Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets for Week 5: Buy Geronimo Allison, More
- Ryan Collinsworth breaks down his best fantasy football waiver wire targets for Week 5, from handcuffs to top streaming quarterbacks and more.
- Even if Geronimo Allison is held out this week due to injury, he is now a must-own wide receiver in all formats.
- There's also a plethora of low-ownership players with high upside to stash, including Bucs TE Cameron Brate.
Week 4 of the NFL season was much quieter than last week’s upset-filled, hair-pulling affair. But across the league, injuries have begun piling up at a historic pace. As a result, this week’s fantasy waiver wire action could resemble a shark feeding frenzy.
But not to worry. Each week I break down top waiver-wire targets to help your fantasy team navigate injuries, suspensions, running-back committees and probably some relationship problems along the way.
I highlight players who are owned in fewer than 50% of ESPN fantasy leagues. I also recommend an auction price (in parentheses) for each player for leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget system (which I highly recommend, by the way). All recommendations are made based on a $100 FAAB budget.
Week 5 Injury Report
- RB Giovani Bernard (undisclosed): Questionable
- RB Lamar Miller (undisclosed): Questionable
- RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring): Questionable
- RB Chris Carson (hip): Questionable
- RB Joe Mixon (knee): Questionable
- RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring): Out
- RB Adrian Peterson (ankle): Questionable
- TE Tyler Eifert (ankle): Out
- TE Evan Engram (knee): Out
- TE Jake Butt (knee): Out
- TE Jack Doyle (hip): Questionable
- TE O.J. Howard (knee): Out
- TE Will Dissly (knee): Out
- TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle): Questionable
- WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring): Questionable
- WR Anthony Miller (shoulder): Questionable
- WR John Ross (going): Questionable
- WR Randall Cobb (hamstring): Questionable
- WR Geronimo Allison (concussion): Questionable
- WR Will Fuller V (hamstring): Questionable
- WR T.Y. Hilton (chest, hamstring): Questionable
- WR Travis Benjamin (foot): Questionable
- WR Dante Pettis (knee): Questionable
It’s Cuffing Season
In life there are few absolute certainties: Death, taxes and fantasy football injuries. In this section, I highlight players to target on waivers when top players inevitably get hurt or suspended.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars ($20)
Starter Leonard Fournette re-injured his hamstring in Week 4, which solidifies Yeldon’s workload for the next couple of weeks. Fournette’s hamstring injury is particularly concerning, because he has a checkered history of lower-body injuries dating back to his time at LSU.
Hamstring injuries can be tricky — remember that last season nagging hamstring injuries derailed promising seasons for Kenny Golladay and Corey Davis, both of whom are now having breakout seasons.
Yeldon has put up RB2 numbers in Fournette’s absence and added 23 PPR points this past week with both a rushing and receiving touchdown. Given the onslaught of injuries at running back this season, Yeldon needs to be rostered in all leagues.
Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers ($10)
At first blush, this recommendation might seem strange considering Green Bay’s three-headed running back committee featuring Montgomery, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones. But you shouldn’t view Montgomery as just another running back locked in a battle for snaps. Remember that he started his career as a wide receiver for the Packers.
With Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison both dealing with injury concerns, Montgomery is the most-likely option to steal snaps in the slot in their absence. Over the past two seasons, Montgomery has earned 87 targets in 19 games when healthy. He could be in line for an increased target market share in Week 5 against the Lions.
Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers ($7)
It feels like half the NFL is dealing with major injuries at tight end right now, leaving very few reliable options on waivers this week. Among those options, McDonald stands out as an excellent short-term replacement with season-long upside.
He followed up his 4-112-1 performance in Week 3 with a respectable 5-62-0 receiving line this past Sunday night against the Ravens. In those same games, fellow tight end Jesse James earned only two total targets.
McDonald boasts the 10th-highest median projection among tight ends for Week 5.
Top Streaming Quarterback Options
Each week, I highlight top quarterback streaming options for Late Round QB-truthers. These quarterbacks are week-to-week options and are not necessarily viable long-term.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars ($3)
This is Bortles’ third straight week listed as a top streaming quarterback option. It’s time to consider rostering him for good.
Bortles put up a 388-2-1 passing line in Week 4 against the Jets and draws an excellent Week 5 matchup against the Chiefs. Kansas City ranks dead-last in Football Outsiders’ defensive DAVE and 30th in pass defense DVOA. The over/under in this matchup will likely approach 50, which bodes well for Bortles’ passing upside in a potential shootout.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals ($3)
Dalton is owned in 52.9% of ESPN leagues, but he is in such a smash spot this week that I had to include him anyway.
Dalton posted a 337-3-1 passing line against the Falcons in Week 4, and the Bengals offense has looked like one of the best units in football to start the season. This week against the Dolphins, Dalton boasts the ninth-best median projection and fourth-best ceiling projection among quarterbacks.
If Dalton is available in your league, do not hesitate to snatch him up.
Buy and Hold
The following players with season-long upside deserve immediate roster consideration.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers ($23)
Allison has been crushing it this season, compiling a 19-289-2 receiving line through four weeks of action. He’s out-gained fellow Packers receiver Davante Adams over that span and only trails Adams by a single touchdown. Allison also earned an increased target market share last week with Randall Cobb out, garnering 11 targets from Aaron Rodgers.
Unfortunately, Allison left Week 4 with a concussion and will be questionable in the Packers’ Week 5 contest against the Lions. Even if Allison is held out this week due to injury, he is now a must-own receiver in all formats.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts ($17)
Hines delivered a breakout performance last week, catching nine passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans. The rookie was targeted 11 times this past Sunday, bringing his season targets total up to 26. Though he has limited rushing upside, Hines has secured a stable role in the Colts’ passing game.
With star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton out for the next several weeks and with tight end Jack Doyle still nursing an injured hip, Hines could see extended run as one of the Colts’ top receiving targets moving forward.
Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans ($7)
The rookie slot receiver finally returned from a nagging hamstring injury in Week 4 and delivered a 11-109-0 receiving line against the Colts. Most importantly, he earned 15 targets in the game, demonstrating his rapport with Deshaun Watson.
Coutee is a speedster out of Texas Tech who was brought in to be the Texans slot receiver of the future. But with Bruce Ellington disappointing this season and Braxton Miller cut from the team, it looks like Coutee might be ahead of schedule.
Snag Coutee off waivers now before everyone else realizes his potential in the coming weeks.
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The Watch List
Every week, I highlight players who should be on your watch list — players to monitor who aren’t necessarily worth an add this week but who could develop into viable season-long options. Current ESPN ownership percentage for each player is in parentheses.
- Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns (32.5%)
- Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (48.0%)
- Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10.6%): Week 5 Bye
- Chester Rogers, WR Indianapolis Colts (0.3%)
- Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (12.2%)
- Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (12.4%)
- Donte Moncrief, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (9.7%)
- Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (19.4%): Week 5 Bye
- Philip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots (11.3%)
- Ryan Grant, WR, Indianapolis Colts (10.9%)
- Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears (6.6%): Week 5 Bye
- Willie Snead IV, WR, Baltimore Ravens (5.6%)