Week 5 Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Pickups

Deshaun Watson, Doug Martin...and more players that need to be owned

It’s still very early on in your fantasy season but the injuries are starting to mount. With high fantasy draft picks seemingly going down every week now, here are a few players owned in less than 60% of leagues that could make an impact for your squad.

Deshaun Watson – QB

With injuries to young studs Derek Carr & Marcus Mariota, let us take a quick search for a potential fantasy franchise Quarterback. The Texans have had Quarterback problems since the beginning of franchise history but the rookie Watson looks polished and ready to do big things. Watson had his breakout game in Week 4 against the Titans, having scored nearly 35 fantasy points and making the small number of owners who started him very happy. Facing a very solid Chiefs defense won’t be easy but it should be a very intriguing test for the 1st year player out of Clemson. Watson should be added immediately and started in Week 6 against the Browns. Being in a division with some struggling defenses should make Watson look even better going forward.

Donte Moncrief - WR

Like the entire Colts offense, the 24-year old Moncrief has been quiet this season but with starting QB Andrew Luck set to begin practicing again, this whole offense should get a jolt very quickly. There is still no set date for Luck to get into a game but when he does, expect this Colts offense to go from one of the worst in football to above average. Moncrief is the No. 2 receiver in Indy behind T.Y. Hilton. Expect to see both receivers gain a huge boost in targets and receptions once Luck returns in the next few weeks.

Evan Engram – TE

The Giants appear to be in disarray after a pair of losses on game-winning field goals and downright offensive futility but one of the few bright spots has been Big Blue’s first round pick from the University of Mississippi. Engram has been solid through his first 4 career NFL games and should only get better as he gains more experience this season. Despite having Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard as teammates, there should be plenty of footballs in Engram’s direction going forward.

Doug Martin – RB

This one is more of a gamble as the Buccaneers have not said they are giving Martin his old No. 1 RB job back just yet but Martin has returned from a 4-game suspension he received last season. Martin is still just 28 years old and has a pair of 1,400+ rushing yard seasons on his resume (last one in 2015) so Martin has the upside worthy of a waiver pick. Jacquizz Rodgers has played well in Martin’s absence but should he slip up, Tampa could go back to Martin as the starting running back.

Latavius Murray – RB

With Dalvin Cook now out for the season with a torn ACL, the Vikings lead runner gig is now up for grabs. Murray signed a three-year, $15M contract before the season, with the expectation he’d be the starting Running Back. An early ankle injury to Murray and Dalvin Cook sliding to Minnesota in the 2nd round resulted in Murray having virtually no fantasy value up until now. Murray has been a successful starting RB in the past and is a very good pass-blocker, which should give him the edge for staying on the field over Jerick McKinnon.

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