Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Recommendations

By Vincent Frank on Tuesday, October 3rd 2017
Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Recommendations

Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Houston Texans

Not only has Watson earned the starting gig in Houston, he's legitimately run with it in three starts. During that span, the rookie quarterback has put up 840 total yards with eight total touchdowns and three interceptions. He's finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback each of the past two weeks, ranking No. 2 behind Cam Newton in a tremendous effort this past Sunday. There's very little reason not to add Watson here, even if you're set to rely on him as a QB1 option moving forward. 

Jared Goff, Quarterback, Los Angeles Rams 

If, for some reason, Goff is available, there's no reason not to pick him up heading into Week 5. Through the first four weeks, Goff is the 13th-best fantasy quarterback, ahead of the likes of Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan. He's also been consistently good during this span, ranking as a QB1 option in three of his four weeks. 

Latavius Murray, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings 

Now that stud rookie running back Dalvin Cook is out for the season, the expectation here has to be that Murray will shoulder the load in Minnesota's backfield. He tallied 29 yards on nine touches against the Lions after Cook went out with injury last week. Remember, Murray also finished as a top-13 fantasy running back in each of his final two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. This is an obvious Week 5 add. 

Alex Collins, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens

It's readily apparent that Collins has taken over the starting job from Terrance West and Buck Allen in Baltimore. He's put up 82 yards on nine attempts in each of the past two games and is averaging a robust 8.2 yards on 25 rushes this season. Sure there are issues with fumbles (two this season), but Collins provides the struggling Ravens offense  with the best opportunity. Expect him to see more touches as the season progresses. 

Aaron Jones, Running Back, Green Bay Packers 

With Ty Montgomery sidelined due to broken ribs and fellow rookie Jamaal Williams also on with a knee injury, we fully expect Jones to see north of 20 touches against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. If nothing else, he's a solid short-term waiver add. Dallas has yielded the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs on the season. And for his part, the rookie from UTEP put up 49 yards and a touchdown in 13 attempts after both Montgomery and Williams departed to injury last week. 

Julian Edelman, Wide Receiver, New England Patriots 

Edelman boasts a tremendous 63.3 reception percentage and is averaging north of 63 receiving yards per game. He might take a back seat to both Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan. But with Tom Brady tossing the rock, anyone in the Patriots' receiver rotation should be a add. Edelman, who he has comfort with, is no different. 

Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans 

Making his regular season debut last week after missing the first three games of the season, Fuller put up four receptions for 35 yards and two scores against the Tennessee Titans. This comes on the heels of him struggling to do anything of substance with horrendous quarterback play in Houston last season. Now that Deshaun Watson is dominating under center, Fuller's fantasy value and ability to make the big play is real here. 

Cameron Brate, Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

With O.J. Howard failing to make much of an impact, Brate has picked up where he left off during a surprising 2016 campaign that saw him finish as the sixth-best fantasy tight end. Over the course of the past two games, the third-year pro has caught 8-of-10 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He's a legit TE1 option, something to consider when the waiver wire comes calling. 

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