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Week 5 Waiver Wire Rankings

Week 5 Waiver Rankings

Week 4 is in the books! Which means Week 5 Waiver Wire Rankings are here!

Week 4 was absolutely brutal in regards to injuries. We saw Dalvin Cook go down with a season-ending ACL injury, which is a big blow to fantasy owners. Latavius Murray figures to be the biggest beneficiary as he takes over as the lead back, while Jerick McKinnon will serve as the pass-catching back, although he too got dinged up with an ankle injury.

Chris Carson suffered a fracture to his leg and also has a high-ankle sprain. They put him on IR, but he could return around Week 12, though that seems like a longshot at this point. The Seahawks backfield is kind of a mess and you may be better served passing on adding anyone from that backfield.

Ty Montgomery went down with a rib injury and will likely miss a few weeks, which opens the door for rookie RB Aaron Jones. Aaron Rodgers has already praised the athletic RB, who makes for a strong RB2 this week against the Cowboys.

Overall, Week 4 was rough and now we have bye weeks to deal with. This will be one of the biggest weeks for waivers we have seen this season.

Below is as big of a list as you will find for players to pick up. The goal is to illuminate players that fantasy owners can pick up outside of the most obvious targets. We don’t all play in small leagues, so upping the ante and shedding light on players who would otherwise be ignored is optimal. I have included a color code highlighting what type of add priority they possess.

Be on the lookout for the TFA Transaction Tuesday Podcast that will air every Tuesday morning to help you navigate your way through waiver wire Tuesday. It will be a short 15-20 min show that’s all about the top waiver adds and streaming options.

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Bye Weeks: Falcons, Broncos, Saints, and Redskins

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Players to who are currently out/injured

Gold = Streaming Target

Blue = Bench Stash

Purple = Deep League Stash


Week 5 Waiver Rankings

  1. Jacoby Brissett
  2. Eli Manning
  3. Deshaun Watson
  4. Carson Palmer
  5. Jared Goff
  6. Alex Smith
  7. DeShone Kizer
  8. Brian Hoyer
  9. Josh McCown

Jacoby Brissett – Well, it was a mixed bag against the Seahawks on Sunday night. He completed 16-of-29 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a pick-six and fumbled the ball. Outside of the turnovers, Brissett played well, which is commendable considering he was playing in one of the harder places to play in Seattle. This week the Colts will take on a 49ers defense that has allowed the 11th-most points to the position.

Eli Manning – Over the past two weeks, Manning has thrown for 654 yards, five touchdowns, and two INTs on 96 attempts. The Giants are the most pass-heavy offense in the league, which makes Manning a solid streaming option against a Chargers defense that is missing Jason Verrett.

Deshaun Watson – I have been critical of Deshaun Watson prior to the regular season because of his weak arm and suspect decision-making ability. But no one can deny how well he’s played the last two weeks. It should be mentioned that he did so against two of the worst pass-defenses in the league. Regardless, he destroyed the Titans on Sunday, throwing for 283 yards and four passing touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. I really want to see how he plays against some of the leagues better defenses before I crown him and I will also continue to believe that Patrick Mahomes is the best QB from this years draft (bias take).  This week the Texans will take on a Chiefs defense that has allowed the eleventh-fewest points to the QB position. No matter what, Watson makes for a strong option over the coming weeks.

Running Back

Week 5 Waiver Rankings

  1. Latavius Murray
  2. Wendall Smallwood
  3. Aaron Jones
  4. Alvin Kamara
  5. Thomas Rawls
  6. Alex Collins
  7. Andre Ellington
  8. Wayne Gallman
  9. Gio Bernard
  10. D’Onta Foreman
  11. C.J. Prosise
  12. Eddie Lacy
  13. Chris Johnson
  14. Jerick McKinnon
  15. Elijah McGuire
  16. Brandon Oliver
  17. Matt Breida
  18. Jamaal Charles
  19. Charcandrick West
  20. Devontae Booker
  21. Samaje Perine
  22. J.D. McKissic
  23. Alfred Morris
  24. DeAndre Washington
  25. Mike Tolbert
  26. Marlon Mack
  27. Charles Sims
  28. Robert Turbin
  29. Jalen Richard
  30. Darren McFadden


Latavius Murray – With Dalvin Cook done for the season with a torn ACL, the backfield now belongs to Latavius Murray. While it’s debatable if Murray is actually any good, he will be the teams’ lead back and should soak up all of the early down and short-yardage work. Once Dalvin Cook left in the third quarter, Murray carried seven times for 21 yards. He should be owned in all formats and should be a viewed as an RB3 next week against the Bears.

Wendall Smallwood – He racked up 79 total yards and scored a touchdown on his 14 touches against the Chargers on Sunday. Once Darren Sproles went down for the season, Smallwood figured to receive a bump in touches and is now the pass-catching back. While LeGarrette Blount figures to see his fair share of touches, he is far more game-script dependent. Smallwood should be owned in all formats and carries weekly flex appeal in PPR formats.

