The fourth week of the 2016 regular season is just about coming to a close with only the Monday Night Football game remaining. Most fantasy football leagues will run their waiver wire late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but we are here to help you get a jump on the best options to consider.
We will be ranking the top five players likely to be available in your league at each of the four major positions. Some weeks there might not be five good options available, but we’ll scour for the best we can find. Additionally, throughout the week, we will update each of these articles as ownership percentages change (via Yahoo!) and news arrives.
Waiver wire wide receiver rankings, Week 5
1. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (37 percent owned) - now 42 percent owned
Despite the middling quarterback play from Ryan Fitzpatrick over the past two weeks Enunwa’s value has actually risen as Eric Decker was sidelined in Week 4. The New York wide receiver caught six passes for 60 yards in the Jets’ loss to Seattle. Enunwa is now the No. 2 receiver behind Brandon Marshall and has received consistent targets since the beginning of the season. Look for Enunwa to continue his steady production against Pittsburgh in Week 5.
2. Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears (12 percent owned) - now 40 percent owned
Royal looked good in the Bears’ Week 4 win against the Lions. The Chicago wide receiver caught seven passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, and looks to be one of the few healthy wide receivers the Bears currently have. Kevin White exited the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury and Alshon Jeffery almost always seems to have lingering injury concerns. The Bears face a weak Colts defense in Week 5 and Royal should have another strong outing.
3. Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (seven percent owned) - now 20 percent owned
Buffalo will look to Woods to be a passing threat while Sammy Watkins resides on IR. Thus far, Woods has been a serviceable replacement, catching seven passes for 89 yards in Week 4. Woods led the Bills in receptions and receiving yards against the Patriots, a trend that will most likely continue as long as Watkins is sidelined. Based on Woods’ targets thus far, he should provide steady performance to fantasy owners for the foreseeable future.
4. Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco 49ers (three percent owned) - now 4 percent owned
Kerley looked to be the only threat from the wide receiver position for San Francisco in its loss to Dallas. He caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in Week 4, leading the team in those categories. If Kerley and Blaine Gabbert can continue to connect this may be the one bright spot on a team that is almost devoid of fantasy value. Kerley has a tough matchup in Week 5 against the Cardinals, but he may be worth a play in PPR leagues if you have a wide receiver on bye.
5. Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers (one percent owned) - now 10 percent owned
It would appear that the Chargers will employ multiple receivers to replace Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead in their absence. In Week 4, it was Inman who received the attention of Philip Rivers, catching seven passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ loss to the Saints. San Diego’s offense has one of the highest points per game averages in the NFL, and Inman looks to benefit from that offensive production. It will be hard to predict which one of the Chargers’ receivers will produce on a week-to-week basis, but regardless, Inman has a very high ceiling.