Terrance West and the week 5 waiver wire
Another relatively calm week on the injury front will lead to fewer waiver wire pickups heading in to week 5. This is good news for owners with a strong team who want to save their waiver priority. For desperate owners who are 1-3 or worse and seeking to win now, you will want to consider burning your waiver priority on Terrance West who looks like he will get first crack at the starting job for the Ravens.
All players listed are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues. Suggested FAAB bids are highlighted in green.
This article is updated regularly through Monday night.
Terrance West – Ravens – RB (27% owned) | 16% FAAB
Sunday was a bit of an odd day in Ravens camp. Previous “starter” Justin Forsett was declared benched initially, before ultimately being a healthy scratch. Terrance West was crowned the starter, with Buck Allen as the backup. Kenneth Dixon fans surely celebrated the news, figuring a wash out like Terrance West (who has compiled a 3.8 YPC average through 5 seasons) would be just a placeholder until Dixon was ready to resume his rightful place.
Terrance West had other ideas as he handled 21 carries for 113 yards (5.0+ YPC) and a TD against the Raiders. Baltimore’s upcoming schedule will give us some insight as to whether Terrance West is a one week flash in the pan, or has true staying power. The Ravens will face WAS, NYG and the NYJ the next 3 weeks. Keep in mind the Redskins are currently the 5th worst run D in the league, allowing 133 Yds/G on the ground through 4 games. Expect Terrance West to see a similar workload in week 5, leaving him as a solid RB2 in 10 team leagues.
Full disclosure: I want to be clear that I am not a big Terrance West fan. He has bounced around the league, and couldn’t gain a foothold with 2 mediocre organizations in the Browns and Titans. With that said, Terrance West is clearly doing something right in Baltimore, and they trust him enough to give him 20 carries in a game which is a rarity in the NFL these days. The recommended FAAB bid reflects the uncertainty of his position, as Terrance West could still find himself in a RBBC, but also shows the upside he carries as a potential breakout candidate here in 2016.
Quincy Enunwa – Jets – WR (37% owned) | 6% FAAB
While perusing the players who are owned in fewer than 50% of leagues, I was quite surprised to find Enunwa’s name. I mentioned him in previous weeks articles, and figured he would be well over 50% ownership now given the injuries that have impacted Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker this season. Brandon Marshall looked like himself in week 4, but Eric Decker has a partial tear in his rotator cuff and is a candidate for IR.
I wanted to give you a complete writeup on what a physical specimen Enunwa is, but NFL.com did such a good job I’ll just leave this here:
Robert Woods – Bills – WR (7% owned) | 6% FAAB
I struggled with this one.. I wish I had a section between must add and suggested add. Basically, if you need a WR, and Enunwa is gone, Robert Woods should be your pickup. Sammy Watkins is potentially out for the season, leaving Woods to operate as the new WR1 in a run heavy offense for the Bills. While he won’t ever produce a 300 yard receiving week a la Julio Jones, Woods has seen 18 targets in 2 weeks as the WR1. Expect him to continue to see steady volume averaging 8-10 targets and around 70 yards per week. The TDs will be a dicey proposition, but off the waiver wire you can do a lot worse!
Cameron Brate – Bucs – TE (10% owned) | 3% FAAB
Cameron Brate has enjoyed his first 2 weeks as the starting TE for the Bucs seeing a whopping 18 targets, 10 receptions, 113 yards and 2 TDs. While his week 3 performance with 2 TDs was certainly intriguing, I found it more interesting to see him finish with an 8 target, 5 reception, 67 yard game against the Denver Broncos. It doesn’t get any easier in week 5 as the Bucs get the Carolina Panthers, but CAR was just lit up by the Falcons for 44 points, leaving Brate as a low end TE1. Week 6 will see Cameron on BYE, so don’t drop your only other TE, but it looks like we could be seeing the emergence of a solid fantasy starter.
Hunter Henry – Chargers – TE (30% owned) | 2% FAAB
If Antonio Gates was out for a longer period of time, Hunter Henry would certainly be a must add. Through 2 games as a starter, he has 9 receptions for 133 yards and a TD. Borderline TE1 numbers due to the uncertainty at the position this season. However, Antonio Gates remains week to week with a hamstring injury, and will likely be questionable heading in to week 5. If you need TE help, Hunter Henry is a solid streamer option, just don’t expect him to be there for you all season.
