Week 5 is coming to a close, and the NFL avoided adding any major injuries to this season. That's great for most fantasy players and the NFL, but it does leave very few possibilities for waiver wire pickups.
This week is more about hopping on a few players band wagons that had gotten pretty empty these past few weeks.
Gerald Everett, TE, Rams (owned in eight percent of Yahoo leagues): Everett has now been on a two game tear, and for those desperate for a tight end (I’m looking at you O.J. Howard owners) you may want to look at adding him. He has 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown over the past two weeks.
Will Fuller, WR, Texans (owned in 77 percent of leagues): 14 catches for 217 yards and three receiving touchdowns. That was Fuller’s stat line after being in the midst of a lost season. If someone in your league decided to cut ties with Fuller you go grab him.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington (owned in 64 percent of leagues): Sometimes it is more about who players are about to play. Thompson will be matched up against the Dolphins next week, and he has been one of the lone bright spots this season for Washington’s offense (in PPR leagues). He has caught at least four passes in every game so far this season, and he is the most targeted player in Washington’s offense. He is too good of a flex option to pass up.
Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys (owned in 67 percent of leagues): Gallup was off to a hot start to the season before suffering an injury. He is back now though, and he put seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in his return. Talk about announcing your return. Make sure you take note and add him to your waiver wire pickups as he has games against three of the four best matchups for wide receivers three of the next four weeks.
Drops or benches
Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers: The Panthers have been on a hot streak with Kyle Allen at quarterback, but Samuel’s stats haven’t been as good. The past two weeks he hasn’t surpassed three catches or 32 yards. Things may change down the road, but right now Samuel doesn’t need to be in your lineup next week unless you need a risky flex.
Robby Anderson, WR, Jets: Even before Sam Darnold was out Anderson wasn’t doing well. He had one game that was barely fantasy worthy, but he hasn’t cracked 100 yards, five catches or caught a single touchdown in any game so far this season. You don’t need to have him on your team at this point.
Darrel Williams, RB, Chiefs: Damien Williams is back, and Darrel Williams didn’t log any meaningful touches during the game on Sunday Night Football. Williams was a few touchdowns away from being able to drop him last week. He is clearly entrenched behind Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy in the Chiefs’ backfield. You may want to cut ties with Darrel Williams for now.