While Week 5 featured some prominent players getting injured, the waiver wire is still dry because the high-value backups for those players are owned in most leagues. Despite this, there is still value to be had. The following players are listed in order of priority.
Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
A surprise standout performer on Monday Night Football, Harris racked up 100 yards on 17 carries in the absence of starter Sony Michel. With Michel on the IR for the foreseeable future, Harris should be a weekly flex play, especially when Cam Newton returns. The Patriots offense was miserable all game, but Harris was the lone bright spot. He is the clear top add of the week.
Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
With Austin Ekeler slated to miss significant time, the primary backup Joshua Kelley is already owned in most leagues (if he is available, please pick him up before any of these players). However, Justin Jackson should have a sizable role as well. He is likely to serve as the team’s primary receiving back and should have a role similar to that of Tarik Cohen and Nyheim Hines. Jackson should also get at least eight carries a game, making him a weekly high-floor flex option.
Dalton Shultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Shultz has been everything injured teammate Blake Jarwin was supposed to be through four weeks. The Cowboys have an absurd amount of passing volume and they are scoring a ton of points as well. Tight ends on high volume offenses are a hot commodity and, while Shultz is not a household name, he has been superb this season. This will be the last week his ownership is below 50 percent.
Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are trying to get the ball in Shenault’s hands by whatever means necessary. He’s getting a decent amount of targets and is getting carries as well. The touchdowns have not come yet which is keeping his ownership down, but one breakout week with a couple scores will drive his value way up. His five catches for 86 yards in Week 4 showed that he is not just a gadget player.
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
This marks the second week Higgins has made this list, and it should be the last. He has established himself as the clear number two option in the passing game behind Tyler Boyd. Joe Burrow has developed a nice connection with Higgins so far and loves targeting him in the red zone. The Bengals are throwing a lot which makes Higgins a pretty high floor flex play with touchdown upside.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers
If you need a streamer QB this week, Bridgewater is your guy. He has a mouthwatering match-up against the atrocious Atlanta Falcons defense that has not managed to slow down anyone. This game has shootout written all over it and I love starting all the players in this game. Very little of the Panthers offense comes on the ground as RB Mike Davis gets roughly half of his yardage from receptions. In a shootout where the offense will run through Bridgewater, he looks like a great option this week.