Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire: Add George Pickens, Tyler Allgeier, Robert Tonyan, more off waivers

Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire: Add George Pickens, Tyler Allgeier, Robert Tonyan, more off waivers

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Week 4 was rough on the injury front, especially at running back, and Fantasy managers will be relying heavily on the waiver wire this week. We could see a lot of FAB spent on the backfields in Atlanta and Denver with Cordaralle Patterson (knee) out for at least four games and Javonte Williams (ACL) out for the season.

At quarterback, we have potentially three new starters with Kenny Pickett taking over in Pittsburgh, Teddy Bridgewater replacing the injured Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) in Miami for Week 5 and Bailey Zappe likely starting for New England this week with Mac Jones (ankle) and Brian Hoyer (concussion) banged up. Bridgewater (2 percent rostered on CBS Sports) and Zappe (0 percent) will be popular in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues, as will Pickett if he’s available.

George Pickens (63 percent) leads our list of receivers to add this week, but injuries in Detroit and Baltimore could make Josh Reynolds (19 percent) and Devin Duvernay (38 percent) popular pickups as well. And at tight end, Tyler Conklin (58 percent) continues to get overlooked, while Robert Tonyan (44 percent) might be poised to break out in Green Bay.

We’ll cover many more players to add this week at all positions, along with streaming options at DST and kicker. It’s going to be an active week on the waiver wire due to the injuries, so make sure you’re prepared to tweak your roster heading into Week 5.

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 5 Waivers

  • Insults: Dak Prescott (thumb), Tua Tagovailoa (concussion), Jameis Winston (back), Mac Jones (ankle), Daniel Jones (ankle) and Brian Hoyer (concussion).
  • Check to see if available: Jared Goff (80 percent rostered). Goff was amazing in Week 4 against Seattle given that two of his top receivers in Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and DJ Chark (ankle) were out. While the Seahawks aren’t a tough opponent, he still scored a season-best 41 Fantasy points with 378 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception. This is now two games this season with at least 34 Fantasy points, and he only has one outing with fewer than 18 points. He has a tough matchup in Week 5 at New England and then a bye in Week 6, but Goff is someone to consider as a weekly starter in all leagues for the rest of the year.
  • Drop candidates: Tua Tagovailoa (97 percent rostered), Marcus Mariota (58 percent), Jimmy Garoppolo (45 percent) and Justin Fields (41 percent). We don’t know when Tagovailoa will return to the field given his concussion situation, and you might need to drop him to add a quarterback in one-quarterback leagues. … We keep waiting for Mariota to have a big Fantasy game, and he’s yet to score more than 19 points in any outing this year. He’s also stopped running with a combined 23 yards in his past three games. … Garoppolo is never going to become a must-start Fantasy option in one-quarterback leagues, and he’s averaging just 12.5 Fantasy points in two starts this year. … Fields is averaging 7.0 Fantasy points per game in his past three outings and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1. Something dramatic would have to change with him for Fantasy managers to use him in one-quarterback leagues.

Week 5 Waiver Priority List

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Week 5 Waiver Priority List

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Wide Receivers

  • Insults: Tee Higgins (ankle), Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle), Michael Thomas (toe), Keenan Allen (hamstring), Hunter Renfrow (concussion), Rashod Bateman (foot), Jahan Dotson (hamstring), Julio Jones (undisclosed ), Treylon Burks (toe), Jakobi Meyers (knee), Isaiah McKenzie (concussion), Zay Jones (ankle), Kadarius Toney (hamstring), Noah Brown (neck), DJ Chark (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee) and Wan’Dale Robinson (knee).
  • Check to see if available: Tyler Boyd (69 percent rostered), Robert Woods (67 percent) and Michael Gallup (67 percent). Boyd had another end-zone target in Week 4 against Miami, and he has two of four games this year with at least 13 PPR points. He’s also a wide receiver handcuff in case something happens to Ja’Marr Chase or Tee Higgins. … Woods is starting to get going with at least 12 PPR points in his past two outings, and now Treylon Burks (toe) is out. The Titans are still a run-dominant team, but Woods is clearly the No. 1 option in the passing game and a potential No. 3 receiver in PPR moving forward. … Gallup made his 2022 debut in Week 4 and scored a touchdown, but he only had two catches for 24 yards on three targets. More will come as he continues to work his way back from last year’s knee injury, and he should be rostered in all leagues.
  • Drop candidates: Allen Robinson (91 percent rostered), Elijah Moore (81 percent), Julio Jones (71 percent), Jarvis Landry (67 percent), Treylon Burks (67 percent) and Chase Claypool (61 percent). Robinson will hopefully start to play better soon, but he’s been awful so far with four PPR points or less in three of four games. He hasn’t had more than six targets in a game, and he’s a clear bust for the Rams and Fantasy managers so far. … I don’t want to drop Moore, but he’s not producing while Garrett Wilson and Corey Davis are in the same offense. Better days are coming, so keep that in mind because Moore is extremely talented, but he doesn’t have more than nine PPR points in a game this year and just one game with more than seven targets. … Jones is clearly not healthy even if he tried to play Sunday night against the Chiefs. With Chris Godwin and Mike Evans healthy, it will be hard for Jones to produce at a high level. He’s not worth stashing heading into Week 5. … Landry had 18 PPR points in Week 1, but since then he has combined for 14 PPR points in his past three games. He might still be limited by the ankle injury he suffered in Week 3 at Carolina, but he’s not someone you need to stash in the majority of leagues. … We don’t know how long Burks will be out with his toe injury, but it sounds serious. Given his lack of production so far with just 21 total PPR points on the season, there’s no reason to stash Burks in the majority of redraft leagues. … Claypool appears to be the odd man out with Diontae Johnson, George Pickens and Pat Freiermuth the lead options in the passing game in Pittsburgh. Claypool had two targets and no catches in Week 4 against the Jets, and he’s combined for just 21 PPR points on the season. There’s no reason to stash him now.

Week 5 Waiver Priority List

  • Insults: Cameron Brate (misappropriation).
  • Check to see if available: Tyler Higbee (82 percent rostered), Gerald Everett (82 percent) and David Njoku (80 percent). Higbee has become a must-start tight end in PPR, and he scored at least 14 PPR points in two of his past three games. He has three games this season with at least nine targets. … Everett has done a nice job with Keenan Allen (hamstring) hurt, scoring at least 13 PPR points in three of four games this year. We’ll see what happens once Allen is 100 percent, but Everett should be able to operate as a low-end starter in all leagues even when the Chargers are fully healthy. … Njoku has now had back-to-back good games heading into Week 5 against the Chargers. He has 17 targets over that span for 14 catches, 162 yards and a touchdown, and hopefully he continues to stay hot this week. Jacoby Brissett continues to look for Njoku, and he should be considered a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues.
  • Drop candidates: Dawson Knox (74 percent rostered) and Mike Gesicki (55 percent). Knox has yet to score a touchdown and hasn’t topped 41 receiving yards in any game this season. He also doesn’t have more than four catches in a game. … Gesicki scored 14 PPR points in Week 2 at Baltimore. In his three other games he combined for just six PPR points. There is little reason to stash Gesicki in most formats.

  • Vikings (51 percent rostered) vs. CHI
  • Dolphins (49 percent rostered) at NYJ
  • Jaguars (16 percent rostered) vs. HOO

  • Wil Lutz (20 percent rostered) vs. SEA
  • Brett Maher (32 percent rostered) at LAR
  • Graham Gano (48 percent rostered) vs. UK

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