Aaron Jones – With injuries to Ty Montgomery (ribs) and Jamaal Williams (knee), Aaron Jones finished off the Bears on Thursday night with 49 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He figures to be the starting back against the Cowboys on Sunday night. While I wouldn’t go crazy throwing a bunch of FAAB towards Jones, he’s an intriguing short-term option for an explosive offense. If you aren’t familiar with Aaron Jones, he’s a dynamic athlete who is more than capable of filling the shoes of Ty Montgomery.

Alvin Kamara – If you own Adrian Peterson, go ahead and cut him, because he ded. As for Alvin Kamara, he’s received the fourth-most targets in the league with 28 and has averaged the 13th-most PPR points per game at a clip of 13.8 per game. If he’s still available and you play in a PPR league, then Kamara is one of the best long-term adds this week despite the Saints being on a bye.

Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, Eddie Lacy, J.D. McKissic – Chris Carson suffered a gruesome leg injury that resulted in a fractured leg and a high-ankle sprain. Carson has been placed on IR with a designation to return. He can’t return until Week 12 at the earliest and I wouldn’t be shocked if he didn’t make it back at all. As for the rest of the group, I would put my FAAB or waiver adds on Thomas Rawls or C.J. Prosise in PPR formats. Thomas Rawls was thought to be the starter until the emergence of Chris Carson. He’s a valuable asset in standard leagues, however, he’s never been able to stay healthy or recreate the magic he had in 2014. Then you have Eddie Lacy, who looks like a shell of himself.

As for the pass-catching duo in Prosise and McKissic, Prosise figures to return his role as the change-of-pace back, however, McKissic looked electric scoring two touchdowns on two long scampers in Week 4. Still, it’s hard to imagine he has much of a role once Prosise is healthy. The caveat to all of this is Prosise and his health. There is no denying his talent. The man just can’t stay healthy. If you’re in a deeper format, I would look to stash McKissic as a speculative add.

Alex Collins – With Alex Collins looking like the best back the Ravens have on the roster, he will need to work to secure the football after fumbling multiple times the last few weeks. This has been an issue he’s had since his days at Arkansas, when he fumbled 17 times in three seasons. Over the last two weeks, he’s rushed 18 times for 164 yards. He’s clearly an upgrade over Terrance West (which isn’t saying much) and should hold immediate value in standard leagues, but he’s nothing more than a touchdown-dependent RB3 until the Ravens show any signs of life on the offensive side of the football.

Wayne Gallman – He rushed 11 times for 42 yards and hauled in both of his targets for eight yards and scored a touchdown. This might be the best game of any Giants’ RB this season and it could lead to Gallman taking the reigns as the starter in New York. While the Giants offensive line is still awful, rostering any starting running back will lead to usable weeks. With so many injuries this week and bye weeks starting, Gallman makes for a worthy flex option.

Elijah McGuire – He broke out for 93 yards and a touchdown against a Jags defense that has been gashed by opposing running backs this season. He doesn’t have standalone value with Powell as the lead back, however, as the season wears on, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jets give more work to McGuire to see what they have in him.

Brandon Oliver – While Melvin Gordon continues to look off, Brandon Oliver becomes more and more intriguing as another speculative add. Gordon has struggled with a knee injury and as a player who has had micro-fractures in his knee, you have to wonder if something isn’t wrong with that knee. Though it should be said that I’m no doctor. Nevertheless, I’m adding Oliver everywhere I can.

Matt Breida – Running behind one of the more injury-prone running backs in the league, Breida is one of the best handcuffs to own in all 12 team leagues.


Wide Receiver

Week 5 Waiver Rankings

  1. Will Fuller
  2. Devin Funchess
  3. Sterling Shephard
  4. Cooper Kupp
  5. John Brown
  6. Allen Hurns
  7. Jaron Brown
  8. Ricardo Louis
  9. Paul Richardson
  10. Danny Amendola
  11. Marqise Lee
  12. Trent Taylor
  13. Taylor Gabriel
  14. Kenny Golladay
  15. J.J. Nelson
  16. Kendall Wright
  17. Josh Doctson
  18. Tyler Lockett
  19. Brice Butler
  20. Cole Beasley
  21. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  22. Robert Woods
  23. Josh Gordon
  24. Jermaine Kearse
  25. DeDe Westbrook
  26. Benny Fowler
  27. Bruce Ellington
  28. Michael Floyd
  29. Brandon Coleman
  30. Justin Hardy
  31. Chris Conley

Will Fuller – Welcome back, Will Fuller. After missing the first three games of the season due to a broken collarbone, he returned to haul in four-of-six targets for 35 yards and two touchdowns. While he didn’t stuff the stash sheet, you have to be impressed with the rapport he showed with Watson with nearly zero practice time. Moving forward, he will likely be boom-or-bust, but for any WR-needy team, he’s a weekly flex option.

Devin Funchess – He secured seven-of-nine targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns against a Patriots defense that looks completely lost this season. He now has 19 targets over the last two weeks and looks like he is finally putting things together. He currently is seeing 23.7% of the team’s targets which is eighth-best in the league. He’s turned those targets into 216 yards (23rd) on 17 receptions (22nd) and two touchdowns which is good for 12.7 PPR points per game.  He should be viewed as WR3 in a matchup against the Lions, who have allowed the 13th-most receiving yards to WRs.

