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Best available WRs on Week 5 waivers

The wide receiver position requires some creativity on the fantasy football waiver wire, but there are some names of note in Week 5.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu runs after a catch in the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

We might only be four weeks into the regular season, but that doesn’t mean some fantasy rosters couldn’t use a boost at the wide receiver spot on the waiver wire. Between injuries and all of the changes we’ve already seen at quarterback, your wide receiver group might not look as rosy as it did on draft day. Here are four players worth targeting who are still available in the majority of ESPN leagues.

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (6.2 percent)

The biggest beneficiary of Ben Roethlisberger’s injury appears to be Johnson. He’s had back-to-back double digit fantasy efforts, with a touchdown each week. The 2019 third round pick faces a potentially tough Week 5 matchup at home against a shaky but talented Baltimore defense, but he’s looking to be worth adding as a season-long add and not just as a one-week streaming option.

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (35 percent)

Julio Jones is the star wide receiver on the Falcons while Calvin Ridley is the exciting young player on the rise. That doesn’t leave a lot of headlines for Sanu, but he still has a significant role in their offense. He received a season-high 12 targets against the Titans last week, catching nine of them for 91 yards. With at least six targets in each of their four games this season, Sanu should continue to have a large enough role to warrant fantasy consideration.

Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (27 percent)

Allison had his best performance in the early going last week, catching three of four targets for 52 yards and a touchdown. The score was his second of the season despite being the number three wide receiver for the Packers. The main issue here is the toe injury that Davante Adams suffered against the Eagles. Should he be limited or forced to miss any time, it would likely open up an expanded role for Allison.

Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (21 percent)

Beasley and John Brown were two key additions for the Bills at wide receiver during the offseason. Brown is the deep threat while Beasley is the reliable veteran in the slot. The Bills have leaned on him early, which has resulted in him catching 24 of 36 targets for 246 yards. While his touchdown upside is limited, his heavy target share makes him a viable option in PPR leagues.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (Six percent)

It’s difficult to get excited about any of the wide receivers on the Titans given how inconsistent Marcus Mariota has been in his career. However, the rookie Brown has tons of talent, which he showed off last week against the Falcons when he turned three targets into three catches, 94 yards and two touchdowns. Despite his limited work load, he has recorded at least 94 receiving yards in two of four games this season. If you’re in a deep league, his upside makes him an intriguing option.