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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara leads Week 5 waiver wire additions for fantasy football. USA TODAY Sports/ Kirby Lee

Alvin Kamara, Deshaun Watson Lead Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Additions Week 5

Week 4 of the NFL season saw more than its fair share of injuries, making this week’s top five waive wire additions that much more important.

Whether you lost Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook to a season-ending knee injury, or are just hoping to find a stop-gap quarterback until Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr returns, Fourth & Goal has you covered.

Below is a list of the top five fantasy football waiver wire additions for Week 5:

5. Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess

Funchess continues to see an increased workload in his third season and will surely be one of the top waiver wire additions in Week 5 following his breakout game this past Sunday. The Panthers 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver caught seven passes for 70 yards and scored two touchdowns in a win over the New England Patriots and has proven himself a reliable target for quarterback Cam Newton. Funchess leads Carolina’s receiving corps in targets (27) and receptions (17) through four games and remains less than 28 percent owned in fantasy leagues.

4. Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray

Murray became the top running back in Minnesota after Cook went down with a torn ACL this weekend and is less than 20 percent owned most fantasy leagues. While there are some concerns with Murray sharing the backfield with Jerick McKinnon moving forward, the former Oakland Raiders running back has proven himself a valuable fantasy commodity in the past. Murray scored a career-high 12 touchdowns in his final season with the Silver and Black and has the potential to be a solid RB2 for fantasy owners moving forward.

3. Houston Texans WR Will Fuller

Fuller caught four passes for 35 yards and scored two touchdowns in his 2017 season debut. The Texans 2016 first-round pick seemed to have no problem finding a connection with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and should be considered the team’s No. 2 wide receiver moving forward. Fuller’s ability to take the top off a defense makes him a valuable fantasy asset, and the second-year receiver remains less than 33 percent owned in most leagues after returning from injury.

2. Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson

Watson torched the Tennessee Titans defense in Week 4, scoring five total touchdowns. The Texans rookie is quickly proving himself a fantasy quarterback worth owning and should be an instant waiver wire addition for fantasy owners with question marks at the quarterback position. Watson is less than 36 percent owned in most fantasy leagues and has huge upside value given his ability to score both with his feet and arm.

1. New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara

Kamara caught 10 passes on 10 targets in Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins and also scored his second touchdown of the season. New Orleans’ backfield looked too crowded for fantasy owners at the outset of the 2017 season, but Kamara is quickly proving himself the Saints best option. The third-round pick out Tennessee is leading the team in yards per carry (5.5) and trails only wide receiver Michael Thomas in receptions and receiving yards. Kamara is less than 47 percent owned in most fantasy leagues and should be considered the top waiver wire addition this week despite New Orleans’ upcoming bye week. 

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