Waiver Wire Pick-Ups for Week 5 in Fantasy Football

Eli Manning- Guess who is a surprise top 10 QB through the first 4 weeks of the season? That’s right Eli Manning! Ranked #6 at QB heading into the week with a nice slate of games ahead of him(Atlanta, Philly and Dallas before their bye) he should be picked up in all leagues. Things look they are starting to click within the Ben McAdoo offense and Victor Cruz, Reuben Randle and Larry Donnel are a formidable top 3 offensive options, not to mention Rashad Jennings can catch a little too.

Joe Flacco- Guess who sneaks in at #10 at his position through the first 4 weeks? I wouldn’t have guessed it either but it’s true. You might think that Flacco’s production is fool’s gold considering that a lot of his points have come on long TD plays and he was underwhelming against Cleveland, you wouldn’t be wrong. He is to be added as a second QB or a bye week fill in due to his schedule(Indy, Tampa Bay and Atlanta are the next 3 before Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Tennessee before the bye) and the fact that he has established a strong connection with Steve Smith. He isn’t the prettiest player available but should be able to get it done the next few weeks.

Teddy Bridgewater- Love it. He scored 20+ points last week without throwing for a single TD. The ankle injury is a concern, but for someone who should be available in most leagues Bridgewater should be an add as a QB2 with high upside. You saw how he got the miserable Vikings offense humming last week(granted, against the Falcons crappy defense) and if he can keep it up he could be a great waiver wire steal

Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata- They are both out there in a lot of leagues(McKinnon much more than Asiata) and I won’t say that they will both go off every game like they did last week(again, the Falcons defense), but they both have value with the time being. Asiata has more value currently and should continue to be the Vikings battering ram whenever they get close to the goal line and he can catch a few passed too, making him a solid RB2. McKinnon should be considered a flex option for the time being but he could leapfrog Asiata. McKinnon showed what kind of a talent he is and assuming Adrian Peterson is out for the year, he could supplant Asiata and become the Vikings longer term answer at running back.

Eddie Royal- He can’t be ignored after two monster weeks. I know he did this to start the year last year, and it worked for the people who added him after week 1 for week 2, but it didn’t work much longer than that. I am cautious about Royal because we have seen this before but he is worth the add and should be considered a top 30 receiver and a good flex going forward.

Devin Hester- Another guy who put up back to back good performances. I am a little dubious as to how consistent Hester will be, because his floor his really low. The injury to Harry Douglas gives him added value as long as Douglas is out as the 3rd receiver in Atlanta because Atlanta likes to run a lot of 3 receiver sets. They also make an attempt to get Hester the ball a couple times a game to see if he can make something happen, which is a good sign. He should be added as a flex play

Malcolm Floyd- Mostly for deeper leagues, Floyd has emerged onto the Fantasy Football radar once again. While I think Eddie Royal might be more lightning in a bottle I am a little more inclined to believe in Floyd if he can stay healthy(which he never can). He isn’t owned anywhere so you should be able to grab him and his couple of super deep ball targets per game.

James Jones- I’ve brought him up before but I think he is worth mentioning again. If Derek Carr’s injury causes him to miss time(likely) I think Jones value dips a little bit and it puts Andre Holmes on the fantasy radar.

Travis Kelce- He has 18 catches on 24 targets through 4 games and looks like the primary receiving option in Kansas City. He looked great after the catch Monday night against the Patriots and Andy Reid is using all kinds of different formations and player combinations to get him on the field. He should be owned in all leagues and should continue to be a focal point of this offense.

Larry Donnell- What a beast! He came out and dominated Washington on Thursday night with 3 TD’s! He has just one less target than Victor Cruz and has developed a rapport with Eli Manning. He is definitely a must own and a top 7 Tight End the rest of the way.

Lions D/ST- They lead the NFL in total yards against, are 2nd in passing yards allowed per game(under 200), are ranked 6th in rushing yards allowed per game(80 yards per game), rank 4th in points allowed per game(15.5), have 10 sacks to go with 2 forced fumbles and fumble recoveries(1 for a TD) and 3 interceptions. Unless you own the Seahawks defense go out and grab the Lions.

Chandler Catanzaro- I wanted to get into him last week but chose not to because of the bye. For anyone who plays kickers based off match-up or is looking for an upgrade from a disappointing kicker they drafted I would suggest you grab Catanzaro. As long as Carson Palmer is out and Drew Stanton is the starter I think there should be at least 1 drive per game that stalls out and warrants a field goal rather than a TD. It’s just a gut call but, Catanzaro was the 4th ranked kicker after 3 weeks and has attempted 7 field goals in the two games with Stanton starting.


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