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2012 Fantasy Football Week 6 Last-Minute Popular Pickups: Fan’s Review

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Due to last-minute injury updates and other late player news, fantasy owners sometimes need to add a player right before the start of games on Sunday. Here are the most-added players by position in fantasy football leagues on the Saturday before Sunday's Week 6 games.

Add numbers used for this list are from all Yahoo! fantasy football leagues for Saturday, October 13. Players on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans who have already played their Week 6 game are not included.

Quarterback

Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals - 6,702 adds

For owners scrambling for a starting fantasy quarterback this week, Kolb had been a popular candidate for a bounce back week. Facing a very-beatable Buffalo Bills defense, he faces a team that has given up a ton of yards on offense in their last two games and could easily be picked apart by him, making Kolb a viable starter this week.

Honorable mentions: Minnesota Vikings' Christian Ponder (5,578 adds), Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton (5,322 adds), San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith (5,122 adds)

Running back

Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts - 16,140 adds

With Donald Brown out for the next few weeks, Ballard assumes the Colts' starting running back role. Up against a bad New York Jets run defense, Ballard could see a nice number of carries and could be a threat to score if the offense finds itself in the red zone. He could be a very good play this week if the Colts are able to stick to their running game.

Honorable mentions: San Diego Chargers' Jackie Battle (12,384 adds), Arizona Cardinals' William Powell (12,267 adds), New York Jets' Shonn Greene (8,005 adds)

Wide receiver

Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals - 10,954 adds

With opposing defenses focusing on Larry Fitzgerald, Roberts has emerged as a good No. 2 wide receiver for the Cardinals. Already scoring four touchdowns this season, the Bills provide a great opportunity for both him and Kolb to success this week. Another touchdown and a nice chunk of yards wouldn't be too surprising from Roberts.

Honorable mentions: Cincinnati Bengals' Andrew Hawkins (8,306 adds), St. Louis Rams' Danny Amendola (8,153 adds), New York Jets' Jeremy Kerley (7,866 adds)

Tight end

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings - 9,510 adds

For several weeks in a row, Rudolph's ownership has risen in leagues. Like Roberts, he has been an emerging touchdown force and this week could be no different against a Washington Redskins defense allowing big games to opposing tight ends. Despite being a high-ranked tight end by experts on a weekly basis, Rudolph is still available in a sizeable number of leagues.

Honorable mentions: Buffalo Bills' Scott Chandler (9,125 adds), Denver Broncos' Joel Dreessen (6,433 adds), Baltimore Ravens' Dennis Pitta (5,887 adds)

Kicker

Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams - 9,382 adds

Zuerlein has made history multiple times this season for his very strong and accurate leg. With already four made field goals of over 50 yards, he has yet to miss a field goal or extra point this season and plays for an offense that has struggled all year long. Zuerlein could easily finish as the top fantasy kicker at the end of the season.

Honorable mentions: Minnesota Vikings' Blair Walsh (9,017 adds), Detroit Lions' Jason Hanson (6,459 adds), New York Giants' Lawrence Tynes (6,045 adds)

Team defense

Miami Dolphins team defense - 12,638 adds

The Dolphins have a very favorable matchup this week against a Rams offense that is now without Danny Amendola. In what could be a defensive struggle for both teams, the Dolphins' solid run defense puts them in a great position to put up great defensive statistics against the Rams in Week 6.

Honorable mentions: St. Louis Rams team defense (10,618 adds), Minnesota Vikings team defense (8,138 adds), Tampa Bay Buccaneers team defense (7,917 adds)

Sources:

October 13 Transaction Trends All Positions Adds, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Greg Zuerlein Game Log, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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