With the Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups up and running, it's time to dig deep into the waiver wire bin and see what players showed off their stuff in Week 5 that would make them a worthwhile pickup for your teams going into Week 6. Luckily for owners, there doesn't appear to be a shortage of guys who can patch up the holes if you have a leaky roster.
As always, this waiver wire list will be updated throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Titans (ESPN Owned 0.6%/Yahoo Owned 4%)
Fitzpatrick's fantasy number might look great, but he didn't play all that good against the Chiefs. He started off slow, but ended up with 247 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 picks that sealed the win for Kansas City. Fitzpatrick's stat-line got blown up after rushing 6 times for another 50 yards on the ground and another score. He isn't a QB2. He's a journeyman who will get a lot of garbage time, so he's best off as a guy you can use in your flex spot if your league allows quarterbacks.
Chad Henne - Jaguars (ESPN Owned 0.4%/Yahoo Owned 1%)
It's almost comical how much the Jaguars coaching staff backs up Blaine Gabbert. After another horrific outing against the Rams, Gabbert was benched with a hamstring injury (Some believe this to be an excuse to get Gabbert off the field). Henne didn't do much in relief as he passed for 89 yards and 1 score vs. the Rams, but his presence upgrades Jacksonville's receiving corps. Like Fitzpatrick, Henne is nothing more than a flier in the right situation. He could be a spot start for Week 6 as the Jaguars figure to be throwing a lot to keep up with Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Nick Foles - Eagles (ESPN Owned 0.5%/Yahoo Owned 2%)
Week 5 was the week Michael Vick owners had been fearing all year. He went down with a hamstring injury in the second quarter after his fantasy day got off to a hot start with 79 yards on the ground alone against the Giants. Unfortunately, Vick is a mobile quarterback who needs his legs to keep plays alive. This doesn't bode well for his Week 6 status against the Buccaneers. There is belief that Vick could miss up to 2 weeks. Foles actually looked good in relief, having completed 16 passes for 197 yards with 2 touchdowns. There was no setbacks for Foles even after having been the clear backup in all of training camp. If you are a Vick owner, grabbing Foles wouldn't be the worst thing. He is clearly comfortable in Chip Kelly's offense. The Bucs Defense gives up around 20 points per game to fantasy quarterbacks through their first 4 games.
T.J. Yates - Texans (ESPN Owned .1%/Yahoo Owned 0%)
Matt Schaub's star is slowly starting to fade with a TD:INT ratio of 8:9. He's also broken the record with 4-straight games of a pick six. Ouch. HC Gary Kubiak said he will be "evaluating everything to see what gives us best chance to win." At 2-3, that clearly isn't Schaub. Yates showed back in 2011 and in the 2012 playoffs that he can lead this offense efficiently, so he could be an up-and-coming QB2 if Schaub does wind up being benched.
Zac Stacy - Rams (ESPN Owned 1.2%/Yahoo Owned 18%)
I am sure Daryl Richardson owners, like myself, were scrambling to pick up everyone in the Rams backfield in the hopes one would take over lead duties against the Jaguars. One did, but it wasn't Isaiah Pead or Benny Cunningham. Stacy gave the Rams a running game that they hadn't had, well, all year. With Richardson inserted as the backup, Stacy went on to average 5.6 yards per carry with a total of 78 rushing yards. A bowling ball in between the tackles, Stacy looked better than anything Richardson has done so far, and he also showed he can be an asset as a blocker in the passing game. Huge plus. Stacy was knocked out in the fourth quarter with a rib injury, but Stacy claimed he simply got the wind knocked out of him. If/when healthy, Stacy should get the start for Week 6's matchup against the Texans. He is a pickup in all formats.
Andre Ellington - Cardinals (ESPN Owned 4.0%/Yahoo Owned 22%)
The Cardinals are slowly integrating Ellington into their playbook and it's been working. Rotating with Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington rushed 7 times for 52 yards and added another 4 receptions for 31 yards through the air against the Panthers. In 2013 Ellington has averaged 6.7 yards a carry, while Mendy's continues to plummet as he now stands at a disappointing 3.2. Matt Zawaski made a good point during our Google+ Hangout show Sunday that the only reason Mendy is still getting the starts is due to his connection with HC Bruce Arians. It looks like that connection is dwindling.
