Waiver Wire: Week 5

Tyler Orginski @FFTylerO

Waiver Wire: Week 5

Whether you won or lost, this is the time to either bolster that winning roster or look ahead to getting the W in week five. Active teams win leagues, and you are now tasked with the difficult decision on not only who to pick-up but how much to bid. If your league is not using FAAB, consider the order in which the players are listed, by position, to determine their priority. Players available in ~33% of Yahoo leagues will be featured in this week five waiver wire article. 


At this point in time, the waiver wire section for quarterbacks is pretty much only relevant if you are streaming. While that’s not necessarily what this article is about, However, I am here to help you so here we go.  

Andy Dalton – (2-3% FAAB)

The Red nerf gun just stunk up the field on Monday night, so it may be a surprise to see his name here. Dalton is notoriously garbage during primetime games so and I quick to forget his dismal performance. Dalton gets the Cardinals in week five, and they are currently giving up the 3rd most points to QBs through four weeks. Considering the poor state of the Bengals offensive line, I would not expect them to ride the run game into the sunset. The Bengals will have to pass to move the ball and should find it much easier in week 5. For Dalton, 250 yards and 2 TDs is well within the range of the Red BB gun this week. 

The 1%ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

Gardner Minshew – Sam Darnold (he’s questionable with mono, but he would be my top pick-up if hes good to go)



If Ronald Jones is available, bid 25% and pick him up before the following players.

Jaylen Samuels – (10-12%)

Once thought to be an elite handcuff to James Conner, he was likely dropped when Big Ben went down, and this offense lost its pop. Fast forward to week four of Monday night football and the Steelers are forced to get creative to move the ball. This creativity is centered around Jaylen Samuels. We saw him line-up in wildcat, rush ten times, and catch eight balls. This offense needed to shift gears with Mason Rudolph behind center and Jaylen Samuels is the main beneficiary. 

Nyheim Hines – (4-5%)

Marlon Mack exited with an injury, and we saw Hines catch six balls for 39 yards and take three carries for six yards. If Mack misses time, there will likely be a time split between him and Wilkins, but with the Chiefs and Texans on deck, the Colts will probably see a negative game script. 

Jamaal Williams – (3-4%)

Williams had a brutal shot to the head vs. the Eagles and could likely miss next week. However, the Packers backfield is going to be a split. When Williams is healthy, hes a lock for double-digit touches. Check if he was dropped and stash him.

Jordan Wilkins – (2-3%)

See above; he should still see 10-12 touches vs. the Chiefs, worth a flex if Mack sits. 

Tony Pollard/Alexander Mattison – (2-3%)

These two are shaping up to be fantasy football’s elite handcuffs. They need to be owned and are possible league winners. 

The 1%ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

Ito Smith – Ryquell Armstead


Wide Receiver

If Golden Tate is available, bid 20% and grab him before the following players. 

Geronimo Allison – (10-12%)

With Davante Adams recovering from turf toe, Allison is locked in WR3/flex play if DA misses time. 

Mohamed Sanu – (5-7%)

Sanu has seen a least six targets in all four games this season. Never an asset that offers much of an upside, he can get needy teams through injuries or byes as a flex play. Ryan hasn’t had as much time to throw downfield this far, Sanu (and Hooper) have benefited.  

Cole Beasley – (4-6%)

Imagine that, Beasley is a solid PPR floor play. He has seen 23 targets over the past two weeks, like Sanu, he does not offer much upside but can get you through tough weeks. 

Diontae Johnson – (3-4%)

Johnson is the favorite over James Washington (sorry shower narrative), the passing game for the Steelers does not look promising, but Johnson is emerging as the WR2 on that offense and is worth owning. 

AJ Brown – (3-4%)

I do not like that he’s tied to Mariota and has seen sub-par volume but with a 3/100 performance in week one and a 3/94/2 line in week four. He is worth stashing. 

Dante Pettis/Deebo Samuel – (2-3%)

We have no idea how this will shake out as the snaps and targets have been back and forth. However, both players are talented and are past their byes. Worth a hold to see if one emerges.

The 1%ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

Parris Campbell – Preston Williams – Davante Parker – Keke Coutee 


Tight End

Chris Herndon – (6-8%)

Herndon comes off suspension in week five (also Jets bye week). Last year, he was a top-eight TE from week 6 to 16. While the Jets may not be the most fertile fantasy ground right now, Darnold should be recovered from his mono by then. It is also exciting to see starting Jets TE Ryan Griffin never leaving the field. Herndon will fill that role when he returns and has a chance to break-out. There is not much upside left at TE on waivers at this point, Herndon may be your last chance to get a Top 12 guy. 

Tyler Eifert –  (3-4%)

Eifert plays the Cardinals; you want to play your TE vs. the Cardinals. Four-week sample size, a TE has scored at least 18 points vs. the Cardinals defense every week. 

The 1%ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

Jack Doyle – Dawson Knox – Noah Fant – Ricky Seals-Jones



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