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2019 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire

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What a weird week for Fantasy owners. You could have fielded a great lineup and still finished with 18 total points. No, I’m not kidding. Just check out the linked image from Reddit user PadreJuanBrumoso after the Sunday Night game.

It was a bad week for a lot of top tier receivers, especially DeAndre Hopkins. Whether it’s the connection between him and Deshaun Watson or the Houston offensive line leaving their QB out to dry, things need to change quickly or one of the highest potential offenses in football will continue leaving their owners wanting more.

Anyone looking for production and target trends after an interesting week should check out Noah Spurlock’s Week 4 Trends piece.

As always, the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players owned in under 35% of Yahoo leagues unless a player with higher ownership warrants further discussion.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts (35% owned)

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Brissett comes away from Week 4 with another impressive performance. Trying to come from behind against the Raiders, the former-Patriot threw a season-high 46 times for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

Brissett scored a season-best 23.50 points on Sunday and has improved his performance every week this year. Next week, the fourth-year signal-caller could be forced into another shootout against the Chiefs.

Kansas City has allowed back-to-back 20 point performances, making Brissett the top streaming option this week.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets (13% owned)

Darnold has been out of action since Week 2 with a case of mono, but he could return for Week 5 against the Eagles. While the Philadelphia run defense has been great, the secondary has struggled.

Through four weeks, three quarterbacks have surpassed 20 Fantasy points, while two have passed 25 points. Darnold could be forced to air it out in his return, making him a decent option if he does suit up.

Running Backs

Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (42% owned)

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Jones is owned in over 35% of leagues but his performance over the last two weeks is worth discussing. In the last two games, Jones has out-snapped Peyton Barber 59-47 and out-touched him 35-24.

The gap widened in Week 3 when Jones received 20 touches to Barber’s nine. The second-year tailback out of USC rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown on Sunday and could have had more if not for a couple of penalties negating long runs.

If Jones can continue making the best of his touches, he can move into low-end RB2 territory.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (19% owned)

Marlon Mack was forced to leave Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and his status for Week 5 is up in the air.

If he is unable to play, Hines will take over the passing down work in what could be a high-scoring affair with the Chiefs. Hines caught all six of his targets in Week 4, will see at least that many if Mack does not play in Week 5.

Owners in PPR leagues should take a close look at Hines as a low-end replacement who will see a good number of targets. If Mack is active, Hines should not be rostered.

Other Options: Jordan Wilkins (2% owned), Ito Smith (14% owned)

Wide Receivers

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (27% owned)

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Sanu is third on the Atlanta WR depth chart but has provided owners with a good PPR floor thus far. In Week 4, Sanu saw a season-high 12 targets, turning them into nine catches and 91 yards.

While the veteran hasn’t scored a touchdown this season, he has scored at least 8.20 fantasy points in 0.5 PPR formats in three of his four games. He has seen at least six targets per game, ranking him as the No. 40 receiver in PPR leagues.

The Falcons running game is stuck in neutral, forcing Matt Ryan to throw at least 40 passes three times. Owners in need of a low-end FLEX option should take a flier on the slot-receiver.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (10% owned)

Brown had the best game of his young career on Sunday, catching all three of his targets for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

His first TD was a spectacular 55-yard catch and run where Brown used his speed to outrun the entire Falcons secondary.

His second TD of the day showed off his chemistry with Marcus Mariota on a beautiful back-shoulder throw towards the back of the endzone.

Brown has not been consistent in his young career, putting up just 29 yards combined in Weeks 2 and 3. However, with Corey Davis unable to build any meaningful rapport with Mariota, it’s possible that Brown could push for more targets moving forward.

For now, he is a boom-or-bust play. However, he could end up as more bust over the next two weeks because the Titans will play the tough Bills and Bronco’s secondaries.

Other Options: Golden Tate (49% owned), Deebo Samuel (26% owned), Geronimo Allison (24% owned)

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers (36% owned)

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Graham has been the model of inconsistency this season, catching a touchdown in Week 1 before putting up two zeros in his next two games.

After nine targets in Week 4, Graham could be back on the TE1 radar. The former-Saint caught six passes for 61 yards and a TD on Thursday night. The targets were tied for the third-most he’s seen in Green Bay, which could mean good things for his targets moving forward.

Graham has become one of Aaron Rodgers‘ favorite red-zone targets, catching two-of-four inside the 20 in Week 4.

Inconsistency could be a problem, but Graham represents one of the best TE adds this week.

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills (14% owned)

Knox put himself on the radar after putting up at least 58 yards in consecutive weeks. The Buffalo offense did not look good on Sunday but plays like this deserve more attention.

Like most waiver wire tight ends, he has a low-floor, but the Titans have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in the first four weeks, making him a good streaming option next week.

Other Options: Chris Herndon (17% owned)

Deep League Special

Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans, (18% owned)

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Coutee was pushed down the Texans’ depth chart with the acquisition of Kenny Stills but will have his chance against the Falcons in Week 5.

Stills was taken off the field in Week 4 with a hamstring injury and did not return. Hamstring strains are easy to re-aggravate and it would be very surprising if Stills is 100% next week.



Without Stills, Coutee would become Houston’s underneath threat. The second-year receiver could see good volume if Watson needs to release the ball quickly and avoid the rush.


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Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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