Monday, September 30, 2013

Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

Nate Washington, WR, Titans- Week 4 Stats: 4 rec, 105 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

Washington stayed hot in the Titans 38-13 smackdown of the Jets, making the most of his team high eight targets and finishing up the afternoon with 105 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Tennessee shares the top spot in the AFC South with Indianapolis, and the undrafted wide receiver out of Tiffin is a big reason why. Jack Locker left the game with a hip injury that could have him sidelined for the next few weeks, but Ryan Fitzpatrick filled in nicely, connecting with Washington on a 77 yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. Even with the Locker injury, Nate the great is a worthy flex play moving forward. 

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears- Week 4 Stats: 5 rec, 107 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Sunday's five catch, 107 yard performance is exactly the type of game fantasy owners have been hoping to get out of Jeffery for the past two years. The Bears got down early to the red hot Lions, and were forced to throw the ball more than they would have probably liked to, with Alshon being the main beneficiary. It's an encouraging sign moving forward, and with two of his next three games coming against some of the worst secondaries in the league (Giants, Redskins), penciling him in as your WR3 is not a bad move at all. 

Brian Hoyer, QB, Browns- Week 4 Stats: 25 of 38 for 269 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Hoyer is the latest Brady disciple to make the most of his starting opportunities elsewhere, taking the Browns from worst to first in the AFC North in just two weeks. He's completing close to 60% of his passes for nearly 600 yards and 5 TDs in his two starts, and has a strangle hold on the starting job regardless of Brandon Weeden's health. Hoyer to Cameron is the 2013 equivalent of Brady to Gronk. He's by no means a top 10 guy (yet), but he is someone who you can feel comfortable starting in a 2 QB league, or as a bye week fill in. 

Roy Helu, RB, Redskins- Week 4 Stats: 13 car, 41 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 2 rec, 43 rec yds 

Keep in mind that the Skins are on bye in week 5, but with Alfred Morris dinged up with a bruised rib fantasy owners should be licking at the chops for a chance to snag Helu. The third year back out of Nebraska is more than capable to duplicate The Butler's numbers if the opportunity presents itself, and he's a much better pass catcher out of the backfield. He's not someone who you be starting in fantasy unless he gets the start on the field, but he's certainly someone worth owning just in case. 

Rashad Jennings, RB, Raiders- Week 4 Stats: 15 car, 45 rush yds, 8 rec, 71 rec yds

With Run DMC making his annual trip to the injury report, and Marcel Reece out with a knee injury, Jennings should see upwards of 20 touches when the Raiders face the Chargers on Sunday. He made the most of his opportunities in Oakland's 24-14 loss to the Redskins on Sunday, finishing up with 45 yards on the ground and a team high 71 receiving yards. You can consider him a worthy flex play, or low end RB2 play in deeper leagues for the immediate future. 

-fresh (@danye33)

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