2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Stashes

by Herms
2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Stashes

Fantasy managers looking to strike gold on the waiver wire have largely come up short this season, but being aggressive and continuing to attack the end of your roster is a great way to overcome a lack of depth. This article will examine some of the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Stashes you need on your rosters.

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Hopefully, this article will help identify some difference-makers for your fantasy teams as we creep up upon the midway point of the year.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Stashes

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Top Quarterback Adds

Andy Dalton, QB, New Orleans (2% rostered Yahoo / 1.5% rostered ESPN)

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Dalton and the Saints are set to face a Seattle Seahawks defense that is second-worst in the NFL in pass coverage versus receivers and overall defensive grading per Pro Football Focus (PFF). Moreover, according to Pro Football Reference, the Seahawks have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Though Dalton is not the most exciting streaming option, he's a fairly safe consideration for QB-needy fantasy managers.

Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks (32% rostered Yahoo / 30.8% rostered ESPN)

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On the flip side of the matchup, Geno Smith is leading the third-highest-graded passing offense per PFF in the entire league this year. Entering Week 5, Smith is the QB9 in points per game, according to FantasyData. While the Saints' defense is certainly a tough draw, Smith is the second-highest graded passer per PFF this year and possesses the second-highest adjusted completion percentage (81.7%) of any quarterback in the NFL.

Until that magic runs out, far be it from me to bet against a career-reviving season from the veteran signal-caller.

Top Running Back Adds

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Caleb Huntley, RB, Atlanta Falcons (14% rostered Yahoo / 9.6% rostered ESPN)

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I wrote in this column last week, and in the standard waiver wire article this week, about Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier as the piece of the Atlanta backfield I would target. While I absolutely stand by that call, it is wise to hedge your bet in an ambiguous situation like this one, considering starting running back Cordarrelle Patterson is set to miss, at minimum, the next four games now that he is on IR.

In Week 4, both Allgeier and Huntley received ten carries. Allgeier was certainly more efficient with his touches, but Huntley kept pace with him somewhat admirably. If Huntley seizes this opportunity and not Allgeier, you'd be well served to stash him on your bench.

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (14% rostered Yahoo / 5% rostered ESPN)

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The veteran running back Edwards returned to practice this week after missing all of last season, and the early portions of 2022, with a torn ACL. For those who don't remember, Edwards has been a walking 700-rushing-yard season in his career. While there is no telling what Edwards will be like when he eventually sees the field again, it is worth noting that the touches in the Ravens backfield behind J.K. Dobbins are still very much a wide-open opportunity, particularly with Justice Hill dealing with a hamstring injury.

Managers looking for an intriguing speculative long-play with a track record, look no further than Edwards.

Top Wide Receiver Adds

Khalil Shakir, WR, Buffalo Bills (2% rostered on Yahoo / 0.6% rostered ESPN)

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The Bills are down bad. With veteran receiver Jamison Crowder likely headed to IR and Isaiah McKenzie still dealing with a concussion, the slot role in the Buffalo offense may fall into the hands of the rookie out of Boise State. As a senior in 2021, Shakir was PFF's 12th-highest-graded receiver in the country who ran 76.7% of his routes out of the slot.

While fifth-round draft capital is less-than-inspiring in a vacuum, Shakir is poised to be a logical and perhaps effective replacement for the Bills and fantasy managers alike. He's certainly a bit of a deep option, but still worthy of consideration for managers in a bind. If nothing else, at least make sure he's not on the waiver wire in dynasty leagues.

Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets (49% rostered Yahoo / 28% rostered ESPN)

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I'll keep this one brief. The truth is, Davis has been the best receiver in the Jets offense from a fantasy perspective in 2022. Full stop. The numbers don't lie either. Currently sitting as the WR27 overall in PPR, there is no reason why Davis should be as widely available in fantasy leagues as he is. Remedy this mistake and add him to your roster.


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