Fantasy Football 2014: Week 5 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Week 5 Waiver Wire Trends
October 1, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and that means there’s just one more day to wait before we get to Week 5 in the 2014 fantasy football season. It also means it’s time for us to check out some of the matchups for the upcoming games and try to determine which trending waiver wire players will make solid pickups for the weekend. Here’s a closer look at the stats so you can see if anyone’s right for your team.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense: We’ll start out today with one of those “no-duh” fantasy picks. Even though the Steelers have looked pretty bad on defense this season, scoring three points or fewer in three of their first four games, there’s light at the end of the tunnel this week. Pittsburgh gets Jacksonville on Sunday, and considering the Jags offense it’s not tough to see why the Steelers should work as a streamer defense for Week 5.
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Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: If Kelce is still available in your league, that should change after this week. He had a coming-out party in his team’s 41-14 embarrassment of the Patriots on “Monday Night Football,” posting eight grabs for 93 yards and a touchdown.
We’ve been yapping about Kelce all season, and he’s making us look super-smart. We consider him a TE1 until further notice, and he should do well against the Niners this week.
Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants: Let’s go ahead and double-dip in the TE pool this week as we check out Donnell. He dropped jaws everywhere against the Redskins, posting seven grabs for 54 yards and a whopping three touchdowns on Thursday.
Donnell now has three of four weeks scoring at least eight points in standard leagues, and at least five receptions in all four games. He should be 100 percent owned heading into this week against the Falcons, so get him if you can.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: He’s doing it with little fanfare, but so far Flacco has been a very good fantasy QB. He tore it up in Week 4 with 327 yards and a trio of touchdowns, giving him seven scores to just two picks so far this year.
There’s virtually no chance your No. 1 QB is on bye this week, but Flacco should be in the conversation as a low-end starter in Indianapolis this week. He’s got some decent matchups down the stretch, too, so keep him in mind.
Devin Hester, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Hester has worked himself into fantasy conversations over the past couple of weeks, putting up some very surprising numbers. He was targeted seven times in the Week 4 loss against the Vikings, catching five of those for 70 yards and a TD.
Hester now has 9.9 or more fantasy points in three of his four games (more if your league counts return yards), even though he’s never projected to get much of any on a weekly basis. As a lower-end flex play, we can see him getting some surprising numbers against the Giants.
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