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Five waiver wire targets for Week 5 of your NFL fantasy league

Philip Marsh
Five waiver wire targets for Week 5 of your NFL fantasy leagueGetty
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Week 4 saw some of the NFL's most-loved players in fantasy football strut there stuff in huge performances that won players weeks.

The likes of Stefon Diggs, A.J. Brown, Josh Jacobs and of course Puka Nacua had game-winning performances on your fantasy football rosters.

The same cannot be said for everyone however, with players such as Raheem Mostert, Chris Olave, Deebo Samuel and Aaron Jones failing to get anywhere near their projected output for the week.

Those players should bounce back in Week 5, but it could be time for you to move on from some of your bench players who have not performed all season.

DAZN runs down five of the best players to target on your waiver wires ahead of Week 5 of the 2023 NFL season.

C.J. Stroud

Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud has wasted no time proving to the NFL that he was worth the second overall pick in this year's draft.

The 21-year-old has thrown six touchdowns over the last three weeks, and no interceptions, a stat-line made all the more impressive by the lack of star talent that Houston has among its receivers.

Against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, Stroud threw for over 300 yards for the second time this season and is currently the 10th highest scoring quarterback in fantasy football.

Stroud and the Texans face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5, and fantasy managers should have the confidence to start the rookie going forward.

Jaleel McLaughlin

Denver Broncos' rookie running back Jaleel McLaughlin had a breakout performance in Week 4, totalling over 100 yards of offence and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears.

The Broncos have taken a committee approach to their running backs this season, with Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine handling the bulk of the work.

However against the Bears, Williams was sidelined early through injury and McLaughlin went on to lead the Broncos in touches, yards and fantasy points - 19.40 in PPR formats.

If Williams misses time, then McLaughlin's fantasy output in Week 4 could be set to continue, but for now the rookie is worth a stash on your bench.

Michael Wilson

Playing Arizona Cardinals players in fantasy football is a risky business this season, but with bye weeks approaching rookie wide receiver Michael Wilson could be a plug and play option these next few weeks.

The 23-year-old out of Stanford had a huge Week 4 performance in Arizona's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, catching all seven of his targets for 76 yards and two touchdowns - good for 26.60 points in PPR formats.

Remarkably, Wilson ranks as the WR32 so far on the season and is rostered in less than 10% of leagues, so go check your waiver wire now if you have wide receivers on bye next week.

Wilson and the Cardinals face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5, with Tennessee Titans receivers having strong performances against the same defence Week 4.

Jake Ferguson

Dallas Cowboys rookie tight end Jake Ferguson has been a fundamental part of the team's offence so far this season which has led to good fantasy football production for the 24-year-old.

Ferguson has seen seven targets three times so far this season, and in Week 4 he caught every pass thrown his way for 77 yards and 14.70 points in PPR fantasy leagues.

The Cowboys also have Luke Schoonmaker and Peyton Hendershot involved at tight end, but Ferguson has proven himself to be quarterback Dak Prescott's favourite target at the position.

Dallas have a tough match-up against the 49ers in Week 5, but a potentially negative game script could see Prescott throw the ball more than usual so Ferguson is still someone you can start.

Jameson Williams

Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams has had a tough start to life in the NFL, after missing the first 12 games of his rookie season through injury he then caught just one pass in the remainder of the season - albeit a 41-yard touchdown.

Then this offseason Williams was suffering with a hamstring injury before the league handed down a six-week suspension for breaking thier gambling policy.

That suspension has now been reduced to four weeks, meaning Williams is able to make his return in Detroit's Week 5 match-up against the Carolina Panthers.

Do not go starting Williams next week, but the 12th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft now finally has a chance to prove his talent in a high-powered offence, and if he does impress you will be happy to have him on your bench.

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