NFL Waiver Wire: Week 5 Deep Dive

NFL Waiver Wire: Week 5 Deep Dive

This article is part of our NFL Waiver Wire series.

We're at the point of the season where the waiver wire is beginning to run dry, especially at running back, but the waters still run plentiful at wide receiver — for now. We may also be nearing the deadline to grab a passable rest-of-season QB or TE off waivers, but a few promising options have emerged there as well. 

The list below includes players rostered in no more than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and is listed in order of preference based on half-point per reception scoring and a 12-team league. Depending on your league's scoring and roster settings, certain players might warrant higher consideration than what is listed. Each player's listed roster percentage is based on Tuesday's Yahoo statistics, to give a general sense of availability for a given week.

QUARTERBACK

Justin Herbert (17 percent) - I was always in on Herbert in dynasty circles, but it's shocking to see him have such a strong start to his career (Sunday's 291 yard, 3-TD performance just barely kept the rookie from having three 300-yard games in as many career appearances). Granted, the Chargers haven't yet won with Herbert, but he's put up solid-to-spectacular numbers despite playing without numerous offensive linemen, a starting WR, and facing some of the league's toughest secondaries. Losing Austin Ekeler (hamstring) for at least the foreseeable future is a legitimately tough blow, however, and coach Anthony Lynn could still stubbornly turn back to Tyrod Taylor (ribs/lung) at some point.

Gardner Minshew (46 percent) - Not counting

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Ilango Villoth
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