Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5

NFL Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt
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With several more running backs injuries this weekend, and COVID news out of multiple NFL organizations, the waiver wire is the quickest way to improve your fantasy football team. Here are the Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL Season.

Teams on a Bye Week 5: Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers

Players are ranked in the priority they should be pick up off the waiver wire.

NFL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater smiling during football practice and wearing a red non-contact jersey
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  • Ben Roethlisberger PIT
  • Kirk Cousins MIN (He plays Seattle Week 5)
  • Teddy Bridgewater CAR (He plays Atlanta Week 5)
  • Gardner Minshew JAX
  • Daniel Jones NYG (He plays Dallas Week 5)
  • Derek Carr LV
  • Justin Herbert LAC
  • Jimmy Garoppolo SF
NFL Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt
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Running Back

  • Kareem Hunt CLE
  • Damien Harris NE
  • Latavius Murray NO
  • Phillip Lindsay DEN
  • D’Andre Swift DET
  • Joshua Kelly LAC
  • D’Ernest Johnson CLE
  • Justin Jackson LAC
  • Malcolm Brown LAR
  • Chase Edmonds ARI
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn TB
  • Cam Akers LAR
  • Devonta Freeman NYG
  • Gus Edwards BAL
NFL Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk getting tackled by a Washington Football Team defensive player
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Wide Receiver

  • Jamison Crowder NYJ
  • Deebo Samuel SF
  • Tee Higgins CIN
  • Scotty Miller TB
  • Russell Gage ATL
  • Laviska Shenault Jr. JAX
  • Christian Kirk ARI
  • Cole Beasley BUF
  • Tim Patrick DEN
  • Alshon Jeffery PHI (stash)
  • Hunter Renfrow LV
  • Tre’Quan Smith NO
  • Mecole Hardman KC
  • Greg Ward PHI
  • Gabriel Davis BUF
NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski spiking the football with a group of guys on the football field
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Tight End

  • Dalton Schultz DAL
  • Robert Tonyan GB
  • Eric Ebron PIT
  • Austin Hooper CLE
  • Rob Gronkowski TB
  • Drew Sample CIN
  • Cameron Brate TB
NFL Arizona Cardinals defense tackling Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson
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Defenses to Stream Week 5

  • Arizona Cardinals @ NYJ
  • Los Angeles Rams @ WAS
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs LV
  • Cleveland Browns vs IND
  • Denver Broncos @ NE
  • Dallas Cowboys vs NYG
  • Jacksonville Jaguars @ HOU
  • Los Angeles Chargers @ NO (They play NYJ Week 6)
NFL New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley running with a football for a touchdown against the Washington Football Team
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Players You Can Drop


  • Drew Lock DEN – Shoulder Injury
  • Mitch Trubisky CHI
  • Tyrod Taylor LAR – Chest Injury

Running Backs

  • AJ Dillion GB
  • Boston Scott PHI
  • Carlos Hyde SEA – Shoulder Injury
  • Chris Thompson JAX
  • Devine Ozigbo JAX
  • Frank Gore NYJ
  • Jordan Howard MIA
  • LeSean McCoy TB – Ankle Sprain
  • Marlon Mack IND – Season Ending Achilles Tear
  • Ryquell Armstead JAX – COVID List
  • Saquon Barkley NYG – Season Ending ACL Tear
  • Sony Michel NE – Quad Injury Put on IR
  • Tarik Cohen CHI – Season Ending ACL Tear

Wide Receivers

  • Andy Isabella ARI
  • Brandin Cooks BAL
  • Breshad Perriman NYJ – High Ankle Sprain
  • Bryan Edwards LV – High Ankle Sprain
  • Courtland Sutton DEN – Season Ending ACL Tear
  • Denzel Mims NYJ – 2nd Hamstring Strain Put on IR
  • DeSean Jackson PHI – Hamstring injury
  • Jalen Reagor PHI – Thumb Injury Put on IR
  • John Ross CIN
  • K.J. Hamler DEN
  • Larry Fitzgerald ARI
  • Marvin Jones DET
  • Michael Pittman Jr. IND – Compartment Leg Syndrome
  • Parris Campbell IND – PCL/MCL Sprain
  • Randall Cobb HOU
  • Sterling Shepard NYG – Turf Toe Put on IR
  • Tyrell Williams LV – Shoulder Labrum Tear

Tight Ends

  • Blake Jarwin DAL – Season Ending Torn ACL
  • C.J. Uzomah CIN – Season Ending Achilles Tear
  • Dallas Goedert PHI – Small Ankle Fracture
  • David Njoku CLE – MCL Strain Put on IR
  • Irv Smith MIN
  • Jordan Reed SF – MCL Sprain Put on IR
  • Logan Thomas WAS
  • OJ Howard TB – Season Ending Achilles Tear

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