With two teams on byes this week, Detriot Lions and Green Bay Packers, everyone might be searching the waiver wire for replacements.
Here are some last-minute fantasy football adds to replace some big names in week 5.
QB- Teddy Bridgewater (CAR)
If worst comes to worst, Teddy Bridgewater is not a bad play this week. He makes for a great streaming option against a terrible Falcons’ defense.
The Falcons rank last against fantasy quarterbacks this season. They have allowed Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers to have exceptional games. In those games, the Falcons’ defense has given up over 300 passing yards to all three quarterbacks. They have also allowed almost 30 points to all three as well.
Bridgewater is also coming off his best fantasy performances of the season, scoring 27 fantasy points.
With the Falcons’ defense struggling, Bridgewater is in for a career fantasy day.
Prescott and Bridgewater draw similarities in their ability to escape the pocket and run for first downs. When Prescott played Atlanta in week 2, he had three rushing touchdowns alone.
Therefore, Bridgewater is in for some rushing yards as well.
He is only rostered in 39 percent of ESPN leagues.
RB- Justin Jackson (LAC)
What an opportunity for this young running back out of Northwestern.
After losing the back-up job to rookie Joshua Kelley, Jackson has the possibility to take the starting role from him in the long run.
Last week when Ekeler went down with an injury, Jackson played 40 percent of the snaps while Kelley played 57 percent.
However, in the past two weeks, Kelley has lost two key fumbles including one last week where he fumbled the ball with 30 seconds remaining in the half. As a result, the Buccaneers would cut the lead to 10 before the half.
Jackson is also averaging 4.8 yards per carry in his career.
This week, he draws a matchup with a solid Saints’ defense. The Saints’ defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season, but Jackson could be a sneaky play this season.
Additionally, stash Jackson for the long run as he might win the starting job.
He is only rostered in 49 percent of ESPN leagues.
WR- Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC)
The rookie out of Colorado can be fantasy relevant this week against the Houston Texans.
This season, Shenault has 16 catches on 20 targets and his connection with Gardner Minshew is only getting started.
According to ESPN, Shenault has an 18 percent chance to boom this week.
Houston is middle of the pack against fantasy receivers this year, but has allowed some big games to star wide receivers.
They allowed Adam Thielen, Tyreek Hill and Juju Smith-Schuster to have over 15+ fantasy points. Thielen scored the most points for a fantasy receiver against Houston this season, securing 26.4 fantasy points (PPR).
Like Jackson, Shenault could be a sneaky play this week.
He is only rostered in 30 percent of ESPN leagues.
TE- Eric Ebron (PIT)
A couple of seasons ago, Eric Ebron was a top fantasy tight end with the Indianapolis Colts. Since then Ebron has been fairly quiet in fantasy, looking to make his way back.
This could be the week for Ebron to get his fantasy name out there once again.
For starters, he draws an extremely favorable matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles who rank 30th against tight ends this season.
Last week, the Eagles couldn’t contain George Kittle as he went on to have 40.3 fantasy points (PPR). He had a career day as he is the first tight end in NFL history to haul in 15 catches and over 175 receiving yards in a game.
Now is Ebron going to repeat what Kittle did? Absolutely not, but he can still have a productive fantasy day.
Before the Steelers unannounced week 4 bye, Ebron had a solid game in week 3.
He finished with five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown, good for 16.2 fantasy points (PPR).
Struggling at tight end, plug Ebron in for week 5.
He is only rostered in 35 percent of ESPN leagues.
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