Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

Ryan Torain is a great waiver wire pickup this week.You won’t find gold every week on the fantasy football waiver wire. Fantasy Football Week 5 is no different, yet there are a few gems with huge potential that are likely available this week in your league. Whether you are looking for a bye week filler or a boost to your struggling team, this week’ s pickups offer some enticing propositions.

Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins – Rarely do I ever write about a player two weeks in a row on the waiver wire. But in this case, Torain warrants that attention. In one week Ryan Torain has went from playing second fiddle to Clinton Portis to becoming a starter with enormous upside in an offense made for fantasy running backs. Torain bullied his way through the Philadelphia Eagles defense last week and had double digits. There are a lot of fantasy owners struggling at the running back position and Torain could be a quick band aid. Clinton Portis is not expected to play this week so you can pick up Torain and plug him in as a starter immediately.

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams – Okay, I am finally a Bradford believer. Bradford has been unbelievable for not just a rookie, but a rookie who only played one game last year at Oklahoma before injuring his shoulder. Bradford has developed a nice chemistry with Mark Clayton, who I picked up Week 1 and have been starting most weeks. Steven Jackson is hurt (as usual), so he may not hold up too much longer. Bradford is going to Detroit this weekend and has enormous upside as a starter this week. I don’t expect Bradford to put up blowout numbers, but he is looking like a solid two touchdown double digit fantasy bet every week.

Roy E. Williams, Dallas Cowboys – Could this be the year that the Roy Williams trade finally pays off? Look, you have to pass Williams a bit of a pass two years ago coming onto the team in mid season. Last year was bad, but he was still developing his timing with Tony Romo. Williams went off in his last game against the Houston Texans and there is hope that the two touchdown game was the start of a turnaround. Here is the deal. Roy Williams was pretty solid with the Detroit Lions. The Cowboys are much better than those Lions teams. Williams didn’t get that bad that quick. He still has the talent and if he is ever going to show it, this is the year. On top of that, look at his matchups the next few weeks. Williams has the Titans, Vikings, Giants, Jaguars, Packers, and Giants again. All of those teams have serious issues in the secondary and with teams now double teaming Miles Austin, Williams will get his opportunity. I wouldn’t start him yet, but if you have room I’d grab him now and be ready for the comeback.

Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos – Fool me once shame on me. Fool me three times, well… For the last three seasons, Brandon Lloyd was every Fantasy expert’s “sleeper” going into the draft. Like many of you I was fooled and wasted a pick on him a couple of years ago. Finally, three years later Brandon Lloyd is starting to breakout into that fantasy stud he was predicted to be. The Denver Broncos offense is for real. Kyle Orton is on pace to have a Drew Brees like season and he seems to have his eyes set on Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd has double digits three of four weeks so far this year. He has two tough matchups the next two weeks, but if he is available grab him, and unload him in the coming weeks.

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks – Marshawn Lynch was traded to the Seahawks and joins Justin Forsett on a struggling offense. Lynch is surprisingly available in several of my leagues on the waiver wire. Marshawn Lynch is a very talented running back who is much better than what we have seen in Buffalo the last two years. When he had a partial line in his rookie year, he showed flashes of greatness. I don’t think the Seahawks traded for Lynch to have him split time with Forsett. Pete Carroll is playing for his reputation right now and needs a spark plug for that offense. I think he has every intention of turning Lynch into a featured player in Seattle receiving and running. If you can get him, I’d grab him, wait a few weeks for him to get accumulated to the offense, and start him. Lynch has something to prove, which makes him a must own for any fantasy owner.

Shaun Hill, Detroit Lions – Finally if you need a shot in the arm at quarterback and are looking for a Hail Mary, well look no further than Shaun Hill. Shaun Hill has been on fire in two of his last three starts. The jury is still out on Matthew Stafford’s return, so you could have Hill for one week or four, although with Stafford’s injury history you never know. The Lions play the Rams, the Giants, and the Redskins who all have been torched at one point or another this season. Shaun Hill may not be a long term solution but if you need someone quick or you have Tom Brady on a bye week, Shaun Hill is your man!

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