Week 5 Waiver Wire Adds and Drops

Waiver Wire

Dominating the waiver wire could catapult you into championship territory regardless of how much you struggled during the draft or while making trades. Read on for eight season-long waiver wire targets, as well as a few players who you can comfortably cut loose.


Let’s check out eight players that warrant consideration ahead of the upcoming waiver wire cycle. All players listed here are rostered in less than 35 percent of ESPN leagues and could have legitimate impacts down the stretch.

Trey Lance

Rostered in 24.2 percent of leagues

Looking for a player with the rushing upside of Lamar Jackson and the passing upside of Josh Allen? Enter, Trey Lance. While he might not ever play consistently better than the two aforementioned quarterbacks, Lance still boasts tremendous potential and should hold on to the starting job for the long-term. This is likely the last week in which he’ll be rostered in less than half of leagues, so act fast.

Damien Williams

Rostered in 15.0 percent of leagues

Williams is in line for an increased workload while David Montgomery misses time. Khalil Herbert won’t threaten his workload and the Bears don’t appear to be perusing free agency, meaning Williams should have the starting role all to himself. He could fall into low-end RB2 territory for a handful of weeks and will still be a strong insurance option once Montgomery comes back.

Darrel Williams

Rostered in 8.6 percent of leagues

Williams has now found the end zone in two of the last three weeks. He has registered 97 scrimmage yards over the last two weeks and has, at times, been the preferred goal-line option over Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He seems to have carved out a fairly steady role and is a great depth pick in deeper leagues.

Kyle Juszczyk

Rostered in 4.8 percent of leagues

Juszczyk, who is the clear-cut best fullback in the NFL, emerged as an intriguing fantasy option last week due to the barren 49ers backfield. He has now amassed 92 scrimmage yards and one touchdown over the last two weeks. As long as San Francisco continues to deal with a never-ending slew of injuries, everyone’s favorite fullback remains fantasy relevant.

T.Y. Hilton

Rostered in 22.1 percent of leagues

Hilton (neck) remains out of play, but there’s a chance that he could return and be fantasy relevant within the near future. Outside of Michael Pittman Jr., the Colts’ receiving corps lacks much excitement. Hilton is aging, but he can still stretch the field and offer Baltimore a reliable weapon for Carson Wentz.

Rashod Bateman

Rostered in 18.8 percent of leagues

Bateman’s NFL career started on the injury reserve, but he has participated in practices and should see game action soon. Once he does, he will emerge as one of the best and most reliable pass-catchers in a Baltimore offense that needs some help. He’s worth stashing as a low-risk option.

Josh Gordon

Rostered in 27.6 percent of leagues

Are we really doing this again? Yeah, we are. Gordon signed with the Chiefs’ practice squad and has a chance to be the team’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Tyreek Hill. Could he be relegated to a bench role? It’s possible. However, it’s just as possible that he thrives and falls into the low-end WR3 category within a few weeks. Taking a chance on the oft-suspended wideout won’t cost you much.

Dawson Knox

Rostered in 30.1 percent of leagues

Knox has looked tremendous as of late, and his increase in rostership suggests that fantasy managers have taken notes. While he has just 144 yards through three weeks, he has also logged 15 catches and four touchdowns. If he’s still available in your league, snatch him up fast.


Let’s check out three players that you can comfortably cut loose from your roster. All players listed here are rostered in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues and aren’t expected to have legitimate impacts down the stretch.

Mecole Hardman

Rostered in 53.8 percent of leagues

Hardman has never been consistent in fantasy football, and the addition of Josh Gordon can only hurt his performance. Plus, due to Tyreek Hill’s consistently healthy status, Hardman is not a great insurance option, either. You can safely drop the speedster to waivers in most leagues.

Ty’Son Williams

Rostered in 76.3 percent of leagues

After a shockingly bad Week 3 performance, Williams answered in Week 4 by … being inactive. Yes, the Ravens chose to play Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell, and Devonta Freeman over Williams. This team has no faith in its second-year back, who is likely headed for another week of being inactive. He should be dropped in most leagues.

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