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#220 The Top 6 Waiver Adds For Week 5

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter, presented by The Sportsletter, we recap MNF, share the top waiver adds of the week, and do an injury roundup. It's 10/5. Take it away, Peter Overzet…


Despite projecting as a potential shootout game, the Chargers-Raiders game flopped in the points department. The Chargers won 28-14 largely on the back of their solid defense.

Austin Ekeler had a monster game (15-117-1; 3-28-1) as the bellcow back and tight ends on both sides of the ball found the end zone (Darren Waller, Jared Cook, and Donald Parham).

Mike Williams finally came crashing down to earth. He finished the game with just one catch for 11 yards on four targets. No need to panic, but a gentle reminder that his production was unsustainable through three weeks. 

Read on for the top waiver picks for Week 5, plus the latest injury news across the league.

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Rotoviz’s Sam Wallace lists his top waiver wire targets for Week 5, as well as the percentage that they are currently rostered in ESPN leagues. Take it away, Sam...

  1. Kenneth Gainwell (RB - 24.7%) - Here are Gainwell’s weekly targets (3, 3, 4, 8) and weekly receiving yard totals during those weeks (6, 18, 32, 58). He’s progressively getting more offensive touches and is excelling in his role. Gainwell is worth a look in PPR formats and it’s notable that he’s rendered Boston Scott obsolete in this offense.

  2. Damien Williams (RB - 10.4%) - David Montgomery went down with a knee injury and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks. Williams had 10 touches for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 and would be in line for a massive uptick in work should Montgomery miss time or be limited in any capacity.

  3. Jeremy McNichols (RB - 2.0%) - Speaking of pass-catching running backs, McNichols had eight receptions for 74 yards on 12 targets this week. If A.J. Brown and/or Julio Jones miss additional time, McNichols has demonstrated a willingness and ability to be heavily involved in the receiving game. He doesn’t offer anything on the ground but is a viable threat in PPR formats.

  4. Emmanuel Sanders (WR - 44.4%) - I will keep hyping Sanders until he stops producing or crosses the 50% ownership mark. He’s currently second on the team in receiving yards and only trails Dawson Knox for receiving touchdowns. Sanders has also received at least six targets in every game.

  5. Quintez Cephus (WR - 7.4%) - The wide receiver room for the Detroit Lions isn’t exciting but Cephus has three games this season with at least five targets and 12 fantasy points. He could be an intriguing option if you are in need of a depth piece heading into the next portion of the season.

  6. Dalton Schultz (TE - 20.9%) - This is a rare appearance by a tight end but Schultz has dominated this season. He’s totaled at least six targets and six receptions in three games this season and has three touchdowns in his last two games. Dak Prescott continues to look his way and Schultz continues to reward him.

For 15 more waiver wire ideas, check out Sam’s full article at Rotoviz. You can get access to all of the great content and tools at Rotoviz—along with a bundle of other great sites—for one low price with Rotopass. It’s the best way to win.  



* As referenced above, David Montgomery is going to miss some time:

* In a surprising twist, Christian McCaffrey is expected to practice Wednesday. This doesn’t mean he’ll play this week, but it’s certainly trending in a positive direction. 

* Teddy Bridgewater is in the concussion protocol. We’ll just have to monitor the practice reports this week to see which direction he’s trending. 

* Adam Schefter reported that Joe Mixon has a “low-grade” ankle sprain and is considered week-to-week. In addition to Sam’s waiver wire picks above, definitely scoop Samaje Perine if he’s hanging out on your waiver wire. 

* Washington TE Logan Thomas is also “week-to-week” with his hamstring injury. Ricky Seals-Jones is the next man up there if you are in a pinch. 

* Apparently everyone is week-to-week? Will Fuller has the same designation due to a broken finger. 

* DJ Chark is officially done for the season after being placed on IR due to his fractured ankle. 

* Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) is expected to miss a couple weeks. Injuries suck, but we don’t have to pretend we aren’t excited about Trey Lance szn. 




- Pete Overzet


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