Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
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There may not be a high-profile waiver wire situation in Week 5 like we saw with Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman in Week 4, but that doesn't mean it's not crucial to stay on the ball with the top fantasy football waiver wire adds for the week. That's especially true as bye week season continues.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

With that in mind, these 10 players are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues and are worth targeting on the waiver wire heading into Week 5.

1. Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (43% Owned)

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield has been a puzzle to start the season, but Ronald Jones may very well be running away with the lead back job. His 48.6 percent snap share and 19 carries in Week 4 were both the second highest single-game marks for a Bucs RB on the season, only topped by Peyton Barber in Week 2. Jones has now led the Bucs in carries in three of four games in 2019, and he's the only back on the team with double-digit carries in three games. He's also been far more efficient than Barber, averaging 4.7 yards per carry versus Barber's 3.4, despite running behind the same offensive line.

2. Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants (49% Owned)

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Golden Tate's ownership took a big jump last week, but he's still available in just over 50 percent of leagues as he prepares to make his New York Giants debut in Week 5. The Giants are paying him big money, and he's eclipsed 110 targets in five straight seasons. Expect him to be heavily involved in an offense that has looked much improved with Daniel Jones at the helm. You may not want to start him against the Minnesota Vikings' stout defense in Week 5, but this is likely your last chance to get Tate off the waiver wire.

3. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (10% Owned)

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Counting on teams to increase volume for their most effective players often leads to disappointment, but the payoff can be huge if you're right. A.J. Brown just turned in a massive 94-yard, two-touchdown game on only three receptions, marking the second time he's turned in a huge game on only three catches (100 yards in Week 1). He's still yet to play more than 50 percent of the Tennessee Titans' offensive snaps in a game, so his floor remains very low. If they do start to get their most effective receiver more heavily involved in the offense, though, Brown could develop into a tremendous fantasy asset. If you have the bench space to take a wait-and-see approach, Brown is well worth an add.

4. Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins (9% Owned)

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On the other end of the spectrum, don't expect much efficiency from Preston Williams in the egregious Miami Dolphins offense. His volume has been impressive though, racking up 19 targets over his last two games and matching DeVante Parker for the lead among Dolphins' wideouts with an 82.7 percent snap share in Week 4. The Dolphins are on bye in Week 5, but they return in Week 6 with what is by far their easiest matchup of the season so far, taking on the Washington Redskins.

5. Gardner Minshew II, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (14% Owned)

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Gardner Minshew hasn't blown up for any huge fantasy scores yet, but he's shown a great floor despite playing in an underwhelming offense. He's finished as a top-16 fantasy QB in all four weeks, and pending Monday Night Football, he sits at QB12 for Week 4. He's hit 16 fantasy points in all four games, and he sits at QB15 on the season. His matchups haven't been especially easy, either, not starting in Week 1, then taking on the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos in his three starts. He gets a more favorable matchup against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5, and that should let us see what kind of upside he can offer.

6. Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets (45% Owned)

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Like most of the New York Jets offense, Jamison Crowder's fantasy football value plummeted with Sam Darnold on the shelf. Darnold isn't a lock to return for Week 5, but he's certainly nearing a return to action, so we can look for Crowder's value to bounce back. The 14 receptions that Crowder saw in Week 1 (his lone game with Darnold) are still the most any player has recorded in a single game in 2019, and that kind of volume gives Crowder appeal in all formats, but especially in PPR leagues.

7. Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (12% Owned)

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Speaking of volume, Cole Beasley now has double-digit targets in each of his last two games (10 and 13), giving him at least nine in three of his first four games with the Buffalo Bills. He's accounted for a team-high 24 percent of the Bills' targets, and while his short average depth of target (7.6 yards) doesn't give him the upside that teammate John Brown (13.9 yards) has, the huge target volume gives him an intriguing floor, with no shortage of upside in PPR leagues.

8. Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (35% Owned)

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We still haven't seen what Andy Dalton is going to do against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, but pending his Monday night performance, his 18.5 fantasy points per game are tied for 13th among QBs. In Week 5, he draws one of the best matchups around, taking on the high-paced Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed at least 24 fantasy points to three of the four quarterbacks they've faced off with in 2019.

9. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (27% Owned)

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Another wideout with a relatively low ceiling that can offer some value if you're hunting for a bye week replacement starter is Mohamed Sanu, who has yet to see fewer than six targets in a game this season, peaking with 12 in Week 4. He appears to still be locked in as the Atlanta Falcons' No. 2 WR this year, with 31 targets and 24 receptions, compared to only 23 targets and 16 receptions for sophomore Calvin Ridley. With Atlanta playing from behind for much of the season, Matt Ryan has attempted an NFL-high 176 passes so far, leaving plenty of volume to go around, supporting plenty of fantasy-relevant receiving options.

10. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (19% Owned)

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For the first time this season, Nyheim Hines out-snapped Marlon Mack in Week 4, playing 44.9 percent of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive snaps (compared to 35.9 percent for Mack). This continues a trend that we saw in 2018 — when the Colts aren't winning games, Hines' receiving skills tend to make him their lead back. Hines racked up a season-high six receptions in Week 4, and he should be the featured player in their backfield in a Week 5 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, which will likely force the Colts into one of their most pass-heavy game plans of the season.


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