Sterling Shepard – The man continues to see targets and while he didn’t have a monster game, he did secure all five targets for 54 yards. He’s clearly separated himself from Brandon Marshall but he is competing for work in the middle of the field with Evan Engram, who received 11 targets this week. Shepard has played on 92% of the teams, however, he is only receiving 16% of the team’s targets, though it should be mentioned that number is skewed because the Giants continue to throw the ball at an obscene rate (81%) rate. He currently is 12th in the league in receptions with 21, 13th in yards with 254, and 20th in PPR points per game averaging 13.4.

As long as the Giants continue to throw the ball 40+ times per game, then Shepard should be a weekly WR3/4 on most weeks.

Cooper Kupp – While he cooled off Weeks 2 and 3, he got things back on track hauling in five-of-season targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. The Rams offense continues to roll, although we should temper expectations with upcoming matchups against the Seahawks, Jaguars, and Cardinals.

John Brown and Jaron Brown – It’s pretty simple. When John Brown plays he’s a dynamic playmaker who can put up some big numbers. However, he continues to get dinged up which makes it hard to trust him. As of now, the Cardinals get a juicy matchup against a Eagles defense that is void of talent in the secondary.

Jaron Brown played 95% of snaps and received 12 targets that he turned into nine receptions for 105 yards. As long as he continues to see heavy usage, he will continue to be a strong flex play.

Ricardo Louis – Maybe I was a week too early on the athletic WR from Auburn, but he took a small step forward this week hauling in five-of-11 targets for 64 yards against the Bengals on Sunday. While everyone rushed to pick up Rashard Higgins, I preferred to add the more athletic option in Ricardo Louis. Over the past two weeks, we have seen Higgins flounder, while Louis has seen his target share rise (17 targets the last two weeks). I hope you didn’t waste a top waiver add or a large percentage of your FAAB on Higgins because Louis is the guy to own. With a matchup against the Jets on tap, Louis is a sleeper I will be targeting this week in both season-long and DFS alike.

Danny Amendola – While fantasy owners continue to neglect Danny Amendola, he continues to be a usable asset. He’s scored double-digit fantasy points in two games of his past three games. If he is going to continue to see 6+ targets per game, then he needs to be owned in all formats that utilize PPR.

Trent Taylor – While he isn’t a must-add by any means, he has seen 14 targets the last two weeks and could provide useful as a volume slot receiver. He’s more of a deep league add, but with bye weeks and so many injuries this weekend, he serves a possible flex option in a nice matchup against the Colts.

Kendall Wright – With Mitchell Trubisky taking over as the Bears starting QB there is some hope for an improved offense. Glennon is best served as a backup in this league. With Trubisky I have some intrigue for Kendall Wright who is far and away the Bears best wide receiver. I would look to stash Wright I hopes that the Bears offense turns things around with the rookie under center.

Josh Doctson – He isn’t seeing the volume to feel comfortable playing him, yet, but his time is coming. Jamison Crowder continues to struggle and Jordan Reed is fighting through an injury. We saw last night how explosive Doctson can be (even if he didn’t finish the play) and it feels like only a matter of time before the Redskins start feeding him more targets.

Dede Westbrook – This is a bit premature, but Westbrook could be back in three or four weeks. He isn’t a household name, but if you paid attention during the preseason you saw Westbrook dominate. He’s an explosive athlete who provides a skill-set that no other Jaguars wide receiver can. At worst, he’s a deep threat that can take the top off the defense. If you’re in a deep league, then I would look to roster the rookie wide receiver as a bench stash.

Tight End

Week 5 Waiver Rankings

  1. Evan Engram
  2. Cameron Brate
  3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  4. Tyler Kroft
  5. Ben Watson
  6. Eric Ebron
  7. Ryan Griffin
  8. Zach Miller
  9. Jared Cook
  10. Vance McDonald

Evan Engram – 11 targets last week and now has 30 on the season. We don’t ask for a lot of the tight end position in fantasy football, so as a tight end that receives that kind of target share, you have to view him as a weekly TE1 on most weeks. He currently has seen the second most targets (30), third-most receptions (19), and the fifth-most yards (200) and is doing all of this as a rookie which is a rare accomplishment for a tight end. He should be owned in all formats.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – No one feels great rostering a Jets pass-catcher, but he is their most talented option and should have plenty of opportunities to provide fantasy owners with production. At worst he’s a fine streaming option playing a Browns defense that just allowed 68 yards and two touchdowns to Tyler Kroft.

Tyler Kroft – I called Tyler Kroft as a sneaky play this week on the DegeNation Podcast this week and boy did he pay off. He hauled in six passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. With Eifert likely to miss more time, it’s not hard to get behind Kroft as a streaming option, except for this week against the Bills, who have allowed the seventh-fewest points to TEs this season.


  1. Baltimore vs Oakland
  2. Titans vs Dolphins
  3. Eagles vs Giants
  4. Raiders vs Ravens
  5. Steelers vs Jaguars

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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