Waiver Wire: Week 5

Unfortunately, another week of great football has led to another week full of injuries. The waiver wire is full of available players again, but which ones will be worth an add?

(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)




Deshaun Watson (34%)


Watson burst onto the scene in pretty bad fashion, but that changed pretty quickly. Over the past two games, Watson has accounted for 7 total TDs. As a dual threat, Watson’s floor is much higher than other QBs. Through Week 4, he has averaged 37 yards rushing and he didn’t even play a full game in Week 1. The Texans are home for the next two games, and Watson has a full compliment of weapons with Will Fuller V returning from injury. He is already a top 10 QB, and there’s no reason he can’t finish top 12 on the season. ADD! ADD! ADD!

Running Backs:


Alvin Kamara (46%)


The fact he wasn’t owned in more than 46% of leagues before this past Sunday is a shame. We all knew Peterson had nothing left, and that is evident by his weekly play on the field. For some reason, the Saints just don’t like Mark Ingram (even though he probably is still the best of the trio). Kamara was able to break out in London this past Sunday, with 96 total yards and a TD. He was even targeted 10 times, which was only second to Michael Thomas’s 11. The Saints are already regretting signing Adrian Peterson, as he barely sees the field each week. This is a 2-man backfield, and Kamara may eventually be the lead guy. If you are in a PPR league, he’s my top priority this week.


 Latavius Murray (17%)/ Jerick McKinnon (3%)


It is sad to see a rookie RB, who has performed so well, go down with a torn ACL. Dalvin Cook was playing excellent football until he went down with a non-contact injury to his knee. Now, he’ll be out for the season and lead duties will be passed to Murray, who received 7 carries with Cook hurt. This will be a split backfield, but Murray will receive early downs/goal line work and with McKinnon taking over on 3rd downs/long yardage situations. This Vikings offensive line has been better in 2017 and Murray has shown to be a serviceable RB in the past. Murray is an add i both standard and PPR while McKinnon is more of a PPR-only add.


Thomas Rawls (29%)/ Eddie Lacy (19%)


It was hard to watch Chris Carson go down on Sunday night. Now, this is a very crowded, injury prone backfield I would most likely try to avoid, as it may be a headache for fantasy owners all season. Lacy has not looked good, but he did get a bulk of the work with Carson out. Rawls was a healthy scratch, but after the game Carroll hinted that Rawls will get the first crack at the starting gig. CJ Prosise was out with an injury but he’s expected to return this week. Even J.D. McKissic looked good, but should return to the bench with the previous three healthy (which is not often). If you are hurting at RB, Lacy and Rawls should be added. I prefer Rawls, as he’s been successful in a Pete Carroll offense before, but it is anyone’s guess who will get the lead work.


Aaron Jones (11%)


Many thought Jones was going to be the big add this week after Ty Montgomery and Jonathon Williams both went down with injuries in Thursday night’s game. Jones looked strong and powerful and seemed to have the potential to lead Green Bay’s backfield. A day later, the Packers stated Montgomery was preparing to play in Week 5. If he does, Jones will be an add specifically for Montgomery owners. His workload in previous weeks has been large, so Montgomery owners may want to stash Jones on their bench as insurance.


Wide Receivers:


Will Fuller V (32%)


Fuller returned in Week 4 with a bang, as he scored 2 TDs in a blowout of the Titans. He saw 6 targets and brought in 4 of them. He did not seem rusty even though he missed most of September. As a vertical threat, he is a great compliment to this offense and Hopkins. Watson can buy time in the pocket with his feet which should only allow Fuller to get open and find the breaks in coverage. I am adding him wherever possible, especially where I need WR help.


Devin Funchess (25%)


Having trouble executing on offense? Just hope the Patriots are on the schedule. Most of the Panthers offense got right on Sunday, as they went into Foxboro and took down the Patriots. Funchess reeled in 2 TDs and a key first down on the final drive for the Panthers. With Olsen out, Funchess is essentially a TE and there are plenty of targets to go around. The upcoming schedule for the Panthers is pretty soft and Funchess should be able to find the endzone several more times while Olsen is out. Look to add him in 12 team leagues or if you are week at WR.



 JuJu Smith-Schuster (2%)


Only 20 years old, JuJu looks like he has already gained the trust of Big Ben. Supplanting Eli Rogers this past week in three wide receiver sets, he went and secured a TD with an awesome celebration to top it off. This is a potent offense that can support 3-4 fantasy players. Hey, it’s not imaginable Smith-Schuster eventually becomes the number 2 receiver. Bryant is an injury or suspension away from missing plenty of time. He’s speculative add in 14 team leagues.


Tight Ends:


Cameron Brate (50%)


In an offense with many high profile players, Brate gets overlooked. On the young season, Brate has scored in 2 out of the 3 games the Buccaneers have played. At this rate, it puts Brate on pace for over 10 TDs. The TE position has not been as deep and stable as many originally thought. Even with Howard’s emergence last week, Brate is still the Bucs TE to start. He’ll be a streamable option until further notice. Add him in 12 team leagues or greater.




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