By Scott Bischoff, Fantasy Sports Geekly
As we enter the sixth week of the 2013 NFL season, bye weeks are under way and starting lineups are weakened because fantasy football's stars have the week off. It should be the intention of every fantasy football owner to make his or her team better during the bye weeks, not to just get through them. We are going to look at a few waiver wire additions to add this week, and I will offer a sneaky little trick to instantly improve your roster.
At quarterback, there are a few players that can get you by for a few weeks, but there is one player who will be at the helm for his team for the rest of the year. Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden gets the offense back from Brian Hoyer who is out for the season with an ACL tear.
Weeden is a good quarterback who struggles to get the ball out quickly enough, but he has a few very good weapons in tight end Cameron Jordan and wide receiver Josh Gordon. Weeden will perform like a No. 1 QB at times and is a nice player to add, especially in leagues that require two quarterbacks.
The running back position is lettered with very similar players who can put up good numbers at times, but aren't reliable on an every week basis. At this point of the season it is hard to find much on the waiver wire, but if Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is available, he should be added right away.
Ellington is a very intriguing player who has a tremendous set of skills for fantasy football. He isn't a full workload player, but the Cardinals will get the ball to him out in space and he will make big plays catching the ball out of the backfield.
With teams throwing the ball all over the place, it should come as no surprise to see a bunch of wide receivers making plays consistently enough to be worthy of a spot on fantasy teams. There are a slew of players available, but Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas is a very interesting player going forward with starter Julio Jones reportedly out for the year.
Douglas steps into a very strong offense and won't be on your waiver wire next week if he has a solid game this week. He is a reliable player who has been in the Falcons offense for a few years, and he should be able to step into this role fairly well. It is a good time to grab him before there is a run.
Now onto the dirty trick that will improve your team quickly. Trade your players who haven't had their bye week for a player who already has. It sounds silly, but it will net you an extra start from the player you are adding.
There are 11 weeks remaining in most fantasy football leagues, assuming that week No. 16 is the championship game. For players who still have a bye week, there are only 10 games left to play with the one game removed for the bye.
It is a simple math problem. If you have two players who will get you 10 points as week for the rest of the season, you should try to get the player who will get you 10 points over 11 games, and not the player who will only play 10 games.