Week #5 Waiver Watch Of Truth
Week #5 Waiver Watch of Truth
Another week is in the books and with it comes time to look at the best waiver adds this week. I will mention that I am bit busier than normal this weekend so my research isn’t as extensive as normal but I will still try to advise the wider fantasy community as best I can and unfortunately (or fortunately) if you work the waiver wire a lot there were a few more injuries, creating more opportunities for players to step up.
Sam Darnold, 44% rostered on Sleeper
Sam was only around 20% rostered last week and I recommended adding him then and I will repeat that recommendation yet again and even more so this week. Darnold continues to impress, completing 26 of 39 passes for 301 yards, throwing two TDs and also rushing for two as well. He also threw two picks but scoring over 33 points in fantasy allows for such mistakes without it ruining a stat line. Darnold has very much impressed this season, having multiple touchdown games either through the air or on the ground in every game this season and has cracked 300 yards in all but one of them. If for some reason he is still available in your league, he absolutely needs to be added as a reliable streaming option after facing the Eagles next week, his schedule is very easy because he faces the Vikings, Giants, and Falcons until week 8.
Justin Fields, 60% rostered on Sleeper
This is somewhat more of a wait-and-see add, Fields is way too highly rostered given his production or lack thereof but he definitely has potential to improve as the season goes on and has a lot of valuable weapons at his disposal both with pass catching running backs, Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, and Cole Kmet that could contribute if Fields’ execution improves. On Sunday Fields went 11 of 17 for 209 yards and a pick. Not great numbers, I know, but the Bears leaned on the running game but Fields still made key passes to Robinson and Mooney and allowed Mooney to explode for 125 yards. This is a risky play but if you have room on your bench Fields is a reasonable speculative add to see if he improves or keeps getting to play.
QB Honorable Mentions
Trey Lance, 48% rostered on Sleeper
Taylor Heinicke, 20% rostered on Sleeper
Damien Williams, 13% rostered on Sleeper
Williams was able to step up for the Bears with David Montgomery suffering a hyperextension to his knee. If Montgomery misses extra time, expect to see more of Damien Williams who showed with the Chiefs a few years ago that he can win both as a rusher and as a receiver. In addition he had 2 receptions for 15 yards as well. This add will depend a lot upon whether or not Montgomery is healthy for next week but Williams will be an important streamer, especially if you lost a running back over the last few weeks.
Kenneth Gainwell, 44% rostered on Sleeper
Gainwell had an impressive game this week, outdoing backfield mate Miles Sanders, by rushing 3 times for 33 yards and a TD plus turning 8 targets into 6 receptions for 58 yards. Although he will probably continue to split time with Sanders, he is clearly an important redzone option and has an important role as a pass catcher in the Eagles offense. If this trend continues, Gainwell could eventually surpass Sanders on the depth chart, especially with Sanders’ inability to get into the end zone this season so far.
RB Honorable Mentions
Alex Collins, 3% rostered on Sleeper
J.D. McKissic, 55% rostered on Sleeper
Alex Collins, 3% rostered on Sleeper
Brandon Bolden, 4% rostered on Sleeper
Jamison Crowder, 27% rostered on Sleeper
Crowder was most likely an early season drop since he missed the first three weeks due to injuries and Covid-19 but he is a worthwhile add now that he is healthy and should be a reliable target in the Jets offense. In his first game back, Crowder caught 7 receptions off of 9 targets for 61 yards and a TD as well. There are not a lot of receiving options in the Jets offense so both Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder should see plenty of targets, simply due to no other options and Crowder should be a cheap add for wide receiver dependent teams.
Randall Cobb, 16% rostered on Sleeper
Randall Cobb has had a slow return to the Packers but he started to show why Rodgers wanted him back in the Packer offense by having an impressive showing this week. Cobb was targeted 6 times and caught 5 passes for 69 yards and two TDs. While he will always be second fiddle to Davante Adams in the passing game, he still provides some valuable target share in the Packers passing attack. While he probably won’t be scoring two touchdowns each week, he may provide a useful floor for fantasy players if he can develop a more consistent target share.
WR Honorable Mentions
AJ Green, 38% rostered on Sleeper
Darnell Mooney, 56% rostered on Sleeper
Dawson Knox, 50% rostered on Sleeper
It wasn’t necessarily intentional but both last week and this week a Buffalo Bills player is my highlight player and while I mentioned Knox last year as a risky play, he has started to show a consistency that one wouldn’t necessarily expect with Diggs, Beasley, Josh Allen, and Zach Moss around to target in the red zone or rush themselves. Knox turned 8 targets into 5 receptions for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Although Knox will probably never give you a huge yardage total the way Kelce or Waller might, he does get those key red zone targets and has converted them into 4 touchdowns already this season. He certainly cannot continue this clip but you should ride the hot hand at tight end unless you drafted one of the top 3 or 4 options.
Dalton Schultz, 38% rostered on Sleeper
Schultz is another tight end who has been playing great over the beginning of the season and has been relatively consistent, catching 6 passes in 3 of 4 games, scoring 3 touchdowns and getting over 40 yards in 3 of the 4 games. In week 3, Schultz even led the Cowboys in all receiving categories and challenged for it again in week 4. As long as CeeDee Lamb remains in an unfortunate slump and if Amari Cooper misses time, expect to see Schultz remain involved in the Cowboys talented passing attack. This is another occasion where a good tight end should be streamed for as long as he remains effective.
TE Honorable Mentions
C.J. Uzomah, 3% rostered on Sleeper
Hunter Henry, 48% rostered on Sleeper
Good Luck to Everyone and as always Stay True
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