Fantasy Football: Week 5 Best Waiver-wire Targets to Add

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Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts a pass during the game against the New York Jets on September 30 in Jacksonville, Florida. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The first quarter of the NFL season has come and gone, only two teams remain unbeaten and some Super Bowl candidates have had a wobbly start to the campaign.

In fantasy football land, Fitzmagic appears to have well and truly run out so it might be time to hop off the bandwagon and scout the waiver wires for some replacements.

Wide Receiver

Dede Westbrook—Jacksonville Jaguars (13.7 fantasy points on average, owned by 12.5 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Westbrook exploded in the Jaguars' win against the Jets in Week 4, posting career highs in catches, targets and receiving yards. The former Oklahoma student has recorded over 80 receiving yards in two of the last three games and could be just as impressive in Week 5, when he comes up against a Chiefs defense that has conceded the second-most passing yards in the league.

Career high 9 catch, 130 yards for @DedeTHEGreat11 #DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/tsJsdgBmNZ

— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) September 30, 2018

Taywan Taylor—Tennessee Titans (8.5 fantasy points on average, owned by 3.9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Having recorded a combined seven receptions in the first three games, Taylor had the same number in Week 4 alone on nine targets as the Titans beat the Eagles in overtime. Tennessee has released Rishard Matthews, meaning Taylor should see plenty of volume coming his way in the next few weeks.

Keke Coutee—Houston Texans (22 fantasy points on average, owned by 0.3 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

The Texans rookie had a historic debut on Sunday, gaining 109 yards across 11 receptions, the most for any rookie since the NFL-AFL merger. The Cowboys' defense awaiting Houston in Week 5 is better than the Colts' they faced last week, but Coutee is a tempting option to add to the roster.

#Texans WR Keke Coutee was the focal point of the Houston offense in his NFL debut. Coutee was used creatively all over the formation and Houston didn't even utilize his deep speed to take the lid off of the defense.

15 Targets
11 Receptions
109 Yards
2 Rushes
-2 Yards pic.twitter.com/TcnGOOp5tV

— Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) October 1, 2018

Quarterback

Blake Bortles—Jacksonville Jaguars (19.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 18.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Bortles appeared in this column ahead of Week 3 and features again by virtue of a favorable matchup in Week 5. The Chiefs might be one of the only two unbeaten teams in the NFL but have conceded the second-most passing yards in the league, at an average of 362.7 yards per game. Over the season, only two other teams have delivered more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than Kansas, so Bortles is a must have this time around.

Marcus Mariota—Tennessee Titans (10.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 20.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Mariota put a difficult start of the season firmly behind him against the Eagles, when he had more touchdowns, completions and yards than in his other two games combined. The Bills are up next for the Titans and while Mariota might not be worth a starting spot just yet, he's one to add to the roster.

THREE 4th down conversions on the game-winning overtime drive. #TitanUp

National media... Sup? 😘 pic.twitter.com/Ok3Cuu1CnD

— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) September 30, 2018

Mitchell Trubisky—Chicago Bears (19.4 fantasy points on average, owned by 19.5 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Six touchdowns, a 73 percent completion percentage and a 13.6 yards per pass: Trubisky's game against the Bucs in Week 4 was as close to perfect as it gets. While it's unrealistic to expect him to keep up similar figures, he's worth a punt—particularly as Matt Nagy appears to have overhauled the Bears' offense. However, it's worth noting Chicago have a bye this week.

The @ChicagoBears quarterback threw SIX touchdowns, including five in the first half.@Mtrubisky10 was UNSTOPPABLE in Week 4! 🐻⬇️ #TBvsCHI #DaBears pic.twitter.com/yu3h0LvqAg

— NFL (@NFL) September 30, 2018

Running Back

Nyheim Hines—Indianapolis Colts (14.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 15.6 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Hines hauled in nine of 11 targets for 63 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, adding 10 rushing yards over four carries. The Colts face the Patriots on the road on Thursday but Hines, who is available in almost 75 percent of leagues, could be a valuable stash ahead of upcoming byes.

T.J. Yeldon—Jacksonville Jaguars (15.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 47 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Yeldon was mentioned in this column ahead of Week 2 when Leonard Fournette was in doubt through injury. Fournette eventually returned to action in Week 4 only to aggravate his hamstring problem, meaning Yeldon, who remains available in 53 percent of ESPN leagues, should see a lot more action in the coming weeks.

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T.J. Yeldon #24 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage during the game against the New York Jets on September 30 in Jacksonville, Florida. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Nick Chubb—Cleveland Browns (6.7 fantasy points on average, owned by 15.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Two touchdowns and 105 rushing yards would be incredible figures, if it wasn't for Chubb having just three carries overall in Week 4. That said, Carlos Hyde has averaged less than four yards per carry in three of the first four games of the season and the Browns could soon decide to give Chubb the job. That alone is a good enough reason to stash him on the bench for now.

Tight End

Tyler Kroft —Cincinnati Bengals (1.9 fantasy points on average, owned by 0.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Finding some value in the position is nigh-on impossible this week. Kroft gets the nod as Tyler Eifert has been ruled out for the season following a horrible ankle injury in Week 4. Kroft so far averages nine yards per reception this season and should see his figures spike with increased time on the field.

Antonio Gates—Los Angeles Chargers (6 fantasy points on average, owned by 11.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Gates returned 23.8 points in Week 4, courtesy of a score and two receptions on five targets. Considering he averaged six fantasy points in the first three weeks, it's easy to see his contribution was boosted by his first touchdown of the season. In Week 5, the Chargers face the Raiders, the second-worst defense in terms of points conceded this season.

Austin Hooper—Atlanta Falcons (8.1 fantasy points on average, owned by 39.3 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Hooper featured in this column last week and gets a mention again as the Falcons face the Steelers, who have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends in the first three weeks of the season in Pittsburgh in Week 5. Hooper has been solid so far and his roster percentage has jumped by 14 percent in the last seven days.