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In his debut article for OddsChecker, fantasy football expert Nate Hamilton looks at the top widely available streamers to add off the waiver wire and insert into your lineups for Week 5.

Fantasy Football Week 5: Streamers, Sleepers, and Waiver Wire Adds

Streamers are players you can plug and play each week to fill a void in your fantasy football lineups. These players are rostered in a low percentage of leagues and should be available for you to pick up.

I will focus on the best player at each position every week who are rostered in under 50% of leagues. Typically, these will be guys you won’t want to drop too much of your free-agent acquisition budget (FAAB) on as they will be mostly short-term solutions.

The hope is that the players listed below will perform well enough to make up for any starters you may have to sit due to injury, suspension, or bye weeks. Maybe they even become viable starters for your fantasy teams going forward.


Sam Darnold (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

I am starting this one with a quarterback that should be rostered in 100% of leagues. Instead, he is rostered in just 37%.

Sam Darnold has revived his career in Carolina. He’s just 11 passing yards shy of 1,200 through 4 weeks. Darnold has 10 total touchdowns on the season and leads the league in rushing touchdowns (5).

He’s got a matchup in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles defense who have given up over 500 passing yards and 8 passing touchdowns in the last two weeks.

I know I said in the intro that these players shouldn’t cost you much FAAB, but Sam Darnold is someone well-worth 25% of your FAAB and someone you can start on a consistent basis.

Suggested FAAB: 25%

Additional Week 5 QB Streamer to Consider

  • Jacoby Brissett (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - FAAB: 1%

Running Back

Samaje Perine (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

Joe Mixon has been diagnosed with a low-grade ankle sprain and is considered week to week. There’s an opportunity for backup running back, Samaje Perine, to step up in Mixon’s absence.

In Week 5, the Bengals will face a mediocre run defense in Green Bay. The Packers have given up the 15th-most fantasy points to running backs this year.

Perine is just 26 years old and totaled 74 touches for the Bengals in 2020. Giovani Bernard is no longer on the Bengals roster to steal the spotlight from Perine this time. Expect Samaje Perine to take full advantage of his opportunities as the lead back in Cincinnati while Mixon is sidelined.

Suggested FAAB: 4%

Additional Week 5 RB Streamer to Consider

  • Damien Williams (at Las Vegas Raiders) - FAAB: 12%

Wide Receiver

Hunter Renfrow (vs. Chicago Bears)

Hunter Renfrow is not a player you would think of adding to your rosters, however, he’s been efficient this season. He’s been targeted by Derek Carr 30 times, which leads all Raiders wide receivers. Renfrow also leads Las Vegas wideouts with two touchdowns on the year, both of which came in the last two games. If it wasn’t for Henry Ruggs’ couple of deep catches on the year, Renfrow would be the leading Raiders wide receiver in receiving yards.

At the end of the day, Hunter Renfrow has been Derek Carr’s favorite and most consistent target in this wide receiver group in 2021. You will want to start Renfrow in Week 5 as the Raiders take on the Bears defense who has given up third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

Suggested FAAB: 7%

Additional Week 5 WR Streamer to Consider

  • Sammy Watkins (vs. Indianapolis Colts) - FAAB: 5%

Tight End

Dalton Schultz (vs. New York Jets)

Dalton Schultz has quickly become one of Dak Prescott’s favorite targets. You want Dak Prescott’s favorite targets!

He has been targeted 23 times on the season and has six receptions in three of four games. In his last two weeks, Schultz has 138 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He isn’t just a guy to “plug and play” as I mentioned in the intro. This is a tight end you should roster as your starting tight end given how volatile the position is for fantasy football purposes.

His Week 5 opponent, the New York Giants, have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to the tight end position this season.

Suggested FAAB: 12%

Additional Week 5 TE Streamer to Consider

  • Evan Engram (at Dallas Cowboys) - FAAB: 3%

If you have any questions for Nate, follow him on Twitter at @DomiNateFF!

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Nate Hamilton has produced high-quality content for some of the top fantasy football sites including FantasyPros, The Fantasy Footballers, The Game Day, and now OddsChecker! He is a co-author of Amazon's #1 Best Selling "The Fantasy Football Black Book" with Joe Pisapia. He lives on Twitter: @DomiNateFF

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