It’s my favorite day of the week concerning fantasy football! It’s Wednesday, the stats are in, and I hope that all of your fantasy teams are in prime position to make a run! If not, don’t worry, because I have seen, in my 10 years of playing competitively, more than my fair share of 0-4 or 1-3 teams make a massive comeback, especially through the waiver wire. Most of the 2-2 teams are content and then they forget to set their optimal line ups, then next thing you know, they are where you would have been if you decide to give up now, and with my help, I can help you reach those elusive playoffs with the top 5 waiver wire warriors for week 5! Enjoy!
- Tavon Austin (29 points last week): The shortest player in the league strikes like an iron again! The kid is a pack of dynamite ready to go off anytime the ball touches his hands. His lateral quickness is a big key to his six receptions for 96 yards and 2 TD’s. He beat the slot corner last week on a cheeky post route diving in the end zone for a touchdown from a well placed ball from Nick Foles. Another dose of dynamite might be ready for explosion next week, I just see him and Todd Gurley as the only weapons the Rams have, especially against a strong opposition like Green Bay, and the game is at Lambeau Field. He is a great pickup, I just see him maxing out the FLEX.
- Charles Sims (14 points last week): The unheralded backup to come back sensation Doug Martin, Sims is the definition of a “Gruden Grinder” with his willingness to put himself on the line for great pass protection, his vision for great running lanes, and even with his meager number of snaps, he has definitely made the most of them (128). He is second on the Bucs in receptions, and is third on the team in receiving yards, not to mention he has two receiving TD’s in the last two games. Did I mention that he is only 25!? The Buccaneers have a strong stable of backs, and Sims is the perfect handcuff for Doug Martin if he ends up on the sideline. Pick him up, but watch his competition with Martin very closely.
- Ronnie Hillman (17 points last week): With not only his first double-digit point total of the season, Hillman also amassed his first 100 yard rushing game of the year and looked darn good doing it. He looked like he wanted the starting job over C.J. Anderson by any means necessary, ripping off a 72 yard run against a good-looking Vikings defense, who besides that tragic week one display, has played outside of their minds. Hillman was crowned the Broncos “offensive player of the game” and deservedly so. Continue to put him in the RB2/FLEX conversation.
- Willie Snead (14 points last week): Drew Brees and is only the second quarterback I know that regularly turns nobody’s into somebody’s. Not saying that Willie Snead is a walking sleeper pick floating among your waiver list, but this guy can get open, and he is obviously getting route running lessons from Saints legend Marques Colston. Even with Drew Brees shot-putting the ball 40-50 times a game, I see Snead getting a lot of looks this season. Pick him up and roll the dice with him in your WR3/FLEX especially against the Eagles next week!
- Gary Barnidge (19 points last week): If there is one thing that I know, it’s that journeyman QB’s LOVE the tight end! That statement will never get old either, as Josh McCown, and Matt Hasselback are prime examples of this theory last week. In the last two weeks (the weeks in which McCown played the entire game) Barnidge has been targeted 16 times, he has two TD’s, and gone over 70 yards in both of the outings. Feeling bold this week? If so start him, (unless you have Gronk) if not, start him because McCown can find him faster than paper plate in the snow storm!
The waiver wire warriors for week 5 have come to an end! Stay tuned for my top 5 fantasy takeaways and more!