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Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire FAAB Report: Joshua Kelley, Damien Harris, Tee Higgins and others to add

Navigating weekly fantasy football FAAB runs is not an exact science. Blind bidding opens the door for outrageous offers such as last week’s $681 for Rob Gronkowski (yes, happened). Fantasy managers have to balance roster needs with (perceived) market forces, all while monitoring the weekly fantasy football hype train driving up prices in leagues across the land.

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With four weeks in the books, it’s time to start looking further ahead. Bye weeks are upon us (Green Bay/Detroit in Week 5), and we can expect massive competition for any running backs who move up depth charts on a week-to-week basis (like Joshua Kelley this week). We’re past the biggest runs on rookie WRs, but there are a couple more to consider this week.

Before we dive into the Week 5 FAAB targets and recommended bids, let’s look back at last week’s NFFC Online Championship waiver run to see if there’s any information we can use. (These are full-point PPR leagues with 10-player benches).

NFFC Online Championship Week 4 | 278 Leagues ($1,000 Budget)
Most-Added Players Total adds Max Bid Min Bid
Greg Ward 235 500 1
Jimmy Graham 182 255 1
Andy Isabella 167 401 1
Anthony McFarland 142 390 1
Denver D/ST 139 78 1
Tee Higgins 130 441 15
Rex Burkhead 118 380 10
Zach Pascal 112 247 1
Stephen Gostkowski 97 56 1
Travis Homer 95 191 1
Highest Max Bids Total adds Max Bid Min Bid
Justin Jefferson 73 837 215
Rob Gronkowski 96 681 1
Miles Boykin 11 657 1
Brian Hill 84 607 1
Phillip Lindsay 9 528 77
Greg Ward 382 500 1
Damien Harris 29 499 1
Tee Higgins 181 453 15
Cole Beasley 64 450 20
Sony Michel 40 450 25

The main takeaway? There are a lot of $1 wins among even the most contested waiver adds of the week. In most deep leagues, now is a good time to fly under the radar with lower bids focused on upside and future plays. I added Anthony McFarland ($22) and La’Mical Perine ($20) last week, missing out on Tee Higgins ($35 bid).

Of course, injuries and bye week issues will force some higher-than-normal bids. Don’t be afraid to pay up if you’re desperate. And, as always, be sure to monitor opponents’ remaining FAAB budgets to keep from overspending.

Consider the following players when setting FAAB bids in fantasy football leagues this week. The first player at each position will be a more widely available player to consider in standard 12-team leagues. Roster rates are from Yahoo public leagues.

Quarterbacks

Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert (16% Rostered) at New Orleans Saints

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