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THE FIRE SALE: Week 6

What a weekend of football. Finally, I got to see one of my favorite quarterbacks back in action again. Things don’t always work out the way you want them to but it was well worth the wait to see this guy throw the football again. Sure, I know some people don’t like him but when he’s on, he gets the job done.

I just want to take a second to say welcome back Drew Stanton. It was nice to finally see you under center again. Thank you for handing the ball off to David Johnson. Those 36 fantasy points helped me to a win this week.

If you have any questions or comments, hit me up on Twitter @ThePigskinGuy.

Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Bobby Rainey, RB Giants – So far, Ben McAdoo is kind of a doofus. Remember when he got hired and wore that big suit? He kind of looks like that actor in the movie Neighbors. The one whose wife gets cozy with McLovin from Superbad. Most coaches would give their left arms to have receivers like Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz. McAdoo has them and he’s featuring Shane Vereen’s backup in the passing game. Rainey has caught 13 passes over the last two games. Over that same span, OBJ, Shepard and Cruz have a combined 19 receptions. That makes sense. You can’t win in the NFL without getting the ball to Bobby Rainey. Then again, maybe this is on Eli Manning. Is there a chance Eli is now the fifth best quarterback in the NFC East? I’m just joking. He’s still better than Kirk Cousins…maybe.

Chris Hogan, WR Patriots – Last week, I said business was about to pick up for Hogan. How’s business? Hogan and Tyler Boyd were my top sleepers this year. Looks like I just needed Tom Brady to return to save my butt. As I said this summer, there are plenty of mouths to feed in New England’s offense but Hogan won’t go hungry. What I forgot to say is…”unless Jacoby Brissett is the quarterback.” If Hogan is still available in your league, go get him. You can leave Tyler Boyd on the waiver wire. Hey, I’m still sitting pretty at 50 percent. Don’t fool yourself. You can’t do that with a coin flip. That’s a misconception.

Sammie Coates, WR Steelers – I was wrong about the Steelers No. 2 receiver. I didn’t see anyone emerging to be a fantasy star but Coates has come on over the last two games catching 12 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that an NFL receiver needs to get open and catch the ball and that Markus Wheaton does neither of those things. Coates gets open and he catches the ball, sometimes. In the Steelers offense when you constantly see man coverage opposite Antonio Brown, that’s good enough. Coates should be the top waiver wire pick up in a majority of leagues this week.

Cameron Meredith, WR Bears – Remember back in the summer when we were all talking about the Bears wide receivers. I think back to those Twitter questions I’d get. Do you like Alshon Jeffery in Round 2? Is the sixth round too high for Kevin White? Will Cameron Meredith be the Bears top receiver this year? Meredith had a big game against the Colts, catching nine balls for 130 yards and a touchdown. Obviously, we need a larger sample size. This is the same Colts defense that allowed 400 yards passing to Brian Hoyer. Still, with Jeffery not looking 100 percent healthy and White on IR, there’s an opportunity for a receiver to step up. Meredith did that on Sunday. He’s worth picking up while we see how he does against non-Colts defenses.

Ladarius Green, TE Steelers – The waiver wire is getting thin for tight ends. One guy roaming around in over 95 percent of leagues right now is Green. Green is eligible to come off the PUP list in Week 7. He said recently he believes he’ll be ready to play when eligible. Let’s go the cautious route and say Green comes back in Week 9 or 10. He still has a chance to have a big fantasy impact for owners over the last month and a half of the season. Now Green may do nothing this year but if you’re hurting at the position, you can do worse than taking a shot on an athletic tight end in one of the NFL’s top offenses.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.