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Waiver Wire: Week 5

We’re now a quarter of the way through the 2020 fantasy season, and the volatility has lived up to expectations. At this point, many of us now have a reasonable idea of where our teams stand and what our positional needs are going forward. The players covered in Waiver Wire: Week 5 will have less than 30% ownership in Yahoo leagues. Players are ordered by ownership percentage at their position.


Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers – 19%

Teddy Two Gloves (as he was relentlessly referred to this weekend), played great on Sunday going 26/37 for 267 yards and 2 scores while adding 6 carries for 32 yards and another score on the ground. The Panthers have now quietly won two weeks in a row, and their offense has looked good. He’ll  get the Falcons hopeless defense next weekend and be a quality streamer in that game.

Running Back

Damien Harris, New England Patriots – 30%

Harris played well in his debut against the Chiefs taking 17 carries for 100 yards and flashed some serious burst on a 41-yard scamper. Sadly, he’s still a Patriots running back and as a result was used identically to Michel, seeing zero involvement in the passing game. With Michel on IR, Harris is worth a pick up though this backfield remains one of the most unpredictable in the NFL.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6%

Remember this guy? Vaughn emerged as the Buccaneers passing back on Sunday following an ankle sprain to McCoy. He took 3 carries for 4 yards and hauled in 2 of 3 targets for 22 yards and a score. With Fournette also banged up, Vaughn is in line for a role as the Bucs passing back this Thursday against the Bears. He’s not a recommended starter by any means, but there are worse statshes out there. If Thursday’s a disaster just cut bait and play the RB lottery with other backs on Sunday.

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers – 5%

Another blast from the recent past, Jackson took over #2 duties on Sunday following Ekeler’s hamstring strain. Truthers were likely disappointed as he took his 6 carries for 9 yards and caught both targets for 12 yards. However, Jackson is now in line for something similar to Kelly’s previous role and is one injury away from having the entire Chargers backfield to himself. He’s a solid add who could become a poor man’s FLEX in the near future.

D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns – 1%

Johnson looked surprisingly spry in relief of Nick Chubb on Sunday taking 13 carries for 95 yards. With Chubb now officially on IR for at least the next 3 weeks, Johnson becomes an intriguing add who could return FLEX production until Chubb returns. While he didn’t log a catch or target Sunday, Johnson is a quality receiver who had a combined 53 receptions during his sophomore and junior seasons at USF. With the possibility of Chubb being out as long as six weeks, he’s my favorite RB add of the week and has some sneaky dynasty appeal if he makes the most of his touches.

Wide Receiver

Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars – 24%

I think this is the third or fourth time I’ve included Laviska Shenault in this section yet somehow he’s still only 24% owned. He’s currently averaging 9.6 FP/G and his role continues to grow in a solid offense that will see plenty of pass-heavy game script. Add him where available.

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 16%

Miller’s fantasy relevance will hinge largely on Godwin’s availability going forward though Howard’s injury also brightens his prospects some. Without Godwin Sunday, Miller saw a 15.2% target share and posted a 7/5/83/1 receiving line. With a quick turnaround for Thursday’s game at Chicago, Miller will once again be a WR3 if Godwin can’t go.

Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles – 16%

Given the well-documented health of Eagles’ pass-catchers I figured Jeffery would have a little higher ownership than 16%. Upon return, Jeffery will immediately slide in as the Eagles WR1 and should see a high volume of targets until Goedert, Reagor and Jackson return. Jeffery saw 7.9 targets per game in similar situations last year and has been a red zone threat throughout his career. He’s a nice stash who could return WR3/FLEX value once the Eagles schedule softens up.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos – 2%

The 6’4” undrafted WR out of Utah flashed potential a couple years ago when given the opportunity. On Thursday night, Patrick revived those hopes dropping a 7/6/113/1 receiving line on the abominable Jets. Patrick has a hell game with the Patriots next week and should be avoided in that matchup. He’s a stash for now.

Olamide Zaccheus, Atlanta Falcons – 2%

Zaccheus balled out on Monday night in relief of Julio Jones catching all 8 of his targets for 86 yards and an impressive 20.5% target share. It’s fair to wonder if Zaccheus has surpassed Gage in the pecking order and he’s worth a stash as long it takes Jones to get over his hamstring injury. The Falcons will continue to throw relentlessly.

Isaiah Ford, Miami Dolphins – 1%

The good news is Ford has 26 targets through the first four games. The bad news is he’s turned those into only 15 receptions and 154 scoreless yards. Regardless, his 18.3% target share on a team forced to air it out will make him a name to watch for those in deeper PPR formats. Preston Williams’ struggles accentuate that point.

Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears – 1%

Mooney saw a 21.4% target share (9 targets) in Week 4’s loss to the Colts and looks to have leapfrogged Anthony Miller in the pecking order. While it’s fair to wonder how much value there is rostering any Bears receiver not named Allen Robinson, Mooney’s rising snap share, target share and 4.38 speed make him worthy of consideration in deeper formats.

Tight End

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers – 29%

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers – 29%

Talk about a blow up game. Tonyan went berserk on Monday night against the…guess who? Falcons. When the drubbing concluded, Tonyan exited with a 6/6/98/3 receiving line in the absence of Allen Lazard and Davante Adams. It’s worth noting that Tonyan is a converted wideout with plus athleticism who finally seems to be getting his shot in Green Bay. With virtually no other competition from Packers TEs he should be a priority add in wherever available.

Albert Okwuegbunam, Denver Broncos – 0%

A highly speculative add, Albert O is a freak athlete who could be thrown into the mix as soon as this week. Okwuegbunam also displayed a tremendous connection with QB Drew Lock during their time at Mizzou. With Fant reportedly sidelined for at least Week 5, Okwuegbunam will have a chance to showcase his talents in a brutal matchup against the Patriots. He’s best suited to deeper 2 TE or TE premium leagues but is squarely on the radar in dynasty formats.

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