Week 5 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

Andre Ellington, Evan Engram, Aaron Jones, Devin Funchess, and Will Full V.

  1. Andre Ellington RB – (25%) It took a few games, for the backfield to shake out after the David Johnson injury. Chris Johnson, has been carrying the ball the most, but Ellington is getting the most production.  Ellington, has taken over Johnson’s role in the passing game.  In the three games, since David Johnson was injured.  Here is Ellington’s stats:

He has an upward trending role in the passing game, and last week had 9 receptions on 14 targets for 86 yards.  Add in the 5 carries that he’s been getting and he is beginning to be a good bye week fill in – or an addition to a team that has been decimated with running back injuries.

  1. Evan Engram TE – (47%) Engram has been one of the few standouts for an 0-4 Giants team. There have been very few rookie tight ends that have been fantasy relevant, however Engram is on his way to being the exception to the rule.  In Engram’s first four games, his targets have been consistent and upward trending.  5,7,7, and 11; with a minimum of 4 receptions and 44 yards per game. For a position that has very little consistency, Engram has shown that he can maintain a relatively safe floor.  And he has maintained a level alongside of the top tight ends in the game.  He is tied for 2nd in targets among tight ends with Gronkowski, and has 4 more targets than Travis Kelce.
  2. Aaron Jones RB – (12%) Jones is an intriguing player.  The starting job is clearly going to Montgomery.  However, with Montgomery looking like he may miss some time with a rib injury, Jones is the next man up.  In week 4, he had 13 carries for 49 yards and 1 touchdown.  This is still the Packers backfield, and Jones doesn’t carry much value when Montgomery comes back.
  3. Devin Funchess WR – (26%) Quietly, Funchess has been producing solid fantasy numbers. In his last three games, he has produced a minimum of 4 receptions and 58 yards.  Kelvin Benjamin is off to a slow start, as is the entire Panthers offense, but as they begin to pick up.  Funchess has the ability to be a solid flex option.
  4. Will Fuller WR – (33%) Fuller was somewhat of a forgotten player.  Missing the first 3 games of the season due to injury, along with the questions surrounding the QB situation in Houston.  Fuller impressed with  four receptions on 6 targets, for 35 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Buyer beware though, 2 touchdowns in a game can be fluky, and this was a game that Houston set a franchise record for most points scored in a game.  Fuller will have a solid role as the number 2 behind Hopkins, but set your expectations lower.

Others to consider:

        Maybe don’t waste a waiver wire position or FAAB on these players, but keep an eye out and see if they clear waivers.

  1. Tyler Lockett WR – (47%) still available in the majority of leagues, and he plays in a pass friendly offense that still doesn’t have a running back to trust.
  2. Alex Collins RB (10%) – It is hard to trust any Baltimore running back….or any offensive player for that matter. However, a starting running back on any team, carries value if they are getting 15+ carries a game.
  3. Mike Wallace WR – (33%) Again with the Ravens offense, but Flacco attempted 49 passes last week. While on the high end, 37+ attempts a game isn’t out of the question, as I expect they will be playing from behind in many games.
  4. Tyler Kroft – With Tyler Eifert missing time due to injury, Kroft immediately becomes intriguing as a safety valve for Andy Dalton in the red zone. Great streamer option if you are struggling to pick a TE each week.

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