Week 6 of fantasy football is the second week of byes for NFL teams. And this week, it starts to get annoying. All of a sudden, players with bye weeks start popping up on you.
This becomes worse when you have upwards of, say, three fantasy teams. Or when most services give you the bye weeks in the draft so you can prepare accordingly, but you just ignore them anyway, and then they pile up.
Oh, hey, look, Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews are on the same team, and they both have a bye this week. Oh, and Dwayne Bowe has a bye too. That's not that ba...Chris Johnson also has a bye?
Fret not, fantasy team owners. There is always a replacement at the ready, even if only for a week. Here are some of the most savvy waiver-wire pickups for Week 6:
Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos (Available in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues): Oh look, Tim Tebow has a bye. But you should still pick him up for another week when your starting quarterback has a bye.
Tebow, of course, will be starting from now on in Denver. Tebow is not really even an above average quarterback at this point, but he has the ability on any given week to put up a bunch of points from the quarterback position.
Tebow is a dual threat. He showed last week against the Chargers that he can both run and throw for touchdowns.
Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers (77 percent): Surprising that Smith is still available in this many leagues, and he's worth a shot as at least a backup.
He has been good all year, but has really hit his stride the last two weeks, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. In that span, he has also helped San Francisco to two victories over two quality opponents in the Eagles (well, they were supposed to be quality) and the Buccaneers.
Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (60 percent): Ridley's role was reduced last week as BenJarvus Green-Ellis tore up the Jets defense. But Ridley was on the rise after two great performances and boasts a 6.4 yards-per-carry average this season. His role still could increase, so he's worth a pickup and stash on the bench for a week or two if you have room.
Jackie Battle, Kansas City Chiefs (68 percent): The headlines of Chiefs go to Battle in Kansas City newspapers are just such creative headlines, and they also suggest that Battle will probably get more carries from this point. He had 199 yards on 19 carries last week, and he looks like he could grab an open running back, uh, battle in Kansas City.
Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (69 percent): Graham will likely be the main back taking over for the injured LeGarrette Blount, who is not likely to play this weekend. He has a solid 4.7 yards-per-carry average and should do well as the featured back.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders (68 percent): Quite the turnaround it's been thus far for Heyward-Bey, who finally is living up to some of the billing that made him a Top 10 pick in 2009. He's averaging a solid four receptions per game, and with his speed he's always a threat for a big play. He has also been the No. 1 target over the past two weeks for Jason Campbell, so that's something.
Derrick Mason, Houston Texans (90 percent): If you really need a wide receiver and you're in a three-deep league, why not? The change of scenery from New York to Houston, and the lack in Houston of a No. 1 target (Andre Johnson's injury) gives Mason a chance to be effective there.
Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans (65 percent): The Titans' best receiver, Kenny Britt, is out for the season. That means Cook has been seeing, and will continue to see, more targets his way in the passing game. He has broken out in a big way the past two weeks from a minimal option to a key one.
Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (42 percent): Surprise! Gresham is in the Top 10 scoring-wise for tight ends, sandwiched between the 80-plus-percent owned Dustin Keller and Aaron Hernandez. He'll likely never put up spectacular numbers, but the Bengals have targeted him a lot and he's done well. He's a solid pickup at this point.