Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups, which breaks down players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. Let’s take a look at some players at each position that might be worthy of scooping off the waiver wire heading into Week 6 of the NFL season. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Jahvid Best DET | RB

I don’t think it’s possible for Best to have many more question marks around him, but I still think he is worth an add in most PPR leagues. He has the potential of being a Sproles type player for the Lions, and I think he could have some value even if LeShoure is able to stay healthy. Best is far from a guarantee, but I think he is well worth a gamble in a lot of cases. Just pick him up but keep an eye on the results of his concussion tests. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Worth an add in PPR leagues

James Starks GB | RB

Cedric Benson got hurt week 5 and is expected to miss eight weeks with a Lisfranc foot injury. This is terrible news for Benson owners, and to make things worse there isn’t a clear cut backup to try to add to your teams. At first I thought Green would be the guy, but now it is looking like Starks is the guy to add. I think both are worth an add in most leagues until this shakes out, but we wouldn’t know for sure until we see how the carries are handled on Sunday. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper leagues

William Powell ARI | RB

The Cardinals running game took another hit losing Ryan Williams for the rest of the year. This is going to open the door for someone in Arizona to take over as the starting running back. As of now it looks like Powell might be the guy to own, but Stephens-Howling might have some value as well. The Cardinals offensive line is awful so whoever ends up getting a majority of the carries probably isn’t going to have a ton of value. Even with all that being said a starting running back is still a starting running back. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper leagues

Kendall Hunter SF | RB

I love it when the 49ers get a huge lead because that means I get to watch Hunter get a few carries. Every time he gets a chance to play he is very impressive, and if Gore gets hurt this year Hunter is going to be huge. He averaged over 7 yards per carry week 5, and he could easily be a top 15 guy if he ever gets a chance to start. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a roster stash


Alex Smith SF | QB

The thing I don’t like about Smith is that he will only be asked to do what is needed of him. There are some games that the 9ers can win with solid defense and running the ball, but when Smith is asked to throw he can put up big numbers. So far this year Smith has 8 touchdown passes and only 1 interception, and he has also rushed for over 100 yards this year as well. I am not ready to call him a potential top 12 fantasy quarterback, but he should be a solid bye week fill in if needed, and he still offers a decent upside from week to week. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper leagues

Tim Tebow NYJ | QB

Tebow! Tebow! Tebow! It looks like the Jets fans are ready for the quarterback switch, and I think the fantasy world is ready as well. I was hoping that Tebow would gain WR or RB eligibility at some point this season, but it looks like I might just have to settle on the starting quarterback. The Jets don’t have nearly as many options as Denver did when Tebow was starting for them, but he can still had a lot of value with his legs. If Tebow ends up starting he could easily be a top 15 quarterback, and this would make him worth an add in all leagues. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Christian Ponder MIN | QB

The Vikings drafted Ponder to be their QB of the future, and it looks like they might be on to something. He has been solid this year, and he has a great matchup week 6 against the Skins. The other thing I like about Ponder is he adds in some bonus yards with his legs. The Vikings have been one of the leagues most surprising offenses, and I think they will continue to put up decent point totals. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Devin Aromashodu MIN | WR

The Vikings passing game is starting to come alive, and with a matchup against the Redskins week 6 they should be able to continue their hot streak. The Skins D has been really hurt with injuries, and they have been giving up a lot of points to opposing offenses. Aromashodu hasn’t been amazing this year, but he is emerging as one of the top targets for Ponder. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a bye-week fill-in

Kendall Wright TEN | WR

The rookie receiver for Tennessee has been on this list a few times now, and I think this kid could be good. With Washington getting older and Britt not 100% I think Wright could end up being the receiver with the most value for the Titans. He has 20 catches in the last 3 weeks, and he appears to be the favorite target of new quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Randall Cobb GB | WR

I used my number one waiver in a couple leagues to pick up Cobb after week 1, and right when it looks like I wasted it he has 2 big games in a row. He is getting a few extra looks with Jennings being hurt, but the Packers are going to find a way to get the ball in his hands. Cobb is still going to be somewhat inconsistent, but his big play potential is way to high to be unowned in so many leagues. (about 65% owned)
Recommendation: Must add in all leagues

Andre Roberts ARI | WR

Roberts was picked up in a lot of leagues heading into week 5, but after a mediocre performance I think a lot of people might give up on him. However, I think he is a great play week 6 against the Bills. The Bills D is terrible, and even though I think could apply a decent pass rush against the Arizona offense line, they should still be able to score some points against the Bills. Look for the Cardinals offense to yield a lot of fantasy points this week. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a bye-week fill-in

Josh Gordon CLE | WR

Gordon burst onto the scene week 5 with 2 catches for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns. Obvisouly the first red flag should be that he only had 2 catches, but it’s hard to ignore the 2 touchdowns. He was a pretty high draft pick for the Browns in 2012, going in the second round so there is some upside here. I expect him to be extremely inconsistent, but he certainly has my attention and I will be keeping a close eye on him moving forward. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Worth keeping an eye on

Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph MIN | TE

If it wasn’t for a late touchdown then Rudolph would have had a very quite week 5, but I still like him as an add. He now has 4 TDs on the young season, and with a matchup against the Skins week 6 I think that number could easily get to 5. Rudolph has all of the pieces to be a big time tight end in this league, and I think he and Ponder could hook up a lot this year. If you at all don’t like your tight end matchup for week 6 then you might want to give Rudolph a look. (about 65% owned)
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper leagues

Jared Cook TEN | TE

The thing I like the most so far this year about Cook, is that he has at least 3 catches in every game so far. He hasn’t really had any monster games, but he hasn’t had any terrible games either. Cook has also found the end zone twice this year, and I think he has a big fantasy upside moving forward. Our bet with Brad Evans from Yahoo is looking pretty good to this point, and in case you missed it we took Jared Cook and he took Fleener for the Colts. The winner gets to change the other persons twitter avatar, GO COOK! (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper leagues

Defense/Special Teams

Miami MIA | DEF

The Dolphins D hasn’t looked terrible this year, and I really like their chances week 6 against the Rams. The Rams offense hasn’t looked that great, and they got even worse with the lose of Amendola. One thing I really like about the Fins D this year is they have consistently put up solid fantasy points. They haven’t had any amazing weeks, but they haven’t had any terrible weeks either. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

Atlanta ATL | DEF

The Falcons defense has been solid this year, and with a matchup at home against the Raiders week 6 I think they will have another good fantasy week. The Raiders haven’t looked that great on offense, and they could have a hard time moving the ball against Atlanta. The Falcons are a top 10 fantasy defense to this point, so it’s surprising that they are available in so many leagues. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper leagues

Individual Defensive Players

Luke Kuechly CAR | LB

The rookie first round pick out of Boston College is coming off of his best game of his career, and I think he is worth a look in most IDP leagues. He has a bye week 6, so maybe you don’t snag him until after next week, but I really like this kids upside. He was a stud in college, and the Panthers obvisouly drafted him to be one of cornerstones of their defense for years to come. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues