Injury Based Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5
Jared Goff QB, LAR
Jared Goff is proving that the situation he was in last year was more to blame for the Rams terrible offense than he was. They went from having possibly the worst offensive coaching staff and supporting cast in the league to having a boy genius calling the plays as the head coach, improved receivers including Sammy Watkins, and a much-improved offensive line. The Rams have more playmakers and are using those playmakers more effectively than they have in the past. If you're dealing with an injured Marcus Mariota in Fantasy, Goff is worth a look. Mariota is day-to-day with a hamstring injury and is a Low Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries, but his injury history is worrisome. Goff doesn't look like a great option for Week 5 as the Rams host the Seahawks, but if you're looking for a longer term QB2 with some serious upside, Goff is worth a pickup.
Latavius Murray RB, MIN
Murray is this week's crown jewel on the wire. Dalvin Cook's unfortunate ACL tear will cost him the season, turning at least the early down workload over to Murray. Murray vastly out-snapped Jerrick McKinnon following the Cook injury and looks to be a guy who could get 15-plus carries a game in the Vikings’ offense. Murray always underwhelmed in Oakland, but it's not as if he never put up decent numbers. He was always a decent Fantasy option as the starter in Oakland, though, he did have a tendency to frustrate his owners. His workload alone should put him on the RB2 radar the rest of the season.
J.D. McKissic RB, SEA
Nobody outside of Seattle knew who McKissic was before Sunday night. He was activated from the practice squad not long before the game due to the Seahawks' litany of backfield injuries and displayed some serious explosion and play making ability. He finished with four carries for 38 yards and a touchdown, while also reeling in a 27-yard touchdown on a circus catch. With the Seahawks dealing with yet another injury in the backfield after Chris Carson hit IR, there could be an opening for McKissic to be a part of the backfield full time. Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls will probably battle it out for early down touches, but McKissic should factor into the pass catching back role if C.J. Prosise continues to get banged up. Prosise is expected to return Week 5, but he simply hasn't been able to stay on the field early in his career. Rawls has had more than his share of injury issues as well, and Lacy hasn't been a consistent option for a couple of years now. Stashing McKissic seems like a worthy play in deeper leagues given all of the question marks in the Seattle backfield.
Will Fuller WR, HOU
Will Fuller made his season debut Sunday, and he put on quite a performance, catching two of Deshaun Watson's four touchdown passes. He only ended up with four total catches for 35 yards, but with Houston's offense hot all of a sudden, his spot as the No. 2 receiver here is worth taking notice. The Texans will certainly try and use his speed with Watson's ability to make plays down the field, which gives him some upside. Fuller remains an Elevated Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries, so there is some risk involved, but he seems to have come out of Sunday just fine. There's not a whole lot out there in terms of receivers this week, so Fuller's upside makes him your best bet.
Jaron Brown WR, ARI
John Brown's return from injury has not eaten into Jaron's target share. Rather, the speedy John Brown has taken targets away from fellow deep threat and waiver wire darling from Week 3, J.J. Nelson. Jaron Brown still played 95 percent of the snaps on Sunday against San Francisco, seeing 12 targets as well. He's seeing a boatload of targets and has distinguished himself as the No. 2 option for Arizona across from Larry Fitzgerald. With Arizona airing it out as much as any team in the league (largely due to David Johnson and Mike Iupati's injuries decimating the run game), that makes Jaron Brown a solid pickup this week, with WR3/Flex upside.
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins TE, NYJ
The tight end position continues to be banged up across the NFL. Tyler Eifert will miss multiple weeks, Greg Olson is still many weeks away from returning, and Jordan Reed remains a massive injury risk at all times (and is on bye in Week 5). Reed returned Monday night but only played on third downs as the Redskins used him sparingly (Reed is a High Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries). Seferian-Jenkins could be a high priority pickup this week with his matchup against the Browns, who, among all their other problems, simply can't stop tight ends. Seferian-Jenkins also has some longer term upside, as he's one of Josh McCown's top options in what is a surprisingly competent offense depending on the matchup. Give him a look, especially given his huge Week 5 upside.
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