Sammie Coates | Week 6 waiver wire pickups
There were a number of fantasy performances that caught our eye this past weekend, but none more so than that of Sammie Coates of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Grab your coffee and bagel, as there are once again a number of players to consider on this week’s waiver wire list. Ready to go? Lets get to it!
Have the #1 waiver priority? This is another week that you should likely save it unless you’re in a position where you have to win now (3 losses or more).
All players listed are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues. Suggested FAAB bids appear in green.
Sammie Coates – WR – Steelers (36% owned) | 6% FAAB
The suggested FAAB bid on Sammie Coates can vary depending on the depth of your league and just how badly you need a boom or bust wide receiver. Thus far, Sammie Coates has recorded at least 50 yards or better in each of his 5 games played. With the injury to Eli Rogers, he is also seeing his targets trending upwards with 8 and 11 the past 2 weeks respectively.
What did Sammie Coates do with those targets? Oh not much.. just 139 yards and 2 touchdowns! If that wasn’t eye opening enough, he actually dropped a number of other touchdown passes, including a 5 yard gimme in the 2nd half. (He could’ve had 4 touchdowns on the day which is a bit ridiculous).
Markus Wheaton is fading, Eli Rogers is hurt, and it is quickly becoming the Antonio Brown and Sammie Coates show in Pittsburgh. If you haven’t made the move already to add the young up and coming stud fantasy WR, this will likely be your last chance to do so. The Steelers get the Dolphins in week 6, which should further cement Sammie Coates status as a reliable WR3 going forward.
Author’s Note: There are a number of guys whose roles haven’t changed heading in to this week that should be added off waivers in most leagues: Cole Beasley (WR), Bilal Powell (RB), Robert Woods (WR), Cameron Brate (TE).
Charles Clay – TE – Buffalo Bills (12% owned) | 3% FAAB
Clay was by far the best receiving option for the Bills in week 5, as Tyrod Taylor threw for just 124 yards with 73 of those going to his tight end. With Sammy Watkins out for the season, Charles Clay and Robert Woods will likely see the bulk of the targets, with Clay seeing solid red zone looks as well. He is another TE to lump in to the TE2 discussion with the Jesse James and Dennis Pitta’s of the world, but at least we know Charles Clay won’t have as much competition for targets. If you continue to hurt at tight end, you may want to give Charles a look off the week 6 waiver wire.
Brian Hoyer – QB – Bears (18% owned) | 3% FAAB
3 weeks as a starter. 3 weeks, and Brian Hoyer has averaged over 20 fantasy points per game! If you’re in a league with passing bonuses, that number jumps to over 25 fantasy points per game as Hoyer has eclipsed the 300 yard mark in each contest. 2 out of the next 3 meetings for the Bears are favorable as Hoyer will be taking on the Jaguars and the Packers, before facing the elite Vikings defense. If you need a QB to fill in for bye weeks or a struggling starter like Flacco/Tyrod Taylor, I’d make the move to Hoyer. He is a borderline QB1 even in 10 team leagues the next 2 weeks.
Chris Hogan – WR – Patriots (25% owned) | 3% FAAB
For regular readers of my articles this season you will recognize the name Chris Hogan, and honestly I considered moving him up to must add status for week 6. The only thing keeping me from doing so was the targets, as he saw just 5 in a game where Tom Brady carved up the opposing defense with 40 passes. Brady showed a willingness to spread the ball around, and with a healthy Edelman, Gronkowski, Bennett, and White there are no shortage of passing game options for Tom Terrific. Hogan finished week 5 with 4 receptions for 114 yards, and is officially in the WR3 conversation each week going forward as the franchise QB has returned.
