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If you're in the market for a starting quarterback for your fantasy football team in Week 6, you might be out of luck - unless you're able to swing a trade, there's not a single quarterback that's add-worthy on the waiver wire this week. Not unless you're into the idea of adding Matt Moore (who may usurp Jimmy Clausen in Carolina), Colt McCoy (likely to make his first NFL start in Pittsburgh) or Max Hall (steady, but underwhelming in his NFL debut). The quarterback market is fairly steady this week, as is the tight end market - but if you're looking for running back and receiver help, as always, there are guys worth considering.
Add, Or Consider Adding
Packers WR James Jones. Aaron Rodgers should be just fine to continue his high production, even if he misses Week 6 with a concussion, and aside from perhaps Denver's, Green Bay's offense is the pass-happiest in the NFL. Stud tight end Jermichael Finley just had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, and reports indicate he could be out anywhere from three to six weeks. The Packers aren't going to turn to the run game, because they're not getting consistent production there. Rodgers' passes need to target someone, and Jones, a fourth-year slot receiver who scored five touchdowns in 2009, has a great opportunity to be the recipient of those targets.
Raiders RB Michael Bush. There's a good chance that Bush is already off of your league's waiver wire; if he's there, go get him. Bush had 135 total yards and a touchdown starting for the injured Darren McFadden in Week 5, proving that he is very capable of not only handling a full rushing load, but performing well against a quality opponent. He's worthless when McFadden is in the lineup, as the Raiders tend to ride one back for a full game, but early reports indicate that McFadden won't be available for Week 6. While McFadden is out, Bush is a must-start in all formats.
Patriots WR Brandon Tate. Tate's name has been hot for almost a full week now, as the Randy Moss trade last week opened up a starting gig for the explosive second-year player. Expectations should be tempered a bit, because the main recipient of Moss's old targets will likely be rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez for the time being. Nonetheless, Tate is an explosive deep threat with a very high ceiling, and as opposing defenses concentrate on eliminating Wes Welker and focusing on the tight ends, Tate's targets should steadily increase. Don't expect immediate impact, but he absolutely needs to be on someone's roster in your league.
Bills WR Steve Johnson. Buffalo's offense is generally considered a fantasy landmine, and while the team has produced relatively well in the passing game in the last three weeks, expectations should still be tempered. This is the worst team in the NFL we're talking about, after all. That said, Johnson might be the one Bills receiver worth owning, simply because he produces in the red zone. He's emerged as Buffalo's go-to guy down close, and has responded with four total touchdowns, all in the last three games. Johnson probably isn't worth owning in all formats, but in touchdown-heavy leagues, he could be a nice spot starter when he gets favorable matchups.
Jaguars RB Deji Karim. Relax; Maurice Jones-Drew is going to be fine. Karim makes this list on his own merit; the explosive sixth-round rookie is a playmaker, and is good enough to steal a few touches from a fully healthy Jones-Drew starting as early as next week. His added value as a return man makes him worth a flier in deep leagues at the moment, and if Jack Del Rio has any sense whatsoever, he'll find ways to use Karim offensively. Don't expect a drop in Jones-Drew's workload, just an increase in looks for Karim.
Drop, Or Consider Dropping
Chargers WR Vincent Jackson. Savvy fantasy owners everywhere drafted Jackson in later rounds in August, with the idea that they'd get a starting receiver on the cheap sometime past the halfway point of the season - whether it be in San Diego or elsewhere. "Elsewhere" isn't looking like an option at the moment, as A.J. Smith's exorbitant trade demands have kept Jackson stuck in his San Diego purgatory. There's still a slim chance that he swallows his pride and reports to the team, but that doesn't make him worth owning in any fantasy format. It's time to cut your losses.
Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe. Once considered an up-and-comer in league circles and fantasy circles, Bowe has reached goat status in Kansas City, literally dropping the Chiefs' chances at pulling off a road upset in Indianapolis this past weekend. On the season, Bowe has nine catches and one touchdown, and Kansas City's passing offense has been a nightmare. Steer clear of any Chiefs receiving threat not named Tony Moeaki, and even with him, temper your expectations.
Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi. It's tough to suggest that you cut any team's top receiving target, but there is absolutely nothing appealing about Cleveland's passing attack at the moment. Massaquoi has been an afterthought to this point in the season, catching just nine passes and one touchdown (sounds like Dwayne Bowe, right?). Now, Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are on the shelf, and beleaguered rookie Colt McCoy is set to make his NFL debut. Against Pittsburgh. There's simply no reason to believe that Massaquoi, or any Browns receiver for that matter, will turn it around in 2010.
Ravens TE Todd Heap. For a while there, it looked like Heap might re-emerge as a viable fantasy tight end. The Ravens were passing quite a bit, their running game was banged up a little, and Heap was, for the first time in recent memory, healthy. Alas, Ray Rice got healthy, the Ravens are getting back to their physical roots, and the team has a bigger playmaker at tight end in rookie Ed Dickson. Heap's fantasy days are numbered.
Broncos RB Correll Buckhalter. When Knowshon Moreno got hurt in Week 2, Buckhalter was next in line to get the 20 or so carries per game Moreno was getting - even after the Laurence Maroney trade. Instead, Kyle Orton has attempted 145 passes in the last three games, while Buckhalter has just 15 rushes in the same time frame. With Denver content to throw the ball frequently, and with Moreno getting closer to returning to the lineup, Buckhalter is no longer worth owning in any format.