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Week 5 fantasy football waiver wire pickups to make

Glendale, AZ, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) makes a diving one handed catch for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for the Week 5 fantasy football waiver wire. Fantasy waivers can often make or break your season. Making the right decision on which players to add and drop is crucial, so we have you set up with a deep list of potential waiver wire adds for Week 5.

Remember, we cast a wide net every week in our waiver wire advice. Below you’ll see recommendations for shallow, regular, and deep leagues. Players are listed in order of priority and the suggested auction budget percentage is in parentheses.

Keep in mind that some leagues may be more aggressive or conservative in terms of bidding, so know your league tendencies. Regardless of the size of your league, it’s suggested that you work your way down the list and prioritize the top players in your waiver claims for this week.

Shallow leagues (8-10 teams)


Jameis Winston, TB (10-20%) — Fantasy players love to hate Winston, but he's available in far too many leagues. The Bucs passing game is clicking and Winston's fantasy arrow is pointing up.

Baker Mayfield, CLV (10-20%) — Mayfield is a great example of why we don't draft quarterbacks early, but even with his lackluster start to the season, anyone who dropped him made a mistake. Mayfield is available in 20.1% of leagues.

Running back

Wayne Gallman, NYG (15-30%) — Even after all the hype last week, Gallman is still available in 30% of leagues.

Ronald Jones, TB (15-30%) — We've now seen back-to-back explosive performances out of Jones. He isn't quite trustworthy as an every-week fantasy option, but his upside more than warrants an add this week.

Devin Singletary, BUF (15-30%) — Even though he's been sidelined for the last two weeks, don't forget about Singletary.

Wide receiver

Courtland Sutton, DEN (15-30%) — He was one of the most heavily targeted receivers in the end zone last year and that continued last week with two scores on end zone targets for Sutton. Better yet, he's available in 30.5% of leagues.

D.J. Chark Jr., JAX (15-30%) — Despite his production in September, Chark is still only owned in 66.2% of leagues.

Golden Tate, NYG (10-20%) — The Giants get Tate back from suspension this week. Don't get too carried away with him, but Tate is a WR4 option going forward.

Tight end

Will Dissly, SEA (10-20%) — After three weeks of production, it's fair to say that Dissly is a TE1. Surprisingly, he's still out there in 32.7% of leagues.

Jimmy Graham, GB (10-20%) — Graham isn’t going to be consistent, but the fact that he's only owned in 35.7% of leagues is downright crazy.

Regular leagues (12 teams)


Jacoby Brissett, IND (3-5%) — The Colts signal-caller has been extremely efficient this season. While Brissett doesn't have the highest ceiling, his floor makes him a solid add going forward.

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