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Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Bye Week Replacements for Week 5

Jason Schandl
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Bye week season continues to roll on, though we continue to be eased into things in 2019 with another two-team bye week. Only the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins are on bye in Week 5, and those two teams aren't exactly loaded with top fantasy plays.

The Lions aren't without some important fantasy players though, with Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson highlighting the group. That means there are going to be plenty of fantasy owners looking for some waiver wire bye week replacements for Week 5. Here are the best options at every position.

Top Fantasy QB Waiver Wire Replacements for Matt Stafford on Bye Week 5

Andy Dalton may have just imploded in a prime time game on Monday, but don't let that sour you on him too much this week. The Arizona Cardinals have combined a fast-paced offensive approach with continued defensive struggles to allow the third most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Despite the terrible Week 4 outing, Dalton has still turned in three solid games in 2019 (20.7, 18.6 and 16.1 fantasy points), and he will likely bounce back in this spot.

Top Fantasy RB Waiver Wire Replacements for Kerryon Johnson on Bye Week 5

Nyheim Hines turned in his best game of 2019 in Week 4, notching 10.5 PPR points in a loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Indianapolis Colts' primary passing down and no-huddle back this year (like he was in 2018), the volume split between Hines and Marlon Mack is likely to be matchup-dependent every week. As heavy underdogs against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5, we can expect Mack to get plenty of work on Sunday. His value is fairly limited in standard scoring leagues, but in PPR he's a solid start if you're hurting at RB this week.

Top Fantasy RB Waiver Wire Replacements for Kenyan Drake on Bye Week 5

Raheem Mostert's fantasy football value will disappear when Tevin Coleman returns, but the last update we had on Coleman's health is that he hoped to return to practice this week, which isn't especially encouraging. That means Mostert could be in for double-digit carries (he had 13 in Week 2 and 12 in Week 3) again as he returns from a bye week of his own.

Top Fantasy WR Waiver Wire Replacements for Kenny Golladay on Bye Week 5

Cole Beasley is one of only two players (joined by Cooper Kupp) with double-digit targets in both Weeks 3 and 4. He's tied for second in targets (23) and third in target share (29 percent) among all wideouts in that time. The entire Buffalo Bills offense gets a downgrade with Matt Barkley likely at the helm against the Tennessee Titans, but huge volume like that keeps Beasley in play in Week 5 anyway.

Top Fantasy WR Waiver Wire Replacements for Marvin Jones on Bye Week 5

Mohamed Sanu has quietly been far busier than Calvin Ridley in the Atlanta Falcons' offense in 2019. Sanu has only 0.6 fewer fantasy points (48.1 to 48.7) than Ridley, but his target total (31) is closer to Julio Jones (37) than to Ridley (23). The Houston Texans have allowed top-10 fantasy production to opposing wideouts this season, and Sanu shouldn't have too much trouble converting his volume to production on Sunday.

Top Fantasy TE Waiver Wire Replacements for T.J. Hockenson on Bye Week 5

Tyler Eifert is our top streaming TE option this week, and he sits 12th at the position in our Week 5 fantasy football rankings. No other team has been even close to as generous to the position this year than the Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed at least 18 fantasy points to all four starting tight ends against them, including at least 25 to three of the four. Like for Dalton, this matchup is more than enough to overcome the concerns raised for Eifert by Week 4's ugly loss, especially since he's now seen at least five targets in three of his four games in 2019.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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