Top 13 waiver-wire pickups for Week 5 of fantasy football

Jacoby Brissett, Wayne Gallman, and Darrel Williams are some of the top fantasy-football pickups heading into Week 5 of the NFL season. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
  • Four weeks into the NFL season, bye weeks are beginning to wreak havoc on fans of fantasy football.
  • On Sunday, a few players emerged as potential replacements for any fantasy players facing a particularly daunting bye week soon.
  • Here are 13 waiver-wire targets for fantasy players looking to fill in any gaps in their roster.
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Fantasy football is in full swing.

After a Week 4 full of action, fantasy players are scrambling on Monday morning to work the waiver wire and fill in any gaps in their rosters.

Below, we’ve collected 13 waiver-wire targets for fantasy players looking to add some depth to their rosters early in the season, going position by position to give you the best chance of earning your way to a first-round bye in the fantasy playoffs.

All ownership percentages come from ESPN, and scoring is based on a standard ESPN points-per-reception format.

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


ESPN fantasy ownership: 44.8%

Week 4 stats: 385 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, one interception – 29.3 fantasy points

One thing to know: After a top-five performance in Week 3, Winston had a huge day on Sunday to finish the weekend as the top quarterback in fantasy. The Buccaneers likely won’t be in another 55-40 game, but Winston has proved that he could be one of the best fantasy QBs in the league.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts


ESPN fantasy ownership: 31.2%

Week 4 stats: 265 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, one interception – 22.5 fantasy points

One thing to know: Brissett has been pretty rock-solid so far this season for fantasy owners, averaging 19 points per game. That’s not going to win your league, but he’s one to keep on your radar, especially with bye weeks starting.

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles


ESPN fantasy ownership: 55.9%

Week 4 stats: 87 rushing yards, three receptions, 28 receiving yards, three total touchdowns – 32.5 fantasy points

One thing to know: The Eagles’ backfield will still likely be a team effort, but Howard made the case on Thursday night that he should be the man with the ball in his hands around the goal line, scoring three touchdowns for the Eagles in their upset of the Packers.

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants


ESPN fantasy ownership: 68%

Week 4 stats: 63 rushing yards, six receptions, 55 receiving yards, two total touchdowns – 27.8 fantasy points

One thing to know: Gallman was one of our top players to pick up last week as he stepped in for Saquon Barkley. On Sunday, Gallman did his best to live up to the player he was replacing, going off for 118 total yards and two touchdowns to finish as the fifth-best running back in fantasy.

Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs


ESPN fantasy ownership: 35.3%

Week 4 stats: 13 rushing yards, three receptions, 43 receiving yards, two total touchdowns – 18.5 fantasy points

One thing to know: Williams had made the most of his opportunities with the Chiefs, averaging more than 17 points over the past two weeks while stepping in for an injured Damien Williams. He should have value for fantasy players in need of running back depth as long as he keeps getting playing time.

A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans


ESPN fantasy ownership: 6.2%

Week 4 stats: Three receptions, 94 receiving yards, two touchdowns – 24.4 fantasy points

One thing to know: Brown had himself a day on Sunday, breaking off two big touchdowns for the Titans in a win over the Falcons. Brown might be something of a boom-or-bust play moving forward. However, after he took two of his three receptions to the house, don’t be surprised if Marcus Mariota looks his way a bit more often.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos


ESPN fantasy ownership: 69.7%

Week 4 stats: Six receptions, 62 receiving yards, two touchdowns – 24.2 fantasy points

One thing to know: Sutton is already owned in nearly 70% of fantasy leagues, but if he’s available in yours, he’s worth a look this week. Sutton is averaging nine targets and 16 fantasy points per game so far this season. He could take another leap forward if the Broncos offence can find its rhythm.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons


ESPN fantasy ownership: 35.5%

Week 4 stats: Nine receptions, 91 receiving yards – 18.1 fantasy points

One thing to know: Sanu might not be the flashiest name on the waiver wire this week, but for teams in need of an extra receiver for bye weeks, he’s a solid addition to the roster. Sanu is averaging six catches on eight targets per game so far this season and is a solid bet to hit 12 to 16 points in PPR leagues.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills


ESPN fantasy ownership: 20.3%

Week 4 stats: Seven receptions, 75 receiving yards – 14.5 fantasy points

One thing to know: Beasley has been a PPR machine over the past two weeks, catching 15 balls on 23 targets in his previous two games to average just over 14 points per outing. He still hasn’t found the end zone this season, but that should eventually come – and when it does, you’ll want him in your lineup.

DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars


ESPN fantasy ownership: 64%

Week 4 stats: Four receptions, 44 receiving yards – 8.4 fantasy points

One thing to know: Chark would have had his fourth straight game with a touchdown had a penalty not called off his big play on Sunday. He is Gardner Minshew’s favourite target and is still owned in just 64% of leagues.

Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks


ESPN fantasy ownership: 63.9%

Week 4 stats: Seven receptions, 57 receiving yards, one touchdown – 18.7 fantasy points

One thing to know: Dissly was one of our players to add last week, and he rewarded those who did pick him up with another big outing. Dissly is now averaging 15 points per game as the sixth-best tight end in fantasy, and he’s still available in almost 40% of leagues.

Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams


ESPN fantasy ownership: 1.9%

Week 4 stats: Five receptions, 44 receiving yards, one touchdown – 15.4 fantasy points

One thing to know: Everett hasn’t been a huge part of the Rams’ passing attack thus far, but he performed well in the team’s shootout against the Buccaneers on Sunday. He’s likely a matchup play on a week-to-week basis. But with an offence that looks to pass as much as Los Angeles does, he’s a solid investment.

Tennessee Titans defence


ESPN fantasy ownership: 49%

Week 4 stats: One fumble recovery, five sacks, 10 points allowed – 7 fantasy points

One thing to know: The Titans defence has yet to allow an opponent to score more than 20 points this season, and faces the Bills and the Broncos over the next two weeks.