Players to Drop For Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

Players to drop for Week 5 waiver wire pickups in fantasy football, including Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Players to drop for Week 5 waiver wire pickups in fantasy football, including Marquez Valdes-Scantling. / Harry How/Getty Images

There are a ton of great waiver wire targets in fantasy football as we head into Week 5, but adding those players doesn't come without a cost.

You'll need to find players on your team to drop to make room for those additions. It's not always just as simple as dropping whoever hasn't scored much through two weeks, either. It's important to focus on dropping players who don't bring you much long-term upside.

With that in mind, here are three fantasy football players to drop this week to make room for Week 5 waiver pickups.

1. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (63% Rostered)

Week 4 was the absolute perfect storm for Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He was the WR1 with Davante Adams and Allen Lazard on the shelf, and he had a dreamy matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. He caught 4 passes for 45 yards. The Packers are on bye in Week 5, and Adams will likely back in action in Week 6, so MVS' value has nowhere to go but down.

2. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (59% Rostered)

Week 4 should have been a favorable spot for Nyheim Hines — his role as a receiving back means he offers more fantasy value in a close game than a blowout, like the Colts had in Week 3. He still played just 35 percent of the team's offensive snaps, however, handling just 9 carries and 3 targets. A low-ceiling PPR option at the best of times, Hines doesn't look like he has a firm enough grasp on the receiving back role in this offense to offer any real value unless the Colts are forced into a shootout.

3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Detroit Lions (62% Rostered)

Adrian Peterson has somehow emerged as the Detroit Lions' RB1, but that doesn't mean he's a valuable fantasy football player. His 33 carries in the last two games are great, but neither of those games saw him eclipse even 10 fantasy points. As purely an early-down and short-yardage rusher on a team that has been incapable of running out the clock while playing with leads, Peterson's value is basically touchdown-or-bust at this point.

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