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2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire.

Tom Brady became the NFL’s all-time passing leader while making his first return to Foxborough, where the future Hall-of-Famer spent his first 20 seasons as a New England Patriot.

While overtaking Drew Brees for the top spot was inevitable after Brees’ retirement, it was a perfect drama-filled scenario for Brady to achieve the feat against his former coach Bill Belichick. If anyone was unsure who won the Brady-Belichick divorce after Tampa Bay won a Super Bowl, this game proved certainly proved it. 

Orchestrating another fourth-quarter comeback victory, the legend of Tom Brady continues. In order to reach legendary status in the realm of Fantasy Football, however, one can’t simply rely on a single player, even if that player is Tom Brady.

To find success in Fantasy Football, you’ll need to grind. Rolling with the punches is vital, as injuries and roster changes can quickly derail a season. Scouting the waiver wire is crucial and Fantasy managers can often cash in by knowing which trends to keep an eye on. 

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire will focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues.

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2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

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Daniel Jones, New York Giants (31% Rostered)

Daniel Jones appeased the rabid Giants fanbase with an emphatic overtime victory over New Orleans. Danny Dimes was locked in, completing 28 of 40 passes for 402 yards and a pair of touchdowns. This was Jones’ first 400-yard performance of his career.

Jones and Pro-Bowl caliber receiver, Kenny Golladay, finally got on the same page. This was a huge step for New York’s offense considering they signed Golladay to a $64 Million deal and prior to Week 4, Golladay’s usage took a backseat to various targets. Against the Saints, Golladay reeled in six of seven targets for 116 yards.

Rookie Kadarius Toney has also emerged as an intriguing option for Jones, who led the Giants in targets with Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard sidelined with injuries. Once the receiving corps is healthy, Jones’ production has a good chance of increasing.

Jones is also a sneakily productive rusher of the football and his 188 yards is ranked third in rushing yards behind Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts. His rushing prowess has moved him into the QB1 territory and is a solid option for those looking to make a change at quarterback.

Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (31% Rostered)

In just one half, Trey Lance scored two passing touchdowns and gained 41 rushing yards against the Seattle Seahawks.

Not bad, rookie. Not bad at all.

While the San Francisco 49ers may not have been ready for Lance’s debut to come this early, the dual-threat quarterback was up to the task. After Jimmy Garoppolo exited the game with a calf injury, Lance was forced into a game script that was developed for Garoppolo. After overcoming a few shaky possessions, Lance seemed comfortable going through his reads and making decisions.

Lance’s ability to run the ball could lead to mouth-watering fantasy production, even if his passing stats take a hit.

With Garoppolo sidelined for the foreseeable future, expect more big performances from Lance. Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals is a potential shootout and should provide a favorable matchup for San Francisco’s newest signal-caller.

Running Backs

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Damien Williams, Chicago Bears (9% Rostered)

David Montgomery was knocked out of the Bears’ matchup with the Lions in the fourth quarter. In his relief, former Kansas City Chief, Damien Williams, stepped up by scoring a touchdown and adding 70 scrimmage yards.

50 of Williams’ 70 yards came in the fourth quarter, after Montgomery’s departure. 

If Monty is held out Chicago’s Week 5 matchup against the Raiders, Williams is likely to operate in a three-down capacity.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles (29% Rostered)

To the chagrin of Miles Sanders owners, Kenneth Gainwell played an increased role in Week 4 against the Chiefs. Sanders just out-touched Gainwell 10-9 in a game script that emphasized the passing game.

Gainwell rushed three times for 31 yards and a touchdown but reeled in six of eight targets for another 58 yards. Jalen Hurts regularly searches for his running backs as safety valves and Gainwell has been the beneficiary. 

Gainwell is an intriguing option in PPR formats as his value comes in the form of reception volume. Add the undrafted rookie if you’re in need of running back depth.

Wide Receivers

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Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (3% Rostered)

With Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton injured, the University of Florida project, Kadarius Toney will have plenty of action in the Giants’ receiving corps.

For the first time since being drafted, the rookie played a pivotal role in New York’s offense. Toney earned a team-high nine targets against the Saints. The 22-year-old fared well, reeling in six catches for 78 scoreless yards. 

Although he’s a clear-cut WR2 for the Giants, behind Kenny Golladay, he’ll likely be an asset for the Giants’ injury-riddled receiving corps.

A.J. Green, Arizona Cardinals (24% Rostered)

In the extremely potent Cardinals offense, there’s plenty of food to go around.

Even though Deandre Hopkins is going to command the lion’s share of targets, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore and A.J. Green have all showed fantasy viability thanks in large part to the dynamic play of Kyler Murray.

The latter of the three receivers is the most intriguing option. A.J. Green has been a model of consistency since joining the Cardinals, accruing exactly six targets in the past four games. 

Green has been heating up as his chemistry with Murray has improved. In the last two games, he has reeled in 10 of 12 targets for 179 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy managers can expect more of the same in a favorable matchup against the Niners’ secondary in Week 5.

Tight Ends

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Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals (1% Rostered)

In his last three contests, Cardinals tight end Maxx Williams has caught all 15 targets for 179 yards. In the most recent matchup against the stout Rams defense, Williams hauled in five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown, emerging as Arizona’s top TE target.

With the baren talent pool of tight ends, Williams’ consistency is a welcomed surprise for Fantasy managers. In Arizona’s high-powered offense, Williams has a good chance to remain in the TE2 conversation.

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (34% Rostered)

Is Dalton Schultz the TE steal of the season?

In the past two games, Schultz has caught 12 tackles for 138 yards and a whopping three touchdowns. 

Blake Jarwin was slated to be the top tight end for the Cowboys. However, Schultz has become an offensive force and Dak Prescott’s favorite red zone target. Last game, Schultz had a 36.8% target share and should have no problem cutting through the Giants defense.



Schultz has the potential to be a top-five tight end this year and should be picked up in all formats. 


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About Tyler Mulligan

Tyler is a multimedia sports journalist from Toronto, Canada. He's a contributor for Fantasy Six Pack and an analyst at Pro Football Focus. His main areas of focus are football, hockey and basketball, but his heart lies in fantasy sports.

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