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4 Star Free Agents - Week 5

This week has a bit of a shortage at good RB pickups, but at every position there are players who might very well stay on your team for the rest of the season. With stats piling up and trends becoming clearer, this is the point at which draft day mistakes and perception have the chance to be revised to your benefit.

Week 5 Byes: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle


Carson Wentz (PHI) This is purely matchup driven, although everyone has been impressed with his play thus far. But he is also now coming off a bye week and going against one of the worst Ds in the league in the Lions. That's a nice 1-2 punch of an advantage that makes him an easy choice for pick up and play this week, especially with Brees, Wilson and Bortles on bye. ESPN 35% Yahoo 40% NFL 22% 

Dak Prescott (DAL) Like Wentz above, the rookie draws a decent matchup with the Bengals coming to town, and much is being made of his lack of interceptions. He's not throwing the deep ball much, but is playing effectively behind that OL, and the respectful play of Eliot. He won't have a monster day, but should be somewhat akin to an Alex Smith type of game: nice yardage, perhaps a TD or two but few or no turnovers will keep the point total up. ESPN 53% Yahoo 52% NFL 36%

Running Backs: 

Terrence West (BAL) Forsett was just released, this time for good it appears, making West a great pickup not just for this week, but the rest of the season. He turned in a great stat line last week and appears to be the current hot hand on the team. Remember that Marc Trestman as Baltimore's current OC turned Matt Forte into a fantasy beast the two years he was in Chicago. Tons of upside here, and I say go for it, especially with the matchup against the Redskins. ESPN 45% Yahoo 31% NFL 36% 

Bilal Powell (NYJ) Keep an eye on this one, because of the uncertainty surrounding the injury to Forte at the moment after being carted off the field. If he is on the injury report in any fashion this week I'd say Powell is a solid pick up and play. The Steelers D has been soft against the run through this first month, so it's very likely Powell can put up RB2 numbers quite easily. ESPN 37% Yahoo 23% NFL 42% 

Cameron Artis-Paine (CAR) Man, I really didn't want to return to this dumpster fire of a team which is pretty much what the Panthers have become in the wake of their Super Bowl loss. But the fact is, a lot of waiver options at RB this week simply aren't that strong. Here's my reasoning: this was a 15-1 team only last season so the talent is there. The Bucs do not have a strong D when it comes to stopping the run or the pass. So I think that whether or not Newton plays, Ron Rivera is going to have to go back to basics and establish the run against a defense that should give them room to maneuver. Also, one would think the vulture threat of newton grabbing short TD runs would be gone, given the inevitable result of taking so many hits this year. They'd be foolish to call that type of play. And I pick Paine over Whittaker because they should keep this game under control, and not fall behind which is where Paine gets pushed out. ESPN 40% Yahoo 30% NFL 6%

Wide Receivers: 

Jamison Crowder (WAS) A bit of a dud last week, but the Ravens D he faces in week 5 is middle of the road, and I think the first 3 games he had is more indicative of his ability to produce. I think he also represents a nice long term addition to any team, given the target pace he still has after last week. After this week he won't qualify for this column, and I have added him to several of my teams as well, I like him that much. ESPN 50% Yahoo 49% NFL 15% 

Quincy Enunwa (NYJ) Another repeat selection, but he's on pace for a 900 yard season and Decker is still out. Not unlike Crowder, he's a sneaky add with nice long term potential, and his size simply cannot be ignored. Add in the fact he'll probably never see double teams with Marshall lining up opposite I see nothing but positives for Mr. Enunwa. And I love that last name. ESPN 40% Yahoo 37% NFL 20% 

Victor Cruz (NYG) Hard to believe he's as widely available, but here he is. From 2011-2013 this guy was a man among boys, and if he's good for 80% of that production here is another long term addition to you team. With Beckham's emotions clearly getting the best of him at times, it should come as no surprise the Manning went to Cruz who led the team in catches this past week. The Packers are a stiff matchup, but Cruz is good for it methinks. ESPN 45% Yahoo 47% NFL 37%

Tight Ends: 

Hunter Henry (SD) Henry has shown enough in Gates' absence that even should Gates return the matchup against the Raiders is still a good one. They didn't spend a 2ndrounder on him for nothing, and let's not forget the WR corps has taken hits in San Diego as well. In short, there is ample opportunity for him to show his stuff again this week in a big divisional game for the Chargers. ESPN 33% Yahoo 31% NFL 4%


Buffalo Don't look now but they've surged into being a top 5 defense. They travel to LA this week for their first visit here in decades. LA has been good at not allowing team defense to put up fantasy points, but the Bills are rolling and you have to go with the hot hand. This is another pick that will most likely stay on your team the rest of the way if you can land them this week. ESPN 37% Yahoo 45% NFL 16%