NFL Waiver Wire Report: Week 5

Depending on how you look at week four, it was either really rough or really beneficial.

If you lost Dalvin Cook, Ty Montgomery or Chris Carson you are probably hurting at the running back position. Cook and Montgomery were likely cornerstones of your teams as guys drafted around the top 40. While you might not have been counting on Carson on draft day, maybe you traded for him or traded a different running back away thinking you had depth with Carson.

Well if there is any relief for you – there are a lot of potential options this week.

There are both short-term and long-term options on the wire this week at multiple positions. Aaron Jones will be a plug-and-play RB2, but does he lose that job by week six if potentially Jamaal Williams and/or Ty Montgomery return? Are you set at the running back position? Maybe an Alex Collins or D’Onta Foreman serves you better as they could be RB2s for multiple weeks later in the year.

This week more than any other the rankings and FAAB money allocations are up in the air depending on situation. As usual, feel free to ask any questions and I will try to help you figure out the best course of action. You can also reach me on twitter –

Players that make this list are owned in less than a third of ESPN leagues. If multiple players are listed with the same FAAB range it means they are relatively equal, but in a pinch the ranking on the left is the order I would rank them.

    Burn Waiver Claim FAAB ESPN %Owned
1 Latavius Murray RB Yes 20-25% 19.0%
2 Wendell Smallwood RB Yes 20-25% 15.0%
3 Aaron Jones RB Yes 15-25% 2.0%
4 Alvin Kamara RB Yes 10-15% 19.7%
5 Alex Collins RB No 5-15% 0.4%
6 Jerick McKinnon RB No 5-10% 0.8%
7 Andre Ellington RB No 5-10% 3.7%
8 Wayne Gallman RB No 5-10% 0.2%
9 Javorius “Buck” Allen RB No 5-10% 29.5%
10 Will Fuller WR No 5-10% 7.6%
11 Devin Funchess WR No 5-10% 12.4%
12 D’Onta Foreman RB No 5-10% 7.6%
13 Elijah McGuire RB No 0-5% 0.3%
14 Chris Johnson RB No 0-5% 17.7%
15 Matt Breida RB No 0-5% 0.8%
16 DeShaun Watson QB No 0-5% 24.8%
17 Evan Engram TE No 0-5% 24.0%
18 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR No 0-5% 0.7%
19 Jamaal Williams RB No 0-5% 1.6%
20 J.D. McKissic RB No 0-5% 0.2%

1. Latavius Murray – Murray might be the least exciting player in the crop of potential running backs this week, but opportunity wins out here. With that being said there is a lot of risk. Right now he seems pegged as the top option in the run game and should get the goal line work. Just know that there is a lot of risk here.

2. Wendell Smallwood – Played a lot of snaps again. The touches were split around pretty evenly, but Smallwood led with 35 snaps to Blounts 26, and Clement’s 19.

3. Aaron Jones – I wrote about injury optimism in the article that went out Monday for trading. That goes for this too. Sure Williams and Montgomery might not have injuries as bad as originally thoguht, but they have injuries. Jones could very easily get 2-3 weeks of run as the only man in town, and as Montgomery showed that can be a week winner.

4. Alvin Kamara – Getting involved more and more. If this week is any indication he is going to get a lot of receptions and if he gets in space he can break one.

5. Alex Collins – He should beat out West for the early downs role if he can just hang onto the ball. The bad news is the Ravens just might be bad. 

6. Jerick Mckinnon – Are we doing this McKinnon thing again? It feels like the past like five years we have done the “If McKinnon gets a chance” thing and he never gets the chance. But if he gets the chance…

7. Andre Ellington – I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets more involved. Weeks like last week won’t be the norm but something similar could be. He played more than half the snaps in a game they were in the whole way through.

8. Wayne Gallman – I can’t get overly excited for a Giants running back. If the line was better maybe, but this seems about as good as it gets. Vereen will always have a role in he passing game as well, and this team just isn’t that good.

9. Javorius “Buck” Allen – The Ravens also might not be good. Allen seems locked into the passing game role with Woodhead out. He dramitcally outsnappned Collins and West, 40 to 17 to 11.

10. Will Fuller – He is a lower end boom or bust option. In a pinch he is worth starting, just not worth relying on as there will be just as many, maybe more, down weeks than up weeks.

11. Devin Funchess – He played well. If he went unclaimed in your league I would rather let someone else pay for him this week.

12. D’Onta Foreman – Hard to get much from this game because it was nearly over at the half, but Foreman got 10 touches for the third consecutive game.

13. Elijah McGuire – If you want to add McGuire off the waiver wire you lucked out with Powell also going off this week. You can likely sneak McGuire through for next to nothing. Just know that while he had a big game snaps weren’t remotely close as Powell outsnapped him 46-19.

14. Chris Johnson – He is getting the work but just not doing a whole lot with it.

15. Matt Breida – Just a waiting game for if Hyde misses a game.

16. DeShaun Watson – Looking like a great fantasy option with the dual threat ability. I would much rather take everyone above him on this list.

17. Evan Engram – He is a receiver playing tight end. At this point 5-6 points per week is all you are really hoping for.

18. JuJu Smith-Schuster – He played the second most snaps of any Steeler reaceiver, yes more than Bryant. Being on the field is half the battle. The Steelers haven’t been great on offense so far this year but this offense still has firepower.

19. Jamaal Williams – If you really think he will be back in a week or two I would toss a just in case $0 bid on him.

20. J.D. McKissic – I would much rather have Lacy, Rawls, or Procise but they were still too highly owned. This was just a clever way to sneak all the Seahawks backs in here even though they didn’t fall within the threshold. I think I would rank them Prosise, Lacy, Rawls, McKissic in terms of rest of season value. If you need a quick fix with Prosise hurt I guess try Lacy is who I would throw a dart at.


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2 thoughts on “NFL Waiver Wire Report: Week 5”

  1. So I have 3 QB’s currently on my roster (Mariota,Rivers and Wentz)
    Someone dropped Big Ben should I drop any of my Qb’s to pick him up? Thank you!

    1. I would probably still rather have Ben than Wentz. I think the good games are coming. I wouldn’t be holding 3 QBs, unless it is a 2 QB league, though.

      Ben getting dropped is a prime example. There will be playable guys on the waiver wire if you ever end up needing to use it.

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