Waiver Wire Week 5

NFL Waiver Wire Week Five

NFL Waiver Wire Week Five by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Week 5 of the byes mean some important players to your fantasy football team may be off. Find your Week 5 fill-in players with your NFL Waiver Wire Week 5 options early in the week.

Bye Teams: Miami-Minnesota- NY Jets – Carolina

Quarterbacks Waiver Wire Week 5

CHI Jay Cutler- Cutler’s Week 3 injury had him OUT for only one game, but fantasy owner’s did not know when he would be able to come back so he was dropped by many owners ( only owned in 26% of Yahoo leagues now) Playing KC Week 5 , who are TERRIBLE vs the pass

PITT Michael Vick- Facing SD Week 5, QB Vick will have to have a great game to beat the Charge’s offense. SD does have the 28th ranked run defense so expect a ton of RB LeVeon Bell. Vick is still only owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues and is at least a fill for the Bye Week

JACK Blake Bortles- A favorable match Week 5 vs Tampa Bay, who make plenty of turnovers

Running Backs Waiver Wire Week 5


BUFF Anthony Dixon- With RB LMcCoy still shelved ( hammy) and RB Karlos Williams ( concussion) , a BUFF RB finds himself as a “Waiver Wire” priority- BUFF @ TENN Week 5- Titans are 24th vs the run ( 3rd vs the pass)

DEN  Ronnie Hillman- I’ve been predicting that Hillman will become the starter for DEN sooner rather than later for a while now- In my Waiver Wire Week 2 report-  LINK    ( Hillman Week 4- 103 yards and 1 TD-  CJ Anderson Week 4- 43 yards and 0 TD) Hillman is still only owned in 36% of yahoo leagues and thats way too low

SEA Thomas Rawls- A truly disappointing Week 4 for RB Rawls- SEA would not run him. Have to see what RB M Lynch’s status is Week 5 later in the week. Do not make RB Rawls a waiver wire priority

CLEV Duke Johnson- HC Pettine is as frustrating a HC for fantasy owners as NE HC Belichick is because he rotates RBs constantly and CLEV is a true RBBC team. Johnson had a good game Week 4 but he wasn’t the #1 RB- RB I Crowell was and Johnson points came from 9 receptions for 85 yards and a 34 yard TD pass- Don’t expect this often, if ever again

N.O. CJ Spiller- I am not a fan of Spiller, so I am reluctant to put him here, but in a Week with 4 Bye teams, owners in deep league could be in trouble- If you take a way that flukey last play TD in overtime Week 4 for Spiller, he would have needed with 28 total yards. Still, he will get touches Week 5

( See if RB STL T Gurley is available- owned in 87% of yahoo leagues )

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Week 5

ATL Leonard Hankerson- I have been writing this for weeks- Top pick up Week One

SD Dontrell Inman- Injuries to WRs M Floyd ( concussion) and St Johnson ( hamstring) let the door open for WR Inman Week 4 ( 3 catches for 88 yards) and likely a starter Week 5 vs PITT

BALT Chris Givens/ K Aiken-  Injuries to WRs Steve Smith (broken bones in his back) and B Perriman (knee) forced BALT to trade w/ ST L for WR Givens. Givens is a legit deep threat and should start immediately. I also like WR K Aiken- Week 4- 5 catches for 77 yards and 1 TD

N.O. Willie Snead- QB D Brees seems to have connected with WR Snead and Week 4 showed it ( 6/89 yards- on 6 targets) vs WR B Cooks who is suppose to be the #1 WR for the Saints (4/25 yards Week 4)

JACK Allen Hurns- If you took my advice Week 3 and picked up Hurns, you would have been rewarded with 15 targets for 11/116 yards and 1 TD- Not many owners did because still un-owned in 80% of Yahoo leagues

CAR Ted Ginn Jr- I also advised picking up WR Ginn Week 4  and still do- 2 TD receptions @ Week 4 ( Carolina is on a BYE Week )

( See if WR Michael Floyd is available- only owned in 36% of yahoo leagues )

other deep league candidates-  GB Ty Montgomery- NYG D Harris- BUFF P Harvin

Tight Ends Waiver Wire Week 5


BUFF Charles Clay- BUFF QB T Taylor has increased his looks for Clay every game….going from 4 to 6 to 7 to 13 targets in Week 4, and Clay already has 2 TDs

CHI Martellus Bennett- Cutler is back so TE Bennett is a must own again

WASH Derek Carrier- Washington likes TEs in their offense and QB K Cousins clearly likes throwing to TEs, so with the injury to TE J Reed, Carries becomes the starter

DEN Owen Daniels- NO TEAM has given up as many points to TEs as OAK has this year and you can bet QB Peyton Manning knows that- TE Daniels TD reception Week 4