Cameron Meredith – WR – Bears (3% owned) | 3% FAAB
WHO? And he did WHAT? Those are the initial reactions many of us had with Cameron Meredith in week 5, as he drew a whopping 12 targets operating as the Bears WR2 opposite Alshon Jeffery. Meredith converted those targets into 9 receptions for 130 yards and a TD. Given the fact that Kevin White is on I.R., Cameron could conceivably post WR3/Flex numbers the rest of the way. While the 12 targets may be the high water mark for him this year, Cameron Meredith could settle in and see 6-8 targets per game for the struggling Bears. With most of the waiver wire pickups suggested above already gone in competitive leagues, Cameron Meredith could actually be one of the top waiver wire adds heading in to week 6!
Jay Ajayi – RB – Dolphins (33% owned) | 3% FAAB
Heading in to week 5 the Dolphins announced they wanted to scrap their four way RBBC, and they did so giving Jay Ajayi the majority of the touches out of the backfield this past Sunday. The bad news is he only received 13 carries, but considering the next closest back was Kenyan Drake with just 2 it certainly looks like Ajayi may be a “workhorse back” as long as Foster remains out. The only reason Ajayi isn’t a must add is due to Arian Foster, who could return as soon as week 6. But, if you are desperate for a starting running back off waivers and Ajayi is available, be sure to add him for the bench depth at least.
James Starks – RB – Green Bay Packers (9% owned) | 2% FAAB
Eddie Lacy departed week 5 with an ankle injury, and despite his assurances that he is “alright” there is still a very real possibility that he misses week 6 to heal. While some may point to Starks 1.9 YPC as a reason not to target him, there are very few workhorse backs in the league right now, and if Lacy were to miss time, James Starks would likely see 15+ touches against the Cowboys in week 6. If Lacy is unable to go, you will be able to lock Starks in as a low end RB2/Flex play.
Jalen Richard – RB – Raiders (21% owned) | 2% FAAB
We officially have another RBBC on our hands, as Jalen Richard of the Oakland Raiders has pulled even with Deandre Washington. Richard and Washington both had exactly 14 touches in week 5, but Jalen was able to produce more as he combined for 97 total yards (31 rushing, 66 receiving). While the scouts and NFL experts say Washington should be the more consistent producer, Richard has been the more electric producer thus far putting up an eye popping 7.0 YPC through his first 25 runs this season. Goal line looks will likely continue to go to Washington or Olawale, so don’t expect Richard to become the next feature back, but if you need RB help and have no other options, Jalen can provide some decent flex potential in 12+ team leagues.
Jeremy Kerley – WR – 49ers (8% owned) | 1% FAAB
I’ve recommended Kerley a few times already this season in PPR formats, and that still holds true as he is seeing a solid amount of work with 45 targets through his teams first 5 games. While the touchdows will be few and far between, Kerely presents a solid floor in PPR, and is currently riding a 2 game streak of finding the end zone. If you’re in a deeper standard league format, or even a 12 team PPR league, Kerley should be added to your roster.
Adam Thielen – WR – Vikings (2% owned) | 1% FAAB
With Stefon Diggs out in week 4, Adam Thielen made the most out of his opportunity and hauled in 7 receptions for 127 yards and a TD. While desperate deep league owners continue to hold on to guys like Laquon Treadwell and Charles Johnson, it is actually Thielen you want as he has climbed the depth chart and seen solid targets to open 2016 (25 targets through 5 games). While Adam will likely be more bust than boom, he is an interesting grab in 12+ team leagues who can be thrown in to your flex spot any time that Diggs is expected to miss a game.
Bobby Rainey – RB – Giants (5% owned) | 1% FAAB
Bobby Rainey has quietly turned in back to back solid weeks (double digit fantasy scoring) for the few owners who took a chance on him, especially in PPR leagues. With Vereen out, and Jennings still hurting, Rainey has seen his role grow, and he ended up seeing the most receptions for the Giants in week 5 against the Packers (6 receptions for 52 yards). Even when Jennings returns, Rainey could potentially hang on to the passing down option role given his solid play, making him a solid pickup in all PPR formats.
