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Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire



It’s Waiver Wire Wednesday! It’s that special time of the week that can make (or break) your seasons. Nothing is more satisfying than landing that up-and-comer, that injury replacement, or that breakout stud from the previous week. Conversely, nothing is more infuriating than the team immediately ahead of you on the waiver wire list snagging that player you had your eyes on. Here at, we’ll give you the tools you need to own the waiver wire and your daily/season-long leagues.


Joe Flacco – Flacco is available in nearly 70% of leagues. The knee injury that ended his 2015 campaign is fully healed as Flacco has been on the field for every meaningful offensive snap. Steve Smith appears to be over his Achilles tendon double-rupture and is slowly moving into WR1 territory. Flacco needs to be owned in all season-long formats and will be a nice GPP play this weekend at home against the Redskins. His ownership will be low as Josh Norman will scare off quite a few potential owners. Take advantage.

Dak Prescott – Another week, another solid performance for the young rookie. Prescott has improved every single week and appears to be the real-deal. The game isn’t too fast for Prescott as he played nearly perfect football in his short career. Through 4 weeks, he is averaging 250 passing yards/game and has not had a single interception or fumble. He’s thrown for 3 touchdowns and run for another 2. He is creating a very difficult situation for the Cowboys front office and coaching staff as Tony Romo is scheduled to return after the week 7 bye. If the Cowboys keep winning, it will be difficult to sit Prescott.

Brian Hoyer – Since filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, Hoyer has been on a roll. Over the last 2 weeks, Hoyer has thrown for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns since taking over as the starting QB. Hoyer is available in 96% of leagues and needs to be rostered as the Bears travel to Indy to take on the Swiss cheese D of the Colts. With byes on the horizon, Hoyer needs to be added as he will likely remain the starter even when Cutler is healthy enough to go.

Carson Wentz – How Wentz is still available in 65% of leagues is beyond me. We have been touting Wentz as a real-deal QB1 since week 1 and he continues to impress. Like Prescott, Wentz has not had a single interception or fumble, unheard of from rookie QBs in their first quarter of their first professional season. The Eagles are coming off a bye and have a juicy matchup against the Lions in Detroit. We’ve been saying it for a month…GET WENTZ ON YOUR ROSTERS!!!

Drew Stanton – Carson Palmer took a shot and landed on his head Sunday evening and is likely out with a concussion. If Palmer can’t go, Stanton will be worth a look in deeper leagues.

Running Back

Kenneth Dixon/ Kyle Jusczyk – The Ravens backfield is a mess, but it may’ve just gotten a little cleaner. Justin Forsett was a healthy scratch Sunday and was released this morning. Terrance West got the start Sunday, and was serviceable. However, Juscyzk caught 6 balls for 56 yards and may be worth a roster spot depending on what happens with Kenneth Dixon. Dixon hasn’t played this season but, by all accounts, has the most up-side of any of the Ravens backs. We’ll see, maybe as early as this Sunday. Both Dixon and Jusczyk are available in over 90% of leagues.

Bobby Rainey – With Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen out for the foreseeable future, the Giants turned to Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey last night against the Vikings. Neither back went nuts, but Rainey appears to be solid pass-catching back and warrants a roster spot in PPR leagues.

James White – I drafted James White and have held onto him since the preseason with week 5 squarely in mind. Week 5 signals the return of Tom Brady and, with that, the Patriots offense will likely go towards a much more pass-heavy than they have to this point in the season. If you’re in a PPR league and White is available, get him on your roster.

Wide Receiver

Robert Woods – Sammy Watkins has been placed on IR, ending his 2016 before it ever got started. Woods, however, will reap the benefits of increased snaps and targets. Over the last 2 weeks, Woods has seen 18 targets and turned them into a 13-140-0 line. He owned in only 10% leagues. Take advantage.

Quincy Enunwa – Enunwa’s ownership has increased every week but, apparently, 60% of leagues still don’t know this name. Shame on them. He was already a viable starter before Decker went down as he has caught 23 balls over the first 4 weeks. Word is, Decker could be dealing with a serious shoulder injury that could end up with him on the IR. If that happens, Enunwa is a viable starter for the remainder of the season. He’s only scored once and has yet to eclipse the 100 yard mark, but with usage like he is seeing, Enunwa needs to be owned in all formats.

Brice Butler – Butler will see a heavy workload as long as Dez Bryant is sidelined with a knee injury. Butler possesses elite size and speed and seems to flash when he is on the field. He turned his first shot at heavy usage into a nice 5-41-1 line and came very close to scoring a 2nd time. Dak looked his way early and often and is a solid WR option as long as Dez is sidelined.

Sammie Coats – Coats lacks the name recognition of Antonio Brown and the quickness of Eli Rogers, but Coats makes up for it with his big-play, deep-threat ability. He is THE deep threat option in a pass-happy offense. Brown is option number 1, but Coats and the rest of the starting receivers slide in at 1b. Coats is boom or bust and the number of mouths to feed in the Steelers offense limits his ceiling, but his deep-threat ability sets him apart in this corps.

Eddie Royal – Alshon Jeffrey is dealing with soft-tissue issues, again. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. What should surprise folks is Eddie Royal’s usage and target share so far this season. He’s owned in 10% of leagues, but has surpassed 15 fantasy points in PPR formats in ¾ of the games so far including a 7-111-1 line Sunday night. Take advantage.

Tight End

Cameron Brate – Brate is now firmly in the TE1 category, but is owned in only 9% of leagues. Get him rostered as the Buccaneers will likely be playing from behind and forced to air it out on a week-to-week basis. After ASJ was released, Brate became the de facto starter and hasn’t disappointed. He’s caught 10 passes over the last two weeks and generated over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Get him in your lineups.

Jesse James – Until Ladarius Green returns, if Ladarius Green returns, James is the #1 tight end on a pass-happy offense. Big Ben looks to check it down to the tight end a lot, see Heath Miller, and, at 6’6”, James is a massive target. He should feast on targets in the red zone and needs to be owned in all formats.





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