Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings (Week 5)
Our analysts combine to provide rankings for Week 5 waiver wire targets. We’ll help you prioritize your bids for the week ahead. And check out our more Week 5 waiver wire advice here.
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Week 5 Waiver Wire Rankings
Raheem Mostert (RB – MIA): 50% rostered
- Next opponents: @NYJ, MIN, PIT
- True value: $7
- Desperate need: $12
- Budget-minded: $3
Analysis: Although the Dolphins offense has been explosive this season, it has mostly been a product of their passing attack. With Tua Tagovailoa likely to miss some time, it might benefit Mike McDaniels’ team to get down and dirty with the run game like his longtime cohort Kyle Shanahan. Mostert was the lead back in Weeks 2 and 4, but ceded to Chase Edmonds in Weeks 1 and 3. If the alternate-RB strategy is just coincidence, Mostert is a plug-and-play addition with decent upside in Week 5 versus the Jets. He also has the type of speed to occasionally pop off for performances in RB2 territory.
Tyler Allgeier (RB – ATL): 16% rostered
- Next opponents: @TB, SF, @CIN
- True value: $8
- Desperate need: $16
- Budget-minded: $4
Analysis: The touches from the Atlanta backfield were as bountiful as they were evenly distributed in Week 4. The rookie from BYU logged 11 touches for over 100 yards from scrimmage. Cordarrelle Patterson has not been completely healthy, and the other active RB is Caleb Huntley, who also logged 10 carries and scored a touchdown. Patterson is still the starter when healthy, but Allgeier is in line to see his share of the committee grow with continued strong play.
George Pickens (WR – PIT): 39% rostered
- Next opponents: @BUF, TB, @MIA
- True value: $10
- Desperate need: $17
- Budget-minded: $5
Analysis: Pickens is increasingly looking like a star. He runs crisp routes, his hands are like flypaper, and he seems very comfortable with the physicality of the NFL. Pickens had 6-102-0 against the Jets on Sunday for the first 100-yard game of his career, and it looks as if there will be many more to come. The hope is that the QB change from Mitchell Trubisky to rookie Kenny Pickett will help unlock Pickens, since his talents as a deep-ball artist didn’t pair especially well with Trubisky, an inaccurate deep passer. This is talent worth paying for.