NFL waiver wire pickups: Kenny Pickett, Tyler Allgeier among must adds in Week 5

After just a few weeks of NFL action, the waiver wires are stocked full of players who could help enhance fantasy rosters as Week 5 approaches.

Is your current starting fantasy quarterback sleeping at the wheel? Maybe your star wide receiver keeps falling short. If your fantasy team needs some help, check out the best waiver wire pickups for NFL Week 5.

Related: Week 5 fantasy football rankings

Waiver Wire Week 5 Quarterbacks

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers

It’s official, Kenny Pickett is the Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback moving forward. Thus, he is a top fantasy pickup on your Week 5 waiver wire should you need depth at quarterback or a fill-in in a Super Flex league. Pickett’s mobility (two rushing touchdowns scored in his last game) showcases plenty of fantasy upside.

Best Week 5 Waiver Wire Quarterback

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Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks

Believe it or not, Smith is still hanging out on some waiver wires after delivering a top-five fantasy QB performance in Week 4. So, what are people waiting for? Go pick up Smith if your current QB roster needs reviving. He last threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns, which was anything but shabby.

Zach Wilson, New York Jets

Returning to action for the first time this season, quarterback Zach Wilson impressed with a two-touchdown performance and 267 total yards, making him an appealing fantasy quarterback to target in Week 5. Heading into his next game, Wilson is a smart start against a Miami defense that has yielded the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Waiver Wire Week 5 Running Backs

Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons — Top RB Waiver Wire Target

With Cordarrelle Patterson on injured reserve, TylerAllgeier is the top waiver wire target for Week 5. He looked sharp in his last game when he took the field, recording 104 combined yards off of 11 touches. Look for Allgeier to likely best Caleb Huntley making him the top fantasy running back for the Atlanta Falcons.

Mike Boone, Denver Broncos

NFL: Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders
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Due to the terrible season-ending injury to Javonte Williams (torn ACL), Boone will be a high-priority waiver add in Week 5. He should work in unison with Melvin Gordon to keep delivering that one-two punch at RB.

Isiah Pacheco, Kansas City Chiefs

Isiah Pacheco is a sweet Week 5 waiver wire stash at running back who could keep vying for a larger role in KC. With the Kansas City Chiefs commanding a comfortable lead in Sunday Night Football against the Bucs, Pacheco turned 11 carries into 63 yards. Given the right game script, Pacheco is an intriguing fantasy player to roster.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts

Nyheim Hines is a top fantasy waiver wire pickup for Week 5 for those who roster Jonathan Taylor. With Taylor (ankle) questionable to play, Hines is in line for the top RB duties — albeit on a Colts’ run offense that ranks sixth-worst in the league. Nevertheless, Hines should be rostered.

Waiver Wire Week 5 Wide Receivers

Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears, Top WR Waiver Wire Target

What is the saying? One person’s trash is another person’s treasure? Darnell Mooney has been a fantasy nightmare and those searching the Week 5 waiver wire might see him available for the picking. This would be due to the fact Mooney has been nearly invisible since Week 1.

Nearly that is. In Week 4, Mooney connected with Justin Fields snagging four catches for 94 yards, which makes him the top fantasy WR waiver wire pickup heading into Week 5. Is Mooney a start ’em WR in Week 5? Possibly. The Bears next play the Vikings who currently allow the 12th-most fantasy points to wide receivers.

Jamal Agnew, Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles
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For those looking to add depth at receiver, Jamal Agnew ranked second in targets behind Christian Kirk in his last game. With Zay Jones sidelined, Agnew scored twice on four catches and 50 yards. This makes Agnew an appealing Week 5 waiver wire target, especially if Jones continues to miss time.

Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts

Alec Pierce surfaced as Matt Ryan’s top-targeted WR in his last game, much to the frustration of those who roster Michael Pittman. Nevertheless, Pierce last turned six targets into four catches and 80 yards, making him a lower-end WR waiver wire pickup for Week 5. With the Colts potentially missing their top playmaker — Jonathan Taylor in their next contest, look for Matt Ryan to continue airing out the ball.

Josh Reynolds, Detroit Lions

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
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The Detroit Lions are dealing with multiple injuries at receiver and running back, making Josh Reynolds a good Week 5 waiver wire pickup for those needing to fill gaps. In his last game, Reynolds recorded nine touches for a total of 111 yards and one touchdown. This type of production could continue if Amon-Ra St. Brown and/or D’Andre Swift continue to sit out in Week 5.

Waiver Wire Week 5 Tight Ends

Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks

Will Dissly is easily the best fantasy tight end to pick off the Week 5 waiver wire. He has scored touchdowns in three-of-four of his 2022 games, as well as posted double-digit fantasy points in said contests.

Geno Smith should continue to keep Dissly involved as their chemistry keeps flourishing.

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers

NFL: New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers
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Robert Tonyan just scored his first touchdown of the year, when more of the same could become a pattern. While Aaron Rodgers continues to struggle to get the ball into reliable hands in the end zone, Tonyan should see an uptick in touches. Keep in mind, in Tonyan’s non-injury

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