With Week 5 almost in the books, it’s about to time to look at this week’s top waiver wire pickups. We’re here to tell you which studs to pick up and which to let someone else make the mistake of picking up.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars
Bortles had the 3rd best QB performance so far this week, torching Tampa Bay’s struggling secondary. Bortles has quietly been having a great season, and with the Jaguars’ struggles on defense, there’s no reason he should stop throwing.
Knile Davis and Charcandrick West, RBs, Chiefs
While both Jamaal Charles replacements are definitely worth pickups, I wouldn’t really be excited about either. West had trouble moving the chains when he was in action, and Knile Davis has fallen behind West on the depth chart. Still, get them before someone else does.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
If he’s not already owned in your league, pick him up immediately. Even when Marshawn Lynch returns, Rawls has certainly inserted himself into the offense following his fantastic performance at Cincinnati.
Willie Snead, WR, Saints
Willie Snead caught 6 of his 11 target for 141 yards vs the Eagles. With Drew Brees lacking a big-time playmaker on offense this year, Willie Snead has become Brees’ favorite target.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Bears
Wilson had 85 yards and a TD, taking advantage of a receiving core missing Alshon Jeffrey and Eddie Royal. Wilson is definitely worth the pickup especially if the injuries persist, as he seems to have a great rapport with Cutler.
Gary Barnidge, TE, Browns
Gary Barnidge caught 8 of his 10 targets for 139 yards and a ridiculous TD, catching the ball between his legs. Barnidge has developed into Josh McCown’s favorite target, and with the lack of talent he has at receiver, Barnidge is certainly worth rostering.
Josh McCown, QB, Browns
McCown, who had thrown for 300 yards the previous two weeks, had his best game yet vs the Ravens, a 457 yard torching of Baltimore’s secondary. However, take a look at his next three matchups: Broncos, Rams, Cardinals. McCown’s upside is capsized because of this.
Jaelen Strong, WR, Texans
Strong caught two TDs on Thursday night, but those two TDs happened to be his only targets of the game. Especially if Nate Washington or Cecil Shorts return, Strong is not worth rostering.
Josh Huff, WR, Eagles
Huff broke out this week with 4 catches for 78 yards and a TD. Although Huff may get more looks now, he simply won’t be consistent enough for a roster spot.
Ty Montgomery, WR, Packers
Montgomery is still the 4th receiver in the pecking order, and his stats didn’t look great beyond the easy touchdown. Montgomery isn’t much of a starter.
Benjamin Watson, TE, Saints
Watson certainly has established a role within the Saints’ offense, but his performance is entirely touchdown-dependent. Not a guy you want to count on in fantasy.