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2021 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Waiver Wire Wide Receiver Pickups

Matt Brandon Oct 5th 12:24 PM EDT.

Welcome to Week 5! It's time to look at the top wide receivers to add heading into Week 5.

I hope you are still undefeated after using FantasySP’s Predictive analytics. To access this tool, log into your account, and utilize the Fantasy Assistant. From there, you can see the predictive analytics for adds, drops, trades, and FAAB. 

We’re almost a quarter of the way to the fantasy playoffs, so it’s time to start making some big waiver wire and FAAB moves if you started the season with a less than stellar record. Anybody 1-3 (or worse)? It’s not time to panic though. Do not swing for the fences if you’re sitting at 2-2 or better, but there are always some roster improvements out there.

While we were THIS close to a huge FAAB splurge this week (and might still be), there are some injury updates we’ll have to pay attention to throughout the day. And we have the perfect place to do so with our news feed here at FantasySP. Catch up on all the latest injury news and dominate your league’s waiver wire.

Predictive analytics in a nutshell is a game-changer for fantasy players. No one else in the industry offers these types of insights. You will now be able to analyze the most important fantasy metrics of the current week BEFORE waivers are processed.

Find out the Expected Waiver Interest (EWI) of each player, as well as how much of your FAAB budget it would take to get “your guy” in the average league. You will now have unique insights into which players fantasy owners are giving up on and which players fantasy owners are fighting for in the current week.

Wide Receivers

Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams

There’s been a lot of talk about Cooper Kupp vs. Robert Woods in the fantasy community. But I think the discussion should be more about Van Jefferson vs. Robert Woods. While Kupp has cemented himself as Matthew Stafford’s favorite receiving option, Jefferson is positioning himself to be the 2B to Woods’ 2A. There are more than enough balls to go around for the Rams, which makes Jefferson a smart add right now. At a minimum, he’s what everyone wanted Josh Reynolds to be. At best, he’s the new Robert Woods. If you are going to break the bank for any receiver, the second-year Ram might have the most upside at the position after scoring multiple touchdowns through the first quarter of the season.

Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears

Mooney probably isn’t available in the majority of leagues, however, I know he is still there in a few. If Mooney happens to be on the waiver wire in your league, scoop him up immediately. He seems to finally be developing chemistry with rookie quarterback Justin Fields and eclipsed 100 yards in Week 4. Justin Fields loves throwing him the ball and he has excellent separation downfield. Allen Robinson has been subpar and Mooney is making a case to be Chicago’s WR1 moving forward.

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets

Why is Jamison Crowder underrated every single season? While Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Keelan Cole still exist, Crowder has been the favorite security blanket for pretty much every quarterback he’s ever played with -- and Zach Wilson seems to be no exception to that as he threw the ball to Crowder nine times in the veteran’s season debut. He’s available pretty much everywhere and is definitely worthy of a speculative add.  

A.J. Green" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#player-pop-up" href="/nfl_player_news/A.J._Green/">A.J. Green, Arizona Cardinals

Green is looking like the perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver with Kyler Murray at the helm. Green has seen six targets in every game he’s played this season and has found the end zone twice in four games. While there are a lot of mouths to feed in Arizona, Murray has been doing a good job of spreading the balls around and should continue to target Green at a similar pace. Green is also an excellent red-zone threat and should see tons of targets in the endzone for this electrifying Cardinals offense.

Kalif Raymond, Detroit Lions

Raymond had an awesome performance on Sunday, catching two touchdown passes, however, don’t go breaking the bank for him just quite yet. Yes, Raymond is a decent pass catcher. That said, he’s done the majority of his work in garbage time. The Lions are going to try to run the ball as much as possible with D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams so I wouldn’t expect more than four to five touchdowns the rest of the season from Raymond. Plus, Raymond is never going to pass T.J. Hockenson as Jared Goff’s favorite target.

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts

Pascal is being underutilized in fantasy leagues. It seems like he makes a big play game after game, yet he is owned in almost no leagues. Pascal should continue to be peppered with targets for as long as T.Y. Hilton remains sidelined (and he may still remain valuable even after Hilton’s return). Pascal is a solid WR4/WR5 in PPR formats.

Kadarius Toney, New York Giants

In his limited playing time this season, the first-round rookie has really impressed me. However, there are still some deep concerns about his playing time once Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton return to action. Still, if you have room on your roster, Toney could be a nice addition due to his ability to make the big plays.

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