WR Waiver Gems – Week 5

This being the first bye week, it will be even tougher to find a low-owned WR that could bring you a decent return on Sunday. But, there are still a few I think could perform at WR3/flex play levels:

Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers, 58% (@ DEN): Denver has given up 9 TDs and 275 passing yards/game thus far, and Antonio Gates should be out again. Even though Floyd has had a very weak first month, I like him to provide a complement to Vincent Jackson, Ryan Mathews, and Mike Tolbert, and envision him finally having a decent fantasy game in single coverage, including his first TD catch of the year: 50 yards, TD.

Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions, 47% (CHI): Burleson has been quiet the last two weeks, with 4 catches for 28 yards combined. However, he gets to face Chicago’s weak pass defense (301 yards per game) in week 5. With all attention going to Megatron no doubt, Stafford should find Nate and the rest of the receiving corps (see: Titus Young, Brandon Pettigrew) running free early and often: 80 yards receiving.

Preston Parker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19% (@ SF): Throw out week 3 against Atlanta, and Parker has been a solid WR3. He had his first TD catch last week, to go with 70 yards. This week, Tampa faces a 49er squad giving up 284 yards passing/game. With Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow struggling, Josh Freeman has looked in Parker’s direction more and more, and I can see that continuing this week: 75-85 yards receiving.

Kevin Walter, Houston Texans, 11% (OAK): With Andre Johnson out, Walter should get a few more looks from Matt Schaub, which should translate into several red zone targets as Houston moves up and down the field on the Raiders. Oakland is good for 2 TD passes against per week so far, and I think Walter grabs one of at two, maybe three in a Houston romp: 40 yards, TD.

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