It’s Week 5 of the NFL season and that means it’s time for bye weeks. Fantasy owners will be scrambling to fill holes in their teams on a week-to-week basis. These new players may not be the answer to all your problems but they’ll help.
Here’s a look at Week 5 waiver wire additions.
Brian Hoyer (Cleveland Browns) – O.k., maybe you picked him up last week but after winning a second straight time, Hoyer is becoming more attractive. In his two weeks as the Browns’ starter, he has passed for 590 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. He should continue improving and with the team now averaging 24 points under his leadership, he has been named as this week’s starter against the Buffalo Bills.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tennessee Titans) – With starting quarterback Jake Locker out for four to eight weeks, Fitzpatrick will take over, bringing a lot of experience from days as the Buffalo Bills starter from 2009-12 (19-31). In his last three seasons with Bills, he had per season 24 touchdown passes and got off to a good start last week with his 77-yard score to wide receiver Nate Washington.
Fitzpatrick will face a tougher challenge this week against the Kansas City Chief’s defense but keep in mind Ben Roethlisberger and Robert Griffiin III have bye weeks so you may want to start him.
Rashad Jennings (Oakland Raiders) – On Sunday against the Washington Redskins, Jennings had 15 carries for 45 yards with eight receptions for 71 yards. This came as his fellow backs, Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece, sat on the sidelines injured. They’ll likely be out again this week (be sure to check this) vs. the San Diego Chargers so look for continued action by Jennings.
Danny Woodhead (San Diego Chargers) – For a second week, Woodhead is a good addition. Sure, Ryan Mathews remains the top back but Woodhead has outgained him rushing (4.7 yards per carry vs. 3.5 yards) while also showing value in the passing game; he sits at No. 2 on the Chargers with his 22 receptions.
In last Sunday’s game, he had two touchdowns and should continue having value in both roles.
Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars) – Blackmon’s four-game suspension is over and his return will be welcomed by the team. In his freshman year, he had 64 receptions for 865 yards and five scores. He connected well with quarterback Chad Henne in his last eight games with 41 receptions for 640 yards and four touchdowns. For now head coach Gus Bradley is staying with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, which could affect Blackmon’s numbers but Henne should re-appear.
Nate Washington (Tennessee Titans) – In last week’s game, Washington had four receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the 38-13 win against the New York Jets. His one score came from the 77-yarder from Fitzpatrick.
In the previous week, he had eight catches for 131 yards in the win over the San Diego Chargers. With Locker out for weeks, look for Washington to continue connecting with Fitzpatrick.
Ryan Broles (Detroit Lions) – Broles has reappeared to the lineup after recovering from a knee injury and with last Sunday’s three receptions for 34 yards, he’s a welcomed addition. While Calvin Johnson will remain the top dog, Broles could leap past Patrick Edwards for the second spot.
Toby Fleener (Indianapolis Colts) – Fleener’s production continues increasing weekly and against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4, he had five catches for 77 yards and one touchdown. He now has two touchdowns in his last three games with a minimum of four receptions with 69 yards in the last two weeks.
This week could paint a different picture as the Colts play the Seattle Seahawks; however, against the Texans, the Seahawks gave up 11 receptions for 141 yards and one touchdown to its tight end duo of Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham.
The Titans defense beat up New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith last week as they intercepted him twice, forced two fumbles (one had been recovered in the end zone for a score) and sacked him five times. Yep, the Titans sat at the top for DSTs with 25 fantasy points but this week they face a tougher challenge against the Kansas City Chiefs.