2015 Fantasy Football, Week 6 Waiver Wire: Target Charcandrick West
Week five of the National Football League is officially in the books. And with that, fantasy football fans are looking towards the waiver wire to see if their team can be improved in any way.
Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I WOULD spend my first waiver priority on Charcandrick West and/or Knile Davis if you’re a Jamaal Charles owner. Also, the other players listed below are in no particular order.
Teams on a bye in week four: Patriots, Titans
Charcandrick West | Chiefs and Knile Davis | Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs lost superstar running back Jamaal Charles to a season-ending torn ACL injury in week five. Following the Charles injury, Charcandrick West carried the rock seven times for 31 yards while Knile Davis rushed only twice for two yards. On the year, West has been targeted as a receiver out of the backfield six times while Davis has been looked at just once. This leads us to believe that West and his superior 4.0 yards per carry (in small sample, versus Davis’ 2.5 yards per carry) on the season is the add to make if you need to burn your top priority this week.
And at this point during season, even if you don’t feel like you have a need to add a Charcandrick West to your impressive stable of running backs, maybe you add him as an insurance policy or to prevent another owner from hitting on this longshot. Need him or not, I think all owners should consider adding him. If you don’t think you’ll be awarded West, take a look at Kniles Davis with your fourth waiver priority and about 25% of your FAAB. Use or lose it folks, you can’t take your FAAB with you next season.
The secret is out. Well, the secret was actually out a few weeks ago when Snead appeared in this column for the first time, but the guy is still producing as what appears to be the team’s second receiver and is still available in more than 55% of Y! leagues. Willie Snead is second on the Saints in targets (31), second on the team in receptions (22) and leads all Saints’ pass catchers with 381 yards (17.3 yards per reception). Week 6’s matchup against the Falcons on Thursday Night Football isn’t the best matchup for Snead, but he’ll get an opportunity to showcase his skills for the likes of the Colts, Giants and Redskins with a tough matchup with Tennessee in weeks 7-10. The undrafted free-agent out of Ball State eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career against the Eagles in week five, but if that effort was a sign of things to come, Snead will add to the touchdown total and be a useful WR3/FLEX during the bye weeks.
Bears fans are thankful Jay Cutler is back. And so is Marquess Wilson. With Alshon Jeffrey still in recovery mode, Wilson is now the second-most targeted pass catcher in Chicago behind only Eddie Royal. Wilson has now hauled in 15-of-22 targets for 234 yards (15.6 yards per receptions) and a single score on the year. When looking further into the team’s numbers, we can see that Eddie Royal doesn’t appear to be much of the “big play” competition for Wilson. Royal runs short routes as evidenced by averaging just 3.4 yards of depth per target, while Wilson owns a 10.8 yard aDOT. The Bears will face a Lions’ team that is among the top ten most generous defenses to opposing pass catchers in week six followed by a bye in week seven. If you have the roster depth to be able to sustain another receiver to be on bye in week seven, make the add considering Alshon Jeffrey’s questionable return for Detroit.
With Steve Smith shelved for week five, Kamar Aiken earned team-high nine targets, hauling in four of them for 78 yards. Aiken leads the Ravens with a 16.2 yards per reception and leads all pass catchers (with a minimum of 10 targets) with a 14.2 yards average depth per target. His role will likely change once Smith is back on the turf, but Aiken deserves to be owned in deeper leagues for a bye week plug in.
Brandon LaFell seems to be on track to return from the physically unable to perform list for week seven. He’ll be another option for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense and should be considered in leagues with 12 teams or more.
Consider in leagues: 12+ teams
Waiver Priority Worthy: 8 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 5%
Players I’d drop for him: Devin Funchess, Nelson Agholor, Cole Beasley
Minnesota Defense/Special Teams
The Kansas City Chiefs have been the eighth-most friendly team to opposing defenses. The Minnesota Vikings draw the Chiefs in week six and won’t have to deal with Jamaal Charles. Pencil them in.
Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 10 or lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 0-5%
Players I’d drop for him: Giants, Jaguars, Texans