Fantasy Football: Eli Manning headlines week 5 waiver wire adds

As week 4 draws to a close, taking our week 4 bye week blues with it, here are some waiver wire adds to pump up your roster for the next few weeks.  As Tom Brady gets blown out in primetime and Dennis Allens’ career in Oakland comes to a close, I will be listing here the must add players of the week along with people to keep your eyes on.

Week five waiver wire adds

Sep 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (31) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Falcons 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
  • Eli Manning tops this weeks waiver wire adds due to bye week issues.  If your quarterback is on bye and you don’t have a backup, don’t be afraid to pick up Eli from the waiver wire.  The Giants go up against Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Dallas these next 3 weeks, which all have very soft defenses and can be thrown on.  Not to mention the the offensive line has picked up its play keeping Eli clean a lot more than usual.
  • I wrote about Isaiah Crowell being a real dark horse running back option for the Cleveland Browns back in May, and that prediction seems to be inching closer and closer to reality.  Crowell seems to be taking over the number two option on the depth chart as he has been the first back in rotation during the Browns’ bye week practices.  Crowell is owned in just 30% of Yahoo leagues and is a nice stash option seeing as how Ben Tate can be injured at any second.
  • Jerick McKinnon needs to be owned in all formats.  With Adrian Peterson’s possible season long absence, Mckinnon is set to take over the starting running back job any time now.  He is obviously the much better talent over Matt Asiata, and should take over his job in a few weeks. Mike Zimmer called McKinnon a change of pace back, but his talent will overshadow Asiata eventually and earn him the job.  McKinnon ran for 135 yards on 15 carries and will be a nice focus on the Adrian Peterson-less team.
  • Darrin Reaves is an add and stash for all you deep league players. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Mike Tolbert are ALL injured.  Reaves is a must add if you have a roster spot to spare to see if he can break out next week despite the recent signing of Chris Ogbonnaya.