league’s waiver wire to fill that gaping hole in your roster, it’s time for a hail mary. Here’s a look at some players who are currently owned in fewer than one third of Yahoo leagues who might just make a decent play this week.

Plug ‘n’ Pray = High-risk, high-reward players who, given the right circumstances, could make you look like a goshdarned genius – or a blithering fool.
Plug ‘n’ Yawn = If you can’t stand the sight of a goose egg, these players are a good bet to get you at least a few fantasy points.

Jamaal Charles, RB, KC – Plug ‘n’ Yawn – The Chiefs are using Charles a decent amount in the passing game (5 catches last week), so he’s probably good for at least a few points, especially in PPR leagues. Given starter Larry Johnson’s brutal 2.4 YPC so far, it wouldn’t shock me if the Chiefs finally decided to give Charles a shot at earning a bigger portion of the rushing workload at some point.

Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU Plug ‘n’ Pray – So far this season, the Bengals (Houston’s opponent this week) have been able to very effectively bottle up their opponents’ top receiver week after week (see Andy Behrens’ post on the Big Orange Machine). But, as Behrens points out, they’re still allowing a lot of passing yardage. If the pattern holds, the Texans are going to need Jones to step up and keep the passing attack moving. If you’re looking for this week’s Miles Austin… look elsewhere, but Jones has a decent shot at hauling in a big reception or two. If your league’s scoring includes return yards, this three-time AFC Player of the Week has your name written all over him. Wait – my mistake, that’s actually the state of Louisiana.

Deion Branch, WR, SEAPlug ‘n’ Pray – With Seattle’s offense back in stride and a shootout with Arizona next on the schedule, the Seahawks will need all the offensive weapons at their disposal.

Justin Fargas, RB, OAK Plug ‘n’ Yawn – You know it’s a “desperation” column when anyone on the Raiders makes the cut. Fargas split the workload with Michael Bush last week as the pair filled in for the injured Darren McFadden. All signs point to the same thing happening this week. Expect 10+ carries and a reception or two. If Bush is available in your league (as he is in 50% of all Yahoo leagues), he’s the better start.

Michael Clayton, WR, TB – Plug ‘n’ Pray – Clayton gets targeted quite a bit (12 times last week) in this sad little Tampa Bay offense, so he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.