Week 5 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice

Fantasy football waiver wire advice for Week 5 of the 2017 season. The parameters and assumptions of this weekly waiver wire advice column can be found in the preseason introduction. Let’s review my previous recommendations, and then see what we can scrounge up for Week 5 waiver wire advice.

Season to Date Waiver Wire Recap

Last week, I posted an update to all the waiver wire recommendations for the season to date. Some quick updates to that list:
  • Charles Sims didn’t establish anything in the first three games, and now Doug Martin is back. He’s a safe drop.
  • Kendall Wright had a good game, but I’m fine leaving him on waivers unless you’re truly desperate.
  • For those in need at RB, if you don’t have better options, hold Shane Vereen for one more week in case the Paul Perkins injury is significant. But if Vereen can’t get a decent workload without Perkins, or if Perkins returns next week, then go ahead and drop Vereen.
  • I think Rashard Higgins is not going to be a thing. If you’ve got a better option or bigger need for the roster space, go ahead and drop.

Week 4 Waiver Wire Recap

Most of last week’s recommendations fared well.
  • Tarik Cohen had his worst game so far and still got nearly nine PPR points.
  • Javorius Allen got outworked and outproduced by Alex Collins. Welp.
  • Wendell Smallwood was overshadowed by LeGarrette Blount, but that’s okay. Smallwood is a definite hold and a solid acquisition target.
  • Paul Richardson came through, sort of, with nine PPR points, but was out-targeted by Tyler Lockett and Amara Darboh. He’s a tough hold.
  • Sterling Shepard posted a solid 5 for 54 receiving line, but that amounted to less than 10 percent of the Giants air yards. He was also more than doubled up in targets by Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Evan Engram. Still, if the Giants have that much work to go around, he’s worth a hold.
  • Devin Funchess scored two TDs en route to 26 PPR points. Kelvin Benjamin also had a great game, but Funchess should stay on your roster.
  • Jamaal Charles looked great but didn’t get much work. With a bye coming up, it might be hard to hold him. I think he’s worth a roster spot if you can spare it.
  • Will Fuller scored twice. Hopefully, you got him last week.
  • Ryan Griffin disappointed on the stat sheet, but did earn five targets and was in the top 10 in air yards for tight ends. You probably don’t need to hold him, but don’t write him off as a potential streaming option down the road.
  • Evan Engram posted 12 PPR points on 11 targets. He seems to be bucking the rookie-TE syndrome and is worth holding.
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins only mustered 8.6 PPR points but was second on the Jets in terms of receiving yardage. Like Griffin, you probably don’t need to hold him, but keep him on the streaming speed dial.
  • Elijah McGuire had a big run and a big PPR day and will be among the popular pickups this week. Worth holding, but probably only worth a small bid, since at best he’s in a two way committee on a bad team. At worst, Matt Forte returns and McGuire returns to the bench.


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By Charles Kleinheksel | @Spidr2ybanana | Archive