There were some Herculean fantasy performances this week from players like Davante Adams, Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Tom Brady, Mike Williams, and others! Plenty of players stepped up in a big way in Week 5; however, there were also some significant injuries that fantasy managers have to replace, including Russell Wilson’s finger, Daniel Jones’s concussion, and Saquon Barkley’s ankle. In better news, there are a few waiver wire players that might be worth scooping up after Week 5, so take a look at the list and see which players fit your roster! You can also head on over to the fantasy football rankings & projections pages to help you pick who you will start this upcoming week!
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals
Average % Rostered: 66.5%, FAAB: 3%
This pick may be cheating a little; however, I find it outrageous that Burrow is available to be picked up in more than one-third of ESPN leagues. Burrow has settled in and found a groove over the past two games, throwing a combined 629 yards and four touchdowns against the Jaguars and Packers. After Burrow missed the second half of last season to a knee injury, you had to figure it would take a bit of time for him to settle back in. Pick him up if he is there.
Sam Darnold – Carolina Panthers
Average % Rostered: 46.8%, FAAB: 1%
Darnold struggled in the Panthers’ Week 5 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, throwing three interceptions and only one touchdown. After such a strong start to the season, we can likely just chalk this as an “off” game. Darnold should return to form against the Minnesota Vikings.
Devontae Booker – New York Giants
Average % Rostered: 3.8%, FAAB: 4%
Booker is the next in line for the starting running back role after Saquon Barkley sprained his ankle in the Giants’ Week 5 matchup. Barkley’s ankle looked incredibly swollen, and it is hard to imagine him playing for at least a few weeks. Booker made the most of his opportunity, rushing 16 times for 42 yards and a touchdown. Additionally, he caught three of his four targets for 16 yards and a receiving touchdown as well. Booker remains a solid RB2 play for as long as Barkley is out.
Darrel Williams – Kansas City Chiefs
Average % Rostered: 7.6%, FAAB: 4%
Williams is another running back who was No. 2 on the depth chart before an injury to Clyde Edwards-Helaire forced him into lead-back duties. Edwards-Helaire suffered a sprained MCL to his left knee and will miss at least a few weeks, although it wouldn’t shock me if the Chiefs held him out a bit longer. Williams assumed the lead-back role, rushing five times for 27 yards and catching three of his five targets for 18 yards. While his output was underwhelming, he is still going to get the majority of the touches for Kansas City and some targets in the air. Entering Week 6, Williams will be a low-end RB2 play.
Kadarius Toney – New York Giants
Average % Rostered: 12.2%, FAAB: 6%
Toney had as many receptions in his monstrous Week 5 outing as he had all year combined until that game. After a few injuries to the Giants’ receiving unit, Toney saw more snaps and, consequently, action on the field. He had ten catches on 13 targets for 189 yards against a Dallas secondary that hasn’t been nearly as bad as advertised before the season. If Toney has another week like this, he may secure a starting spot for good, regardless of the health of the other receivers.
Amon-Ra St. Brown – Detroit Lions
Average % Rostered: 4.3%, FAAB: 1%
St. Brown started the season very slowly, only catching six balls through his first three games. Then, in Week 4, he suddenly became one of Goff’s favorite targets. In the past two games, St. Brown has been targeted 16 times total and has managed to bring in 13 of those for catches. He had 70 yards in Week 4 and 65 yards in Week 5. Now, it looks like St. Brown has become one of Goff’s “go-to guys,” and with Detroit constantly playing from behind, he may continue to get a high volume. Look at St. Brown in deeper PPR leagues as a flex play option, especially with bye weeks coming up.
Tim Patrick – Denver Broncos
Average % Rostered: 29.7%, FAAB: 3%
Any concerns about Patrick being solely dependent on touchdowns to have fantasy value have seemed to subside. Outside of a rough Week 4 game, where he only caught three of his six targets for 39 yards, he has been relatively consistent in PPR formats. This week, Patrick drew a season-high nine targets, of which he caught seven for 89 yards. Patrick has value in deeper PPR leagues, and it would be wise to consider him if you are running thin at the wide receiver position, especially with his touchdown upside.
David Njoku – Cleveland Browns
Average % Rostered: 1.6%, FAAB: 1%
Assuming that fantasy managers have scooped up Schultz and Knox, your next best option for this week is David Njoku. Injuries have limited Njoku since he was drafted, but perhaps this is his coming-out party. He finished Week 5, catching all seven targets for a career-high 149 yards and a touchdown. If Mayfield continues to look for Njoku, he may have TE2 upside if you are hurting in that area of your roster.