Fantasy football Waiver Wire: Stacy stepping up as Rams' starter
In Week 6 the Dolphins and Falcons have byes, so Tony Gonzalez, Matt Ryan and Lamar Miller owners will be looking for alternatives. The Saints and Raiders are off the following week, so Drew Brees owners might want to get a head start on finding a temporary quarterback.
• Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (owned in 31 percent of CBS leagues, 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues, 1.2 percent of ESPN leagues) -- Stacy is the most talented of the Rams' running backs, averaging 5.5 yards per carry, and word on the street is that Jeff Fisher wants Stacy as his workhorse running back. Starting running backs are a hot commodity in fantasy football and Stacy has an opportunity to run away with the job. He should be owned in all leagues as the situation plays itself out.
• Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs (27 percent, two percent, two percent) -- This is more of a low risk/high reward bench stash, but Davis could become a huge factor in Andy Reid's offense if Jamaal Charles ever misses time with an injury. Charles has been getting a ton of action and could even see his workload reduced down the stretch. We don't want to see anything happen to Charles, but fantasy owners need to be aware of the situation. Davis has the potential to explode for a week or two, a la Bryce Brown in 2012. He's worth owning in deeper leagues if you can afford an extra bench spot.
• Kenjon Barner, Panthers (Two percent, one percent. 0.2 percent) -- Barner, a rookie out of Oregon, made his debut last week after missing the first four games of his career with an ankle injury. Barner won't get a ton of work initially, but there are plenty of comparisons to Darren Sproles floating around. Keep an eye on him. The Panthers could really use a playmaker.
• Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams (42 percent, 11 percent, one percent) -- Pettis seems to be Sam Bradford's first target whenever he feels like throwing a touchdown, so that's a positive sign for fantasy owners. Pettis has scored four touchdowns on 30 receptions in five games. He could reach pay dirt on any given week if you need a receiver because of injury or bye weeks.
• Rueben Randle, New York Giants (33 percent, 38 percent, 56 percent) -- I don't particularly buy into all the NFL in-season trade talk, as the Trent Richardson deal was a rare situation. But some New York media has whispered that the Giants would trade free-agent-to-be Hakeem Nicks if they can acquire a draft pick. It actually makes sense. Randle is a decent fantasy option currently, but if Nicks left town it would open the door for Randle to make a major impact.
• Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys (21 percent, 18 percent, one percent) -- Williams is a very intriguing fantasy option when Miles Austin doesn't play. The rookie from Baylor caught all four of his targets for 151 yards and a touchdown during Tony Romo's Week 5 outburst. If Austin doesn't play in Week 6 with his hamstring injury, Williams looks like a nice third wide receiver option. Williams doesn't see enough targets to start in standard fantasy leagues when Austin is active, but that will change eventually.
• Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (11 percent, six percent, one percent) -- You already know about Allen if you stayed up late on Sunday night to watch the Chargers game. He was targeted nine times, albeit most of them were late when Phillip Rivers was in desperation mode. Either way Allen can play. The third-round pick out of Cal is a name to remember. His production will increase as the season rolls on.
• Geno Smith, New York Jets (18 percent, eight percent, five percent) -- Things seemed to click for the rookie on Monday night against the Falcons. Smith completed 16 of 20 pass attempts and tossed three touchdowns without turning the ball over. Smith threw eight interceptions in his first four games, so he needs a few more turnover-free games before we truly believe. But he flashed greatness on Monday night. Rex Ryan probably won't ever allow him to throw enough to become a must-start option, even if he does continue to develop. Smith has more of a bye-week replacement type ceiling. He isn't a bad option if you own Drew Brees and need a quarterback replacement in Week 7, when the Jets host the Patriots.
• Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (Six percent, four percent, 0.5 percent) -- Foles will run Chip Kelly's offense for now as Michael Vick will miss at least a week with a hamstring injury. Historically, Eagles' backup quarterbacks have produced solid fantasy numbers. Over the years we've seen A.J. Feeley, Jeff Garcia, Mike McMahon, Koy Detmer and even Michael Vick step in and help desperate fantasy owners off the pine in Philly.
• Garrett Graham, Houston Texans (31 percent, 17 percent, three percent) -- Do you need a replacement for Tony Gonzalez this week? Graham landed on the fantasy radar with three touchdowns through five games and now will see more targets with Owen Daniels suffering a fibula injury. Daniels had 20 targets in the last two weeks alone. Graham could make a huge fantasy impact if he picks up additional receptions and continues to be a red-zone threat.
MORE WEEK 6 FANTASY FOOTBALL CONTENT:
BELLER: Stat Focus -- How your roster can benefit from Justin Blackmon
GONOS: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em -- Is it worth starting any Raiders this week?
BELLER: Player Stat Projections -- A.J. Green primed for a huge game
SI STAFF: Composite Player Rankings -- Expect another strong week from Bryant
BELLER, FLOOD: Weekly Roundtable -- Is Alshon Jeffery the real deal?
FLOOD: Waiver Wire -- Stacy stepping up as Rams' starting running back
McQUADE: Risers & Sliders -- Top players struggling to produce stats
BELLER: Fast Forward -- Quarterbacks steal the spotlight in Week 5