Week 5 was highlighted by surprise wide receiver performances by players who will be the biggest waiver wire targets of the week. We didn't see the quantity of injuries as recent weeks, but there were also some fairly impactful ones for fantasy purposes.
One thing that might not have drawn much attention: backfields where players had slight changes in their roles. These changes have led to a number of players who should be traded or traded for, as well as a few who should be cut.
FIVE PLAYERS TO ADD
Claypool will be an obvious waiver wire target after his four-touchdown performance on Sunday. He’s been mentioned in this article before due to his big plays in September, and he’s now the seventh-highest graded wide receiver. Due to his talent, he is absolutely a waiver wire target. The only concern is his playing time in the short-term.
The only reason Claypool had so much playing time on Sunday was that Johnson left the game after six snaps with a back injury. When all of Pittsburgh’s receivers are healthy, Claypool hasn’t been playing enough snaps to be comfortable starting him. With how well Claypool is playing, it’s only a matter of time before he takes all of Washington’s snaps. Pick him up if he’s available. Just know it might take a little time before he pays off.
Fulgham was the second biggest surprise in the battle for Pennsylvania and is also a big waiver wire target for the week. It’s on a fairly small sample size, but Fulgham is the highest-graded wide receiver on the season. He saw his first action of the season two weeks ago against the 49ers, catching two passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with 10 catches for 152 yards and a TD.