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Through The Wire - Week 5

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 10/4/22

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive for that elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp.

The waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players that might be available in 12-team PPR leagues. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


Priority if available: Jared Goff, DET

Update: Teddy Bridgewater, MIA – Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out for Week 5 giving Teddy the start against the Jets who have given up the 12th most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Trevor Lawrence, JAX – The viable steaming options are thin so I’m going to hit up Lawrence again as the matchup is much better this week against the Texans, and hopefully the weather isn’t a factor. He’s in the QB2 consideration.

Carson Wentz, WAS – Wentz has posted back-to-back terrible games against the tough defenses of Philadelphia and Dallas. He may be without rookie Jahan Dotson (hamstring) but the sledding should be easier at home against Tennessee.

Kenny Pickett, PIT – The switch was made at halftime in Week 4 as Mike Tomlin went to Pickett who showed off some of his rushing chops with two scores on the ground. He did throw three picks (one was an end-of-game Hail Mary) so expect volatility. Assuming he gets the starting nod moving forward, rolling him out against the Bills (Wk5) or Bucs (Wk6) doesn’t sound like a good idea, but he’s worth a bench stash as you wait for better matchups.

Other QBs to consider (Week 5 opponents in parentheses): Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (@CAR); Zach Wilson, NYJ (MIA); Geno Smith, SEA (@NO); Ryan Tannehill, TEN (@WAS)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Trevor Lawrence, JAX: It was a messy, rainy game for the Jags and Eagles which contributed to Lawrence’s stat line: 11/23, 174-2-1, 4 fumbles. Jacksonville simply never found their rhythm on offense despite being up early thanks to a pick-6. The turnovers buried Lawrence’s fantasy day.

Marcus Mariota, ATL: Dud. Mariota (7/19, 139-0-1, 5-3-0) was a popular streamer this week, facing the Browns who were middle of pack against QBs. However, the running game was plan and that included Patterson (knee), Allgeier and Caleb Huntley of all people.

Jacoby Brissett, CLE: Brissett (21/35, 234-0-1; 5-16-1) failed to throw a TD but down produce 16 yards and a TD on the ground. Still, not what we’re looking for in a soft matchup. He’s the QB15 heading into Monday night.

Zach Wilson, NYJ: Wilson (18/36, 252-1-2; 2-15-0) struggled against the Steelers defense but was on the receiving end of trick play touchdown to help save his fantasy day.

Running Backs

Mike Boone

Priority if available: Melvin Gordon, DEN; Nyheim Hines, IND

Tyler Allgeier, Caleb Huntley ATL - Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) has been placed on IR meaning he will miss the next four games. That leaves the ground work to rookie Allgeier and Huntley against the against the Bucs, 49ers, Bengals and Panthers the next four weeks. Huntley posted a 10-56-1 line with 0 targets in Week 4.

Mike Boone, DEN – The loss of Javonte Williams (knee) means Gordon will move into the lead back role and Boone will see his playing time increase. How much remains to be seen but he’s worth an add as the Broncos take on the Colts in Week 5.

Mark Ingram / Latavius Murray, NO – Ingram (10-30-0, 3-13-0) was sitting on the wire this past weekend in a couple leagues I’m in and wasn’t picked up even with the news of Alvin Kamara (ribs) being Inactive. Too early in the morning for some folks, I guess. The problem is, Murray (11-57-1, 1-8-0) was up called from the practice squad and quickly landed 12 touches in London making both risky plays when Kamara is out.

Raheem Mostert, MIA – Mostert is currently the preferred option at running back for the Dolphins and the matchup against the Jets in enticing. The Dolphins are a pass-first team with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle as their main two weapons, but we’ll see how much that changes with Teddy Bridgewater expected to start against the Jets in Week 5.

Deon Jackson, IND – We need to see how severe the ankle sprain is for Jonathan Taylor before making a serious bid for Jackson who has seen minimal action this season (2 carries, -3 yds). If Taylor sits in Week 5, then we’ll probably get a timeshare between Jackson and Hines against the Broncos on Thursday night.

Other RBs to consider (Week 5 opponents in parentheses): Rachaad White, TB (ATL); Justice Hill, BAL (CIN), Isiah Pacheco, KC (LV); Caleb Huntley, ATL (@TB)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Khalil Herbert, CHI: Herbert (19-77-0; 1-24-0) got 20 touches against the Giants but failed to find the endzone. He’ll remain the lead back and a decent fantasy option as long as Montgomery is out.

Brian Robinson Jr., WAS: It sounds like Robinson is going to be activated this week. When he sees the field is still up in the air, but he makes for a worthy bench stash in deep leagues.

Kenneth Walker, SEA: With an injury to Travis Homer, the Seahawks pared down their RBBC to just Penny and Walker (8-29-0, 1 (-5)-0) but the rookie couldn’t get any traction in the shootout with Detroit while Penny posted 17-151-2.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Priority if available: Michael Gallup, DAL; Josh Reynolds, DET

Update: George Pickens, PIT – Pickens was drafted in most leagues, but in case he’s floating around on your waiver wire, grab him. The switch to Kenny Pickett may do wonders for Pickens fantasy value but take note, the upcoming schedule isn’t pretty (@BUF, TB, @MIA, @PHI) making him more of a long-term stash.

Isaiah McKenzie, BUF – Jamison Crowder suffered a broken ankle in Week 4 meaning we should see a little more McKenzie (4-21-1) in the slot and the Steelers are giving up the 8th most fantasy points to wide receivers. McKenzie did take a hit to the head so monitor his status. Khalil Shakir could be a thorn in McKenzie’s side.

Rondale Moore, ARI – Moore saw his first game action in 2022 yesterday and while the result wasn’t impressive (3-11-0, 5 tgts), he did run twice as many routes than Greg Dortch and looks like he’ll be an every-down player for the Cardinals. Upcoming schedule includes: PHI, @SEA, NO, @MIN, SEA

Hunter Henry, NE – This move is only for deep leagues and predicated on Jonnu Smith (leg) missing time. If he’s back in Week 5, then you got leave Henry on your waiver wire especially considering the mess at quarterback.

Other WRs/TEs to consider (Week 5 opponents in parentheses): Josh Palmer, LAC (@CLE); TE Robert Tonyan, GB (NYG); Marquez Callaway, NO (SEA); Devin Duvernay, BAL (CIN)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Romeo Doubs, GB: Doubs (5-47-1) has found himself in an every-down role alongside Allen Lazard for the Packers. He saw 8 targets and is the WR23 heading into Monday night.

Russell Gage, TB: Gage became unplayable as the week progressed with the return of Chris Godwin and Julio Jones. Of course, Julio got nicked up again but Gage continues to be bothered by his hamstring injury making his fantasy appeal shaky at best.

Mack Hollins, LV: Josh Jacobs and Davante Adams took center stage in this contest with the Broncos but Hollins (3-33-0) again was an every-down player. He’ll be a deep league Flex option as long as Renfrow (concussion) is out.

David Njoku, CLE: Njoku (5-73-0) saw 7 targets and is starting to feel like someone you can trust as a low-end TE1. He’s the TE10 in PPR leagues heading into Monday night.

DeVante Parker, NE: Mac Jones (ankle) was out and the Patriots lost Brian Hoyer (concussion) early in their game against the Pack leaving Bailey Zappe at the controls. Parker (2-24-1) did find the endzone but can’t be recommended until Jones returns.

Defense / Special Teams

  • Denver vs. IND (Thu)
  • Minnesota vs. CHI
  • Jacksonville vs. HOU
  • New Orleans vs. SEA
  • Kansas City vs. LV