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New York Jets highlight top Week 5 waiver wire options

Navigating the waiver wire is incredibly important to fantasy football success. Each week, Jets X-Factor dives into the waiver wire for the must-adds to your fantasy football team.

After defeating thee Tennessee Titans, the New York Jets have finally become relevant in the fantasy space. A trio of Jets players is among the top Week 5 waiver-wire options listed below.

All roster percentages are from Yahoo.

Wide Receiver

Jamison Crowder (20% Rostered)

Jamison Crowder was expected to play a major role once he returned to the Jets from injury, and he didn’t disappoint. In his first game of the 2021 season, Crowder caught seven of nine targets for 61 yards and a touchdown. He should be a reliable target of Zach Wilson’s going forward.

Darnell Mooney (38% Rostered)

Darnell Mooney broke out in Week 4 with 135 total yards. He was a favorite target of Justin Fields, catching five of seven targets for 125 yards with Fields throwing only 17 passes. Mooney was also used in unique ways as he notched a 10-yard carry.

Even if Fields isn’t the Bears’ starter this week, Mooney seems to be hitting that sophomore surge we often see in wide receivers.

Van Jefferson (5% Rostered)

Van Jefferson is another player seeing a sophomore surge. In an electric offense, it seems he is establishing himself as the Rams’ WR3. He is averaging 4.5 targets per game (third on the team) and 56.5 receiving yards per game (second) with two receiving touchdowns (second).


Trey Lance (31% Rostered)

Jimmy Garoppolo left the game early in Week 4, and Trey Lance stepped up to the plate. The rookie definitely showed some jitters, but mobile quarterbacks can be league winners in fantasy football. Garoppolo is expected to miss time, so until he returns Lance will be a fantastic option for your fantasy football team.

In relief of Garoppolo, Lance completed 9 of 18 passes for 157 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He ran seven times for 41 yards.

Sam Darnold (37% Rostered)

I typically don’t like putting repeat players on these type of lists, as I listed Darnold last week, but Darnold has become a fantastic fantasy football option. Leading the league in rushing touchdowns (5) while throwing for 297.3 yards per game, Darnold has become an unquestionable QB1. At this point, being rostered at less than 50% is criminal.

Running Back

Damien Williams (8% Rostered)

David Montgomery left Chicago’s game against the Lions with what is believed to be a hyperextended knee. Don’t be surprised if this causes him to miss extended time. In his absence, Damien Williams will see a significant role as the only other reliable running back on the roster.

Kenneth Gainwell (29% Rostered)

Kenneth Gainwell is used by the Eagles in a similar way that Nyheim Hines is used in Indianapolis. As the main pass-catching back on a bad team, Gainwell could have significant flex appeal going forward.

Tight End

Dalton Schultz (34% Rostered)

Dalton Schultz has been on a tear this season and is taking advantage of Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup missing time. He’s now scored touchdowns in consecutive weeks and has had at least seven targets in each of the past two games.

At a position where finding good players is tough, Schultz is a must-add.

IDP Players

LB Quincy Williams (1% Rostered)

The older brother of Quinnen, Jets linebacker Quincy Williams has stepped up in a big way after injuries to the New York defense. Williams has made more splashy plays each week since becoming a starter in Week 2. In Week 4, he broke out with 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, and a pass breakup.

DL Quinnen Williams (6% Rostered)

Like his brother, Quinnen Williams had a huge game against the Titans, recording two sacks and one tackle for loss. He already has 3.5 sacks this season. I was very high on Q this year in Robert Saleh‘s defense, and it seems his hard work is starting to pay off.

LB Logan Wilson (37% Rostered)

Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson has looked tremendous in his second year. He’s been a great player in the passing game with three interceptions and is a consistent tackler. He’s a must-add and instantly startable.

CB Trevon Diggs (35% Rostered)

Trevon Diggs has been playing lights-out football and is a top IDP player in fantasy football. He has had an interception in every game this season and leads the NFL with five in total.

Diggs left Week 4’s game early, but missing time could help improve his value even further in this situation, as he is definitely stash-worthy in that scenario.

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Thomas Christopher has been covering the Jets since 2018. He is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]
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