Week 5 Waiver Wire Pick-Ups


Week 4 was filled with WTFs and OMGs for Fantasy Owners on both sides of the spectrum! Unusual suspects popped off and we also lost some up-and-coming studs for either multi-week absences or the season. For some teams it’s about to get messy, but the grind and ability to endure is what separates true talent from league bottom feeders. That said, below is a list of Week 5 Waiver Wire Pick-Up Targets …

Deshaun Watson

2 big back-to-back games, but tough sledding ahead as Watson and the Texans play at Home vs KC and at Seattle in the coming weeks. We would recommend some speculative additions in the running game instead.

Jared Goff

Goff is averaging 268 Passing Yards Per Game and has a 7/1 – TD/INT Ratio, but like Watson, has a tough upcoming schedule against SEA, JAX, AZ and NYG. Look elsewhere here!

Andre Ellington

Ellington has carved out a nice role in Arizona, providing exponential volume in the receiving game during the early season. In Week 3, Ellington totaled 5 Receptions for 59 Yards/5 Rushes for 22 Yards and in Week 4 totaled 9 Receptions for 86 Yards/5 Rushes for 18 Yards. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen … It’s that bad! The NFL is flooded with committees and injuries to the extent that we are ferociously trying to grab 3rd Down Receiving RBs like Ellington, Chris Thompson, etc. It’s a weird NFL, but you have to keep depth and talent where you can find it. Expect spotty games, but if you are filling holes, he is one of the better pick-ups you could expect to land for Week 5.

Latavius Murray/Jerick McKinnon

The Dalvin Cook news hit like a load of bricks and leaves fantasy owners scrambling. Interestingly enough, news came out today with RB Latavius Murray saying that he is still not 100% from off-season ankle injury. Just the kind of news you want to hear after a major injury to your primo RB1. McKinnon exited Week 4 with an ankle injury, severity still unknown, but expect him to handle the passing work, whereas Murray will take on a big role in terms of volume and goal-line work. Murray should be considered your #1 Waiver Wire Addition this week!

Elijah McGuire

Forte missed Week 4 due to turf toe and in his absence, Bilal Powell went off for 190 Total Yards and 1 TD, of which a 75 Yard TD Run! On the flip side, RB Elijah McGuire totaled 131 Yards and 1 TD. Both the Giants and Jets are running into similar situations, as neither should be truly eager to bring back their RB1s – Forte or Paul Perkins. Forte turns 32 in December and Powell turns a sneaky 29 in October (Who Knew?!?). Expect this developing team to see exactly what they have in McGuire, especially after a strong Week 4 when giving ample opportunity. Consider McGuire an add with upside potential going forward.

Alex Collins

The Baltimore backfield carries were split in Week 4 between West (-7 Yards on 4 Attempts), Allen (7 Yards on 2 Attempts) and Collins (82 Yards on 9 Attempts). Through 3 Games, Collins hasn’t notched a reception, but has a stellar opportunity to solidify himself as the RB1 in Baltimore. Via Rotoworld.com, “Collins started over Terrance West and Buck Allen, though he was benched for a spell after fumbling in the second quarter. That’s been the knock on Collins since college when he coughed up the football 17 times over a three-year stretch at Arkansas. Collins redeemed himself later with a weaving, 50-yard run in the third quarter but was used scarcely with the Ravens playing from behind.” With Collins now in the mix, it has really hampered Allen’s potential. That said, with the state of the offense combined with a trio of RBs, this should be considered another headache for fantasy owners, although Collins certainly offers a waiver wire addition this week! Going forward, we expect the stat-lines to trend in the direction of game flow between Allen and Collins.

Aaron Jones

The Injury Week started with a bang on Thursday Night as we saw a trio of Packers go down, including Ty Montgomery, Jamaal Williams and DaVante Adams. It’s been reported that Montgomery has went from broken ribs to bruised/slightly fractured ribs and could possibly play in Week 5. Back-Up Jamaal Williams avoided serious damage and is currently being tabbed as having a sprained knee. Adam Schefter reports Williams “could miss” the Packers next game, “but not more.” This appears to be another band-aid situation as we are speculating that Jones will see a Week 5 start, then this could be back to normal with Montgomery and Williams as the 1-2.

Wayne Gallman

The Giants finally have a reason to move forward without Paul Perkins in the fold, as he left the game with bruised ribs giving Gallman an opening. In Perkins’ absence, Gallman totaled 42 Rushing Yards on 11 Attempts and 8 Receiving Yards on 2 Catches. The running game has been a major void in New York and we fully expect a 1-2 week window here as an on-the-job audition for Gallman. New York plays LAC, DEN and SEA in the coming weeks, so temper your expectations going forward.

DeAndre Washington/Jalen Richard

Marshawn Lynch has slid from “Beast Mode” to “Least Mode” as he dribbled a measly 18 Yards on 6 Attempts in Week 3 and 12 Yards on 9 Attempts in Week 4. On the season, Lynch only has 151 Total Rushing Yards. Consider this a speculative look, but one to seriously monitor. Whether by injury or demotion and should the torch be handed off, expect a timeshare between Washington and Richard. Both contain plus size potential and at this point of the season with the injuries we’ve seen, this may be a lottery ticket worth considering if you have extra roster space.

Thomas Rawls/Eddie Lacy/JD McKissic/CJ Prosise

With Chris Carson heading to IR with a fractured leg and high ankle sprain, this backfield is an absolute cluster buried behind a really bad offensive line. There is really no rhyme or reason to how this will play out and we recommend you avoiding the headache here until then. Rawls should be the first man up as he was a healthy scratch in Week 4 and has successful experience within the offense, Prosise should handle the bulk of receiving work, Eddie Lacy is a heartbreaker through and through and McKissic adds a wrench into the equation as he totaled 65 Yards and 2 TD. Whew! What a mess! Rawls is probably owned, so McKissic is the speculative recommendation here.

Jaron Brown

Worth a serious look – Snap Volume, Targets and Production make him hard to ignore!

Week 1 – Zip!

Week 2 – 4 Receptions / 73 Yards / 11 Targets / 0 TD

Week 3 – 2 Receptions / 27 Yards / 6 Targets / 1 TD

Week 4 – 8 Receptions / 105 Yards / 12 Targets / 0 TD

Geronimo Allison

After an absolute nasty hit to Davante Adams, Allison is the beneficiary in Green Bay and will be viewed as a top waiver wire claim this week for fantasy owners. Due to the severity of the hit, Adams’ timetable is somewhat unknown even with positive news coming from the Packers to his regard. The runway might be short, but the potential of grabbing an Aaron Rodgers WR is undeniable.

Jordan and Michael Tozzi were 2013's Most Accurate Fantasy Football Experts in the nation. Owners of LegionReport.com

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