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Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Adds

Matt Citak
October 02, 2018 - 1:08 pm
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Believe it or not, we are already at the quarter-mark of the 2018 NFL season.

More importantly, Week 5 means we are nearly one-third of the way to the start of the fantasy football playoffs, which usually kicks off in Week 14.

At this point of the year, you should have a good sense of your team's chances at making the fantasy playoffs. But whether you are 4-0 or yet to win a game, it is not too late to shore up your roster in order to make a postseason push.

Week 4 saw a lot of fantasy starters go down with injuries. While losing a starter is certainly a tough blow, the number of injuries does make it a very interesting week on the waiver wire.

With all that said, let's get into the top waiver wire adds for Week 5.

Quarterback

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans - Now this was the sort of performance the Titans were expecting from their young quarterback this season. Mariota shined in his first full game under offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 344 yards, two TD and one INT while adding 46 yards rushing and an additional touchdown. Mariota appears to be fully healthy again, and while you shouldn't overreact based off one game, his Week 4 performance was certainly promising. With a matchup against the Buffalo Bills on the horizon, Mariota makes an interesting add for QB-needy teams.

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders - Lost in the madness of Oakland's ugly 1-3 start has been the early success of their 27-year-old QB. Carr has a 71.0 completion percentage through the first four games of the year, on his way to racking up 1,373 passing yards. His touchdown-to-interception ratio still sits at an awful 6:7 TD-INT, but there is a reason for optimism in Oakland. The Raiders don't face another top passing defense until Week 12, making Carr a great streaming option or bye week fill-in.

Other QBs to consider: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars; Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Running Back

T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars - Yeldon averaged just 2.9 yards per carry on 18 rush attempts in Week 4, but the young back will get an opportunity to improve on those numbers moving forward. Leonard Fournette left the game early after re-injuring his hamstring and is likely facing a multiple-week absence. Yeldon will step in as Jacksonville's starting back, a role in which he has performed well in recently. The Jaguars will take on the Kansas City Chiefs and their non-existent defense in Week 5, setting Yeldon up for a monster game. Yeldon is the top waiver wire add this week.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts - It's tough to trust anyone on the Colts right now. The offense has been unpredictable through the first four weeks of the season, and that is not likely to change anytime soon. However we do know Indianapolis is going to throw the ball a lot, and Hines has emerged as the team's pass-catching back. The rookie caught nine passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4, and has averaged 5.5 receptions per game thus far. Don't expect much from his rushing attempts, but Hines' role in the passing game makes him an interesting add.

Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jones' Week 4 performance was just about as unexciting of an NFL debut as you will ever see. His 10 carries for 29 yards left Buccaneers fans wanting more, but it was his volume that is most noteworthy. Jones outpaced Peyton Barber by three carries, which should not have come as much of a surprise after Barber has been anything but impressive through the first few weeks. Jones has a long way to go before he becomes a viable fantasy option, but with Jameis Winston taking over at QB, Dirk Koetter could give his rookie the reigns of the starting running back role. Jones is worth a speculative add.

Other RBs to consider: Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks; Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

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Wide Receiver

Ryan Grant, Indianapolis Colts - This isn't the first time Grant has made this list, but after the injury to T.Y. Hilton in Week 4, the fifth-year receiver becomes more of a priority add. Grant picked up five receptions on seven targets for 64 yards against the Texans, his highest total yardage of the season. Hilton's hamstring injury has made him questionable for Indy's Thursday night battle against the Patriots, and if the veteran is forced to miss the game, Grant should serve as the biggest beneficiary. It comes with some risk, but if Hilton sits Thursday, Grant makes for a solid option for anyone looking for help at WR.

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans - Coutee made history Sunday, as his 11 catches were the most by a player in his debut in NFL history. The rookie fourth-round pick looked good while filling in for Will Fuller, who left the game in the second half with a hamstring injury. Deshaun Watson targeted Coutee a whopping 15 times, and the rookie was able to turn that into 109 yards. If Fuller is forced to miss any time, Coutee would be facing an expanded role in a Texans offense capable of scoring a ton of points in any given week. Keep an eye on Houston's injury report, but Coutee is another interesting waiver add this week.

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars - Westbrook had been putting together a solid season through the first three games of the year, but really exploded in Jacksonville's Week 4 win. The second-year receiver caught nine of his 13 targets for 130 yards, adding one carry for 11 yards. The Jaguars' passing game is hard to rely on, as we have all seen how inconsistent Bortles can be, but Westbrook has topped 50 receiving yards in three of the team's four games. The 24-year-old seems to be pushing Keelan Cole for the honor of the team's most reliable WR option in fantasy. Westbrook is poised for another big game against the Chiefs in Week 5.

Other WRs to consider: Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears; Taywan Taylor, Tennessee Titans

Tight End

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers - McDonald put together his second consecutive solid outing Sunday night, catching all five of his targets for 62 yards. Surprisingly, his 62 yards tied with Antonio Brown for the most on the team. With Pittsburgh's running game failing to get going in recent weeks, McDonald has provided the Steelers offense with a boost. Considering how awful the tight end position has been this season, McDonald looks like he may be shaping up to be a reliable fantasy option on a weekly basis. He's the top waiver add this week for anyone desperate for a tight end. 

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - O.J. Howard has been great for the Buccaneers, but after suffering a sprained MCL in Week 4, he is looking at a 2-4 week absence. Brate will step in as the team's starting tight end, and with Winston set to take over at QB following the team's bye week, Brate could immediately play a big role in Tampa Bay's offense. Winston and Brate have developed a clear rapport over the years, with the tight end catching a combined 14 touchdowns in 2016 and 2017. As long as Howard is out, Brate should remain a solid fantasy tight end. 

Other TEs to consider: Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers; Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.