Week 5 Waiver Wire (Fantasy Football)

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Week 5 waivers are here! After another wild week of football, there are a lot of questions about who to target for your roster heading into Week 5. Below is a list of the players to target if you need a Week 5 pickup. Listen or watch today’s Week 5 Waivers episode of The Fantasy Footballers podcast for a full breakdown of these waiver adds, plus players to consider dropping!

Wide Receivers
Team Player Roster % Upcoming
JAX Laviska Shenault Jr 71% vs TEN
vs MIA
BYE
BUF Emmanuel Sanders 67% @ KC
@ TEN
BYE
WAS Curtis Samuel 60% vs NO
vs KC
@ GB
NYJ Jamison Crowder 27% @ ATL
BYE
@ NE
DEN Tim Patrick 56% @ PIT
vs LV
@ CLE
CHI Darnell Mooney 55% @ LV
vs GB
@ TB
GB Randall Cobb 16% @ CIN
@ CHI
vs WAS
ARI A.J. Green 38% vs SF
@ CLE
vs HOU
LV Hunter Renfrow 43% vs CHI
@ DEN
vs PHI
NYG Kadarius Toney 12% @ DAL
vs LAR
vs CAR
MIA DeVante Parker 52% @ TB
@ JAX
vs ATL
BAL Rashod Bateman 41% vs IND
vs LAC
vs CIN
KC Josh Gordon 36% vs BUF
@ WAS
@ TEN

Is it time to start taking the Cardinals’ WR A.J. Green seriously? He has scored double-digit fantasy points over the past three weeks and has a touchdown in two of them. How much of his production will continue isn’t guaranteed, but as long as QB Kyler Murray keeps looking his way six times a game, Green is bound to put points on the board. The upcoming schedule isn’t great, but that has not seemed to matter to the Cardinals who just steamrolled the staunch Los Angeles Rams in Week 4.

Welcome back, Jamison Crowder! The Jets WR made his 2021 debut last Sunday in an epic win over the Tennessee Titans. Crowder didn’t miss a beat, even with a rookie quarterback in Zach Wilson. He had seven receptions on nine targets for 61 yards and a touchdown with fellow WR Corey Davis also on the field. He is a PPR monster and should be picked up now that he is healthy.

The Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett is finally starting to play more like the starter from his days with the Colts and less like a terrified backup in Tua Tagovailoa’s absence. WR DeVante Parker had a big game with the better QB play with four receptions on nine targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. Miami will face the Buccaneers in Week 5 who have allowed the fourth-most points to wide receivers with their beleaguered secondary.

Listen or watch today’s Week 5 Waivers episode to hear how The Fantasy Footballers are prioritizing these wideouts and who you can drop to pick them up!

Running Backs
Team Player Roster % Upcoming
BAL Latavius Murray 54% vs IND
vs LAC
vs CIN
GB AJ Dillon 63% @ CIN
@ CHI
vs WAS
NYJ Michael Carter 65% @ ATL
BYE
@ NE
CHI Damien Williams 14% @ LV
vs GB
@ TB
CHI Khalil Herbert 0% @ LV
vs GB
@ TB
CIN Samaje Perine 5% vs GB
@ DET
@ BAL
CIN Chris Evans 4% vs GB
@ DET
@ BAL
PHI Kenneth Gainwell 44% @ CAR
vs TB
@ LV
WAS J.D. McKissic 55% vs NO
vs KC
@ GB
WAS Jaret Patterson 3% vs NO
vs KC
@ GB
NO Dwayne Washington 0% @ WAS
BYE
@ SEA
NE Brandon Bolden 4% @ HOU
vs DAL
vs NYJ
TEN Jeremy McNichols 4% @ JAX
vs BUF
vs KC
SEA Alex Collins 3% vs LAR
@ PIT
vs NO
KC Darrel Williams 15% vs BUF
@ WAS
@ TEN

Let’s start right off with two backups you should target. First is Damien Williams of the Chicago Bears. In his own right, he has proven that he can be a productive running back, but with news of David Montgomery’s injury, Williams should be your first target on the waiver wire. Montgomery may miss up to five weeks, so Williams is the next man up in an offensive that hasn’t grown into their firepower ability in the passing game. Khalil Herbert then becomes the RB2 and could be stashed to see how the Bears will use both backs moving forward.

