Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 5

Ronald Jones and Golden Tate are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
September 30, 2019 - 10:14 pm

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member fantasy leagues for Week 5 of the NFL season.

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1. Ronald Jones (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Jones has looked like the best running back on the Bucs in three of the first four games. On Sunday, he totaled 82 yards on 20 touches and added a rushing touchdown. He also out-snapped Peyton Barber for the first time this season, and the offense seems to be jelling after scoring a combined 86 points in its last two contests. If you're thin at running back -- which many of us are -- you should add Jones sooner than later this week. 

2. Golden Tate (WR, New York Giants) – Tate will be returning from suspension this week and slot back into a starting role in an ascending Giants offense under rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. It’s not often you can find a player of Tate’s ilk on the waiver wire, so take advantage of it if he’s there. He has had 90-plus receptions in four of the last five seasons. It's possible Jones takes a liking to Tate's veteran savvy and that Tate becomes a go-to option for him early on.

3. Jaylen Samuels (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers) – It appears Samuels is going to be more involved in the Steelers offense, as he had 18 touches for 83 total yards and a rushing touchdown against the Bengals on Monday night. James Conner limped off grabbing his hamstring, which was a friendly reminder to add Samuels to this list. He’s a bellcow if anything happens to Conner and may provide standalone value from here on out. 

4. Chris Herndon (TE, New York Jets) – Herndon will finish his four-game suspension this Sunday and then return to the Jets' lineup in Week 6. When he does, he'll be a big boost to an underwhelming Jets receiving core. Herndon have every opportunity to establish himself as the alpha receiver, and he already has established a relationship with quarterback Sam Darnold. Herndon was a big playmaker down the stretch for the Jets in 2018.

5. Geronimo Allison (WR, Green Bay Packers) – Allison was already on our radar as the WR3 in Green Bay, but now with Davante Adams battling turf toe, he should be the No. 2 target alongside Marquez Valdes-Scantling. With Allison having a bump in targets and two touchdowns already this season, you’ll want to grab him off the wire for as long as Adams takes to recover. 

6. Mohamed Sanu (WR, Atlanta Falcons) – Sanu logged at least six receptions and 75 yards in each of the last two weeks as defenses paid more attention to Julio Jones. He has played the most snaps of all the team's receivers (82 percent) and has seen the third-most targets on the team with 31, behind Jones (37) and Austin Hooper (33). The Falcons aren't good defensively, so quarterback Matt Ryan is having to throw a ton -- as evidenced by his NFL-high 176 pass attempts. That gives Sanu value as a WR4. 

7. A.J. Brown/Corey Davis (WR, Tennessee Titans) – You’re probably playing with fire by adding either of these players early -- but maybe, just maybe the Titans offense found its spark. Brown was efficient in scoring twice on three targets and racking up 94 yards. That marked the second time in four games that he tallied at least that. many receiving yards. Meanwhile, Davis caught five of six targets for 91 yards and a score of his own. Davis is still leading the Titans' receivers in snaps, playing 79 percent of them, which makes him the better addition. Brown has played at least 50 percent of the snaps just once this season. His role will likely expand as the season goes on though, especially if he continues to make splash plays in limited action.

8. Keke Coutee (WR, Houston Texans) – Kenny Stills left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and didn't return Sunday. If he’s out for any extended period of time, that will open the door for Coutee to regain the No. 3 receiving role. That’s a role Coutee thrived in when healthy last season. On two occasions, he caught 11 balls for more than 100 yards as a rookie, including in his career debut. Coutee is an explosive playmaker who usually performs well with Deshaun Watson at the helm. 

9. Cole Beasley (WR, Buffalo Bills) – Beasley has seen double-digit targets in back-to-back weeks and has seen at least nine targets in three of four games. He’s not a player who's going to provide you with a huge ceiling, but if you’re in need of some bye week help and consistency, Beasley is worth the add. If you’re in a PPR league, Beasley should be looked at within the top five adds. 

10. Ito Smith (RB, Atlanta Falcons) – Devonta Freeman’s production has picked up in the last two games, but Smith won’t go away. He sniped another touchdown Sunday and continues to see more than 30 percent of the snaps. Smith also has upside if anything were to happen to Freeman. 

Just missed: Tevin Coleman (if dropped), Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines, Paul Richardson, Parris Campbell, Deebo Samuel, DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Ben Watson, Dawson Knox and Diontae Johnson.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​