With the Week 7 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 team has sprung a recent leak. This week's waiver wire list isn't AS full as previous weeks. Keep in mind that as the weeks go on, the list will get lesser and lesser.
As always, check back frequently as this list will grow throughout Monday and Tuesday.
Mike Glennon - Buccaneers (ESPN Owned 1.3%/Yahoo Owned 3%)
Glennon had a good matchup, but it was hard recommending him as a starter Sunday. Even if he was facing a pathetic Eagles secondary. The Buccaneers lost, but Glennon proved he can handle a workload after throwing for 2 scores and only 1 pick. This coming despite the fact that Mike Williams was inactive with a hamstring injury. There were rumors that the Tampa coaching staff were hoping Glennon would beat out Josh Freeman for the starting job in training camp, but it never came to fruition. It now looks like Glennon has given the Bucs a jolt of new life in their passing game. Glennon is a QB2, but he could be a nice plug-and-play against the Falcons in Week 7.
Nick Foles - Eagles (ESPN Owned 2.6%/Yahoo Owned 12%)
Everyone said Foles would never have a chance in Chip Kelly's offensive scheme, but he looked pretty damn good Sunday. In relief of an injured Michael Vick, Foles completed 22 passes for 296 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions against the Buccaneers. He also showed some leg work after running in a score. Vick's hamstring injury was thought to have kept him out for Week 7's matchup against Dallas. But in the last 3 games, including garbage time against Denver a few weeks ago, Foles has totaled 6 touchdown passes and no picks. Chip Kelly danced around the issue when asked if Vick would start when healthy, so Foles could have a legitimate shot at the starting job even once Vick is 100%.
Chad Henne - Jaguars (ESPN Owned 0.9%/Yahoo Owned 4%)
Henne didn't score any touchdowns against the Broncos, but his 303 passing yards were at least something. His 2 picks did nothing to help his cause once Blaine Gabbert gets healthy, however. Henne is not worth starting, but is worth rostering if you can use a quarterback in the flex. The Jaguars offense is simply pitiful, so Henne could get a lot of garbage time.
Josh Freeman - Vikings (ESPN Owned 3.9%/Yahoo Owned 10%)
Matt Cassel might have taken over for Christian Ponder, but it was only a matter of time before Cassel wore out his welcome in Minnesota. He threw two horrendous picks against the Panthers and looked extremely erratic when facing pressure. There's a reason Freeman was signed so quickly. There is no official word on if Cassel will be able to redeem himself next week against the Giants, but owners should have Freeman on their radar.
Brandon Jacobs - Giants (ESPN Owned 2.0%/Yahoo Owned 24%)
I didn't recommend Jacobs after Week 6 due to his 3.4 yards per carry average against the Eagles. He looked like a broken down back who was past his prime. Jacobs must have found some magic potion because he looked anything but a washed up running back on Thursday night against the Bears. The Giants offensive line finally looked good in run blocking, which allowed Jacobs to rush for 106 yards and 2 scores. There is still no word on the status of David Wilson (neck), and Da'Rel Scott is knocked out for "a few weeks" due to a hamstring injury. Jacobs has flex status written all over him going forward. That is as long as the o-line plays as good as it did last week.
Chris Ogbonnaya - Browns (ESPN Owned 1.0%/Yahoo Owned 3%)
Willis McGahee didn't play like we had hoped when we recommended him in almost every question during our Google show. McGahee rushed for just 37 yards and ceded all passing down work to Ogbonnaya, who totaled 85 yards, caught 7 passes (1 for a score) against the Lions. It's really hard to gauge what the Browns backfield will look like week-to-week, but it appears that the Cleveland coaching staff has more faith in Ogbonnaya as a pass catcher than they do the veteran McGahee. Ogbonnaya is worth a look in PPR leagues, but he's a very low flex option at best.
Andre Ellington - Cardinals (ESPN Owned 8.8%/Yahoo Owned 35%)
The Cardinals continue to rotate Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall evenly, but Ellington is clearly doing more with his snaps. Against the 49ers, Ellington rushed 7 times for 56 yards and a score, while also catching five passes for 36 yards. Mendenhall rushed for 40 yards, but only reeled in one pass. Ellington is a must own in every formatted league as his numbers continue to rise weekly.
