Week 5 of the NFL season brought us injuries to Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee injury), Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin injury) and news that Lions WR Calvin Johnson is suffering from a high ankle sprain. Today, we received news that Bengals WR A.J. Green was carted off the practice field with a toe injury.
With all this bad news, we are here to help you decide who to grab off your league waiver wire for Week 6 games. But, before we get to the waiver wire picks, here is a list of the teams on a bye this week:
There are only two teams on a bye in Week 6, impacting owners of Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Jamaal Charles, Travis Kelce and others. To replace the injured players mentioned above in addition to the guys on a bye, here are some waiver wire fodder you should consider for Week 6:
Austin Davis, Rams
Davis had a huge game in Week 5, throwing for 375 yards and 3 TDs, almost bringing the Rams back from a huge deficit in a 34-28 loss to the Eagles. He has thrown six touchdown passes over the last two weeks, and Davis gets to show the home fans if he can put together a third straight huge game behind center on Monday Night Football vs the 49ers.
Brian Hoyer, Browns
Hoyer lead the Browns to a come-from-behind win on Sunday, going 21-37 for 291 yards and 3 touchdown passes. The Browns set a record for a road team coming back from a 25 point deficit. On the season, Hoyer is 82-132 for 1,008 yards and 6 TD passes vs one interception. Hoyer gets the Steelers at home in Week 6. Johnny who?
Mike Glennon, Buccaneers
Glennon had a solid game on the road in New Orleans in Week 5, going 19-32 for 249 yards and 2 TD passes in the Bucs 37-31 overtime loss. He has thrown for two touchdown passes in each of his last two games, and gets to face the Ravens at home on Sunday.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
The Dolphins were on a bye last week, after their game in London the week before. This week, they get to face the Green Bay defense, so Tannehill may struggle to put up fantasy points this week, but gets the Bears and Jaguars over the next few weeks. Back in Week 4, Tannehill was 23-31 for 278 yards and two touchdown passes in the Dolphins blowout win over the Raiders.
Andre Williams, Giants
Giants starting RB Rashad Jennings went down with a knee injury last week, and was replaced by Williams, who ran for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Giants come-from-behind win over the Falcons. Williams could see at least another 20 carries on Sunday Night Football vs the Eagles defense that ranks 26th in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs.
Branden Oliver, Chargers
Oliver filled in for injured RBs Ryan Matthews and Donald Brown last week, rushing for 114 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown in the Chargers 31-0 win over the Jets. Oliver should enjoy another productive afternoon in Week 6 on the road vs the Raiders defense that ranks 18th in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs.
Ronnie Hillman, Broncos
Hillman had a solid game in Week 5 rushing for 64 yards on 15 carries in the Broncos blowout win over the Cardinals. Hillman gets the call again in Week 6 with RB Montee Ball out with a groin injury. If you need a running back this week, there are worse options than Hillman.
James Jones, Raiders
The Raiders have a young QB in Derek Carr, and Jones has been one of his favorite targets through the first four games. Last week he caught all six of his targets for 83 yards in the Raiders loss to the Dolphins. The Raiders have a bye in Week 5 but face the Chargers in Week 6
Justin Hunter, Titans
Hunter hasn't been used much in the Titans passing game thus far in 2014, but he put up his best game of the season in Week 5, catching 3 of his 5 targets for 99 yards and a score in the Titans loss to the Browns. He will have to improve his pass catching though, as he has caught just 12 of 32 targets this season, but when he does catch the ball, he has the potential to take it to the house. The Titans face off against the worst defense in the NFL on Sunday, facing the Jaguars at home, so Hunter has a chance to put up another solid effort.
Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
Playing in his first game of the season, Odell Beckham caught 4 of his 5 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown and should be a solid option in the red zone for QB Eli Manning going forward.
Andrew Hawkins, Browns
Hawkins caught just 3 of his 9 targets for 26 yards in the Browns win over the Titans last week, his first game with less than 10 targets this season. The Browns face the tough Steelers pass defense in Week 6, but get the Jaguars and Raiders in Weeks 7 and 8.
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