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. Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jones is getting more and more touches and for good reason. He had 20 touches for 82 yards and a touchdown against the Rams as the Bucs offense seems to be coming together. The Buccaneers have given Jones at least 13 carries in three of the four games this season.
While Jones has teased fantasy owners before, Bruce Arians seems to like using the second-year running back. This time it feels real and Jones could be the lead back for the Bucs. He is still owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
With Damien Williams out, Darrel Williams has thrived. In the last two weeks, he has 17 carries for 75 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also has been productive in the passing game with eight catches for 90 yards. With the backfield still a little banged up, it wis worth taking a look at Williams.
The downside for Williams is when the backfield is healthy, he at best will be in a timeshare. For short term success, Williams may be the player to pickup though. He is owned in 44.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It is not often quarterbacks find themselves on this list because the good ones are usually rostered and average ones can be found frequently on the waiver-wire. Winston has made a case to be a pickup this week though, after two great weeks in a row. He is coming off of a 25 and a 29 point game as the Bucs’ offense is rolling.
Winston is still turnover-prone and may produce some duds in the future, but if he can truly master Arians’ offense, he will remain a top 10 quarterback. He is owned in 43.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Mostert is in a backfield that features several players, but he has played well and has earned more playing time. In week 2, he had 20 fantasy points against the Cincinnati Bengals. If not for a fumble in week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers he would have had seven fantasy points. There is enough there to look at picking up Mostert, at least until Tevin Coleman can prove to stay healthy.
Kyle Shanahan has said that Matt Breida is the team’s best running back on several occasions, so there will be games where Mostert is forgotten about. Shanahan does frequently use multiple backs too, which makes him a boom or bust play. He is owned in 30 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots
Tom Brady had his worst game of the season and Dorsett’s production suffered. He had just two catches for 10 yards. Dorsett is still worth adding in leagues because he has shown the ability to put up some big games. He has a 12 point and a 20 point game on the season already and many more could be coming now that the Patriots got rid of Antonio Brown.
The Patriots spread the ball out to their receivers, but Dorsett should still be owned in a lot of leagues. He is worth a roster spot. Dorsett is owned in just 37 percent of ESPN leagues.