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Fantasy Football 2015 Waiver Wire: Week 5

Kamar Aiken

Kamar Aiken

​Week 4 left fantasy owners with an encore performance from Devonta Freeman forcing himself into the front of the running back herd in literally two weeks. This week we start with a bang. There is a DFS scandal (If you want to call it that), which is shaking up the industry and causing online feuds, while seasonal fantasy players have more bye weeks to navigate.

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Whether you have another injury to worry about, simply are giving up on a few players on your bench, or finding a bye week replacement, the waiver wire should once again be hot and active this week.

I will list as always a few more targets who are floating around in most leagues and who you should consider adding to your bench.

Good luck this week everyone. If you are having issues with who to drop, or hold from your fantasy teams, be on the lookout for my latest series called Patience or Panic where I will look at players who are under-performing and whether you need to cut bait or hold.


I will be here to guide you each and every week with some players who are owned less than 40 percent in ESPN.com leagues and could have an impact on your squad for this particular week or the rest of the season.

1. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (49.6 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)

Kind of cheating again this week but this percentage is still too low in the desolate waiver wire of running backs. Johnson showed Sunday how unique of a weapon he is as a pass catcher (9 rec., 85 yds., TD), and his playing time will only improve. If he is still available take a flyer. He should be worth it.

2. Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (11.6 percent owned)

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Hurns has overshadowed Allen Robinson, who was supposed to be the focal point in the Jaguars' developing offense. Hurns is seeing plenty of targets and red-zone opportunities continue to fall his way too. Hurns is a surprising player so far, but there is no reason to see a decrease in production. Currently the 20th-ranked WR, this week will likely be your last chance to snag him.

3. Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta (13.7 percent owned)

Hankerson had another fantastic showing in Week 4, in which, just like Week 2, he had a touchdown, six receptions and 75-plus yards. This is solid WR2, and most certainly flex-worthy production. The Falcons have a high-powered offense and with the meteoric rise of Devonta Freeman, opportunities should be there for Hankerson while secondaries try to contain Julio Jones. Roddy White is certainly the third option and no longer a threat to Hankerson. Get him while you can and enjoy your cheap production.

4. Boobie Dixon, RB, Buffalo Bills (1.1 percent owned)

Dixon has been a big name this morning when the news broke that Karlos Williams is dealing with a concussion. This elevates Dixon to a potential starter for Week 5, and even though the Bills signed former Colt Daniel Herron to provide depth, Dixon should see the lion's share of touches in Week 5. He is not explosive, but can do damage in the red-zone and can wear down defenses if needed.

5. Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens (0.8 percent owned)

Breshad Perriman was in my waiver wire post last week, but that was prior to the news coming out about him re-injuring his knee, which could keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. Steve Smith then injured his back on Thursday night, propelling the overlooked Aiken to the No. 1 status in Baltimore. Chris Givens was acquired via trade, and his speed could be utilized at some point, but Aiken is familiar with the offense and should be able to build a rapport with Joe Flacco. In Week 4 he ended up with a touchdown, and 77 yards receiving on five catches. Not too shabby.

DST Streamer(s) of the Week

I am a part of the streaming DST movement. I don’t typically waste a draft pick, unless I need to, in my drafts and instead cut someone and add a DST. Clearly the top defenses will be owned and not available, but streaming is always an option when it comes to DSTs. So each week I will be providing a DST that is owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN.com leagues and can be useful.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay (0.8 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)

The Jags face a turnover-plagued Tampa Bay team and I see no reason not to capitalize once again this week. A rookie quarterback who is coming off a four-interception performance and one that has already tossed seven picks is certainly appealing from a matchup standpoint. Like a shark sensing blood, you should be attacking this matchup in Week 5.

— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.