Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 5 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.


Deshaun Watson HOU | QB

The future didn’t take long to arrive for the Houston Texans. After mediocre appearances in weeks one and two, Deshaun Watson has made a statement the past two weeks that he’s the real deal. After nearly besting Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 3, the former Clemson star turned it up a notch in Week 4’s thrashing of the Titans. On the historic afternoon, Watson tossed four touchdowns and added one on the ground, becoming the first rookie quarterback since Fran Tarkenton in 1961, to account for five total touchdowns. Considering he’s still available in a number of leagues, Watson is easily the best fantasy asset potentially left on waivers in your league. The sky is the limit for the dynamic rookie who could very well eclipse Dak Prescott’s 2016 rookie performance from a fantasy perspective. (about 36% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Andy Dalton CIN | QB

Over the first three weeks of the season, Andy Dalton was rightfully crucified by football pundits everywhere. That said, the Bengals veteran quarterback quieted the critics this week in convincing fashion. Dalton completed 25 of 30 passes to go along with four scores and 286 yards passing in a 31-7 annihilation of the Browns. Of course, Dalton’s performance comes with the obvious caveat that the big afternoon came at the hands of the pitiful Browns defense. However, Dalton has had fantasy relevance in the past as a borderline QB1 and still has the playmaking machine known as A.J. Green. He will continue to benefit from having Bill Lazor as his offensive coordinator and should revert back to his status as a viable streaming option in favorable matchups. (about 47% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Alex Collins BAL | RB

The revolving door known as the Baltimore backfield has been on full display this season. Picking up the pieces from a Danny Woodhead injury in Week 1, the Ravens have struggled to rely on a featured back. Buck Allen has shown his true colors as a plodder and Terrance West managed negative seven yards on four carries this weekend (yup, you read that right). It’s now clear that the Ravens most reliable option to carry the mail is Alex Collins. Collins was originally assigned to the Ravens practice squad after the Seahawks released him earlier in the year and was eventually added as Woodhead’s replacement on the active roster. The former Arkansas Razorback toted the rock nine times to the tune of 82 yards and was by far the most competent back in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers. Collins did lose a fumble, but his effectiveness should have bought enough of John Harbaugh’s trust to ensure he has a volume-heavy role in the Baltimore offense. With Pro-Bowl Guard Marshal Yanda out for the season, fantasy owners should keep expectations in check when it comes to the Baltimore running game, but Collins is clearly the back to own in their backfield. (about 9% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Latavius Murray MIN | RB

During a weekend littered with injuries, some of the most significant news came when the Vikings diagnosed Dalvin Cook with a torn ACL. With Cook set to miss the rest of the season, the next man up on the totem pole is veteran Latavius Murray, who the Vikings plucked from the Raiders over the offseason. Murray will carry solid touchdown appeal moving forward, but owners shouldn’t expect too many games close to 100 yards on the ground. The Vikings will also give Jerick McKinnon ample opportunities for touches, while the offensive production remains volatile with Sam Bradford out. Murray and the Vikings running game will continue to face stacked fronts with Case Keenum under center. If and when Bradford is able to return, Murray’s outlook could climb a few notches. Murray is still worth a flier on this week’s waiver wire, but owners shouldn’t be expecting anything more than middling RB3 production. (about 6% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Alvin Kamara NO | RB

It was a head-scratch’er when the Saints spent a third-round pick in last year’s draft on a running back – just days after signing Adrian Peterson. Yet, after the first four weeks of the season, it looks like the Saints knew what they were doing all along. Kamara has been consistently involved in the passing game, with his role significantly expanding in Week 4’s win over the Dolphins in London. Kamara reeled in a whopping 10 receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown, complementing five carries and 25 yards on the ground. He’s become a high-floor PPR play and a borderline flex play across standard leagues. He should be considered one of the top pickups for the week at the running back position. (about 47% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Wide Receivers

Will Fuller HOU | WR

With Deshaun Watson looking the part of a potential superstar, naturally that means the Texans skill players should be upgraded. Second-year wide receiver Will Fuller proved that with his performance on Sunday, as the Notre Dame product hauled in a pair of touchdown passes. Fuller flashed big play potential during his rookie season and then had his sophomore campaign slowed by a broken collarbone that he suffered in training camp. Now healthy, Fuller will be the legitimate No. 2 receiving option in a Houston offense who could use a spark alongside DeAndre Hopkins. Fuller needs to be owned across all leagues entering Sunday Night’s tilt against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. (about 33% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Devin Funchess CAR | WR

In the wake of Greg Olsen’s absence in the Panthers passing game, somebody needed to step up and make some plays for quarterback Cam Newton. Well, it’s looking more and more like Devin Funchess is that guy moving forward. The former second-round pick out of Michigan turned in one of his best games as a pro in Sunday’s upset win over the Patriots, as he posted seven receptions to go along 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With Cam and the offense executing a rhythm consistent with their success from two years ago, it’s safe to assume Funchess will continue to be a solid contributor in the weeks to come. He’ll be a popular add at the receiver position this week on the wire. (about 27% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight Ends

Evan Engram NYG | TE

Rookie tight ends have a history of being anti-climatic draft picks in the fantasy community, but Evan Engram’s target share and production through the first four weeks can no longer be ignored. The former Ole Miss Rebel has now seen seven or more targets in each of his last three games, including an eye-popping 11 targets in the Giants Week 4 loss to the Bucs. Engram managed to haul in six of those targets for 62 yards and Ben McAdoo has made it apparent Engram is firmly entrenched as a big part of the Giants offensive game plan. With Brandon Marshall continuing to be a disappointment, Engram is guaranteed to remain an integral part of the passing attack. (about 47% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues


Oakland Raiders OAK | DEF

With Derek Carr expected to miss 2-6 weeks, the Raiders defense will be forced to pick it up in their quarterback’s absence. Coming off a four-sack performance on Sunday against the Broncos, Khalil Mack and company will look forward to feasting on a Ravens offense that has posted a meager 26 points through four contests this season. I fully expect the Raiders defense to generate pressure against the injury-riddled Ravens offensive line and will be a good bet to force a few turnovers at home against a struggling Joe Flacco. Fantasy owners should be prepared to dial-up the Raiders defense in Week 5. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 5 streamer option

New York Jets NYJ | DEF

This one is a bit of a deeper sleeper, but any team facing the Cleveland Browns offense should command your attention. The New York Jets defense had a pedestrian effort in last week’s win over the Jaguars, as they allowed 14 points and tallied a sack and interception. They’ll have a good shot at improving on last week’s figures when Gang Green travels to Cleveland to take on DeShone Kizer and the lowly Browns. Fantasy owners in dire need for a Week 5 streamer should certainly give the Jets a look. (about 4% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 5 streamer option