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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Replacements for Week 5 Postponed Games

Jason Schandl
Fantasy football waiver wire streamers for potential COVID postponements in Week 5.
Fantasy football waiver wire streamers for potential COVID postponements in Week 5. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL season is getting messy. After the Tennesse Titans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game was pushed back in Week 4, positive COVID-19 tests are popping up all over the league in Week 5. The Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots game has already been postponed to Week 6, and the Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills game has been pushed back to Tuesday, and still may not end up being played.

This puts fantasy football managers in a tough spot, with a bunch of players now out and a handful more at risk of having the same fate. Waiver wire adds are more important than ever now, and these five players, who are all available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, are solid fall-back options to start in Week 5.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Streaming Options for COVID Postponements

1. Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans (43% Rostered)

Yes, Brandin Cooks absolutely burned fantasy managers with a goose egg in Week 4. He still appears to be heavily involved in the Houston Texans' offense though, having run a pass route on 39 of the team's 40 dropbacks in Week 4. With Bill O'Brien fired, the Texans offense has a great chance to bounce back this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who rank dead-last in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric, and that means you should be more than willing to give Cooks another chance.

2. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (31% Rostered)

Kirk Cousins is never the most exciting fantasy play in the world, but the Seattle Seahawks have been an outstanding matchup for QBs. They're allowing 401.0 passing yards per game, and they just gave up 21.3 fantasy points to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 4. This game has a huge 57.5-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook, and Cousins is a top streaming QB option for Week 5.

3. Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (42% Rostered)

Even if Julio Jones plays, Russell Gage can offer some solid fantasy value. The chance that Jones sits or is limited by playing hurt also gives Gage a ton of upside. Gage has underwhelmed over the last two weeks, but he opened the season by seeing 12 targets in Week 1 and 9 targets in Week 2. This week's game against the Carolina Panthers has a 54-point over/under with just a 2.5-point spread, suggesting this one could turn into a serious shootout.

4. Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (39% Rostered)

The running back position has, by far, the fewest viable waiver wire options this week. The Los Angeles Chargers just lost Austin Ekeler for an extended period, though, so Justin Jackson could get some serious work while sharing the backfield with rookie Joshua Kelley. Jackson saw 8 opportunities (6 carries plus 2 targets) on 21 snaps after Ekeler went down in Week 4, which wasn't too far behind Kelley's 9 carries, 3 targets and 30 snaps. Jackson is clearly the RB2, but he's the best bet you're going to find for 12-15 opportunities from a waiver wire running back this week, and the receiving work in particular gives him some decent value.

5. Dallas Cowboys D/ST (43% Rostered)

If you've been relying on the New England Patriots defense, you might find yourself in a bind this week. The Cowboys aren't a good real-world defense, but they're 9.5-point favorites against the New York Giants. The Giants rank No. 30 in pass blocking grade according to Pro Football Focus, and Daniel Jones has suffered 14 sacks while throwing 5 interceptions on the year. As big favorites, the Cowboys defense should be able to continue that trend as Jones and company will likely be forced into obvious passing situations for much of the game.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.