Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 5: Wide receiver rankings

The waiver wire begins late Tuesday, so it is time to figure out your best options. We’ve got rankings for all four major positions.

Week 4 of the 2017 regular season is just about coming to a close. Most fantasy football leagues will run their waiver wires late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but we are here to help you get a jump on the best options to consider.

We will be ranking the top five players likely to be available in your league at each of the four major positions. Some weeks there might not be five good options available, but we’ll scour for the best we can find. Additionally, throughout the week, we will update each of these articles as ownership percentages change and news arrives. The following ownership percentages come via CBS Sportsline entering Week 4.

Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (58 percent ownership)

Welcome back, Cooper Kupp! We had missed the Rams slot man the past two weeks after his promising debut against the Colts in Week 1. But facing a Cowboys defense that got destroyed by Larry Fitzgerald out of the slot last Monday night, Kupp delivered with five catches on seven targets for 60 yards and a TD. Perhaps we just need to be selective with Kupp and save him for defenses that struggle with slot receivers. But he still deserves a spot on your roster for just such a moment.

Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (56)

Devin Funchess scores in bunches. Great tag line. Rarely a reality. Until now. Funchess had a career game against the Patriots with seven catches for 70 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season. It was the game we’ve all been waiting for from Fucnhess, and while the presence of the horrific Patriots defense probably helped, it’s not out of the realm of possibility he does this on a semi-regular basis.

Taylor Gabriel (38), Atlanta Falcons

We’ll have to wait and see on the severity of Julio Jones’ and Mohamed Sanu’s injuries, but if either (or both) are going to miss time, Gabriel, Justin Hardy (0 ownership) and Nick Williams (0 ownership) are going to have to step up. Although he went 0-for-5 on his targets on Sunday, Gabriel has flashed big-play ability in this offense and would be the waiver move of choice here.

Will Fuller, Houston Texans (21)

Welcome back, Will Fuller! The second-year receiver must have been all sorts of confused on Sunday in his season debut, playing with a quarterback that actually got him the ball. Fuller turned his four catches on six targets into 35 yards and two touchdowns. Fuller was a great compliment to DeAndre Hopkins early last season, before Brock Osweiler turned into a pumpkin. Now, with DeShaun Watson looking like a savvy veteran gunslinger, Fuller should go back to being his productive self once again.

Jaron Brown, Arizona Cardinals (8)

Carson Palmer threw the ball 51 times on Sunday. Eight different players were on the receiving end. That’s a nice ratio for the pass-catchers in this pass-first offense with David Johnson sidelined. Jaron Brown hit double-digit targets for the second time in three games on Sunday, despite the return of John Brown. Jaron turned his 12 targets into eight catches for 105 yards. John Brown had seven targets, so it’s not like Jaron is taking a backseat.