We’re now a quarter of the way through the season and have plenty of injuries and bye weeks to deal with. Working the waiver wire over the next several weeks is going to be key.
For example, Brandon Marshall is my only healthy (if you even want to consider him healthy) WR that’s not on bye this week. So you’d best believe I’ve been monitoring the waiver wire … here are my 10 best adds for Week 5.
10) DeAndre Washington — RB, Oakland Raiders
Latavius Murray has seen his workload decrease each game this season, receiving 15 touches in Week 1, followed by 14, 11 and then just 10 in Week 4 (also his first game without a touchdown). Washington had five carries for 30 yards in Week 4, and also managed to catch all three of his targets for another 16 yards. Fumbles have been a huge issue for the rookie thus far, but if he can solve that problem, he’s got a chance to beat out Murray for the starting job.
9) Brice Butler — WR, Dallas Cowboys
No Dez means the little known Butler stepped into the starting lineup for Dallas. Butler had five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown, while seeing a team high nine targets. He’s not going to be Dez Bryant, but for as long as the stud is sidelined, it looks like Butler could be Dak Prescott’s favorite option.
8) Phillip Dorsett — WR, Indianapolis Colts
Overall, Dorsett has been a letdown during the time Donte Moncrief has been out — seeing only seven targets in the last two games. However, Dorsett did catch a 54-yard bomb for a touchdown on Sunday, so maybe that gets him going. It’s worth investing here as the former first-rounder could still be one of Andrew Luck’s starting receivers for the next month.
7) Chris Hogan — WR, New England Patriots
Hogan had been working wonders with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm, but could never get on the same page with Jacoby Brissett. The idea here is simple, after a Week 4 goose egg in fantasy leagues, owners might be willing to cut Hogan this week for a bye week play or another one of these waiver wire names. That’s exactly when you jump in and scoop him up with Tom Brady set to take over the reigns to New England’s offense.
6) Robert Woods — WR, Buffalo Bills
Sammy Watkins is headed to IR and will miss at least eight weeks. There’s a shot he will need surgery and have to sit out for the season. Another simple process here, as Woods is the next best WR on Buffalo and will assume the WR1 role. On Sunday he saw 10 targets and hauled in seven for 89 yards. He won’t be an every week play, but there’s plenty of value here going forward for the rest of the season.
5) Eddie Royal — WR, Chicago Bears
Alshon is banged up and Kevin White left Sunday’s game with an injury himself. This leaves Royal as the Bears’ most healthy WR, and he’s been playing well with Brian Hoyer — who reportedly looks to be the starter even when Jay Cutler is cleared to play. Royal snagged all seven of his targets Sunday for 111 yards and a TD. Factor in his ability to return kicks and there’s a lot to like about Royal right now.
4) John Brown — WR, Arizona Cardinals
Brown was probably drafted in your league, but after a terrible start as essentially Arizona’s fourth WR there’s a good chance someone cut him loose. Brown is coming off a 10-catch/144-yard game in which he was target 16 times! Yes, 16. Michael Floyd has been a huge disappointment and John Brown is winding up to be the WR2 we thought he’d be for the Cardinals. I’d go get him if he’s there (and don’t confuse him with Jaron Brown if you do).
3) Bilal Powell — RB, New York Jets
We’re still awaiting the news when it comes to Matt Forte’s injury, but it looks like Powell has finally carved out his role in the Jets’ offense regardless … as we expected the case to be. It was shocking how much the Jets favored Forte to begin the season, but now Powell could be stealing double-digit touches each week. If Forte misses any time, of course, Powell becomes a fantastic value play. He was targeted nine times on Sunday and gained 80 yards on just 10 touches.
2) Kenneth Dixon — RB, Baltimore Ravens
You may notice the final two names are both Ravens that play the same position. Both should provide plenty of value this season, though. Justin Forsett was a healthy scratch in Week 4 — somewhat surprising, but very telling of Baltimore’s plans. With him no longer the feature back, the talented rookie projects to be the starter by the end of the season, and will make his season debut in Week 5. Time will tell, but for now …
1) Terrance West — RB, Baltimore Ravens
West won the starting job from Forsett and won’t be losing it until/if Dixon takes it from him. After racking up 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries against the Raiders in Week 4, it would appear West has a pretty firm grip on the job. West will have a good shot at a repeat performance in Week 5 against Washington, assuming Dixon doesn’t steal the show right off the bat. Baltimore won’t commit to West as the starter, but if they are indeed “riding the hot hand,” it’s obvious who that is.
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