Anquan Boldin – Lions – WR (20% owned) | 2% FAAB
What in the wide world of sports has happened to Golden Tate?!? This was a guy who was supposed to be 1A to Marvin Jones 1B in Detroit this season, and yet Marvin Jones has emerged as the go to receiver. In week 4, Golden Tate ran the wrong route which lead to Stafford’s first interception, leading to Golden being benched for the 2nd half. Coach Caldwell may have been sending a message, so don’t expect Boldin to suddenly take over as the WR2, but through 4 weeks Anquan (24) has nearly as many targets as Tate (26). If Golden continues to be a bit of a headcase, its not inconceivable that Boldin could jump up into solid WR3 territory. If you need wide receiver help and Boldin is available, he makes for a solid speculative add and a dicey flex play at this time.
Terrance Williams – Cowboys – WR (9% owned) | 1% FAAB
For those who may not recall, Dez Bryant only played the first 9 weeks last season. I went ahead and looked up Terrance Williams stats from week 10 on. 7 weeks, 27 receptions, 467 yards, 1 TD. The yardage actually looks alright, except 173 of those came in week 16, and he had a floor of just 13 yards in week 14. That is scary boom or bust production, and considering that 5 out of his 7 weeks were under 70 yards I lean more towards bust. Oh, he has also made (at least) 2 absolutely bone-headed plays this season not going out of bounds to stop the clock when needed which certainly isn’t making him any friends in the coaching ranks. If you’re in a deep enough league that he is the best option available, you can take a chance on him. Expect weekly averages around 3 receptions and 50 yards. Just hope you don’t have to count on him to have a big week.
Eddie Royal – Bears – WR (12% owned) | 1% FAAB
I’ve been providing weekly waiver wire advice here on FTA and on reddit for the past 4 seasons, and I’m pretty sure I’ve had to cover Eddie Royal at least once each season. Royal always made the most of his opportunities, catching 15 TD passes from 2013-14. 2015 was a bit of a disappointment with just 1 TD and 37 receptions over 9 games, but 2016 is a new season for the Bears slot receiver! Alshon Jeffery continues to be a walking question mark week to week, and now we can add Kevin White to that list as he left week 4 with an ankle injury. The Bears will be short on healthy receiving options heading in to week 5 against IND, making Royal a sneaky low end WR3/Flex play this week.
Dontrelle Inman – Chargers – WR (1% owned) | 1% FAAB
All eyes have been on Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams in San Diego, but it was 3rd year wide receiver Dontrelle Inman who stole the spotlight week 4 with 7 receptions for 120 yards and a TD. Given his experience its not outside the realm of possibility that Inman is actually counted on more than Tyrell Williams (rookie) going forward. The 11 targets are probably not reproduceable, however he should settle in between 6-7 per game giving him some value in 12+ team leagues.
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Kenneth Dixon – Ravens – RB (25% owned) | 0% FAAB
Apparently there were a large number of owners who didn’t want to miss out on the supposed gold mine that was Kenneth Dixon. However, if the Redskins run D remains porous in week 5, Terrance West could actually lock up the starting role for the forseeable future. I’m including Dixon here in the deep league waiver adds to show where I currently hold him in regards to the rest of the list. Kenneth is an interesting speculative sleeper add, but the value currently isn’t there given the injury and Terrance West’s strong week 4 performance.
C.J. Spiller – Seahawks – RB (7% owned) | 0% FAAB
It wasn’t all that long ago that C.J. Spiller was a fantasy darling, carrying the ball 200+ times in consecutive years from 2012-13 while averaging a combined 5.3 YPC. Then he goes to New Orleans and becomes an afterthought both in the NFL and fantasy circles. Well, apparently the Seahawks are willing to give Spiller another shot as they signed him earlier in the week, and then promptly started him ahead of Prosise (cast on broken hand) as the #2 back. C.J. made the most of his limited opportunities, scoring a TD while totaling just 17 yards on 4 touches (2 carries, 2 receptions). If you play in a deep enough league were all the guys listed above are gone, you can add Spiller as a speculation back as we wait to see if he is a gadget or player, or if Seattle has plans to increase his workload going forward.
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Thanks for reading and good luck landing Terrance West off the week 5 waiver wire!