Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets

October 3, 2017

 

Quarterbacks

 

Deshaun Watson:

Deshaun Watson is coming off a stellar Week 4 game where he posted a stat line of 283 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, and tacked on 24 rushing yards and a rushing TD. He is going against the Chiefs this week who have a better defense, but Watson should still produce a serviceable performance.

 

Carson Palmer:

If you are streaming Quarterback Palmer could be a great play this week. In the last two weeks the Eagles defense has given up a combined 713 passing yards and 5 TDs to opposing Quarterbacks (Eli Manning and Phillip Rivers).

 

Running Back

 

Latavius Murray (or Jerrick McKinnon):

I am not the biggest Latavius Murray fan, but with Dalvin Cook tearing his ACL Sunday Murray should be in line for a lot of volume. Murray led all other Running Backs in snaps Sunday and at the least is the short yardage and goal line back for the Vikings. The Vikings also have converted college Quarterback Jerick McKinnon who is worth monitoring as well. Although McKinnon has not yet been able to seize a sizable role in the offense, he is one of the most athletic players in the NFL with a 100th percentile SPARQ score per Player Profiler. Murray is definitely the safer pickup, but make sure to keep tabs on McKinnon too.

 

Wayne Gallman:

The rookie speedster from Clemson led the Giants Running Backs in touches this week and although he didn’t put up a ton of yardage he had a decent fantasy day due to his TD. Paul Perkins has battled injury and has not done enough to secure his position as the Giants lead back. As the Giants go into this week as a surprising 0-4 team Gallman could get the first crack at leading the Giants backfield.

 

Thomas Rawls/Eddie Lacy:

With Chris Carson getting placed on IR the Seahawks backfield is wide open again. If Rawls or Lacy were dropped in the past couple weeks when they were healthy scratches this is the time to pick them up. I expect Rawls to get the first opportunity to lead the committee, but it will almost definitely be a committee. Still, both are worth an add. They are both an injury away from being the lead back on a Seahawks team that wants to establish the run.

 

Alex Collins:

Alex Collins was added to the Ravens practice squad just before the season after the Seahawks cut him in favor of Chris Carson. Javorius Allen has led the Ravens Running Backs in snaps every week this season, but Collins has been getting more snaps every week. With West falling out of favor Collins could emerge as the main interior runner for the Ravens. If you pick him up I don’t know that I’d roll him out this week, but if he can build off his last 2 games and not fumble he could be a reliable RB2/Flex for the rest of the season.

 

Elijah McGuire:

Matt Forte was listed as week-to-week last week before being declared inactive for Sunday’s game. Powell led the Jets Running Backs in snaps with 46 and should continue to be the lead back, but McGuire has been slowly getting more work every week. Most of McGuire’s points came on a long rushing play, but McGuire showed his ability to break off long yards. If Forte can’t get back on the field soon McGuire should see more snaps as the complimentary back to Bilal Powell.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Donte Moncrief:

Moncrief has demonstrated himself to be a great red zone target in the Colts offense. After battling injury last year and only totaling 30 receptions, Moncrief was still able to turn almost a quarter of his receptions into TDs with 7. He continued this last week on a nice back shoulder throw to the front pylon where he outmuscled Seahawks rookie Shaq Griffin for the TD. With Luck coming back soon Moncrief has the chance to be a valuable Wide Receiver down the stretch.

 

Tyrell Williams:

Tyrell Williams got off to a slow start this season failing to eclipse 55 receiving yards in the first 3 weeks, but bounced back strong in Week 4 posting 115 yards and a TD. Tyrell is still battling for targets with Travis Benjamin (24 to 20 on the season respectively), but after  a big game we could see the Chargers look to get him more involved. Tyrell Williams did finish as WR14 in standard last year so the potential production is clearly there.

 

Will Fuller:

Will Fuller started his 2016 rookie year red hot through the first 4 weeks before falling off. Though the be fair, there wasn't really anyone on the Texans offense producing in the latter half of 2016. Will Fuller made his 2017 debut on Sunday and although only tallying 35 yards was able to snag 2 TDs for a great fantasy game. We all know TDs are the hardest thing to predict and you’d like to see more than 35 yards receiving, but Fuller is the clear #2 after Hopkins and as him and Watson continue to improve their chemistry I expect Fuller to become more involved.

 

Devin Funchess:

Kelvin Benjamin did eclipse 100 yards last week, but was only targeted 4 times compared to Funchess’ 9 targets. Funchess posted 70 yards and 2 TDs in the Panthers win over the Patriots. With 26 targets in the last 3 weeks Funchess seems to be emerging as a big part of the Panthers offense.

 

Tight End

 

Charles Clay:

Charles Clay has led all Bills players in targets this season. That is not a stat you commonly hear said about a Tight End. Jordan Mathews is going to miss some time too now which should funnel even more passes to Clay.

 

Cameron Brate/O.J. Howard:

Both Brate and Howard were able to have excellent fantasy days amounting 80 yards and a TD and 63 yards and a TD respectively. If you are streaming Tight End and either one of them are on the waiver wire they could be a nice play against the surprisingly poor Patriots defense next week who have given up a TD to an opposing Tight End three of the first four weeks.

 

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