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Week 5 Fantasy Football Roster Tips, Waiver Targets and Lineup Picks

Fantasy Insider Scott Engel offers guidance as you prep for Week 5 of the fantasy season


Scott Engel is in his 10th season as the official Fantasy writer and analyst for Scott is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time nominee, including being named a finalist for the 2020 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award. You can also find more of his Fantasy analysis on,, the Athletic and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott won two Fantasy Football dynasty league titles in 2020, including one in the prestigious Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and he previously pulled off a three-peat in a highly competitive New York City league

After four weeks of the Fantasy Football season, we are still trying to decipher what is for real in some instances, and what player trends may still change in the weeks ahead. There are some things we know for sure, such as Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf will be must-start players every week, and if you do not roster them, it won't be easy to acquire either one in a trade. Wilson is currently Fantasy QB9 on with 89.5 points, and there will likely be some impressive performances ahead to boost him into Top 5 territory. Metcalf is WR15 with 66.5 points and we are all anticipating more explosive outings in the near future to propel him into the Top 10 area at his position.

Tyler Lockett is WR10, which is no surprise. Chris Carson should start to display classic form very soon, which should put him back into high-end RB2 company. This is a good time to trade for Carson. Then there are some unexpected standout performers for us to consider. Atlanta's Cordarrelle Patterson is RB3 with 83.4 points. Deebo Samuel is WR3 with 93.9 points. Brandin Cooks is WR9 with 71.4 points. Dalton Schultz is TE4 with 58.1 points, and Dawson Knox is TE6 with 53.4 points. You are now asking yourself if these guys can maintain such impressive paces.

In the cases of Patterson, Schultz and Knox, we have mentioned all three as top waiver wire adds in previous editions of Seahawks Fantasy Insider. When you add such impact performers from free agency, that is a great benefit and booster to your overall success. Those type of unexpected and outstanding Fantasy producers complement your top stars and elevate your overall outlook. So continue to ride with them as they perform well. Tight end is the thinnest position in Fantasy Football, so Schultz and Knox have turned out to be highly valuable contributors.

Samuel was also drafted in most leagues as a Fantasy WR3 target, and is another guy that has soared much higher than anticipated so far. So instead of questioning whether those players will crash and burn statistically soon, enjoy the output. You are getting very good starting production from waiver pickups and players who are outperforming their draft positions. Those are the sorts of results that can push your team to the top of the standings. If you decide to trade any of these types of players away, they have still impacted your teams very significantly. We didn't expect any of them to be prime trade targets when we added or drafted them.

There are also players who have not performed as hoped so far, and they must be assessed individually. If some have strong track records, those players may still be worthy of a trade acquisition for Fantasy leaguers looking to deal. If you are rostering some of those kinds of players, though, they may be hard to move. Combining two players in an offer when both have not produced as expected yet will not lead to desired returns in trades very often. You may have to reserve them for now if a proper return cannot be found.

Week 5 Waiver Targets

Players listed in order of preferred adds at each position. As always, we list our preferred 12, in a salute to the 12s who play Fantasy Football.

Damien Williams, Bears: A knee injury will unfortunately keep David Montgomery out for several weeks, and Williams is the next man up at RB for Chicago. Williams is a dual threat as a runner and receiver, and we have seen glimpses of his upside before. In 2019, he surged late in the year, as he had a 124-yard, two TD outing in Week 16. Williams also caught 20 passes in three playoff games and totaled 133 yards from scrimmage and two TDs in Super Bowl LIV. Do keep in mind that rookie Khalil Herbert could also figure into the mix at RB for Chicago.

Samaje Perine, Bengals: Joe Mixon is dealing with an ankle problem, and those type of issues can certainly affect availability for an upcoming game in the week after the initial injury. Perine will be asked to step forward at RB for Cincinnati if Mixon misses any time. Last season, he rushed for two TDs in Week 15 and averaged 5.6 yards per carry in a Week 16 start. If possible, and as a reminder, you should always roster the primary NFL backups to top RB starters rather than having to chase them on the waiver wire.

J.D. McKissic: The former Seahawk has scored 16-plus Fantasy points on in two of his past three games. McKissic's 30-yard catch and run for a TD at Atlanta turned out to be a decisive score. He also has a rushing TD so far this year. In games where Washington can be expected to throw the ball often, McKissic can be a significant contributor as a pass-catcher. He is certainly worth adding for possible flex usage, especially with the bye weeks quickly approaching on the schedule.

