Fantasy football managers who roster Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans were already planning on his absence in Week 5 with Tampa Bay scheduled to take its bye. However, a hamstring injury that forced him out of a win last week over the Saints could lead his owners to seek wide receiver reinforcements even beyond the bye. Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams is coming off suspension for gambling, and while his role in the Detroit offense remains a mystery, some people won't be able to avoid the allure of adding a former first-round pick.
Can the No. 12 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft finally make an impact after playing only 78 snaps last year and missing the first four games of the 2023 season? He's available in 53% of CBS Sports Fantasy football leagues and could be one of the more popular targets this week on the Fantasy football waiver wire. Before making any Week 5 Fantasy football waiver wire claims, be sure to see what SportsLine Fantasy football analyst Jacob Gibbs has to say.
Gibbs uses a data-driven approach that has helped him consistently provide accurate rankings at every position. He has proven to be one of the nation's most accurate Fantasy rankers in recent years -- posting the eighth-most accurate results over the past three seasons, according to Fantasy Pros.
Now, he's revealed his top waiver wire pick from among the widely available Fantasy football free agents entering Week 5. You can see his top Fantasy NFL waiver wire picks and full analysis over at SportsLine.
Top Fantasy football waiver wire picks for Week 5
One player Gibbs is advising Fantasy players to target on the Week 5 waiver wire: Broncos running back Jaleel McLaughlin. At 5-foot-8 and 187 pounds, McLaughlin isn't an imposing runner, but his speed and playmaking ability has helped him make an impact at every level and turn himself into one of the season's most compelling stories.
McLaughlin began his collegiate career at Division II Notre Dame College and eventually finished at FCS Youngstown State, rushing for 8,166 yards to set a new NCAA record. However, he still went undrafted and had to earn his way onto Denver's 53-man roster. Then with Williams exiting last week, McLaughlin had a breakout game with 104 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. He's available in 97% of leagues and could be worth a short-term boost with Williams injured.
Gibbs is also strongly recommending Cardinals wide receiver Michael Wilson. The Cardinals are 1-3 on the season but they've certainly exceeded expectations offensively with Joshua Dobbs filling in for injured starter Kyler Murray (knee) after he began that season on the PUP list. Wilson has been one of the brightest spots over the first four games.
The Stanford product was a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and he's drawn praise since his arrival in Arizona for his professionalism. He's played 68% of the offensive snaps over the first four weeks and has 14 catches for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Last week he was targeted seven times and finished with seven catches for 76 yards while scoring twice and he's available in 95% of CBS leagues. See who else to target on the Fantasy football waiver wire at SportsLine.
How to set your Week 5 waiver wire claims
Gibbs is also targeting a receiver who is about to see his value skyrocket. This player is widely available and could be a huge boost to your Fantasy football lineup. You can only see who it is at SportsLine.
So which players should you target on the Fantasy football waiver wire before Week 5, and which receiver is a must-add? Visit SportsLine now to see the best league-winning Fantasy football free agents entering Week 5, all from a Fantasy football analyst who has been ranked among the most accurate in the nation, and find out.