Fantasy Football 2014: Week 5 Waiver Wire Update
Taking a Look at the Week 5 Waiver Wire Trends
September 30, 2014
It’s Tuesday and all the week’s NFL games are finished. That means it’s time once again for our waiver wire report for the world of fantasy football, so if you need to make some changes on your roster, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got our usual round of intriguing adds for you today, so let’s take a closer look a the numbers to see which players might be right for you.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings: The cloudy picture in the Minnesota backfield got a little cloudier this week, as McKinnon made his presence known in a big win over the Falcons. He posted 18 carries for 135 yards in that one, but is still being characterized as a change-of-pace back.
Lots of people think this is the first step in McKinnon’s eventual takeover from lead back Matt Asiata. We’re not overly excited about him just yet, but he could develop into a must-have guy. Get him while you can.
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Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers: Speaking of must-have guys, Royal is pretty close to fitting that bill himself. He went off against Jacksonville with five grabs for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was his second consecutive two-touchdown week.
With the injuries to key Chargers Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green, Royal has stepped up in a major way. We love him this week against the New York Jets’ ugly secondary.
Philadelphia Defense: Chances are, your team’s defense isn’t on a bye this week, but that shouldn’t stop you from thinking ahead. Philly is the hot pickup this week, following four sacks, an interception and two defensive scores against San Francisco.
Looking ahead, the Eagles have some favorable matchups on the schedule. They get St. Louis this week, then the Giants. After that they have a bye and come back to see Arizona, Houston and Carolina. We’d at least keep an eye on them for now.
Cleveland Backfield: The Browns running back situation is a hot mess in fantasy terms, but there’s some value to be had here. First off, Ben Tate is probably the guy to have, since he’s designated as the lead back. Problem is, he’s coming off a knee injury. He should be out there for Tennessee this week, though.
Then there’s rookie duo Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. They’ll be sharing the 10 or so carries left over after Tate’s 15, and of those two Crowell is the one to own. He’s a lower-end pickup right now but has been impressive thus far and could really come on strong if Tate struggles or gets injured again.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: We know: It’s really tough to trust Eli Manning. That said, he’s really starting to look like a must-have backup quarterback. He was stellar against Washington in Week 4, posting 300 yards and four touchdowns in his third straight multi-TD outing.
If you’re in need of a No. 2 QB, Manning could be just the ticket. Aside from a Week 8 bye and an ugly matchup in Seattle Week 10, he’s got some very manageable games on the schedule.
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