2015 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

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Week 5 is another critical week to add wins to make the play-offs. Let's not get lazy and keep working the waiver wire to build your team. There are key injuries around the league at almost every position; if you started 0-4 so far then it's not time to worry. It's time for you to work the waiver wire and find these breakout position players. I am excited about the potential of the players on this list and they can put points on the board for you team or add depth to your bench.



Must Grab: 

Duke Johnson Jr. (RB, CLE) - had a coming out day in PPR leagues, but with the Browns offense he will be a gamble next week until we see consistency, but he is a player to stash on your bench this week. I love his PPR upside.

Thomas Rawls (RB, SEA) - with Marshawn Lynch injured Rawls is a must pick-up. Ronnie Hillman (RB, DEN) - I think we have all seen enough to know Hillman is doing a better job this year than CJ Anderson. He is also able to make catches out of the backfield and will split time with Anderson, but he should be picked up if you are looking for a RB.

Devonta Freeman (RB, ATL) - he better not be on your waiver wire, but he is an absolute beast to pick-up.

Charles Clay (TE, BUF) - he has been on the list weekly and is a solid TE that Tyrod Taylor continues to target. He is a must pick-up.

Karlos Williams (RB, BUF) - he shouldn't be on your waiver wire, but if he is then he must be grabbed as Lesean McCoy will miss more time with injuries.

Antonio Gates (TE, SD) - gates will be back next week and will start reeling in targets from Philip Rivers off the bat. He is a must-grab.

Martavis Bryant (WR, PIT) - if he is available on your waiver wire he is worth stashing right now as he is a huge end-zone target for Pitt.

Tyrod Taylor (QB, BUF) - in case he is still on your waiver wire he is going to be a nice QB to start next week against the Titans.

Spot-Starter:

Michael Crabtree (WR, OAK) - he is on a nice pace for any PPR league owners; if you are in a deep league and in need of a WR then look to Crabtree to fill the gap.

Christine Michael and Darren McFadden (RB, DAL) - Lance Dunbar is most likely done for the year with an ACL injury. Expect McFadden to slide in first, but Christine to be eased in more and more.

Fred Jackson (RB, SEA) - as long as Lynch is out then look to Jackson to be a red-zone RB with TD upside.

Theo Riddick (RB, DET) - with Bell's injury Riddick will step in and be a better RB in PPR formats.

Andre Williams (RB, NYG) - it appears Rashad Jennings is being used less and less, while Williams is getting more carries. He is also used around the goal-line and would be a RB to consider for the bye-weeks.

Antonio Andrews (RB, TEN) - coming off a bye-week he has had more time to work in the offense and has potential to be the lead back for the Titans. He is a stash at this point.

Kamar Aiken (WR, BAL) - with multiple injuries for the Ravens Aiken is going to get more looks; he is a risk to start, but if you are looking for an injury spot-starter for next week then Aiken is a flyer to consider.

Jay Cutler (QB, CHI) - he played this weekend and has a nice match-up next week if you are looking for a QB for next week.

Allen Hurns (QB, JAX) - the Jaguars play from behind most every game so they have to air the ball out. Hurns has been putting up a number of catches every week, so he is a WR to consider in deep PPR leagues.

Richard Rodgers (TE, GB) - he is being targeted more by Aaron Rodgers, but he is still a bit inconsistent to rely on weekly.

Gary Barnidge (TE, CLE) - if you are in need of a bye-week TE in a deeper league then Barnidge offers upside as he is finding the end-zone.

Leonard Hankerson (WR, ATL) - he is putting up four to eight catches a week and can be used in deep PPR leagues as well with TD upside.

Nelson Agholor (WR, PHI) - he will eventually step up this season, but for now he can not be depended on as a weekly starter.

Watch:

Brian Hoyer (QB, HOU) - it's tough to depend on any QB in Houston, but Hoyer put together a nice garbage tie run. He should only be considered in extremely deep leagues.

Dontrelle Inman (WR, SD) - if Malcom Floyd and Steve Johnson are both out next week and you are in dire need then Inman can be an extreme flyer for your team.

Charcandrick West (RB, KC) - he is an interesting all-around RB to watch in KC in case Charles has an injury. Keep an eye on West.