Waiver Wire: Week 5 2020

Dominick Petrillo

As we move into the second quarter of the NFL season, it is becoming more essential to find those waiver wire adds to help your roster.

This season has been unprecedented in the amount of injuries suffered by key contributors. This means having a backup plan is even more critical to remain a contender. Making the right decision to use your FAAB or waiver priority can go a long way in determining your success. So, let us help you make those tough decisions. With this week being the first scheduled week of byes, it is time to start looking at some fill-in players for your roster.

Based on the roster % at Yahoo! Fantasy, let us take a look at some of the players rostered in less than 33% of leagues who could make a difference for you going forward.



Teddy Bridgewater (20%)
Teddy had his first rush TD since his career-threatening knee injury on Sunday. He is also playing with a backup RB known more for his pass chops than his running ability. Not to mention Robbie Anderson is having a breakout season under his old college coach. All of these things individually are great for his potential. Add them together because he is taking on the Atlanta Falcons this week, and it is a no-brainer. Bridgewater is an easy starting option this week. The Panthers are still not a good team. They have rattled off two straight wins, but their defense is still awful. This means they will need to continue to throw the ball all season. D.J. Moore is set to finally get started. With him added to the roster of weapons at Bridgewater’s disposal, he could be looking at a top 12 fantasy season. Something I never thought I would say. Yet something I am happy to say as he is a great story and in an even better situation.



D’Ernest Johnson (2%)
With Nick Chubb out four to six weeks, the Browns will lean on Kareem Hunt a lot. They will not want to overuse him, though. Enter D’Ernest Johnson. After Chubb went out Sunday, Johnson split time with Hunt and ran for almost 100 yards. The Dallas defense is terrible for sure. Not every week will be so good, but the Browns are a run-first team. This means Johnson will have the Nick Chubb role until he can return. This is an advantageous position and warrants an add for anyone needing an RB to fill in.

Justin Jackson (6%)
Austin Ekeler is out. We do not know how long, although it did not sound good for the fan-favorite. This means it is the next man up. Joshua Kelly has been that man thus far. He is now taking over more of the work. This leads to a new second fiddle in Justin Jackson. He has been there and knows the offense. He, unlike Kelly, has more of the Ekeler profile of a pass-catching back. The Chargers look bad this year, and they will be coming from behind. Keenan Allen is sure to gain more targets. The rest will go to Justin Jackson. Justin Herbert was bringing life to Ekeler in the backfield. With Jackson taking this role, it is only fitting he will also have a good time moving ahead. Make sure to grab him.

Damien Harris (31%)
He was activated from IR at 4:30 Monday and was playing a few hours later. Sony Michel was out of the lineup due to the move. This shows the trust they have that Harris is entirely healthy. It also shows the lack of confidence they have in Sony. With James White thankfully back and Rex Birkhead playing well, Harris is not a back who will get you the 100-yard games. He could get you 50 and a TD, though. If Birkhead again regresses, these numbers will only go up. He is worth a stash and a spot flex-start.



Scotty Miller (16%)
Miller has become a favored target of tom Brady. With Chris Godwin out and Mike Evans gimpy, it has been Miller who has taken over in their stead. With Godwin missing again in Week 5, Miller is criminally under rostered. He needs to be on rosters for as long as both the top receivers are unwell.

Isaiah Ford (1%)
Ford has clearly taken the WR 2 role on the Dolphins from Preston Williams. With Williams not looking back to full health, it is essential to get the real number two in the offense. As long as Ryan Fitzpatrick is at the helm, it will be a valuable position. Not to mention, Ford is also used in the run game. A factor which gives him, even more flex potential when covering for bye week players.

Damiere Byrd (1%)
The offense of the Patriots is not great. This means they are looking for anyone who can provide a spark. Byrd has provided a bit of this due to his connection with Cam Newton. After Newton returns from exile, he will continue the connection. Especially with Julian Edelman still ailing a bit.



Greg Olsen (22%)
Seattle is finally letting Russ cook this season. Although Tyler Lockett and DK. Metcalf are the primary beneficiaries; Olsen led the team in targets and receptions on Sunday against Miami. Although this is likely not to continue, his usage in the offense will. Especially with the RB group being banged up.

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