Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 5

There were some developments in fantasy football that will definitely have people running to the waiver wire.

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Week 4 of the NFL season is in the books. This season is flying by and you should have a good idea of how players are going to be used moving forward. Still, injuries happen and sometimes you have to make adjustments on the fly. There were some devastating injuries this week, especially at the running back position. That opens the door for backups to step up and make a difference. Here are the fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 5. As usual, the owning percentages are taken from Yahoo!.


Andre Ellington — RB (23% Owned)
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Ellington is a must add now with the Arizona Cardinals abandoning the run game without their star David Johnson. Ellington has led the team in snaps at the running back spot, and hauled in nine catches on a ridiculous 14 targets in Week 4. He has 22 targets in the previous two games now and should be owned in all PPR formats.

Will Fuller V — WR (32% Owned)
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Fuller saw his first action in Week 4 and registered four catches on six targets and a pair of touchdowns. Look for him to get more involved as he gets closer to 100% and be utilized as a deep threat.

Eddie Lacy— RB (20% Owned)
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Just when you thought the Seattle Seahawks running back situation was no longer cloudy, Chris Carson goes down with serious leg and ankle injuries. Lacy got the bulk of the carries after Carson went down, and with Thomas Rawls a healthy scratch for the game, you can bet Lacy will get the start in Week 5. J.D. McKissic had two late touchdowns, but consider him the second option to Lacy if C.J. Prosise can’t go.

Giovani Bernard — RB (20% Owned)
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Mostly good for deeper PPR leagues, Bernard is the guy the Cincinnati Bengals are turning to on passing plays. He’s already scored twice and took one 61 yards to the house against the Cleveland Browns. He’s mostly an add-and-stash in case Joe Mixon, who is getting most of the work on the ground, gets hurt.

Danny Amendola — WR (50% Owned)
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While he’s an injury risk, Amendola is a must own considering how much the New England Patriots typically throw the ball. He’s taking over for Julian Edelman as a reliable option in the slot and caught a touchdown in his latest effort.

Cooper Kupp — WR (44% Owned)
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The Los Angeles Rams slot receiver now has two touchdowns on the season and is getting a consistent volume of targets save for Week 3. He should definitely be owned in deeper leagues, and maybe even in all PPR format leagues as an add-and-stash for bye weeks.

Juju Smith-Schuster — WR (2% Owned)
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Though not getting a huge amount of targets, Big Ben Roethlisberger is looking Smith-Schuster’s way in the red zone. He now has a touchdown in two of the last three weeks after being not involved at all in Week 1. You won’t start him if you’re desperate, but you’d love to have him if Martavis Bryant gets in trouble again.

Wayne Gallman — RB (3% Owned)
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Gallman was forced into action for the New York Giants when Orleans Darkwa was held out with a back injury and Paul Perkins left the Week 4 game with a rib injury. He looked like the most talented of this bunch, consistently finding holes and showing good patience. He found the end zone off a reception and might be the only healthy option for the short term. The Giants also shuffled their offensive line which seemed to help.

Alex Collins — RB (10% Owned)
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Collins has now posted back-to-back nine carry, 82-yard performances and seems poised to take over an otherwise mediocre backfield. However, he has also fumbled twice which has drawn the ire of head coach John Harbaugh. He has upside if he’s able to clean that up as neither Terrence West nor Javorius Allen have looked as good as Collins in recent weeks.

Latavius Murray — RB (17% Owned)
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While Murray admitted he isn’t back to 100% yet after offseason ankle injury, he played against the Detroit Lions after the Minnesota Vikings lost Dalvin Cook for the season with a torn ACL. Murray should be the feature back moving forward and for sure will get the goal line carries ahead of Jerick McKinnon.

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