With my waiver wire pick ups of Kevin Kolb, Ryan Torain and Max Hall last week, if you listened to my advice you got yourself a nice little bench going forward [or even starter with Torain starting for next 4-6 weeks]. This week I am focusing more on trades and injuries, with Randy Moss off to Minnesota and injuries across the NFL, waiver wire week 6 is a very important week to keep your eyes peeled and ready to pull the trigger on some very capable backups.
Waiver Wire: Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams: With Mark Clayton sidelined for the season with a torn patella tendon, the reincarnation of Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, will step up and be the top target for the Rams from here on out. Amendola caught 12 passes for 95 yards on Sunday versus the Lions and I see statistics like that following Amendola around for the rest of the season.
Waiver Wire: Brandon Tate, WR, New England Patriots: The trade of Randy Moss to the Vikings sets up a ton of potential in New England for Brandon Tate. At first glance, people may think Julian Edelman would end up being the guy to step in, but with double digit fantasy points in back to back weeks, Brandon Tate should end up being the number one wide receiver for Tom, with Welker at the two and Edelman at the three; with of course his young duo of Hernandez and Gronkowski at tight end. Tate has a total of 11 receptions so far this year and I see that total increasing in the weeks to come.
Waiver Wire: Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: From what it looks like, Steve Johnson has moved into the number two slot for the Bills receiving core. With Lee Evans getting all the attention of top cornerbacks, Steve Johnson has been able to fly under the radar and catch a total of 4 touchdowns so far this season. Johnson has put up back to back to back double digit fantasy weeks and with the recent success of Ryan Fitzpatrick and the fact the Bills just got their first win of the year, I like Steve Johnson as a bench guy in case of injuries.
Waiver Wire: Matt Flynn, QB, Green Bay Packers: I understand this guy is not even close to a long term answer, but for owners of Aaron Rodgers, this guy is a must pick up right now. Rodgers suffered a concussion yesterday at the end of the Redskins game and is officially listed as questionable for the Packers game versus the Dolphins next Sunday. If Rodgers cannot go, it would be a big mistake to let somebody else in your league get Flynn before you do. For a guy who has thrown a total of 17 passes in his NFL career, do not, I repeat, do not expect this man to do anything except act as insurance for both Rodgers owners and teams who want to handcuff Rodgers owners.
Waiver Wire: Mike Hart, RB, Indianapolis Colts: With Joseph “live and let” Addai and Donald Brown hindered by injuries, the former Wolverine could be in line for a full line of carries next week versus the Redskins. The fact that Hart scored this weekend versus the Chiefs [his second career TD] makes the possibility of him scoring in the next few weeks a lot higher, especially with injuries to both Addai and Brown. The Colts like to run the ball, the reason for this is because it sets up Manning for the pass so much more. Even if Addai and Brown do sit, the Colts will not abandon the run, so Hart makes for a very interesting bench spot.