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Dynasty Waiver Wire Week 5

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.


No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list. 


I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty. 




First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.


Deshaun Watson, HOU (34%/+20%)

David Njoku, CLE (19%/+12%)

Jared Goff, LAR (23%/+11%)

D’Onta Foreman, HOU (28%/+11%)

Vernon Davis, WAS (17%/+9%)

Alex Collins, BAL (10%/+8%)

Devin Funchess, CAR (25%/+5%)

Geronimo Allison, GB (13%/+4%)

Branden Oliver, LAC (5%/+3%)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ (7%/+3%)

Mike Williams, LAC (7%/+2%)

Jonnu Smith, TEN (1%/+1%)

Tyler Kroft, CIN (1%/+1%)

Corey Clement, PHI (1%/+1%)

Juju Smith-Schuster, PIT (2%/+1%)




Not all suggestions gain value though. Here are some players whose ownership value dropped since last week.


Zay Jones, BUF (15%/-5%)

Marcedes Lewis, JAX (0%/-1%)

DeShone Kizer, CLE (8%/-1%)





1)    Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (3%)


It’s not the best week to need a QB, so if you are a Derek Carr owner, you might want to hit up the trade market first. There is one good option possibly sitting on the waiver wire though after the Bears announced they would bench veteran QB Mike Glennon and turn to rookie Mitchell Trubisky. The former North Carolina star looked highly impressive during the pre-season, but HC John Fox seemed determined to keep him on the bench for as long as possible. After another dreadful performance from the Bears offense on Thursday night, the team has finally made the move and Trubisky will draw his first career start on next week’s Monday Night Football against division-rival Minnesota.





Running Backs


1)    Jamaal Williams, GB (11%)

2)    Aaron Jones, GB (11%)

3)    Alex Collins, BAL (10%)

4)    Elijah McGuire, NYJ (3%)

5)    Latavius Murray, MIN (17%)

6)    Wayne Gallman, NYG (3%)

7)    Austin Ekeler, LAC (0%)

8)    J.D. McKissic, SEA (3%)


Wow! What a week for waiver wire RBs. With a couple of serious injuries and some poor play among other backfields, dynasty players have some difficult choices about how to attack the waiver wire RBs…Thursday Night Football saw a rib injury to Packers starting RB Ty Montgomery that could keep him out of action up to a month. That leaves the backfield to a pair of rookies, Jamaal Williams, who also suffered an injury, and Aaron Jones. Williams could miss Week Five due to his knee injury, but with their young age and Montgomery’s history of injuries, I’m adding both of these rookies as a priority…For two weeks in a row now, RB Alex Collins has been the lead back for the Ravens, despite the team playing poorly in back-to-back losses. In Week Four, Collins rushed for 82 yards on nine carries, compared to a combined 0 yards on six carries for Buck Allen and Terrance West. This is Collins backfield, although he won’t be active at all in the passing game…In his first shot at significant action, rookie RB Elijah McGuire responded with 131 total yards and a touchdown on just 12 touches. With veteran RB Matt Forte fading, McGuire should continue to see his role increase and should be on the watch list of all dynasty players…With the unfortunate season-ending injury to starting RB Dalvin Cook, the Vikings will be left to turn to some combination of RBs Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray. Both could be sitting on dynasty waiver wires, but Murray is more likely as he’s struggled in limited action after dealing with a pre-season injury. Despite the chance to earn the starting role, I am not confident in Murray, hence his ranking here, but some, including those who lost Cook or Chris Carson, might be desperate…The Giants backfield has long been a weakness for the team, but there is a small glimmer of a hope that the tide might be turning. After an injury to starter Paul Perkins, the Giants turned to rookie RB Wayne Gallman and the former Clemson back delivered with 50 total yards and a touchdown in second-half action. Expect to see more of Gallman, maybe even as the Giants starter, considering the overall disappointment from Perkins…Chargers RB Melvin Gordon was slowed in Week Four with an injury and backup Austin Ekeler, an undrafted free agent, picked up the slack in limited touches. Ekeler actually led the team in rushing with just one 30-yard touchdown run and also added 23 yards through the air, finishing as an RB2...A crowded Seahawks backfield just got a little more confusing. First of all, rookie RB Chris Carson, who appeared to have taken hold of the job, suffered a gruesome injury which will likely end his season, but the Seahawks Sunday Night game also saw the impressive debut of RB J.D. McKissic, who was involved as both a runner and receiver, totaling 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With RB C.J. Prosise due back soon, McKissic could find himself actually moving down the depth chart, despite his big performance, but he’s still worth an add in deeper dynasty leagues…



