Week 5 injuries/ Waiver adds
Week 5 is now in the books and it featured some great games all across the league, and we even saw some familiar faces and new faces bounce back—or make a statement in their game with Cam Newton and Leonard Fournette. However Week 5 also took a pretty dark turn and pretty much mirrored what we’ve been seeing early on and that’s a barrage of season-ending injuries. Here are the players you should target even though there’s no one on the waiver right now to make up for Odell’s production, and some hopefully you already have rostered.
The Giants wide receivers
Odell Beckham Jr was one of the biggest stories for Week 5, and for unfortunate reasons. The star wideout suffered a fractured ankle and will have season-ending surgery. Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, and Sterling Shepard would also get hurt and ruled out to where the Giants had to play three tight ends. Marshall is having season-ending ankle surgery. Dwayne Harris is also out for the season with a fractured foot, and Shepard should be back after injuring his ankle, which is a positive with all the troubles the Giants have faced this season.
Chris Conley/ Tyler Boyd/ Charles Clay/ Travis Kelce
Conley was a great player on an explosive offense who made the most out of his opportunities. Unfortunately he was ruled out, and was later confirmed that Conley suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. Tyler Boyd had an early exit with a knee injury, but he does have a Week 6 bye. Charles Clay is expected to miss several weeks with a knee scope, and Travis Kelce was ruled out Sunday night with a concussion.
Matthew Stafford/ Sam Bradford/Devante Parker/Terrance West
Stafford suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s shootout with Carolina. No timetable as of yet of his status. Sam Bradford just looked horrible, and I was convinced that a fly could knock him out of the game if it happened. Bradford just didn’t look comfortable, and he lacked his mobility before getting knocked out of the game. Devante Parker suffered a sprained ankle, Terrance West and Bilal Powell both suffered calf injuries and were helped off the field.
Mack is an explosive player similar to Tarik Cohen who is making the most out of his limited touches. He had an awesome touchdown run, and almost another, but he’s a must add with Andrew Luck coming soon. Frank Gore is getting the volume, but there’s only so much the 34 year-old can do.
If you’re a Carlos Hyde owner hopefully you already have Breida, if not I don’t know what to tell you. Breida out snapped Hyde, and at first I figured it was Hyde’s hip that was causing him to miss some snaps, but coach Shanahan said nothing was wrong with Hyde, and that he just liked what he saw out of Breida which is concerning for Hyde owners.
If you picked him up over his one big game, and were upset because he put up a dud compared to Week 4 just hang on tight. If McGuire is still on the waiver then he automatically becomes a top add of the week with both Forte and Powell out for the time being.
First off I’m going to say that I don’t expect Dickson to do this every week, but with Cam Newton playing like his former MVP self, he’s another weapon for the Panthers, and is making up for the targets that Olsen left behind.
Wayne Gallman/ Orleans Darkwa
Everytime I see Darkwa’s name I assume he’s a Star Wars character for some reason, nonetheless he’s a useable asset for the Giants and as horrible as that sounds, times get tough and we all have to make ends meet even in fantasy. Both Gallman and Darkwa should be rostered and flexed with Eli needing someone to catch the ball and make plays.
Hey Kittle finally had his break out game, and he was one of my must adds and Man Up’s early on this season, and even though he didn’t deliver when I though he would, he’s finally making a splash. Kittle still probably won’t be heavily owned after his big game, but in a game where the tight end position is so scarce you can’t pass it up.
Yuck I know, but hey with all the Giants wide receivers in the same emergency room someone has to step up, and Roger Lewis will get his crack as the No.1 WR.
Rivers is still widely available in high percentages in several leagues, and he does not belong on the waiver, the Chargers are a pass first offense, and Rivers is chucking the ball a minimum forty times a game. Even though LA got their first win of the season, their backs still remain against the wall, and for that reason alone is enough for Rivers to continue to sling the ball.