Week 5 Waiver Wire: Five Players to Cure the Bye Week Blues
This marks the first week of bye weeks in the NFL schedule, which also coincides with the first week of headaches for fantasy owners. Not that the previous weeks have been that much better dealing with injuries but on top of that, we now have teams who are enjoying a week off. That is a tough double whammy that will strain the bench depth and waiver-wire shrewdness of fantasy owners in almost every league. In addition to last weeks recommendations of Devin Funchess and Alvin Kamara, here are five players to target on this week’s waiver wire.
DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Last week I recommended you stash him, this week you should get him and consider starting him. The great thing about Watson’s situation is that he has plenty of help on offense with running backs Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman along with wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Watson showed off so many aspects of his diverse game against the Titans last Sunday when he completed 25 of 34 passes for 283 yards, four touchdowns and an interception for a 125.0 passer rating.
Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin Cook is out for the season with a torn ACL and Murray appears to be the running back to replace him. Last year Murray was Oakland’s best goal-line threat, scoring 10 of his 12 touchdowns last season inside the 5-yard line. Even though his ankle may not be at 100 percent, has been a competent workhorse in the past, so he’s a worthy addition.
Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans
Fuller returned from a broken collarbone and made an immediate impact by scoring twice in a win over the Titans. Fuller caught 47 passes for 635 yards and two touchdowns last season as a rookie. With Deshaun Watson looking promising at quarterback, Fuller should be a guy who can improve on his production from last year.
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets
McGuire’s speed and big-play ability have brought a new element to a Jets offense that desperately needs playmakers. He totaled 5,700 yards and 52 touchdowns from scrimmage during his four-year college career at Louisiana-Lafayette. With Matt Forte nursing an injury, the rookie running back has found more time on the field while splitting reps with Bilal Powell and the Jets are wisely using him in a pass-catching role, where he does his best work.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals replaced on Tyler with another at Tight End and the second Tyler did not disappoint last week against the Cleveland Browns. Kroft hauled in six catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns. It is unclear whether Eifert plays next week against the Bills, but Kroft seems likely to factor into the team’s plans for the future, especially considering Eifert’s frequent injury woes.