Trey Lance and Samaje Perine among the best additions
When Monday Night Football ends, a new week begins. Whether you’re 4-0 or 0-4, the season isn’t over yet, and there are moves that can be made to improve your roster. Who are the best fantasy football waiver thread goals before week 5 of the 2021 NFL season?
Waiver Cable Goals for Week 5: Quarterbacks
Which QBs should you collect from the waiver thread?
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lawrence is widely regarded as a staple talent in the NFL. The start of his career was precarious, and last week he lost one of his top three receivers in DJ Chark. But in that same game, the very talented Laviska Shenault Jr. was featured, while newly acquired Dan Arnold gave Lawrence another much-needed veteran target.
In Week 5, Jacksonville will face a Tennessee defense that just made Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson look like, well, not a rookie. Lawrence will then face the beatable defenses of the Dolphins and Seahawks. Expect strong streaming potential over the next three weeks for the Jags franchise quarterback. Target him on waivers if you don’t have a top-10 QB.
Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
While Jimmy Garoppolo may return as early as this weekend, don’t overlook Lance for the rest of the season. The top-flight rookie has the offensive weapons to be a fantastic weekly starter if Garoppolo is missing at any point. There are backup QBs, and then there are backup QBs that might be better than the starter.
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan has insisted Garoppolo is his starter when he’s healthy. But that won’t necessarily be true in November – especially if a Garoppolo-led attack stumbles on a tough next stretch against the Cardinals (twice), Bears and Rams.
Goals of the waiver cable for week 5: running backs
Whether it’s due to injury or just playing well in a backup role, these RBs are worthy of making the rosters.
Samaje Perine, Cincinnati Bengals
Perine could be in line for a major job for the Bengals with bellcow Joe Mixon suffering. While it’s doubtful Perine can match Mixon’s solid RB2 production, he could give fantasy managers a high volume option if they have to fill a gaping hole in the RB2 slot. Waiver wire mics do not always concern the landing difference manufacturers. Sometimes you just need someone with a decent shot from 60 yards and a cheap score. Perine could be that guy.
Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs
Darrel Williams – yes, Darrel, not Damien – is a largely ignored fantasy commodity. As Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s replacement, Williams has won an increasing number of touches in every game since Week 1. Kansas City is tied for second in the league in points scored. It’s safe to say there will be more comfortable wins.
And when the game gets out of hand, Williams will be called in for the cleanup. Even in close games, Williams has been a valuable weapon on the goal line. Target him on waivers for deep league standalone value and long-term must-have starting value if Edwards-Helaire gets injured.
Thread waiver targets for week 5: wide receivers
Finding wide receiver talent can be difficult on the waiver thread, but here are some options before week 5.
Deonte Harris, Saints of New Orleans
How deep is your league? If Harris is on someone’s team, it’s pretty deep. Harris led All Saints in targets last week (8), and it wasn’t particularly close. He’s also been started as WR3 / 4 twice this season, which isn’t bad for post-preseason thinking. Until Michael Thomas returns, the New Orleans receiving corps will remain wide open. With Marquez Callaway operating as a boom or bust option, Harris could grab the No.1 role in the near term. Add it to the waivers if you need WR security.
Jamison Crowder, New York Jets
Crowder is one of the most intriguing fantastic assets that no one talks about. The Jets probably wouldn’t have upset the Titans if he had always been sidelined in Week 4. Crowder is a veteran and reliable wide receiver in a painful attack for the playmakers. a pick-up to lose nothing with a top 40 on the rise.