NFL Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week Five

We are now a quarter of the way through the 2019 NFL season and we are getting a closer look at how our teams are looking.

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I hope you have continued to find the right pieces to make your team better. Were you able to drop guys like RB Wayne Gallman and TE Will Dissly and they helped lead you to victory.

Let’s see what players could help you do that this week as we check out the waiver. 


  1. Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts, 67.9 percent availability
  2. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings, 71.4 percent availability
  3. Gardner Minshaw II, Jacksonville Jaguars, 85.7 percent availability
  4. Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers, 87.2 percent availability
  5. Joe Flacco, Denver Broncos, 96.2 percent availability 

Brissett continued to show us that he’s not bothered by the players around him. Despite not having WR T.Y. Hilton last week, Brissett still had a nice game finding both TEs for touchdowns, but it was on a losing effort.  This week will likely be another loss,  but he and the Colts are going to have the tough task of going up against the Kansas City Chiefs and we hope to see Hilton return and help Brissett try to beat the Chiefs in a potential shout out. 

Cousins will be looking to rebound from a tough outing against the division rival, Chicago Bears.  Cousins and the Vikings WR need to get things going again of they plan to win games and make playoffs.  This week against the Giants we should expect to see more of an offensive game for Cousins.

Minshaw has lead his team to another impressive win.  He has given everything he could in the final game winning drive against Denver.  This week,  he has the shaky Panthers defense to worry about. And let’s be honest,  it’s going to be a huge load of the running backs again.  I think Minshaw will use RB Leonard Fournette to set up the passing game.

Rudolph continues to show us improvement on a week to week basis.  But this week it was the heavy load for both RBs in the Steelers playbook. We hope to continue to see success in the passing game and hopefully you can add him to play alongside the WR that no body wants in JuJu Smith-Schuster. For the sake of my team and many others,  Rudolph needs to find JuJu more targets. 

Flacco will likely be on here weekly as many people sleep on what he is able to do for the Broncos offense.  Look to WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton to help bring Flacco’s value up. In a divisional match up this week against the Chargers, Flacco could look to continue to find a connection with his receivers as they try to pick up their first win of the season after having lost by a game-winning field goal in each of the last two weeks.

Running Backs

  1. Wayne Gallman, New York Giants, 38.1 percent availability
  2. Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles, 44 percent availability
  3. Darrell Williams, Kansas City Chiefs, 55.7 percent availability
  4. Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 58.8 percent availability
  5. Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers, 80.8 percent availability

Gallman is a must add if he is still available to do so. We saw how big of a role he had in the Giants offense with the absence of RB Saqoun Barkley. I have to admit, I love the young guys on the Giants team out here balling out. Gallman has been trying to prove himself worthy of a spot in the rotation and with Barkley out, he’ll be shining bright. Look for him to continue to find a strong connection with QB Daniel Jones as they look to surprise us all and continue to bring back the explosive offense we all missed.

Howard may or may not have as great of a game as he did last Thursday night against the Packers, but he has certainly given himself the lead in the Eagles backfield. I am literally shooting myself in the foot because I drafted Howard and used him as a trade asset to only find out that he was on the waivers and I’ll probably not be able to get him, but you should jump on him when you can because I can continue seeing him doing much of what he did as a member of the Chicago Bears. 

As long as Damien Williams is out, Darrell Williams should be an option for your team. Darrell did a great job in week four as he was splitting snaps with LeSean McCoy. He added two more touchdowns in his season. Keep an eye on the status of Damien before making this addition. 

Jones is slowly having himself a nice season, it’s a bit surprising to be honest because of how the offense is playing. Coach Bruce Arians has really helped the Buccaneers get to a 3-1 record early on and they look like a team that has a real chance. Jones looks like the RB that the Buccaneers drafted last year from Southern Cal and he is slowly getting more and more carries from starting RB Peyton Barber.

Samuels and Conner were the highlight of the Steelers first win of the season and I could honestly see Samuels continue to have a similar role in the future weeks. Like I said before with the addition of Rudolph, until the WRs get figured out with him, Samuels will be a key role to the Steelers future success. 

Wide Receivers

  1. Golden Tate, New York Giants, 48.3 percent availability
  2. John Brown/Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills, 40.9/79.4 percent availability
  3. Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers, 72.8 percent availability
  4. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers, 93.8 percent availability
  5. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans, 96 percent availability
  • Tate signed with the Giants this offseason as they were looking to find another piece to catch the ball after trading Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland. Tate was dealing with a suspension for the first four weeks of the season and he is set to make his season debut. With the new energized offense, Tate could be a nice sneaky addition to your team as we look to find somebody to help us find bye week replacements. 

    Brown and Beasley have continued to be a big part of the Bills success along with QB Josh Allen. I do think that they will continue to be in the big role as they have been this season. The Bills ability to run the ball is also a bonus for this team as they look into the position of being a playoff team.

    Allison had a rocky start to the NFL season, but Davante Adams likely out for their game against the Cowboys with a turf toe, Allison becomes more valuable. Allison was expected to be the WR2 for the Packers when the season started, but it’s been a mixture of him and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. I expect to see Allison have a lot of success within the next few weeks. 

    Johnson is the only Steelers receiver that is having success and I don’t think of it too much, but I do think that Johnson could continue to be a part of the Steelers passing game, especially with the recent struggles of JuJu Smith-Schuster. Johnson was the fourth WR on the depth chart coming into week three and he is now WR2 behind JuJu. Johnson has grabbed a touchdown in each of the last two weeks and he could see an increased role.

    Brown had a breakout game against the Falcons where he scored his first two career touchdowns and this could be a bright spot for him and his rookie season as the Titans look to continue to get things right on the offense side. Add Brown and keep an eye on him as a good sleeper in the league. 

    Tight Ends

    1. Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks, 32.7 percent availability
    2. Jack Doyle, Indianpolis Colts, 78.2 percent availabilty
    3. Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills, 96.3 percent availability
    4. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 99.6 percent availability
    5. Chris Herndon, New York Jets, 91.9 percent availability

    For the third week in a row we have a Will Dissly touchdown catch. It looks to be healthy and he will have an even more important role now that the Seahawks traded Nick Vannett to the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m excited to see him do this all year long. 

    Doyle was having some early success on Sunday in their loss against the Raiders and he is looking like he’ll have another successful season. I think that the Colts will continuously use Doyle and Ebron alongside WR T.Y. Hilton. 

    Knox is another piece to the young Bills offense that we could see have success as the weeks go on. With Josh Allen at Quarterback, the Bills offense looks like it could make some noise this season. 

    Brate is part of the Buccaneers offense that we expect to see continuing to have success. The Buccaneers are surprisingly having a strong start and we are not going to expect the big numbers every week, but Brate is becoming a better addition to our lineups.

    Herndon has one more have
    game left on his four game suspension and he could be a nice addition to your team as the bye weeks come. Herndon might be able to help the Jets offense move the ball more with his presences as a pass catcher. Of course,  we don’t expect him to outshine RB Le’Veon Bell but it could help Bell get more receptions too. Add Herndon has  bye week replacement and see how he does because you won’t need to worry about his bye either.


    Let’s make week five better than the last and hope that you pick up the right players to help you win as we start hitting the ground running.


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