Week 5 was filled with injuries and underperforming players. As bad as that sounds, that opens up some opportunities for players that you might not have thought of signing. With a combination of players to sign based on performance, and opportunity, I bring you my top waiver signings after week 5.
Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)- Honestly, the QB options are pretty slim, but with injuries to Daniel Jones and Russell Wilson there is a need for a backup QB. Matt Ryan is coming off of two solid games scoring no less than 21 points in the last 2 weeks. He also has a combined 6 TDs in the last 2 games with no interceptions. With many injured and underperforming QBs, we now turn to our 14th favorite QB, Matty Ice.
AJ Dillon (Green Bay Packers)- Dillon has outscored the Packers starting RB, Aaron Jones, in the last two weeks. Dillon also has had at least 75 total yards in the last two games and is coming off of a great receiving game. Head Coach Matt LaFleur said that he “wished he had gotten AJ Dillon more than 12 touches last game” implying that Dillon has a role that could be expanding in this offense.
Darrel Williams (Kansas City Chiefs)- With Clyde Edwards-Helaire expected to miss multiple weeks with an MCL sprain, Williams will be the next in line for the starting role for the Chiefs. This is purely an opportunity-based signing that should be in your starting lineup until Clyde returns.
Khalil Herbert (Chicago Bears)- Even though Damien Williams ended the week with more fantasy points, Khalil Herbert actually led the team in carries and rushing yards. Herbert also had a red-zone opportunity that he could not capitalize on. Even so, the involvement that Herbert received is promising. Herbert should be a fringe starter until David Montgomery makes his return.
Kadarius Toney (New York Giants)- The last two weeks helped Toney prove why he was a first-round pick. He averaged 11 targets and 8 receptions for 134 yards in the last two games. He is taking full advantage of the opportunity that he has been given while the Giants are struggling to find a healthy WR. The Giants have some tough matchups coming up, but with Golladay already announced out for week 6, Toney will be set for another explosive week. That is as long as he doesn’t punch anyone else.
Tim Patrick (Denver Broncos)- Making his second appearance on this list, Patrick has once again proved that he is being overlooked by fantasy owners. Patrick is only owned in 30% of leagues but is currently the 29th best WR this season averaging over 12 points per game. Patrick proved last game that even in a tough matchup, he can score a solid amount of fantasy points.
Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions)- St. Brown is actually leading the Lions in targets and receptions and is coming off of two 13 plus point games. Quintez Cephus, the WR 1 for the Lions, will most likely miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone. This creates a lot of opportunities for St. Brown.
Hunter Henry (New England Patriots)- Henry is now currently the TE 8 for the season after having multiple double-digit point weeks in a row. It seems that Henry is being more involved each week and has emerged as the TE 1 for the Patriots. A good TE is hard to come by on the waiver wire because they are so risky, but Henry is different. He might not have the upside of a Travis Kelce, but his floor is much higher than most TEs in this league.