Our weekly waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 5 of the NFL season. These players are available in many leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Bishop Sankey TEN | RB

I know I sound like a broken record, but I am going to keep putting Sankey on this list until he gets picked up in more leagues. He continues to get more touches for the Titans and he got his first rushing touchdown of his career Week 4. Sankey’s role will continue to increase as the year goes on and I think he could be a top 15 fantasy running back down the stretch. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL | RB

Justin Forsett looked more impressive Week 4, but long term I am still a fan of Taliaferro. Forsett has never really been more than a change of pace guy in his career and I think the Ravens would be smart to see what this rookie can do. Taliaferro needs to be owned in all leagues until further notice. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Matt Asiata MIN | RB

Asiata had an amazing game, but Jerick McKinnon stole the show Week 4. I don’t care that Asiata isn’t as exciting as McKinnon, he is still the guy that they trust more and he is going to get the goal line carries. I think this is going to be a nasty time share moving forward, but at this point if I had to pick between the two I would still rather own Asiata. (about 65% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Jerick McKinnon MIN | RB

We all know that McKinnon is a talented young player and that was evident Week 4. The Vikings were playing with a lead (which hasn’t happened much lately) and they gave the youngster plenty of touches. He took full advantage averaging over 7 yards a carry and he found the end zone as well. It’s going to be a nasty timeshare between him and Matt Asiata, but McKinnon needs to be owned in all leagues until this gets sorted out. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Antone Smith ATL | RB

I talked about Smith in this article last week and after what he did Week 4 I had to put him right back on the list. It’s starting to look more clear that he is the backup running back to own in Atlanta and I still have little faith that Steven Jackson will stay healthy the entire season. If you are looking for a high upside backup running back to add to your bench then I would give Smith a look. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Andre Williams NYG | RB

Rashad Jennings has been great so far this season, but he has been overworked. Jennings is a bit older in terms of running backs and I think he will breakdown a bit as the year goes on. Williams is one of the higher upside handcuffs in the league and if you own Jennings I would highly suggest adding Williams to your bench. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Denard Robinson JAX | RB

Let’s face it, Toby Gerhart has looked awful so far this year. The Jags are going to have to eventually look elsewhere for someone that can produce and that person is Robinson. I don’t think Robinson is that much better than Gerhart, but I do think the Jags will give him a legitimate chance to win the starting job. For that reason I think Robinson is worth a look as a high upside player to add to your bench. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Branden Oliver SD | RB

When I saw Oliver in his #43 Chargers jersey I could have swore it was Darren Sproles. The 5’8” running back looks to be the favorite to fill the void left by Danny Woodhead and I expect his role will increase once the Chargers finally realize that Donald Brown isn’t good at football. Oliver is a guy that needs to be owned in more leagues at this point and I especially like him in PPR leagues. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Darrin Reaves CAR | RB

The Panthers running backs are dropping like flies and DeAngelo Williams was the latest victim. This doesn’t leave much left in terms of running backs for the Panthers and at this point it looks like Reaves is next in line. I wouldn’t expect much from him, but if you are desperate for a running back Week 5 then you could do a lot worse. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Brian Quick STL | WR

It’s amazing to me how many leagues that Quick is still available in. He is a #1 receiver that is putting up solid and consistent numbers, but the fantasy world isn’t respecting this guy. The fact that he plays for a bad offense isn’t a good enough reason not to pick this guy up. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Eddie Royal SD | WR

The Chargers have many weapons on offense, but with all of their injuries at running back it’s possible that Royal is in line for some more targets. Royal had a monster game Week 4 and is clear that he and Philip Rivers are on the same page. Even though I do like Royal as an add in most leagues, it’s important to not overpay for him on the waiver wire. He is still pretty far down the depth chart for the Chargers and he is going to be a boom or bust guy most weeks. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Jarius Wright MIN | WR

Cordarrelle Patterson demands the attention of any defense and that left Wright as the forgotten guy Week 4. He was targeted 10 times catches 8 passes for over 130 yards. The Vikings coaching staff has mentioned that they need to get the ball into the hands of this young playmaker and they did just that. New quarterbacks can sometimes fancy a receiver that wasn’t previously part of the game plan and that could be the case with Wright and Bridgewater. If you are looking for a high upside wide receiver for your bench then I suggest grabbing Wright. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Andre Holmes OAK | WR

The Raiders don’t have many options at receiver and it’s possible that Holmes could emerge as their #1 option. Holmes already has 21 targets on the young season and I think he is someone that the fantasy world needs to start paying attention to. He is going to be a bit hit or miss most weeks, but I think Holmes could get plenty of junk yards as the Raiders should be playing from behind most of the year. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Quarterbacks

Teddy Bridgewater MIN | QB

The Bridgewater era has officially begun in Minnesota and it was a solid debut. The rookie put a spark into the Vikings offense and that whole team seemed to play with more energy Week 4. He did hurt his ankle in the game, but the initial reports are saying that it’s not a serious injury. Bridgewater is an interesting high upside QB2 at this point. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Blake Bortles JAX | QB

In his first start in the NFL Bortles looked decent and I think he is worth adding in some deeper leagues. The Jags offense as a whole looked better and I expect that they will slowly improve as the year goes on. At this point though Bortles is nothing more than a high upside QB2. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight Ends

Larry Donnell NYG | TE

The start for Donnell so far this year is no fluke, this youngster has some talent and I like his upside for the rest of the season. Eli Manning looks his way often and he loves his big tight end in the red zone. At this point I think Donnell needs to be owned in all leagues and it’s possible he ends the year as a top 5 fantasy tight end. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Heath Miller PIT | TE

Miller had a great game Week 4 and he proved yet again that he is one of Big Ben’s favorite targets. The old man can still get it done and even though he isn’t that exciting in terms of overall upside, he is still a safe option for your lineup each week. Miller got off to a slow start this year, but he looks to be healthy and I like his matchups over the next couple weeks. (about 65% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Jared Cook STL | TE

Cook was on a bye Week 4 and I think that prevented him from being picked up in more leagues. He has been a consistent part of the Rams offense so far this year and I think Cook can be a serviceable option if you are struggling at the tight end position. Cook has shown flashes of greatness during his career and it’s possible that we haven’t seen the best out of Cook. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Clay Harbor JAX | TE

Harbor missed the first few weeks of the season, but he is now healthy and it appears that he could have a big role on the Jags offense. Rookie quarterbacks can sometimes target their tight ends a good bit and that was the case Week 4 with Blake Bortles and Harbor. Look for Harbor to continue to have value moving forward, but I don’t think he is anything more than a high upside TE2. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Philadelphia PHI | DEF

The Eagles D was great Week 4 and they have a nice matchup against the Rams for Week 5. If you are streaming defenses then you need to try to get Philly on your squad this week. I think I would even use a decent waiver number on them if you are desperate for a win. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

New Orleans NO | DEF

The Saints D didn’t look good against Tony Romo and the Cowboys, but I think they will have an easier time against Tampa Bay. The Saints are going to be desperate for a win and their defense plays much better when at home. I fully expect the Saints to give Tampa Bay a nice beating Week 5 and I think they will force Mike Glennon to make some mistakes. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play