Tony Romo – QB – Cowboys (11% owned) | 1% FAAB
Jerry Jones has confirmed that Tony Romo will return as the starting QB for the Cowboys, and it looks like he should be back for week 8. If you want to land Romo off waivers, now is the time to start considering him as a bench stash. When healthy Romo should contribute solid QB1 numbers on a weekly basis. Don’t wait too long to make the move if you are in a competitive waiver wire league
Check for: Jacquizz Rodgers (16% owned) – Its an interesting situation, as the Bucs have the Monday night game, and with Charles Sims
doubtful to IR, Jacquizz is actually one of the top pickups in leagues where you can still make moves. Check your league settings, but if you can add Rodgers before the MNF game, I would do so. Keep in mind the Bucs have a bye in week 6, and Martin will likely be back by week 7, but Rodgers should have a role in the passing game the rest of the season.
Author’s Note: There are a number of guys from previous articles that should still be considered suggested adds: Marcus Mariota, Hunter Henry, Matt Asiata, Anquan Boldin, Devontae Booker, Terrance Williams, Brandon LaFell.
Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups
Breshad Perriman – WR – Ravens (2% owned) | 0% FAAB
Steve Smith Sr. limped off the field on Sunday with what appeared to be a high ankle sprain. Given SSS’ injury history, we could be looking at a multi-week absence, which would leave the door open for a WR2 in the Ravens offense. It remains to be seen what changes will be implemented as former OC Marc Trestman was fired, and the two guys to keep an eye on are Kamar Aiken (18% owned) / Breshad Perriman. While Aiken did well when force fed targets last year due to injuries, the 23 year old Perriman is a better play maker in my eyes and worth a look now in 14 and 16 team leagues. He almost had the game winning TD which was overturned upon replay, and at 6’2″ 215 lbs he has the size to be a solid red zone target for Flacco going forward. If you need a speculative deep league WR, Perriman could be a guy who starts returning immediate flex value as long as Steve Smith is out.
C.J. Spiller – RB – Seahawks (6% owned) | 0% FAAB
C.J. Spiller was signed by the Seahawks in a bit of a surprising move, but was immediately a part of the gameplan as he saw 2 carries and 3 targets in week 4 (converting one target into a touchdown). With the bye week under his belt, and more time to learn the offense, Spiller could see an increased role in the passing game heading in to week 6 against the Falcons. If you play in a PPR league and need to take a chance on someone, you can add C.J. Spiller to see what his involvement in the offense will be.
Marqise Lee – WR – Jaguars (1% owned) | 0% FAAB
Marqise Lee is quietly turning in a solid amount of targets as the WR3 in the Jacksonville offense. Through his teams first 4 weeks Lee has amassed 24 targets, putting him right at 6 per week. In many instances this would garner him enough to attention to be owned in at least 10-15% of leagues, but the likely reason that hasn’t occurred is Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Fantasy owners rightfully acknowledge the fact that it can be hard to support 3 fantasy WRs on one roster, but Lee’s role is growing and he should continue to see 6-8 targets per week. Once the TD’s start coming in his ownership percentage will jump, so deep league owners who want to be ahead of the curve can make the move now.
Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Vikings (1% owned) | 0% FAAB
Its been a while since I had to type the name Cordarrelle Patterson, but it looks like he is undergoing a Tavon Austin like transformation in Minnesota. In week 5, Patterson lined up both in the backfield and as a receiver where he saw 6 targets. Patterson finished with 4 receptions for 39 yards and a TD. Perhaps the most interesting note here is that Cordarrelle has now seen 6 targets in back to back weeks, and it looks like his role in the offense is growing. Still only worth a speculative add in deep 14+ team leagues, Cordarrelle Patterson could end up being a gadget player in the Vikings offense who returns boom or bust flex play value this season.
If you have any questions regarding Sammie Coates or any of the other players listed, feel free to post them below. Good luck with your week 6 matchups!