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Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 5: 5 to add, drop, buy low, sell high

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs (87) celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during their football game Sunday, October 2, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Apc Packvspatriots 1002222424djp

•Add Romeo Doubs: The Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver has established himself as a starter and could be the reigning MVP’s favorite target the rest of the season.

•Drop Kenneth Gainwell: It’s becoming more clear the Philadelphia Eagles back won’t have standalone value this season and isn’t the best handcuff option.

•Sell high on Marquise Brown: The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver is about to face more difficult competition from opponents as well as more competition for targets.

Estimated reading time: 14 minutes

This piece is a fantasy manager's one-stop shop for managing their fantasy roster early in the week. For more players to add, check out the weekly waiver wire, and for more on this past week's games in general, check out the fantasy football recap.

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1. RB Brian Robinson Jr., Washington Commanders

Robinson is eligible to join the Commanders’ active roster this week, bringing him one step closer to playing football again.

  • He became Washington's clear leading rusher, ahead of Antonio Gibson, by the second preseason game.
  • The rookie back was shot twice in the leg on Aug. 28.
  • He landed on the non-football injury list but returned to practice two weeks ago and is now eligible to join the active roster.
  • Head coach Ron Rivera has liked what he’s seen in Robinson’s recovery, and there have been no issues with his rehab.
  • He has a chance to earn double-digit carries each week by midseason without anyone suffering an injury, which is less likely for any running back lower on this list.
2. RB Mike Boone, Denver Broncos

Javonte Williams tore his ACL, LCL and posterior lateral corner, which will leave him out for the season.

  • Melvin Gordon has been the No. 2 back, but he was on the injury report heading into the game and also spent some time in the medical tent.
  • Mike Boone took nine snaps in the fourth quarter to Gordon's seven.
  • Boone has been the primary passing-down back the past three weeks, so he is likely to at least have that role.
  • Boone has yet to be used at the goal line or in short-yardage situations. All of those snaps should go to Gordon.
  • The question is how the early-down snaps will be distributed. Gordon has three times as many snaps as Boone over the season, but Boone played more snaps in Week 4. It’s unclear how much of that is injury related compared to ineffective play.
  • Boone is worth picking up just in case he takes most of the early-down snaps, but his fantasy value will be capped without goal-line opportunities.
  • Gordon is on fantasy rosters in the majority of fantasy leagues, but he should be a top priority in leagues where he’s still available.

3. WR Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers

Doubs went from leading a rotation at wide receiver to being one of Green Bay's two clear starters.

  • He and Allen Lazard were tied in offensive snaps and targets. Lazard finished with more receiving yards, but Doubs recorded the touchdown.
  • Doubs' 24 targets are good for 30th on the season despite playing a rotational role earlier in the season.
  • His playing time can't increase anymore, but he could become the team's clear leader in targets sooner rather than later.
  • Both Randall Cobb and Christian Watson shared time in the slot when Green Bay ran three-receiver sets. Watson’s percentage of offensive snaps has declined each week since he started playing.


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