Week 5 Waiver Wire: Falcons, Broncos RBs and Rookie WRs
NFL Week 5 - More injuries and some promising performances in Week 4 provide quality starting options on the Waiver Wire. Some of these guys are priority pickups, some could be useful in bye weeks, some are handcuffs, and some continue to play themselves into bigger roles. Read on to find out whom you should have your eye on this week.
- Jared Goff – DET (44.1% rostered ESPN; 53% Yahoo!)
- Don’t look now, but Jared Goff is QB5 through four games in 2022. He put up 34 fantasy points to finish as the overall QB1 in Week 4, and that was without Amon-Ra St. Brown, DJ Chark, AND D’Andre Swift! Goff now has two top-8 finishes this season and is 5th in passing DYAR and 8th in passing DVOA. St. Brown, Chark, and Swift could be back in Week 5, which would be a huge boost. Goff hasn’t been as consistent as the other top QBs (two games outside the top 15), but the Lions atrocious defense makes Goff a viable starter for QB-needy teams. He gets the Patriots in Week 5 (9th most fantasy points allowed to QBs) before the Lions bye in Week 6.
- Geno Smith – SEA (15.1% rostered ESPN; 13% Yahoo!)
- Speaking of surprise quarterbacks, Geno Smith is also a QB1 through four games. He’s QB10 on the year and QB2 over the last two weeks after back-to-back top-7 finishes, including the overall QB2 last week in a shootout win against Jared Goff and the Lions. He’s thrown for 320+ yards and 2+ touchdowns in each of the last two games, although they were against the Lions and Falcons. But Smith is 3rd in passing DYAR and 2nd in DVOA this season, making him a decent option moving forward. After a tough matchup against the Saints this week, the Seahawks take on the Cardinals, Chargers, Giants, and Cardinals again.
- Other QB <40% rostered worth considering
- Jacoby Brissett – CLE (4.2% ESPN; 7% Yahoo!)
- Zach Wilson – NYJ (9.3% ESPN; 10% Yahoo!)
- Tyler Allgeier – ATL (16.9% rostered ESPN; 19% Yahoo!) and Caleb Huntley – ATL (0.0% ESPN; 1% Yahoo!)
- Allgeier was a hot name in the preseason but was a healthy scratch in Week 1. He saw 10 carries in Week 2 and 6 carries in Week 3 but has been stuck behind Cordarrelle Patterson. Huntley was promoted from the practice squad prior to Sunday’s game with Patterson operating at less than 100%. Both Allgeier and Huntley received 10 carries each, with Allgeier amassing 84 yards on the ground plus a 20-yard catch, and Huntley totaling 56 yards and getting the goal-line touchdown. Both are tough plays in Week 5 against the Bucs, who allow the 3rd fewest fantasy points to running backs, but with Patterson on IR, both backs have some value. Allgeier could have the edge as the better pass-catching back (he ran a route on 40% of Marcus Mariota’s dropbacks), but Huntley was the goal-line back, with three rushes inside the 10-yard line Sunday to Allgeier’s zero. Atlanta passes at the 2nd-lowest rate, is 2nd in rushing DVOA, and is 3rd in Adjusted Line Yards. Allgeier is the preferred pickup as the favorite to lead the backfield, but Huntley could have a role, if you miss out on Allgeier.
- Mike Boone – DEN (0.2% rostered ESPN; 3% Yahoo!) and Latavius Murray – DEN (0.2% rostered ESPN; 1% Yahoo!)
- Both Boone and Melvin Gordon received three carries Sunday, but it was Boone who was more productive. He totaled 20 yards to Gordon’s 8, and saw 5 targets on 12 routes compared to Gordon’s 1 target on 5 routes. Gordon also lost a fumble for the 4th time already this season. Boone could be the lead back with Javonte Williams out for the year, but the Broncos did sign Latavius Murray off the Saints’ practice squad. All three of Boone, Murray, and Gordon could be involved, but Boone is the top add this week. He’s seen limited action in his 5-year career but has averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 78 carries with 4 touchdowns.
- Rachaad White – TB (11.3% rostered ESPN; 27% Yahoo)
- Byron Leftwich promised to get White more involved and that’s what happened in Week 4. White equaled Leonard Fournette’s three carries, but it was White who got the two goal-line touches and scored from one yard out. He also caught all 5 of his targets for 50 yards. Leonard Fournette still ran more routes and saw more targets but not by much. With the Bucs wanting to keep Fournette healthy and get the rookie more involved, White could be in line for more consistent work and could become a weekly FLEX option in deeper leagues.
