Week five of the NFL regular season has wrapped up. It is hard to realize that the fantasy regular season is almost half way over. This is not the time to sit idle though. The bye weeks start next week and injuries seem to be piling up. This is the fantasy football waiver wire pick ups after week five of the NFL regular season.
David Njoku, Tight End, Cleveland Browns
Rostered percentage: ESPN(2%), Yahoo(3%)
This was David Njoku’s second good game of the year. The issue going forward is that the Browns offense primarily goes through their running backs. Njoku will have value if the Browns will have to keep up on offense though. This could come next week against the Arizona Cardinals. The following games against the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers could be low scoring defensive games, so temper expectations if Njoku happens to be on your team. The Browns offense is thin at receiver so Njoku will likely see spike games just like in week five.
Devontae Booker, Running Back, New York Giants
Rostered percentage: ESPN(4%), Yahoo(7%)
Another week, another running back injury. This time Saquon Barkley suffered a lower ankle sprain. Barkley’s injury does not appear to last significant time, but he will likely miss at least a week or two. Devontae Booker is prepared to immediately step in for Barkley. At the beginning of the year, Barkley was being eased back into a full workload. While this was happening, Booker was the primary running back for the Giants. Booker will likely be only worth a start the next couple of weeks while Barkley heals, but as bye weeks start, that might not be a bad thing.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Tight End, Washington Football Team
Rostered percentage: ESPN(1%), Yahoo(2%)
Logan Thomas went down to injury last week that landed him on the NFL’s short-term IR list. Curtis Samuel is also still ailing, even after trying to come back this week. Ricky Seals-Jones stepped in and started his first game of the year. Seals-Jones saw eight targets in week five. This is more targets than Thomas received any week this year. Washington faced a tough Saints defense but have easier pass defenses the next two weeks.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions
Rostered percentage: ESPN(4%), Yahoo(3%)
This was one of the late-round draft picks rumored to make a difference on a team this year. Jared Goff and St. Brown are a good match as Goff loves throwing to slot receivers. St. Brown’s targets have gone up each of the first five weeks of the year, including eight targets in week four and five. This Lions team keeps fighting every week. The touchdowns will likely come but in a full point per reception league, St. Brown can return value soon.
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