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Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets

Rashad JenningsWeek 4 is in the books and we have our first bye week of the season under our belts. It’s time to start digging through the waiver wire to find worthwhile pickups and genius spot starts going into Week 5. Who’s going to be your diamond in the rough? Good luck in Week 5.


Rashad Jennings (RB, Raiders)

With Darren McFadden out and Marcel Reece also battling through injury, Jennings becomes a good start at RB. He should see 15+ carries per week while he’s involved, and he’ll be a part of the passing game.

Andre Ellington (RB, Cardinals)

It seems Bruce Arians isn’t so happy with Mendenhall’s preparation or performance, and that could be a big enough opening for Ellington to step into a larger role for Arizona. Ellington has potential as a runner and as a receiver out of the backfield in Arians’ big play pass offense.

Brian Hoyer (QB, Browns)

What’s going on with the Browns? It looks like they’re tanking, and then they start winning. Is Hoyer the real deal? Brandon Weeden has been medical cleared, but it appears Hoyer will get another start in Week 5. In the last two weeks he’s had decent performances amassing 590 yards and 5 touchdowns as well as orchestrated two game winning drives during his time filling in. He’s worth a flyer pick up in deep leagues if you need QB help.

Nate Washington (WR, Titans)

Washington has put up two solid weeks in a row for Tennessee as he’s amassed 12 receptions for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns in Weeks 3 and 4. With Kenny Britt out, Washington has stepped up quite well. He and Kendall Wright will be slugging it out for targets as Britt is out and potentially heading toward the door in Tennessee. Washington is available in 33% of ESPN leagues.

Coby Fleener (TE, Colts)

Fleener has stepped up relatively well with fellow tight end Dwayne Allen out with injury. In Week 4 he saw the second most targets and caught 5 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. He’s not going to have a big stat line week in and week out, but he has potential and his value could increase as the season goes on. At this point he’s a low end TE1 option and a decent spot start going forward. However, be careful going into Week 5 as the Colts face a tough Seahawks defense. While Seattle’s D has been tough, they are middle of the road when it comes to giving up points to tight ends. Through four games they’re giving up an average of 6.8 fantasy points to TEs per week.

Ryan Broyles (WR, Lions)

You picked him up off the waiver wire last week, right? Just in case, you should probably do that if he’s still available. He’s still available in 45% of ESPN leagues. Sure, he didn’t do anything in Week 4, but he will see the opportunities going forward.

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