Week 5 of the 2017 NFL regular season is upon us, and with week 5 comes bye weeks! The Falcons, Broncos, Saints, and Redskins are all on bye, which means many fantasy players will need help with their rosters this week. At the same time, rookie running back Dalvin Cook is likely out for the season with an ACL tear. This is the point in the season where individual waiver wire pickups can make the difference between winning or losing a matchup. Who do I like this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!!--Mike B.
Jared Goff, QB, LA Rams. Goff is finally starting to look like a first round pick in an offense that is finally starting to look like an NFL offense. If you nee a streamer, Goff is an angle.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills. Taylor is a sneaky-good fantasy option every week. Against the Bengals, he could be primed for a very nice fantasy performance. He's worth a look.
DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans. This kid is the real deal for the Texans and is in the running for offensive rookie of the year honors. He's a dual-threat type of player who will put up numbers on both the ground and through the air. If you need help at QB, he should be on your radar.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston is not available in most leagues, but if you're in a small league and Winston is on the waiver wire, get him into your starting lineup against the Patriots this week!
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens. Is Collins the RB to own in the Baltimore backfield? He's starting to look like it. If nothing else, he's worth a flier pick or even a bye week fill-in role.
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers. With Green Bay's injuries at running back, Jones may see significant time this week. That makes him worth a roll of the ice if you're hurting at the position.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints. Kamara is the best running back in the Saints backfield, and also their best receiving back. He should be owned in all leagues.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Doug Martin is coming back from suspension and back into fantasy relevance. Go get him if he's available.
Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings. Need a RB1? Is Murray still available? Go get him. Murray could be a league-winner with Cook missing most or all of the season.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers. Geronimo Allison has one of the best names in football. He also has a ton of opportunity right now thanks to injuries in Green Bay. He's worth a gamble start.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans. Watson's talent at quarterback is making Fuller relevant as a receiver and a fantasy option. He's worth adding now in all leagues.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers. Funchess is going to be streaky, but after last week's game, he's worth snagging now in case he breaks out. The arrow is trending up on Devin Funchess now.
Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith-Schuster is going to be TD dependent throughout his rookie season, but he's showing that he can regularly produce early in his career. He's likely available and if you want to take a gamble, give Juju a shot.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills. Clay is finally carving out a role for himself in Buffalo. Historically, the Bengals have struggled against TEs, which makes Clay a real fantasy option this week.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. Kroft has fantasy relevance again thanks to Tyler Eifert's constant injuries. He's worth a streaming start here.
New York Jets D/ST. Deshone Kizer has struggled so far this season. He has a higher interception rate than yards per attempt so far this season. The Jets are barely owned, and they're the unit to stream this week.
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