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Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets

Another week down and now we’ve survived one week of team byes. We had a few injuries around the league, and we had some new names pop onto the radar. Here’s a look at players to target on the Week 5 waiver wire.

Kyle Orton (QB, Buffalo Bills)

The EJ Manuel experiment seems to have come to a close in Buffalo. On Monday the team announced that Manuel would be benched in favor of Kyle Orton for Week 5. This was bound to happen at some point. While Orton brings his own questions, he has some upside on a team with weapons. Rookie Sammy Watkins has shown that he can produce, C.J. Spiller continues to be a threat, and the presumed addition of improved consistency at the quarterback position could do wonders for this team. Time will tell, but Orton could be worth adding.

Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Minnesota Vikings)

Bridgewater looked good in his Week 4 showing against Atlanta as he put up 317 passing yards along with 27 rushing yards and a rushing TD. The lack of a passing touchdown is disappointing, but the turnover free performance was worth noting. The rookie could be on the rise. Bridgewater is available in 90% of ESPN leagues, and could be a worthwhile QB option if you need a fill-in.

Jerrick McKinnon (RB, Minnesota Vikings)

The Vikings continue to trudge on without Adrian Peterson. In Week 5 Matt Asiata got the start and had a nice day, but the head turner was Jerrick McKinnon. McKinnon put up 135 yards on 18 carries and showed that a larger role could be merited. While Asiata is doing a fine job, McKinnon is showing that he could have more upside.

Isaiah Crowell (RB, Cleveland Browns)

The Browns have had a fairly effective run game in 2014 despite the fact that their Week 1 starter, Ben Tate, has been sidelined. Crowell got a shot at more first team snaps than fellow running back, Terrence West, in their bye week practices last week. Tate could return in Week 5. However, Crowell will get opportunities and can be a playmaker. Cleveland seems to have a glut of good options at RB, and that’s a nice problem to have. Crowell has upside and could be worth stashing.

Darrin Reaves (RB, Carolina Panthers)

The running back situation in Carolina is an injury mess. With Williams, Stewart, and Tolbert all out the starting role will be going to Reaves in Week 5. While Reaves is a huge question mark he could be worth an addition going into the team’s matchup against the Bears.

Eddie Royal (WR, San Diego Chargers)

Royal is returning to the list this week after having another good week and still being owned in only 28% of ESPN leagues. Over the last two weeks he has compiled 9 catches for 147 yards and 4 touchdowns. He’s now had 23 targets over the last three weeks, and has put up good numbers. This is very reminiscent of his hot 2013 start. He’s worth adding and hopefully he won’t fall off the map like he did last season.

Mike Williams (WR, Buffalo Bills)

Williams hasn’t been very productive thus far in 2014, but he showed he still has big play potential in Week 4 catching 2 of 6 targets and breaking an 80 yard touchdown reception. Things are changing in Buffalo as Kyle Orton takes over quarterback duties and that often means things can shake up in terms of receiver production. Williams could be a good speculative addition going into Week 5.

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