NFL Week 5 Waiver Wire

waiver wire week 5

           The week 5 waiver wire again will be critical for those with injuries. Nick Chubb will be sidelined for at least 6 weeks and Austin Ekeler suffered a serious injury. We also saw how covid 19 could impact teams and fantasy leagues. For your week 5 waiver wire do not be afraid to grab some key backs. I would suggest holding off on spending 100% of your FAAB just in case more players test positive and you are stuck. Let us break down the week 5 waiver wire players we will be targeting. The percentages are based off ESPN owners percentage

QB Streamer

Teddy Bridgewater (9.8%)

Bridgewater is a big play for me this week. As a Josh Allen owner I am a bit worried about the game being played. Yet in general if you need a streamer pick up Bridgewater. He is currently qb 17 and has the Falcons this week. The Falcons secondary is terrible and I expect a huge week for Teddy Bridgewater again. 

week 5 waiver wire Bridgewater
Oct 4, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) warms up before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Running Backs

D’Ernest Johnson (0%) 

There has been no reason to own Johnson until now. Chubb is out 6 weeks and Hunt has been banged up. He saw 13 touches this past week and will be the main beneficiary to Chubb’s injury. During his college years he showed an ability to run effective between the tackles and also got quality receiving work. Add him as your top waiver add if you are desparate for a running back. 

Chase Edmonds (25.2%)

Something is going on in Arizona. I have long stated that Drake/Edmonds is a top 5 back. Well right now it is not happening. Edmonds however is looking very appealing for ppr formats. He had 6 targets this past week compared to 0 for Drake. The total targets between Edmonds and Drake is 17 to 5. Edmonds has also been on the field 35% of the time this year. Now of course I expect Arizona to continue to use Drake. Yet I do not trust they use him effectively. Add Edmonds if you can. 

Reggie Bonnafon (.2%)

Bonnafan saw an increase in workload from week 3 to 4. This past week he saw 12 touches for 71 yards and a touchdown. No he is not someone you can solely rely on as Mike Davis will continue to lead the way. Yet with the Falcons next week and a somewhat favorable schedule he could be a look in deeper leagues. Note once CMC comes back he will be dropable. 

Justin Jackson (8.6%) 

Listen Joshua Kelley has been my guy these past few weeks. Yet for two weeks in a row he has been fumbling in crucial situations. Now I say this because I still believe he will be the lead guy. Yet Jackson becomes a lot more appealing. Not only because Ekeler is hurt but because Lynn will bench Kelley if this trend continues. Jackson saw 8 touches once Ekeler went down so he is worth a stash if you need a running back. 

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo )

Wide Receivers

Tim Patrick (.06%) 

Patrick is quietly putting together a string of quality fantasy performances. He finished as WR 7 this past Sunday with 23.3 points. He saw 7 targets and could see even more with news of Fant possibly missing time. To me the schedule sets up nice after a game with New England. They play Miami, Kansas City and Atlanta in four weeks. 

Brandon Aiyuk (26.1%) 

Tee Higgins (25.7%)

I am going to group these rookies together as I talked about them last week. Two straight weeks of quality flex worthy performances makes them an add in deeper leagues. Both guys will continue to get looks as they are the secondary receiving options right now. I expect both of these guys to continue to put together quality seasons. 

Cole Beasley (20.2%)

Cole Beasley is looking to have a relatively safe floor of around 10 points. He has seen an average of 6 targets each week and a 16% target share. As the Bills start getting into more and more competitive match ups I believe he will be used a bit more. No he is not going to be the big play yet I cannot pass up a 10 point floor. Any given week he can be a quality flex performance. 

Cole Beasley nfl week 4 waiver wire
Beasley has shown to have a relatively safe floor so far this season.

Tight Ends

Dalton Schultz (33.7%)

Schultz could be a solid tight end this year with how the Cowboys are playing right now. They have no defense so they have to score a ton. He saw 8 targets again this week and I expect he will see plenty more. He has a high ceiling but a low flow. 

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