Welcome, and thanks for checking out my 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Players to Stash! I've got some fun guys in store for you today!
What I'm trying to do here with this article is give you who I think will be featured in next week's waiver articles here at F6P and abroad a week early. Maybe not a week but you know, before the rush to the waiver wire for the new hotness shows up. I want to give you the new hotness before he makes himself known.
With that comes volatility. While we have an idea of who will be good and who won't be, what defenses to target and avoid and such, finding guys to stash away before they break out in the hopes that they do is tough. I won't always be right.
However, I will do my absolute best to look at the data available to bring you the best possible chance to find a contributor or even a league winner, sometimes it will merely be a bye-week fill-in a week early! What's nice is you're going to get most of these players for a heck of a lot less (or even for free) compared to what you could spend if you waited to make the jump on these guys like the rest of your league mates.
Alright, let's get to it!
2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Players to Stash
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Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants
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After the kind of start Wan'Dale has had, his rostership is criminally low. He played a mere 11 snaps in Week 3 against San Fransisco and garnered five targets. That kind of targets-to-snaps ratio is unsustainable, but he kept up the good work against Seattle, getting six targets on a 64% snap share. Yet another week removed from injury in a game environment where the Giants could find themselves behind, I think Robinson is about to put up yet another solid performance.
That's the whole point of this column, get him now while he's cheap so you can save your FAAB and waiver priority for the big-time emergencies and breakouts. If Wan'Dale puts up another good game I have a feeling more people will be on him, especially with bye weeks descending upon us.
Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
Meanwhile, if you want to get ahead of bye weeks, you can scoop up Everett.
Donald Parham may have the red zone and touchdown edge thus far, but Everett has more targets, receptions, and yards in general. Plus, I don't think Parham is going to continue converting 75% of his red zone catches into touchdowns. He has six catches on the year and three scores, that just doesn't happen over a full season.
Everett faces a tough Dallas defense in Week 6, but after that gets a stretch of pass conducive matchups that could help you out for several weeks.
Michael Wilson, WR, Arizona Cardinals
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The rookie out of Stanford has an impressive 100% catch rate over the past three games for 218 yards and two touchdowns. He's forcing himself in the WR2 role over Rondale Moore, who is more of a gadget-type player.
He won't continue catching everything coming his way, of course, but if he gets the target share he saw last week, I expect him to be a hot waiver add heading into Week 6. Oh, and his 2.37 yards per route run? It's higher than Jaylen Waddle, Deebo Samuel, and Chris Olave.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Being a Browns fan, I went through the rise and fall of Baker Mayfield. The highs of him converting on third down against Pittsburgh to send Cleveland to the playoffs, then beating Pittsburgh in the playoffs, to watching him fall off of a cliff the next two seasons. It was rough. So when he was on his third team in two seasons, I wasn't that high on him.
Well, he's turned into vintage Baker. Thanks, man, we could have saved a ton of money if you played like this for us! Anyway, Baker has the eight-highest completion percentage, the sixth-best true passer rating, and the best under-pressure completion percentage in the NFL. Where did that come from (salty Browns fan here!)?! I swallowed my pride and my bitterness in several leagues this year and have played him in several spots where I needed a streamer. If you're in need for a QB in week 6 or beyond, give Baker a try.
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