2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 IDP Waiver Wire

by Bob Van Duser
2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 IDP Waiver Wire

Welcome back for a look at your 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 IDP Waiver Wire! As the weeks keep coming it'll be harder and harder to fill your roster with start worthy talent. We're now facing Bye Weeks and we never know if and when a game will be postponed due to positive COVID-19 test results.

The players that win their leagues this year will be the teams that stayed on top of injuries and were able to set a full lineup every week. So be sure to check in every week for my waiver wire article, and be sure to check out my Week 4 Waiver Wire article to catch up on players who might still be available and a value to your team.

Just like last week I'll break down each player into a category based on their priority to add. Low Priority means I believe this player has promise and a shot at more opportunity, but is likely a depth piece or a "wait and see" player. Medium Priority is a player I like that has a lot of promise and a rise in opportunity and you can likely start right away throughout bye weeks or in place of injuries. High priority is a player who has great talent and likely has a large amount of opportunity to make an impact going forward, and will likely be a player that holds weekly starting consideration.

Notable Players on Week 5 Bye

Green Bay Packers: DL Kenny Clark, DL/LB Za'Darius Smith, LB Preston Smith, DL/LB Rashan Gary, DB Darnell Savage, DB Adrian Amos

Detroit Lions: DL Trey Flowers, LB Jamie Collins, LB Jarrod Davis, DB Tracy Walker, DB Duron Harmon

2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 IDP Waiver Wire

Low Priority:

Morgan Fox, DE, Los Angeles Rams

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Week 4 Stats: 4 Tackles (All Solo), 1 Sack, 1 Tackle for Loss, 1 Forced Fumble.

Your first question, much like mine was, is probably: "Who???" Morgan Fox has come out of nowhere in this defense. However Defensive Coordinator Brandon Staley operates his defense with no favorites, and whoever earns the opportunity, gets it.

Where he may not wow anyone with his snap counts playing just over 37% of the snaps, he has been highly efficient with what he's been given. His usage does give me cause for concern. However, should an injury occur or if he has a favorable match up he could find his way into your lineup.

If he continues to be a playmaker on the field he could vie for more opportunity. Where he likely won't match the efficiency if he gets more opportunity, the volume should close the gap.

Brian Poole, CB (Slot), New York Jets

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Week 4 Stats: 4 Tackles (All Solo), 1 Pass Defensed, 1 INT

Let me preface this by saying, you won't see me talking about cornerbacks very often in Fantasy Football. However, Brian Poole has been a constant this season thus far in a defense with very little continuity.

He may not light up the stat sheet but he will be a reliable starter for your lineup on a defense that struggles to get off the field. That will yield plenty of opportunities for him to pad his stats and give you a reliable Fantasy start.

Andrew Wingard, DB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Week 4 Stats: 9 Tackles (5 Solo), 1 Pass Defensed

Andrew Wingard is a guy I was waiting on to disappoint me and he has yet to really do so. After getting the start in Week 2 he's been a very reliable tackler in a defense that also struggles to get off the field.

He left early last week due to an injury but snagged nine tackles in each of the two games he started and completed thus far. There will be plenty of opportunities to go around in this defense even with LBs Joe Schobert and Myles Jack logging a ton of tackles.

Keep an eye out of those waiver wires for his teammate Josh Jones, DB. He's been a solid option all year as well while racking up 11 Tackles (seven Solo) this week. He'd have made this list, however, I typically like to see players in at least three out of four of my IDP Leagues and he was only available in two of them.

Medium Priority:

Donovan Wilson, DB, Dallas Cowboys

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Week 4 Stats: 10 Tackles (6 Solo), 1 Tackle for Loss, 1 Sack

Yet another, "Who the heck is that guy?" Well quite frankly, Donovan Wilson might be the only one on the Dallas Cowboys defense that can tackle anyone. (Totally kidding.) However, he was the tackle leader on Sunday, so maybe not.

