It has been a bizarre week for fantasy soccer homeowners. Between coronavirus-related postponements (and a false alarms), accidents each new (Nick Chubb, Austin Ekeler, Kenyan Drake) and previous (Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin), and a whole lack of protection performed by almost each group, it was nearly overwhelming. Our high Week 5 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent provides do not add a lot reassurance, as there are largely damage replacements (D’Ernest Johnson, Justin Jackson, Chase Edmonds, Ke’Shawn Vaughn) who’ve various levels of total worth and boom-or-bust WR3s who may have various levels of consistency.
Our full free agent listing options much more of the these kind of gamers (Tre’Quan Smith, Christian Kirk, Scotty Miller, Tee Higgins, Malcolm Brown, Dalton Schaultz), in addition to QB, TE, and D/ST streamer solutions. Whether or not you have got damage points, disappointing gamers, dangerous matchups, or bye-week issues with Packers and Lions gamers, we’re all the time right here to supply one-week, matchup-based options. You will discover the streamer solutions on the finish of this listing.
Should you’re in shallow leagues, Joshua Kelley (54 % possession in Yahoo leagues) and Phillip Lindsay (49) are apparent high pickups and benefit utilizing comparatively excessive waiver claims on, however not one of the different gamers talked about, with the potential exception of Edmonds, are value utilizing even utilizing low claims on except you are actually anxious about defending your injured starters. Johnson and Jackson are shut, however each are nonetheless backups even when Chubb and Ekeler are out for prolonged intervals. The entire WRs fall into the identical class of precedence free agent pickups. Typically, it is honest to make use of a low waiver declare on a bye-week streamer in case you’re in dire straights, however this early within the season, you in all probability do not need to take the hit in your waiver place except you are already on the backside.
Prime fantasy soccer waiver wire pickups for Week 5
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D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Browns. The undrafted second-year again out of South Florida had simply 5 carries getting into Sunday’s sport towards Dallas, however he made probably the most of his alternative when Nick Chubb exited within the first half. Johnson wound up main the Browns in carries (13) and dashing yards (95), averaging a whopping 7.2 yards per carry.. Kareem Hunt had each operating again touchdowns, but it surely appears clear that if Chubb is compelled to overlook extra time, Johnson will probably be closely concerned within the Browns offense. Cleveland’s subsequent two matchups aren’t significantly favorable (vs. Colts, @ Steelers), however Johnson continues to be value including as a handcuff to both Chubb or Hunt, ought to the previous miss extra time or the latter irritate the groin damage that had him listed as “questionable” coming into Week 3.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals. Cardinals coaches did not appear overly involved concerning the chest damage that knocked Kenyan Drake out of Sunday’s sport towards the Panthers, however fantasy homeowners know that each damage is a possible fear, particularly when the handcuff operating again is a reasonably confirmed veteran like Edmonds. He totaled 9 touches for 40 complete yards and a rating in Week 4, and whereas the garbage-time landing is straightforward to dismiss, all of it counts the identical for fantasy homeowners. Edmonds is value stashing, as he may see extra extra work with if Drake is wholesome given how a lot he is struggled. Arizona has some favorable matchups towards the Jets and Cowboys arising within the subsequent two weeks.
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Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Buccaneers. With Leonard Fournette (ankle) inactive and LeSean McCoy (ankle) exiting early, Vaughn took over as Ronald Jones II’s major backup. He managed simply 4 yards on three carries, however he caught two-of-three targets for 22 yards and a TD. Jones was used extra within the receiving sport, catching six-of-nine passes, however he had some dangerous drops, and it is potential the third-round rookie out of Vanderbilt will proceed to see extra time if Fournette and McCoy proceed to overlook time. Tampa’s schedule turns into extremely RB pleasant after a Week 5 tilt with Chicago, as matchups towards the Packers, Raiders, Giants, Saints, and Panthers are on deck.
Justin Jackson, RB, Chargers. Austin Ekeler appeared to undergo a critical hamstring damage within the first half of Sunday’s sport towards the Bucs, and whereas Jackson did not do a lot in his place (eight touches, 21 yards), he is nonetheless in line for extra touches because the 1B to Joshua Kelley’s 1A. Kelley is accessible in 46 % of Yahoo leagues, so he ought to be your first pickup, however Jackson may have worth, too, particularly if Kelley’s fumbling points trigger him to lose enjoying time.
Scotty Miller, WR, Buccaneers. Miller did not do a lot in Week 2 when Chris Godwin was out, however he took benefit of his absence due to a hamstring damage in Week 4. Miller caught five-of-seven targets for 83 yards and a TD towards the Chargers and seemed each bit like a favourite of Tom Brady’s. It is unclear when Godwin will return, however Miller has potential worth in PPR leagues even after that occurs, particularly with matchups just like the Packers, Raiders, Giants, and Saints arising within the subsequent 5 weeks.
For extra waiver/free agent solutions, together with extra breakouts and potential streamers, take a look at our full Week 5 listing.