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My apologies in advance for this week’s recommendations. This week is a C level free agency week and that might be generous. Many of the players this week are right on the borderline of what might I suggest.

With so many of these suggestions right on the borderline, be sure to check your free agency pool carefully this week. You might be surprised who is available. I know I was surprised to see some of the various levels of ownership this week.

This also might be a great week to try and trade with some of your fellow owners (check out my strategy piece on that later this week!) as many of them are on the borderline of giving up or playing for next year.

And is it just me, or am I the only one who hears borderline and immediately thinks of this?

Enough nostalgia, let’s get into the groove….

Week 5 Waiver Wire

Waiver Wire Additions at QB

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (34.4% ESPN/39% Yahoo)

The QB ranks are going to be thin this week, as a number of top QBs will be out. Some are one a bye like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, while others like Cam Newton and Carson Palmer sustained head injuries earlier in the week and might not play. Even if this week’s QB options were deeper, Wentz would still probably be an obvious add. If you need a QB this week, look no further than Wentz who is taking on Detroit, who has given up the third most Fantasy points to QBs. Wentz is averaging over 256 passing yards a game and expect that number to rise. He’s going to have a couple clunkers this year, but Wentz has my full endorsement.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (31.9% ESPN/34% Yahoo)

Flacco, on the other hand, does not have my full endorsement. I saw him in person this past weekend and at times he looked really sharp. However, he generally looked flat and had countless throws that sailed over, behind, and at his open receivers feet. But Washington is also giving up a ton of points to quarterbacks and Flacco is averaging even more yards per game than Wentz. He is on pace for over 4,200 passing yards this season. Grabbing Flacco might make you nauseous, but you can’t ignore the numbers.


Waiver Wire Additions at TE

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers (32.5% ESPN/30% Yahoo)


Henry’s ownership has been rising steadily and this might be the last week his ownership rate is low enough to be listed here. Henry’s output is dependent on the absence of Antonio Gates, but Gates has been out the last two weeks and doesn’t appear to be playing soon. Henry followed up last week’s 5 receptions for 72 yard performance with four catches for 61-yard and a TD. Given that he is playing the Raiders, who are giving up the most passing yards per game, I’d grab Henry and start him immediately.

Other Considerations: Cameron Brate, Clive Walford


Waiver Wire Additions at RB

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens (45.2% ESPN/29% Yahoo)


West looked like the best back in the entire Ravens backfield this preseason. He was even listed as one of my favorite deep round sleepers. But it’s another thing when the games actually count. Yet given the chance to start, West delivered, racking up 113 yards on 21 carries. The bad news of course is that popular sleeper Kenneth Dixon will be coming off the IR. The good news, however, is that his performance this past Sunday should give West a little more breathing room.

Expect him to maintain that breathing room against the Redskins, who are the third worst ranked rushing defense. Washington and New Orleans have given up the most rushing touchdowns–don’t be surprised if West adds to those totals. And on a related note, for those of you in shallow leagues or with limited benches, it is unfortunately time to drop Justin Forsett.

Other Considerations: Orleans Darkwa, Wendell Smallwood


Waiver Wire Additions at WR

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets (40.1 % ESPN/37% Yahoo)


This might be the ownership level that shocked me the most. I understand that Ryan Fitzpatrick has not looked sharp lately. I understand that Quincy Enunwa was listed as the WR3, at best, to start the season. But it’s very simple–Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker have been a little banged up this season. Decker is unlikely to play again this week. Enunwa is averaging over 60 yards a game and makes for a reasonable high floor WR3 this week at Pittsburgh. It might surprise you that the Steelers are actually in the top half of Fantasy points allowed to WRs. Call it my wild prediction if you want, but expect Enunwa to give you at least eight Fantasy points this week, if not double that.

Other Considerations: Dontrelle Inman, Robert Woods


Hopefully some of these guys are available on your waiver wire. If not, I do have one more suggestion for this week who based on ownership levels, I am pretty confident is available in your league.


Deep League Waiver Wire Addition at WR

Brian Quick, WR, Los Angeles Rams (.2% ESPN/1% Yahoo)


Ahhh. Finally. Someone that is not a captain obvious favorite and someone for the deep leaguers. This is not the first time I’ve talked about Quick, but the Fantasy community will be talking about him quite a bit this week. Some of it has been negative, but some of it has been positive. But here’s the bottom line: Quick is averaging 19.1 yards per catch. Of the Top 30 WR, Julio Jones is the only WR with a better average.

Quick has been coming on strong of late, now with three touchdowns over the last two weeks. Notice how he sky’s in the picture above? That’s par for the course for Quick. Should the Rams finally decide that the short armed-Case Keenum is not the answer, Quick could really see his production shoot up. Of course that means the Rams move on from their borderline starter….


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