2016 NFL Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Injury and Bye-Week Replacements are here!

These teams DO NOT play week 5 (bye week):
Kansas City Chiefs
Jacksonville Jaguars
New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks

Running Back (RB)

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 45% of all ESPN leagues):
West got the call to start against the Raiders, and responded by taking 21 handoffs for 113 yards and a score.  With linebacker Ryan Kerrigan out, West could shine again when he faces the Redskins defense that ranks 28th in the league.  Now that the Baltimore backfield belongs to West, he should be picked up in all leagues.

Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 32.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Whittaker became a ppr maven this week after Cam Newton went down with the  concussion and Derek Anderson took over.  Whittaker caught 9 passes for 86 yards after the Panthers found themselves chasing points.  Something is going on with the Panthers' defense, giving up 70 points in the last 2 games against the Vikings and Falcons.  If they continue to get behind, Anderson should check it down more often, making Whittaker a valuable receiving asset out of the backfield.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Brian Quick, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Chemistry, rapport, call the relationship between a QB and his receiver whatever you want.  Case Keenum seems to have found it with the big-bodied Brian Quick.  Quick has posted 4 catches for 122 yards and 3 scores against 2 very tough defenses.  At 6'3", 218 lbs, he's a very big target for a receiving corps that desperately needs a superstar.  With teams stacking the box to stop the ground game lead by Gurley, there should be plenty of open space for Quick to work.  Grab him in all leagues now.

Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 9.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Hoyer hits Royal on the crossing route for a big gain!  That's the play-by-play you'll probably hear for the Bears.  Royal looks like he's returned to his Denver Broncos form.  Only thing is it's Hoyer, not Cutler, that's hitting Royal in traffic for first downs and big gains.  He fits nicely into the Bears' conservative system, and has displayed the speed he needs to make big plays after the catch.  He has a tasty matchup this week against the Colts.

Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 8.9% of all ESPN leagues):
With Watkins now on IR, Woods is now the default WR1 in the Bills' air assault.  He got involved, catching 7 passes for 89 yards against an excellent Patriots defense, and it's only a matter of time before he finds the endzone.  He also has a decent schedule coming up.  The Bills face the fierce front 4 of the Rams, which means they'll need to beat the Rams through the air.  The Bills have some good matchups week 12 through 16 as well, so Woods could help position you for a late-season run and push through the playoffs.  Flex Woods for now, if you must.

Tight End (TE)

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 32.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Gates has been hobbled by a hamstring injury, and is currently week to week.  The tight end has been Rivers' security blanket for years, and it seems like he's found a new one in Hunter Henry.  He'll face the division rival Raiders next week.  He'll also face Denver twice in te next 2 weeks and has a week 11 bye, so be careful with this pick up.

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 56.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Miller has 3 scores in 2 games and is developing quite the rapport with backup QB Brian Hoyer.  With all of the attention given to stopping Alshon Jeffery and the run game, Hoyer has found Miller wide open on numerous occasion.  Expect greater usage of Miller, given the efficient, if conservative Bears playcalling.

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 15.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Taylor and McCoy are both capable rushers, so teams will continue to stack 7 or 8 in the box to stop any play fakes or runs.  This leaves receivers open downfield and, at 6'3", 255 lbs, Clay is one of the biggest targets.  Offensive Coordinator Anthony Lynn that he'd like to start targeting Clay more and will need to do so given the lack of receiving options.  Yes, availability is as important as ability and Clay's availability has been questionable given his injury issues.  However, he could play a big factor this week if you need a sub for Kelce, Fleener, or Thomas.  The Rams will rush, so Taylor will need checkdowns.

Quarterback (QB)

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 33.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Alright, I need to get on this Wagon to Wentzylvania. The rookie QB has shown mental and physical toughness (he's as big as Big Ben) and great preparation through his first 3 weeks (Eagles had a bye week in week 4 and did not play).  He'll face a soft Lions secondary in week 5.  Ertz is back and gives Wentz another option to throw to.  He's a good add in all leagues and should continue to impress.

Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 3.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Hoyer hooked up with 7 different receivers for 302 yards and 2 scores with no interceptions.  It looks like the Bears are finally finding some success in an efficient offense designed to get the ball out of any Bears' QB quickly, or they'll look to stretch plays using playaction.  Most importantly, Hoyer looked comfortable in the system.  With no timetable given for Cutler's return, it looks like Hoyer will be running the show for the forseable future.  Looks like he'll have another successful week against a subpar Colts' secondary.

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