And with that, Week 5 is in the books.
Another injury has costly implications on the waiver wire this week. As well, a new Detroit receiver enters the fray! All that and more in this week’s waiver targets.
Devontae Booker – New York Giants
Season totals 27.4 points
23 carries, 64 yards rushing, 7 targets, 6 receptions, 30 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
Booker was a handcuff I touted as a sleeper before the year started and it was for this exact reason. With Barkley getting injured Devontae stepped into a bell cow back situation. After the Saquon injury Booker carried the ball 16 times for 42 yards rushing, was targeted 4 times, had 3 receptions for 16 yards and 2 touchdowns total. While the 2.63 ypc is concerning, the usage is encouraging. Expect Booker to remain the featured back until the possible return of Barkley. Booker will be the most popular pick up this week so he is going to cost you a pretty penny.
Brandon Bolden – New England Patriots
Season totals 25.9 points
7 carries, 29 yards rushing, 14 targets, 13 receptions, 80 yards receiving
Bolden has been the receiving back in New England after the injury to James White. All of Brandon’s production except for 1 carry for 5 yards rushing has come in the last 3 weeks. In each of the last 3 weeks Bolden has been targeted at least 4 times and has had at least 3 receptions. Bolden’s ceiling is lower than many but his floor is higher. As bye weeks roll through Bolden is a solid option as a fill in.
Kyle Jusczyk – San Francisco 49ers
Season totals 35.1 points
7 carries, 16 yards rushing, 16 targets, 14 receptions, 135 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Jusczyk remains a solid if not exciting option in a run heavy San Francisco offense. With Trey Lance at the helm the focus became even stronger on the running game and running backs. Jusczyk offers little in the rushing department but has been a consistent safety valve in the passing game. In week 4 Kyle was targeted 4 for 3 receptions and 35 yards receiving. This marks the third game in a row where Jusczyk was targeted 4 times and had at least 35 yards receiving. As a bye week fill in or I’m flex option in a pinch Kyle is serviceable.
Amon-Ra St. Brown – Detroit Lions
Season totals 37.8 points
26 targets, 19 receptions, 178 yards receiving
Amon-Ra has emerged in the last 2 weeks as a favorite target of Jared Goff. With the injuries in the wide receiver room and defenses taking away TJ Hockenson, St. Brown has been targeted 8 times in back-to-back weeks. Week 4 saw St. Brown post 6 receptions for 70 yards receiving, while week 5 saw him post 7 receptions for 65 yards receiving. For me, opportunities are king when it comes to production and Amon-Ra has ascended to being the most targeted receiver for Detroit. I expect his opportunities to continue to be plentiful. Be willing to dole out some money and get in early on St. Brown.
Rashard Higgins – Cleveland Browns
Season totals 31.3 points
16 targets, 11 receptions, 143 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Higgins put up another solid week with 10.9 points in week 4. Posting 3 receptions, 39 yards receiving, and 1 touchdown last week Higgins was the first Cleveland wide receiver to score a touchdown this year. Rashard has been a consistent presence in the Browns passing game and should remain so until Landry returns at the very least. Higgins is a viable flex option for the foreseeable future.
Ricky Seals-Jones – Washington Football Team
Season totals 21.9 points
13 targets, 8 receptions, 79 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Seals-Jones is the next man up for Washington in their highly utilized tight end position. In his first week as a starter Ricky was on the field for 99% of the plays and was targeted 8 times for 5 receptions and 41 yards receiving. Beating all of his statistical totals for the season except touchdowns in week 5, Seals-Jones is a great addition to your team. His role in the offense will keep his floor higher than most other tight ends. Be willing to spend a little money to pick up Seals-Jones, there are not many players who fall into as good of a spot as him.
Dan Arnold – Jacksonville Jaguars
Season totals 30.7 points
21 targets, 15 receptions, 177 yards receiving
Arnold was a popular breakout pick this year. After his trade to Jacksonville Arnold may live up to those expectations. With the loss of DJ Chark, the Jaguars are in need of a big bodied receiving option. Couple that with the fact that the Jaguars will be playing from behind most games and Arnold should see plenty of targets. After familiarizing himself with the offense last week Dan was heavily involved in week 5. Leading the team with 8 targets, he had 6 receptions for 64 yards receiving. Now is the time to buy Arnold and reap the rewards.
David Njoku – Cleveland Browns
Season totals 46 points
17 targets, 14 receptions, 260 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Njoku had a monster game in week 5. Flashing his athletic ability and the potential we all saw when he was drafted. In week 4 Njoku had 7 targets, 7 receptions, 149 yards receiving, 1 touchdown. Tying his reception total in the previous 4 weeks and outpacing his yards receiving for the year, week 5 is the ceiling for David. Don’t expect this type of production going forward but hope that this is the spark needed to increase Njoku’s usage. Don’t spend too much on Njoku after this week.
Donald Parham – Los Angeles Chargers
Season totals 25.5 points
7 targets, 5 receptions, 65 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
Parham has produced 21.1 of his 24.0 points over the last 2 weeks, scoring a touchdown in each game. With his game being so touchdown dependent Donald has a low floor each week. A fact that has been evident up until the last couple weeks. Parham is worth having on the end of the bench and using in a bye week fill in.
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