Week 5 left the NFL with a bit of a sour taste as the league lost two super stars in Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt. Fantasy owners can feel free to drop OBJ as he had season ending surgery on his broken left ankle Tuesday.
Some waiver pick ups to keep an eye on for those trying to replace Beckham Jr. will be Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V who is owned in just 56% of leagues, and has been Deshaun Watson’s favorite target for the past two weeks. Fuller has scored 4 touchdowns in just two weeks along with a combined 40 fantasy points and with his breakaway speed Fuller has potential to be a strong WR2.
Another option for those trying to replace Beckham would be the New York Giants very own Roger Lewis. Although the Giants have struggled on offense, Lewis did have a touchdown reception in last weeks game against the Los Angeles Chargers and with injuries to three other Giants wide receivers (Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris), Lewis is poised to be a breakout fantasy player.
J.J. Watt, the other superstar who was ruled out for the season on Sunday may not have had the same fantasy implications as a player like OBJ, but with that being said, the Houston Texans could be a viable fantasy option this week despite the loss of Watt as they take on a dysfunctional Cleveland Browns team. Yes, the Texans are coming off a disastrous, season low -7 fantasy output this past week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but in week 4 they had a 22 point outburst against the Tennessee Titans. Even with the loss of Watt, Houston still ranks as one of the league’s top ten defenses, especially following the benching of DeShone Kizer which will leave Kevin Hogan to lead the charge for the Browns..
With Seattle and Dallas both on a bye going into week 6, Russell Wilson or Dak Prescott owners may want to look into picking up Philip Rivers (owned in 63% of leagues) who is coming off back to back 25 point fantasy performances. Not to mention the Chargers will face the Raiders this week who have the 26th ranked defense which is among the worst in the league so far.
Quarterbacks such as Josh McCown (Jets) and Carson Wentz (Eagles) are also worth looking into if you are in need of a quarterback this week. McCown will face the NFL’s last ranked defense (32) in the Patriots so expect a lot of points in this rivalry matchup. Carson Wentz ranks 6th among fantasy quarterbacks yet is owned in just 77% of leagues. With the Eagles taking on the Panthers this one has the potential to be a shootout as both Wentz and Cam Newton had 30-plus point fantasy performances in week 5.
Moving on to tight ends, Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay left the game early with a leg injury, while New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was ruled out of week 5’s Thursday night game in Tampa Bay and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had suffered from concussion like symptoms on the sideline Sunday. Waiver wire tight ends to look into would be Tampa Bay’s Cameron Brate who is owned in just 52% of leagues and is ranked 6th for fantasy tight ends scoring a touchdown in each of his last three games.
Rookie running back Aaron Jones also made a nice first impression against Chicago rushing for a touchdown but an even bigger one on Sunday. Jones rushed for 125 yards on 19 carries for a touchdown in a Packer victory on Sunday. If Jones is still available, he is a must start. With the high scoring offense that relies on Aaron Rodgers and the passing game, Jones has potential to put up big numbers until Ty Montgomery returns.