Waiver Wire Targets week 5
Eddie Royal (WR CHI 13%) Through a quarter of the season, Eddie Royal is a top 10 fantasy receiver. He had double digits points in 3 out of the Bears 4 games. On Sunday he caught all 7 of his targets for 111, and a touchdown against division rival Detroit. He has a very favorable matchup next week against an Indianapolis team who just traveled across the pond last Sunday to play the London Jaguars. Look at Royal as a low end WR2.
Hunter Henry (TE SD 30%) – As long as Antonio Gates is out with an injury, Henry should be a plug and play in your lineup. With a San Diego offense that is riddled with injuries, Henry is becoming a go-to target for Rivers. He may be a little more up and down as opposed to someone like Brate, but as long as drops don’t become a problem he has the potential for some big weeks.
Cameron Brate (TE TB 11%) – With the release of Austin Sefarian- Jenkins, Brate has stepped right into their starting TE role, and he hasn’t missed a beat. Since becoming the starter, Brate has received 10 and 8 targets in the last 2 games. He should see consistent targets moving forward because he is becoming a security blanket for Winston. He may not always give you a chance at 15-20 point game, but he has become very consistent TE2 with upside.
Bilal Powell (RB NYJ 23%) – He’s started touching the ball more in recent weeks, but he’s also been drastically been out producing Forte per touch basis. Of course that doesn’t mean that all of a sudden Forte will only get a few touches a game, but that does mean that Powell will continue to see an increase touches. Also, at the end of the game last week Forte was brought to the x-ray room on the cart. If he is out for any length of time Powell will be the guy in the Jets backfield.
Terrance West (RB BAL 31%) – As of right now, it’s the Terrance West show. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has stated they will “continue to ride the hot hand” in the backfield, and that certainly is West. Last week he easily had his best game of the season as he had 21 carries for 113 yards and a score. With Justin Forsett inactive for the game West almost got all (21 of 26) of the Ravens touches out of the backfield. That trend should continue until rookie Kenneth Dixon returns from injury.
Steve Smith (WR BAL 60%) If a guy has an owned percentage over 55% I usually keep him off of this list, but in this case I’m going to make an exception. Smith showed the same explosiveness that he’s had for years. Which was most evident on a 52 yard touchdown play where he broke 2 tackles, and ran away from the safeties. He finished the game with 8/111/1. This is the second week in a row where he had 11 targets and 8 catches. He’s going to continue seeing the majority of targets in the Baltimore offense, but if he continues to get the targets and catches that he’s received the last two weeks. He could end up being a big factor in your flex position.
Keep an eye on …
WIth Tom Brady suspended for the first 4 games the Patriots offense leaned heavily on Legarrette Blount. With Brady back under center on Sunday look for James White to have a big role catching the ball out of the backfield. After watching the Steelers on Sunday, it was clear that Big Ben has developed a good rapport with Sammie Coates. He had 6 catches for 79 yards, and could continue to get more looks especially with defenses focusing on AB, and Bell.