Even though Week 4 isn’t fully in the books, we are ready with our Week 5 waiver wire pickups for the 2021 season. I’m hoping that you don’t need any miracles for Monday Night Football, and you comfortably have your victory in the bag!
All of these pickups are written in percentage, not priority. For a player to be eligible they have to be owned in less than 50% of leagues. The rostered percentage is taken from ESPN. Now, let’s get into them!
Matt Ryan (ATL) v NYJ (UK) 29.6% rostered
Ryan has had a mixed start to the season. That was to be expected to a degree, after losing Julio Jones- his long-term safety blanket. But, Ryan has got to grips with his receivers including one of the most-prized fantasy assets at the moment Cordarelle Patterson. Next up the Falcons travel to face the Jets in the UK. The travel can throw some crazy results, but there should be enough volume to have a decent fantasy outing.
Jameis Winston (NO) @WAS 29.6% rostered
Winston has shown himself to be more reliable than he was in Tampa Bay. The issue for him is that the Saints continue to put Taysom Hill in at the goal-line. That might not matter for Week 5 though, with the Washington Football Team giving up plenty of chunk plays this season.
Trey Lance (SF) @ARI 19.0% rostered
Lance is likely to be the starting QB for next week, with Jimmy Garropolo injuring his calf. It was likely that at some point Lance would end up being the starter, and that looks like it’s now. Next up is Arizona, who are one of the best defenses in the league. Despite that, you would do well to pick up this dual-threat QB now.
Jared Goff (DET) @MIN 9.7% rostered
At the start of the season I didn’t think I’d be saying you could pick up Jared Goff, but here we are. Goff has really taken to the offense in Detroit, putting together some impressive performances. Goff’s next game is against the Vikings, who were able to limit Baker Mayfield this past week, but have given up some big scores previously.
Others to Consider
- Sam Darnold (CAR) v PHI 18.0% rostered
- Zach Wilson (NYJ) @ATL (UK) 7.1% rostered
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