Bye weeks officially start this week with the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers taking the week off. Tennessee and Pittsburgh both got their bye weeks unexpectedly moved to this previous week due to COVID-19. So whether you need some spot starts due to byes or injuries, let’s take a look at the best fantasy football waiver wire additions ahead of NFL week five action.
With Austin Ekeler sidelined the next 4-6 weeks, expect Justin Jackson to see an increased role in the Chargers’ offense. Joshua Kelley should be the primary back and should be rostered in all formats. However, the Chargers use two backs often and Jackson received six carries this week to Kelley’s nine. Jackson is worth a speculative add over the next month or so.
Check your waiver wires to see if Chase Edmonds is available. He has outproduced Kenyan Drake in the receiving game every week so far this season. Drake has struggled to date and he exited the game early this past Sunday with a chest injury. Should Drake miss time or Arizona decides to get Edmonds more involved in that backfield, you want to have Edmonds on your team before that happens.
The 33rd overall pick from this year’s draft has begun to emerge as a major weapon for the first overall pick, Joe Burrow. Tee Higgins has seen 22 targets since week two, and he hauled in a nice four receptions for 77 yards in his most recent contest. He looks to have overtaken A.J. Green in the Bengals’ offense and will likely continue to grow in his role throughout the season.
- Ke’shawn Vaughn – RB, TB
- Damien Harris – RB, NE
- Malcolm Brown – RB, LAR
- Mecole Hardman – WR, KC
- Laviska Shenault Jr. – WR, JAX
- Robert Tonyan – TE, GB
- Rob Gronkowski – TE, TB
That does it for this week’s fantasy football waiver wire adds. Be sure to tune in to the Fantasy Hour On Tap podcast for analysis, updates, and advice throughout the 2020 season.