Another week and another bout of quarterback injuries and inefficient production. Whether you are considering moving on from your starting options or need to fill a void due to injury, we will have you covered throughout the 2023 fantasy football season with our bevy of tools, including our Waiver Wire Assistant. Find the top available players and get detailed analysis on how potential waiver wire adds will impact your team. Of course, our team of analysts will also have written advice each week. Check out some of our top waiver wire targets for the week below. And here is all of our fantasy football waiver wire advice for Week 5.
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Written by Bo McBrayer
- Next Opponents: CHI, @ATL, @NYG
- True value: $10
- Desperate need: $17
- Budget-minded: $6
Analysis: Allow me to take a bow for begging you to stick with Sam Howell last week after a dreadful performance against mighty Buffalo. While some managers were petrified of what Howell would do against Philadelphia, I used him as a streamer on the cheap to the tune of nearly 20 fantasy points. Howell is a good player. His next three games line up nicely to catch a glimpse of the young Tarheel’s ceiling. Stream away!
C.J. Stroud (HOU): 47% rostered
- Next Opponents: @ATL, NO, BYE
- True value: $10
- Desperate need: $16
- Budget-minded: $5
Analysis: The rookie from Ohio State hasn’t just been good in his first few career starts. Stroud has been magnificent and has gone so far as to elevate the talent around him. Stroud is QB13 in fantasy so far, rising in the rankings after a QB10 performance in which he passed for more than 300 yards for the second time in four games and tossed a pair of touchdowns for the third game in a row. Houston’s post-bye schedule is Charmin-soft, so Stroud is a Week 5 streamer with staying power in deeper leagues that start a single QB.
- Next Opponents: @DET, @MIA, BYE
- True value: $6
- Desperate need: $10
- Budget-minded: $2
Analysis: Pardon me, sir, but your FAAB debit card has been declined. Let’s say you can’t afford to stream C.J. Stroud or Sam Howell. True sickos read between the lines with Bryce Young‘s poor start and pick him up on the cheap anyway. Young is going to be a great aerial attacker soon. It might be as soon as this week in the Motor City. A strong showing against the Lions and I’ll let him stick around for a potential shootout in South Beach.
- Next Opponents: CIN, @LAR, @SEA
- True value: $5
- Desperate need: $9
- Budget-minded: $1
Analysis: It would have made anyone look loony had they predicted it in the preseason, but the Cardinals aren’t that bad. Journeyman pro and certified genius Josh Dobbs just dropped 23 fantasy points on the vaunted 49ers defense a week after leading his team to victory against the Dallas Cowboys. The Bengals are next, and they haven’t looked good at all this season. Cincinnati also made Ryan Tannehill look good on Sunday. Dobbs looks sharp in this spin-off version of the Kevin Stefanski system, so he’d be the ultimate bargain bin stream start.