Post Week Five Waiver Wire Pickups

Follow@cimini It was a big week for unheralded receivers. Welcome back Justin Blackmon. There will be other names attached to your at the receiver position to be added this week on waivers. Ryan Fitzpatrick If you can get solid points from a quarterback than can run the football then do it. Fitzpatrick has a fantasy history and gets to fill in for a month for Jake Locker. Sunday he ran for fifty yards and a touchdown, even though he deduced those eleven points by four with two picks. He’s worthy of fantasy consideration in deeper leagues or for a team in desperation for a fill in quarterback. Terrelle Pryor The second half wasn't the best for Pryor as the Raiders couldn't muster much. For Pryor though he has shown enough glimpses to be a viable fantasy backup quarterback to say the least. He has great speed to blister by defenses, and is doing enough with his arm on rollouts to show capable accuracy for an every week starter. Defenses adjust quickly, so it'll be interesting to see how Pryor does over the course of the season when there is more game tape on him. Donald Brown TRich is still struggling to get acclimated to a new system. A football team can’t wait for results, and Chuck Pagano isn’t. The Colts will continue to be a passing team that runs to keep defenses honest. While doing so, it’s going to open the doors for Donald Brown if Trent Richardson continues to struggle. The Colts invested a first round pick on Brown a few years ago and aren’t afraid to use Brown in a share with Richardson. Pierre Thomas It’s a whirlwind how the Saints are winning without a true running game. Sean Payton is figuring out a way and it’s by mixing in the short passes marvelously. Similar to how the Chargers are running their offense, the Saints are fine with the short pass completions for five or six yards with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. Sooner or later defenses are not going to be able to curtail the Saints running game. That makes Thomas an even bigger stock riser for his field. Shane Vereen Alert, alert. Before Shane Vereen went out due to injury he was overtaking Stevan Ridley as the Patriots feature back. Now Ridley is hurt and the Patriots are utilizing LeGarette Blount. Vereen’s due date to return from injury is right around the corner. Don’t wait for the report that he is probable before you get on board. Be proactive and grab Vereen for a prime time back to finish the fantasy season with. Chris Ivory Ivory is back in the fold after being out for quite awhile. The Jets will look to groom their rookie with better ball protection. In order to do so they'll lean on their ground attack with Powell and Ivory. Ivory had great value as a Saint out of nowhere. On an offense enforcing the run with a great offensive line, Ivory can be one of the better second backs in a duel back system in fantasy football. Zac Stacy I’m not putting much into the Rams semi success at a duel back system week five. Daryl Richardson still averaged below four yards a carry after being demoted to backup. Stacy is going to get more of an opportunity to take a higher share of this split backfield. He may not be the complete answer but an opportunity for a top time share back doesn’t present itself in fantasy football this often. Grab Stacy and see if he can be a decent acquisition. Andre Ellington I’ve touched on how certain teams are resorting to a short passing attack with their backs to compromise a non-existent running game (San Diego and New Orleans). Arizona fits that bill as well but to a lesser extent with Ellington. They’re still working him in to their offensive packages. But he has been a spark in a limited role through five games. With Carson Palmer struggling majorly over the last two to three games, they’re going to need Ellington on the field more to lessen the burden for Palmer. Terrence Williams Miles Austin is no stranger to nagging injuries. Dallas thinks they’re a playoff team. They may end up being one but it’ll be a tough road to climb. In the process they’ll try to ensure Austin does not rush back until he is fully recovered. While Austin remains sidelined Williams is going to continue to have the opportunities to shine in a high octane passing attack. Alshon Jeffrey For how much the Bears offense throws the football it was surprising to see how available Jeffrey’s truly is. He is only owned in 66% of Yahoo leagues even after a couple of solid games thus far this season. How he has remained on waivers is mind boggling. People ran to scoop Donnie Avery but left Jeffrey’s. Go figure. Keenan Allen The rookie had a high impact against the Raiders Sunday. He could of had two touchdowns but one was taken off the board on a challenge. The Chargers are going to get the bulk of their yardage offensively through the air. With Allen getting a prominent role with Floyd out for the year, fantasy owners should be able to secure a solid waiver wire acquisition with Allen. Justin Blackmon The suspension tag for four games prohibited 40% of Yahoo leagues to consider Blackmon a fantasy risk. A month to wait was too long for owners. Based on Blackmon’s finish to last year there was evidence that he had some value. Jacksonville’s offense isn’t going to pile up points which negates Blackmon’s overall fantasy value. But yardage wise he should be proficient. He can stack solidly as a number three to four fantasy wide receiver. Doug Baldwin Seattle is not a fantasy oasis at receiver. Percy Harvin may increase that thinking if he returns. For now the Seahawks have allotted to mix it up with their corp group of Baldwin, Tate, and Rice. Out of all of them, Baldwin continues to be the presence at receiver that Wilson defers to when scrambling. Baldwin is getting on the field more. With the Seahawks defense now allowing points, Seattle is resorting more to a passing attack than rushing the football. A shift from a year ago. Baldwin’s stock is approaching a top 35 to 40 fantasy receiver status.


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