Welcome to the week 5 dynasty waiver wire! This week, I (Liam – @theFSAtweets) have stepped in to run through some names you should be considering for your waiver wire claims. I’m not alone though! Thank you to Rich (@DynastyIsland) and Paul (@paul_picken) for throwing some players my way. As always, all rostership numbers are from Sleeper.
Josh Reynolds – WR – Detroit Lions – 65% Rostered
Josh “the Serpent of F***ing Death” Reynolds was the primary beneficiary of the Amon-Ra St. Brown and DeAndre Swift injuries. He hauled in 7 catches on 8 targets, resulting in 81 receiving yards and a TD. This would have scored you 21.1 PPR points – WR9 on the week! Reynolds showed us he will be a big part of this offence in week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings with 6 catches on 10 targets and 96 yards. He’ll continue to be a mainstay in this Detroit Lions offence until his role is reduced a little by those aforementioned players returning from injury. If he wasn’t picked up from your waiver wire this past week, he should be a main target for you for this run.
Deon Jackson – RB – Indianapolis Colts – 12% Rostered
With the workhorse, Jonathan Taylor, out this week, Deon Jackson is expected to be the next man up. We could see more of Jackson going into this week. Jackson is the 3rd Running Back on the Indianapolis Colts depth chart, behind Jonathan Taylor (obviously!) and Nyheim Hines. Although we could see Hines getting some carries with Taylor potentially out, I can’t imagine Hines will be used as a workhorse. This will open up many opportunities for either Jackson or the next player on this list.
Philip Lindsay – RB – Indianapolis Colts – 11% Rostered
Equally, former waiver wire darling Philip Lindsay could see more work with more time to gameplan headed into Thursday Night Football. That being said, I prefer Jackson’s chances to see more touches with a short week in mind. Lindsay has been on the practice squad since the cut down to 53-man rosters in August. One interpretation of this could be that the Colts trust Jackson more. This only solidifies my preference of the two options. However, we have no real knowledge of how this situation will play out.
Marquez Callaway – WR – New Orleans Saints – 37% Rostered
With Michael Thomas out and Jarvis Landry banged up this week, Marquez Callaway saw an increased role. That’s an understatement really. He was on the field for nearly 97% of snaps, saw a 21.4% target share, and 91 air yards. It’s clear that the Saints are comfortable with him having a major role, opposite rookie-star Chris Olave, in this offence if Michael Thomas is out for any period of time.
Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Miami Dolphins – 29% Rostered
Tua had an ugly-looking injury on Thursday Night Football last week. I obviously hope he’s okay and his injury is more than football/our little game of fantasy. As we know, unfortunately, football – and therefore our game of a game – do not stop. Teddy was the backup when Tua went down, as most expected him to be. Teddy didn’t have a stellar performance by any means, but we have seen him provide good numbers for both himself and his Wide Receivers. He’s only a few years removed from having Curtis Samuel, DJ Moore and Robbie Anderson all in the top 25 scoring WRs. I do expect Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to take a hit here, at least they still have a serviceable option.
Bailey Zappe – QB – New England Patriots – 22% Rostered
We all expected Bailey Zappe to be the first rookie Quarterback to make his NFL debut. Right? The fourth-round rookie was thrown into the game very early on after a sack by Rashan Gary knocked Brian Hoyer out of the game. Zappe wasn’t allowed to throw often and when he did, it looked real spotty. Zappe could be allowed to open up the playbook a little more with a full week of starter training reps and preparation. Hoyer’s situation is still murky following Sunday’s game meaning Zappe could be in for his first career start. If he wasn’t taken in your rookie draft and stashed on a taxi squad, he’s someone to look out for on your waiver wire.
Caleb Huntley – RB – Atlanta Falcons – 2% Rostered
The 2nd-year undrafted free agent saw some significant touches this week with the lead back (Cordarrelle Patterson) leaving the game due to an injury. Patterson has since been placed on injured reserve. This leaves the door wide open to the starting role for either Caleb Huntley or his rookie teammate Tyler Allgeier. Both of these guys looked good against a Cleveland Browns defence without Myles Garrett. Allgeier outgained Huntley on the ground (with the same amount of carries – 10) and through the air with one catch on a single target. Huntley, however, scored the only rushing touchdown for the Falcons. This could easily be a split backfield while Patterson is out and both of these backs looked worthy of a waiver claim. For reference, Tyler Allgeier is also a good pick-up at 31% rostered.
Mike Boone – RB – Denver Broncos – 7% Rostered
Finally, Mike Boone is a speculative waiver wire claim this week. Awful news of Javonte Williams tearing his ACL and LCL which will claim his season, potentially further. This opens the door for Mike Boone to receive more touches. He rushed for 20 yards on his 3 carries and brought in 1 of 3 targets for 9 yards. Not groundbreaking by any means. The reason I consider Boone a speculative add comes down to the rest of that backfield. Melvin Gordon is still there – although plagued by fumbling issues – and news of the Denver Broncos signing Latavius Murray from the Saints’ practice squad broke just 24 hours after his 65-yard showing in London. Boone has shown flashes in the past but has been unable to hold down a starting role. As I said, he’s nothing more than a speculative add right now.
If you have any questions or want advice on your waiver claims, feel free to drop me a DM or tweet me @theFSAtweets. Huge thank you to @paul_picken and @DynastyIsland for sharing the load this week. Keep your eyes peeled for more articles from our great Dynasty team, coming soon. Remember to tune into the 5 Yard Dynasty livestream aevery Tuesday at 8pm (GMT).