Fantasy football waiver wire for NFL Week 5: Essential RB pickups

    Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

Somehow, we’ve made it almost one quarter of the way through the NFL’s regular season.

The fantasy regular season is more than a quarter of the way through and right now is about when you know what you need. And that’s my bit of advice for you as you ponder the waiver wire this week: take a good hard look at your roster and size up what you most desire.

There isn’t a guarantee that every week will include a bunch of must adds. In fact, many weeks there are not. But now is a good time to see if you might be in need of a bench wide receiver who has a high floor. Maybe a backup quarterback whose matchup you like when your regular starter will be on a bye. Maybe the insurance back to your best running back.

It’s always good to know your needs.

Here’s the Week 5 ESPN Fantasy waiver wire column.

Note: All players listed below are available in over 50% of leagues on ESPN.

Damien Williams, RB, Chicago Bears (10.4%): The Bears were dealt a major blow when starter David Montgomery left Week 4 due to a left knee injury, opening the door to Williams stepping into a larger role. Williams handled eight carries, scored a touchdown and caught two passes, one area that he especially excels in.

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