Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire

Despite being fairly slim pickings last week, it was another successful round of moves for anyone that took our advice and added Calvin Ridley, Taylor Gabriel, or Nyheim Hines.  Hopefully you upgraded some of our week 3 adds to the starting lineup as well and reaped the benefits from the likes of Gio Benard, Tyler Boyd, John Brown, and Geronimo Allison as well.


Last Week Recap

Here’s how last week’s moves shook out.  We really only had Ridley and Gabriel as actual waiver claims in the top half of the order with nearly no recommendations at QB or TE so hopefully you either grabbed one of those guys or hung tight and crept up in the order.


*The hold recommendation is only if your league is deep enough to hold Ivory in the event something comes down the pipe with LeSean McCoy.  He likely won’t be startable unless something happens there.

**This was our Thursday night handcuff add and should have been dropped after the game with no injury to Gurley.


Higher Owned Players


We added this section last week to help some people who are in shallower leagues and, being the people pleasers that we are, we are once again going to be tweaking it a bit based on feedback.  Rather than just focus on guys that are 50% or more owned (since we only cover guys less than 50% owned that we haven’t talked about yet), we are going to list both players that are 50% or higher owned and guys who we have already recommended as an add.  Based on that, you can consider anyone that’s listed below as a recommended add over the guys we will be discussing below.


And now for this week.  And boy is it ugly.  Hopefully you have been along with us this far and already own a lot of the guys above but here are some more players we would consider adding –  especially with bye weeks looming.



Wide Receivers


Taywan Taylor – 3 % owned

Waiver: 8 or later

FAAB: 2-3%

Morning Add: At Breakfast

A lot of people are going to be running to add Keke Coutee after his “breakout” performance this week and that’s fine – we’d add him too but not for what you’d likely have to pay for him which we can get into below.  First let’s talk about our highest recommended add at WR this week which is Taywan Taylor.  Along with Corey Davis, a lot of people were predicting that Taywan Taylor would take a big step forward as the number 2 option in the Titans passing game.  Like Corey Davis, he didn’t seem to take that step until this week.  What we have to factor in for both players is the obvious health issues facing Marcus Mariota up until this point and the subpar play from a backup QB.  Now that Mariota is back at a time when one of the main target hogs in Delanie Walker is done for the season and Rishard Mathews has been released, we can expect a much higher passing volume from this team and Taylor to be a high floor WR3/flex play when you are getting crushed by bye weeks.


Keke Coutee – 4% owned

Waiver: 8 or later

FAAB: 2-3%

Morning Add: At Breakfast

People might not be happy with our call on this one but what we are looking for off the wire are players that we can count on.  Coutee blew up this week with 11 catches on 15 targets for 109 but lets break down what we saw.  Coutee entered the game as the WR3 playing his first game of the season after dealing with a soft tissue injury.  DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller both scored the red zone touchdowns in the first half.  Will Fuller leaves the game which elevates Keke Coutee to the 2nd target on the team.  The game then proceeds as a shootout with a full 10 minute overtime period that ends as time expires.  During that time Coutee catches a number of balls with none longer that 19 yards averaging under 10 yards a catch.  Bill O’Brien then says that Fuller’s injury isn’t serious and he likely could have even played if pushed to do so.  Since most games will feature Deandre Hopkins and Will Fuller and won’t be 70 minutes of back and forth firepower, we can expect those target numbers to come back to earth for Coutee.  And as we’ve seen with Nelson Agholor, a slot guy with a shallow average depth of target is not a reliable fantasy asset unless he gets a large quantity of targets.


Other Breakfast or Later Adds

Cameron Meredith 10% – as we mentioned last week in our Tedd Ginn note, it looks like Cameron Meredith being integrated into the offense.  From 1 target week 3 to 4 this week, if he continues to rise into the 6-8 target range you will want to own him.

Willie Snead 5% – The former Saint has quietly seen 6, 8, 5, and 7 targets so far this year.  That makes him top 40 in targets ahead of guys like Larry Fitz, Keelan Cole, Tyler Lockett etc.

Chester Rogers 0% – If TY Hilton doesn’t play on Thursday he could be a sneaky play as he had 8 catches on 11 targets while TY was battling injury.  They play the Patriots on a short week so should be throwing.



It is a wasteland at RB right now I likely wouldn’t use any waiver claim on one – I’m listing these couple players here for anyone who might be in a FAAB league in a desperate situation.  Hopefully you stalked up on RBs based on our previous waiver articles but, if any of those players are still there, now might be the time to pull the trigger.  Otherwise, here is what you are looking at.


Mike Davis – 3% owned

Waiver: No

FAAB: 1%

Morning Add: At Work

The only reason Mike Davis is listed here ahead of Nick Chubb is that Chris Carson is actually dealing with an injury rather than being behind a healthy Hyde.  That being said, Mike Davis isn’t a world beater so you likely need that injury to linger to salvage value.


Nick Chubb – 20% owned

Waiver: No

FAAB: 1%

Morning Add: At Work

Nick Chubb is the superior athlete to Mike Davis but he unfortunately is also in a backfield with the superior back behind Carlos Hyde.  The Browns would be foolish to not utilize both of them while the are paying Hyde a hefty sum so don’t expect Chubb to take over any sort of bellcow duties any time soon.  Add in the fact that Duke Johnson is obviously there and you are really just hoping for a homerun if you need to start him.


Other Breakfast or Later Adds

Robert Turn 0% – It’s Thursday Night handcuff time so why not take a shot on Bobby Turbo is everyone else is owned?  Worst case you just drop him right back to waivers on Friday morning.

Kenjon Barner 0% – God forbid something happens to Sony Michel he could be worth stashing in very deep leagues for a team that almost always uses 2 runningbacks.  James White would not carry the load alone.




Marcus Mariota – 34% owned

Waiver: 10 or later

FAAB: 2%

Morning Add: At breakfast

If you are desperate at QB then it could be worth kicking the tires on Mariota now that he’s finally looking healthy.  Nerve damage is a scary thing but he seemed to be back to near 100% as he shed the strange custom glove and connected with both Corey Davis and Taylor all afternoon.  He’s an especially attractive add in leagues where it’s 4 points per passing TD as those rushing yards and rushing TDs can make a big difference.


Other Breakfast or Later Adds

Mitchel Trubinsky 15% – Throwing to wide open receivers against a terrible defense isn’t super impressive but 6 TDs is 6 TDs so could be worth a stash.

Jameis Winston 12% – We’ve seen what this high powered offense can do.  We’ve seen how bad the defense is.  If you have the space to hold through the bye he could be a sneaky add.


Tight End


Again, I will not be using a waiver claim on tight end this week unless I absolutely need to start someone right away but here are the guys under 50% owned I would consider adding, in order, if you have an injury (OJ Howard) or a bye week (Cameron Brate, Trey Burton).


CJ Uzomahplayed 70% of the snaps compared to Kroft so more likely to see a bigger role after Eifert injury.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – 19 targets so far and KC games have been high scoring

Ricky Seals-Jones – if you need a one week fill in, here is another 3-named man with 19 targets so far.

Ben Watson – besides last week his targets have been consistent but he needs to score to be useful

Austin Hoopertouchdown or bust.