Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Gems for Week 5

Nate Washington has brutal schedule in front of him

Nate Washington has brutal schedule in front of him

Week 5 offers some decent waiver wire pickups at the receiver position.  There are two veteran receivers coming off monster weeks that are worth an add for owners dealing with bye weeks or needing a spot start.

Nate Washington and Greg Jennings put up solid Week 4 numbers and will both likely have new quarterbacks throwing them the ball during Week 5. Jake Locker went down during Week 4 with a hip injury and Ponder has probably lost his starting gig to Matt Cassel.

Nate Washington

Nate Washington is coming off his second straight week of 20 plus points in PPR formats and is likely to be a favorite target for Ryan Fitzpatrick who is known for his gun-slinging mentality.  Tennessee has not been able to get their running game going, so Washington should see plenty of targets in the coming weeks. Fitzpatrick put up decent numbers with Stevie Johnson in Buffalo and just might do more of the same with Washington.

Washington is still a low end WR3 or Flex start, but might please some fantasy owners that are willing to take a shot on him. Locker’s injury may actually boost Washington’s fantasy value in the long run, but Tennessee has some extremely tough match-ups on the horizon as they take on Kansas City, Seattle and San Francisco during the next three weeks.

Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings has finally made his mark in fantasy land as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.  Jennings found the end zone twice and racked up 92 yards through the air on just three receptions. Jennings is a big play waiting to happen and sees a lot of single coverage with defenses focusing on stopping Adrian Peterson. If Cassell can help the Vikings passing game, Jennings might continue to have fantasy success.

The Vikings have a bye this week, so owners can likely grab Jennings as a free agent after he clears waivers.  Regardless of whether Cassel or Ponder gets the start in Week 6, owners should consider adding Jennings because he can provide some valuable help during bye weeks and has some favorable match-ups throughout the season.

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