Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5by: Michael Valverde
This week I am introducing a couple of rookies, mixed in with some long-time veterans. There is a display of every position this time around, and maybe even some surprises. The weeks are are running fast this year, as we are already heading into week four, and the longer the season gets, the thinner the waiver wire shows viable talent. Lucky, we are not even close to that wire getting smaller. So without further ado, here are week four waiver wire gems.
Mike Glennon - TB - QB - 10% owned in CBS leagues
Mike Glennon had a nice day against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He drove them to victory over a previous undefeated team, and was on target all-day. He finished the game completing 21 passes on 42 attempts for 302 yards and a touchdown. “Napoleon Dynamite” came in last week when Josh McCown went out with an injury, and finished the day completing 17 of 24 attempts for 121 yards and a touchdown. Right now, he makes a solid back-up or top number three.
Jerick McKinnon - MIN - RB - 20% owned in CBS leagues
This rookie is electrifying. He dazzled those that saw him at the combine run a 4.4 forty. He bench presses twice his weight and squats three times his weight. At the combine he led all backs with 32 reps and has a 40 ½ vertical. When he runs, he presses fast on the inside, and has good versatility, and has shown to be an adequate blocker. He is more of a slasher than a make-you-miss type of runner, and has a very limited career receiving production, as he only has 10 career catches in college. Will need to pass block better, he also only stands at 5’9 and weighs 209, so size could be a disadvantage on a full-time role.
Eddie Royal - SDC - WR - 26% owned in CBS leagues
This guy makes the waiver list almost every year and then promptly disappears. Well, here he is again, and after the first two weeks catching 12 of 22 targets for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and this week finishing with another two touchdowns on five receptions for 105 yards, it’s time to add. Phillip Rivers is one of the better passing quarterbacks in the league, and Royal is determined to be the number one on this passing team. The Chargers schedule is basically a cake walk, and if he stays healthy and relatively in the spot-light he can be a solid number three and a low two for your fantasy team.
Devin Hester - ATL - WR-12% owned in CBS leagues
Devin Hester has really flourished in the Atlanta Falcons system as a wide receiver, and doing his normal special team magic. I have been really impressed with his continuous steady play, and after this week he has caught 12 passes on 15 targets for 196 yards and two touchdowns. They are getting him involved in short space and letting him turn it into large gains. He’s averaging 16 yards per catch, and his two touchdowns have come from a 20 yard rushing attempt and a 36 yard reception. He will probably not catch more than five passes in a game, but for a quick fix, he could become handy, especially in that Atlanta offense.
Owen Daniels - BAL - TE - 59% owned in CBS leagues
Owen Daniels has been in the NFL for nine years now, and still can be an offensive weapon. He knows the offensive scheme well, as he played under Gary Kubiak in Houston. He is going to have the tight end role to himself, now that Dennis Pitta will be out for the year, and Baltimore likes to use the tight end. Prior to this week he caught 10 passes on 12 targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns. This week he had did not have to compete with Pitta and caught four receptions for 43 yards on six targets. Even though he didn’t get in the end zone, the Ravens were so far ahead of the Panthers, that they were able to focus on the run. His schedule is not very tough the rest of the way either, and could make an excellent bye week replacement.