NFL Week 5 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report


Despite his lack of consistency, Rueben Randle is still the Giants #2 passing option

Reuben Randle (Ownership: 36.8%)

The New York Giants wide out has now posted back-to-back weeks with a score. Although the yardage total is wildly inconsistent, Randle is the undisputed No. 2 option in an Eli Manning offense. There is no timetable for Victor Cruz’s return, which boosts Randle’s fantasy appeal slightly. However, fantasy owners should be salivating at the enticing matchups on the upcoming G-Men schedule. Before the week 11 bye, the Giants square-off against the 49ers, Eagles, Buccaneers, and Patriots; all teams that rank in the bottom half of the league in pass defense. Grab Randle now and hope he can find a consistent groove in the upcoming month.

Gary Barnidge (Ownership: 11.1%)

The Cleveland tight end has now put together back-to-back spectacular performances for the Browns. Barnidge recorded six catches and a score in both Weeks 3 and 4 establishing early chemistry with quarterback, Josh McCown. Albeit the growing rapport between tight end and quarterback, temper expectations for the success rate. The Browns have a daunting upcoming schedule facing Denver, St. Louis, Arizona, and Cincy all in a row. The benefit of grabbing Barnidge; he won’t be able to hurt you from your own roster.

Christine Michael (Ownership: 7.2%)

Another one bites the dust. After tearing his ACL, Lance Dunbar will be the third key offensive weapon to go down for the Cowboys in just four weeks. Dunbar is also the third back to be placed on IR for this Dallas team which paves the way for Christine Michael. Michael hasn’t received many looks to date, but if the RBBC approach will still be used, which it will, and if Randle and McFadden continue to be ineffective against stout defenses, which they will, then Michael is worth a stash. Speaking of McFadden and his fantasy owners, congratulations, he’s lasted five weeks without getting injured. However, as history shows, he could get banged up by tomorrow making Michael that much more valuable. Grab the third-year man while you still can.

Charles Sims (Ownership: 33.6%)

Sims found his way into the endzone for the second week in a row with a receiving touchdown. Undoubtedly capped by the presence of Doug Martin, the two seemed to have found a viable tandem. Sims will continue to make his mark in the passing game as the Bucs struggle to play from behind in most games. Sims is worthy of a bench spot and should be used as a flex play during bye weeks.


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