Waiver Wire Watch: Week 6
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.
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.
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.