Waiver Wire Pickups Week 5
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Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups (2023)

It’s week 5 in the NFL and we are back with our waiver wire pickups of the week. There are still plenty of players to target on the waiver that are less than 50% owned in fantasy football leagues. Let’s break down those names below and why you should pick them up.


Joshua Dobbs – (3.6% Owned)

Now that we have a good sample size of his play it’s time to put Dobbs on the radar. Dobbs was impressive in week 4 despite playing a stacked 49ers defense. Sunday was the second time this season he finished with 20+ fantasy points and was inside the weekly top 10 for quarterbacks. Dobbs also gives you the rushing element and already has a rushing touchdown this year. If you need a quarterback, Dobbs is worth a look.

Running Backs

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Jaleel McLaughlin – (2.3% Owned)

McLaughlin will be the priority on the waiver wire this week as he filled in well for the injured Javonte Williams. Williams left the matchup with a hip injury and McLaughlin took advantage. He had 104 all-purpose yards and 1 receiving touchdown. If Williams misses time McLaughlin will likely slide into that starting role and the rookie looks to be ready for it.

Wide Receivers

Jameson Williams – (24.2% Owned)

If Williams is somehow still available in your league he is absolutely worth grabbing. Williams had his suspension reduced due to the new NFL betting rules and is immediately eligible to play. His talent is just too good to ignore and he should see plenty of opportunities in the Lions offense that is already thriving. Williams is a gamble but he could really pay off later in the season due to his big play ability.

Tight Ends

Dalton Schultz – (45.3% Owned)

One of the surprises of the early season is how good the Houston Texans offense has looked. Houston has scored 30 points in back-to-back games as C.J. Stroud is coming into his own. Texans tight end Dalton Schultz had been quiet thus far but picked up his first touchdown of the season on Sunday. This was good enough for a top 5 weekly finish as Schultz also had 42 receiving yards. I would still like to see more consistency from him but if you’re thin at the position he is worth picking up.

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Justin Fuhr

Justin is the Owner of Pro Football Mania. He is an NFL and fantasy football fanatic who enjoys analyzing data and analytics in sports.

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