Post Week Five Waiver Wire

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If your near .500 or sense your team losing it’s potency, it’s time to re-work that waiver wire. Average teams in the NFL are constantly shifting their lineups by making every little move possible to get that extra edge for Sundays. That’s what it takes in fantasy football. If you’re barely squeezing out wins and keep getting the favorable opponent that has the weekly low score, you better be planning to improve as well.

Those wins will turn into losses rather quickly as the points consistency on your team begins to tank, and the points average takes affect.

Here is a look at post week five’s waiver wire additions.


Jay Cutler-
Cutler offers solid value for still being available in nearly thirty percent of leagues. He has the offensive weapons and comfort ability surrounding him. He targets Brandon Marshall an abundance of times per game, and has his safety net in Matt Forte healthy. The Bears offensively look to be getting stronger and rising to the level of the Bears defense to make them a complete team.

Ryan Tannehill-
You can just see Tannehill’s confidence growing by the week. Miami has done a great job at making the game easy for Tannehill. The run play is ran consistently, and is giving Tannehill plenty of time in the pocket for pass plays. Miami could easily be sitting at 4-1 instead of 2-3. Tannehill is a buy low type of fantasy quarterback that can be a difference maker in the latter part of the season.

Colin Kapernick-
Alex Smith’s sprained finger could mean Kapernick seeing increased playing time. When the 49ers unveiled Kapernick in the wildcat it showed another wrinkle available at the 49ers disposal. Two blowout wins have allowed that to happen, and may be apart of the team every week now. If you’re in an unordinary league where you have unique flex options, Kapernick may be intriguing for what he has done with his legs.

Quarterbacks to consider waiving: Russ Wilson, Mark Sanchez, and Kevin Kolb

Running Backs

Alex Green-
An injury to a feature back means someone is going to get a chance. I listed Green as a pickup a few weeks back due to Cedric Benson’s ineffectiveness. Green showed enough flashes on his nine carries to show upside while Benson’s out. We’ve seen what Randall Cobb and James Jones have done with injuries at receiver. Green Bay’s offense is a glutton for fantasy production, which will allow Green to have a fantasy impact.

Rashard Mendenhall-
Kudos to owners that drafted on Mendenhall expecting to be able to use him properly upon his return. Mendenhall looked fantastic for a guy that hasn’t played since tearing his knee in week seventeen. He showed speed and shiftiness to evade tackles and get extra yards. The variables he showcased were just not getting done with Redman and Dwyer. He is available in twenty two percent of Yahoo leagues.

LaRod Stephens-Howling
Arizona thought they had their backfield solidified with Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams. With both out now it’s going to be a platoon of backs each week for Arizona. With their running game as poor as it is, you have to depend on a back that can do something out of the backfield. Stephens-Howling may miss one more week but he has solid hands and will see more action on the field over Alfonso Smith and William Powell. For week six it’ll be interesting to see if Smith or Powell gets the bulk of the carries. Smith is a familiar Cardinal who was just resigned to the team.

Wide Receivers

Michael Floyd-
The Cardinals have been bringing Floyd along slowly, until he gets the understanding of plays down properly. The high draft pick will begin to see more playing time on the field, so the Cardinals can begin developing their investment. Arizona is going to continue to be one of the league leaders at slinging the football each down with their poor running game. Floyd has been non existent thus far but may be one of the best gambles on the wire.

Randall Cobb
Cobb is available in 35 percent of Yahoo leagues. With the unknown on Greg Jennings and his repeat appearance to the injury list, other receivers on Green Bay are going to continue to step up. Aaron Rodgers has not even had a typical Rodgers stretch yet, with below standard stats for his expectations. The offense will blend together sooner or later, and Cobb should remain a part of it. Even if Jennings gets back to full strength the Packers may put a threshold of number of plays he runs to keep him healthy.

Mike Williams
Williams is never going to be a high points per reception receiver, but he gets high value out of his catches. Josh Freeman does not have a tight end he depends on, so he leans on Williams to fulfill that role. Coming off a bye week, Tampa Bay gets to face off against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs did a good job on shutting down the Ravens, but this season they’ve been shredded every week through the air otherwise.

Jeremy Kerley
Every team needs a deep threat, and Kerley is going to be that athlete for the Jets. He had a big game against Houston and might be a hidden gem that gets to get more action with the Jets receiver woes. Chaz Schilens does not look like he can recover from multiple years of injuries, and likely will be out of the fold once Stephen Hill returns. Look for Kerley to become more and more involved as a feature receiver for the Jets and Mark Sanchez.


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