Week 5 Waiver Wire Adds
Another week of waivers is upon us and there are some major injuries coming out of Week 4 that opens the way for some players to get some shine ahead of Week 5 and maybe even beyond that. But you have to know who to target so in our latest article for the Fantasy’s Phinest, I have a few players that you should be looking to add to your fantasy team off of the waiver wire this week.
*Roster percentages via NFL.com
Waiver Wire Targets
Mike Boone, DEN – 0.1% Rostered
Javonte Williams is lost for the season after eating his ACL and LCL during Week 4’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders and fellow Broncos running back Melvin Gordon didn’t make it out of the game unscathed either, currently dealing with a neck injury that limited him in practice already, Boone looks to see added opportunity in the Broncos backfired. Gordon may see more work as a familiar lead back for the Broncos but Boone still has a chance to carve out a solid role with the team, especially if Gordon keeps putting the ball on the ground.
Tyler Allgeier, ATL – 0.9% Rostered
It may be Allgeier season as starting running back Cordarrelle Patterson landed on IR dealing with a knee injury and Damien Williams is already on IR with a rib injury. Before Patterson went down the Falcons were splitting work between him, Allgeier, and running back Caleb Huntley. Huntley may still be around to get some work but Allgegier looks to be the back to add from waivers this week. Allgeier took 10 carries for 84 yards in Week 4.
Geno Smith, SEA – 7.8% Rostered
Holy smokes! Did anyone see this coming? Geno Smith probably had one of the best games of his career as the Seattle Seahawks took on the Detroit Lions in Week 4. Geno Smith finished the game 23/30 for 320 yards and two touchdowns. Those in need of a quarterback may want to add Smith to their rosters as it seems that he’s finally getting comfortable in that offense under Pete Carroll. Smith also added 49 yards rushing and another touchdown on seven carries.
Jared Goff, DET – 33.7% Rostered
I told you guys back in Week 3 to pick up Jared Goff and hopefully, you listened because Goff went ham sandwich against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4. Goff threw the ball 39 times for 378 yards and four touchdowns and one interception, finishing as the QB1 for Week 4. Mind you, this is without his number one running back and two starting wide receivers. Goff is playing at a higher level than expected and is currently a top 5 fantasy quarterback heading into Week 5.
George Pickens, PIT – 33.6% Rostered
Pickens has had a slow start to the season with Mitchell Trubisky under center but things may be changing with Kenny Pickett now slated to be the starter moving forward. Pickens had just two catches for 31 yards in the first half against the New York Jets but after Kenny Pickett came in, Pickens finished with 102 yards on eight targets. If Pickett looks to be more aggressive, it could open up the Steelers’ passing attack and Pickens could be a big part of it.
Romeo Doubs, GB – 34% Rostered
Um, what are you guys doing? I told you guys last week to add Romeo Doubs off of waivers. Now it might be a bit tougher to get him. Doubs would have had an even bigger day if he was able to hold on to a 41-yard touchdown pass later in the game against the New England Patriots in which he wasn’t able to maintain possession heading to the ground. However, Doubs finished 5/47/1 on eight targets so there’s plenty of more work for Doubs to stay involved in the Packers’ offense.
Michael Gallup, DAL – 30.6% Rostered
Gallup is finally back after sitting out the start of the season as he worked his way back from a torn ACL injury. Gally wasted no time against the Commanders by getting into the endzone for a touchdown. That would be just one of two targets on the day. Gallup looks to be worked back into the Cowboys offense but with Dak Prescott looking to make his way back in Week 5, Gallup needs to be on rosters as he’ll be the WR2 to Ceedee Lamb down the stretch.
Mo Alie-Cox, IND – 0.3% Rostered
This may be more blind faith on my part but it’s about freaking time the Colts got MAC involved in the passing game! Mo Alie-Cox caught six catches on six targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. MAC has shown before how dynamic he can be when it comes to putting points on the board as he scored from 14 and seven yards. Hopefully, Matt Ryan has found his next receiver in the Colts’ offense.
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Isiah Pacheco, KC – 26.8% Rostered
Maybe it’s me but Pacheco has been creeping up the Chiefs backfield as of late. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pacheo took 11 carries for 63 yards on the ground and managed to out-snap Jerick Mckinnon in the process. Pacheco looks the part and if he can keep pushing for a bigger role in the offense, I can see him start to steal work off of Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s plate.
Rex Burkhead, HOU – 5.8% Rostered
With rookie running back Dameon Pierce leading the backfield for the Texans, if you’re a Pierce manager then you may want to lock in his direct backup just in case something happens to him. Burkhead would slide right in as the lead back should Pierce suffer an injury. Burkhead in a full-feature role is solid too. During the 2021 season, Burkhead saw 22 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns against the Los Angles Chargers in Week 16.
Latavius Murray, DEN – 0.3% Rostered
Murray was on the New Orleans Saints roster in Week 4, coming off the street for the team with Alvin Kamara still dealing with a rib injury. Murray would rush for 57 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries (5.2 y/a). If you’re not sold on Mike Boone in the backfield with Melvin Gordon, Murray would be an interesting grab off of waivers this week.