Week 5 saw Tom Brady score fewer points than 24 other quarterbacks. Including two who play for Jacksonville. That hurts. But that’s the kind of craziness we’re dealing with week to week, and we at Footballguys make it our business to help you navigate the minefield that is the Waiver Wire. Here are a few players we see increasing or decreasing in value for Week 6. Yes, a couple of controversial QBs made our love list…

That’s the difference between fantasy football and real football. We don’t care that Romo couldn’t close the deal against Denver. We care that he piled up a zillion fantasy points first.

RISING UP

Terrell Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders
Pryor is back on this list for a couple reasons. First, he looks recovered from his concussion. Second, Oakland lost the Josh Freeman sweepstakes (who’d have thought there’d be such a thing) to the Vikings. The Raiders may not be convinced that Pryor is their long-term answer, but he’s their answer for the next few months, and he scores points with his feet.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is the ultimate “buy low” guy right now. He played 58 minutes of incredible football Sunday afternoon, then failed to deliver at the end (again). But that’s the difference between fantasy football and real football. We don’t care that he couldn’t close the deal against Denver. We care that he piled up a zillion fantasy points first. If the Romo owner in your league will deal, take advantage of him.

Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
I said last week he was a poor man’s version of Darren Sproles. Well, that poor man just cleaned himself up and got a raise. QB Philip Rivers continue to produce and San Diego is running out of other weapons. Ryan Mathews will never stay healthy, and Woodhead has the potential to pile up the points in PPR leagues.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
Chargers seem to be on this list a lot, but it’s because of two things. Philip Rivers has found himself. And injuries have created new opportunities for unheralded players. Allen seems to be making the most of his with a fantastic game Sunday, and he’s clearly established himself as the #1 WR in the whale’s vagina, er, SD.

Still probably the best player in the league named Julian…

HANGING IN

Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts
It’s suddenly become popular to rip Trent Richardson. He’s not flashy and he doesn’t break many long runs. But the reality is he’s a powerful rusher on an excellent team, and he should continue to excel as the Colts gallop onward.

SLIDING DOWN

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
WR Danny Amendola looks to be back (at least until he’s hurt again), and TE Rob Gronkowski’s expected back this coming week. Both of these players should cut into Edelman’s opportunities. Amendola’s always a candidate to miss time, but if you can deal him for value, now may be the time.

Jonathan Franklin, RB, Green Bay Packers
This past Sunday was the chance for Franklin to make his move but he’s literally fumbling opportunities away. Which means Eddie Lacy looks like Green Bay’s go-to back for the foreseeable future.

Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel, QBs, Minnesota Vikings
Neither Ponder nor Cassel seem like the answer in Minnesota right now. That feeling was reinforced when the Vikings signed Josh freaking Freeman.


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