Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets
Another relatively healthy week, with only a few players going down with what should be minor injuries.
We’ve now seen four weeks of football, so hopefully we are starting to see trends emerging in offenses. Some players might finally be seeing the snaps they deserve. Some hyped players are starting to look iffy (cough Lawrence, cough) and you might want to make a roster change.
At this point, if you don’t need to make any changes, it may be better to hold off and save your FAAB. But for those who are 1-3 or 0-4, it may be time to start taking shots at guys even if they are only relevant for a few weeks.
Let’s dive into some players worth adding this week.
Running Back – Denver Broncos (1% rostered)
The undrafted rookie out of Youngstown State stepped up big for the Broncos on Sunday, rushing seven times for 72 yards and catching three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown after the early departure of Javonte Williams.
Williams left with a hip injury and did not return, although it doesn’t seem to be too serious. Still, it wouldn’t be shocking if he sat a week or two, meaning McLaughlin should get another chance to lead the backfield.
If McLaughin can continue to prove himself, he may even see himself with more playing time even when Williams returns.
Running Back – Carolina Panthers (19% rostered)
Chuba Hubbard saw an increase in usage on Sunday with Miles Sanders nursing a groin injury, rushing 14 times for 41 yards. He also caught two passes for 12 yards.
Hubbard and Sanders have both been disappointing so far this season, so we may see a “hot hand” approach moving forward, but with the wasteland that is the RB position, its enough to warrant a waiver addition.
Hubbard gets Detroit and Miami before the BYE, and then follows it up with Houston and Indianapolis, so it’s not a horrible schedule.
If you need a bench Running Back, Hubbard isn’t the worst option.
Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers (34% rostered)
Romeo Doubs has been the WR1 in Christian Watson’s absence, and frankly I think he stays that way even with a healthy Watson.
Watson is definitely a great talent, but he is more of the deep threat and is still nursing a hamstring injury.
Doubs caught his first touchdown of the season last week, and then followed it up with a nine catch, 95-yard performance against the Lions.
The Packers have a delicious schedule moving forward, with games against the Raiders, Broncos, Vikings, Rams, and Steelers in the near future. All of these have the potential for big games for the Packer offense.
Wide Receiver – Dallas Cowboys (42% rostered)
Michael Gallup disappointed fantasy players last year, and it seemed to be more of the same until last week.
Now Gallup has been one of the top Dallas receivers, catching 11 passes for 152 yards over the last two games. Brandin Cooks really hasn’t done anything for the Cowboys, and it seems like maybe Dak has rekindled the chemistry with Gallup.
The Cowboys get a tougher matchup with the 49ers next week, but Gallup is a solid addition in the case that he continues to become a bigger part of the offense.
Wide Receiver – Detroit Lions (16% rostered)
Jameson Williams was brought back slowly by the Lions in 2022, only playing a few snaps in the latter half of the season after tearing his ACL in the NCAA Championship game.
This season hasn’t been much better, thanks to a six-game suspension for gambling. Luckily for the Lions and Jameson, the league dropped the suspension to four games, meaning he can return this week.
Now hopefully he is fully healthy and ready to go, but we probably won’t see a ton of him in Week Five as the Lions do love to slowly bring guys back. Williams has huge potential especially in a thriving Lions’ offense, so he is worth an add in PPR leagues.
Quarterback – Houston Texans (32% rostered)
CJ Stroud continues to get passed over in fantasy, even though he’s hit 300 yards twice and thrown for two touchdowns the last three games.
The Texans are now at a surprising 2-2, thanks to the overachieving offense.
The next three weeks aren’t great for Stroud (Atlanta, Saints, BYE), but after that his schedule opens up rather nicely. He is actually the QB10 in scoring, so he could replace one of your underperforming starters.
If you are in a 2QB league, he should be rostered 100%.
Quarterback – Washington Commanders (9% rostered)
Sam Howell started the season actually looking like a decent rookie Quarterback. A four interception outing against the Bills hurt that image.
But he did redeem himself against the Eagles, throwing for 290 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed six times for 40 yards.
Howell now gets Chicago, who we all know can get thrown all over. The rest of his schedule is pretty meh, so this might be a one-week rental.
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