Down to the Wire: Week 5 Adds

by Chris Foster

Each week we will take a look at players who are more than likely on your waiver-wire that can be added to your team and help you this week. One of the biggest complaints with waiver wire add articles is that many of these guys are not available in your league. Using ESPN’s ownership statistics, everyone mentioned in this article has 50% or lower ownership status. This article will be divided into two parts, standard and deep leagues. The players in the deeper league wire are typically guys that you can stash that have upside. If you use a Free Agent Auction Bidding (FAAB) system, in parenthesis will be the percentage of your budget we would use on each player. In those type leagues, know the bidding history of your opponents and adjust accordingly. Players are ranked in order by their position.

Since Down to the Wire only highlights players who are owned by less than half of owners in ESPN leagues, I first want to give you a list of guys who are only owned in 50-75% of leagues that would be premium adds over any other player in most circumstances (depending on your positional needs). (Percentage owned in parentheses)


None in 50-75% Range

Running Back

None in 50-75% Range

Wide Receiver

  1. Danny Amendola (58%)- Taken on the Julian Edelman role in NE when healthy
  2. Sterling Shepard (54%)
  3. John Brown (60%)
  4. Tyrell Williams (65%)
  5. Donte Moncrief (57%)

Tight End

  1. Charles Clay (50%)
  2. Hunter Henry (73%)
  3. Jack Doyle (63%)

Standard League Adds:


QB DeShaun Watson (28% owned)(FAAB 2-5%)- The last two weeks Watson has been one of the Top QBs in fantasy football. He is looking more comfortable in the passing game for the Texans and his rushing threat adds tremendous value to the QB position.

Running Backs

RB Alex Collins (1% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): If you are in need of an RB this week then Collins would be my target. He looks to be separating himself from the rest of the Ravens backfield after his second straight week of 9 carries for 82 yards. Fumbling could get him into trouble, but in so many unknown backfields, I feel most confident in this situation.

RB Thomas Rawls (30% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): While everyone is after some of the top targets of the weeks, slip a bid in for Thomas Rawls. Pete Carroll hinted that Rawls would take over the backfield again after the Chris Carson injury, and Rawls was a healthy scratch this past week.

RB Latavius Murray (21% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): It appears that Murray is going to get the first shot to take Dalvin Cook’s place. He should be the early down and goalline back while giving way to Jerrick McKinnon in passing situations. His ankle concerns me, and I would be very careful with this investment.

RB Tarik Cohen (46% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): Cohen didn’t have the best night on Thursday Night Football against the Packers, but make no mistake, he should be owned in every league.  ** PPR SPECIAL**

RB Alvin Kamara (22% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Kamara appears to be somewhat separating from the pack in New Orleans. It appears that he will get most of the passing down work and Adrian Peterson has become a non-factor. I think Kamara could be a late season steal. ** PPR SPECIAL **

RB Aaron Jones (2% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Jones is likely to be the starting RB in one of the best offenses in the league, for one week. Which is why I wouldn’t go and spend too much on him. Jamaal Williams will be back in the next week or two and Montgomery sometime after.


Wide Receivers

WR Devin Funchess (14% owned)(FAAB 5-15%):  Funchess continues to make plays with Greg Olsen out and he would be the top target this week for those in need of a WR.

WR Allen Hurns (12% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Hurns continues to be one of the more active targets for Blake Bortles and the London Jaguars.

WR Cooper Kupp (10% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Kupp is up and down just like every other WRs in this LA Rams offense. He is trending towards a flex play each week though if he can just get an uptick in volume.

WR Will Fuller (10% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Don’t go crazy after Fuller but if Watson continues to develop and look good, it is possible that he could support two WRs in Houston.


Tight Ends

TE Evan Engram (24% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Engram is tied for the most targets in the league at the TE position with Rob Gronkowski. He isn’t a good blocker, which is good for fantasy because that means he runs more routes! He will finish the year as a TE1.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): ASJ continues to become more involved in the passing game with Josh McCown. As he moves into his third week back on the field this week, I only see his targets increasing.

Deep League Adds- (20+ Rosters Spots And/Or 2 QB Leagues)


  1. Carson Palmer
  2. Jared Goff
  3. Tyrod Taylor

Running Backs

  1. Jerrick McKinnon
  2. Buck Allen
  3. Wendall Smallwood
  4. Jamaal Williams
  5. Jamaal Charles
  6. JD McKissic
  7. Elijah McGuire
  8. Wayne Gallman
  9. Shane Vereen
  10. Andre Ellington
  11. Marlon Mack
  12. Mike Tolbert
  13. D’Onta Foreman
  14. Devonte Booker

Wide Receivers

  1. Josh Doctson
  2. Kenny Golladay
  3. Rashard Higgins
  4. Nelson Agholor
  5. Jermaine Kearse
  6. Marqise Lee
  7. Russell Shepard
  8. Josh Bellamy
  9. Ardarius Stewart

Tight End

  1. Ben Watson
  2. Zach Miller
  3. Jared Cook
  4. George Kittle

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