Workin the Wire: Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets

Packers Aaron Jones

Another week coming to close means its time to figure out who can help you in Week 5. These waiver wire targets can be short and long term options as we march to the fantasy football playoffs.

Who should you add for Week 5 and beyond? Let’s take a look!

Aaron Jones – Green Back Packers

Yahoo – 72%
ESPN – 55%

The Packers Aaron Jones is on my list despite being owned in more leagues than my typical cut off, especially on Yahoo!, but he should be owned in all leagues after this week. Despite only getting 11 carries, Jones ran for 65 yards and a score. He has been the better, more explosive back since returning from suspension.

On Sunday, per PFF’s Nathan Jahnke, Jones outsnapped Williams 29 to 28 a week after trailing 17 to 30. He also out touched him 12 to 11. Aaron Jones also came out in favor of Jones getting more work prior to Sunday’s game against the Bills.

I was all aboard team Jamaal Williams this off-season and as now look to be very, very wrong about that call. Jones is absolutely a must own at this point. While i’m not dropping Williams if I can avoid it, I think he is a fine drop.

T.J. Yeldon | RB | Jacksonville Jaguars

Yahoo – 50%
ESPN – 51%

It’s time to hop back on the T.J. Yeldon train. Leonard Fournette is once again expected to miss time with an injured hamstring. Coach Doug Marrone is unsure on how much time the RB will miss.

Yeldon is not Fournette but he is a capable of being a fantasy relevant option in the short term. Yeldon had 18 carries for 52 yards and had 48 yards receiving on 3 catches in relief of Fournette.

Over the next two weeks the Jaguars face the Chiefs, who are on a short week and the Cowboys. After Week 3 Kansas City is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing RBs and Dallas in middle of pack. For the next couple weeks Yeldon should see plenty of volume and is a must add if you need short term help.

Nyheim Hines | RB | Indianapolis Colts

Yahoo- 16%
ESPN – 15%

The Colts are having issues establishing any sort of run game thus far this season. They ran the ball 17 times for a whopping 41 yards. They are currently averaging less than 60 yards per game on non Andrew Luck runs. They also have questionable defense.

This has forced much of production Luck’s shoulders and with issues with that he has become captain check down. He is currently averaging 6.1 yards per attempt which is only better than Tyrod Taylor Nick Foles and Sam Bradford. All 3 of those QBs are no longer starting btw.

All of this is to say that Nyheim Hines is worth adding especially in PPR. He was targeted 11 times on Sunday. This was the second time in four weeks he saw 9 or more targets. He only had 6 targets in the two sandwich games between Week 1 and Week 4 so his volume is far from guaranteed.

He is definitely worth a look with bye weeks coming hard and fast over the next few weeks.

Ronald Jones | WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Yahoo – 24%
ESPN – 18%

It wasn’t a great start to his career but the fact Ronald Jones was active is a great sign towards potentially having value in 2018. They Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers combo has not worked and Dirk Koetter finally realized it.

Jones had the most carries on Sunday and even got a target in the passing game. With Jameis Winston being announced as the starter and a bye week to figure some stuff out, there could be something here.

This is more of a preemptive pick up than anything. I wouldn’t plan on using Jones any time soon but he is someone with talent that may provide a fantasy impact in the second half of the season.

Packers Geronimo Allison

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Geronimo Allison | WR | Green Bay Packers

Yahoo – 47%
ESPN – 43%

It looks as if Geronimo Allison is a must add and play as of now. The Packers had Randall Cobb inactive on Sunday who injured his hamstring in practice. Allison saw 11 targets on Sunday catching 6 for 80 yards.

While Allison was already showing to be a productive WR with Cobb active, not having him in the lineup only bumped his potential

The Packers face the Lions and 49ers over the next two weeks. Both teams have shown an inability to defend the pass with any sort of consistency. Assuming the concussion that forced Allison out of the game does not linger, he will be very valuable the rest of the way.

Antonio Callaway | WR | Cleveland Browns

Yahoo – 38% 
ESPN – 32%

While Antonio Callaway has not produced a fantasy relevant game yet, it is coming. He has seen 20 targets over the last two games with Baker Mayfield under center. Callaway has been targeted deep down the field and probably should have a TD or a few by now.

While the Ravens match up this week isn’t ideal, the Browns face the Chargers, Buccaneers, and Steelers after that. The good times are coming for those that are patient.

Jameis Winston | QB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Yahoo – 11%
ESPN – 8%

It was Jameis Winston to the rescue on Sunday. Well, he tried anyway. After a bumpy performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers saw Ryan Fitzpatrick throw three picks on three consecutive passes, the Fitzmagic is gone. He went 9/18 for 126 yards and an INT. Winston didn’t fair better going 16/20 for 145 yards and 1 TD. More on that pass catcher later.

The Buccaneers have already named Winston the starter following their bye. The schedule is so, so tasty too! They get the Falcons, the Browns and the Bengals. We saw the shootout Atlanta and Cincinnati had this past weekend and the Browns allowed 400 plus passing yards to Derek freaking Carr.

With a ton of fantasy relevant QBs having their bye week in the next three weeks including Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisberger, Winston should be an add if only for a bye-week fill in.

The Bucs are on a bye this week. Those with waiver priority waivers can wait until waivers run if you don’t think anyone in your league will add him.

Cameron Brate | TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Yahoo – 24%
ESPN – 11%

The return of Jameis Winston means the return of Cameron Brate to fantasy relevance. Brate caught 3 passes on Sunday including a score with Winston under center. The connection between the two is unreal.

Brate averages nearly three times the PPR points with Winston under center than with any other QB. He also averages more than double the TDs on a full season pace.

The case for Brate is only improved with Tampa Bay not having the services of O.J. Howard for the next 2-4 weeks. He left the game on Sunday with an MCL sprain. The TE position is bleak and Brate looks to be worth adding and playing at least until Howard is back and potentially longer.

Like Winston, he is not a priority add with Tampa Bay on a bye but is worth stashing if you need TE help and have the room.

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