Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome to Week 5, where preseason rankings were made up, and pre-draft lists don’t matter. It has been a wild couple of weeks in the NFL, as we have a ton of unheralded and often undrafted players making some big impacts in fantasy. This week, we will go through and look at some players that you can trade for, that may be sitting at the end of benches. Try to acquire these players, as name-value no longer matters, as big names have disappointed left and right. Look at production from now on. Let’s get into week 5!

Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington

Taylor Heinicke is the bargain Konami QB for this season, and he is surprisingly still on waivers in a ton of leagues. In Week 4, the fourth-year quarterback threw three touchdown passes and had no turnovers as Washington defeated the Atlanta Falcons. In the game, Heinicke carried five times for 43 yards, which establishes a nice baseline week to week. No one is going to confuse him with Kyler Murray, but as he is basically free, you could be doing worse. The return of Curtis Samuel should only help improve his overall numbers for the rest of the year.   In Week 5, Heinicke will play against the New Orleans Saints defense, which just allowed Daniel Jones to throw for nearly 400 yards in Week 4.

Trey Lance, QB, 49ers

Lance finally had his long-awaited debut of extended action after Jimmy Garoppolo left the game with an injury. He wasn’t great by NFL QB standards, but in fantasy, he did just fine. Lance will be worth a waiver claim with Garoppolo projected to miss games. Lance should get more comfortable after taking all the first-team reps in practice, and he has a stable of playmakers led by the resurgent Deebo Samuel to lean on. If you are in an SF league, you could be doing worse for your QB2 than the high upside rookie. 

Damien Williams, RB, Bears

A late-game injury to David Montgomery forced Damien Williams into the starting lineup for the bulk of the fourth quarter in Week 4. The veteran back carried the ball eight times for 55 yards and a score while also receiving both of his targets for 15 yards. In the event that Montgomery misses any time with his injury, Williams will step into the bell cow role he is accustomed to from his time in Kansas City. Look for reports on how injured Montgomery is, but be prepared for Williams to be gobbled up on waivers. 

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles

In Week 4, Gainwell was targeted seven times and rushed three times for 89 yards of offense overall. He’s been considerably more productive than Sanders with fewer opportunities, scoring a touchdown against Kansas City. He seems to be trusted more on the goal line than Sanders is, as well as being the 2-minute drill back. It is concerning that the Eagles barely rush the ball, but it seems like Gainwell will start seeing more work if he continues to outplay Sanders when he gets his opportunities. Try acquiring him now, before he blows up even further.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets

Welcome back, Jamison Crowder. Crowder returned from a groin injury and quickly paced the club with nine targets and seven catches for 61 yards and a score. Zach Wilson seems to have a good rapport with Crowder, which bodes well for his future prospects. No other receiver has really separated themselves from the pack, which allows Crowder to nab that WR1 spot in the offense with his solid play, shifting Corey Davis over to the number 2 spot. He gets an amazing opportunity in week 5 against the leaky Falcons pass defense.

Darnell Mooney, WR, Bears

Darnell Mooney had a killer week 4, catching five catches for 115 yards on seven targets. He seems to have quite a solid rapport with QB Justin Fields, though we don’t know for how much longer Fields will be starting. Regardless, Mooney has shown more life than fantasy disappointment Allen Robinson and looks to build on his breakout game next week. If possible, acquire him now before his price gets too high. 

Dalton Schultz, TE, Cowboys

If you had Dalton Schultz pegged to lead Dallas in targets, receptions, and touchdowns, congratulations, I need some lottery numbers picked out. He has usurped the TE1 spot from Blake Jarwin, with at least six targets in three of the last four games, and that puts him almost in the must-start territory at TE. The Cowboys’ offense is running on all cylinders recently, and Schultz should continue to reap the benefits of that.

Dawson Knox, TE, Bills

Dawson Knox has really stepped up this season, scoring in three straight games, including twice this week. He caught five of eight targets for 37 yards to go along with his scores.  He’s caught four receptions in three of his four games this season, which will make him valuable in PPR leagues. That kind of consistency is hard to come by at TE. Josh Allen is looking to him consistently in the red zone, so be sure to follow suit and pick him up where available.