Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 5
Author: Cheyenne Hollis
There isn’t much out there on the waiver wire heading into week five. I would recommend pocketing your waiver and moving up the order list unless this week you happen to be desperate. And if your team 1-3 or 0-4, that probably best describes you. Hopefully you’re in the market for a WR because the pickings at RB are brutal unless someone has dropped a guy like Tevin Coleman or Jordan Howard.
Before we look at players worth a waiver claim this week, it is important to note, this list isn’t covering players like the aforementioned Howard, Philip Rivers, David Montgomery or others who someone may have stupidly dropped. If you see a player of that ilk available, jump on them before digging a little deeper.
Cole Beasley (Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: @Ten, Bye
Cole Beasley is the type of low ceiling, high floor player who can make all the difference during bye weeks when scoring starts to dry up. The Bills receiver has had nine targets in three of four games this season and hasn’t caught less than four passes in an outing. It doesn’t matter if Josh Allen or Matt Barkley is playing quarterback, they will likely target Beasley.
Chris Herndon (Owned in 16% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: Suspended, Dal
If you’re a disgruntled OJ Howard owner or someone who is dealing with a Darren Waller or Eric Ebron bye in week six, Chris Herndon may be the perfect alternative, especially if Sam Darnold overcomes his bout of mono. Herndon won’t suit up in week five as he serves the last game of his suspension, but if he can be more consistent, Herndon could prove to be a TE1-level player.
Jordan Wilkins (Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: @KC, Bye
Look, it seems that it is only a matter of time before Marlon Mack misses time. He left the game on Sunday with an ankle injury and has been struggling all season with various ailments. At this point he is being held together by tape and prayers. Jordan Wilkins isn’t a great player, he’s sort of an upgraded Wayne Gallman, but Indianapolis is solid running the ball and has some nice matchups in the coming weeks should Mack need to sit.
Courtland Sutton (Owned in 54% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: @LAC, Ten
I’m not sure why Courtland Sutton is so neglected. He has had at least seven targets in every game this season and while the Joe Flacco led Denver offense isn’t sexy, they are playing from behind a lot. Last week’s “Lessons Learned” article point out targets are the most important thing for pass catchers and it’s true. At the moment Sutton is a top-20 WR in half-point PPR leagues ahead of other darlings like Hollywood Brown, Robert Woods and even, unbelievably, Adam Thielen.
Philadelphia Defense (Owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: NYJ, @Min
Regardless of who is at QB for the Jets next week, the Eagles seem like a good bet to pick up some sacks, force turnovers and limit points. The Jets have yet to break 20 points this season and unless they magically learned to block during the bye week, you have to like the Philadelphia defense. And the matchup against the Vikings uninspiring offense in the following week doesn’t look so bad now either.
Chase Daniel (Owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: @Oak, Bye
These London games are crapshoots in terms of production, but Chase Daniel seems to be an upgrade over Mitchell Trubisky. In fact, Daniel scored almost many points in three quarters than Trubisky did in weeks one and two. The Bears probably run the ball quite a bit, but Jacoby Brissett just threw for three touchdowns against Oakland without T.Y. Hilton so Daniel having a nice week isn’t crazy.
Geronimo Allison (Owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: @Dal, Det
Davante Adams will probably miss at least one game and possibly more with a turf toe injury. This will mean more targets for both Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling with the former having caught touchdown passes in two of the past three games.
Sunday and Monday night lotto
If your league doesn’t lock waivers until kickoff of each game, you might want to try your luck at the Sunday and Monday night lotto. Basically, your handcuff or end of roster flotsam has no value after playing during the day, you can drop them for a handcuff guy in one of the night games.
The Colts and Chiefs face off on Sunday night in a game that seemed much more exciting two months ago. The Colts have a bye in week six so nothing there is worth a pickup, but you should be grabbing anything Kansas City that isn’t bolted down. Mecole Hardman, Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams may be available. Even Deon Yelder is worth a spot in case Travis Kelce goes down.
Monday sees the Browns visit San Francisco with running back Dontrell Hilliard being the most intriguing Brown out there. Any 49ers running back is worth a grab if you have space, so scoop up Raheem Mostert or Jeff Wilson Jr. if you want a lotto ticket. In terms of wide receivers, Dante Pettis is still kind of interesting although who knows how the former Washington Husky will be used.
When not playing fantasy football from Southeast Asia, Cheyenne Hollis serves as Interesting Asia Editor-in-Chief. He has spent seven years in Asia covering real estate, lifestyle, business and various other sectors. He might also be the only person who likes Thursday Night Football, mostly because it kickoffs on Friday morning in Thailand providing a great distraction from work.
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