Week 5 Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

Hunter Henry- If you were hesitant about him after just one week(rightfully so) he gave you more to trust with another good performance against the Saints. He caught 4 of his 7 targets for 61 yards and a TD and now has over 130 yards receiving in his last two games.

Michael Thomas- He’s stepped it up in Willie Snead’s absence over the last two games. In that span he has had 11 catches on 20 targets for 115 yards and two TD’s(one in each week).

Terrance West- He proved himself to be “the guy” against the Raiders. West had 21 carries for 113 yards and a TD but more importantly other RB’s only got 3 carries this game. If West is going to be the lead back in this way for the Ravens going forward he needs to be owned in all leagues.

Terrelle Pryor Sr- Another game another TD. Pryor continues to establish himself as the go to receiving option for the Browns, leading them in targets again this week. With news that Josh Gordon is a no go for this year Pryor’s role is more secure going forward.

Duke Johnson Jr.- Hue Jackson is going to use both Duke and Isaiah Crowell plenty this year. The same way he used Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard in across the state with the Bengals. Like Bernard, Johnson has more value in PPR leagues as he is the clear receiving back in the offense. However he’ll have flex value in standard leagues from time to time as well like he did against the Redskins, where he picked up 84 total yards on 15 touches. More notably, he had only 3 less touches than Crowell.

Eagles D/ST- In case you forgot how well they played in the first 3 weeks. A lot of people left them on the wire during their bye week.

Robert Woods- The Bills will remain a run first team, but Woods is now the #1 receiver on the team with Sammy Watkins out(again) with injury. He led the team with 10 targets and hauled in 7 of them for 89 yards against the Patriots.

Bilal Powell- Matt Forte owners had to know this would be coming at some point. Powell was a reliable receiving back for the Jets last year, which is why they re-signed him in the offseason. I was dubious that Forte would be the “workhorse” back he had been in Chicago with Powell hanging around and this game started to show that. Powell had 10 touches for 80 yards compared to Forte’s 16 touches for 43 yards. Powell was second on the team with 9 targets as well. He’s more of a PPR player but he needs to be on the radar, and is at least the handcuff for Matt Forte.

Jordan Howard- 26 touches and 132 yards later and you see why he was last week’s #1 pick-up.

Anquan Boldin- More for deeper leagues and PPR leagues. Boldin is the #2 receiving option for the Lions right now and Stafford trusts him on 3rd down. He led the Lions with 8 targets and 6 catches against the Bears. He scored in his previous two games and is on pace for 68 catches and 8 TD’s for the season using his 4 game totals.

 

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