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2023 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome to The 33rd Team’s fantasy football waiver wire article. The players listed below are recommended acquisitions in points-per-reception (PPR) and half-PPR scoring formats. The list will be updated as news breaks throughout the week. 

Unless otherwise stated, players listed below are available in at least 50.0 percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues unless otherwise stated.

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Top Waiver Wire Options

Wan’Dale Robinson, New York Giants WR

Add pre–Monday Night Football; 12 percent of current Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) pending MNF results.

As mentioned in last week’s NFL Week 4 Waiver Wire TargetsWan’Dale Robinson played efficiently in his Week 3 return from ACL reconstruction. The New York Giants wideout’s role will grow in the coming weeks, and a good showing in Monday’s prime-time game will significantly increase the bid necessary to acquire him. 

C.J. Stroud, Houston Texas QB

Fourteen percent of current FAAB 

Houston Texans rookie C.J. Stroud has thrown for 280-plus yards and two touchdowns in three consecutive games, averaging 21.30 fantasy points during that span, the seventh-most among NFL quarterbacks.

Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions WR

Fourteen percent of current FAAB

The Detroit Lions’ embattled 2022 first-round WR Jameson Williams returns from a gambling-related suspension this week. He is a talented, high-ceiling prospect with a dangerously low floor.

Jaleel McLaughlin, Denver Broncos RB

Thirteen percent of current FAAB 

Denver Broncos No. 3 RB Jaleel McLaughlin outplayed No. 2 back Samaje Perine in relief of injured starter Javonte Williams last week, though Perine maintained an edge in passing-down usage. Upcoming games against the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs’ stout run defenses limit McLaughlin to RB3/Zero-RB RB2 viability in the short term, but he has a chance to surpass Perine completely.

Jake Ferguson, Dallas Cowboys TE

Eleven percent of current FAAB

Jake Ferguson spent Weeks 1-3 teasing fantasy managers with sublime efficiency while locked in a part-time role. Coach Mike McCarthy deployed Ferguson on just three fewer routes (27) than Dallas Cowboys team leaders CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks in Week 4, facilitating team-highs for Ferguson in targets (seven), receptions (seven) and yards receiving (77). 

Michael Wilson, Arizona Cardinals WR

Eight percent of current FAAB

Arizona Cardinals rookie Michael Wilson is up to 2.32 YPRR on the year while catching nine of nine targets for 162 yards receiving and two touchdowns duringthe past two weeks. Wilson (6-foot-2, 209 pounds) profiles as Arizona’s potential long-term X-wide receiver. 

Samaje Perine, Denver Broncos RB

Eight percent of current FAAB 

Perine currently owns Denver’s passing-down role. He is a floor-related play, not a ceiling play. 

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens RB

Six percent of current FAAB

Gus Edwards is a likely short-term option for the Baltimore Ravens with speedy rookie Keaton Mitchell’s requisite four-week Injured Reserve timeline complete. Baltimore faces the Pittsburgh Steelers’ malleable front seven, missing stud DT Cameron Heyward (Injured Reserve).

Jayden Reed & Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers WRs

Six percent of current FAAB

Wide receiver–needy fantasy managers should look to the Green Bay Packers and place claims on Jayden Reed, the NFL’s premier green zone target-earner, and Romeo Doubs, whose 27.7 percent TPRR ranks ninth among 41 NFL wide receivers with at least 25 targets. 

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Jordan Mason, San Francisco 49ers RB

Six percent of current FAAB

Elijah Mitchell suffered his fourth recorded knee injury during Week 4’s Thursday practice, elevating San Francisco 49ers No. 3 RB Jordan Mason to Christian McCaffrey’s primary backup. 

Ronnie Rivers, Los Angeles Rams RB

Four percent of current FAAB

Ronnie Rivers assumed No. 2 duties with Cam Akers now on the Minnesota Vikings, and Rivers rushed efficiently (5.2 yards per attempt) for the Los Angeles Rams while taking on a part-time passing-down role. 

Andrei Iosivas, Cincinnati Bengals WR

Four percent of current FAAB

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins suffered a rib fracture that could sideline him for a week or more. Tyler Boyd no longer meaningfully contributes to the offense (0.85 YPRR) and flopped (PPR WR58) during Ja’Marr Chase’s five-week 2022 absence (inguinal hip injury). Andrei Iosivas’ 31.7 percent TPRR ranked second among 15 NFL preseason wide receivers with at least 15 targets. 

Josh Downs, Indianapolis Colts WR

Two percent of current FAAB

Rookie Josh Downs’ 20.08 percent TPRR hints at his developing target-earning ability for the Indianapolis Colts

Rashaad Penny, Philadelphia Eagles RB

Zero percent of current FAAB

No. 2 RB Kenneth Gainwell inefficiently maintains a part-time offensive role. Should Gainwell’s 3.2 yards per rushing attempt and 0.33 YPRR continue, Rashaad Penny will get another crack at the rotational role prior to the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 10 bye. 

Deven Thompkins & Trey Palmer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs

Zero percent of current FAAB

Deven Thompkins functioned as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ No. 2 wide receiver following Mike Evans’ (hamstring strain) departure toward the end of the first half. Size-related questions cast a shadow over Thompkins’ (5-foot-8, 155 pounds) full-time viability. Still, the bounce-back, much-ballyhooed sixth-round rookie Trey Palmer (6-foot, 190 pounds) has failed to gain QB Baker Mayfield’s trust (10.6 percent TPRR). 

Streaming Options


Joshua Dobbs, Arizona Cardinals QB vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Eight percent of current FAAB

Joshua Dobbs has parlayed 48 yards rushing and 227.33 passing yards per game into the overall QB5 spot (65.68 fantasy points) in Weeks 2-4. He gets the Bengals’ bottom-three rushing defense (5.1 yards allowed per rushing attempt) in Week 5.

Sam Howell, Washington Commanders QB vs. Chicago Bears

Six percent of current FAAB

Sam Howell and the Washington Commanders face a Chicago Bears defense allowing 267.75 yards passing per game, the fourth-most in the NFL. 


Detroit Lions D/ST vs. Carolina Panthers

Six percent of current FAAB 

The scrappy Lions defense gets a Carolina Panthers offense whose quarterback, Bryce Young, and No. 1 wide receiver, Adam Thielen, are playing through ankle injuries. At the same time, the team’s starting running back, Miles Sanders, limps through a strained groin. 

Looking Ahead to Week 6


Miami Dolphins D/ST vs. Carolina Panthers

Five percent of current FAAB

The Miami Dolphins carry streaming viability against the Giants (Week 5) and the injured Panthers (Week 6). New York quarterback Daniel Jones has gift-wrapped at least one interception per game this year, and the team’s offense has scored fewer than 14 points in two of three contests.

Tight Ends

Jonnu Smith, Atlanta Falcons TE vs. Houston Texans

Four percent of current FAAB

Jonnu Smith has forced a timeshare with Kyle Pitts. Houston’s tight end-friendly defense puts Smith on the TE1 streaming radar.

Tyler Conklin, New York Jets TE @ Denver Broncos

Two percent of current FAAB

Tyler Conklin (21.3 percent TPRR, 1.68 YPRR) has played efficiently for the New York Jets during the past three weeks. Denver’s injury-plagued defense is among the league’s worst. 


Brett Maher, Los Angeles Rams K vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Four percent of current FAAB

Brett Maher has scored double-digit fantasy points in every game this season, and his 55 points rank second at the position. Los Angeles vs. Philadelphia is helpfully totaled at a fantasy-friendly 46.5 points at FanDuel. 

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