Top waiver wire pickups for Week 5
Note: This list includes only players who are owned in less than 50% of leagues.
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.
Danny 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.