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

2T0R9D8 Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

• Add Matthew Stafford: Stafford is top-five in passing yards this season and just needs more touchdowns. With Cooper Kupp, he should be scoring more frequently.

• Buy low on Tony Pollard: The Cowboys have either had blowout wins or blowout losses. In more normal games, Pollard should see 20 touches per game.

Sell high on Kyle Pitts: Pitts finally put together a big receiving game, but his playing time has steadily declined in recent weeks.

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.

WR:CB Matchup Chart


1. RB Roschon Johnson, Chicago Bears

Khalil Herbert is expected to miss multiple weeks with a high ankle sprain.

  • For most, if not all, of that time, Johnson should be the starter in Chicago seeing the majority of carries.
  • The fourth-round rookie has achieved a 76.2 rushing grade this season, and the only reason he isn’t seeing even more playing time is because Herbert has also been playing very well.
  • Johnson suffered a concussion on Thursday Night Football. Typically, someone with a concussion ends up missing one game, but Johnson might be more likely to play next week than most because the Bears have more time off after playing early in the week.
  • D’Onta Foreman has recently been inactive but should at least be the primary backup running back until Herbert is back.
  • That role is unlikely to be big enough to give him standalone value, but he would be the every-down back if Johnson has to miss a game. Foreman assuming that role against the Minnesota Vikings’ defense would make him a fantasy starter for the week.


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