Week 5 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

Welcome back LBP fan’s as we are coming close to being a quarter done with the season! It’s crazy with all this prepping we do every off-season and we have players that we never thought of pop off. We understand what teams are doing, and now we improve our teams here through the waiver wire. 

Let’s get straight into week 5’s waiver adds!


 All my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned 60% or less of leagues.

Trey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers (50% Owned)

Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a calf injury Sunday opening the door for one of our favorite rookie quarterbacks. Lance didn’t play that well going 9 for 18 for 157 yards and 2 passing touchdowns along with 7 rushing attempts for another 41 yards which was good for 24.4 fantasy points…. In just 2 quarters! Lance has a fun fantasy skill set that is great for the fantasy game, and let’s hope it continues in his NFL game. We could have possibly seen Garoppolo’s last start as a 49er. Trey Lance is my #1 priority this week!

Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington Football Team (28% Owned)

At the rate he is playing, Taylor Heinicke is playing to where I don’t see Ryan Fitzpatrick getting the job back. As a starter this season, he has produced 27, 25.1 and 36.9 fantasy points. That’s a kind of QB I wouldn’t mind having on my team, especially if I went late-round and missed.

Check if available: Sam Darnold (71%)

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (51% Owned)

Miles Sanders in the RB1 here, but Gainwell is and will continue to push his way into more playing time like he has. Gainwell finished with 6 receptions for 58 yards on 8 targets and 3 rushes for 31 yards and a rushing touchdown. Don’t be surprised if we see Gainwell take over this backfield in the coming future, or at least make it a 50/50 headache that all fantasy owners of Sanders don’t want. In PPR leagues, Gainwell could be used a a weekly FLEX play.

Damien Williams, RB, Chicago Bears (16% Owned)

Damien Williams filled in well when David Montgomery went out with a knee injury. He was able to compile 70 total yards and a rushing touchdown on 10 opportunities for 14 .5PPR points. He is currently dealing with a thigh bruise, but as of this writing he should be good to go for week 5 with it looking like David Montgomery is week-to-week.

Samaje Perine, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (8% Owned)

Thursday night we were seeing Samaje Perine in on 3rd downs over Joe Mixon and us Mixon owners were going crazy. Then, we saw Mixon prior to the game winning drive leave limping. Stretching his leg, doing what looked like to be everything to get back into the game. Monday’s news comes out that Mixon has a low-grade ankle sprain and is considered “week-to-week” . I don’t care what grade it is, a sprain is a sprain, and Perine needs to be added as the Bengals like to run a bell-cow running back.

Jeremy McNichols, RB, Tennessee Titans (4% Owned)

With A.J. Brown and Julio Jones out, we thought it would have been Nick Westbrook-Ikhine who was going to step up. He did with 8 targets, but was only able to catch 3 of them for 29 yards. It was McNichols who made a big splash in week 4 as he caught 8 of 12 targets for 74 yards, leading the Titans in all receiving categories. If the Titans are to be short at receiver again, McNichols could be a nice, deep FLEX play. Makes you wonder what his role would be IF Derrick Henry went down….. Let’s not think about that right now.

Check if Available: Latavius Murray (71%), A.J. Dillon (66% Owned)

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears (41% Owned)

Boy is Allen Robinson having a rough start to the season, but Mooney had a breakout game! Darnell Mooney was targeted 7 times and turned that into 5 receptions for 125 yards. What a nice connection he had with Justin Fields on Sunday. Robinson will eventually click, but it’s Mooney who needs to be added to fantasy rosters.

A.J. Green, WR, Arizona Cardinals (40% Owned)

Since the start of the season, A.J. Green has consistently seen 6 targets. He has scored over 10 .5PPR points since week 2 and has been looking like the secondary target on the Cardinals while being one of the primary targets in the red-zone. If you need a WR, you could do worse than Green as the Cardinals take on the 49ers secondary who have been blowing coverages plenty of times this season.

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets (31% Owned)

This season, I am not really high on any of the Jets offense like I was going into the season. Jamison Crowder played his first game of the season and was a big part of the offense leading the team in targets and receptions along with scoring a touchdown. He’s big on volume which is great for PPR and should be rostered in all PPR formats.

Van Jefferson, WR, LA Rams (16% Owned)

I am so happy for Matthew Stafford leaving Detroit and being on a team that can put his true potential to use. This offense is just on fire and any piece of the receiving core you can get should be added. I kept thinking it would be Kupp/Woods/Higbee and nothing else, but Jefferson has been just as productive catching all 6 of his targets for a team leading 90 receiving yards and a  touchdown. He is a good depth piece and could fill as a WR4/WR5 going forward.

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (59% Owned)

First two games, Ertz was only targeted four times, the last two games he had 15 targets. The Eagles have been using two-tight end sets and have been utilizing their tight ends where both can be started. Let’s hope the uptick continues, and maybe we can see that Ertz we had a few years ago.

Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills (47% Owned)

Three straight weeks with Dawson Know scoring a touchdown, and this week Knox scored two of them! Just like the rest of the tight end position, it’s touchdown or bust outside of the top few, but you already know who they are. He has been a heavy red-zone target for Josh Allen and it can’t be ignored anymore.

Check if available: Dalton Schultz (71%); priority add, especially if you need a TE. I think this guy is legit. Jared Cook (67%).

If you are curious about your league in Yahoo, MFL, Sleeper, ESPN or any other platform just let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter.

Ryan Miner is a featured blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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