The Waiver Wire – Week 5

As the first round of bye weeks swept in on fantasy owners you were left to your trusty old friend the waiver wire to help fill in the gaps in your starting lineup. If you were lucky enough to be able to pick up Jordan Howard, Christine Michael, Kyle Rudolph, Jimmy Graham, or Terrelle Pryor Sr. then you had a very good shot at winning last week. The other great thing is they all have great potential to be season-long starters in your lineup.

As we have reached the quarter mark in the 2016 season trends are starting to form and it’s getting a little easier to predict where the big performances are going to be coming from. Keep that in mind as you are looking to grab someone for just a one-week plugin. You want to make sure they are not only a good player but have the right matchup where they can succeed for you. This week Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, and Seattle are all on bye so plan accordingly.

With that being said let’s see who you need to be targeting this week in The Waiver Wire. Like always I will give 3 choices at each position (plus bonus’s from time to time). This is ranked in order of who I would target first to third. At the end of the day you control your waiver rankings, so go get the guy you want! Without further hesitation let’s dive right into this weeks The Waiver Wire.

Quarterback:

  1. Dak Prescott (ESPN 53% / Yahoo 59%) or Joe Flacco (ESPN 32% / Yahoo 34%) – This is the second time on The Waiver Wire for both Prescott and Flacco. If they are available and you either have no backup QB or are struggling with the bye week, potential concussion or injury you need to look at picking either one up. Solid through the quarter mark of the season and Dak might hold the starting job all year long….Yup, I said it!
  2. Brian Hoyer (ESPN 4% / Yahoo 5%) – Our own Douggy Fresh called for some Brain Hoyer love in his Draftkings article last week and Hoyer delivered. Now coach Fox has come out and said that Hoyer will be the starting QB moving forward. He isn’t owned in a lot of leagues, he would be a perfect fit in 2 QB or deep fantasy leagues. Ride the hot hand the next 2 weeks before GB and Minnesota.
  3. Case Keenum (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 2%) – Keenum was AWFUL in a week 1 loss on national television but since then, the Rams are undefeated and actually starting to look like a real football team. I see Keenum as a poor man’s Trent Dilfer (Don’t screw up….Don’t screw up), manage the game, hand it off, and let your defense win you the game. I like the way they are moving him around and once they move to the NFC south portion of their schedule he could find himself having some decent fantasy production.

* BONUS: Derek Anderson (ESPN 0% / Yahoo 0%)  & Paxton Lynch (ESPN 0% / Yahoo 1%) – Both starters are hurt one is in the NFL’s concussion protocol and the other has an AC Joint sprain to his non-throwing shoulder. Just two names to keep in the back of your mind in case either starting QB can’t go.

Running Back:

  1. Terrance West (ESPN 45% / Yahoo 30%) – Today the Ravens released Justin Forsett paving the way for West to start again this week. Last week, West got the start and didn’t disappoint with a 21/113/1 stat line. This week the Redskins are on deck and they have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to RB’s. Ride the West train for at least one more week before getting off for our next target.
  2. Kenneth Dixon (ESPN 21% / Yahoo 25%) – In all fairness, Dixon should be your #1 RB waiver target if he is available. He is going to be the starter but when is the question. Will he beat out West even if West is producing? A lot of questions still need to be answered but if you have West already you need to have Dixon for when they make the switch or vice versa. Both West & Dixon are #1 RB options and those don’t just grow on trees, so go get them if you have the opportunity to.
  3. Bilal Powell (ESPN 36% / Yahoo 23%) – Powell was disappointing, to say the least, to open up the season but the last two weeks the coaching staff has begun to call his number more and more. Powell is one injury away from being the starter in a run heavy offense and could see flex and bye week value if his usage continues to climb.

*BONUS: Andrea Ellington (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 2%) – UPDATE!!! It just came across Twitter that Chris Johnson has been placed on the IR. If you are a David Johnson owner or you need a flex option to cover bye weeks, Ellington is a nice pickup. Once the starter in Arizona before injuries took 2 seasons from him, Ellington is one injury away from having the starting job all to himself. Deep bench leagues he deserves a look.

