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Week 5 Waiver Wire 2020: Fantasy Football Pickups You Need to Add

Max Staley
Chase Edmonds could be the top waiver wire pickup of the week.
Chase Edmonds could be the top waiver wire pickup of the week. / Norm Hall/Getty Images

Week 4 wasn't nearly as devastating as Week 2, but there were still some significant injuries and performances that could really impact the fantasy season going forward.

Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or just need to improve your bench, here are the top-five waiver wire pickups to target for Week 5.

6. Honorable Mentions

- Scotty Miller, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16% Rostered)
- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (24% Rostered)
- Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints (27% Rostered)
- Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts (4% Rostered)

5. Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (42% Rostered)

Hunter Renfrow has really turned some heads in recent weeks. The former Clemson Tigers standout is turning 8.5 targets into 5.5 receptions for 70.5 receiving yards per game over the last two weeks, adding 1 TD in that time. The uptick in usage coincides with injuries to both Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, but you have to think Renfrow has done enough to cement his status in the pecking order. Plus, this isn't the first productive stretch we've seen from him. He finished 2019 averaging a quietly impressive 70.0 yards over his final 7 games of the year, scoring 4 TDs in that span. Catching balls from the guy with the ninth-most pass attempts in the league, Renfrow has both a higher floor and ceiling than he's being given credit for.

4. Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (5% Rostered)

Before you go out and add Justin Jackson, fantasy managers need to check to see if Joshua Kelley is available on the waiver wire. We're betting he won't be (55% rostered), but Jackson is a solid consolation prize. With Austin Ekeler set to miss an extended period of time, Kelley should be handling the bulk of the early-down work, but Jackson could factor in as a pass-catcher and change-of-pace back. Ekeler is averaging 4.25 targets per game this year (6.75 in 2019) and it's fair to expect Jackson to take over that role, as Kelley has just 7 targets on the year. The receiving work makes Jackson more valuable in PPR formats.

3. Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (33% Rostered)

Tee Higgins has serious upside the rest of the way. He's pretty clearly won the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 3 WR job, and he's actually even out-targeted AJ Green (16 to 11) over the last two weeks. That 8.0 targets per game average doesn't appear to be unsustainable, either, as Joe Burrow has the second-most passing attempts in the NFL. The rookie will only continue to improve as the season progresses and it's not unrealistic to think he finishes the year as Cincinnati's No. 1 wideout.

2. D'Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (2% Rostered)

D'Ernest Johnson's value got a huge boost earlier this afternoon, as it was announced Nick Chubb will be headed to IR. That means he'll be out for a minimum of three weeks, and there's real concern he could be out even longer than that. Kareem Hunt will be an RB1 for the Cleveland Browns and fantasy managers in his absence, but Johnson showed he has legit upside on Sunday. He turned 13 carries into 95 yards, and this Browns' rushing attack seems to be for real. He'll have FLEX appeal as long as Chubb is out.

1. Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (35% Rostered)

Chase Edmonds was the least productive member of this list in Week 4, but he grabs the top spot because of his season-long potential. Kenyan Drake's lack of fantasy points has been one of the strangest stories of the year. He's currently the RB34 in PPR leagues, putting Edmonds only .2 points behind him on the season. That's due to Edmonds' emergence in the passing game, seeing 17 targets while Drake has only seen 5. Notably, Drake appeared to get banged up toward the end of game in Week 4, and we haven't gotten a concrete update on his status quite yet. There's suddenly a non-zero chance that Edmonds beats out Drake as this team's RB1, and he could also take over for him if he does turn out to be dealing with an injury. That level of upside makes Edmonds a great add this week.

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