Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

October 2, 2019

 

The Waiver system is one of the most important parts of fantasy. How you use the waivers can make or break your team. The following players are based on the available players owned in less than 50% in a 10 man .5 PPR format. Good luck this week!

 

Quarterbacks

 

 

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 44% owned

 

Winston has been a heartbreaker for most of his career. He has always had an issue with turnovers, and has been a disappointment for fantasy owners since he entered the league. The beginning of this year didn’t seem any different, but the last two weeks are a completely different story. He has looked competent and controlled recently. Where he usually has multiple interceptions, he has only had one in each of his last two games. He also has upped his touchdowns from one in each of his first two games to 3 and 4 in his last two. Winston is definitely on the right path, and I believe Arians is to thank for that. Winston is now a viable streamer this week against the Saints. He is a high end QB2 with QB1 upside.

 

 

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts- 32.3 % owned

 

Brissett is extremely underrated. After people pretty much wrote off the Colts, Brissett has definitely kept them alive with his abilities through the air as well as with his legs. Brissett has sneakily been a top 10 QB this year. He has not had a game under 15.5 fantasy points, which shows that his floor is solid. He is also averaging over 20 points in his last two matchups. Brissett now faces a Kansas City defense that is very exploitable. If your QB is on bye, or just dealing with poor play then you should take a look at Brissett. He won’t win you your matchup by himself but is a very viable streaming option this week. He is a high end QB2 with QB1 upside this week against the Chiefs. 

 

 

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals, 15.8% owned

 

This one is for the most desperate of desperate. My brain tells me not to, but my gut says that Dalton can perform this week against a beatable Arizona Defense. I am sorry if you played Dalton last week, as that was almost as bad as it gets. But I feel this week is different, and that the matchup is beatable. If you are in a deep 2 QB league, or there is literally nothing else you can do. You can do worse than Dalton this week. He is a mid-tier QB2 with the ability to outperform his ranking this week. 

 

Running Backs

 

 

Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers-  41.4%

 

It is getting thin out there. If for some reason Ronald Jones is still available, he is the main running back target that I am looking at. Now he is not necessarily a great play this week, but you could flex him if you are desperate. He is more of a stash. If he performs this week though, then he is a viable play week in and week out. He has the most upside of the running backs on the waivers, without an injury happening. He is a flex this week, but his long term value could very well be much higher. 

 

Its Cuffing season!

 

As we can see, there is no longer crazy depth when it comes to the running backs on the waivers. The best advice I can offer you is to add your top tier running backs backups( As long as you have an extra spot to store them). The following are the backups that I would add now and reap the rewards if their lead backs were injured: Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings- 16.4% owned, Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys- 23.9% owned, and Ryquell Armstead, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars- 2.1% owned. I could go on and on with backups. But currently, these are the top three that are on waivers almost everywhere and could have season winning abilities if the lead back on their team were injured. I am not telling you to drop solid players to get these backups. I am purely informing you that if you have the bench spots, stashing these players would pay off well versus holding two defenses or players with little upside. 

 

Wide Receivers 

 

 

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers- 27.2%

 

The tale of Geronimo Allison continues, or should I say the Tale of the WR2 in Green Bay. Nobody can really tell you exactly which wide receiver not named Davante Adams will perform week in and week out on Green Bay. But I will tell you this, Allison looked good this past week against Philadelphia. He has the ability to beat defenders, and can definitely win on the 50/50 balls. This week the Packers play against the Dallas Cowboys. The upside to the situation is that Davante Adams might be out with a toe injury. Which would leave MVS and Allison as the top two wideouts on an efficient passing team. My thoughts are if you are in need of a WR2 or flex play, Allison should be your guy. The targets should be there, and the connection with Aaron Rodgers still remains alive. He should offer WR3/ Flex value with an upside. 

 

 

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons- 35.2% owned

 

Who would have thought that we’d still be talking about Sanu, but here we are. Sanu isn’t a sexy play, but he does have consistent production. Calvin Ridley has struggled over the last two weeks, which has left the door open for Sanu to see targets. He will not win you your matchup, but if you need a solid bye week fill in to get you 8-10 points than Sanu is your guy. He is a low-end WR3/ flex this week against Houston. 

 

 

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers- 6.3%

 

James Washington Who? Two weeks ago Big Ben went down with an injury and Mason Rudolph had taken over at QB for the Steelers. Which left the door open for any Steelers receivers to come in and be his guy. Now obviously Juju is their best receiver, but over the last two weeks, Diontae has had the most fantasy points for the Steelers receiving corps. Now he is a young player, and will definitely make his mistakes. But I would be willing to stash him on my bench, purely for the upside that he takes off as the WR2 for the Steelers. 

 

Tight Ends

 

 

Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers- 35.7 % owned

 

Jimmy has looked good in the two games he has played this season. Mainly because he has caught a touchdown in each of those two matchups. He is extremely touchdown-dependent, but at the tight end position who isn't? This week he has a decent matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. It will be a game where the Packers top wideout ( Davante Adams)  might be out with turf toe. Which will only make Rodgers look Graham's way even more, especially in the red zone. Graham has the upside to be a TE1 this week. 

 

 

Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts, 48.8% owned

 

Mr. Boom Bust, Ebron was able to salvage a bad game with a touchdown once again. The value is there, but it is also quite risky to play him every week. I do have faith in him this week though. The Colts will almost certainly be playing catch up against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton's status are both up in the air right now. If Mack is out, then it will only cause Brissett to throw the ball more often. If Hilton is out, then the extra targets may find their way to Ebron. Either way, if you are in a crunch at the tight end position Ebron should help fill the void. He is a high end TE2 with TE1 upside as long as he finds the endzone( like he usually does).

 

 

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals, 17.7% owned

 

I only have two say two words as the reason why you should play Eifert this week. Arizona Cardinals. But I will go more in-depth than just that. The Cardinals seem to be the only defense in the league that have tight end blindspots. For the past 4 weeks, they have been getting totally thrashed by the tight end position. If your tight end is injured or on bye, you could do a lot worse than Eifert this week. I project a bounce-back game for the Bengals all together. Eifert will be open this weekend against the Cardinals. He is a solid streaming play and has low-end TE1 upside.

 

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