- Other RB <20% rostered worth considering
- Dontrell Hilliard – TEN (9.5% rostered ESPN; 16% Yahoo!)
- Isaiah Pacheco – KC (10.5% ESPN; 20% Yahoo!)
- D’Onta Foreman – CAR (5.3% ESPN; 10% Yahoo!)
- Romeo Doubs – GB (46.1% ESPN; 69% Yahoo!)
- Doubs was at 16.2% rostered on ESPN last week and 27% on Yahoo!. He’s up to 69% rostered on Yahoo! but still under 50% on ESPN, which is way too low. For the second straight week, Doubs ran a route on over 90% of Aaron Rodgers’ dropbacks. He leads the team in targets over the last two weeks, receiving 8 in each game for a 24.2% target share. He went 8-73-1 against the Bucs and 5-47-1 against the Patriots, nearly securing a second touchdown. He’s been the go-to receiver in the Red Zone, with 5 of the team’s 11 wide receiver targets. If he’s somehow still available in your league, run, don’t walk to get him!
- Khalil Shakir – BUF (0.3% rostered ESPN; 0% Yahoo!)
- Shakir could be in line for more work in the short-term and could potentially carve out a permanent role. The 5th-round rookie out of Boise State was the 21st receiver taken in the draft, but he posted the 10th-highest Playmaker Rating among wide receivers. He caught both of his targets for only 23 yards, but with Jamison Crowder fracturing his ankle and Isaiah McKenzie dealing with a concussion, Shakir likely steps into the slot role this week against Pittsburgh. In that role, McKenzie received 15 targets over the last two weeks, just two targets less than Stefon Diggs. Shakir’s worth picking up as part of the potent Bills offense.
- George Pickens – PIT (37.6% rostered ESPN; 40% Yahoo!)
- Pickens saw 4 targets from Kenny Pickett in the 2nd half Sunday, totaling 71 receiving yards. He ended up with 102 yards on the day, and saw 48% of the team’s air yards, 4th highest in the league. Pickens is 2nd behind fellow rookie Chris Olave in deep targets this year, and saw four targets of 20+ yards last week. After making a lot of noise during a great preseason, Pickens could be in line for more volume with Pickett taking over at QB.
- Corey Davis – NYJ (7.0% rostered ESPN; 25% Yahoo!)
- Davis led the Jets in targets, receptions, yards, and caught Zach Wilson’s only touchdown pass. He didn’t run as many routes as Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore, and the latter two are the higher-rostered players, but Davis can still be serviceable. In seven games with Wilson last season, Davis saw at least 5 targets in all but one, totaling 24-349-4 in those six games. He’s not a priority pickup, but he’s an option in deeper leagues.
- Other WR <20% rostered worth considering
- Alec Pierce – IND (7.6% ESPN; 5% Yahoo!)
- Josh Reynolds – DET (10.6% ESPN; 20% Yahoo!)
- Ben Skowronek – LAR (0.9% ESPN; 1% Yahoo!)
- Robert Tonyan – GB (21.7% rostered ESPN; 32% Yahoo!)
- Tonyan saw only two targets in Week 4 but caught both for 22 yards and a score. His route participation has grown from below 50% in Weeks 1 and 2 to 61% and 59% the last two weeks, and he’s seen 4 red zone targets, tied for 7th among TEs. Tonyan continues to be one of Aaron Rodgers’ trusted options. He’s TE16 on the season in PPR but can easily move into the top 10 given his usage and history with Rodgers.
- Hayden Hurst – CIN (21.4% rostered ESPN; 21% Yahoo!)
- Hurst was injured leading up to Week 3 and saw only 2 targets. He ran a route on only 51% of dropbacks after seeing route participation of 78% and 87% in Weeks 1 and 2. Week 4 saw Hurst’s participation jump back up to 71%. He secured 3 of 4 targets for 27 yards and a touchdown and is one of the top weekly streaming options at fantasy’s thinnest position.
- Other TE <40% rostered worth considering
- Logan Thomas – WAS (31.2% ESPN; 24% Yahoo!)
- Will Dissly – SEA (1.6% ESPN; 3% Yahoo!)
- Cade Otton – TB (0.1% ESPN; 0% Yahoo!)