Fantasy Football: Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets

  • Justin Herbert is owned in 17% of fantasy football leagues.
  • Cole Beasley is owned in 25% of leagues.
  • Damien Harris is owned in 31% of fantasy football leagues.
  • Robert Tonyan is owned in 29% of leagues.

LOS ANGELES – With Week 4 of the NFL action in the books, fantasy owners and general managers should be looking ahead to Week 5 and which players on the waiver wire are worth targeting.

Fantasy football sites have waiver wires which are great for teams that are looking to get an immediate boost. There are players who are not yet rostered in a third of all leagues that could bring value to any fantasy football team.

QB – Justin Herbert, LAC, 17% owned
RB – Damien Harris, NE, 31% owned
WR – Cole Beasley, BUF, 25% owned
TE – Robert Tonyan, GB, 29 % owned

Starting at the quarterback position, for those fantasy football owners and GM’s that are streaming quarterbacks, Justin Herbert should be considered a season-long option.

He has completely shown out in the three games that he has started this season and it is clear that the Chargers will continue to roll out with Herbert under center. Herbert has thrown for over 300 passing yards in each of his three starts. Not to mention that they have come against pretty solid defenses in the Kansas City Chiefs (17 ranked), Carolina Panthers (30 ranked) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29 ranked).

Herbert’s ownership at online betting sites where he should be an immediate pick up if available.

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots

Damien Harris could be one of the most value waiver wire pickups there is this week. He is the acting RB1 now that the Patriots have placed Sony Michel on injured reserve with a quad injury and is likely to stay there until after Week 8.

Harris will not have to worry about James White taking away touches either as he is primarily a pass-catching running back for this Patriots offense. One more thing to note is that the Patriots starting QB, Cam Newton, will be out at least one more week being that he tested positive for COVID-19 which means that the Pats will more than likely attack their opponents on the ground.

Harris was the team's RB1 in Week 4 and did not disappoint as he led with 17 rush attempts for 100 yards.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills

Although the wide receiver position at this point in the season might seem thin on the waiver wire, Cole Beasley is a solid option that should not be overlooked. Beasley is working in a crowded Bills receiving core that also features John Brown and Stefon Diggs but has managed to make the most out of it as he reels in plenty of targets and capitalizes on them.

Beasley has gained over six targets in three of the four games the Bills have played thus far and has gone for over 50 yards in three games and has scored a touchdown.

Those looking for either a receiver to fill in for a bye week player or a solid flex option, Beasley should be picked up.

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers

The tight end position is one that is very thin throughout the season. Those looking for a season-long tight end option can pick up Robert Tonyan with no regrets at all.

Tonyan has taken the league by storm as in the three games he has played this season, he seems to be one of Aaron Rodgers favorite redzone targets.

He has pulled in five touchdowns in three NFL games and will be getting much more than just redzone opportunities as the Packers are dealing with some serious injuries in the receiver room with Allen Lazard on IR and Davante Adams dealing with a lingering injury.

Even when Adams returns to the field, Tonyan has built a great enough chemistry with Rodgers where he can continue to be effective all season long.