Hot Routes: Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

All recommended pickups are under 50% ownership in ESPN Leagues.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the week 6 NFL schedule and bye weeks for easy reference.


  • Tony Romo, DAL (44.3% ownership)
    • If you’re lucky enough to be eyeing the playoffs already, open up a roster space for Romo now.  He has top 5 upside, yet is a forgotten man in many leagues.
  • Jay Cutler, CHI (19.1% ownership)
    • Cutler has had two straight strong games without Alshon Jeffrey (or Eddie Royal in week 5).  Let’s see if he can keep it up when Alshon makes it back


  • Charcandrick West, KC (1.2% ownership)
    • Sadly, Jamal Charles is done for the year.  West is poised to step into Charles’ shoes (but not his upside).
  • Knile Davis, KC (23.7 % ownership)
    • Many, including myself, thought Knile would be the back to own should Charles go down.  It seems to instead be West, but I wouldn’t hesitate to bid a low dollar figure at Knile Davis on the chance he ends up beating out Charcandrick.
  • Marcel Reece, OAK (1.4%)
    • Remember him?  Ol’ fantasy favorite Marcel Reece got some work week 5, so he’s worth a speculative add in case Latavius Murray loses touches.
  • Chris Thompson, WAS (5.8%)
    • The new 3rd down back in Washington.


  • Brandon LaFell, NE (14.6%)
    • LaFell is eligible to return to action Week 7.  A high upside add who could be the Flex play you’ve been searching for all season down the stretch if he can flash his 2014 form.
  • Willie Snead, NO (29.2%)
    • The production that folks thought Brandon Coleman could have as Brees’ number 2 receiver.
  • Marquess Wilson, CHI (5.2%)
    • Next man up in Chicago with Alshon and Royal out, Wilson delivered big time week 5.  He’s a valuable bye week play this week, but only if Alshon and Royal miss another game.  Even if they suit up, I’d add him as a stash, as his athletic ability could lead him to pass Eddie Royal on the depth chart.
  • Charles Johnson, MIN (29.2%)
    • Many have given up on the number 2 receiver in Minnesota, but if he’s been dropped in your league, snatch him up and stash him.  His tremendous athletic ability leaves him with upside, and the Vikings have already had their bye and Johnson missed a game with injury – his chances to blow up and realize that upside haven’t come yet, but the high ceiling very well may still be there.


  • Gary Barnidge, CLE (37.7%)
    • With three straight great games, it’s Gary Barnidge’s world now – we’re just living in it.

Week 6 NFL Bye Weeks

Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 6 NFL Schedule

Thursday, October 15

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – 8:25 PM ET

Sunday, October 18

Washington Redskins at NY Jets – 1 PM ET

Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers – 1 PM ET

Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings – 1 PM ET

Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills – 1 PM ET

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions – 1 PM ET

Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns – 1 PM ET

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – 1 PM ET

Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans – 1 PM ET

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – 4:05 PM ET

San Diego Chargers at Green Bay Packers – 4:25 PM ET

Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers – 4:25 PM ET

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts – 8:30 PM ET

Monday, October 19

NY Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – 830 PM ET


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