Alex Collins, Seahawks: He was an important player in the Seahawks' first scoring drive at San Francisco, catching a 28-yard pass to start the chains moving. Collins totaled 78 yards from scrimmage and rushed for a TD. He added a spark to the offense and reminded us that he can truly threaten defenses with his darting, elusive running style. Whenever Collins gets increased touches, you can expect him to make the most of it. He had a strong preseason and he has delivered when the games have counted for real so far, averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

Wide Receivers

Jamison Crowder, Jets: The veteran made his presence felt immediately in the Jets offense as New York earned its first win of the season against Tennessee in Week 4. Crowder caught four passes for 61 yards and a TD as he resumed operating as an essential part of the Jets' passing game. Crowder has caught six TD passes in each of the last two seasons and he had 78 catches in 2019. Rookie QB Zach Wilson is starting to show true signs of progress and will depend on Crowder very often.

Darnell Mooney, Bears: He bounced back from a quiet Week 3 outing in impressive fashion, catching five passes for 125 yards, including a 64-yarder. Mooney is an important part of the Chicago offense, as he is the team's top downfield threat. Look for the Bears QBs to attempt to unlock more of his big-play potential in the weeks ahead.

Curtis Samuel, Washington: The former Panther has finally returned from injured reserve, and you should see him start to produce more in Fantasy Football and for Washington going forward. He was acquired by Washington as a projected No. 2 WR, and should prove to be a good complement to Terry McLaurin. Samuel will play more of a featured role in the passing game with his new team, and it is best to add him now before he starts to draw more attention from other Fantasy leaguers.

A.J. Green, Cardinals: This longtime Fantasy star is enjoying a resurgence with his new team, as Green has scored 13-plus Fantasy points in his last three games and 16-plus in his last two. Green has scored in two of the last three games and had a 112-yard outing in Week 3. Kyler Murray does spread the ball around a lot, yet Green has re-emerged as a Fantasy WR4 because he can be a frequent part of a very explosive passing game.

Tight Ends

Cameron Brate, Buccaneers: Rob Gronkowski is out for a few weeks, and Brate should fill in well enough to be on the Fantasy radar. Let's not forget that Brate caught 20 TD passes from 2016 to 2018. Tom Brady will certainly look his way in scoring situations and on some key downs.

Maxx Williams, Cardinals: Williams has scored 16-plus Fantasy points in two of his past three games. The Arizona offense is featuring many various contributors right now, and we always remind you of how scarce quality TEs are on the waiver wire. Williams has shown enough so far to make him a worthy add and will deserve strong lineup consideration if he keeps the momentum rolling.


Daniel Jones, Giants: Jones is actually Fantasy QB6 so far this season. The running production has been no surprise, yet we are now seeing improvements from him as a passer. Jones threw for a career-high 402 yards against the Saints. He has scored 26-plus Fantasy points in two of his past three games. The Giants have surrounded Jones with many more playmakers this season, and Saquon Barkley is looking healthier as a pass-catcher, so more impressive outings may be ahead.

Taylor Heinicke, Washington: This seemingly fearless gunner has thrown eight TD passes in his last three games and has passed for 290-plus yards twice during that span. He will at least be a useful bye week streamer in the weeks ahead when you may need a fill-in at QB. Washington might engage in a shootout with Green Bay in Week 7, and a few top QBs will be off, most notably Josh Allen, Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert.

Week 5 Lineup Considerations

Cordarrelle Patterson will be a must-start flex play vs. the Jets. … Damien Harris should find the end zone vs, Houston. … Chuba Hubbard will be a quality play vs. the Eagles, as he ran well early against Dallas in Week 4. … Expect Zack Moss to score again vs. the Chiefs. … In deeper leagues, consider Michael Carter as a RB option against Atlanta. … Adam Thielen should get back into the end zone vs. Detroit. … Emmanuel Sanders is a good WR3 play vs. the Chiefs. … Henry Ruggs III has big-play potential every week and should be locked in as a WR3 vs. Chicago. … Laviska Shenault will build on a good Week 4 outing as the Jaguars take on the Titans. … Jaylen Waddle will show off his playmaking skills against Tampa Bay. … Kyle Pitts will catch his first pro TD pass vs. the Jets. … Tyler Conklin should provide quality TE production vs. Detroit. … Kirk Cousins should throw for 300 yards and two-plus TDs against the Lions. … Daniel Jones is an upside play vs. Dallas. … Some top defensive streamers include the Raiders, Cardinals and Washington.

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Fantasy Insider Scott Engel identifies players to target on the waiver wire in the lead up to Week 5 of the 2021 season.

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