Week 5 of the NFL season just wrapped up, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender.
Andy Dalton (4% owned)
With Dak Prescott going down for the year, Andy Dalton finds himself in a great position and is my pickup of the week. With a high powering offense featuring Zeke Elliot, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb, Dalton should be able to put up above-average FF points on a regular basis. He may not end up playing as well as Dak did but he should be a high-end QB2 for the rest of the year.
Alex Smith (1% owned)
The great redemption story just got better as Alex Smith got to play for the first time since his gruesome injury a couple of seasons ago. With Dwayne Haskins' replacement Kyle Allen going down, Smith stepped into a starting role. He may not have played as well as people would hope, but his play should get better throughout the season. He's a a low-end QB2 but a good bye-week filler in Superflex leagues.
Alexander Mattison (42% owned)
Dalvin Cook went down on Sunday, which opened the door for Mattison to get touches. He did great rushing 20 times for 112 yards and hauling in all three of his targets for 24 yards. Cook isn't expected to play in Week 6 against a putrid Falcons team, so Mattison should be a priority this week in a game where he should be expected to put up RB1 numbers.
Chase Claypool (17% owned)
Claypool exploded on Sunday, scoring 4 Touchdowns for the Steelers. The rookie has shown explosiveness and good direction in traffic. With some big games sprinkled in with mediocre ones, he isn't quite consistently as of yet but things are absolutely looking up. Claypool is a must-own in dynasty leagues, and has WR3 potential with upside as the season progresses.
Mecole Hardman (40% owned)
With Sammy Watkins going down with what looked like a serious hamstring injury, the door opens up for Mecole Hardman. Hardman has played pretty well for a WR3, getting 50 yards or scoring in 3 of 5 games so far this year. These numbers should only expect to go up as he will have more opportunities to touch the ball with Watkin's injury. In an offense like the Chiefs, opportunity is all that matters for possible big fantasy days.
Travis Fulgham (4% owned)
After back-to-back big games, it's hard to ignore Fulgham at this point. The young WR seems to have a good connection to QB Carson Wentz and has looked good on an Eagles team desperate for WR help. 13 targets last game suggest that Wentz is willing to look his way more than others. In a catch up situation (something the Eagles seem to be in a lot this year), Wentz has shown to trust him as well which makes him an intriguing add this week.
Trey Burton (1% owned)
Despite good play from Alie-Cox, Burton is the TE the Colts seem to want to go with going forward as the primary pass-catcher. For the 2nd straight week it was Burton who led in route ran and targets, and it's only a matter of time before those numbers convert into solid FF points. Rivers loves to target his TEs, and though we haven't seen as much of that this year it's definitely expected to come to roost sooner than later. Burton is a quality add and has potential for TE2 numbers finishing the year.
Cameron Brate (2% owned)
Tom Brady said he's been begging for more Brate, and with OJ Howard going down with an Achilles tear you can expect that to happen. It helps when most of the WRs on the team are injured as well. Brate may never put up Gronk-like numbers, but he should consistently be in the 7-10 point range for the time being. When the other pass-catchers heal up this may change, but he too should finish the year as a borderline TE2.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Frank Gore, La'Mical Perine, Jeff Smith, Mike Williams, Christian Kirk, Tim Patrick, JD McKissic, Cole Beasley.
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.