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Waiver Wire: Week 6

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

1. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions – Owned in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues
Calvin Johnson (knee) should be back for Week 6, but Brandon Pettigrew’s recent bump in usage isn’t about what’s going on outside. It’s about the absence of Nate Burleson (arm) and Matthew Stafford’s surprising reluctance to throw to Ryan Broyles. In the two weeks since Burleson’s injury, Pettigrew has 11 catches for 113 yards on 12 targets. He gives nothing after the catch and isn’t a playmaker in the red-zone, but PPR owners can expect 4-6 grabs weekly.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team PPR leagues

2. Coby Fleener, Colts – Owned in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues
As evidenced by a 2/15/0 dud against the Seahawks in Week 5, Fleener is going to have his ups and downs in an offense that wants to play power football. Andrew Luck only attempted 29 passes as the Colts pulled off a home upset. Still, the usage is here. Fleener played on 89.3 percent of the plays Sunday and remains a seam-stretcher when Luck wants to use him. He has a better chance at a difference-making game than most TE2s.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

3. Garrett Graham, Texans – Owned in 15 percent of Yahoo leagues
Owen Daniels hurt his leg late in the Week 5 loss to the Niners and is going to miss 4-6 weeks. That thrusts intriguing 2010 fourth-rounder Garrett Graham into an every-down role. Graham has already flashed his pass-catching ability this season, compiling a 15/141/3 line despite only playing in two tight end sets. Graham will be a solid TE2 with some upside in a tasty Week 6 matchup against the Rams.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Jordan Reed, Redskins – Owned in 3 percent of Yahoo leagues
Prior to hurting his quad in Week 3, Jordan Reed’s usage was substantial. He saw 15 targets across the first three weeks, turning that into 13 catches for 103 yards with a touchdown. The most interesting part is that he was often playing ahead of Fred Davis. Reed, a strict pass-catching rookie, is certainly worth keeping an eye on in case that continues. Davis is in the final year of his contract, making Reed the future at the position. He said Monday that he expects to play this week.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Tyler Eifert, Brent Celek, Clay Harbor – Eifert has five or more targets in 4-of-5 games this season. If Jermaine Gresham were to go down, he’d be on the TE1 radar. … Celek gets a little boost with Nick Foles, but not enough to warrant anything more than weak TE2 production. … With Marcedes Lewis (calf) out again, Harbor is going to catch a handful of passes a week.  

Cut Bait: Scott Chandler, Sean McGrath, Rob Housler – Every Bills pass-catcher takes a hit with Thaddeus Lewis starting. … McGrath’s run of yawn-worthy production will end with Anthony Fasano (ankle) getting close. … Housler played 52 snaps Sunday, yet didn’t see a target. He has two catches in three games played this year.
1. Vikings – Owned in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues
Minnesota comes out of their bye and straight into a tasty matchup with the Panthers in the Metrodome. Cam Newton has five interceptions in his last three games and has been sacked 15 times on the year (tied for third-most in NFL). Steve Smith has lost a step.

2. Browns – Owned in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues
Normally, I wouldn’t consider starting a defense playing against the Lions. But Calvin Johnson (knee) is questionable, the Browns are at home and their front seven is among the best in the NFL. The Packers gave a blueprint on Sunday, sacking Matthew Stafford five times and stopping the run with ease.

3. Bucs – Owned in 34 percent of Yahoo leagues
Tampa had the NFL’s No. 1 rushing defense last season and is currently tenth in that category this year. So if they sell out to stop LeSean McCoy, can Nick Foles beat them? There’s certainly a chance, but just about every Eagles pass-catcher outside of DeSean Jackson is inept and the game is in Tampa. In a week thin on streamers, the Bucs off a bye are worth a look.

1. Robbie Gould, Bears – Owned in 38 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Giants defense was bad to start with, and now three-fourths of their secondary is banged up. Look for the Bears to go up and down the field just like the Eagles did in Week 5, when Alex Henery made five short field goals. Robbie Gould is kicking with plenty of confidence as he’s 8-of-8 on the season.

2. Ryan Succop, Chiefs – Owned in 8 percent of Yahoo leagues
Alex Smith is a field-goal kicker’s dream. Former Niners kicker David Akers led the NFL in attempts in 2012 (42) and 2011 (52). Now Smith is in Kansas City and Ryan Succop is tied for sixth in attempts. Expect plenty more chances this week as the Chiefs face the Raiders at home.

3. Adam Vinatieri, Colts – Owned in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues
Old kickers can still produce – just ask Jason Hanson. Vinatieri, now 40 years old and graying, is 9-of-11 on the season and has converted from both 49 and 46 yards out. This week, he gets good kicking conditions in San Diego and figures to see significant work. The Chargers have the league’s No. 27 defense.

Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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