Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 5
Week 4 is all over, but it was another crazy week! Le’Veon Bell finally had a big game, the Todd Gurley train continues to roll, and the Houston Texans put up 57 points!? Hopefully, you tuned into last week’s article because Deshaun Watson was one of my targets at the quarterback position! I hit on some other nice waiver wire pickups as well in last week’s article who also had productive fantasy outings alongside Watson: Andy Dalton, Wendell Smallwood, and Elijah McGuire.
But enough about last week! With injuries piling up and Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, and Washington on bye weeks, it’s time to take a deep dive into the waiver wire to turn your season around.
- Grab the hot quarterbacks. If you do not have an elite quarterback do not settle! Be aggressive and grab the best quarterback on the waiver wire. Too often good quarterbacks are left on the waiver wire.
- If you are 0-4, it is time to take things a week at a time. Ben McAdoo said it best for all 0-4 fantasy teams across the board when he said postgame, “We need to win a damn game.” Look at all the match-ups on players you are targeting on the waiver wire and pick up players that you plan on starting. That being said if you are sitting pretty at 4-0 try to stash some players or handcuffs that may provide some help in the future.
- Try to make two for one trades. Especially, when you like someone on the waiver wire. That way when you trade a player you will already have a roster spot open for your waiver wire pickup.
Without further ado here are your waiver wire pickups for Week 5!
Quarterback | HOU
- ESPN: Less 27% than owned
- Yahoo: Less than 34% owned
Watson made the list for the third week in a row and needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues. If you were not convinced after his 22 plus fantasy point performance against the Patriots, you should probably be convinced after he put up 34 plus fantasy points against the Texans. With match-ups against the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns on the horizon, continue to ride Watson while he is hot. The Chiefs in Week 2, allowed 25 plus fantasy points to quarterback Carson Wentz and the Browns…well are the Browns. Cleveland has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the quarterback position. Oh, and did I mention both games are at home?
Quarterback | ARI
- ESPN: Less 18% than owned
- Yahoo: Less than 63% owned
In three out of four games this season, Carson Palmer has had at least 48 passing attempts. With the run-game continuing to struggle in Arizona, Palmer will have to throw for the Arizona offense to move the ball. But, with match-ups against the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers who rank fifth and first in opponent pass attempts per game, Palmer could be a nice volume play for the next two weeks. Believe it or not, Palmer is actually second in the NFL in passing yards!
*QB Priority* Watson, Smith, Palmer, Cutler, Siemian
Running Back| GB
- ESPN: Less than 3% owned
- Yahoo: Less than 11% owned
With injuries to both Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones looks to be the primary beneficiary in the Packers’ backfield. They both look like they are going to miss some time, so Jones needs to be picked up this week!
The Packers are facing the Cowboys who have allowed the 11th most fantasy points and the third most receptions to the running back position. If you spend a solid amount of FAAB on him, start him! He has great upside in the Green Bay offense.
Running Back| MIN
- ESPN: Less than 20% owned
- Yahoo: Less than 18% owned
When I heard the news about Dalvin Cook, I honestly could not remember who his backup was. Murray who sustained an injury in the off-season had slipped so far into irrelevance it is amazing how suddenly he can be relevant again! For me, I like Murray over Jerick McKinnon, because of his touchdown upside. And though the sample size is small, after Cook left the game Sunday, Murray did receive the majority of the carries. We saw last year when the Vikings tried to make McKinnon a featured player and it did not bode well. Go with Murray off the waivers this week. Starting running backs are hard to come by. Just be aware that he is not Cook and do not expect Cook like production from him!
Running Back| SEA
- ESPN: Less than 78% owned
- Yahoo: Less than 16% owned
Well, the Chris Carson experience was nice while it lasted, but it seems like all that ever happens to Seahawks’ running backs is they get hurt. I have been down this road with Eddie Lacy and with Thomas Rawls. I would advise to avoid them and target C.J. Prosise. Even though Prosise has also had injury history I am targeting his upside. He is a very talented player and looks to be coming back Week 5 against the Rams who have allowed the most fantasy points to the running back so far in 2017. With the Seattle offensive line being so poor, Russell Wilson will have to make quick throws, so I believe that the pass-catching Prosise will get a lot of work. J.D. McKissic is also an interesting waiver wire add as another pass-catching back if you miss out on Prosise.
Running Back| NYG
- ESPN: Less than .5% owned
- Yahoo: Less than 4% owned
Has a relevant running back from Big Blue finally risen? Wayne Gallman in Week 4, may have had the best day of any New York Giants’ running back so far this season. With the Giants at 0-4, and Paul Perkins banged up, it only makes sense that they try to change up personnel in hopes of sparking the team. Gallman does have a great match-up Week 5 against the Chargers who have allowed the eighth most fantasy points, the most rushing attempts, and the most rushing yards to running backs so far in 2017.
*RB Priority* Jones, McGuire, Murray, Prosise, Gallman
Will Fuller V
Wide Receiver | HOU
- ESPN: Less than 9% owned
- Yahoo: Less than 32% owned
A boom or bust player most weeks, it was impressive to see Fuller right off the injury show chemistry with Deshaun Watson. Obviously Fuller will not be catching two touchdowns every single week, but as long as his quarterback is playing well, he has value. Not to mention in Fuller’s next two match-ups he faces the Chiefs who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers and the Browns sub-par pass defense.
Wide Receiver | ARI
- ESPN: Less than 3% owned
- Yahoo: Less than 3% owned
Coming off a 12 target game in Week 4, this is the third time this season Jaron Brown has had double-digit targets. With defenses worried about Larry Fitzgerald, and J.J. Nelson/John Brown dealing with injuries, Jaron Brown has been a steady target for quarterback Carson Palmer. With match-ups against Philadelphia and Tampa Bay who have allowed the fourth and most fantasy points respectively to wide receivers, Jaron Brown is a great pickup.
Wide Receiver | CAR
- ESPN: Less than 14% owned
- Yahoo: Less than 26% owned
Funchess finally had the game we were all waiting for against the Patriots catching seven balls for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Since Week 3, Funchess has been the most targeted offensive player by quarterback Cam Newton. With some nice match-ups in his upcoming schedule that includes Lions (19th), Eagles(4th), Bears(10th), Buccaneers(1st), Falcons(24th), Dolphins(15th), Jets(13th), and Saints(14th), in terms of fantasy points allowed to wide receivers, Funchess could be in line for some solid games down the line.
Tight End | NYG
- ESPN: Less than 25% owned
- Yahoo: Less than 47% owned
Evan Engram so far in 2017 is tied with Martellus Bennett with the third most targets at the tight end position. He is also ranked third in receptions for tight ends. Engram has been heavily involved in the offense and with the inconsistency at the tight end position, Engram needs to be owned because of his consistent target share. Not an ideal match-up this week against the Chargers, but Engram has great long-term value at the tight end position.
Tight End | TB
- ESPN: Less than 10% owned
- Yahoo: Less than 50% owned
This one is easy. Cameron Brate played very well against the Giants showing his chemistry once again with quarterback Jameis Winston. This week Brate takes on the Patriots who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the tight end position. If you need a plug and play guy at tight end Brate is your guy.