With week six (nearly) out of the way, I present to you, the top waiver wire pickups for week six in order by position…
Matt Cassel, KC: Matt Cassel had another nice outing this week throwing for 257 yards and four TDs with a passer rating of 138.9. He’s really turning things around from how he started the season. Maybe it was all that yelling with Todd Haley. Cassel makes a nice bye week replacement or match-up play.
Tim Tebow, DEN: What time is it? It’s Tebow time! It’s unclear whether Tebow will be named the starter, but that’s what it’s looking like. Tebow started in the second half and threw for 79 yards with a TD and ran for another 38 yards with a TD. He showed great heart and sparked the Broncos to almost come from behind to beat the Chargers. I like the fact that Tebow will get you plenty of rushing yards and rushing TDs.
Alex Smith, SF: Alex Smith didn’t have to throw too much in this game winning 48-3 but he did manage to somehow sneak three TD throws in there. Smith put together another solid performance. He’s looking like a decent bye week replacement or match-up play, especially in that weak NFC West division.
Curtis Painter, IND: Curtis Painter had another surprisingly solid game. He threw for 272 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. He seems to have a lot of chemistry with Pierre Garcon. I’m still not sold on him yet, but if you’re desperate for a backup or bye week replacement, he might be worth a look.
Jackie Battle, KC: Jackie Battle took advantage of his increased workload, gaining 119 yards on 19 carries and catching two passes for 21 yards. Battle looks to have taken over the featured back role with Jones not producing.
Earnest Graham, TB: Graham has been putting together solid performances catching balls out of the backfield with Blount taking the majority of rushing duties. Now with an injury to Blount’s knee, Graham should see an increase in workload. Continue to monitor Blount’s status as it will directly affect the amount of Graham’s touches.
Delone Carter, IND: Carter had 12 carries for 22 yards and a TD taking over for an injured Joseph Addai who left the game with a hamstring injury. Keep a close eye on Addai’s status going forward as it will directly affect the amount of touches for Carter.
Jonathan Dwyer, PIT: Getting less carries than Redman, Dwyer was the more productive back. He had 11 carries for 107 yards and one catch for six yards. This is more of a guy to keep an eye on. Who knows what is in store in Pittsburgh with all of their injuries?
Doug Baldwin, SEA: This rookie from Stanford is coming off another team leading performance with eight receptions for 136 yards and a TD. I can now confidently support grabbing Baldwin off waivers. Despite his small stature as a WR, the numbers don’t lie. He’s got skills.
Darius Heyward-Bey, OAK: Being a Raider fan, I’m probably biased ranking Heyward-Bey as the #2 WR waiver pickup, but I’m liking what I’ve been seeing the past couple of weeks. He’s getting the most targets and making clutch plays. He went off for seven receptions and 99 yards with a TD. Now with Louis Murphy coming back (who might also be a decent waiver add), I’m not sure how that will play into targets, but as of right now, Heyward-Bey is looking solid.
Kevin Walter, HOU: If you picked up Jacoby Jones last week to start in Johnson’s place, you made the wrong choice. Kevin Walter was the more productive wide-out. I paid close attention to him because I was desperate and started him this week. He caught five passes for 81 yards and a TD. It’s also important to note that Schaub looked for Walter first in TD and third down situations.
Steve Breaston, KC: Dwayne Bowe is the guy to have in KC, but if you need a bye week replacement and KC has a nice match-up, Breaston should be a nice plugin. Breaston caught four passes for 50 yards with a pair of TDs.
Early Doucet, ARI: Doucet seems to be coming around as the number two wide-out in Arizona. Granted at this time that’s not saying a whole lot, if the match-up is good, Doucet could be a decent bye week fill in.
Jason Avant, PHI: Avant keeps turning up every year as someone to pick up off waivers for a week or two. If you’re desperate for a bye week replacement, this would be one of those times. He had a very solid performance catching nine passes for 139 yards.
Jake Ballard, NYG: I’ll admit I was hurting for a TE this week with Witten on a bye week. I had the choice between McMichael or Ballard. I should have went with Ballard. He was the second leading receiver for the Giants catching three passes for 72 yards and a TD.
Joel Dreessen, HOU: With Andre Johnson out, Schaub will be spreading the ball around more, and that means good things for Dreessen. He caught five passes for 112 yards and a TD. I wouldn’t recommend plugging in Dreessen unless you are in a deep league however.