Wide Receivers


1)    Juju Smith-Schuster, PIT (2%)

2)    Jaron Brown, ARZ (6%)

3)    Michael Floyd, MIN (1%)


This is a rough week if you are looking for help at the WR position, but Steelers rookie WR Juju Smith-Schuster could be the prize in shallow leagues. Smith-Schuster is showing improvement each week and playing a larger role in the offense, as a result. He nearly matched his season long totals with three catches for 47 yards and a touchdown, numbers that were good enough to put him into the late WR2 range. While he has overtaken WR Eli Rogers, he is still playing behind WR Martavis Bryant and of course, WR Antonio Brown, so add him as a priority, but don’t start him yet…One player you can rely on is Cardinals WR Jaron Brown. Despite the return of WR John Brown to the Arizona lineup, it was Jaron who saw a team-high 12 targets from QB Carson Palmer. Brown caught eight passes for 105 yards and finished as the WR9 for the week. This is the second time in three games Palmer has focused heavily on Brown as he saw 11 targets in Week Two against the Colts. That volume should help make Brown a weekly WR3 or flex option for fantasy owners and considering the potential changes for Arizona following the season, Brown could play an even larger role going forward…While the Vikings offense has been quite successful so far this season, despite the absence of QB Sam Bradford, they are certainly being carried by WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. TE Kyle Rudolph has not been utilized as he was a year ago, staying in to block much more than he did in 2016 and WR Laquon Treadwell continues to be a non-factor. It is these circumstances that has me looking for another option and that could be veteran WR Michael Floyd, who returns from a suspension in Week Four. Floyd played well in the pre-season and even when the Vikings could’ve easily moved on from him following his off-field issues, they stuck with him. That gives me hope for his potential role in this offense for the remainder of the season…


Tight Ends



1)    Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ (7%)

2)    O.J. Howard, TB (18%)

3)    Tyler Kroft, CIN (1%)



Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has never lacked in talent, but it has been off-field issues who has kept him from reaching his potential. After serving a suspension to begin the season, ASJ made a small splash in his return to the field in Week Three, finishing as TE17 and catching five of his six targets. In Week Four, he was back at it, with four catches for 46 yards. These are not week-winning numbers, but he is showing some promise for the long-term and could help in what has been a brutal year for TEs overall…Bucs rookie TE O.J. Howard put up his best game of his early career, thanks in large part to a 58-yard catch and run for a score. Howard finished with a pair of catches for 63 yards, easily outdoing his total yardage numbers entering the game. Howard is not yet a player that can be started on a weekly basis and is still blocking on a large number of his offensive snaps, but he’s a player that should be rostered in all dynasty leagues…It definitely was the ideal situation in Week Four for Bengals TE Tyler Kroft. Not only was the starting TE Tyler Eifert out for the game, but the Bengals were facing the Browns, who have been dominated by opposing TEs this season. Don’t expect more start lines like Kroft put up in Week Four (6/68/2), but if Eifert continues to miss time, Kroft will be worthy of a dart throw in the right matchup…


Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2018 (under 20%) Allen Robinson, Cameron Meredith, Spencer Ware, Julian Edelman, Ryan Tannehill, Rico Gathers, Kenneth Dixon, Carlos Henderson, Tajae Sharpe, Erik Swoope, Malcolm Mitchell, Dede Westbrook