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Top fantasy football waiver wire adds for Week 5

Here are the players you need to be adding off waivers.

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Before we shift our attention fully over to Week 5 (we do have the Monday night game after all) let’s quickly reflect on what was a weird week of NFL football. The Lions almost beat the Chiefs; the Browns eviscerated the Ravens after looking like the Browns of old to start the season; the Raiders handedly beat the Colts and the Buccaneers went into LA and beat the Rams. Riddle me that one Batman. Just goes to show you that anything can happen on Sunday.

While chaos reigned in real football, this wasn’t the biggest week for fake football. There were no real killer injuries this week (obviously the Mitchell Trubisky injury is devastating to fantasy teams everywhere) and no massive breakout performances from guys who you simply MUST be adding to your team.

But let’s not be boring; there are still players out there who are worth snagging onto your fantasy team.

Here are 10 players you should be targeting and working hard to get onto your fantasy team this week (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).

RB Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles (55% owned)

I guess it’s becoming a weekly tradition for me to include one guy who’s over 50% owned but I have to remind you that Howard look near unstoppable Thursday night against the Packers. He ran for 87 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns while catching three balls for 28 yards and another TD. It seems time to accept that the ever elusive “Miles Sanders breakout game” might never come and Howard has a vice-lock grip on the starting job in Philly.

RB Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (43% owned)

Shoutout to all you Ronald Jones truthers who held onto him and knew a day would come when he’d take over the Bucs’ backfield. It seems that day has come. Sunday against the Rams, Jones led the Bucs’ backfield with 19 carries—10 more than Peyton Barber—for 70 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 12 yards. We’ve been trying to figure out this backfield all season so far and it seems we might finally have some clarity as to who the lead back will be moving forward.

RB Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts (2% owned)

Wilkins didn’t do anything crazy Sunday—he carried the ball four times for 17 yards against the Raiders—but with Marlon Mack leaving the game due to an ankle injury, there could be an increased workload in Wilkins’ future. Against a very average Chiefs’ defense in Week 5, Wilkins would be in line for the starting gig as he’s outperformed second year back Nyheim Hines on the ground. If Mack is out, Wilkins is certainly worth the add.

RB Dontrell Hilliard, Cleveland Browns (1% owned)

IT HAPPENED EVERYONE, THE BROWNS OFFENSE FINALLY CAME ALIVE! Now, likely you won’t be able to get your hands on Nick Chubb or Jarvis Landry as those guys are owned in basically 110% of fantasy leagues, but you can still get Hilliard and (spoiler alert for down at the bottom of this page) Ricky Seals-Jones. Hilliard had eight total touches Sunday for 54 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for the second year back behind Chubb.

WR Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (27% owned)

I may not know what’s going on with the Falcons, but I do know any receiver who’s under 50% owned and gets double digit targets belongs on your fantasy team. Sanu finished Sunday with nine catches on 12 targets for 91 yards against the Titans. He’s a must add for those in PPR leagues as he’s second on the team in catches behind Austin Hooper. With the Texans and Cardinals ahead, I’d expect Sanu to continue being a go-to target for Matt Ryan moving forward.

WR A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (10% owned)

You probably don’t trust Marcus Mariota and the Titans passing game, which is fair because I don’t, but you can’t ignore that Brown looked every bit of a WR1 Sunday against the Falcons. He caught all three of his targets for 94 yards and two touchdowns, including this one where he out ran the entire Falcons’ secondary for the score.

Brown has proven himself to be a big play threat and while he may not be consistent this early in the season, he could develop into a home run hitter for the Titans offense moving forward.

WR Dontrelle Inman, Los Angeles Chargers (9% owned)

With Mike Williams out Sunday with a back injury, Inman was pushed into a starting role and quickly became Philip Rivers’ go-to receiver. He led the team in targets (7) and yards (76), and tied with Keenan Allen for most catches (5). We don’t know how long Williams could be out, but if he misses any more time, it’s quite apparent Inman is more than capable to thrive in his starting spot.

WR DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (8% owned)

I know it feels dirty to invest at all in the Dolphins offense in fantasy, but you can’t ignore Parker’s day against the Chargers where he caught all four of his targets for 70 yards and a touchdown. He led the team in targets and receptions and seems to be starting to have good chemistry with Josh Rosen. If you’re in a super deep league and in need of a wide receiver, Parker is worth the add.

WR Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts (5% owned)

You can’t say the Colts didn’t try and get Campbell involved Sunday with T.Y. Hilton out. Jacoby Brissett targeted Campbell eight times, of which he caught five for 25 yards. Obviously, this isn’t exactly the kind of production you want to see, but eight targets is nothing to scoff at. We’ll see how much more time Hilton will miss, but in his absence, it seems the Colts will do everything in their power to highlight their second round pick.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Cleveland Browns (1% owned)

Ricky Seals-Jones looked great Sunday, catching all three of his targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. I can’t offer any insight into if the Browns offense we saw Sunday is here to stay, but I can say that Seals-Jones will be a part of the game plan moving forward. With Landry’s status uncertain for Week 5—he left the game early due to a concussion—Seals-Jones could be in for a high workload next week.


Which running back are you adding to your fantasy team?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Jordan Howard
    (71 votes)
  • 49%
    Ronald Jones II
    (92 votes)
  • 10%
    Jordan Wilkins
    (20 votes)
  • 1%
    Dontrell Hilliard
    (3 votes)
186 votes total Vote Now