Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets (Week 5)

Four weeks have gone by and the NFL is proving impossible to predict. No one predicted the Bills and Rams to have more wins than the Patriots. However, one thing has held true from previous years, big time injuries happen. From Dalvin Cook‘s torn ACL, to Derek Carr‘s fractured back, injuries are a weekly occurrence. As devastating as these injuries are, it is important to take advantage and add players that will see an increase in playtime. Here are six top waiver wire adds for week five.

1. Latavius Muray, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook went down with a devastating non contact ACL tear that ended his rookie season just as he was picking up steam. Latavius Murray, and Jerick McKinnon look to split the carries, but Murray out touched his fellow back nine to two. Murray looks to receive more carries, but he is not going to produce like Cook did. However, he is a must add for any owners that had Cook. (Percent owned: 47.7 NFL, 17.1 ESPN)

2. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones is another top waiver target due to his starter’s injury. Ty Montgomery suffered broken ribs, and although there are reports that he could play this weekend, even if he does he will be on a limited snap count. Jones, the rookie back filled in well for the starter. He produced a touchdown and nearly fifty yards. If you own Montgomery, Jones would be a good fill in until he is back. (Percent owned: 0.5 NFL, 1.3 ESPN)

3. Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills

Charles Clay has been tearing it up this season. In PPR leagues, he is the fourth highest scoring tight end, but his ownership percentage does not yet reflect that. If he is available in your league, add him immediately. He has been Tyrod Taylor‘s favorite and most reliable target this season. Look for Clay’s numbers to stay in the top tier of tight ends. (Percent owned: 34.1 NFL, 75.2 ESPN)

4. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson led the Texan’s offense to a 57-14 point victory over the Titans. He threw for four touchdowns and ran for another one, accounting for five total touchdowns on the day. He shouldn’t be counted on to produce like this on a weekly basis, but with weapons like DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller he should consistently put up points. If your team’s starting quarterback is struggling or you need a solid back up, Watson is gold. (Percent owned: 14.8 NFL, 29.6 ESPN)

5. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

Will Fuller was another player that benefited from the Texan’s offensive explosion last week. In his first game this season after suffering a broken collarbone he scored two red zone touchdowns. He saw six targets on the day and if him and Watson can continue to hook up, he could be a solid WR2 or flex option on a weekly basis. (Percent owned: 2.8 NFL, 18.9 ESPN)

6. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Wendell Smallwood is in a running back by committee approach with LeGarrette Blount, but that does not take away from his fantasy value in PPR leagues. He caught four balls for 45 yards, and ran ten times for 34 yards and a touchdown. He should continue to see a lot of catches out of the backfield and is a solid flex option in deeper leagues, (Percent owned: 7.9 NFL, 47.2 ESPN)


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