Waiver Wire - Week 5

Another week, another RB injury. This time, David Montgomery goes down with what's deemed to be a fairly serious injury. We'll take a look at his replacement in the Bears' backfield, as well as a few other options ahead of week 5.


Damien Williams RB (CHI) - 19% Rostered


Damien Williams is the new top waiver priority this week after David Montgomery's knee injury. Montgomery is expected to miss up to 5 weeks, and should be placed on short-term IR quickly. This opens the door for Williams to slide into Montgomery's spot with plenty of volume. Williams gets the Raiders this week in his first tilt as the starting back, and the Raiders have allowed an RB to score in every game so far this year. Khalil Herbert is his backup if you miss out on Williams, as he sustained an injury of his own last week, but isn't expected to miss any time.


Samaje Perine RB (CIN) - 9% Rostered


While there's a chance Mixon could suit up against the Packers in week 5, Perine is worth a stash on the off-chance that Mixon is ruled out. If Mixon can't go, Perine stands to benefit from 15-20 touches in this one as the top available RB. Last year in Mixon's absence, Perine averaged 10+ touches a game, and averaged 14 full PPR points per game.


Kenneth Gainwell RB (PHI) - 52% Rostered


Although Miles Sanders is still out-snapping Gainwell, the rookie is clearly the favorite among the new coaching staff for volume, as he continues to get more work with each passing week. Gainwell had 3 carries and 6 catches in week 4 for 89 yards and a score. While it's clear that Miles Sanders is still going to get his snaps, Gainwell has established himself as the number 2 back here, and will be worthy of flex consideration in each week as a pass catcher. He has a tough tilt in week 5 against the Panthers, but is well worth the add to your bench.


Alex Collins RB (SEA) - 5% Rostered


With a Chris Carson neck injury, and Collins carrying the rock 10 times for 44 yards and a score in week 4, Collins is worth the add on the chance that Carson misses time. The Seahawks have a Thursday game this week, leading to less recovery time for Carson. Even in a time-share, Collins is worth the speculative add this week.


Trey Lance QB (SF) - 51% Rostered


After a Jimmy Garropolo injury in week 4, Lance came in to throw for a pair of TDs and rush for 41 yards against Seattle. With speculation that Jimmy G could miss this week's game against the Cardinals, it looks like Trey Lance could see his first start of his young career. Lance has a safe floor as a rushing QB, but the Cardinals D has been strong this year, holding the Rams to just 20 points last week. Lance is worth the stash, but I'm not starting him in week 5.


Kadarius Toney WR (NYG) - 7% Rostered


Toney will once again have a big opportunity in week 5 against Dallas, with most of the Giants' top pass catchers still injured. Toney caught 6 of 9 passes for 78 yards against New Orleans last week, and Dallas has been vulnerable to the pass this year. It remains to be seen how involved he remains when Shepard and Slayton return, but for this week, Toney and Kenny Golladay are the top options. Toney is worthy of a WR3 flier this week in deeper leagues.


Josh Gordon WR (KC) - 34% Rostered


The enigmatic Josh Gordon should be elevated from the practice squad ahead of this week's match up with the Bills. While we don't expect him to be worthy of starting in this one, Gordon is worth a flier to see if he can round into his old form. Many dynasty and fantasy owners have been waiting a long time for Gordon's return from various suspensions over the years, and that's why he remains a wait and see candidate. With Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce dominating the target share in this offense, Gordon also doesn't have much competition with Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle failing to have any meaningful role in this passing attack. Stash Grodon and see if he can produce before starting him.

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