Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5
Waiver Wire Pickups
Week 5 is here in the NFL 2022 season. It's speeding way faster than it should be since I want to enjoy it while it lasts. If only we could have NFL football year-round. Congratulations on surviving Week Four of the NFL Season. It was a bloodbath littered with injuries, under-performances, ghosting, some wacky kicks, and even wilder finishes. Many players dealt with injuries or awful performances like Javonte Williams, Treylon Burks, Jonathan Taylor, Cordarrele Patterson, and many more. This includes previous players that missed Week 2 like Keenan Allen, DeAndre Hopkins, Alvin Kamara, and others. Due to these injuries and poor performances from players, you're in need of some new players on your roster. That's why you're reading this article. I'll give you some names that you should see if they are on your waivers and really consider picking them up. It's already near the quarter mark of the NFL season, sadly so be sure to improve those teams since this is where the build for the playoffs truly starts. The league I'll be basing these on is a 1QB, PPR, and 12-team league, although I'll include some deeper league shout-outs.
The waivers are based on Yahoo's system and roster percentages. Waivers typically process Tuesday or Wednesday night so go get those claims in! I wish you luck with Week 5 and may the NFL overlords give us some great football, no missed kicks, and plenty of healthy players with no injuries.
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Indianapolis Colts, 33% rostered
Matt Ryan had a great game despite the Colts' loss to the Titans. He will improve as Indy gets healthier and Ryan learns the playbook more. Already, he has improved his passing completion percentage from 53.3 in Week 2 to 73 in Week 4. I like Ryan's chances to become a reliable QB2/bye-week fill-in for you throughout this season. Matt will have some tough games, but he won't lose you weeks typically. That's far better than a lot of other quarterbacks on waivers.
Pittsburgh Steelers, 5% rostered
Pickett is the new QB1 for the Pittsburgh Steelers, which means he's an immediate add off waivers in the Superflex redraft format. Maybe even in single quarterback leagues too. He's got a great mix of throwing and rushing to help your fantasy squad. Don't boxscore scout since while he had three interceptions in one half, two of them hit the wide receiver's hands. They failed to catch it and the ball bounced into the air and was caught by a defender. The other interception was on a hail mary. Plus, he was 10/13 in throwing which shows the potential for great accuracy. Don't forget his rushing as he had 15 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Najee owners will be upset, but I love Pickett's potential to be a strong red zone rusher for the Steelers. Get him cheap now before he blows up.
Denver Broncos, 2% rostered
With Javonte Williams out for the season, Boone's turn to be the backup running back for the Broncos with MG3 rising to RB1. As you saw with Melvin Gordon, the backup running back is used plenty in Denver's offense. There's going to be plenty of work in this offense which means that Boone should be a flex play every week. Snag him off waivers if you need running back help. Not often can you get a running back almost guaranteed to get nearly 10 touches a game off waivers in Week 5.
Atlanta Falcons, 18% rostered
Cordarrelle Patterson is on IR which means that Allgeier will get the heavy workload in the run-heavy Falcons offense. Tyler Allgeier will be getting at least 14 touches in every game over the next four weeks at least. Don't be surprised if Atlanta keeps him as the primary running back after Patterson is back. Once again, not often can you get a guy with this kind of workload/upside this late in the season. Be sure to snag him if you lost a running back this week. I like his odds to become a regular RB2.
Honorable Mentions: Isiah Pacheco,
Detroit Lions, 20% rostered
Reynolds has been flying under the radar this year despite having scored at least 12.8 PPR points over the last three weeks. Impressive numbers for a guy many people have forgotten about. With DJ Chark and Amon-Ra St. Brown injured, I expect Reynolds to continue seeing decent target numbers. If you need a wide receiver for the next few weeks until they are back along with Jameson Williams, I'd be adding Reynolds. Goff has a connection with him and trusts him. This is evident with Josh having 18 targets over the last two weeks.
New England Patriots, 28% rostered
Parker continues to establish himself as the big-play wide receiver in New England. With Jakobi Meyers hurt, it's unclear when he will return. Even if he comes back next week, I still like Parker's odds to be a top-30 wide receiver. Bailey Zappe has a big arm and will be relying on his best players until Mac Jones is back. Over the last two weeks, Parker has 180 yards, seven catches, and a touchdown. Parker likely won't be a top wide receiver even when Mac Jones comes back, but he'll provide valuable depth and be a good bye-week filler. These are the weeks you start trying to really plan out the rest of your season when it comes to byes.
Honorable Mentions: Kadarius Toney, Alec Pierce, George Pickens
Cincinnati Bengals, 21% rostered
Hurst has been impressing the fantasy football community with his continued strong play and usage in the crowded Bengals offense. He has seen at least 4 targets in three of four games this year. Plus, he has at least 24 yards in three of four games too. I think that if you want a backup tight end who can cover any injury or bye week, Hurst is an excellent add. He's a part of the Bengals' offense plan and has served as a good safety valve for Joe Burrow. There's a good chance Hurst can finish among the top-19 tight ends by the end of the season.
Honorable Mentions: Tyler Conklin
As always, I'm more than happy to talk on Twitter. Let me know your thoughts on these players if you managed to trade for/away from them. If you need thoughts on any trade, my DMs are open on 18/7. I respond to everyone.
Jake is a native Phoenician and die hard fan of all the Arizona sports teams as well as the NFL and MLB. He is a Christian and a college student pursuing a dual degree in Sports Management and Sports Journalism. He is currently writing for DynastyNerds as well as a site expert at Fansided. He is obsessive about sports and stats. Jake's other hobbies include music, movies/TV, traveling and studying history. He is an avid Star Wars, Marvel, and DC fan (nerd). He wants you to know that the Jedi were the reason the Republic fell and that Dynasty>redraft. You can follow him on twitter @Darthdbacks or Discord @DarthDbacks. He is Open to doing any AMA's or podcast guest spots.