We’ve made it to week five and the first set of byes, and most of us by now have reflected on week four’s triumphs and losses and are figuring out to handle the upcoming week.
We had two more running backs go down in Austin Ekeler and Nick Chubb. This has not been the year of starting running backs, but I’m not going to get into it with you here as I am also owners of these backs in multiple leagues. So go ahead and scroll down (which I am already sure you did!) and let’s start preparing for week 5!
This week’s waiver-wire adds are based off CBS owner percentages that are 60% and lower.
Teams on bye: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers (39% Owned)
Bridgewater is coming out of week 4 with 306 passing yards and 3 total touchdowns. He’s got a juicy matchup against Atlanta this week who has a funnel defense that has been making opposing team’s QB’s routinely finish as QB1’s. If you’re a Matthew Stafford or Aaron Rodgers owner, he’s an easy plug-and-play QB.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (44% Owned)
Outside of week 2’s disaster, Cousins has been putting up solid numbers due in large part to the emergence of Justin Jefferson. He gets Seattle week 5 and Atlanta week 6 before his week 7 bye.
Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (35% Owned)
Three weeks into his starting NFL career and he’s already 0-3. However, for fantasy reasons, we don’t care as Herbert has been putting up good fantasy points. He’s got nice touch on the deep ball, but he comes with typical rookie mistakes. If you are in need of a quarterback this week, and the two above are gone, Herbert is your guy.
Additional adds: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Gardner Minshew
Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (60% Owned)
In a week where Kenyan Drake should have destroyed the Panthers’ run defense, he put up a putrid 35 rushing yards on 13 carries and went out with an injury. Come to find out, he just had the wind knocked out of him. He hasn’t been producing for fantasy owners who took him in the later first or early second. Drake could be benched here soon, or go out with another injury, either way Edmonds is worth an add as he looks like the better back here.
Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (35% Owned)
Welcome to week 4 Damien Harris. It took a while before we saw him get on the field and he looked like the best running back in New England finishing with a team-high 17 carries for 100 yards. Watching what he did Monday night and seeing that burst that you saw from his days at Alabama, he’s a top add where available.
D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (0% Owned)
Nick Chubb was ruled out early in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a knee injury. Monday afternoon he was put on IR with a right MCL sprain and will miss roughly six weeks. Even when Chubb went down the Browns proved that they want to keep a two running back rotation going with Kareem Hunt. Johnson finished with 13 carries for 95 yards and out-carried Hunt, 13-11. Now knowing that Chubb is out until week 11, Johnson is worth an add for those who need running backs.
Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (7% Owned)
It’s looking like Austin Ekeler will be out multiple weeks with a grade 2 hamstring injury. Jackson didn’t do much in the game against Tampa Bay, as most running backs have not, but Joshua Kelley had his 2nd lost fumble on the season which turned into 7 points for Tom Brady and the Bucs. If he keeps fumbling, he won’t be on the field much, but with how the Chargers like to run two running backs, Jackson is worth an add.
Deep league adds: Gus Edwards, Travis Homer, Brian Hill
Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos (1% Owned)
When Courtland Sutton went down, I personally thought Jerry Jeudy was going to go straight to the #1 receiver on this team because of the unique talent he brings. I was wrong, and for the second week, Tim Patrick, has been the top receiver for the Broncos and has put up good numbers with a 2nd and 3rd string quarterback. He’s a top add for me as top wide receivers have been going down left and right.
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (52% Owned)
Higgins’ second week on the list, but this should be his last appearance as he won’t be available in most leagues soon. He’s had 6, 9 and 7 targets over the last three weeks, which have turned into his yardage going up every week. It looks like it’s time for AJ Green to take a backseat as Higgins is already looking like he’s taking the #2 role, while Tyler Boyd is serving as the #1 in fantasy.
Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (61% Owned)
He’s 1% over the threshold and this will be his last week here, but when a player is being used as both a wide receiver and a running back, you have my attention and should have yours also. He has been averaging about 40 receiving yards and a rush or two a game, but his talent could explode at any time. He went off for 86 receiving yards and gets Houston and Detroit before his week 7 bye.
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints (31% Owned)
The talent is there and it really showed in week 4 against the Detroit Lions as he caught all 4 of his targets for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns. As long as Michael Thomas remains out, he could be a nice WR3 for you with boom/bust potential.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (22% Owned)
The name is well known and what the Eagles are putting on the field at wide receiver is Greg Ward and ………. yeah, there’s no one there I can name at wide receiver. When he comes back, Jeffery could be a nice WR3, with WR2 upside.
Additional adds: Mecole Hardman, Scotty Miller, David Moore, Darnell Mooney, Gabriel Davis, Andy Isabella
Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys (63% Owned)
If the Cowboys are going to be passing as much as they are right now, Schultz should easily be a 1,000-yard receiver. For the time being, Schultz needs to be owned in all leagues as he already has 17 catches for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns in three games. He has top-12 upside for the foreseeable future.
Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers (53% Owned)
Monday night was a great game for Tonyan as he continued his touchdown streak to three consecutive games after entering week 4 with a touchdown in each of the last two games. Monday night, he scored 3 touchdowns off of 6 catches for 98 yards. Aaron Rodgers was looking for Tonyan often as two of his touchdowns were in the red zone, and the other was just outside of it. Tonyan has been great these last three games and if you’re getting touchdowns from the tight end position, you’re going to be on at least one of my teams.
Additional adds: Cameron Brate, Greg Olsen, Eric Ebron