Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5

Top waiver wire pickups for Week 5

10/1/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Four teams are on bye in Week 5 for the first time this season. I'm sure some of you are scrambling to find replacements for guys like Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Robert Griffin III, and Pierre Garcon. There is some talent on the waiver wire this week, so here is a look at some of the best players who are likely available in your league:

Note: This list includes only players who are owned in less than 50% of leagues.

Quarterbacks

Terrelle Pryor (OAK): 
He unfortunately could not be used as a plug-n-play against the Redskins' 31st ranked defense due to a concussion, but he should be a full go for his Week 5 tilt with the Chargers, who rank 30th in total defense. Pryor's dynamic skill set makes him a great bye week fill-in or matchup play, as even when he can't get much going through the air, he can rack up yards (and fantasy points) with his legs. I like him as a spot starter for owners missing RG3 or Big Ben this week.

Brian Hoyer (CLE): I didn't expect to put this name on the list at any point this season, but Hoyer finds himself 2-0 as the Browns starter while averaging 295.0 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game. He has somehow figured out a way to move a Browns offense that had the look of a completely pathetic unit in the two games previous to Hoyer's first start. He makes for a solid matchup play against a Bills defense that has given up 320+ passing yards in back-to-back weeks.

Running Backs

Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) celebrates following a win against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 30-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsDanny Woodhead (SD): 
I named Woodhead as one of my super sleepers before the season, and it appears that he is beginning to pan out for his new team. He has 5+ catches for 50+ receiving yards and 30+ more yards on the ground in back-to-back games. He even found the end zone twice in his most recent contest. This is the type of production I expected out of him coming into the season, and he looks to be a solid flex option with bye weeks coming up for many teams.

Rashad Jennings (OAK): We all knew Darren McFadden would get hurt eventually, and it happened just four weeks into the season. McFadden has a hamstring injury that is not expected to be serious, but is expected to keep him out of the Raiders' Week 5 matchup with the Chargers. With dynamic fullback Marcel Reece (knee) also sidelined, Jennings will get the majority of the work out of the backfield. Jennings is not a particularly talented runner, but he will get a good amount of touches against a Chargers defense giving up 5.2 yards per carry (30th in the NFL).

Jacquizz Rodgers (ATL): He has looked much improved as a runner this season, and has clearly been the coaching staff's preferred back over Jason Snelling in Steven Jackson's (quad) absence. He can run between the tackles, but is also a very reliable pass catcher, meaning he produces in just about all scenarios. The Falcons have a Week 6 bye and Jackson is hoping to return the following week, so Rodgers may only carry fantasy value for one more game, but he is a solid option against the Jets in Week 5.

Willis McGahee (CLE): There's not much upside here, but with the Browns finally moving the ball through the air, some running lanes may begin to open for McGahee. The 31-year-old (who turns 32 later this month) won't get much more than what's blocked for him, but the Browns do have a solid offensive line that is expected to get one of their best players - Shawn Lauvao - back this week. McGahee most recently ran 15 times for 46 yards, but he'll get better as he gets into game shape.
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