Waiver Wire Watch: Week 6
By John Paulsen, Contributing Editor
Note: For more options, see our classic ReDrafter Cheat Sheet each Tuesday. It's perfect for evaluating free agents and thinking over trade offers as it offers you our rest of season rankings.
As is the case every week, injuries took their toll on Sunday, with Mike Tolbert (concussion), Ryan Mathews (calf), Joseph Addai (hamstring), LeGarrette Blount (knee), Percy Harvin (ribs), Julio Jones (hamstring) and Donald Jones (hamstring) all missing time with one ailment or another. Also, for those owners who were off the grid on Sunday, Tim Tebow replaced Kyle Orton as the QB in Denver, but we're not 100% sure that John Fox is ready to entrust his team to Tebow after the Broncos' Week 6 bye.
With all of that in mind, let's take a look at the best waiver wire pickups for Week 6.
Tebow Time is here, get used to it. We'd be surprised if the Broncos don't hand him the keys and see how he progresses. They're 1-4 and aren't going anywhere with Kyle Orton. What do they have to lose (besides a lot of games)? They might as well give the fans what they want and let Tebow have his chance. If he falls on his face, they can move on. Fantasy-wise, Tebow is an interesting prospect due to his ability to run the ball, especially around the goal line. He was productive in the passing game as well late last year and nearly pulled out a win against the Chargers in W5 using his athleticism and big arm. At worst, he's a QB2-type that's startable in the right matchup. If things click for him, he's a semi-solid QB1 who will find himself in your starting lineup for the remainder of the season.
With seven TDs in his last three games (and 257+ yards in his last two), Cassel seems to be back to safe QB2 status as the Chiefs have had to throw the ball more. He's on bye this week, but has a nice schedule W9-W11 with the Dolphins, Broncos and Patriots.
The Steelers defense is not what it once was, but Hasselbeck's line (262 yards, TD, INT) wasn't bad all things considered. He's still a safe QB2.