Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are five players to add in fantasy football week 5. (Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
It is never easy to trust Patriots’ running backs, but Harris played well in his season-debut. Against the Chiefs, Harris had 17 carries for 100 yards. He didn’t have any receptions, but any player who rushes for 100 yards is worth picking up in fantasy.
Sony Michel was just placed on IR for the Patriots, so there is some hope that Harris can be a consistent runner for the team. He is worth picking up and monitoring the situation. He is owned in just 24 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Although he didn’t do much in the first two weeks of the season, Hardman has lit it up the last two weeks. He had four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. Hardman followed it up with four catches for 27 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots.
He is not a top option on the Chiefs’ offense, but he produces when utilized. While he may not be a player worth playing every week because of the up and down nature of his scoring patterns, he is worth adding. He is owned in 41.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State Cyclones
Aiyuk was on this list last week and his continued to produce since that point. He had five receptions for 70 yards and three carries for 31 yards and a score against the Giants two weeks ago. Against the Eagles in week 4, he had two receptions for 18 yards, but also had a carry for 38 yards and a touchdown.
The 49ers will find ways to get Aiyuk the ball, as he does a tremendous job once the ball is in his hands. He is much like Deebo Samuel in that manner and his usage should increase as he gets more comfortable in the offense. He is available in over 65 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos
The Broncos have had so many injuries and Patrick has stepped up. He had four catches for 43 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers. Patrick then followed that up with six receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Jets. Even with backup quarterback play, Patrick is putting up numbers.
With Courtland Sutton on IR, Noah Fant banged up and K.J. Hamler not making much of an impact yet, Patrick is worth picking up. When Hamler and Fant come back from injury he will have to fight for targets, but he is worth picking up for the time being. Patrick is available in 99 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers
The number one tight end in fantasy football is available in most leagues right now. Tonyan has shined over the last three weeks. In week 4, Tonyan had six receptions for 98 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, Tonyan has 13 receptions for 173 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Some of his production has come without Davante Adams and Allen Lazard have been out of the lineup, but even when they were healthy, he was putting up decent numbers. The Packers have a bye this week, but Tonyan is worth picking up now. He is available in about 87 percent of ESPN leagues.
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