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Week 5 Waiver Wire Rankings

Hello Friends! Thank you for spending time reading this article and using The Fantasy Authority as your source for redraft and DFS information! Let’s continue to use our unique color ranking system to help decide which players are the most important waiver and free agent options for your fantasy teams:

Green = Top Waiver Option

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench Options/Flex Options

Purple = Deep league bench plays

Quarterback

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1) Blake Bortles

2) Marcus Mariota

3) Joe Flacco

4) Jameis Winston

5) Mitch Trubisky

6) Case Keenum

7) Ryan Tannehill

8) Dak Prescott

Blake Bortles: The Jaguars signal caller is the top streaming option at quarterback with a golden match up against the Kansas City Chiefs. With Leonard Fournette likely out with a hamstring injury, Bortles will be counted on to keep pace with the high flying Chiefs and carry the Jacksonville offense. In five games in his career without Fournette in the lineup, the fifth year quarterback has shown a history of producing as seen in his 19.84 (standard fantasy points) average.

Marcus Mariota: The Titans young quarterback flashed exciting dual-threat potential in Week 4 producing 3 total touchdowns and almost 400 yards of offense in an overtime victory over the Super Bowl defending champions. As long as his hand is healthy, Mariota should excel against a Bills defense that already allows a lofty 18.6 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks in 2018.

Jameis Winston: The newly implemented Buccaneers starting quarterback is a recommended bench stash with Tampa Bay currently on their bye week. Winston will be a great streaming option in Week 6 against an Atlanta Falcons defense that currently allows the fourth most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

Running Back

1) T.J. Yeldon

2) Mike Davis

3) Marlon Mack / Nyheim Hines

4) Nick Chubb

5) Ronald Jones 

6) Corey Grant

7) Alfred Blue 

8) Robert Turbin

9) Devontae Booker

10) Wendell Smallwood

11) LeGarrette Blount

12) Frank Gore

13) Ito Smith

14) Chase Edmunds

15) Doug Martin Jalen Richard 

16) Spencer Ware

17) Wayne Gallman 

18) Marcus Murphy

19) Malcolm Brown

20) Rod Smith

T.J. Yeldon: The Jaguars running back is the top waiver addition of the week as he will likely take over as the lead running back in this offense. Yeldon should see a nice workload including red zone work as he already has six touches instead of the opponent’s ten this season.

Mike Davis: After breaking out for 124 total scrimmage yards and 2 rushing touchdowns in Week 4, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday Davis has earned a role in the running back rotation. We know by now it is hard to trust how this coaching staff will employ their running backs but the opportunity is still worth investing in.

Nyheim Hines: With the Colts relying heavily on the pass, Hines has been seeing the most playing time among Indianapolis running backs the past two weeks. The rookie averages 6.5 targets per game and has seen six touches in the red zone.

Wide Receiver

1) Geronimo Allison

2) KeKe Coutee

3) Taywan Taylor

4) Anthony Callaway

5) Donte Moncrief / DeDe Westbrook

6) Taylor Gabriel 

7) Marquez Valdes-Scantling

8) Ted Ginn Jr.

9) Mohamed Sanu 

10) Ryan Grant

11) Chester Rogers

12)  Courtland Sutton

13) Christian Kirk

14) Cam Meredith

15) Cole Beasley

16) Tyrell Williams

17) Paul Richardson

18) Josh Doctson 

19) Rashard Higgins

20) DJ Moore

21) James Washington

22) Jordan Matthews

23) Jakeem Grant / Albert Wilson

24) Jermaine Kearse

25) Danny Amendola

26) Zach Pascal

27) Tre’Quan Smith

28) Chad Williams

KeKe Coutee: The Texans rookie receiver really impressed in his NFL debut by hauling in 11-of-15 targets for 109 receiving yards. In an offense that leans heavily on passing, Coutee needs to be picked up in all formats with less than 5% ownership in both Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues.

Taywan Taylor: The Titans look like they are slowly leaning towards Taylor as their second receiver behind Corey Davis. In week 4’s win over the Eagles, Taylor played in 63% of offensive snaps and was second on the team in targets and receiving yards.

Anthony Callaway: The results are not there yet but the Browns rookie receiver has seen impressive volume with 19 targets the past two games. With almost a 22% target share with Baker Mayfield at quarterback, Callaway looks locked in as Cleveland’s number two passing option.

DeDe Westbrook: Owned in only 18% and 12% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues respectively, Westbrook needs to be picked up in all formats with his premier match up this week against the Chiefs. The second year receiver has been productive in the slot so far this season and leads the Jaguars in targets, receptions, and receiving yards.

Taylor Gabriel:  With Anthony Miller out with a shoulder injury, Gabriel stepped up in his absence by erupting for 2 touchdowns and 104 receiving yards in a 48-10 blowout against the Buccaneers. The speedy receiver is having a great start to the season as he is ranked first among the team in receiving yards and second in targets.

Chester Rogers: The Colts will be counting on Rogers to produce with top receiver T.Y. Hilton likely to miss this Thursday’s game with injuries. In extensive action against the Texans in Week 3, the third year receiver showed chemistry with quarterback Andrew Luck by hauling in 8-of-11 targets for 85 receiving yards.

Mohamed Sanu: The Falcons veteran receiver has played in at least 76% of offensive snaps in every game this season and has quietly seen steady volume (6 or more targets in 3 out of 4 games this season).

Marques Valdes-Scalding: With injuries to Randal Cobb and Geronimo Allison, Valdes-Scalding could be counted on to play a major role this week against the Detroit Lions. The rookie only saw three targets last week but played in 71% of offensive snaps.

Courtland Sutton: Despite playing as the third receiver in the Denver offense, Sutton averages 5 targets a game and has played in 70% or more of offensive snaps in three straight weeks.

Tight End

1) Vance McDonald

2) Cameron Brate

3) Tyler Kroft

4) Hayden Hurst

5) Antonio Gates

6) Ricky Seal-Jones

7) Jeff Heuerman

Tyler Kroft: While many will assume Kroft will play most of the tight end snaps for injured Tyler Eifert, the Bengals coaching staff has surprisingly delegated C.J. Uzomah more playing time this season. In 2018, Uzomah has out snapped Kroft 159-to-93 and will likely continue to share tight end snaps going forward.

Cameron Brate: With O.J. Howard’s recent injury, Brate will be the starting tight end in Week 6 when the Buccaneers return from their bye week. The veteran has shown an ability to get into the end zone with 14 combined touchdowns the past two seasons mostly playing with Winston at quarterback.

Jeff Heuerman: Heuerman looks to be the new starting tight end for the Denver Broncos with rookie Jake Butt sidelined for the year. In Week 4, the young tight end played in 88% of offensive snaps and hauled in 4-of-7 targets for 57 receiving yards.

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