Well, it's officially panic time as the season just finished up its first bye week of hell. There are many more to come and you guys are going to need the best of the scrubs on the waiver wire to survive without your stud players. The list of players below are just some guys I think will make a difference on your team. Some for the long term and some for the short term. You're going to have to take what you get because the pickings are going to become slim very soon. Side note, happy end of quarter season everyone!
And without further annoyances I give you...
My Fantasy Waiver Wire Adds for Week 5
Larry Donnell (Tight End, New York Giants)
-That is correct. We are kicking this off with a tight end. But not just any tight end, a tight end who caught three touchdowns in his last game. That is cool for everyone. Donnell is poised to be a breakout candidate in fantasy this year as the Giants favorite redzone target. Seriously…how did this happen. As long as Eli keeps up his drastically improved play, Donnell is a must start from here on out.
Travis Kelce (Tight End, Kansas City Chiefs)
-Another tight end? The fuck? But yes, another tight end. Kelce is also considered to be a breakout fantasy star this season as he had his breakout game last week against the Patriots. His numbers have steadily increased every week and the Chiefs definitely showcased him on Monday night. The offense clearly has designed packages and plays to get him the ball and that is probably the coolest thing ever for a tight end. Specifically because the position is so lame year after year. Pick this monster up asap, you will not regret it.
Brian Quick (Wide Receiver, St. Louis Rams)
-I don’t know how he’s been doing it but Brian Quick has been consistently good in a consistently bad offense. He has outplayed all of the other miserable excuses for wide receivers on the Rams to this point and you could do a lot worse than Brian Quick right now. The name isn’t sexy but the dude can play.
Jarius Wright (Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings)
-In comes the rookie quarter back and out comes his new favorite target. You gotta love it. Well…not if you’re a Greg Jennings or Cordarrelle Patterson owner. Nevertheless, Wright racked up some serious yardage on his 10 total targets in his game vs. the Falcons. The Falcons don’t exactly have the best defense out there but you can’t ignore the fact that he seems to be Bridgewater’s favorite target so far.
Eli Manning (Quarterback, New York Giants)
-I can’t believe how good Eli was during the Giants win over the Redskins last Thursday night. Although he struggled early in the season, his stat line is insane. Manning seems to have finally found his rhythm in the new McAdoo offense heading into week 5. He’s worth a pickup if you currently have an inconsistent option at quarterback or maybe just want to roll the dice on him playing this well for the rest of the season.
Andrew Hawkins / Miles Austin (Wide Receivers, Cleveland Browns)
-Someone has to pick either of these guys up! Seriously. I mentioned these guys in my last waiver wire article saying that Hawkins and Austin need to be owned in all leagues. Hawkins has been getting the yardage while Austin has been getting the touchdowns. Plug and play these dudes in the flex.
Denard Robinson (Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars)
-Before we begin…fuck you Toby Gerhart, he started the game with his best run all season and then fumbles…get a job. Alright, so following that fumble from Gerhart, Robinson immediately entered the game on the next series and got some decent work in all game. Gerhart will no doubt (for some reason) keep the starting job in Jacksonville for now. But Robinson clearly seems like the more talented runner right now and with Gerharts lack of production this season I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Denard Robinson overtake him as the lead back there. Be forewarned, Robinson could still be just as ineffective given that the Jaguars are just terrible. Robinson is still worth a pickup if you’re desperate at running back.
Branden Oliver (Running Back, San Diego Chargers)
-Donald Brown didn’t do dick in his great matchup against the Jaguars last Sunday and that is very concerning given his heavy workload. Branden Oliver got some work during the game and just looked better than Brown. I would like Branden Oliver more if Ryan Matthews were ruled out for the remainder of the season but he will most likely be back in a few weeks. That gives Oliver a very small window to show his worth on the field until Matthews returns. Oliver makes the list simply because running back is terrible this year and he’s worth a flyer if you believe Brown will suck again. Spoiler Alert: he might.
Teddy Bridgewater (Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings)
-Fellow writer, Nick Walsh, had Bridgewater as one of his QB streaming options for week 4 and man did he hit the nail on the head. It takes some serious sack to start a rookie quarterback in his first NFL start but to those who took the chance, we solute you. So what’s Bridgewater’s value looking like going forward? Pretty good. He has a favorable matchup against the Packers this coming Thursday (ankle injury) so I’m eager to see how he handles himself against a divisional opponent. Since, you know, you can’t play the Falcons defense every game.
John Brown (Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals)
-Brown blew up against the 49ers in week 3 for two touchdowns and 56 yards and seems to be the preferred target of Drew Stanton. I don’t know what to think of the quarterback situation in Arizona as of now but I do think that Brown is a decent flex option going forward. Brown will certainly get more work if Fitzgerald continues his disappearing act throughout the season.
Marvin Jones (Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals)
-The forgotten man of fantasy football. Jones is slated to return against the Patriots Sunday night from the foot injury that sidelined him up until now. The Chiefs absolutely abused and embarrassed the heralded secondary of the Patriots on Monday night. If Revis focuses on Green all night, Jones will be in for a very productive return game. It would be risky to play him right off the bat but there is a ton of upside if you do decide to roll with him. He’ll also most likely work back into the WR 2 or flex options as the season continues.
Eddie Royal / Malcom Floyd (Wide Receivers, San Diego Chargers)
- They have quite the receiving group in San Diego right now and Royal and Floyd are still hanging on the waiver wire. Keenan Allen should bounce back after a rough start but Royal and Floyd are going to pick up the slack when called upon. Consider both of them really nice flex options going forward with relatively low ceilings. These two are a lot like Hawkins and Austin, they should be owned but people will hesitate to pull the trigger on them.