Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

Larry Donnell, TE, Giants- Week 4 Stats: 7 rec, 54 rec yds, 3 rec TDs

The 6’6” undrafted free agent continues to take the league by storm, scoring three times in the Giants nationally televised, Thursday night slaughter of the Redskins. Chances are he comes back to Earth eventually, but his current production puts him on pace to catch 100 balls for nearly a thousand yards and 16 touchdowns. 75% of that the rest of the way and he easily finishes up as a top 3 fantasy tight end. His connection with Eli Manning is undeniable and seems to be benefiting more than anyone from Ben McAdoo’s new offense in New York.

Jerik McKinnon, RB, Vikings- Week 4 Stats: 18 car, 135 rush yds, 1 rec, 17 rec yds 

Lets pour out a 40 oz. for all the former AP owners out there who watched in horror as the Vikings erupted for 241 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground versus the AFC South leading Falcons. Matt Asiata got all the goal line work, but what Jerik McKinnon was able to accomplish between the 20's has dynasty players salivating at the mouth. The talent gap between Minnesota's two backs is unquantifiable, but Asiata's existence all but assures their will be frustration from fantasy owners debating on which back they should start each Sunday. Regardless, McKinnon is a must add this week, and will be a boom or bust flex play whenever you are feeling froggy. 

Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals-  Week 4 Stats: Did not play (bye)

Jones is set to make his 2014 debut in a primetime, week 5 matchup against the Pats. The third year 
receiver out of Cal is coming off a 10 touchdown season, and a broken foot that has kept him on the sidelines since early August. The 3-0 Bengals are looking like an AFC juggernaut, and despite their unwavering commitment to the run, their stout defense makes sure the offense gets enough touches for everyone. I wouldn't start him from the jump just because I want to see if that foot is back at game speed, but look for him to settle into a serviceable WR3. 

Eli Manning, QB, Giants- Week 4 Stats: 28 of 39 for 300 pass yds, 4 pass TDs, 1 INT, 1 rush TD

DON'T FEAR THE REAPER! After three weeks of at best mixed results, and at worst a dumpster fire, Eli Manning finally has the Giants offense clicking like Dorothy's heels. Saving his best work for prime time, the two-time Super Bowl MVP reminded Kirk Cousins that he still has a lot to prove before being mentioned in the same breath as his fellow NFC East quarterbacks. Eli accounted for 5 touchdowns, while the heavily started Cousins accounted for 5 turnovers in Big Blue's big romp. 

The Giants play the Falcons, Eagles and Cowboys in their next three games. Drew Brees and Nick 
Foles owners should take note with bye weeks approaching... 

Matt Prater, K, Broncos- Week 4 Stats: Did not play (suspended)

For the record I do not endorse rostering two kickers at the same time…BUT if you have a spot to burn and feel like adding last year’s #2 fantasy foot, now is your chance. Prater returns from suspension week 6 and is expected to pick right up where he left off. The Broncos offense has struggled (by their standards) so far this year, and interim kicker Brandon McManus has attempted just three field goals thus far. But don’t let that scare you off. The opportunities to score will certainly be there and his big leg/mile high air combo makes for an enticing ad. There is no harm in waiting until next week to put in a claim for him, just understand that you run the risk of missing out on a potential top 5 kicker the rest of the season.

Devin Hester, WR, Falcons- Week 4 Stats: 5 rec, 70 rec yds, 1 rec TD

This suggestion is aimed more towards bigger leagues (16, 14, deep bench 12's), but there is no denying Hester's resurgence in Hotlanta. He has somehow managed to score double digit fantasy points in three of the first four games, and hasn't lost a step in the return game either. There are a lot of mouths to feed in that passing game, but so far he's managed to eat just about every week. There are worse WR5's you could roster. 

-fresh (@danye33)

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