Waiver Worthy (2019): Week 5: Potential Running Back Targets, High Upside Wide Receivers & More


Let’s just face facts, last week was crazy. But let’s be honest, can’t we really just say that about every week? In fairness though, there were some crazy performances and some truly insane point totals.

However, that was last week. We have to leave it behind, and instead, it is all about Week 6. It is worth noting too, that this is the first week with four teams on bye, so there might be a few more holes than normal to fill in starting lineup. So as we move forward, let’s take a look at some waiver wire options that have caught our attention:

Andy Dalton – QB – Cincinnati Bengals

As far as quarterbacks go this week, our options on the waiver wire are on the thinner side. There are certainly better options out there than the Bengals’ offense, but Dalton does have a track record of solid production. In three of his five games so far this season, Dalton has two touchdown passes, and it’s really the one game in Pittsburgh that has been a disaster for him so far this season. Last week, Dalton was 27 for 38 passing with 262 yards, and that appears to be a solid baseline for what we can expect from him. Now, this isn’t going to be a move that is truly a difference maker, but if injury or a bye week leaves you in need, there are worse options.

Gardner Minshew II – QB – Jacksonville Jaguars

And back to Minshew we are. Granted the Jacksonville quarterback has taken on “legend” status, for lack of a better term, but there is also a solid football player in there too. Last week Minshew threw for 374 yards and two touchdowns, for the fourth time this season, as he had another solid week of production. Jacksonville is clearly committed to letting Minshew show off what he can do, and that includes downfield looks. The fact that we get some running production in there too helps to augment Minshew’s value. This week, Jacksonville faces the Saints in what will likely be an offensive bonanza, and that means Minshew will be busy.

Adrian Peterson – RB – Washington Redskins

As we move to the running back position, we didn’t pick up any steam as far as excitement goes. The most rushing yards Peterson has in a game to this point in 2019, is just 37, and he only has one rushing touchdown. With three receptions for four yards, things didn’t get any better for Peterson in the passing game as he has failed to take advantage of Derrius Guice’s absence. This week though, all bets are off. Depending on your situation, Peterson would be worth a look because we know he is going to be Washington’s main ball carrier, for whatever that is worth because their offense has been downright brutal, but things are different heading into Week 6. The impacts of Washington’s new coach remain to be seen, but we do know that the Redskins are playing the Dolphins this week, and that means opportunity.

Jonathan Hillman – RB – New York Giants

Now we get into the hedging portion of the week. While Saquon Barkley’s return to practice has been nothing but impressive, it remains to be seen whether or not the Giants will push him to return this coming Thursday against the Patriots. And with Wayne Gallman dealing with a concussion, that leaves the previously unknown Hillman. He isn’t a complete stranger, as over the past two weeks, Hillman does have 19 carries for 57 yards, but that production alone isn’t enough isn’t enough to send you running to the waiver wire. But if Barkley and Gallman are unable to go, that means lots of work for Hillman.

Chase Edmonds – RB- Arizona Cardinals

At this point, it is unclear how serious David Johnson’s back injury is, and that would make Edmonds a must own, but on his own, there is some value here. Edmonds is a known quantity, he is averaging 6.7 yards per carry so far this season, and even if Johnson does take the field, it could potentially be in a reduced role. Last week, Edmonds gained 68 yards on eight carries, and, all he needs to do, is add a touchdown to that, and it’s a good day.

Auden Tate – WR – Cincinnati Bengals

Tate got off to a slow start this season, but as of late, the injury to John Ross has also benefited him. Last week, Tate caught just three passes for 26 yards, but he did score that all important touchdown. What is more important though, is that over the past three weeks, Tate has proven to be a consistent part of the Bengals’ game plan. He has been targeted 22 times in that stretch while picking up 13 receptions for 164 yards.

Ted Ginn – WR – New Orleans Saints

After catching seven passes for 101 yards in the season opener, things have gone downhill for Ginn. The New Orleans receiver does have name recognition, and granted the Saints’ offense isn’t the same without Drew Brees, but that doesn’t mean Ginn won’t have value again this season. In his last three games combined, Ginn has seven receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown, but we never know when that game from Week One presents itself once again. And at the very least, Ginn is worth a look for when Brees does return.

Trey Quinn – WR – Washington Redskins

With Jay Gruden out of the picture, things can only go up for the Redskins’ offense, and that might mean good things for Quinn. Aside from a late touchdown in Week One, there hasn’t been much in the way of big play production from the Washington receiver, but he does have a consistent role each week in the Redskins’ offense. Through the first five games of the season, Quinn has been targeted no less than four times each week, and it shouldn’t take much for him to have more consistent fantasy value.

Dawson Knox – TE – Buffalo Bills

As the season progresses, it is very likely to see Knox’s role grow within Buffalo’s offense. Now, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, as his season high is three receptions for 67 yards, and Knox has just one touchdown. But Knox has been on the field more and more each week, and it appears to be a trend that will continue.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 6 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


  1. Need some serious help this week. Picked up Gallman last week to fill a big week 6 bye. That hurt! got the first waiver pick tomorrow morning. Edmonds or Hilliman to play this week and maybe never again? Full PPR.

  2. 14 team, half PPR. Currently have Tennessee’s defense. Green Bay, Denver, Jacksonville, Miami and Seattle are available. Roll with the Titans or upgrade to the one of the others?

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