Week 5’s Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire & Free Agent Finds

Week 5’s Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire & Free Agent Finds

Pickups Of The Week

Going into week 5 , we have another round of potential injuries from Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, to Eric Decker, Gronk and Edelman.  This week, with more teams on a bye, many fantasy owners will be scanning the waiver wires or trying to grab free agents.  Let’s take a look at some streaming fantasy options this week with matchups we can exploit.

Quarterback

Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears

If you in need of a quarterback this week, this is a guy I recommended last week along with Dak Prescott.  Hoyer has spread the ball around nicely and put up back-to-back 300 yards passing games and thrown two touchdowns in both games. This week he gets the Colts who give up an average of 277 passing yards per game. Hoyer will put up another good game.  Don’t forget him in daily fantasy this week as well.

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Im a bit surprised, but after 3 good games everyone is jumping on the Wentz train.  Coming off a bye week, Wentz and the Eagles get a nice match up in Week 5 against Detroit. Wentz’s fantasy number are getting better each week and is nice add against a weak Detroit defense.


Running Back

Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles

Even if Ryan Mathews  returns to the lineup on Sunday, after Smallwood’s performance in Week 3 he should still get some touches this week against the Detroit Lions. While Mathews is the more productive fantasy running back, he still seemed touchdown dependent.  Smallwood, however,  looked more dynamic  gaining 79 yards on 17 carries in week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

Wide Receiver

Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers 

Inman’s snap count finally started playing dividends. After leading the Chargers in snaps played in the first three games, he finally put up some production grabbing seven for 120 yards and a touchdown. With the absence of Allen and Danny Woodhead, San Diego has a lot of targets to that someone needs to get. Definitely add Inman this week in you need to stream a WR.

 

Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers 

As I mentioned in the preseason,  Coates will be the Steelers deep threat.   Now he has 5 receptions over 40 yards so far season.  With Bell and Brown around, Coates has a low ceiling, but if you need high upside, the sky’s the limit!

 

Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys 

I like fantasy players that are consistent so we know what we will get out of them.  Beasley has been very consistent so far this season.  The other plus is that his targets are not dependent on Dez Bryant’s status.  He averages 7 targets per game and has been putting up at least 66 yards a game.

Tight end

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Another guy we mentioned last week, Brate has seen his fantasy relevance increase ever since the Buc’s released Austin Seferian-Jenkins.  Winston has been relying on Brate to move the chains.  He seeing about 20% of the target share the last few weeks and is averaging about 10 yards per catch.  He also has a TD in each of the last 2 games, so his redzone production should increase as well.  Brate is a nice pickup whether you need a streamer or not.

 

Defenses

Baltimore Ravens
Los Angeles Rams

Free Agent Finds – Week 6 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups

Pickups Of The Week

Another week and more running backs making a splash on the waiver wire this week.Andre Williams, Ronnie Hillman and Branden Oliver are going to be very popular this week in Fantasy. Each one should be starting in Week 6 and probably for the next few weeks.

The Giants, Andre Williams will replace Rashad Jennings, who has a sprained left MCL and will miss a few weeks. The Broncos, RonnieHillman is expected to start in place of Montee Ball, who will also miss a few weeks with a groin injury. Oliver could start for the Chargers this week if Donald Brown (concussion) is out but with his performance against the Jets, clearly earned a good amount of touches.

All three replacement running backs are startable options this week, but I like Branden Oliver the best.  Even if Mathews comes back, Oliver should assume the Danny Woodhead role at a minimum.

Continue reading

Free Agent Finds – Week 5 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups

Pickups Of The Week

Waiver-wire news changes constantly throughout the week between injuries and depth-chart changes. Follow me on Twitter by clicking on the Twitter link to stay connected and I’ll keep you updated on the latest waiver wire prospects. Let’s take a look at the best fantasy roster pickups for this week heading into Week 5.

Brandon Le Fell, WR, New England Patriots

With the big meltdown in Kansas City on Monday night, the Patriots may start to realize they actually need to throw to this guy at some point.  In fact Tom Brady said in the preseason, it’s nice to finally have a big target like him to throw to.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Quarterbacks that run are great for Fantasy.  In Week 4 he rushed for a touchdown and scored 23.38 fantasy points against the Falcons. He did injure ankle late in the game, so keep an eye out to see if he will play Week 5.

