In a brutal week for NFL injuries, which sidelined our beloved J.J. Watt, Odell Beckham Jr., and a slew of other fantasy juggernauts, the waiver wire will be immensely important heading into Week Six. Since claims are set to process on Wednesday morning, we’re diving into the waiver wire and finding the best value at each position.
Jacoby Brissett (QB - IND)
Andrew Luck may have started throwing this week at practice, but he is likely not coming back for a while. Brissett had a great game against Cleveland (about 28 fantasy points), a good game against San Francisco (about 18 points) and has a solid match-up against Tennessee this weekend. If you’ve got a QB on a bye, Brissett could be a good fill-in.
Jerrick McKinnon (RB - MIN)
Last week I was sure that Latavius Murray was going to earn the most carries for the Vikings in the wake of Dalvin Cook’s injury. But it was McKinnon who broke out for 95 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards and a rushing TD while Murray managed only 43 all-purpose yards. It appears that McKinnon will be the guy moving forward, and he could be a huge pickup if he’s still available in your league.
Adrian Peterson (RB - ARI)
The Cardinals have struggled to find a replacement back in the wake of David Johnson’s injury. Though several have attempted to fill the role, no one has taken the reigns as the clear-cut starter. Peterson has the potential to change that dynamic and he was clearly frustrated with his limited role in the Saints’ offense before his trade to the desert today. If he can prove to be a workhorse in Arizona, his fantasy value could come screaming back.
Mike Wallace (WR - BAL)
With back-to-back weeks of 14+ fantasy points, Wallace seems to be earning a big role in Baltimore’s offense. He has 188 yards and a score through his last two games and could emerge as a viable fantasy option moving forward. He’s worth an add, and is already potentially a flex start this week versus the Bears.
David Njoku (TE - CLE)
He has a giant question mark at quarterback. He may only be relevant when he finds the end zone, but Njoku has done just that recently. In three of his last four matchups, the tight end has scored a touchdown, and he ranks ninth overall among fantasy tight ends. The rookie is worth an add if you need tight end help; he should continue to score as one of the few truly reliable weapons on the Browns’ offense.
What are your thoughts, fantasy owners? Who are you targeting on the waiver wire this week? How are you handling the wave of injuries that hit us?