2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury, and bye-week help is here!

The following teams have bye weeks and WILL NOT be playing this week:
- Miami Dolphins
- Detroit Lions

RUNNING BACK (RB)

Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 41.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Ronald Jones has come on strong in the last few weeks.  The head coach Bruce Arians had always said the Buccaneers would go with a hot hand at running back. However, it might have always been implied that Peyton Barber was only a temporary placeholder for the up-and-coming youngster at the position.  Jones has seen his carries increase from 4 to 13 to 19 as he's gotten more comfortable in his new offense.  Meanwhile Barber has seen a decrease in his workload from 23 carries to 13 to 9.  This is still a timeshare, but it's clearly favoring Jones at this point.  Jones has enough of a workload to roster and he hit paydirt last week for the first time this season.  However, some more consistency would be nice before getting him in the starting lineup.

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 55.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Eagles' backfield has basically filtered down to two running backs: Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard.  The latter has seen his workload steafily increase and he's found the endzone four times in the last two weeks.  His workload should continue to increase as he gets more comfortable in Peterson's offense and he should continue to see targets.  Sanders' struggles (two fumbles within three carries against the Lions) should contribute to an increase in Howard's workload as well.  Howard is worth rostering and spot starts, especially against weak defenses when the Eagles want to grind down the opponent and chew up the clock.

Darrell Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 35.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Damien Williams was sidelined again with a knee injury, and McCoy has been dealing with an ankle injury.  Williams has been the one handling the handoffs to occasionally spell McCoy.  He has 17 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns and he added 8 catches for another 90 yards in two games.  Teams have sold out to protect against the Chiefs' big play which leaves plenty of room for Williams and McCoy to run.  Williams is one of the better dart throws in the league because there's enough big plays to go around.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 16.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Why yes, as a matter of fact the Vikings' backup running back is worth owning.  He may have had a rough go against the Bears last week, but he gets a much softer matchup against the Giants this week.  The Vikings are a much better rushing team than the Redskins and Mattison found the endzone for his first NFL touchdown against the Vikings.  He continues to share the backfield with Dalvin Cook, but there should be enough of a workload in the Vikings' backfield for both of these runners to be productive, especially since they're trying to manage Cook's touches.  Their schedule looks good for the rest of the season as well, so Mattison is worth a stash and is a decent streaming option moving forward.

STREAMING OPTION

Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 2.9% of all ESPN leagues):

For owners who are absolutely desperate at Therunning back, Chase Edmonds might be worth a look.  The Bengals have been very generous to opposing backfields this season.  So far they've allowed a total of 482 yards and 5 touchdowns in 4 games, and another 23 catches for 290 yards and another three touchdowns to opposing running backs.  That's a total of 772 yards from scrimmage and 8 touchdowns to opposing backfields this season for those who are keeping track.  Although David Johnson will undoubtedly get most of the work, Edmonds might be able to break off a long run or spell Johnson in event the Cardinals' lead back needs a break.  Either way, the numbers are hard to ignore.  There's a decent chance Edmonds posts serviceable numbers this week.

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

Marquez Valdez-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 66.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Technically MVS isn't supposed to be on this list since he's owned in roughly two-thirds of all ESPN leagues.  However, the fact remains that he should be added in all leagues and all formats until Davante Adams returns from his turf toe injury.  MVS leads the team in targets behind Adams and should still see his workload increase.  He's second in targets only to Adams and has clearly become the preferred target of Rodgers when Adams isn't on the field.  Grab him how and stream him against some tasty matchups in the coming weeks.

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 27.2% of all ESPN leagues):
While it's anyone's guess where Aaron Rodgers will turn to with his top wideout unavailable, the point is Allison will be catching passes from a future Hall of Famer.  He isn't targeted that much, but he makes the targets he receives count and he's found the endzone in two of his last three games.  This gives him a pretty low floor, but also a decent ceiling.  Davante Adams has averaged roughly 9 targets per game this season.  If Adams is unavailable, it's almost anyone's guess how his targets will be distributed, but Allison is sure to see a bump in his workload.  He's a low end flex but could put up WR3 numbers if he finds the endzone.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 37% of all ESPN leagues):
Dorsett catches passes from a future Hall of Famer and has seen his target share double in the last couple of weeks.  He had a tough week against a stifling Bills defense last week, but the workload is there so he should have opportunities to produce.  He should have a much better stat line against a non-existent Redskins pass defense this week.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 20.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Beasley is an absolute PPR gem.  He's been targeted nine times or more in three out of four games this season and he's basically Josh Allen's security blanket.  He hasn't found the endzone yet and he's usually targeted on underneath routes, but his volume of receptions helps him make up for his lack of touchdowns in PPR leagues.  Josh Allen should continue to look to Beasley, but Dawson Knox is slowly coming online and could cut into Beasley's targets.  Nevertheless, Beasley is worth stashing and starting espcially in PPR formats.

Dontrelle Inman, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 2.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The list of offensive weapons held out of the Chargers' game last week included Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin, Virgil Green, Hunter Henry, Justin Jackson.  That left Dontrelle Inman to handle most of the snaps and targets.  Justin Jackson falls to the wayside this week as Melvin Gordon returns, but Keenan Allen can't catch them all!  He was targeted 7 times against the Dolphins which is more than his other three games combined.  He should be in line for an expanded role again this week against a banged up Denver defense.  Buyer beware: Inman's health needs to be monitored throughout the week.  He suffered a potential leg injury early in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins.

Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 0.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Callaway returns this week against a tough 49ers secondary.  He served a four game suspension to start the 2019 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy.  He developed a rapport early with fellow rookie Baker Mayfield and posted 586 yards and five touchdowns on 43 receptions last year.  Callaway is a competitive, physical receiver who can fight for contested catches.  This specimen could make a fantasy impact with Njoku (wrist), Landry (concussion), and Higgins (knee) currently sidelined.  He'll do his best to help his team out starting this week on the road against the 49ers.

Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Auden Tate has quietly been getting a ton of targets from Andy Dalton.  For one reason or another the Bengals just haven't gone to Ross or Boyd that much.  Instead, Tate has been targeted 16 times in the last andtwo games and has become a PPR asset.  He isn't necessarily targeted on the deep ball, but that's an advantage to him anyway because Dalton doesn't have time to let it fly.  Tate has ten catches for 138 yards over the last 2 weeks and is averaging roughly 12 points per game in PPR formats during that time.  He'll face a Cardinals secondary that's been struggling as well.

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 6.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Johnson was named starter opposite Juju Smith-Schuster and he hasn't disappointed.  He posted 6 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown on Monday night against the Bengals, and has a touchdown in his last two games.  It might not be time to buy Johnson yet because of his spotty quarterback play.  Then again, Johnson worked mostly with the second unit during training camp which is where Mason Rudolph spent most of his time as well so they know each other.  He's worth stashing and starting these next few weeks.  The Ravens and Chargers have been generous to opposing wideouts thanks to injuries either in the secondary or the offensive line, and the Dolphins have just been bad.

TIGHT END (TE)

Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 36.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Graham was targeted 9 times on Thursday night's game, which is two more than the rest of the season combined.  Four of those targets came in the redzone on the same possession where he failed to score.  However, he did manage to haul in six of his targets for 61 yards and a touchdown.  Graham had been quiet lately both this year and last year, but that might be about to change.  Davante Adams exited the game in the fourth quarter after he appeared to grab his toe.  His turf toe was so painful that he didn't even want to out his shoe on.  Adams will have an extra three days to recover for this week's showdown in Dallas.  However, Adams' targets will be distributed to Graham, Valdez-Scantling, and others if he can't go.  Continue to monitor Adams' health throughout the week before inserting Graham into the lineup.

Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 3.3% of all leagues):
Knox has become the top tight end in Buffalo.  He has 3 catches in each of his last two games for 125 yards and a touchdown.  He's managed to excel in the Bills' offense thanks to the absence of Tyler Kroft.  While it's anyone's guess if or when Kroft will be available, Knox should be able to continue taking advantage of opportunities.  He gets the Titans this week who surrendered touchdowns to tight ends in their first three games, and then allowed Austin Hooper to reel in nine of his targets for 130 yards.  He also gets the Dolphins twice and a couple of weak secondaries in the Eagles and Redskins.

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 0.1% of all leagues):
Literally nobody could've predicted that RSJ could've even caught a pass last week against the Ravens.  However, that's just what he did.  As a matter of fact, he posted three catches for 89 yards and a score.  The former wideout-turned-tight end hasn't made much of a fantasy impact, but he's always hung around.  Njoku won't be available until week 12 and Jarvis Landry could remain out with a concussion.  He could get more opportunities to make a name for himself if Landry still can't go and Antonio Callaway is rusty after returning from a four game suspension.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 8.2% of all leagues):
This is the last week of Chris Herndon's suspension. He will become a hot commodity before the start of week 6. Grab him now while he's still available on most Waiver Wires as he should be a valuable asset either as a starting tight end or flex and most leagues.

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 13.7% of all leagues):
Minshew mania continues.  The young quarterback has managed to take all of the press and attention on the team and other players in stride and throw some pretty good games.  He's averaged a little over 16 points a game which is serviceable.  He's worth spot starts, but he'll never be asked to do more than he can handle, unless he's forced to.  He still managed to post 213 yards and 3 touchdowns and lead his team to a win against a tough Broncos defense.  He has some decent matchups coming up against the Panthers, Bengals, and Texans.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 32.1% of all leagues):
It's not all doom and gloom in Indianapolis!  The Colts have found hope in Jacoby.  He's gotten better and better each week.  He couldn't get it done last week against the Raiders but he still posted 265 yards, three touchdowns and a pick.  He's averaged roughly 19 points a game which isn't great, but owners can get by if they need a spot start or streeming option.  Brissett didn't even have T.Y. Hilton last week.  He'll probably end up in a shootout this week against Kansas City, which means he'll sling it A LOT.  Hilton might be out again this week, but Brissett still has reliable receiving options in Doyle, Ebron, and Campbell.

STREAMING OPTIONS

Joe Flacco, QB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 3.9% of all leagues):
The Chargers secondary and defense has been banged up, and Flacco has been distributing the ball effectively.  He posted 303 yards and 3 scores on a tough Jaguars defense.  This game could turn into a shootout.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 47% of all leagues):
The Bills offense is what it is.  They could struggle this week against a stout Titans offense if Josh Allen is held out with a concussion.  They Titans held the Falcons to just ten points last week, and will try to keep things rolling against a Bills offense that dinks, dunks, and runs the ball.

Denver Broncos (currently owned in 25.4% of all leagues):
The list of injured Chargers offensive players is extensive and includes wideout Mike Williams and starting tackle Russell Okung.  Travis Benjamin, Virgil Green, and Hunter Henry will probably also be held out.  The loss of so many weapons on the offensive side of the ball could mean a meager output for the Bolts this week against a defense that should not be underestimated.  The Broncos are a decent option for those in need of a streaming option.

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