By Adil Khan Deshmukh @dillytoon
Week 5 is in the books and we hope you’re sporting a 5-0 or 4-1 record.
There’s plenty of time left in this season to turn it around and the best place to that is the waiver wire! So here are the guys that you should be looking out for this week…
Gardner Minshew – Quarterback – Jacksonville Jaguars – owned by 18.7%
The man with the fantastic name is your number one QB waiver wire pickup this week.
Sixth round pick Gardner Minshew has surprised everyone in the league with his consistent fantasy performance. To date has broken 16 points in each week (4-pt passing leagues), with him throwing two TDs on 4 of 5 occasions. Minshew has struck a chord with DJ Chark, who was one of my waiver wire suggestions a few weeks back.
Look to Minshew to provide a solid performance against New Orleans. He won’t blow your socks off but you’ll get by without suffering a single digit score.
Auden Tate – Wide Receiver – Cincinnati Bengals – owned by 13.7%
With the impressive John Ross injured and AJ Green still in the treatment room, there has been another player that has emerged as a reasonable WR option.
Tate is clearly the Bengals’ WR2 and the team as a whole has spent swathes of the season playing from behind. This has meant the Red Rifle Andy Dalton has needed to pass the ball a significant amount.
In the last three games Tate has averaged 11.1 points. Whilst this again is not a substantial amount, WRs Allen Robinson and TY Hilton are on bye, Davante Adams has turf-toe, Tyreek is questionable still… I could go on, however you may be really in need of a WR. Tate will provide that 10 point performance that may get you by.
After-all it’s better than having a player giving you a goose-egg!
Mohamed Sanu – Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons – owned by 43.3%
The surprising news this year (compared to pre-season predictions) is that the Atlanta Falcons suck as a football team.
The defense is woefully bad, but that has meant that Matty Ice has thrown the ball a lot. Those who picked Julio Jones this year have been woefully disappointed, but a man that you should definitely be looking out for is Mohamed Sanu, particularly in PPR leagues. Sanu has broken 10 points in 4 of the 5 games this season aided by him seeing at least 5 targets in every game this season.
Look to Sanu as an immediate flex guy or bye-week fill-in.
Chris Herndon – Tight End – New York Jets – owned by 12%
Sam Darnold aka Mr Mono has been cleared to return for the Jets and this immediately increases the value of the pieces on the Jets offense.
Whilst HC Adam Gase has stated he wants to see Herndon on the practice field, it’s almost certain he will be on the field significantly come this weekend. With TEs Waller and Ebron on bye, you may well be looking for a guy who’s going to get a reasonable target share.
Dallas have given 14.1 points per game to the TE position this season and Herndon could well benefit from this.