Wide Receiver: 

  1. Steve Smith Sr. (ESPN 61% / Yahoo 64%) – Steve Smith finally had his “I’m back” game Sunday and that could mean huge production coming from a waiver wire pick up! Last two week Smith has seen 11 targets each week and he put up 8/111/1 on Oakland. Up next his Washington so expects more of the same and the outlook is strong for a big fantasy year if he can stay healthy.
  2. Eddie Royal (ESPN 9% / Yahoo 13%) – The Brian Hoyer effect showing itself with the emergence of Eddie Royal in the Bears offense. Royal caught all 7 of his targets on route to an 111 & 1 stat line and a win over the Lions. Royal has always had the ability but he can seldom lay stay healthy which makes him a risky pickup. A healthy Royal is sure worth the pickup and his value increases if Hoyer can stay behind center.
  3. Robert Woods (ESPN 10% / Yahoo 7%) – With the news breaking today that Sammy Watkins will need to have a 2nd surgery to repair his injured foot, it means his season is over and that Robert Wood’s fantasy value has increased. New England defense is an elite unit so 16 points against them are not something to take lightly. Woods had 10/7/79 and had his most productive day so far. Look for more targets to come his way as the season unfolds.

*BONUS: Dontrelle Inman (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 2%) – In the “this production helped no one” category, Inman exploded against NO for 11/7/120/1. The Chargers offense is going to be a crap shoot moving forward but if you like Inman’s game this is a good sign he might begin to be worked in more. Not a bad player to take a flyer on especially if you have deeper benches.

Tight End: 

  1. Zach Miller (ESPN 57% / Yahoo 60%) – Brian Hoyer effect #2! Miller has 3 touchdowns in 2 games with Hoyer at QB. With Fox coming out and saying the Hoyer will be the starting QB even when Cutler comes back, means Miller will continue to be a top TE start week in and week out.
  2. Hunter Henry (ESPN 33% / Yahoo 31%) – In Gate’s absence, Henry has made a serious impression on the fantasy world and has shown why he was the best TE in the 2016 NFL draft. Even with Gates coming back from injury look for the Chargers to continue to use Henry in the offense ala New England and for him to see quality targets each week.
  3. Richard Rodgers (ESPN 3% / Yahoo 4%) – With Jared Cook out, Rodgers takes over the #1 TE duties for a pass happy offense. I think GB is on the brink of getting it’s issues figured out. Aaron has already come out and said he thinks Richard Rodgers is the best TE on the team. Rodgers is a great stream option during bye weeks.

Defense: 

  1. Buffalo Bills ( ESPN 37% / Yahoo 45%) – Bills looked fast and nasty on defense Sunday and the week before that they turned the Cardinals over 5 times. Pick the up!
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN 26% / Yahoo 56%) – Steelers are a solid unit that you can count on to hit their projection week in and week out. A turnover or touchdown is an added bonus. Solid unit to stream.
  3. Miami Dolphins (ESPN 10% / Yahoo 12%) – Dolphins have a Tennessee on deck and Mariota has been turning the ball over like crazy. The Titans have given up the 4th most points against fantasy defenses. Great stream for this week.

*BONUS: San Francisco 49ers (ESPN 3% / Yahoo 4%) – Ok, I know they just lost Navarro Bowman but if Palme is unable to go Thursday night due to the concussion, then the Niners become a sneaky good stream this week. Keep an eye on Palmer’s health status moving forward.

Kicker: 

  1. Mason Crosby (ESPN 58% / Yahoo 32%) – Giants give up the most points to kickers. Great stream option this week.
  2. Dustin Hopkins (ESPN 55% / Yahoo 38%) – Hopkins has been on fire this year, getting double digit points every week except for last. Baltimore doesn’t give up a lot of points to Kickers but the Redskins offense is clicking and I think they will move the ball into kicking range often in this game.
  3. Josh Lambo (ESPN 24% / Yahoo 23%) – Even with the loss of Allen, the Chargers just keep on scoring points. The offense can move the ball and that means lots of opportunities for Lambo field goals. Great stream and long term option at kicker.

Well there you have it,  The Waiver Wire is in the books for this week. I will see you all next Tuesday for another edition! If you ever have any fantasy questions hit us up via our email: Insider@tffgurus.com or on Twitter @TFFGurus, or our friends at @dafantasyfather & @TheFantasyBoys. Lastly, if you have any IDP questions please direct them to our expert Everett on Twitter @decoylife.

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