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After another week, it’s time for week 5 waiver wire rankings. This week is thin at RB but absolutely loaded at WR. After four weeks, we have enough information to make decisions on your roster. If you’re falling out of the race. Don’t give up. I’ve had years where my teams started out slow only to bounce back and sneak into the playoffs. If you’re 0-4 or 1-3 I would advise seeking out what trades you can pull off that will require you to trade a stud but should bring back a nice haul. For example, selling high on Matt Ryan could bring back a large haul for a QB needy owner. LeGarrette Blount should be sold immediately before his value plummets with the return of Tom Brady.

At the end of the day, working the waivers and making smart trades can turn your nightmare into a cinderella story. Reach out to me on Twitter (@FantasyWrath13) and we will begin the rebuilding process.



  1. Carson Wentz
  2. Brian Hoyer
  3. Paxton Lynch
  4. Sam Bradford
  5. Ryan Tannehill
  6. Drew Stanton (If Palmer is OUT)
  7. Derek Anderson (If Newton is OUT)

Carson Wentz – After their Week 4 bye, the Eagles will be taking on a Lions defense that has been torched all season, and allowed over 300 yards and two touchdowns to Brian Hoyer. Wentz has played well above what any analyst believed was possible for the rookie QB. I would continue to ride the hot streak before it comes to a halt.

Brian Hoyer – He has put up back to back 300 yard and two touchdown performances. This week the Bears take on a Colts defense that has allowed the 8th-most fantasy points to the position. We saw last season that Hoyer can have useful weeks, and it’s wise to ride him until the wheels fall off. He should be viewed as a QB1 this week.

Paxton Lynch – He came in for the injured Trevor Siemian who left with an injured shoulder on Sunday. Reports out of Denver point to Siemian possibly missing Week 5. Regardless, it would seem like there is a real possibility that the first round QB Paxton Lynch takes over as the starter. With weapons Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders at his disposal, the rookie QB is in a nice spot to be a viable streaming option.

Running Back:


  1.  Kenneth Dixon
  2. Terrance West
  3. Bilal Powell
  4. Wendall Smallwood
  5. Orleans Darkwa
  6. Jay Ajayi
  7. Dwayne Washington
  8. Cameron Artis-Payne
  9. James White
  10. Darren Sproles
  11. Chris Thompson
  12. Bobby Rainey
  13. Fozzy Whittaker
  14. Dion Lewis
  15. Zach Zenner
  16. Paul Perkins
  17. Andre Ellington
  18. Alfred Morris
  19. Devontae Booker
  20. DeAndre Washington
  21. Matt Asiata
  22. Josh Ferguson
  23. CJ Spiller
  24. James Starks
  25. CJ Prosise
  26. Tim Hightower

Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West – The Baltimore Ravens backfield has been a thing of mystery most of the offseason. Through the first three weeks, it was Terrance West and Justin Forsett splitting time, but week four brought upon change. Justin Forsett was a healthy scratch and Buck Allen received his first game action of the season.

Terrance West got the start and rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown. It was his best performance of the season. Most of the time I would list Terrance West as the top waiver add of the week, especially after a breakout performance. However, Kenneth Dixon is slated to return this week and Justin Forsett was just released. Dixon deserves to be the number one waiver add this week based purely on upside alone.

If I’m choosing between the two, give me West for this week (great matchup against the Redskins), but I’ll take Kenneth Dixon who profiles as a true three-down back for the long haul.

Bilal Powell – Over the past two weeks, Bilal Powell is tied with Theo Riddick for the most targets (15) in the league. (according to PFF) He’s turned that into 27 PPR points and has been a low-end RB2 in PPR formats. He’s even outproduced teammate Matt Forte. I know this is a small sample size, but one thing is certain, if the Jets continue to play from behind, then Bilal Powell will continue to see a heavy workload. He’s a solid RB3 this week against a Steelers defense that has struggled to contain the pass-catching back.

Wendall Smallwood and Darren Sproles – With oft-injured Ryan Mathews as the lead back, Wendall Smallwood makes for a great bench stash. We already witnessed what he can do when given a chance, now we just need to wait for the inevitable to happen for him to take over as the feature back.

Darren Sproles even at his old age is still producing. Through three weeks of action, he’s turned 12 targets int0 160 yards and a touchdown. Sproles will continue to have standalone value as the pass-catching back out of the backfield and is a weekly option in PPR leagues as an RB3.

Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey, and Paul Perkins – This is another RBBC that I would likely avoid. Rashad Jennings should return sooner than later and once he does he will make Darkwa useless. Then you have the pass catching duo of Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins. Rainey received 7 targets and turned that into 43 yards. Perkins received three targets and hauled in two of them and ripped off a 67-yard reception on one of them. Figuring out who to use on a weekly basis will be tough. I would look at Rainey in PPR formats and Darkwa as a bench stash in standard formats.

Jay Ajayi – Despite limited playing time, he continues to look like the best option for the Dolphins moving forward. Adam Gase spoke recently about wanting to “narrow” down the running back situation. If they finally give Ajayi an extended look in the absence Arian Foster, then Ajayi could be a low-end RB3 play against a Titans defense that has been stingy allowing the 7th-fewest points to RBs.

Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner – Dwayne Washington appears to have injured his ankle during their matchup against the Bears on Sunday. It was reported that he was spotted limping heavily in the locker room. If Washington is forced to miss any time Zach Zenner makes for a decent flyer as the short yardage/goal line back. As for Washington, he is worthy of a bench spot in 12 team formats.

James White and Dion Lewis – In case you haven’t heard, Tom Brady returns this week. With that comes the return of the pass-heavy offense the Patriots utilized last season. For the time being, James White should receive a significant boost in targets and if Dion Lewis is chilling on your waiver wire (owned in 17% of ESPN leagues), he could return in two or three weeks. If you are a LeGarrette Blount owner, now is the time to sell him before his value drops significantly.

Chris Thompson – Nothing more than a bench stash. Through four games he’s turned 11 targets int0 8 receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. He’s also carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. Until he gets more involved on a weekly basis, he makes more for more of a bench stash than a usable PPR RB3.



Wide Receiver:

Quincy Enunwa

  1.  Quincy Enunwa
  2. Philip Dorsett
  3. Robert Woods
  4. Corey Coleman
  5. Jamison Crowder
  6. Brian Quick
  7. Chris Hogan
  8. Eddie Royal
  9. Brice Butler
  10. Adam Humphries
  11. Terrance Williams
  12. Victor Cruz
  13. Dontrelle Inman
  14. Sammie Coates
  15. Chris Conley
  16. Anquan Boldin
  17. Brandon LaFell
  18. Markus Wheaton
  19. Jeremy Kerley
  20. Nelson Agholor
  21. Seth Roberts
  22. Davante Adams
  23. Tyler Boyd
  24. Marquise Lee
  25. Danny Amendola
  26. Torrey Smith
  27. Jermaine Kearse
  28. Jeff Janis
  29. Rishard Matthews
  30. Dorial Green-Beckham
  31. Charone Peake
  32. Devis Funchess
  33. Breshad Perriman
  34. Kenny Britt
  35. Tyreek Hill
  36. Charles Johnson
  37. Marquise Goodwin
  38. Quinton Patton
  39. Albert Wilson
  40. Kamar Aiken

Quincy Enunwa – If we are being honest, I’m a bit surprised that he’s available in over 60% of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues. He’s received a healthy dose of targets on the season (32) which is 21st among all WRs. Then you add in the fact that Eric Decker will be limited if he returns and there is still the possibility that he misses the entire season. With all that in mind, Enunwa is a candiate for the number one add this week. He has the opportunity and volume that will make him a weekly WR3.

Philip Dorsett – The Colts offense as a unit has been underwhelming this season. After losing Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett was a logical add in fantasy. The issue is he hasn’t done a whole heck of a lot outside of the 64-yard touchdown this past weekend against the Jaguars. If he doesn’t receive a larger target share, it could be wise to pass on him. He continues to be a boom-or-bust WR4 on most weeks. His upside is what keeps me coming back for more.

Robert Woods – The Bills are a low-volume, ground and pound style of offense. This doesn’t bode well for any WR replacing Sammy Watkins. (who was placed on the injured reserve this past week) However, what makes Robert Woods an interesting add is the other options for Tyrod Taylor, which are: Charles Clay, Walt Powell, deep threat Marquise Goodwin, and Brandon Tate. That list doesn’t intrigue you? Me either. Woods will continue to see around the same 10 targets he received last week. If he continues to be as productive with them (89 yards) he could be a viable WR4 on most weeks.

Corey Coleman – He’s still going to be out the next two or three weeks, but once he returns he should jump right into the WR2 role opposite Terrelle Pryor. He has the most upside of any WR on this list. If someone in your league dropped him, then do yourself a favor and pick him up immediately. He could be a winning lottery ticket down the stretch.

