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Waiver Wire Wonders – Week 5

We set aside our top category this week, but that does not mean there are not a bounty of players to consider picking up. This week is a little light on running backs, but there are plenty of wide receivers to go around. A couple of quarterbacks, a couple of tight ends, and even a kicker gets a mention in this week’s story. And as always, we dig deep for those that need to find a needle in a haystack. Something for everyone this week, on to the wonders!

 

Solid Pickups

WR Leonard Hankerson, Atlanta

The Falcons offense is performing at a high level, with Hankerson emerging as the top option behind Julio Jones in Atlanta. He caught six passes for 103 yards against the Texans this week, including a touchdown grab. These performances are pushing Roddy White further into the background, Hankerson is worth owning in all formats.

 

QB Kirk Cousins, Washington

Depending on the scoring format, Cousins is one of the top-twelve fantasy quarterbacks this season. The running game in Washington is struggling, so the Redskins have turned to the short passing game to move the ball down the field. He backed up a 316-yard performance two weeks ago against the Giants with 290 yards this past week against the Eagles. He’s only averaging one touchdown pass per week, but we love that he is connecting on over 65% of his throws while limiting his interceptions. He may not be a big name, but he is putting up big numbers and should be owned in all formats and is worth consideration as a starter.

 

QB Jay Cutler, Chicago

Many fantasy owners moved on from Cutler after his injury, so he is available in many leagues. He was back sooner than many had predicted, throwing for 281 yards and two scores in his return this week against the Raiders. Cutler is a solid NFL quarterback, and with so many starters around the league missing time due to injury, he is a very good backup to have on a fantasy roster.  

 

WR Allen Hurns, Jacksonville

As Allen Robinson draws the best coverage from opposing defenses, Hurns has had plenty of room to excel. This week, he caught eleven passes and went for 116 yards and a touchdown against the Colts. The Jaguars will be passing the ball a lot this season, as is evidenced by Hurns going for at least 60 yards in every game so far this season. He is worth owning in all formats.

 

TE Gary Barnidge, Cleveland

Out of nowhere, Barnidge now must be considered a legitimate fantasy option. After back-to-back weeks with six catches, he finds himself in this week’s story in our top category of the week. The Raiders have been a hotbed for opposing tight ends, two weeks ago Barnidge lit them up for 105 yards and a touchdown. Proving that wasn’t just because of the opponent, he beat the Chargers for 75 yards and another score. He is worth owning in all formats as a backup and bye week fill in at minimum, starter in a pinch.

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.