Pierre Thomas - Saints (ESPN Owned 15.5%/Yahoo Owned 49%)
To me, Thomas has always been a guy who is just "there." When you see his name, you don't really get excited because his ceiling isn't all that high. I list his name for the simple fact that he's become a much bigger part of the game plan in the last 2 weeks. He averaged a paltry 1.9 yards a carry Sunday against the Bears, but he's been doing a lot of damage through the air recently. In the past 2 weeks, Thomas has totaled 14 catches, 92 yards and 2 scores (both Sunday). Non-PPR owners shouldn't even give Thomas a second glance. But those of us who are in leagues that value catches, Thomas is turning into a flex option. A low one, but a flex option nonetheless.
Marcel Reece - Raiders (ESPN Owned 3.7%/Yahoo Owned 7%)
Injuries have struck the Oakland backfield again after Rashad Jennings suffered a hamstring injury in the first half against the Chargers. Reece played the entire second half, despite a bum knee, and recorded 57 total yards. Serving as the team's primary fullback, Reece has shown that he can have value as a starting running back if called upon. With Darren McFadden also dealing with a hamstring injury, Reece could be a sneaky play against the Chiefs.
Justin Blackmon - Jaguars (ESPN Owned 20%/Yahoo Owned 62%)
I hadn't initially listed Blackmon Monday because I thought most owners would have picked him up last week. I'm shocked he's not as highly owned as I initially thought. Even with Blaine Gabbert, Blackmon performed a lot better than I thought after catching 5 passes for 136 yards with a touchdown in a very offensive-friendly game against the Rams. Now that Chad Henne is expected to start for at least Week 6, Blackmon should be owned in all leagues.
Terrence Williams - Cowboys (ESPN Owned 1.3%/Yahoo Owned 16%)
As Miles Austin continues to battle a hamstring injury, Williams is making the most out of his playing time. Following a 7 catch/71 yard performance in Week 4, Williams blew up in a shootout against the Broncos after catching 4 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. Williams still makes mistakes here-and-there. But if it looks like Austin will sit out again, Williams is a must-have option in Week 6 against the Redskins.
Rueben Randle - Giants (ESPN Owned 55.6%/Yahoo Owned 37%)
As the No. 3 receiver behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, it's hard to trust Randle as an every-week starter. He's good to have on your roster, however, because his value could grow with the Giants still win-less. He blew up a crappy Eagles secondary with 6 catches, 96 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. This was his biggest fantasy output since Week 1 against the Cowboys. Again, because he is the No. 3, his value is so-so. But if your other options look like crap, Randle could be a decent WR3 against the Bears.
Keenan Allen - Chargers (ESPN Owned 1.2%/Yahoo Owned 4%)
After a slow start to the season, Allen has come on strong in the last 2 games. Against Dallas and Oakland, he's combined for 11 catches, 195 yards and a score. Due to the fact that he is still behind guys like Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead in the passing game, it's hard to imagine Allen continuing to put up these kinds of numbers. But he's a future starter, so he could be relied on more as the season goes on. He's a mid-tier WR3 right now, just don't "overvalue" him.
Austin Pettis - Rams (ESPN Owned 1.2%/Yahoo Owned 11%)
I won't go in deep regarding Pettis, but he's been on a bit of a roll the last 2 weeks in PPR leagues. In that time, he has caught 9 passes, 108 yards and scored twice against the Jaguars (But who hasn't?) He is worth a pick up just to have receiver depth, but he's a tough sell against a stingy Texans Defense in Week 6.
Garrett Graham - Texans (ESPN Owned 3.4%/Yahoo Owned 16%)
Graham had one good game this year when he caught 5 catches for 69 yards and a score in Week 4 against the Seahawks. He does have 3 touchdowns so far, but his fantasy value has been very inconsistent. However, that could change now that there is a strong chance that Owen Daniels could be out for the next several weeks after injuring his leg in the loss to the 49ers. Daniels' status against the Rams is looking highly doubtful, so Graham could be worth a plug-and-play starter for Week 6.
Sean McGrath - Chiefs (ESPN Owned .5%/Yahoo Owned 2%)
Due to multiple injuries at the tight end corps, the Chiefs have been rolling with McGrath and he's actually been effective in PPR leagues. After catching 5 catches and a score in Week 4 against the Giants, McGrath caught another 4 passes for 54 yards Sunday against the Titans. I only list McGrath because the tight end waiver wire is very VERY bare this week, so tread lightly.