Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 5

Fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 5, including Tim Patrick.
Fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 5, including Tim Patrick. / Elsa/Getty Images

Continuing the trend for the 2020 NFL season, Week 4 brought us more high-profile injuries that could have a big impact on the fantasy football landscape.

Savvy fantasy managers will find plenty of great options available on the waiver wire, but if you're in a deeper or more competitive league, you may need some lesser-known options.

That's where these three fantasy football waiver sleepers for Week 5 come into play.

1. Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts (4% Rostered)

Zach Pascal was one of our waiver wire sleepers last week as well, and he remains available in most leagues. T.Y. Hilton continues to disappoint, and with Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman hurt, the door is open for Pascal. He only managed 3 receptions for 58 yards in Week 4, but Pascal's 8 targets were a team-high, with no other Colt topping 5 targets on the day. He was also on the field for 75 percent of the team's offensive snaps, matching Hilton for the most among wideouts. Pascal has a real chance to emerge as this team's No. 1 wideout.

2. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Tampa bay Buccaneers (6% Rostered)

With Leonard Fournette on the shelf and LeSean McCoy making an early exit, Ke'Shawn Vaughn handled his first NFL touches in Week 4, seeing 3 targets and 3 carries while scoring a touchdown on just 19 snaps played. This is still a crowded backfield, but Vaughn has some long-term upside. With Fournette and McCoy banged up, there's only one back left in his way to an RB1 role in what is looking like a very dangerous Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense.

3. Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos (2% Rostered)

Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler have been getting all the fantasy football love in the Denver Broncos offense with Courtland Sutton out for the year, but Tim Patrick has now scored touchdowns in back-to-back games. It's not just a pair of fluky touchdowns buoying his value, either. Patrick has played no fewer than 65% of the team's offensive snaps in every game this season (including at least 75% in each of the last two) and he's averaging 5.3 targets per game. He set season-high marks in targets (7), receptions (6) and yards (113) in Week 4, and Noah Fant is the only Bronco with more catches than Patrick's 16 on the season.

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