Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

As we head into the second quarter of the 2013 NFL season, the BYE weeks will start to take a toll on your roster. Here are some guys who might be available in your league and will help you fill some holes.

QB

Brian Hoyer - What's not to like about Hoyer? In 2 games, he's 2-0, thrown for 590 yards and 5 touchdowns. He's got an up and coming star in tight end Jordan Cameron and a dangerous deep weapon Josh Gordon. If the run game ever develops, he might have more success.

RB

Danny Woodhead - If you watched Monday Night Football then you saw what little men can do in the NFL. Sproles dominated the Dolphins linebackers as he was impossible to cover. Danny Woodhead plays the same style of football. He's small but extremely tough. He has great hands and in a PPR league he could be a savior. Last week he had 2 receiving touchdowns and he'll also steal some carries from Ryan Mathews as well.

Rashad Jennings - Darren McFadden is slowed with a hamstring injury that cost him the second half of Sunday's game with the Redskins. Backup Marcel Reece suffered a knee injury in that same game. There's a chance both will be out so Jennings will receive all the touches in the backfield. Not explosive or exciting but he did have 8 catches out of the backfield.

WR

Alshon Jeffery - In 4 games, Jay Cutler has completed passes to 5 players. Jeffery is one of them and has 32 targets already, which means Cutler looks his way often. He has 12 catches in the last 2 games on 19 targets. If teams try to take Brandon Marshall out of the gameplan with a double team, then Jeffery could continue to see a ton of passes his way.

Jerome Simpson - It helps when Adrian Peterson is on your team. The defense always has to be ready for the run, which hurts their pass defense. Simpson is fast and always a threat to break one. He has 2 games this year with 7 catches and at least 124 yards. He also has at least 8 targets in 3 of the 4 games.

Robert Woods - With Stevie Johnson slowed with an injury, the rookie Robert Woods stepped up last week against the Ravens with 4 catches, 80 yards and a touchdown. EJ Manuel has thrown Woods way 18 times the last 2 weeks but only completed 6 of those passes. It's only a matter of time before the rookie duo is on the same page and making things happen in Buffalo.

TE

Charles Clay - Clay has been a solid passing option in the Dolphins offense as he has at least 4 catches in every game so far this season. He had a rushing touchdown in week 2 but finally found pay dirt through the air on Monday night. He's a solid pickup as he's a saftey option for Ryan Tannehill.

Garrett Graham - The Texans are becoming a two TE team and it's working. Both Graham and Owen Daniels had big weeks against a tough Seattle defense. In 3 of the 4 games this year Graham has scored a touchdown and will continue to be a part of the Texans passing attack going forward.

Sean McGrath - With every tight end in Kansas City injured and McGrath basically a last resort for the Chiefs, he has not disappointed. Playing for Alex Smith who does not throw the deep pass, McGrath is a great pick up for PPR leagues. Against the Giants on Sunday McGrath had 5 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Coby Fleener - The chemistry between Fleener and Andrew Luck are clearly there as they were college teammates, and now with Fleener the #1 tight end in Indianapolis, it's only a matter of time before Fleener is putting up big numbers on a weekly basis. Also going up against Seattle on Sunday, this might be where he breaks out. The Seahawks gave up 11 catches to the Texans two tight ends last week for 141 yards and a touchdown.

DEF

Carolina Panthers - It's hard not to like the Panthers defense coming off of a BYE. In week 1 they only allowed 12 points to the undefeated Seattle Seahawks, and in week 3 they came up huge as they pitched a shutout against the New York Giants, as well as sacking Eli Manning 7 times and forcing 2 turnovers. This week they'll face the Arizona Cardinals, who have put up a total of 20 points the last 2 weeks.

Philadelphia Eagles - Despite giving up 52 points to Peyton Manning last week, it might be worth taking a chance on them this week against Eli and the Giants. The Giants O-Line is awful. They can't protect the quarterback and they don't open up any holes for the run game. Giants don't do much on offense besides give up sakcs and turn it over.

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