Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Week 5

Browns Duke Johnson

It is time for Waiver Wire Week 5, where we have answers for all the Week 4 injuries. Fantasy Football owners are scrambling after losing Dalvin CookChris Carson, Ty Montgomery (maybe), Julio Jones and more. Even if they can return this week like in the case of Montgomery and Jones, having a back up plan is a must.

Lets find some help on the waiver wire this week. Also, dont forget that bye weeks start in Week 5. Each week I will break down the teams that will be off so you can prepare.

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Week 5 Bye Weeks: Falcons, Saints, Broncos, Redskins

Duke Johnson Jr. | RB | Cleveland Browns
62% Owned on Yahoo!

The Cleveland Browns Duke Johnson Jr is more owned than the other names on this list but he should be added especially in PPR leagues. This week against the Bengals he had 9 catches for 42 yards and found the end zone on the ground. This was the second week in a row where he found the end zone, driving Isaiah Crowell owners crazy. Duke has 23 targets over the past three weeks. That workload should continue with the Browns being in a ton of negative game scripts and a clear lack of weapons at WR.

Elijah McGuire | RB | New York Jets
2% Owned on Yahoo!

playdraftThe Jets run game was incredible on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bilal Powell had 163 yards on 21 carries including a 75 yard TD run. This was on the heels of three games where he failed to reach 40 yards on the ground in any of the games. Powell should stay involved in the pass game but rookie Elijah McGuire has the opportunity to grab some of the ground game. He had 93 yards on 10 carries. The rookie looked explosive with a very nice 69 yard TD run. McGuire is a nice shot to take if you need RB help.

Wayne Gallman | RB | New York Giants
2% Owned on Yahoo!

The New Giants might have found their RB of the future or at least one that can help this offense have some semblance of balance. He carried the ball 11 times for 42 yards (3.8 YPC). He also caught both of his targets for eight yards and found the end zone. With many fantasy owners looking RB help Gallman could provide some help.

Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones | RB | Green Bay Packers
10% and 11% Owned on Yahoo!

Ty Montgomery was injured early in the Thursday night contest against the Chicago Bears. Early indications looked like Montgomery could be out a while with broken ribs. Adam Schefter is reporting “rib injury is not as bad as GB thought, per source. Montgomery is day to day and could play vs. Dallas.”

This seems like an optimistic approach. Rookie RB Jamaal Williams, who seemed like the favorite to tote the rock if Montgomery missed time also got hurt in this game. He is also expected to be ok. Both are worth looks this week. Monitor twitter as Sunday’s game approaches. Williams would be my choice if both are available.

Latavius Murray | RB | Minnesota Vikings
15% Owned on Yahoo!

The Minnesota Vikings are looking for RB help after losing Dalvin Cook for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL. Latavius Murray is expected to be the guy going forward with Jerick McKinnon mixing in on passing downs. Murray should get the short yardage and goal line work. I’m not excited about this add. The offense has issues with Case Keenum under center and Murray isn’t amazing without things blocked for him. I would let others go crazy on Murray and target other RBs.

Saints Alvin Kamara

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Alvin Kamara | RB | New Orleans Saints
45% Owned on Yahoo!

This add provides a floor play for those in PPR leagues and potential upside for all formats. On Sunday, Kamara caught 10 balls for 71 yards. He has been a fixture of the passing game thus far this season with a TD each of the last two games. QB Drew Brees continues to target him out of the backfield. Kamara hasn’t broke out on the ground yet but that could be coming as well. We all know Sean Payton’s affinity for keeping Ingram on the bench. The Adrian Peterson experiment doesn’t seem to be going well. If Kamara can prove his worth on ground too, he could be a three down workhorse on a good offense. Something we all covet.

Andre Ellington | RB | Arizona Cardinals
22% Owned on Yahoo!

Cardinals Andre Ellington is developing a clear role in the desert as the pass catching back. He had 9 catches on 14 targets for 86 yards on Sunday against the 49ers. Ellington has 22 targets over the past two weeks. He will provide a safe floor on a week to week basis for those in PPR leagues. He is a guy that should be avoided in non-PPR leagues

Texans Will Fuller

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Will Fuller | WR | Houston Texans
31% Owned on Yahoo!

This is the third week in a row where Texans Will Fuller will be featured on my waiver wire column. I tried to help you get him before his FAAB price shot up. That window is closed now after he caught two touchdowns on Sunday against the Titans. He was targeted six times in a blowout win. If he can get in sync with QB Deshaun Watson going forward, there could be big plays coming for the second year WR.

Devin Funchess | WR | Carolina Panthers
24% Owned on Yahoo!

The New England Patriot defense is clearly the cure for the terrible QB as Cam Newton definitely got right. It appears as though Devin Funchess and not Kelvin Benjamin is the featured WR in Carolina. He has 19 targets over the past two weeks and 25 over the last three. Funchess caught 7 passes for 70 yards and found the end zone twice on Sunday. If you are a WR needy team, Funchess could make a ton of sense.

Juju Smith-Schuster | WR | Pittsburgh Steelers
1% Owned on Yahoo

Steelers rookie Juju Smith-Schuster has been working to get involved over the past three weeks. He has 8 catches and 14 targets over that span. He has found the end zone in two of the past three weeks and is garnering trust from QB Ben Roethlisberger. He is worth a stash in deeper formats.

Bills Charles Clay

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Charles Clay | TE | Buffalo Bills
66% Owned on Yahoo!

In need of a weekly starter at TE? Charles Clay should be your answer. He continues to get peppered with targets. He has 25 targets over the first 4 games. Clay has found the end zone in two of the four games and went for 112 yards against the Falcons. With Jordan Matthews likely missing a month or so, Clay should get work in the red zone too.

Evan Engram | TE | New York Giants
46% Owned on Yahoo!

The TE position has been a mess this season. One of the things fantasy owners should look for is a player getting work. Evan Engram fits that bill perfectly. In Week 4, he got 11 targets. This on the heels of back to back weeks with 7 targets. He is averaging five catches a week for the past three weeks. Engram is doing more than a typical TE and can be utilized in a multitude of ways.

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