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Week 5 Waiver Wire

Week 5 is here and now we’re in the second week of byes across the NFL. Smart roster moves and solid waiver adds are what keep the ship sailing through the bye weeks. Key injuries, roster shake ups, and new players emerging make up some of the highlights of waiver options this week.

Here’s a look at players to target on the Week 5 Waiver Wire. Good luck!

Derek Carr (QB, Oakland Raiders)

Carr is a repeat, but he’s a good one. After two solid weeks he struggled in Week 4 versus the Bears. He certainly has upside and having weapons like emerging stars Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray help. The Week 5 matchup against Denver is a bad one, but he’s probably still worth stashing for a rainy day.

Jay Cutler (QB, Chicago)

Cutler started off slow and then was injured in Week 3. For that reason he’s probably out there on the waive wire. While it’s in his nature to be inconsistent, Cutler is a worthwhile option if you need QB help. He looked decent in Week 4 and the upside for him is very soon he’ll have an elite receiver option in Alshon Jeffery returning.

Todd Gurley (RB, St. Louis Rams)

Gurley blew up in Week 4 for the Rams. The top rookie RB of the draft finely made his way on to the field and was given a chance to shine. While his production won’t be this good every week, it’s certainly something to feel good about. He likely was picked up in your league’s draft, but he should be picked up if he’s out there.

Duke Johnson (RB, Cleveland Browns)

Johnson had a solid week and was again very involved in the passing game. In Week 4 he had 8 carries for 31 yards and 9 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. While there is still a committee in Cleveland, Johnson is emerging as the back with more versatility and upside. The offense is looking decent with McCown back at QB, and Johnson is a great prospect going forward.

Allen Hurns (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars)

The Jags offense has been showing signs of life this season with their young players stepping up. While Allen Robinson is clearly the #1, Hurns will stand to benefit down the stretch from the various ways opposing teams choose to shadow and double Robinson. In Week 4 once the Colts began to shadow Robinson with top CB Vontae Davis, Hurns was able to run free. He put up 11 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. He won’t have week’s like this every time, but he should that he can make the best of an opportunity if it arises.

Richard Rodgers (TE, Green Bay Packers)

Rodgers is playing on one of the top offenses in the league, and he’s being more and more involved. In Week 4 he had 5 catches on 6 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. At this point he’s a must have, and you have to feel good with a QB like Aaron Rodgers throwing his way.

Deep Sleeper: Jeremy Langford (RB, Chicago Bears)

The rumors of Chicago having interest in trading Matt Forte continue. Either it’s posturing or maybe they feel good about their options at RB. Rookie Jeremy Langford has great potential and he could be a sneaky pick in keeper leagues in case a Forte trade comes to fruition.





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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...