Waiver Wire Report – Week 5

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Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire report provides you with valuable insight on who you should be targeting in your leagues. Josh Lieberman breaks down his top 10 list of NFL players with fewer than 30% ownership in Yahoo fantasy leagues. 

Injuries, injuries and more injuries. What is a fantasy owner to do with all these key players going down? If you said, “Check out the Waiver Wire report from Touchdown Fantasy”, you would be on the right track to finding a reason to believe, to believe that you can overcome a Dalvin Cook or Derek Carr injury! We are here to help, so if you work your waiver wire right to find those potential diamonds in the rough, you can salvage your season and overcome these speed bumps. That’s right, just speed bumps, folks. Speed bumps along the road to your league championship! Let’s start helping you get there.

Here are the top adds for the upcoming week:

#1) Latavius Murray (RB – MIN) – It’s by no means a sexy avenue to cross, but Murray needs to be on your radar this week, regardless of whether you were/are a Dalvin Cook owner. While his health still seems to be a lingering issue, expect him to see some serious volume going forward. He excels at pass blocking, so that will keep him on the field, no matter how porous his per carry yardage gets. He can also chip in with receptions, for you PPR owners. It should not be overlooked that he had 12 rushing TD’s last season, so do not dismiss Lat Murray here. A bid of 25% will likely be the minimum amount requirement, given that you will be bidding against Cook owners.
#2) Devin Funchess (WR – CAR) – Come on, guys! This guy should not still be available. I’ve been pleading for you to pick him up for two weeks now, and he’s still under 30% owned!? 🙂 I am guessing after his 2 TD performance, with seven reception on nine targets, he will not get overlooked again this week. Cam finally showed everyone the stuff that made him an MVP two years ago, and it was great to see Funch perform, even with Benjamin in the fold. The injury to Olsen has clearly created enough volume for both receivers, in addition to McCaffrey’s check down targets. While he might not be a weekly starter just yet, he is certainly a great depth add to your receiver group. You should be putting in a bid of 15-25% to bring Funchess over to your squad.
#3) Andre Ellington (RB – ARZ) – With CJ2K finally an afterthought, it is time to focus on Ellington when it comes to fantasy impact and relevancy in Arizona. A 14 target afternoon, with 9 receptions for 82 yards, will normally get you noticed. While he is mostly PPR relevant, the increased usage should make him worth adding in all formats. 15% bid, for Mr. Ellington.

#4) Aaron Jones (RB – GB) – This will be a tough grab for fantasy owners this week, unless you are willing to break the bank. In one of my high stakes dynasty leagues, where waivers opened up on Friday, he went for roughly 40% of someone’s FAAB bankroll. Granted, that is for dynasty, but you need to expect to pay up for Jones this week. As of this writing, most are expecting Ty Montgomery to give it a go this weekend, but if he is ruled out, watch out, as Jones’ interest will be off the charts. He only recorded 49 yards on 13 rushes but, naturally, everyone will focus on his one touchdown when determining his potential value. 15-25% bid, depending on the Montgomery news we get on Friday.

#5) Eddie Lacy (RB – SEA) – The big man reappears! I suppose if an NFL team still sees value in rostering the bowling ball, then we can keep him on our fantasy radar. He did have a decent shift on Sunday Night Football, gaining 52 yards on 11 totes. So, with the season ending injury to stud rook, Chris Carson, we need to delay the Lacy fantasy funeral a bit longer. As Rawls still looms in the Seahawks’ backfield, you should not put too much faith in Eddie. A 10% bid for depth seeking owners is where I would recommend you stay.

 #6) Wayne Gallman (RB – NYG) – Is the Paul Perkins experiment over yet? I certainly hope so, because it would seem to be a perfect opportunity to call week 5, “Wayne Gallman time”. The 4th round pick from Clemson might just be the Giants best running back already, and he showed some decent burst in week four that should keep in the rotation going forward. I would suggest a 5-10% bid here.

#7) Alex Collins (RB – BAL) – Collins gets the upgrade to the big boy board this week, after making it on the Honorable Mentions list last week. I am happy with my call from last week, as he rewarded owners who gave him a start with a decent effort (82 yards rushing). Mr. Collins did put the ball on the ground again, and that cannot keep happening if he hopes to play for a Harbaugh. 10% bid.

#8) Jaron Brown (WR – ARZ) – It is now time to get this kid some love, after a monster game against the 49ers. Jaron went off for 105 yards on 8 grabs, while being targeted 12 times by Palmer. Looks like Zona will be throwing a ton until David Johnson comes back, so there is a lot of volume to be scooped up, even after Fitz gets his. A 5-10% bid should give you a horse in the race.

#9) Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE – NYJ) – Another nomination on the Waiver Wire report for ASJ, as he had a decent day at the office for the Jets for the second week in a row. With his team picking up back to back wins, roughly two more than this guy thought they would get the entire season, there is hope that the Jets will still be playing to win some weeks, so ASJ might continue to see decent volume. He had 46 yards on four grabs, and is a worthwhile add at a talent depleted TE position.

 

#10) D’onta Foreman (RB – HOU) – On my waiver report last week, and he got the expected uptick in volume, though it was, admittedly, an underwhelming performance. 13 carries with a 3.5 avg won’t help pay the bills, but he increased his snap % to 29, up from 24 the previous week. Game flow was obviously strange in this game, and it’s always tough to scrutinize usage from a fantasy relevance perspective when your team wins 57-14! I am still on board with D’onta, and think he is worth rostering in deeper leagues, or simply as depth for your RB group. 5-10% should be a reasonable amount to bid here.

Honorable Mentions: JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT), Josh Docton (WR – WAS), Elijah McGuire (QB – JAC), Taylor Gabriel (WR – ATL), Jerick Mckinnon (RB – MIN), Bruce Ellington (WR – HOU)