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Next, and a bit murkier, is Samaje Perine for the Bengals. Joe Mixon suffered a high ankle sprain on Thursday but is still considered week-to-week. Mixon has had issues staying on the field for a full season so picking up Perine might be a good idea.

Since running backs seem to be dropping like flies, picking up Eagles RB Kenneth Gainwell should be on your radar. Defenses are basically eliminating Miles Sanders and Gainwell is the primary beneficiary of a bottled-up Sanders. Their schedule is pretty tough over the next few weeks, but you may not have many other options with all of the injuries to the position.

Get the full breakdown and how much FAAB to spend on these RBs on today’s Week 5 Waivers episode.

Tight Ends
Team Player Roster % Upcoming
MIA Mike Gesicki 79% @ TB, @ JAX, vs ATL
BUF Dawson Knox 50% @ KC, @ TEN, BYE
DAL Dalton Schultz 40% vs NYG, @ NE. BYE
ARI Maxx Williams 4% vs SF, @ CLE, vs HOU
MIN Tyler Conklin 23% vs DET, @ CAR, BYE
JAX Dan Arnold 6% vs TEN, vs MIA, BYE
IND Mo Alie-Cox 4% @ BAL, vs HOU, @ SF
LAC Jared Cook 59% vs CLE, @ BAL, BYE
NYG Evan Engram 39% @ DAL, vs LAR, vs CAR

Although he couldn’t do too much with his six targets, Evan Engram of the Giants is an option at tight end. The matchup this week against the Cowboys is very juicy, and Engram has the opportunity to see the same or more targets with Sterling Shepard sidelined.

Dalton Schultz seems to have Dak Prescott’s eye, speaking of the Cowboys. He saw eight targets with six receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. That stat line could have been even bigger. He also has a great matchup against the Giants this week but faces a tougher opponent in New England in Week 6 and has a bye in Week 7.

The Buccaneers’ TE Rob Gronkowski was diagnosed with several broken ribs and a punctured lung. It is safe to stay he will likely miss some time. Even though there are a lot of talented mouths to feed in Tampa Bay, Tom Brady is not scared of targeting the TE position. His ceiling is capped because of the wide receivers, but he could pull through for you if you are desperate at the position.

Listen/watch The Fantasy Footballers discuss these options on today’s Week 5 Waivers show.

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Team DEF/ST
Team Roster % Upcoming
New England Patriots 41% @ HOU
vs DAL
vs NYJ
Dallas Cowboys 20% vs NYG
@ NE
BYE
Tennessee Titans 58% @ JAX
vs BUF
vs KC
Arizona Cardinals 28% vs SF
@ CLE
vs HOU
Baltimore Ravens 59% vs IND
vs LAC
vs CIN
Minnesota Vikings 10% vs DET
@ CAR
BYE
QB Streamers

Team Player Upcoming
TEN Ryan Tannehill @ JAX, vs BUF, vs KC
MIN Kirk Cousins vs DET, @ CAR, BYE
SF Trey Lance @ ARI, BYE, vs IND
CAR Sam Darnold vs PHI, vs MIN, @ NYG
JAX Trevor Lawrence vs TEN, vs MIA, BYE

Get the reasoning behind the QB Streamer picks from The Fantasy Footballers on the Week 5 Waivers episode! Good luck on your waiver claims!

Comments

bhcairns says:

Thanks for responding to our requests for the waiver list priority sorting! Much improved and appreciated 👊

Steve says:

Full PPR; Goedert over Maxx Williams &
Cobb over D Jackson … right?

Nemesis says:

Can you pls list the UPCOMING opponents “Horizontally”?? (instead of Vertically)

Team Roster % Upcoming
New England Patriots 41% @ HOU vs DAL vs NYJ
Dallas Cowboys 20% vs NYG @ NE BYE

(MY example above is easier to compare current wk as well as future weeks, for those planning ahead)

YimmyYames says:

If your desperate I would say Evans will get the third down carries in Cincinnati he could have some ppr value

Jonathan White II says:

Which Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE should be targeted?

Ryan Prutsman says:

Defenses on this page isn’t right

Joshua Wallace says:

Check your DEF/ST listing

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