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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Top 30 waiver-wire pickups heading into NFL Week 5


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BATSBY Sports places an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end, especially those who've already become fixtures in the red zone.

Here’s the BATSBY Sports listing of fantasy football’s top 30 free agents in advance of Week 5, universally citing 12-team Points Per Reception leagues — a countdown which typically values long-term viability over one week of superb stats (unless the red-hot asset has affiliation with Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes).

Obviously, free-agent quarterbacks like Jameis Winston, Mason Rudolph, Marcus Mariota and Gardner Minshew are the likeliest candidates for most points from Sunday to Sunday.

But we also place an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end, especially those who’ve already become fixtures in the red zone.


  1. WR A.J. Brown, Titans
  2. TE Will Dissly, Seahawks
  3. WR Will Fuller, Texans
  4. RB Nyheim Hines, Colts
  5. WR Geronimo Allison, Packers
  6. WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers
  7. WR Golden Tate, Giants
  8. RB Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  9. QB Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
  10. WR Auden Tate, Bengals
  11. RB Ito Smith, Falcons
  12. WR Dontrelle Inman, Chargers
  13. QB Mason Rudolph, Steelers
  14. TE Jack Doyle, Colts
  15. WR Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
  16. TE Chris Herndon, Jets
  17. QB Marcus Mariota, Titans
  18. TE Noah Fant, Broncos
  19. RB Dion Lewis, Titans
  20. D/ST Pittsburgh Steelers
  21. WR Chester Rogers, Colts
  22. RB C.J. Prosise, Seahawks
  23. TE Gerald Everett, Rams
  24. D/ST Carolina Panthers
  25. QB Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars
  26. D/ST Houston Texans
  27. PK Matt Prater, Lions
  28. QB Joe Flacco, Broncos
  29. WR Parris Campbell, Colts
  30. RB Justice Hill, Ravens // PK Matt Gay, Buccaneers

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