Week 5 Waiver Wire Pick-ups
QB DeShaun Watson – Currently owned in 27% of leagues
After his performance this week no one will be more sought after than Watson. The only hesitation here is that Watson has not played very tough defenses I mean the Bengals, Patriot and Tennessee are all bottom of the barrel this year. His true test comes this next week against the Chiefs defense that is a top 10 defense. We had Watson as a pre-season deep sleeper and he is performing currently at a Top 5 QB since being named the starter.
QB Eli Manning – Currently owned in 19% of leagues
Eli performed great in back to back weeks now and once again the only way the Giants can move the ball right now is in the air. There will be interceptions with Eli but considering the offense is completely on his shoulders Eli is a great spot start based on matchup or an alternate for all of your Roethlisberger away games.
RB Latavius Murray – Currently owned in 20% of leagues
Dalvin Cook went down this week and Latavius Murray will be the number one target on the waiver wire for teams looking for running back depth or a replacement to Cook or Carson. The issue with Murray is that a rookie, even the talent that Cook was, came in and replaced him early in camp and even though Murray was a RB1 last year he is still isn’t 100% from his ankle injury from last season. He will be the starter right away but if you’re looking to get even 80% of Cooks production I think you are reaching.
RB – Alex Collins – Currently owned in less than 1% of leagues
After being cut from the Seattle Seahawks when the announced their final roster Collins got signed by the Ravens. In the last three weeks Collins has 206 rushing yards which is more than Isaiah Crowell and others. Collins has some fumbling issues and coach Harbaugh stated that he is on a short leash but there is only one explosive back in Baltimore right now and his name is Alex Collins.
AVOID WR – Devin Funchess – Currently owned in less than 13% of leagues
Last week I was not at bullish as most everyone else in fantasy football about grabbing Funchess. Funchess proved me wrong this week but I believe that is more to do with the fact that the Patriots can’t stop anyone on defense more than the talent of Funchess. The fact still remains that Cam Newton is being held in the pocket and his arm can’t win games against top 20 defenses.
WR – Will Fuller – Currently owned in less than 9% of leagues
As a fantasy owner I seriously considered picking up Will Fuller when he was activated against the Titans. I waited because I wanted to see how he would play first. He delivered an exceptional performance even though he only caught 4 passes. Right now, he has one of the hottest QB’s in the league and I am going to follow the hot hand and everyone he is currently going to in his offense.
WR- Cooper Kupp – Currently owned in less than 11% of leagues
Unlike Funchess, Kupp has had more than one good week and with Seattle, Jacksonville, and Arizona coming up look for Kupp to be targeted heavily coming out of the slot as Watkins and Woods will draw the top corners on these tough defenses. McVay will look to open up the middle of the field and get the ball moving with Kupp.
TE – Cameron Brate – Currently owned in less than 10% of leagues
Cameron Brate was used in the offense more this week and has been a reliable receiver for Winston over the last two seasons and with New England coming to town I am getting as much action from the Buccaneers as I can get this week.
TE – Tyler Kroft – Currently owned in less than 1% of leagues
As much as I am against chasing points, especially at the Tight End position, incert Mercedes Lewis and Jesse James, I believe that grabbing Tyler Kroft isn’t chasing points. Andy Dalton is back to utilizing his TE in the offense and with Eifert out for a few weeks I believe Kroft will have spot start capability for a few weeks.