Waiver Wire Watch: Week 6

Waiver Wire Watch: Week 6

By John Paulsen (Senior Editor), last update Oct 10, 2012

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Here is a look at the top waiver wire pickups for Week 6. To be eligible for discussion, the player must be owned in 50% or fewer ESPN leagues, though I'll stretch the rules a bit for the RB position, which is usually very thin. I'll also include suggested bid prices (with a $100 budget) for those leagues that use Free Agent Acquisition Budgets. Of course, player value depends on league characteristics and team needs.

* Players with an asterisk next to their name were mentioned in last week's Waiver Wire Watch.


Vikings QB Christian Ponder* ($5)
Ponder had a nice game as expected against the Titans, throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 6, he faces a Redskins defense that has been very generous to opposing quarterbacks. Owners who have Cam Newton or Drew Brees may want to pick him up for the bye week.

Next up: Redskins, Cardinals, Buccaneers

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick* ($4)
We weren't expecting Fitzpatrick to tear it up against the 49ers, but we were expecting more than 126 yards and an interception. He has a chance to get back on track against the Cardinals, who gave up 431 yards to Ryan Tannehill in Week 4. His Week 7 matchup against the Titans should appeal to owners who are looking for a bye week fill-in for Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Michael Vick or Philip Rivers.

Next up: Cardinals, Titans, BYE

Raiders QB Carson Palmer ($4)
It wasn't a pretty first four weeks, but given the injuries to Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey, it's reasonably impressive that Palmer went into his bye week as the #17 QB in fantasy football. Now that Moore is healthy and Heyward-Bey's neck seems to be okay, Palmer should be able to play better after the team's bye. His matchup in Week 11 (NO) makes him a good pickup for Eli Manning owners.

Next up: Falcons, Jaguars, Chiefs

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