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Dynasty Waiver Wire Pickup Rankings (Week 5, 2020)

*Make sure you're listening to the Dynasty Download each week to get further information from me on your waiver wire pick-ups, and advice for your lineups before every game.

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Best Buys:

  1. Alexander Mattison, MIN

  2. Justin Herbert, LAC

  3. Tee Higgins, CIN

  4. Henry Ruggs III, LV

  5. Chase Claypool, PIT

  6. Mecole Hardman, KC

  7. Lavishka Shenault, Jr, JAX

  8. Brandon Aiyuk, SF

  9. Preston Williams, MIA

  10. Teddy Bridgewater, CAR

Injury Adds Only:

  1. Derek Carr, LV

  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA

  3. Andy Dalton, DAL

  4. Eric Ebron, PIT

  5. Golden Tate, NYG

Top Handcuffs:

  1. Alexander Mattison, MN

  2. Latavius Murray, NO

  3. Chase Edmonds, AZ

  4. Darrel Williams, KC

  5. Tony Pollard, DAL

  6. D'Ernest Johnson, CLE

  7. Carlos Hyde, SEA

  8. D'Andre Swift, DET

  9. Jordan Wilkins, IND

  10. Jamaal Williams, GB

Quarterbacks:

- After Dak's tragic leg injury, you might need to replace your QB for now. My big weekly suggestion: stream QBs (especially in redraft). I'm also assuming you likely have a backup in dynasty formats. Best options for week 6: Ryan Tannehill or Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tannehill is playing Houston and Fitzpatrick (fresh off of his week 5 shelling of the 49ers) is playing the lowly Jets. You can definitely make a credible run with playing the matchups given the incredible depth we have at the position right now.


Running Backs:

- The reason I include the handcuff section of this article is exactly what happened on SNF. Dalvin Cook is being assessed for a groin injury, and, in his stead, Mattison exploded for a huge night. If only he had converted on that last 4th down for Minnesota, he would have had a perfect night filling in. Given all of the RB injuries in most years and this year. Handcuff, Handcuff, HANDCUFF! Especially on a scheme-heavy team.


Wide Receivers:

- This might be the best WR class to have ever happened. Holy crap we have so many talented WRs that are already producing with no preseason this year and only five weeks into the season. CeeDee Lamb and Justin Jefferson are studs, Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy are potential stars, Tee Higgins has found a great chemistry with Joe Burrow, and even Tyler Johnson had a good TNF game last week.


That's before we get into Chase Claypool's huge game on Sunday. It looks like Pittsburgh has found another star, but I question his viability if he continues to have three or more big players ahead of him. Remember, almost all of his breakout came after Diontae Johnson left the game again. Nevertheless, if any of these guys are available via FA or by an owner in your league who doesn't know their worth, scoop them now. Rant over.


Tight Ends:

- PICK UP ROBERT TONYAN! He's coming off his bye week, and was the top TE in fantasy after 4 weeks. If you weren't smart enough to stash him before now, you need to pick him up.


In other news, Austin Hooper has five catches in back to back weeks, has a good upcoming schedule (especially for the playoffs), and is on the field a ton in this TE-heavy scheme. Additionally, keep an eye on Irv Smith, Jr. after an ok performance on SNF against Seattle. The Vikings haven't made TEs a focus for awhile, but the zone scheme Shanahan system is good for TEs that are on the field a lot (see Hooper, Austin or Kittle, George).

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