By Jack Thomason-
(CBS) It’s another week and another onslaught of injuries to derail your fantasy football team. For some reason, this year feels worse than years past. That may be due to having an impact player injured weekly. Then again, it may be more of a personal complaint of playing in eight leagues.
Either way, the nagging injuries to Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and more have caused fantasy owners headaches and, even worse, dashed title hopes. Anyway, enough with the self-wallowing. Here are your top 10 waiver adds for Week 6, with an eye on traditional 10- or 12-team leagues.
1. Andre Williams (New York Giants) — Rashad Jennings is expected to miss at least a few weeks. Williams asserted himself as the clear go-to back after Jennings exited, receiving 22 touches for 83 yards and a score. Fire him up as a high-upside RB2.
2. Branden Oliver (San Diego Chargers) – Since Ryan Mathews went out, the Chargers backfield has been ugly. Danny Woodhead went on injured reserve, and Donald Brown has looked like a man that cashed a check and packed it in. Oliver never looked back after Brown left with a concussion, and 23 touches for 182 yards and two scores later, he’s the back to own here. Might I add, that was against the league’s then-No. 1 rushing defense in the Jets.
3. Ronnie Hillman (Denver Broncos) — Reports indicate that Montee Ball is likely out two or three weeks. Couple that with the fact that he has been utterly underwhelming in a Peyton Manning-led offense, and you have a recipe for a top waiver choice. I do think C.J. Anderson will be involved, and keep an eye on Juwan Thompson.
4. Brian Quick (Saint Louis Rams) — Austin Davis is moving the offense along, and his main target is Quick, who has 31 targets overall and at least five catches or a touchdown in every game this season. That makes Quick a WR3 with upside moving forward.
5. Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants) — The 12th pick in this year’s draft is finally healthy for the Giants. Beckham’s a burner and can take the top off a defense. He had four catches for 44 yards and a score in a solid debut. Look for more to come as his playing time continues to ramp up.
6. Justin Hunter (Tennessee Titans) — A preseason sleeper for many, Hunter had done little until this past week. Hunter has outplayed Nate Washington for a starting role, and he led the team in targets (five) and showed his big-play ability with three catches for 99 yards and a touchdown Sunday. Rocket-arm quarterback Zach Mettenberger may be taking over soon, and that will help Hunter with [accurate] downfield shots.
7. Antone Smith (Atlanta Falcons) — Here is all you need to know about Smith: 24 career touches, 432 yards, six touchdowns. He is a big play waiting to happen, and coach Mike Smith has finally acknowledged Smith has earned more touches. Fantasy is about monstrous upside, and this guy has it in a powerful offense. Stash him as an RB 4/5 if you can.
8. Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars) — Yes, a Jaguar is actually listed as a waiver add! Robinson is raw but uber-talented. He has 28 targets in the last three weeks and no fewer than five catches in each of those contests. He and quarterback Blake Bortles will grow together as the season continues along.
9. Benny Cunningham (St. Louis Rams) — Zac Stacy looks to be fine for Week 6 after suffering a calf strain, but Cunningham has looked good in his role and continues to get touches. He had seven carries 47 yards and a touchdown, plus added three catches for 24 yards. Cunningham is the player to own if Stacy were to miss time.
10. Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers) – The Green Bay offense is just starting to click. Adams was tied for team lead in targets last week with four and snagged his first touchdown. The third receiver in Green Bay is worth owning.
Just-missed list: Mike Glennon, Austin Davis, Darrin Reaves, George Winn, C.J. Anderson, Marvin Jones, Louis Murphy, Jared Cook and Tim Wright.
Jack Thomason was the winner of 670 The Score’s Bud Light Fantasy Expert Contest and is the co-host of Fantasy Streamers. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.