Joseph Randle - Cowboys (ESPN Owned 1.4%/Yahoo Owned 3%)
It was bound to happen, and I am sure most DeMarco Murray owners knew it when they drafted him. He got hurt. Murray suffered a sprained MCL injury Sunday night against the Redskins. Expected to undergo an MRI on Monday, Randle is already penciled in as the Week 7 starter due to Lance Dunbar dealing with a hamstring injury. The Cowboys have a great matchup against the Eagles this week, so Randle should be another "pick up in all leagues" guy considering Murray isn't known for being a fast healer. Murray owners should hope all it is is a sprain.
Keenan Allen - Chargers (ESPN Owned 6.8%/Yahoo Owned 36%)
Surprised Allen is still low on the totem pole? You shouldn't be. Some, including myself, thought his streak of big games between Weeks 4-5 would eventually end. But after last night's 12-target evening against the Colts, I'm a believer that Allen is the real deal. He clearly has chemistry and complete trust from Philip Rivers. There will be bumps along the way since Allen has been facing softer secondaries, but he's an every-week WR3 going forward. His ceiling is climbing bit time.
Harry Douglas - Falcons (ESPN Owned 7.5%/Yahoo Owned 36%)
With the Falcons reeling from the loss of Julio Jones, and Roddy White dealing with injuries, the Falcons will be forced to rely on Douglas as an every-down receiver going forward. Douglas has shown inconsistency when he's had to start, but owners will need to pick him up as every-down receivers at this time of season are rare. He could have trouble if White can't play Week 7, but should improve once defensive attention is taken away with White back in the lineup.
Kris Durham - Lions (ESPN Owned 0.5%/Yahoo Owned 1%)
A former teammate of Matthew Stafford's in college, Durham has been the most used receiver in the Lions' passing game while Nate Burleson is recuperating from a broken arm. After catching a touchdown in Week 5 against the Packers, Durham went off with 8 catches for 83 yards against the Browns. Burleson is targeting a Week 10 return, so owners who do pick Durham up will have 2 weeks to use him before the team's Week 9 bye.
Rueben Randle - Giants (ESPN Owned 55.9%/Yahoo Owned 51%)
Randle has now had back-to-back big games, but he committed a couple rookie errors against the Bears. Randle caused an interception after running the wrong route and almost gave up a fumble after slamming the ball on the field untouched. Still, Randle has too much talent to avoid. And with the news that several teams are looking to trade for Hakeem Nicks, Randle could slide into the starting slot across from Victor Cruz. I'd prefer that over taking a chance on a No. 3 receiver.
Percy Harvin - Seahawks (ESPN Owned 16%/Yahoo Owned 42%)
I was going to wait one more week to list Harvin, but now is the time for owners to pounce if you have room. Harvin was supposed to be back for Week 7, but clearly that isn't going to happen. Still, owners who can grab-and-stash Harvin until November should do so. He should regain WR2/WR3 status once he get the rust knocked off just in time for fantasy playoffs to roll around.
Jeff Cumberland - Jets (ESPN Owned 2.5%/Yahoo Owned 6%)
Thanks in part to Kellen Winslow facing a four-game suspension, Cumberland has been an every-down tight end and is clearly showing chemsitry with Geno Smith. Over the last 2 weeks, Cumberland has ammassed 7 catches for 138 yards and has scored once in 2 of the last 3 games.
Tim Wright - Buccaneers (ESPN Owned 0%/Yahoo Owned 0%)
It's really not a shocker that Wright isn't owned in any leagues. In the first 3 games of the season, he was non-existent after catching just one pass. However, Wright's value is starting to grow with Glennon under center. Wright caught 7 passes for 91 yards against the Eagles just one game after catching 5 passes for 41 yards against the Cardinals. Wright is a low-end TE2 right now, but his stock is definitely on the rise.