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2011 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

Waiver Wire is our weekly look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. We’ll be here all season to let you know which players to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly, who to pick up. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

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Tim Tebow DEN | QB

IT’S TEBOW TIME! All of the billboards and chanting his name has finally worked for the Denver fans. Tebow took over for Orton in the second half against the Chargers and he played pretty well. His first couple series looked pretty rough, but he calmed down and ended with solid numbers. The Tebow era has officially begun in Denver. (about 10% owned)

Victor Cruz NYG | WR

Cruz has looked amazing over the last 3 weeks, and the Giants would be crazy to keep this guy on the sidelines. I still believe that Manningham will be a big part of that offense, but Cruz is going to continue to be a big part as well. I am still not sold he will take over the starting job, but he will see a lot of targets moving forward. (about 60% owned)

Jackie Battle KC | RB

Since taking over the running back duties McCluster and Jones haven’t looked very impressive. This has opened the door up for Battle to sneak in and steal this job. He had over 20 touches week 5, and we see no reason why he will not continue to see a lot of work moving forward. The Chiefs have a bye week 6, but look for Battle to be the starting running back when they return from their bye. (about 10% owned)

Ryan Torain WAS | RB

I understand he has an injury history and their is no guarantee he is the starter, but Torain needs to be owned in more leagues. If he plays like he did week 4 then there is no question who the starting running back is. If you are looking for a gamble at running back then Torain could end up being a steal. (about 50% owned)

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Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK | WR

I think it is safe to say that we finally have a #1 receiver out in Oakland. Heyward-Bey had his second straight game with right around 100 yards, and he and Campbell appear to be on the same page. There are still a lot of good WRs out in Oakland, but it looks like the former first rounder is finally a fantasy relevant player. (about 10% owned)

Steve Breaston KC | WR

The Chiefs offense is starting to show some signs of life, and Breaston is a guy to grab if you need wide receiver help in deeper leagues. He has now had 3 straight games with over 50 yards, and week 5 he found the end zone twice. I wouldn’t consider Breaston much more than a bye week file in, but does have the potential to be more. (about 20% owned)

Doug Baldwin SEA | WR

Baldwin has been a nice surprise to this point, and it looks like he has earned some playing time in the Seattle offense. Mike Williams was out week 5 so Baldwin saw a few extra targets, but he took full advantage with 8 catches for 136 yards and a TD. This young receiver for the Seahawks could be worth a look in deeper leagues. (about 10% owned)

Cincinnati CIN | DEF

It’s official the Bengals D is for real. I had them as my pick up and play D last week, and they are going to be my pick up and play D this week as well. They are going up against the Colts week 6, and they will more than likely be without Addai. Painter has looked pretty solid, but I think the Bengals are going to make it hard for them to get much going on offense. (about 25% owned)

Washington WAS | DEF

The Redskins D has looked great this year, and they are currently a top 10 fantasy defense. They are still available in a ton of leagues, and while a matchup against the Eagles looks scary on paper they might be able to put up some fantasy points. Vick is averaging about 2 interceptions a game over his last 4 games, and the Skins should be able to force some turnovers. (about 25% owned)

Damian Williams TEN | WR

Williams is a guy that I think is an interesting pick up. He has a nice chance to make an impact with the Britt injury, and I think he could end up being the #1 wide receiver for the Titans. The Titans have a bye week 6, but look for Williams to continue to get involved with that offense as the years goes on. (about 5% owned)

Delone Carter IND | RB

Addai got hurt week 5 and there is a chance he has a multi week injury. This would open the door for Carter and Brown to get a lot more touches. I think Carter is going to be the guy to own if Addai gets hurt, but Brown should still be in the mix. (about 15% owned)

Greg Little CLE | WR

The Browns have announced that after the bye they are going to have Little in their starting lineup. Little is a big wide receiver that has a lot of big play potential. The Browns don’t have a lot going on in their passing game, but Little could emerge as a solid fantasy option. (about 10% owned)

Curtis Painter IND | QB

Painter has looked pretty decent so far as the new starting QB for the Colts. They still haven’t found a way to win a game, but at least they are moving the ball through the air. He has had over 275 yards and 2 TDs in each of his last two games, and he is turning into a fantasy option as a bye week fill-in for deeper leagues. (about 10% owned)

Joel Dreessen HOU | TE

We didn’t think Jacoby Jones would be the beneficiary of the Johnson injury, but it was hard to quasi who it would be. Dreessen had a great game week 5 with over 100 yards and a TD. He will not be any more than a temporary solution, but he could be a decent pick up and play if your TE has a bye. (about 5% owned)

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Devin Aromashodu MIN | WR

Aromashodu was one of my favorite sleepers coming into last year, but obvisouly that didn’t work out. Chicago gave up on him, but now he is making some noise for the Vikings. He had a TD week 4, and he was the Vikings leading receiver week 5. I would only suggest picking him up in the deepest of leagues, but the Vikings are going to continue to find ways to get him involved. (about 5% owned)


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