Continue reading

Free Agent Finds – Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

Pickups Of The Week

Playing the waiver wire is one of the most important ways to have a winning fantasy football. Team, but you have to play it smart.  Each week, I’ll show you a number of players you should target in the free-agent market to help you reach your goal… winning a your Fantasy Football League Championship!

1. Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

After Jamaal Charles was knocked out of his Week 2 game with a high ankle sprain Knile Davis tore it up for 28 touches, 103 scrimmage yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Some people thing he looked better than Charles did before he got hurt.  Just in case Charles misses a few weeks, Davis is a guy that will get a lot of touches.

 2. Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers 

A guy I drafted in one of my deeper leagues, Donald Brown was a top-25 fantasy running back in 2013.  Now it appears he is in line to get Mathews carries with  Ryan Mathews (knee) out for a few weeks. Mathews always gets hurt so it was only a matter of time.  In this case, Danny Woodhead would continue his role as a 3rd down, red zone and  change-of-pace back.

Continue reading

Waiver Wire Wednesday

Fantasy Football Pickups Of The Week

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – New England Patriots were so worried about not letting Mike Wallace beat them deep, and thus played a ton of soft Cover 2 against the Steelers’ spread formations. This was great for Brown and Heath Miller, who were open underneath all day. Keep an eye on Hines Ward‘s ankle injury, it should be back soon and he’ll steal targets.  Brown has separated himself as the best No. 2 target here behind Wallace. .

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders: If you are in need, especially once Carson Palmer gets going. Heyward-Bey should definitely be owned in all leagues.  The Raiders’ pass attack won’t look as terrible as it did in Week 7 versus the Kansas City Chiefs; Carson Palmer simply didn’t know the offense. Bey is absolutely the Raiders’ No. 1 wideout.

Javon Ringer, RB, Tennessee Titans: I think he’s definitely worth a stash as this CJ2K drama continues Ringer basically replaced him in the fourth quarter in the last game.  Ringer still isn’t startable. but let’s see what happens.

Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs : While Breaston did make a big catch in overtime and managed three grabs for 42 yards overall, it was Baldwin who was on the field more, and appeared to play in most of the Chiefs’ two-receiver sets.  I still have  questions about this his route running,  but he flashed his  talent on that long TD catch Monday night. Depending on matchup he could be a low end WR3.

Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns: Hillis’ status is still a mystery and Montario Hardesty lasted two carries in his spot  Sunday before going down with a calf injury. He’ll certainly miss Week 9 and might be out longer, and Peyton Hillis‘ hamstring may not be ready for Sunday. That might leave Ogbonnaya as the starter by default.  He’s big and solid built and will be playing against his old team, the Texans.  Ogbonnaya would be a candidate for 15-plus touches, which is never bad news for fantasy owners. The Texans defense has been playing well., so who knows what he will do with all those touches.

Dallas Cowboys Defense: Great matchup against the Seahawks and want paybacks after the beating they took last week.

Kansas City Chiefs  Defense – Chiefs seem to be hitting their stride the last few weeks and have a good matchup against Miami. Even though the Dolphins offense looked better, they should still be good for a few turnovers.

Houston Texans  Defense –  Playing Cleveland.. enough said.

If Your Really Desperate

Curtis Brinkley, RB, San Diego Chargers: Brinkley was  the victim of a shooting in 2009, and apparently still has a bullet lodged somewhere near his heart.  Brinkley overcame all that to play a significant role Monday night, as Mike Tolbert missed the game because of a hamstring injury, and Ryan Mathews suffered a groin injury during the game. Unfortunately,  Brinkley himself suffered a concussion, and his status for Week 9 is very much up in the air. As such, he’s probably really only addable for deep-leaguers.

Tashard Choice, RB, Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan got another running back to get his large list of RB’s back up after losing one.  The Skins grabbed Choice off waivers from the archrival Cowboys. In Dallas, Choice never lived up to expectations, and now will join Ryan Torain and Roy Helu for a chance at some touches. For the moment, Choice is the third-stringer in this offense and It sounds like a hamstring injury will likely keep Choice out for Week 9, but he could be ready if anything happens to the other two guys.

Kevin Faulk, RB, New England Patriots: Week 8’s snap count for Patriots top two running backs broke down like this: Faulk played 39 snaps. BenJarvus Green-Ellis played 13. This basically makes Danny Woodhead obsolete… sucks for Woodhead owners.  The very fact that the 35-year-old Faulk could get the rock this much in his first game back from his torn ACL is amazing. but he does seem to be  one of  Bill Belichick’s favorites.

