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Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Recommendations – 2013/14

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So the byes this week feature the Vikings, Steelers, Buccaneers and Redskins, which means there is a good chance that either you or your opponent will be a man down and looking for help off the waiver wire. Week 5 does not offer a whole lot, but there are some options available:

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens, QB: Ray Rice is injured. No problems, let’s just throw the ball… 50 times. Ok, sure it was the Bills (and they did lose the game), but the underlying trend is there. He also attempted 62 passes against the Broncos in week 1.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, QB (pictured): Threw for the most passing yards and touchdowns of the season in week 4. Unfortunately, he also threw two intercepts. Alex has been a great find for Andy Reid and the undefeated Chiefs, and he could be for your team too.

Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers, RB: He’s taking over the Darren Sproles role (as many expected)… 86 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against Dallas in week 4, and now Oakland on deck. Well worth a look, especially in deeper leagues.

Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders, RB: Stop the press, Darren McFadden is injured… don’t tell me you didn’t see it coming. Furthermore, Marcel Reece, the backup, is also injured. Jennings by default will become the feature back in the immediate term should these two not heal in time. He did disappoint when given the main gig at the Jaguars in the absence of MJD, so not overly optimistic, but could be of assistance if in need of a short-term plug and play.

Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns, RB: He’s still working his way back into gameshape as he continues to learn the new system. Production increased in his second game back, and this trend should continue.

Roy Helu, Washington Redskins, RB (bye this week): Should the Morris injury keep him out the next game (unlikely), then Helu would be in line for an increase in his workload. If anything, make sure you handcuff him with Helu.

LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots, RB: Remember when this guy was a fantasy stud at the Buccaneers before Doug Martin took over? Well that won’t be the case here, but he is quietly putting together some decent stats in limited carries…. In only 23 rushing attempts, he has almost 130 yards and a touchdown over the past two games.

Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans, WR: Nate has been on a tear the past two weeks, going off for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns in as many weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over at quarterback for the Titans, and this bodes well for Nate. Time to dump Britt by the way.

Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens, WR: Ok, he did suffer a thigh injury in week 4 that is of concern, but he gets through this week ok, he could come in handy. With Rice injured, Flacco is turning to the air, and there are only so many targets that Torrey Smith can receive.

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts, TE: 77 yards and a touchdown in week 4… yep, I’ll take that. The Seahawks aren’t the Jaguars, so a much tougher game expected, but he could again come in handy as a bye week replacement.

Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins, TE: The sickening injury to Dustin Keller has paved the way for Clay to step up, and that he has. 250 yards, 20 catches and 1 touchdown through four games. Ravens up next.

Atlanta Falcons, DST: They are playing the Jets. Enough said.

That’s it again for this week. Feel free to contact us on facebook or twitter should you have any burning fantasy questions.