Week 5 hit everybody like a ton of bricks, especially on the injury front, as consensus top 3 wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. broke his ankle in Sunday’s loss to the LA Chargers and will miss the remainder of the season. Let’s get into the waiver wire adds for this week, and a reminder that each percentage is the availability in ESPN leagues.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN (29.3%)
It looks as though everything would set up well for Latavius Murray, but McKinnon got the last laugh. McKinnon showed quickness and great burst, weaving through the defense en route to a 58 yard touchdown run. Let’s also mention that McKinnon also more than doubled Murray’s snap count (47 to 22), and we can see why maybe we were wrong about Latavius Murray. Murray may be getting the early down work, but McKinnon won’t be off of the field anytime soon. He has an excellent matchup at home vs. Green Bay and should be picked up in all leagues.
Elijah McGuire, RB, NYJ (13.5%)
With Matt Forte and Bilal Powell on the mend, McGuire should step right in and get a solid share of touches out of the backfield for the surprising Jets. Powell’s calf injury may not make him miss time, but it should even out the split in carries/touches between the two. The Jets host New England on Sunday afternoon, and the Pats have allowed either 75 yards or a touchdown to each starting back they’ve faced this season. Fire him up if Powell is inactive.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI (49.8%)
The Cards can’t run, and don’t let the Adrian Peterson trade fool you, they still can’t run. Which works perfectly for Ellington as a dynamic pass-catching back. He should be leaned on heavily moving forward, and should be owned in every league, especially PPR. This may be your last shot to obtain him!
Jaron Brown, WR, ARI (24.7%)
The Cards can’t run. Again. Nobody has thrown more passes than Carson Palmer, so after Larry Fitzgerald, who stands to benefit? Ellington, yes, but also, Jaron Brown. Averaging over 9 targets per game the past 4 games, Brown is seeing a lot of looks from Palmer. He only has 1 touchdown and one 100 yard game to his credit so far, but he’s been reliable in terms of usage. He’s a solid flex or needy WR3 depending on byes.
Matt Brieda, RB, SF (7.2%)
Brieda looked like the best back for San Francisco, and while Carlos Hyde is still the starter, Kyle Shanahan might split up the carries a bit evenly going forward. Brieda has certainly earned it, with 71 combined yards on 13 touches. He should definitely be owned, but the payoff might not come for a couple of weeks.
Top 5 QB Streaming Options (In order)
Jacoby Brissett, IND (@ TEN, 15.9%) // Case Keenum, MIN (vs. GB, 1.4%) // Josh McCown, NYJ (vs. NE, 4.4%) // Brian Hoyer, SF (@ WAS, 7.2%) // Trevor Siemian, DEN (vs. NYG, 27.2%)
Top 5 RB Streaming Options
Jerick McKinnon, MIN (vs. GB. 29.3%) // Elijah McGuire, NYJ (vs. NE, 13.5) // Andre Ellington, ARI (vs. TB, 49.8%) // Matt Brieda, SF (@ WAS, 7.2 %) // Marlon Mack, IND (@ TEN, 3.4%)
Top 5 WR Streaming Options
Jaron Brown, ARI (vs. TB, 24.7%) // John Brown, ARI (vs. TB, 41.6%) // Kendall Wright, CHI (@ BAL, 15.7%) // Nelson Agholor, PHI (@ CAR, 19.6%) // Jermaine Kearse, NYJ (vs. NE, 40.6%)
Top 3 TE Streaming Options
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ (vs. NE, 36.1%) // Zach Miller, CHI (@ BAL, 19%) // Ed Dickson, CAR (vs. PHI, 8.9%)
Top 3 D/ST Streaming Options
Falcons D/ST (vs. MIA) // Redskins D/ST (vs. SF) // Chargers D/ST (@ OAK)
Be sure to check out Pack to the Fantasy on Friday for Around The League to get you ready for the Week 6 Sunday slate as well as Monday Night Football!