Steve Slaton, RB, Miami Dolphins: Slaton already gets the goalline touches, but depending on Daniel Thomas getting his hammy healthy this week, and how Reggie Bush plays.

Waiver Wire Wednesday

Fantasy Football

Waiver Wire Wednesday

If any of these options are still available in your league then pick them up immediately as injury replacements: Knowshon Moreno), Michael Bush, Montario Hardesty, Pierre Thomas and Maurice Morris

Running Backs

Add ‘Em

Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins
Though im not a big Reggie Bush fan, the Giants have been a bit weak defending the run.  Plus he will be the lone starter this week.  If he is available in your league I highly suggest you go out and get him.

Bernard Scott, Bengals
Analysis:
Cedric Benson will serve his one-game suspension in Week 8, which leaves Scott as the Bengals number 1 rusher this week. It’s not the best matchup, but Scott could be a useful injury or bye-week replacement given all the running backs out or hurting in Week 8. This is really just a good one week option.

Delone Carter, Colts
Week 7:
Had 10 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown with a fumble at New Orleans.
Analysis:
If Addai is out again in Week 8 at Tennessee then Carter could help as a bye-week or injury replacement. He does have two touchdowns in his past three games even if he’s not running at a high level and the way the Titans played against the run last week…. Well enough said!

Roy Helu, Redskins
Analysis:
With Hightower out for the season, Helu is the No. 2 option behind Ryan Torain, who tends to be injury prone. It might not be long before Helu is the starter for the Redskins, so grab him for your bench. Torain should get the majority of carries in Week 8 at Buffalo and as long as he’s healthy, but Helu will get his touches as well, especially in the passing game.

Keiland Williams, Lions
Week 7:
Had nine carries for 44 yards vs. Atlanta.
Analysis:
We’re not sure when or if Best will return this year, but Williams will be the No. 2 running back for the Lions behind Morris until that happens. He will be the one at the goal line in short-yardage situations. Williams is worth stashing on your bench. Morris is the running back to own with Best out, but Williams could eventually prove to be valuable.

Scout

Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns
Week 7:
Had three carries for 15 yards and five catches for 43 yards vs. Seattle.
Analysis:
If Hillis remains out for Week 8 at San Francisco then you could see Ogbonnaya again play in a reserve role behind Hardesty. He showed off his receiving skills against the Seahawks and could be a useful option in deeper leagues where receptions count.


Wide Receiver

Add ‘Em

Jabar Gaffney, Redskins
Week 7:
Had four catches for 68 yards and a fumble at Carolina.
Analysis:
Gaffney will assume the No. 1 role for the Redskins with Moss out, and he should see an increase in targets, which will help his value. Gaffney was having a nice season so far with four games with at least six Fantasy points. Fred Davis now becomes the best receiving option for Washington. But Gaffney is still worth adding now that Moss is out.


Tight Ends

Add ‘Em

Jared Cook, Titans
Analysis:
Cook didn’t have a very productive game against the Texans, but none of the Titans did in a blowout loss(I had Nate Washington… 1 point… really Nate??). Still, Cook scored the only touchdown, and he now has two touchdowns in his past three games. He has a very favorable matchup in Week 8 against the Colts, who just allowed two touchdowns to New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham in Week 7.

Jake Ballard, Giants
Analysis:
We’ve been telling you for the past few weeks about Ballard, and he has done well in his previous three games with two touchdowns and at least eight Fantasy points in each one. He  has another favorable matchup this week as he  faces the Dolphins at home in Week 8. If you’re looking for a bye-week replacement, then pickup Ballard .

Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings
Analysis:
Someone in my league beat me to him last week.  Had four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown vs. Green Bay.  Shiancoe could be a good bye-week replacement again in Week 8. The Panthers just struggled with Washington tight end Fred Davis, who scored a touchdown, and Shiancoe is coming off his best game of the season in his first start with Ponder. Hopefully he continues to be Ponders security blanket.

New York Giants Defense

I cant believe Im suggesting them after they made Tarvaris Jackson look like a solid NFL quarterback, but with Justin Tuck looking like he’ll return from his groin and neck injuries after sitting during New York’s bye, which is great news and the winless Miami Dolphins coming to town. It should be a good time to get healthy. If the Giants are taken in your league, you can still invest in the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense, though I’d prefer its matchup against the Seahawks if it weren’t in Seattle.