Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups
Well, it seemed to be a weird week of fantasy football. We saw multiple fantasy studs fall flat on their face and produce close to nothing. We also saw what seemed to be a UFC match during the Ravens vs. Browns game and a year-long suspension coming from the NFL given to Raiders linebacker, Vontaze Burfict for repeatedly violating rules designated to protect players. Given all that we saw this weekend, if you need help keeping your fantasy team afloat, I'm here to help.
Jimmy Graham (35% owned in ESPN / 36% owned in Yahoo): We haven't seen consistent season-long production from Jimmy Graham since his time in New Orleans. The closest thing we've seen since then was his 2016 season with the Seahawks when he tallied a 65/923/6 stat line. This past week, Graham decided to give us a little taste of what we've been missing. He had a 6/61/1 stat line, and seemed to have finally started clicking with QB Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers himself stated that he would like to get Graham more involved in the offense and praised his work ethic and friendship. The two seemed to have found a groove, and hopefully they'll keep it going. Finding serviceable TE's is one of the harder tasks in fantasy football, and if you need one, Jimmy might be a good choice.
Mohamed Sanu (35% owned in ESPN / 27% owned in Yahoo): Sanu has had a low-key fantasy season so far, but has actually put up decent numbers. In four games this season, Sanu has 24 receptions on 31 targets, coming out to six catches a game, which can certainly be serviceable. The only thing holding him back is the fact that it seems as if most of his catches are on short intermediate routes, and his lack of touchdown production for the Falcons. If we extended his four game performance over a full 16 game season, he would have 96 catches for 956 yards. If Sanu caught four or five touchdowns from now until the end of the season, he's a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3, especially in PPR leagues. If you need a flier, or WR help in general, pick him up.
A.J. Brown (6% owned in ESPN / 10% owned in Yahoo): A.J. Brown doesn't necessarily bring much more than big play ability to your fantasy team right now, but he has definitely shown that he can perform if he get's a chance. In his four games this season, he has posted over 30 YPC in two of them, and has been targeted a total of 17 times, which comes out to a little over four targets per game. Brown isn't a must-add yet, but his big play ability, and the chance that he may get loose and pop a big one each week keeps him in the fantasy discussion.
Cole Beasley (20% owned in ESPN / 12% owned in Yahoo): Cole Beasley has been a target machine for the Bills this season. He's been Josh Allen's saftey blanket, and seemed to fill the same role as Jamison Crowder was filling for Sam Darnold. Beasley has 36 targets in four games this year, which comes out to nine targets a game, putting him in a good spot to produce. He's converted those 36 targets into 24 catches for 246 yards. He too struggles in the touchdown department, as he doesn't have any yet this season, but hopefully the touchdowns will come and he can be even more of a fantasy asset. At this point, he's in the Mohamed Sanu category of just being a flier during bye weeks, but who knows, he may end up becoming a season-long asset.
Jack Doyle (21% owned in ESPN / 20% owned in Yahoo): With T.Y. Hilton out this weekend, the rest of the Colts pass-catchers saw opportunities to step up. Parris Campbell left the game with an injury, but in the time he did see on the field, he racked up eight targets. However, Campbell wasn't the only one making the most of their opportunity. Tight-end Jack Doyle accrued eight targets during the game as well, and outplayed Eric Ebron, who's lone catch was a 48 yard touchdown. With the Colt's down some pass-catchers, and Doyle logging a higher snap percentage than Ebron so far this year, he may be the tight-end to own on the Colts roster from here on out.
Other waiver targets: A.J. Green, Chris Herndon, Ronald Jones, Nyheim Hines