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5 Waiver Wire Pickups For Your Fantasy Football Team in Week 5

Chiefs running back Darrel Williams

It’s now officially a month into the regular season, which means you should have a strong gauge of where your fantasy football team is headed. However, there are always moves to be made on the waiver wire that could help strengthen your push to the playoffs. Here are a few options that you should aim to add this week.

RB Ronald Jones

Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones
Ronald Jones has emerged as a solid fantasy option in the Bucs’ backfield | Katharine Lotze/Getty Images

ESPN: 41.3% Owned

The rebirth of RoJo has continued in 2019 as he played a major role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ surprising 55-40 upset over the Los Angeles Rams in his old collegiate stomping ground at the LA Memorial Coliseum. Jones was a huge factor in the running game, leading the charge with 19 carries for 70 rushing yards and a touchdown along with adding a reception for 12 receiving yards.

What was even more telling was that the USC product also received more snaps than fellow running back Peyton Barber for the first time in his career. That may be the case, but there is still strong competition for carries in the backfield between the two, with Jones currently having the edge after putting up his third game with more than 70 rushing yards.

QB Jameis Winston

ESPN: 44.8% Owned

Equally as impressive in the Buccaneers’ upset over the Rams was the play of the former No.1 overall pick. Winston looked the part of a competent quarterback, completing 28-of-41 passes for 341 yards with four touchdowns to one interception.

This has been the case in the past two weeks as he has been one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league over that span, topping north of 25 fantasy points each week behind back-to-back efforts with at least 380 passing yards and three touchdown passes.

Yes, there still remains much risk of volatility in Winston’s performance on the field as he has repeatedly shown in his career, but it looks like the quarterback whisperer Bruce Arians may be working his magic once again.

WR Geronimo Allison

Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison
With Davante Adams hampered by a toe injury, it may elevate Geronimo Allison to a more prominent role in the Packers’ passing game. | Dylan Buell/Getty Images

ESPN: 27.2% Owned

The Green Bay Packers have had their ups and downs with their offense throughout the first month of the season. That same could be said of the production from Allison, who had largely been a non-factor in the passing game prior to his three catches on four targets for 52 receiving yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Allison has certainly garnered the trust of Aaron Rodgers over the years, making him one of the more reliable targets. His workload could see a notable increase if Davante Adams is either unable to play or hampered in Week 5 due to a toe injury he suffered against the Eagles.

RB Darrel Williams

ESPN: 44.1% Owned

If it hasn’t become completely obvious at this point, Williams has engrained himself in a significant role in the offense. He has been the primary beneficiary with Damien Williams sidelined over the last couple of weeks.

The second-year back has proven to be a dual-threat asset, totaling eight catches for 90 receiving yards and 75 rushing yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns in the last two games. Williams may have taken a secondary role behind LeSean McCoy, but that hasn’t cut into his production as he has back-to-back double-digit fantasy point outputs.

Even when Damien Williams does eventually make his return, it’s clear that the LSU product will have his lion’s share of work out of the backfield.

Eagles Defense

Eagles defense
With a matchup against the Jets in Week 5, it makes the Eagles defense a solid streaming option.| Quinn Harris/Getty Images

ESPN: 42.2% Owned

It has reached the point of the season where you should be set with your defense, but if you’re not, then the Eagles have a favorable matchup against the lowly New York Jets this week. Philadelphia hasn’t had the best start out of the gate, but a meeting at home against the still Sam Darnold-less Jets offense is hard to pass up.