It is crunch time now for you struggling fantasy football players, especially if you have gone 0-4! Week 5 presents a few waiver wire pickups that could help plug some holes or add depth to your stellar 4-0 team.
Unfortunately there aren’t any sure bets on this week’s waiver wire, especially if you are in a 12 team league. However there are a few enticing prospects with some nice upside and little risk if you already have an open spot on your roster.
One other note. Jackson’s big numbers came when the Seahawks ran the no huddle offense. If the Seahawks make a switch to the no huddle permanently, Jackson could be a big surprise this season.
Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins – Here we go again. Torain was actually in my week 5 waiver wire blog last year at this time. I love this kid. I drafted him in one league but dropped him after it appeared that Roy Helu would be next in line. That changed Sunday. Torain emerged with the same kind of big game he had most of last season for the Redskins. The frustration with Torain is that you are banking on one of three running backs to have a big day. On the other hand, Torain has done nothing but produce when given the start by Shanahan. He really helped turn my season around last year when I picked him up off waivers and quite possibly, he could do the same for you this year.
Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers – Rashard Mendenhall left Sunday’s game with a hamstring issue and he is questionable for this weekend. The Steelers are playing a tough Titans run defense and quite frankly, the Steelers offensive line isn’t very good this season. So I am not very bullish on Redman. On the other hand, bye weeks start, and if not for one week, he could be a nice filler if your starter has the week off.
Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys – Someone had to benefit from Miles Austin being out and that someone was journeyman Laurent Robinson. Robinson was targeted 11 times in Sunday’s game and has developed some real nice chemistry with Tony Romo. Unfortunately Austin is scheduled back after the bye week which will hurt some of Robinson’s immediate value. However, with Dez Bryant and Austin both battling injuries all season, my hunch is that Robinson will get more chances this season at 11-target games.
Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis Colts – Garcon is a tricky one to assess but after careful deliberation I have come to the conclusion that he belongs on the list. He was immediately targeted on Sunday night when Curtis Painter came into the game and the connection continued this past Monday night. Garcon had a big game and was targeted more than any other receiver on the Colts. Teams will continue double teaming Reggie Wayne which will allow Garcon to take advantage of some favorable matchups. I wouldn’t say I am bullish on Garcon, but I am definitely intrigued.
Jacoby Jones, Houston Texans – The verdict is still out on Andre Johnson but what we do know is that he will miss some time in Houston. Now let’s be clear, this is a running offense without Johnson. So it isn’t as if Jones will get the same amount of targets that Johnson gets. However, teams will start stacking the box and opening up the pass for Houston. Jones will be the beneficiary of this while Johnson is gone and has a good chance to get at least one touchdown per game. Keep in mind that Jones has never lived up to the billing when Johnson has missed games in the past so playing Jacoby is no sure thing.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers – Antonio Brown surpassed Emmanuel Sanders and even Hines Ward as the number two to Mike Wallace. Brown had more targets than anyone else in Sunday’s game against Houston. Brown isn’t someone I would place into my starting lineup but if this Steeler’s offense starts to click, he could be a sneaky play come December and January.
Titus Young, Detroit Lions – Quite frankly I owe all of you loyal readers an apology. I should have had Young in last week’s waiver wire blog. Young is starting to slowly surpass Nate Burleson as the number two to Calvin Johnson. Whether he is two or three, he will continue getting looks in such a high powered offense. Young was targeted even once in the end zone Sunday. I think Young is more appealing to those of you who play in dynasty leagues, yet I would be shocked if he doesn’t get some scores this season. He has gotten more receptions than Burleson two weeks in a row now. I wouldn’t start him unless I was desperate, but he could be a sneaky play for your bye week.
Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans – Jared Cook was highly ranked going into the season by fantasy football experts who predicted that Cook’s athleticism would lead to big things in Tennessee. I bought it. I drafted him in two leagues, and dropped him after the second week. Now with Kenny Britt gone, Cook emerged Sunday with the game that he was predicted to have all season. Was it the start of something big or a one week wonder? I don’t know but hey, Matt Hasselbeck is hot, Kenny Britt is gone, and Chris Johnson is getting back into gear, so the opportunities should be there.