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Week 5 Waiver Wire: It’s A Smallwood After All

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We’re almost a third of the way through the 2017 Fantasy Football regular season. Reading that should give you a bit of Fantasy Football anxiety. If it doesn’t, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, the Week 5 Waiver Wire column is a sign of hope.

Week 5 is the most complicated waiver wire week thus far. It’s quite possible you’re dropping players such as Martellus Bennett, Adrian Peterson, Derek Carr, Terrance West, Eric Ebron and others you had hope for. Cut the dead weight and add some life to your Fantasy offense.

There are a number of available options this week so first things first, take a look at your roster this week, next week and the week after. What do the bye weeks do to your roster? Make sure you know which position is a priority.

Yes, we all love to stash bench guys and depth for our playoff run. The only problem, you need to make the playoffs first. Focus on winning your next three games before you get cute and stash Josh Gordon over Wayne Gallman.


Waiver Wire Week 5

Must Adds

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

With injuries to Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota along with bye weeks for Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins, Watson becomes a must add. At some point, defenses will adjust but Watson is athletic enough to add value on the ground as well.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

For whatever reason, Powell is still available in a decent amount of leagues. I’m going to assume these are leagues in areas impacted by the recent string of hurricanes. Matt Forte is likely out again this week but even if he isn’t, Powell is a rare available player who can win you a week.

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Smallwood should be able to fill the Darren Sproles role at the very least. That alone is enough to warrant full ownership.

Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Collins fumbled last week but looks to be the favorite as the lead back in Baltimore. I don’t think Collins is particularly talented but in Fantasy Football that’s only half of the equation. Opportunity is the other half and Collins appears to have that.

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook’s season is unfortunately over due to an ACL injury. Insert Latavius Murray and his bad ankle. Injury aside, Murray should see the bulk of the carries, with the occasional Jerrick McKinnon appearance.

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

Kamara is a bigger, younger version of Darren Sproles. In other words, he’s Christian McCaffrey, only productive. The Saints have historically used their backs in the passing game and there’s no reason to think that changes.

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants

Gallman saw his first action last week and produced reasonably well, 42 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown. You can look at this one of two ways. The first, Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen are terrible and Gallman will be a huge improvement. Two, the Giants o-line is putrid and it doesn’t matter who is back there.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise or J.D. McKissic will likely be the starting RB at some point. I’ve been a Lacy hater in the past but given the competition, he could get work. I’d rank them Rawls, Lacy, McKissic, Prosise.

Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

See Eddie Lacy

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

Bunches of Funchess is finally paying off for Carolina. All it took for the Panthers to realize Funchess could catch was for Jonathan Stewart to get old, Kelvin Benjamin to get hurt, Greg Olsen to get hurt and Cam Newton to play the porous Patriots Defense. Funchess could simply be the benefactor of a great matchup but there’s chemistry building here.

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

Fuller can only run deep routes and Watson can only throw intermediate passes. That was the general consensus heading into last week. Everything we thought was wrong. Fuller will have his share of frustrating drops for Fantasy owners but as long as this offense continues to be legit, so will Fuller.

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants

Engram is bucking the trend of rookie TEs being a barren wasteland for Fantasy owners. Brandon Marshall may be dealing with a toe injury. Odell Beckham isn’t fully healthy. Engram should continue to see targets.

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets

Jenkins plays the Browns this week. Always be yourself, unless you can be a TE against the Browns.


Week 5 Waiver Wire

12-Plus Team League Adds

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

Goodbye ineffective offensive coordinator, hello Fantasy productive Dalton.

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angelas Rams

Goff has a tough matchup this week against Seattle so he’s not a must add. His schedule has been somewhat favorable thus far and doesn’t stay that way, but you can’t ignore what Goff’s been doing.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon will probably end up being the more productive back, not Latavius Murray, by season’s end. He’s never completely seized his opportunity unless you count his super-efficient 2015 season…

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Ellington, at the very least, looks to have the opportunity to see David Johnson’s targets in the passing game. For those of you in PPR leagues, I’d make a move on Ellington.

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans

Lamar Miller owners, just FYI – Foreman is better than Miller. You should probably handcuff him now before everyone else figures that out too.

Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets

The Jets need to trade Matt Forte so we can see Powell and McGuire completely ruin the tanking plan the team has in place. Is there anything more Jets than winning while trying to lose?

John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Granted, I’m a John Brown apologist so this may be biased but, if there’s word that Brown is feeling good and practicing well, he’s near the top of my add list.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angelas Rams

I’ve already taken up too much time trying to make a two Coopers one Kupp joke so, add Kupp. He’s pretty okay.

Week 5 Waiver Wire

Speculative Adds

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

We knew Eli wasn’t as bad as he looked early on. Prior to the season some pegged Eli to finish as a top 10-12 Fantasy QB. If Gallman can inject life into the running game then perhaps that’s still possible. (Though, not likely)

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills

Jordan Matthews being out for the next month hurts a little bit, but it’s just Jordan Matthews. LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay have been enough for Taylor to be productive. If Zay Jones finds his hands, Taylor should be able to continue what he’s been doing.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

People seem to think Jones is going to get a shot. I don’t. Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams appear to be practicing this week. I’ll pass.

Core Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Clement got some fourth-quarter run last week and Smallwood may be slightly banged up. Clement is worth a stash.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Paul Richardson has received more press thus far but Lockett looks the part. He’s uber talented and has been primed for a breakout. We could be on the verge of seeing that.

Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills

He was good in college, shrug emoji.

Week 5 Waiver Wire

Deep League Additions

DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Austin Ekeler, RB Los Angeles Chargers

John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals


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