Waiver Wire Wishlist – Week 5
Some more major injuries have shaken up fantasy teams in week four. Second-year superstar Javonte Williams is done for the season after tearing an ACL while Cordarrelle Patterson also hit the IR with a knee injury. Jonathan Taylor (ankle), Melvin Gordon (neck), Rashod Bateman (foot) and Jahan Dotson (hamstring) were also banged up and currently look questionable for the upcoming week.
Read on to see who I’m filling my roster voids with entering week 5.
Week 5 Suggestions
Zach Wilson (New York Jets) - Owned in 9% of ESPN leagues
Week 5 Matchup: vs. MIA
Wilson made his return under center Sunday against the Steelers in Pittsburgh and had a bit of a rough go. He completed only half of his pass attempts (18-for-36) but salvaged his fantasy day with both a passing and a receiving touchdown, leading the Jets to a win. Wilson has an easier task this weekend facing the secondary of the Miami Dolphins who were dead last against opposing quarterbacks entering ween four and then allowed Joe Burrow to carve them up on Thursday night for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Wilson is a sketchy play at best, but I believe the matchup provides an opportunity for fantasy points to be scored.
I also have to touch on Bailey Zappe listed below. He entered late in the game Sunday after Brian Hoyer suffered an injury playing QB for the Patriots. Zappe went 10-for-15 for 99 yards and a touchdown in an overtime loss to the Packers. He faces the Detroit Lions secondary this week which many teams have taken advantage of this season, most recently Geno Smith, who threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns. I believe Zappe can be played in two-quarterback leagues.
Other options: Bailey Zappe (0%).
Tyler Allgeier (Atlanta Falcons) - Owned in 17% of ESPN leagues
Week 5 Matchup: @TB
Allgeier looks to benefit most from the Cordarrelle Patterson injury. Allgeier toted the ball 10 times in two of the last three games for the Falcons and has looked like he has some juice. He ran for 8.4 yards per carry last week and added one reception that went for 20 yards. The rookie out of BYU recorded his first double-digit fantasy outing in 0.5-ppr scoring. He’s got a tough matchup against Tampa Bay this week, so grab him now and stash him on your bench to wait for a better matchup.
Latavius Murray (Denver Broncos) - Owned in 0% of ESPN leagues
Week 5 Matchup: vs. SEA
Murray was called up off the New Orleans Saints practice squad last week after the late scratch of Alvin Kamara before Sunday morning’s London game. Mark Ingram got banged up and Murray was forced into action. He put up 57 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, but was sent back down to the practice squad, as the Kamara and Ingram injuries don’t look to be serious. Enter the Denver Broncos. Following a season-ending injury to Javonte Williams and an injury/fumbling problems from Melvin Gordon, Denver swooped in and signed Murray off the New Orleans practice squad. With potentially only Mike Boone to split carries with in the Denver backfield, Murray may be worth grabbing to see if he plays a significant role for this Denver team.
Other options: Rachaad White (11%), Mike Boone (0%), Isaiah Pacheco (11%).
George Pickens (Pittsburgh Steelers) - Owned in 39% of ESPN leagues
Week 5 Matchup: @BUF
Pickens was listed in the ‘other options’ last week and hopefully you stashed him then, because he’s likely to be a hot commodity if he’s still available in any of your leagues. Pickens was a favorite target of rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett when he entered the game in the second half for the Steelers last week. After Pickett’s entrance, Pickens caught four balls for 71 yards to give him his first 100-yard game as a pro (he ended up with six catches for 102 yards). He saw a season-high eight targets and has been targeted 15 times in the past two games. Grab him if you can.
Josh Reynolds (Detroit Lions) - Owned in 11% of ESPN leagues
Week 5 Matchup: @NE
This is a great add if Amon-Ra St. Brown and/or D’Andre Swift don’t suit up again this week. Without them both last week, Reynolds caught seven of eight targets for 81 yards and a score, but even with both guys on the field in week three, Reynolds still saw 10 targets. Reynolds and Jared Goff have history in LA as Reynolds spent some time as the No.3 receiver for the Rams a few seasons ago, so the connection is there. Reynolds is certainly worth and add and maybe even a spot-start in the right situation.
Other options: Isaiah McKenzie (20%), Alec Pierce (8%), Corey Davis (7%).
Will Dissly (Seattle Seahawks) - Owned in 2% of ESPN leagues
Week 5 Matchup: @NO
Dissly hasn’t gotten an overwhelming amount of looks his way this season, but Geno Smith certainly loves to look his way in the red zone. Dissly has scored touchdowns in three of four games despite averaging just three targets a game. Touchdowns are a bold stat to chase in fantasy, but if you’re thin at TE, a dart throw at Dissly isn’t the worst you can do.
Other options: Tyler Conklin (39%).