Bye-weeks are upon us, and things could be getting desperate out there. I’ll run through a couple of my favorite waiver adds owned in less than 25% of leagues according to Yahoo.com.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets
There are not many starters owned in less than 25% of leagues after waivers ran on Tuesday night. But, there are a couple of options, Fitzpatrick being my top pick. The Jets have been a pleasant surprise with Bearded Wonder under center, and they face off against Washington this week. Washington has proven to be no pushover on defense, but with the weapons at Fitzpatrick’s disposal, I think he ends up handing in a nice fantasy score this week.
Brian Hoyer – Houston Texans
The Texans’ QB situation is bad, but I expect it to stabilize with Hoyer under center and Foster in the backfield. With Foster’s return, the Texans should have to expect less from the quarterback, and lean more on the rushing attack. Hoyer leads Houston down to Jacksonville this week, a fairly soft matchup. I think Hoyer can put up a couple of touchdowns, and fill in for those bye-compromised squads out there.
Joique Bell – Detroit Lions
Waiver wire at RB is exceptionally thin at this point in the season. Bell is one of the few options that might fall in to the end-zone if he gets lucky against a Chicago squad that has, surprisingly, shown signs of life lately. If Ameer Abdullah remains in the doghouse for his fumbling, or the Lions coaching staff gives ole’ Bell one last shot, you might eek a few points out of him this week.
Javorius Allen – Baltimore Ravens
‘Buck’ Allen may be the last man standing in the backfield for the Ravens this week. He looked pretty good last week against the Browns with a limited workload, and the Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers this week. If Forsett is limited, or out for the week, Buck could pay off.
Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers
Montgomery is one of the few healthy bodies left in Green Bay, and the rookie appears to be improving each game. All the injuries at wide receiver might be slowing Aaron Rodgers down a bit, but he’s good enough to elevate any receiver with at least some talent. Montgomery has enough to produce if his number is called, and it might be this week against San Diego.
Kamar Aiken – Baltimore Ravens
Aiken had a nice week 5 with the Ravens decimated by injury. Even if Steve Smith returns, I expect Aiken to remain the most productive receiver for Joe Flacco. The Niners looked pretty good against the Giants last week, but they’ve been consistently bad this year. Flacco has to throw to someone, and Aiken is that guy. If you’re desperate, plug him in.
Crockett Gilmore – Baltimore Ravens
There is a theme developing here, a lot of Ravens are lightly-owned. Returning from injury this week is Crockett Gilmore. Gilmore flashed big in Week 2, and if he is fully recovered from his calf injury, he’ll be Flacco’s best receiving option Week 6.
Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles
You’d have to be completely desperate to play Celek, but the waiver wire is not bountiful this week. With the Eagles picking it up on offense, Celek has a chance to exploit a Giants defense that has been pretty generous to opposing tight ends this season.
The Lions host the Chicago Bears this week, and the Lions’ D has been the lone bright spot for Detroit this year. The Bears struggled mightily against a soft Kansas City defense last week. I can see the Lions putting together a good game, forcing the Bears to pass, and then Jay Cutler may have that Jay Cutler game we’ve been waiting on.
Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers
Carolina travels to Seattle to face a Seahawks team that lost a heartbreaker in Cincinnati last week. This game should be a smash-mouth matchup, 9-6 is not out of the question. Gano could be the lone scorer for the Panthers, who will likely be happy to take any points they can get this week against Seattle. As well, if you roster Gano, you can get to yell: "Gano? Ga-YES!" in your Marv Albert voice.
Good luck out there this week folks. Hit me up on Twitter @NFLClark with those waiver add questions!