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Working the Wire: Golden Tate Bounces Back
As Week 6 comes to an end and we start to plan for Week 7 its time to hit the waiver wire once again. This week the wire is fully stocked with talent at all positions including Golden Tate, Cameron Meredith, and Hunter Henry. Take a look at not only this week for your fantasy team but the weeks ahead. Those preemptive pick ups can help you survive through the bye weeks.
Bye Week: Carolina and Dallas
Golden Tate | WR | Detroit Lions
(Owned in 73% of Yahoo leagues)
Golden Tate reminded everyone he was still alive in a big way on Sunday. He caught 8 of his 10 targets for 165 yards and a score. He was a player that was highly sought after heading into the season but some owners became frustrated and moved on. If he is on your waiver wire he is most likely worth adding. If the Lions have found ways to utilize Tate and he saves his season there is a chance he could become a weekly starter for your fantasy team.
Cameron Meredith | WR | Chicago Bears
(Owned in 51% of Yahoo leagues)
It looks like we have a breakout on our hands everyone. Clearly Cameron Meredith has a strong connection with Brian Hoyer and the two players are producing for fantasy owners. Meredith has an astounding 27 targets in the last two weeks. He backed up a 9 catch for 130 yard performance with 11 catches and 113 yards. The Bears are a team that will need to throw early and often to stay in games. Meredith should continue to produce for his owners. He’s my number one add this week.
Michael Thomas | WR | New Orleans Saints
(Owned in 67% of Yahoo leagues)
Michael Thomas continues to be a factor in the Saints passing game. He caught all five of his targets against the Panthers for 78 yards and score. Thomas has been a nice weapon for both Drew Brees and fantasy owners. He has found the end zone in three straight weeks. There was some concern his production may dip with the return of Willie Snead but that wasn’t the case at least this week. Thomas should be owned in many more leagues. If you are in need of wide receiver help, go out and get him.
Kamar Aiken | WR | Baltimore Ravens
(Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues)
Here we go again with Kamar Aiken. After taking over for Steve Smith a season ago, Aiken became a guy that helped fantasy owners down the stretch and inflated his draft day price heading into this season. Unfortunately for those of us that invested Aiken was all but a non factor for the Ravens. However with Smith out this week against the Giants it was Aiken who made an appearance once again. He caught four of his six targets for 64 yards. If Smith remains sidelined with his ankle injury Aiken could be a nice flex option against the Jets this week.
Kendall Wright | WR | Tennessee Titans
(Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues)
Kendall Wright flashed on Sunday for the first time in what seems like forever. He caught eight of his nine targets for 133 yards and a score. Now to expect that kind of stat line is just not realistic but there is a real opportunity for Wright to remain one of the focal points of the pass attack. He provides the speed this offense has been clamoring for from their pass catchers. The Titans face the Colts, Jaguars, Chargers and Packers in the next four weeks. There should be opportunity for Wright to produce and help fantasy owners.
Spencer Ware | RB | Kansas City Chiefs
(Owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues)
It was Spencer Ware not Jamaal Charles who had a monster day against the Oakland Raiders. He had 24 carries for 131 yards and a score. With the Chiefs working Charles back into this offense slowly, Ware should be added in leagues he is available. With games coming against the Saints, Colts, and Jaguars Ware can be fantasy relevant even if it’s a time share.
James White | RB | New England Patriots
(Owned in 56% of Yahoo leagues)
Here we go again folks. I told you last week with Tom Brady back James White was a player you should be adding especially in PPR leagues. Against the Bengals White had 19 yards on 7 carries. He also had eight receptions for 47 yards and two touchdowns. White will be a factor in the passing game going forward and should provide a very safe weekly floor. Add him if you need a running back this week.
Jay Ajayi | RB | Miami Dolphins
(Owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues)
In a game nobody expected running back Jay Ajayi had 204 yards and two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was a strange game from the start with the Steelers offense having all kinds of issues on both sides of the ball. Everyone will run to the waiver wire this week to add him but I’m not so sure I’d do the same. He had 117 total yards and two tds through the first five weeks of the season. If the Dolphins find themselves in positive game script games Ajayi could be a solid bye week fill in or flex play but that’s about it. With Arian Foster likely see more snap’s in the coming weeks id be very surprised to see Ajayi get 20 plus touches anytime soon. Hes worth an add but i wouldnt blow all of your FAAB or a number one waiver priority on him.
Robert Kelley | RB | Washington Redskins
(Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues)
This move is one for those in deep leagues or if you can afford to be patient. Coach Jay Gruden lived up to his word and got the rookie more touches against the Eagles. The Redskins were able establish the run game with 230 yards as a team including 59 yards on 5 carries for Kelley. Matt Jones has been inconsistent thus far but has gone over the century mark in two of their last three games. If Jones starts to struggle once again there is a chance Kelley could take the lead back role in this offense. He is worth a stash or adding to a watch list at this point.
Hunter Henry | TE | San Diego Chargers
(Owned in 34% of Yahoo leagues)
Hunter Henry is quickly vaulting himself into the group of elite fantasy tight ends providing consistency and impressive production. He has caught a touchdown in three straight weeks. Philip RIvers clearly trusts him and has targeted him 19 times over that time span. While there was some concern Antonio Gates may cut into his production it seems as though the rookie is just getting better. He is a must add at this point.