After seeing exactly zero snaps Weeks 1-3, Wilson took over the strong safety role on Sunday. Darian Thompson was the incumbent starter through the first three weeks. However, Thompson only saw four snaps on Sunday and nothing after that. My first thought was that Thompson went down with an injury. If that is the case, it was never reported.

The Dallas Defense has been a funnel for tackle opportunities. If that continues, which seems likely at this rate, Wilson becomes a must-add player for me.

Bobby Okereke, LB, Indianapolis Colts

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Week 4 Stats: 8 Tackles (6 Solo), 1 Tackle for Loss

Bobby Okereke is a rising talent in this league and has been pushing fellow LB Anthony Walker for playing time. If you take a look at their playing time through the first three weeks, Walker's snap count declines every game (43, 30, 28) while Okereke's actually increases (19, 46, 52).

The interesting caveat here is that the only thing that saved Walker's playing time this week is the injury to fellow LB Darius Leonard. Similar to last season when Darius Leonard was hurt and Walker took over, he had a stellar statistical week after Leonard's departure.

Walker is a nice short term asset should Leonard miss an extended period of time. However, it seems clear the direction the Colts want to take. Walker is set to be a free agent after this season and they could be preparing for the inevitable. Okereke is an interesting option in redraft, but a much higher priority grab for me in Dynasty Leagues.

Josey Jewell, LB, Denver Broncos

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Week 4 Stats: 10 Tackles (8 Solo), 2 Tackles for Loss, 2 Sacks, 1 Pass Defensed

Could this be the breakout Josey Jewell truthers have been waiting for? I'm skeptical, but it very well could be. Jewell stuffed the stat sheet for sure but is this just an isolated incident?

Head Coach Vic Fangio decided going into this game that he was going to blitz early and often and make QB Sam Darnold beat their defense. This resulted in the Broncos blitzing on 36.4% of the plays, which is the second-highest rate ever under Vic Fangio. While the Broncos Defense ended up taking Darnold down for six Sacks, I'm not certain this will be the norm.

However their success last Thursday Night could leave them with a lot to ponder. It might be matchup dependent as blitzing against veteran QBs usually yields fewer results. However, if it's a younger non-elite QB with a suspect offensive line you might be able to fire up Jewell with regularity. His upside is worth a speculative add.

High Priority:

Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Carolina Panthers

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Week 4 Stats: 3 Tackles (All Solo), 1 Sack, 1 Forced Fumble

Yetur Gross-Matos may not have had a monster career game, but he did show what made him a highly-touted prospect coming out of college. I wouldn't prioritize him as highly in redraft leagues, but I would make the effort to stash him in Dynasty if he's available.

His snap counts still aren't anything to marvel at yet. However, if he can maintain or increase his production that will likely yield more opportunity. He's well worth the stash in Dynasty for me.

Eric Wilson, LB, Minnesota Vikings

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Week 4 Stats: 9 Tackles (3 Solo)

Eric Wilson has not missed a snap since Anthony Barr went down with a season-ending injury. He may not be a super flashy option, but he is a guy you can slot into your lineup and give you a reasonable floor.

In addition to a slew of tackles throughout the season, he's also proven to be a playmaker with a forced fumble, an interception, and a sack in previous weeks to his credit. The steady tackles will leave him with a safe floor, and his playmaking ability can offer somewhat of a weekly ceiling.

Jon Bostic, LB, Washington Football Team

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Week 4 Stats: 14 Tackles (6 Solo)

Jon Bostic is another bland option. However, he's on another defense that struggles to get off the field. Not only that, but he plays on a team with an offense who struggles to put decent drives together and score points to keep games competitive, thus leading to a run game script for opposing offenses.

He's one of four players on his team to have seen every snap since the start of the season while showing he can be effective against the run as well as command the defense. He's not gonna blow up any given week, but he's unlikely to leave you disappointed.

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