2014 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

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We are officially through the first bye-week, which should be helpful since a number of heavy hitting offense teams are now active the rest of the fantasy season. We still need to be working the waiver wire hard to win weekly through the bye-weeks to earn our place in the play-offs.

Shouldn't be there but check waiver wire again:

Justin Forsett (RB, BAL) - if you are in a PPR league and you are in dire need at RB, then Forsett can be considered. He is going to continue getting work regardless of Bernard Pierce or Taliaferro.

Delanie Walker (TE, TEN) - it just doesn't matter who the QB is for the Titans. He is a solid grab and can easily get you through the bye weeks or be your weekly starter.

Khiry Robinson (RB, NO) - most likely snatched up when Ingram went down, but if he is still available he is the lead back for the Saints. He is a must grab.

Andrew Hawkins (WR, CLE) - he is a PPR monster until Josh Gordon returns.

Must Grab: 

Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB, BAL) - Baltimore is not rushing Pierce back and Taliaferro clearly has more talent; don't be shocked if we Taliaferro and Forsett the rest of the way.

Eddie Royal (WR, SD) - he has just been lighting it up weekly; his upside is so great that he can't be ignored or left on the waiver wire. He is on my waiver wires for some leagues so be sure to look for him. He is valuable in both PPR and TD leagues.

Jerick McKinnon (RB, MIN) - He has some breakaway speed and the Vikings look like a different team under Teddy Bridgewater. He is still boom or bust at this point, but a player to stash.

Larry Donnell (TE, NYG) - he is not a fluke and Eli will continue to look his way; if you are dealing with an under-performing TE then look to Donnell.

Marvin Jones (WR, CIN) - he will be back next week; call it a hunch but he is talented.

Spot Starter:

Jordan Matthews (WR, PHI) - a bigger WR that finds a way to draw targets from Foles; he is boom or bust (the other week he exploded) at this point, but I really think this kid has talent.

Teddy Bridgewater (QB, MIN) - he looked sharp and is a player that could continue to develop and be a bye-week fill-in QB. He is a stash at this point. He may miss next week due to an ankle sprain, but he will be back.

Heath Miller (TE, PIT) - he finds a way to the waiver wire in many leagues, worth a check to see if he is around.

Darrin Reaves (RB, CAR) - the running situation in Carolina is getting thin and DeAngelo Williams looks like a walking hospital at times. You have to be in a deep league in dire straights to roster Reaves, but keep an eye on this situation.

Dwayne Allen (TE, IND) - he is a boom or bust TE but because he is a red-zone target if you are in a TD league and need a spot-starter TE then Allen is your guy.

Eric Ebron (TE, DET) - he is a huge target for Stafford and after this week the Lions can't ignore him. If you are in need of a TE then Ebron can get you through the bye weeks.

Mike Glennon (QB, TB) - Glennon does turn the ball over, but he does know how to throw into the end-zone. He is not the best option for bye-weeks, but he is serviceable. If TB plays from behind as they may many times then he will be throwing a ton.

Andre Holmes (WR, OAK) - with Streater and Denarius Moore missing time this will give Holmes a chance to step up regardless of the QB. Oakland will be playing from behind and that's great for fantasy owners as they will be playing from behind most games.

Devin Hester (WR, ATL) - he has been quietly putting up usable fantasy numbers; not my favorite spot-starter but very usable.

Owen Daniels (TE, BAL) - Daniels will remain the starter the rest of the year; he is not my favorite TE pick-up but you could do much worse.

Allen Robinson (WR, JAX) - he is seeing a ton of targets with TD upside so good to look to him in PPR leagues.

Davante Adams (WR, GB) - he had a nice TD catch called back on Sunday and he clearly has upside if something were to happen to Cobb or Nelson. Cobb and Nelson both have injury history so Adams is not a bad stash at this point.

Watch: 

Blake Bortles (QB, JAX) - he looked pretty solid against a tougher defense. Keep an eye on how Bortles develops but hasn't looked too bad.

Louis Murphy (WR, TB) - first week on TB and got an fire with Mike Evans out, but I don't see him being a long term option or doing well unless Mike Evans misses time.

Jerricho Cotchery (WR, CAR) - I am a sucker for Cotchery as he finds a way to be fantasy relevant. He is one of those players that can be used in desperation and deep leagues to get you through the bye-weeks.

Denard Robinson (RB, JAX) - Gerhart will be a goal-line back but Denard is more versatile and can be used in the pass game. Is upside is capped, but he is worth monitoring.

Jarius Wright (WR, MIN) - Bridgewater was looking Wright's way frequently; can't say this will continue, but Wright needs to be monitored.

Allen Hurns (WR, JAX) - finding a way to get open, but at this point he can't be advised to start yet, but keep a close eye on him.