Week 5 and things are starting to heat up and get real in fantasy football. Don’t panic yet though, if you’re 0-4 or 1-3 you still in this thing! If you’re 4-0 or 3-1, congrats on a successful start to your season. I like to say Week 5 is where we start to separate the real from the fake. Players are starting to show who they are, whether its for the best or for the worst. Week 5 is also when trades start to heat up because GM’s with bad records tend to get more desperate and make moves, while the good teams tend to start looking for luxury deals.
The one thing that stays constant week to week is the value and importance of the waiver wire. Like I always say, this is your chance to stay one step ahead of the competition. Especially if your team has not started off so hot you have to start making moves, you cannot play with fear of change at this point. Your not doomed yet, but if the pattern continues you will be. Make some of the moves from the Waiver Wire below and your team should be better for it.
Mike Vick, QB, Steelers
Call me crazy on this one, but for some reason I feel like Vick could be a decent start this Monday night in San Diego. We know he is no Big Ben, and by no means does anyone expect him to be. Vick’s saving grace is that he has a hell of an arsenal of weapons around him and Bryant also returns this week. Vick was far from perfect last week, but I also believe he was far from terrible.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars
These big games from Hurns are as real as it gets, yet for some reason owners are still afraid to use him. Allen Robinson gets the better half of the coverage each week from the defense and Hurns has legit speed. Jaguars are always playing from behind and forced to air it out and Bortles is good enough to drop the ball in Hurns hands for big plays a couple times each game. Hurns has a good match up this week so start him with confidence.
Kamar Aiken, WR, Ravens
Steve Smith is injured and that leaves plenty of targets to go around. Nobody took more advantage of Smith’s absence last week than Aiken. Flacco has to throw the ball to somebody and with Smith injured and the rookie Perriman having not seen the field yet, Aiken is the man of the hour. Ravens have a pretty good match up this week against the Browns so if your in a jam Aiken will do fine.
Christine Michael, RB, Cowboys
This waiver move would be more of the deep sleeper stash variety. With Dunbar being lost for the season Michael is instantly bumped to #3 on the depth chart. Now behind Randle & McFadden (who somehow is not injured yet) will be Michael. If one of the first two on the depth chart get injured Michael’s stock will surely rise. Throw him on your bench for now and see how this situation plays itself out.
Owen Daniels, TE, Broncos
Instant plug into your lineup this week as Daniel’s Broncos go up against the Raiders who have proved that if there is one issue they have it is covering TE’s….AT ALL. Every Raider game this season has been a TE show from big names to new faces. TE’s have literally moved around the field like they are not even being covered. This is great news for Owen Daniels and the Broncos and anyway who grabs him off of waivers this week.
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Here is where we dig a little deeper than the list of players mentioned above. If you are in a tough spot at TE, maybe you are the Reed or Ebron owner, Richard Rogers may be the medicine you are looking for. Aaron Rodgers throws the ball just as good as any QB in the game and throws it often. Rodgers has found his TE in the endzone a couple times this season and there is no reason for this not to continue. As long as Rodgers is the #1 option he is worth adding and starting if the situation is right. Rodgers to Rodgers may become something we continue to hear being mentioned all season long.