Jamison Crowder – I’m still holding onto Crowder. This past week, the Redskins only attempted 27 passes and Jordan Reed received  37% of the target share. Matt Jones finally had a big week which limited Washington’s need to pass the ball. That’s not going to be the case on most weeks. Crowder still makes for a solid WR4 in PPR formats.

Brian Quick – Over the past two weeks, Brian Quick, has turned in two strong performances with  four receptions on eight targets for 122 yards and three touchdowns. It appears that Jeff Fisher finally figured out that Brian Quick is the team’s best receiver. However, he’s still third in team targets behind Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin. It’s hard to trust any Rams wide receiver, but I always bet on talent and upside. He’s worth a roster spot in most 12 team leagues.

Chris Hogan – Rejoice! Tom Brady has returned! All Patriots wide receivers receive a boost in value. Julian Edelman is now usable. Rob Gronkowski should return to form. Chris Hogan who has already flashed why the Patriots acquired him and now gets the hall of fame QB tossing him the rock. If he’s available, he’s worth a bench stash flyer.

Eddie Royal – We’ve been here far too many times for me to buy into the Eddie Royal breakout. He cashed in on Sunday against a lousy Detroit secondary. He hauled in all seven targets for 111 yards and a touchdown. Don’t overthink this. He’s not worth a top waiver add or a large amount of your FAAB budget. Royal has performances like this every year, then he falls back to earth. As for week 5, he’s worth an add because of injuries to Kevin White and Alshon Jeffery. If either miss  any time, he makes for an interesting flex play against the Colts.

Brice Butler and Terrance Williams – We talked about Terrance Williams on Sunday’s GameDay live show. I told everyone to fire up Twill as a flex play and he proved me right. It wasn’t a dominating performance, but double-digit fantasy points in both standard and PPR formats is more than worth it. He hauled in four of six targets for 44 yards and a touchdown. As for Brice Butler, he received the most targets (9) and also hauled in a touchdown.

Moving forward, both make for flex plays as long as Dez Bryant is sidelined with a hairline fracture in his knee. Many will turn a nose to the duo because of how they performed last season with Dez sidelined. However, Dak Prescott isn’t Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden, or Kellen Moore. With Dak under center, Williams and Butler make for sneaky flex plays.

Dontrelle Inman – Well, everything pointed to a monster week for Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams. I fired up Tyrell Williams all over in DFS and I got burned. Dontrelle Inman was always the smarter option because of his nuanced route running. However, I wouldn’t bet on the possession receiver to post a stat line similar to his 7-120-1 again.

Sammie Coates – His role in the offense continues to grow and saw a team-high eight targets in the dismantling of my Chiefs. His big-play ability makes him an interesting WR4/5. His upside could find him squarely in the WR3 discussion.

Chris Conley – He hauled in all six targets for 70 yards. The Chiefs are on bye this week, but Conley is a physical freak who has carved out a nice role in the offense. Conley makes for a great bench stash in deep leagues.

Anquan Boldin – I could have him higher, especially with the terrible play of Golden Tate. Speaking of Golden Tate, he could be the biggest bust so far this season. He’s bordering on a drop candidate. I wouldn’t play him under any circumstance at the moment. Enter Anquan Boldin. Boldin continues to defy father time, but he still has a limited ceiling. He received seven targets last week, but only turned that into six receptions for 31 yards. If you’re desperate for WR help, he’s worth adding.


Tight End:

Hunter Henry

  1. Zach Ertz
  2. Hunter Henry
  3. Cameron Brate
  4. Ladarius Green
  5. Zach Miller
  6. Jack Doyle
  7. Jesse James
  8. Lance Kendricks
  9. Jacob Tamme
  10. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  11. Virgil Green

Zach Ertz – All reports point to him returning this week against a Lions defense that has been shredded by tight ends this season. Ertz is more than a streaming option and should be a top 10 option every week.

Hunter Henry – He continues to shine. His stat line this week of 4-61-1 could have been larger had he gotten both feet in for a second touchdown. If Antonio Gates misses another week, Henry should be viewed as a TE1 this week against a Raiders defense that allows the 10th-most points to tight ends.

Cameron Brate – 18 targets over the past two weeks. Yes, please. The volume can’t be denied and with Vincent Jackson looking the 2016 version of Roddy White, he will continue to be a borderline TE1 depending on the matchup.

Ladarius Green – He has the most upside of just about any tight end sitting on waivers this week. Reports out of Pittsburgh point to him returning when he’s first eligible week 7. If you have the bench space, I would add him now as a high upside/low risk bench stash.

Zach Miller – If he’s somehow still available, then add him now. His volume isn’t going away and will continue to see plenty of usage inside the red zone.

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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