Sports: Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 5 in your fantasy football league


With four teams on bye during Week 5, this week's waiver cycle could be the busiest one yet.

With one quarter of the NFL season nearly in the books, it’s time for fantasy managers to start shoring up their rosters for the weeks ahead.

While it may feel like it’s still early in the season, you should avoid falling into that trap at all costs. In most fantasy leagues, the playoffs start during Week 13 or 14, so we’re actually closer to the midway point than the opening week of play. What’s more, bye weeks are back in earnest this week, with four teams — the Falcons, Broncos, Saints, and Redskins — taking it easy.

Injuries are beginning to mount across the league, so this week’s waiver cycle could be the most important one yet. Below, read all about 10 players you should consider adding to your roster.

Latavius Murray, RB

Team: Minnesota Vikings

Week 4 stats: 21 rushing yards, 8 receiving yards, 2 receptions

One thing to know: Although he’s lost a step since his days with Oakland, Murray is a prime candidate to see more touches in the wake of Dalvin Cook’s devastating ACL tear. Despite diminished yardage totals, the 27 year old retained his fantasy value last season thanks to some excellent work at the goal line.

Devin Funchess, WR

Team: Carolina Panthers

Week 4 stats: 70 receiving yards, 7 receptions, 2 touchdowns

One thing to know: Funchess was the main beneficiary of Cam Newton’s most productive passing performance of the season, pulling down a pair of catches in the end zone. While the Michigan product eventually left the game with leg cramps, he should have season-long value even if he’s limited for the next couple of games.

Andre Ellington, RB

Team: Arizona Cardinals

Week 4 stats: 18 rushing yards, 86 receiving yards, 9 receptions

One thing to know: Ellington didn’t see much action last year, but he’s made up for that by becoming one of Carson Palmer’s favorite targets in light of David Johnson’s wrist injury. He saw 14 targets on Sunday, a career high.

Andy Dalton, QB

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Week 4 stats: 286 passing yards, 29 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns

One thing to know: After a pair of performances that made him look like the worst quarterback in football, Dalton has returned to his old ways under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The TCU product has posted a 138.2 passer rating over his last two games, leading the Bengals to a win over the Browns on Sunday.

Tyler Kroft, TE

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Week 4 stats: 68 receiving yards, 6 receptions, 2 TDs

One thing to know: Speaking of the Bengals, their starting tight end has made major strides since they shut down former Pro Bowler Tyler Eifert after Week 2. Kroft caught over 85% of his targets on Sunday, outperforming even A.J. Green.

Will Fuller, WR

Team: Houston Texans

Week 4 stats: 35 receiving yards, 4 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 2 touchdowns

One thing to know: Fuller picked a great time to return from the broken collarbone he suffered during training camp. With half of his four catches occurring in the end zone, he’s already a preferred option from close range. Perhaps more importantly, rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has improved with every game so far.

Tyrod Taylor, QB

Team: Buffalo Bills

Week 4 stats: 182 passing yards, 12 rushing yards, 1 touchdown

One thing to know: The Bills’ competent offense has been one of the surprises of this season, so Taylor should get plenty of opportunities to put up points. The 28 year old hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 1 and is always a threat to scramble into the end zone, though that hasn’t happened yet in 2017.

Alex Collins, RB

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Week 4 stats: 82 rushing yards

One thing to know: Collins has posted consistent results over the past two weeks, rushing nine times for 82 yards in both games. He’d be an even better option if he could learn to hold onto the ball — he lost a fumble on Sunday, the latest mishap in a frustrating habit that dates back to his college days at Arkansas.

Greg Zuerlein, K

Team: Los Angeles Rams

Week 4 stats: 7-7 field goals, 2-2 extra points

One thing to know: Don’t expect Zuerlein to get seven field goal opportunities every week, but at least he showcased his consistency and versatility on Sunday. After four weeks, the Rams offense looks like the real deal, so don’t be afraid to commit to their kicker.

Raiders, DEF

Week 4 stats: 16 points against, 4 sacks

One thing to know: It hasn’t been a great start to the season for Oakland’s unit, but they were solid on Sunday, holding the Broncos to just 16 points. That’s how many their Week 5 opponents, the Ravens, have scored in the past two weeks combined.

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