Waiver Favors™: 2022 Week 5 Fantasy Football Pickups
By Ha Kung Wong Week 5 Fantasy Football Pickups
Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I do every year over the last 10 years, I’m here to help with waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors™ article! And I’m assuming if you’re reader right now, you’re in your fantasy football playoffs, so congratulations!
I’ll make a couple suggestions for after Week 5 of the 2022 fantasy football season that hopefully will keep your team running. You’re welcome. Again.
As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.
QB – Seattle Seahawks – 34% Owned
Geno Smith completed 16 of 25 attempts for 268 yards and three touchdowns, adding 13 rushing yards in Week 4. Believe it or not, Smith is now averaging over 300 yards and almost 3 TDs over the last 3 games. This is the best Smith has been EVER. The Seahawks defense hasn’t been good, requiring Smith to air it out every week, which is great news for DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett owners. It’s also great for folks who want to play Smith. He should be owned in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
RB – Seattle Seahawks – 44% Owned
With Rashaad Penny going out in the 3rd quarter with a “serious” ankle injury that looks to sideline him for the rest of the season, Kenneth Walker stepped in and rushed 8 times for 88 yards and a TD. Most of it was in a 69-yard TD run, but they all count the same. He was thought to be the starter coming into the season before the preseason and injury and is now likely to be the starter the rest of the year for the Seahawks. Scoop him up in all 10-team leagues or deeper.
Pete Carroll says Rashaad Penny has a “serious” ankle injury and it will be very tough for Seahawks to get him back. Sounds he will be out a long time—again. @thenewstribune pic.twitter.com/vjkBDprz4I
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 9, 2022
RB – Arizona Cardinals – 10% Owned
Eno Benjamin was literally the last man standing in the Cardinals backfield as James Conner (ribs), Darrel Williams (knee) and Jonathan Ward (hamstring) all went out due to injury. With the backfield to himself, Benjamin racked up 8 carries for 25 rush yards and a TD, adding 3 receptions on 4 targets for 28 receiving yards. With all the injuries, Benjamin becomes a priority add for Conner owners, and nice speculative stash in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
Cardinals RB James Conner is questionable to return due to a ribs injury.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 9, 2022
Cardinals running back Darrel Williams is questionable to return with a knee injury.
— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) October 9, 2022
Cardinals RB Jonathan Ward is out with a hamstring injury. He will not return.
— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) October 9, 2022
WR – Pittsburgh Steelers – 55% Owned
Kenny Pickett got his first start behind center for the Steelers and turns out George Pickens managed to catch 6 of 8 targets for 83 yards, leading all Steelers in receiving yards. Over the last two weeks, in which Pickett has played, Pickens has 12 receptions for 185 total yards. It’s safe to say he’s getting some attention in Pittsburgh and should be picked up in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Indianapolis Colts – 8% Owned
The Colts don’t look great on offense, but at least rookie Alec Pierce seems to be finding his footing. In Week 4, Pierce managed to snag 4 of 6 targets for 80 yards and in Week 5, Pierce grabbed 8 of 9 targets for 81 yards, leading the team in receptions, receiving yards and targets. If nothing else, the Colts will definitely have to pass more with Jonathan Taylor injured, so Pierce may be a good stash in 14-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Los Angeles Rams – 1% Owned
Allen Robinson is struggling pretty hard in LA and, outside of Cooper Kupp, it’s unclear where Matthew Stafford can throw the ball. Ben Skowronek isn’t racking up many yards, but he’s getting plenty of targets catching 6 of 8 for 41 yards in Week 5 and is now averaging 4.8 targets per game. If you need help in 16-team PPR leagues or deeper, feel free to speculate.
UPDATE for Monday Night Football
WR – Kansas City Chiefs – 37% Owned
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught 6 of 8 targets for 90 yards in Week 5 tying Travis Kelce and JuJu Smith-Schuster for the team lead in targets, but MVS managed to lead the team in receiving yards while Kelce caught the TDs. We initially thought that Smith-Schuster would be the largest beneficiary of Tyreek Hill’s departure (outside of Kelce), but Valdes-Scantling is trending up at a more significant rate, and has managed to remain healthy. Feel free to pick him up in all 12-team leagues or deeper as a potential WR4/5/Flex.
Here our previous week’s waiver picks that we still think are worth a pickup:
RB – Khalil Herbert (Patriots), Jeff Wilson Jr. (49ers)
QB – Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers)
RB – Tyler Allgeier (Falcons), Mike Boone (Broncos), Alexander Mattison (Vikings)
WR – Jahan Dotson (Commanders), Devin Duvernay (Ravens), Josh Reynolds (Lions)
TE – Gerald Everett (Chargers)
QB – Marcus Mariota (Falcons), Zach Wilson (Jets)
RB – Caleb Huntley (Falcons), J.D. McKissic (PPR)(Commanders)
WR – Noah Brown (Cowboys), Romeo Daubs (Packers), Corey Davis (Jets)
TE – Hayden Hurst (Bengals)
QB – Cooper Rush (Cowboys), Jameis Winston (Saints) (watch the injury)
WR – DeAndre Carter (Chargers), Greg Dortch (Cardinals), Russell Gage (Buccaneers), Joshua Palmer (Chargers)
TE – Will Dissly (Seahwaks)
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