What an interesting week of games it was as, the Indianapolis Colts came back from a 17-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to overtake the Houston Texans, the Washington Redskins defeated another division foe in the Philadelphia Eagles on the road, and the Cincinnati Bengals, despite being 17-point underdogs, were close to winning their first game at Dallas.
Injuries and suspensions continue to pave the way for more players to step up and become relevant in fantasy football. These are guys that will get the football, as well as the opportunity to produce, so don’t ignore them because they’re a former backup or somebody who has yet to shine on the big stage. Without further ado, it’s onto the Week Five Waiver Wire.
Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)
Ryan has appeared on the Waiver Wire Watch List for a couple of weeks now, but it's now time for the Falcons QB to make the jump to the actual Waiver Wire list. In Sunday's win over the Green Bay Packers, Ryan completed 16 of 26 passes for 194 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. The rookie looked good on the road, and it appears the Falcons are more willing to let him air it out.
Despite just being a rookie, Ryan has plenty of experience, thanks to ample playing time during his four years at Boston College. He has adjusted to the NFL nicely, and thanks to the Falcons running duo of Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, opposing defenses will not be able to simply drop back into coverage.
He's not a weekly start in fantasy leagues, but is a nice play if the matchup is right.
J.P. Losman (Buffalo Bills)
For those who didn’t see it, Trent Edwards took a vicious hit in the Bills' loss to the Arizona Cardinals, courtesy of Adrian Wilson. During the hit, Edwards was wrapped up and driven into the ground as his head bounced off the turf.
With Buffalo having a Week Six bye, Edwards could get lucky and not miss a game, but if symptoms of his concussion linger, he could miss the Bills' Week Seven matchup with the weak San Diego Chargers' pass defense.
What Losman brings is a huge arm, prior experience, and knowledge of the team's playbook. He also has demonstrated a great rapport with receiver Lee Evans. In relief of Edwards against Arizona, Losman was 15-for-21 for 220 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Until Edwards returns, Losman would serve as a good backup and spot starter in the right matchup.
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