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Waiver Adds You Should Start This Week

Stuck at running back? Quarterback on bye this week? Check out these waiver pickups that are likely still on the wire in your league.

Alex Smith could be heating up... Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

We’re about halfway through the Fantasy Football regular season as we move in to Week 6. Whether you’re clawing your way out of the cellar or stiff-arming up-and-comers from the #1 seed throne, check out these waiver adds you should plug and play this week.

Brian Hoyer – Jacksonville @ Chicago (-2.5), +/- 46

I’m surprised to see Hoyer still available in 81% of Yahoo leagues. Since Jay Cutler’s injury, Hoyer has put up over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in each of his 3 full games. Hoyer is good enough to put up big fantasy numbers against bad defenses, and he’ll have another great matchup against the Jaguars this weekend.

Honorable mention: Alex Smith

Alex Smith didn’t set the league afire before the Chiefs bye, but with Jamaal Charles set to return, and games against Oakland, New Orleans, Indy, and Jacksonville before they face the not-as-tough-as-they-were-last-year Panthers… Smith could go on a very nice run.

Bobby Rainey – Baltimore @ New York Giants (-3), +/- 44

Dems slim pickins on the waiver wire this week at running back. There is some hope, though. I’m plugging in Bobby Rainey in PPR leagues where I just need to get a few points out of my 2nd RB spot. Rainey has flashed before when given the opportunity to play as the receiving back, and over the past couple of weeks, taking over Shane Vareen’s role, Rainey has proven himself worthy of ‘why not’ fantasy consideration.

Ted Ginn Jr – Carolina (-3) @ New Orleans, +/- 53.5

Tedward Ginn scored -1.5 points last week, and he hasn’t done much else as Carolina’s offense has sputtered early. The New Orleans Saints defense, however, is known to cure all offensive ails. The Saints aren’t generating pressure, and their secondary is, as they say, ‘not good’ again this year. Ginn is always a threat to get deep and catch a touchdown or two, and he’ll have no better chance than indoors against the struggling Saints.

CJ Uzomah – Cincinnati @ New England (-9), +/- 47

-9 is a huge number for such a talented Bengals team to be facing. The Patriots didn’t miss a beat without Brady. In Tom-Tom’s first game back, albeit against the Cleveland Technical Motorcycle and Culinary Institute Browns, I can see why the folks in Vegas think the Bengals will be blown out. Trying to guess how the Pats will square off against an opponent is a losing venture, but I’m dumb so I’ll do it anyway! I figure AJ Green will get a lot of attention, and that the Pats will be willing to give up short passes to the tight end like they did against the Texans earlier this year. Uzomah hasn’t been a world-beater so far, but he’s seeing significant snaps, and I think he’ll see significant targets this weekend.

Washington – Philadelphia (-2.5) @ Washington, +/- 45

I don’t like the matchups for low-owned defenses this week, but if I was stuck, I’d go with Washington hosting the Eagles. Carson Wentz looks worth every penny the Eagles gave up to get him, but teams have a good bit of tape on him and his tendencies. We just don’t see rookie QBs, even the talented ones, come out and put up 16 great performances in a row. Washington should be able to create some favorable matchups against the middling Eagles receiving corps, perhaps pushing Wentz to follow his interception-less streak with a run of games with back-to-back picks.