Fantasy Football: Some Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 5
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Every week, we compile a list of potential additions to your fantasy squad(s) that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in either the short- or long-term (or both).
For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list.
So, in other words, Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon would be my top choices to add at wide receiver. Both are available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, however, they appeared on last week's list and therefore won't be on this week's list.
That said, you should add them if they are available.
Here's a new list of players to consider adding to your fantasy squad (sorted by position and Yahoo! ownership):
QB - Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (owned in 22 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
Although Pryor missed Sunday's game due to a concussion, there is a good chance that he will be cleared for Week 5's (really) late game against the Chargers. Through the first quarter of the season, the Chargers have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
In his three games played, Pryor has 624 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions to go along with 198 rushing yards.
QB - Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns (six percent)
With 18 fantasy points in back-to-back games, Hoyer will get the start on Thursday Night Football against the Bills. In his two games, Hoyer has averaged 295 passing yards and has thrown five touchdowns. Considering how well he has played, he should continue to be the starter beyond this week even though Brandon Weeden has been cleared to return.
Although the Bills have intercepted seven passes in the past two games, they have also allowed back-to-back 300-yard passers. In addition, they have allowed all four of their opponents to throw multiple touchdowns.
RB - Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns (46 percent)
After getting eight carries in his season debut in Week 3, McGahee got 15 carries in Week 4. Although he is only averaging 2.4 yards per carry in his two games, he has a favorable matchup this week against the Bills, sort of. The Bills have allowed 122.3 rushing yards per game, which ranks 27th in the NFL, but they have also allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points (and no TDs) to opposing RBs this season.
RB - Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (41 percent)
While he has only 19 carries through four games, Woodhead is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has 22 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns. His 22 receptions is only one off the lead among running backs behind the trio of Darren Sproles, Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte.
RB - Roy Helu, Washington Redskins (13 percent)
Redskins running back Alfred Morris left Sunday's game with a rib contusion and Helu more than picked up the slack. Helu finished the game with 84 yards from scrimmage (41 rushing and 43 receiving) and a touchdown. Although the Redskins have a bye in Week 5 and Morris is expected to play in Week 6, Helu has plenty of upside if/when Morris misses more time.
RB - Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (11 percent)
Ellington has yet to have more than four carries in any game, but he's certainly been much more productive with those carries (6.2 YPC) than Rashard Mendenhall (3.4 YPC). In addition, he has nine receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. It's likely that Ellington sees his role within the offense continue to expand as the season progresses.
RB - Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (seven percent)
Both Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Marcel Reece (knee) left Sunday's game and Jennings is the next man up. Although he rushed for only 45 yards on 15 carries (3.0 YPC), he added eight receptions for 71 yards. With McFadden and Reece both expected to miss Week 5, Jennings should get close to 20 touches once again this week.
RB - LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (six percent)
Over the past two weeks, Blount has 23 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown. There is no telling exactly how much work the Patriots backs will get in any given week, but Blount is getting his fair share of carries and is at least worth consideration as depth.
WR - Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens (27 percent)
Brown left Sunday's game with a thigh injury, but he now has three games with a score and a touchdown. The Ravens are incredibly thin at wide receiver and the 6-foot-5 rookie wide receiver should continue to be in the WR3 discussion provided the injury isn't serious.
WR - Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (15 percent)
Washington has gone over 100 yards in back-to-back games and now has 19 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Washington ranks 14th among WRs in receiving yards through the first quarter of the season.
WR - Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (13 percent)
The rookie receiver played in 80 of 84 snaps on Sunday and led the team's wide receivers now for two weeks in a row. In four games, Woods has only 11 receptions on his 26 targets, but he is averaging 18.3 yards per reception and has 201 yards and two touchdowns.
WR - Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings (10 percent)
Through four games, Simpson has 19 receptions (on 32 targets) for 342 yards, which ranks 13th in the NFL. Considering a trio of tight ends have more than 342 yards, that means Simpson ranks 10th in the category among receivers. Although he has two 100-yard games this season and a yards-per-reception average of 18.0, he has yet to score a touchdown this season.
Simpson and the Vikings have a bye this week, but he may be a viable option as a WR3 as we continue through the bye-week portion of the NFL schedule depending on the matchup.
TE - Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (43 percent)
Miller had six receptions on eight targets for 70 yards in his second game back from his torn ACL. Although the Steelers have a bye in Week 5, Miller should continue to receive a healthy dose of targets from Ben Roethlisberger going forward.
TE - Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (33 percent)
Fleener has had two excellent games to go along with two duds, but he should get plenty of looks going forward with Dwayne Allen out for the year. Fleener now has 12 receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns in four games.