The first quarter of the 2020 NFL season has officially come and gone, with our fantasy football leagues beginning to take shape. By now, we have a decent idea of which offenses to target, the usage rates we’re trying to identify and the latest injury news — although, as we saw last week, things are always changing.
The following are the most intriguing waiver wire additions ahead of Week 5 in fantasy football leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers RBs Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson – 54% and 5% rostered
Austin Ekeler suffered a leg injury (hamstring) that looks like it could potentially sideline him long-term, which obviously opens up a huge path to potential stardom for the remaining players in this backfield. Kelley is easily the next man up and actually looked solid splitting time with Ekeler throughout the first three weeks. The rookie ripped off nine rushing attempts in Week 4 for only seven yards, as well as three receptions on three targets for 26 yards.
Jackson is the lesser-known and -rostered player who figures to see a massive uptick in usage if Ekeler is sidelined — he totaled six rushing attempts for 15 yards and two targets (two receptions for 12 yards).
Both players are great options moving forward with Kelley being boosted into RB2 territory as the lead-game back who offers a ton of high-value touch potential (goal line, red zone). Jackson is the more accessible player and sleeper option. Kelley played in 58% and Jackson registered 38% of the snaps in Week 4.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn – 6% rostered
The rookie running back finally got some run and looked relatively impressive in his short time on the field. With Leonard Fournette out, Vaughn registered 25% of the team’s snaps, while totaling three rushing attempts for four yards and two receptions on three targets for 22 receiving yards and a touchdown.
While Vaughn certainly isn’t a starter moving forward, he could factor in more heavily for the Buccaneers, particularly as a receiver and pass-game back. Vaughn certainly looked more explosive than his backfield mates as a pass-catcher.