We are coming into that time in fantasy football where injuries might be ravaging your teams right now and the waiver wire becomes your best friend. Time to see who the hidden gems are and who we should start giving up on.
Alex Smith | QB | 28 percent owned (Yahoo)
Alex Smith is a long time friend of the QB streamer. He'll never be a consistent option as a QB1, and he'll never be widely owned, but he'll have his days where he posts great numbers. He did not have a touchdown last week but was good on 19 for his 22 throws. He'll be facing the porous New Orleans Saints defense this week so Smith is a terrific option for all the late round quarterback users out there.
Tony Romo | QB | 12 percent owned
Romo is definitely a target to consider but do not burn your waiver priority on him this week! Instead, wait for waivers to end and immediately rush to pick him up as a free agent on Wednesday morning. Yes, the Dallas Cowboys are on a bye week but if you want for week 7 to end, Romo will end up on waivers again. If you have too low of a priority, that's it. Someone else will get him. Now is the time to stash if you are struggling with quarterbacks. Dak Prescott has been impressive but there's no way the long celebrated Tony Romo will be riding the bench.
Jay Ajayi | RB | 32 percent owned
Hyped up as a potential fantasy football stud when selected in the NFL Draft in April, Ajayi finally showed off his potential with a 200 yard, 2 touchdown week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But I wouldn't not expect too much from him just yet as Arian Foster is getting healthier by the week. But Ajayi is definitely worth a shot on the waivers.
Carson Wentz | QB | 68 percent Oowned (Yahoo)
While he has been the best rookie quarterback this season, Wentz would likely be a backup for most teams. This week he'll play against that ferocious Minnesota Vikings defense as well. He's not good enough where he's worth stashing just yet and you can definitely find other options on the wire.
Antonio Gates | TE | 68 percent owned
After a long, illustrious career it seems Gates is on the downswing -- for fantasy purposes at least. Rookie Hunter Henry has supplanted him as the top tight end for the San Diego Chargers. Gates is living on rosters on name value alone at this point. He can still find the end zone but that is his only source of value and is far too risky to consider playing with.
Carolina Panthers D/ST | DEF | 91 percent owned
The Panthers defense is an absolute mess. They lost their entire secondary because of injuries and are close to a bottom 10 fantasy football defense. You can find teams off the street that will give you more points. Players are holding on to them because of the name and their effectiveness last year. That sort of thinking will lose you games though. These Panthers clearly are in flux right now and it's not worth even stashing as a second defense either.