2015 Fantasy Football, Week 5 Waiver Wire: Target Ronnie Hillman, Duke Johnson
Week four of the National Football League is officially in the books. And with that, fantasy football fans are looking towards the waiver wire to see if their team can be improved in any way. Some fantasy footballers will react — or, overreact — to their players performances unjustly during this period. Plenty of buzz and player recommendations will surface in preparation of your league’s waiver period causing owners to make rash decisions and drop players they spent months researching. But if I had one recommendation at all, it would be to sit back, relax and let your league mates be the ones to overreact.
Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I WOULD spend my first waiver priority on only Ronnie Hillman from the list below. Also, players listed below are in no particular order.
Teams on a bye in week five: Dolphins, Vikings, Jets, Panthers
Ronnie Hillman | Broncos
The C.J. Anderson bandwagon may have lost a wheel. Through the first four weeks, Anderson failed to return value for those who invested a first or early second round selection in him. In week four, Anderson carried the ball 11 times for 43 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and add a 27 yard reception on his lone target of the afternoon. Teammate Ronnie Hillman earned the same amount of carries (11) but ran for 103 yards (9.4 yards per carry) on the day. Like Anderson, Hillman hauled in his only reception for a five yard gain. Each back has carried the ball just about an equal amount of times through four games (Hillman 39, Anderson 43), including six carries each in the red zone, but Hillman’s 4.9 yards per carry is far superior to Anderson’s 2.7 yards per carry. And Hillman is the only one of the two backs to find the end zone so far in ‘15 — he’s done so twice on the ground. You’re not dropping Anderson for Hillman, but you’re adding Hillman wherever you can, especially if you’re an Anderson owner. Hopefully you’re not a week or two late on this.
Duke Johnson, Jr. | Browns
Isaiah Crowell is still the running back earning the lion’s share of carries out of the Browns’ backfield. However, Duke Johnson, Jr. is making a name for himself in the passing game and should garner your attention in points-per-reception formats. In week four alone, Johnson carried the ball eight times for 31 yards and reeled in 9-of-10 targets for an additional 87 yards and a score. In PPR formats, Johnson and Crowell are logging .36 and .35 fantasy points per snap, so although they’re earning their points in different ways, they’re each performing.
Chris Thompson, Charles Sims and Boobie Dixon may also be considered for owners in leagues with 12 or more teams. Thompson and the Redskins face the league’s most generous run defense through four weeks — the Atlanta Falcons — in week five. I’m not sure game script favors Washington running the ball late in the contest, but Thompson is taking advantage of each opportunity he gets. He’s averaging 8.9 yards per carry and has been relevant in the passing game with 11 receptions on 15 targets for 91 yards and a score. Charles Sims continues to sit behind Doug Martin on the team’s depth chart, but is earning snaps as the third-down back and making a living in the passing game. Boobie Dixon seems like he’ll be getting some work in this week with Buffalo as LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are bruised and battered.
Consider in leagues: All
Waiver Priority Worthy: 3 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 10-15%
Players I’d drop for him: Lance Dunbar, Tre Mason, James Starks
Leonard Hankerson | Falcons
Again I feel like a broken record here. And I’m sorry. But Hankerson’s involvement in the Falcons’ offense continues to be on the rise, yet fantasy owners aren’t giving him the ownership respect that he may deserve. Hankerson hauled in six passes on eight targets for 103 yards and a touchdown against Houston on Sunday. He was the most targeted receiver on the day for Atlanta and led the team in average depth of target (aDot) at 8.0 yards. Hankerson seems to have a case of the dropsies though, leading the team with five dropped passes. Roddy White hasn’t been all that involved in the passing game this season — and shared his displeasure with the media following week four — so I’m wondering if that narrative eats into Hankerson’s opportunities this week and going forward.
The Rams are finding creative ways to get the ball into the hands of speedster Tavon Austin. On the season, he now has 10 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown while adding 14 receptions on 18 targets for 138 yards and two scores through the air. He’s exciting with the ball in his hands, so as long as he continues to get the chance, he could make a big impact on your fantasy squads. Just don’t expect two touchdowns each week.
Allen Hurns led all Jaguars receivers in week four with 11 catches on 14 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown. On the season he’s second on the team in targets (29 to Allen Robinson‘s 37), but leads the team in receptions with 22 and is tied with Robinson with two touchdowns.
Gates returns form a four game suspension this week and Gary Barnidge is proving to be pretty important part of the Browns passing game, providing hope for those who may have lost Jordan Reed or Eric Ebron to injury.
Giants Defense/Special Teams
The Giants face a porous 49ers squad in week five who’ve surrender the league’s most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Stream them if you need them.
Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 10 or lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 0-5%
Players I’d drop for him: Titans, Saints, Vikings