2020 Season: Week 5 Movers & Shakers

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Following the free agent market is incredibly important for fantasy football success. First, you scour the blogosphere (that is still a thing right?) for articles about the "waiver wire" (you should check out our waiver wire article every Tuesday!) and see what previously unknown stud will replace one of your duds from the past week.

But what if you did not manage to snag one of those players? What if you had low waiver priority, not enough time with a busy work week, or too much to drink watching Monday Night Football? Well, then you would probably want to know who is still left once the first batch of add/drops clear early Wednesday morning.

Luckily for you, we at The Lateral had the same thought, so every Wednesday we are going to let you know the top players still left in over 50% of Yahoo leagues and 50% of ESPN leagues. Below you will find one for each position, and why they are the addition your team needs. You will also find who were the players everyone added to get ready for their next match-up, and which players got left in the dust to make way for the new guys. 

Week 5 Movers & Shakers

Top Players Left on the Board Yahoo Leagues

QB: Gardiner Minshew II (48% rostered Yahoo/51.1% rostered ESPN)

Somehow Minshew is still rostered in enough leagues to merit being mentioned here, even though we have been mentioning him since the lead up into Week 2. Please pick him up so I can stop having to write about how I have been writing about him. The guy is QB10 through a quarter of the season. You should have him rostered. 

RB: Damien Harris (48% rostered Yahoo/33.9% rostered ESPN)

As I mentioned in the waiver wire article, you just cannot pass up 17 attempts per game. Denver will be a tough match-up, so do not dump Harris if he does not manage another 100-yard game. Monitor the touches, and see if he finally gets some work in the passing game. If he does, this is a player you will be glad to have rostered going forward.

WR: Tee Higgins (43% rostered Yahoo/34.4% rostered ESPN)

The best thing about Week 5 is that it will be the last week I write about Tee Higgins, who I have now written about five times in about a week. Higgins is now the clear choice for WR2 in a Bengals offense that throws the ball a literal f*ckton (well, a metric f*ckton to be exact). Get him while you can.

TE: Mo Alie-Cox (37% rostered Yahoo/21.8% rostered ESPN)

Can't stop, won't stop. Until Mo Alie-Cox falls back to Earth or is rostered in 50% of leagues, I am going to keep mentioning him.

DST: Los Angeles Chargers (36% rostered Yahoo/34.2% rostered ESPN)

It is slim pickings out there, so there really is not anyone else I would recommend in Yahoo Leagues unless you want to take a chance on bad defenses playing even worse teams. Check out the "Week 5 Waiver Wire" article for a deeper dive.

K: Randy Bullock (22% rostered Yahoo/47.9% rostered ESPN)

Yahoo's projections seem to be really scared of Week 5's match-up against Baltimore but click here for why Bullock should be on your roster regardless.
Top Players Left on the Board ESPN Leagues

QB: Teddy Bridgewater (22.9% rostered ESPN/35% rostered Yahoo)

I mentioned Justin Herbert in this week's waiver wire article, and he is still widely available but given the tougher match-up against New Orleans and Bridgewater's match-up against Atlanta's anemic defense, I wanted to further discuss our other pick at QB. Yes, Bridgewater got off to a slow start, but over the past two weeks, he has been a fantasy starter, clocking in at QB11. The Falcons defense has given up a fourth-worst 7.8 net yards per passing attempt, and a league-worst 13 passing TDs. Definitely snag Bridgewater if you need a streaming option this week.

RB: Chase Edmonds (37.6% rostered ESPN/51% rostered Yahoo)

Last week Chase Edmonds finished RB19, largely due to a receiving TD, but what was more telling was his counterpart Kenyan Drake finished RB58 in PPR, with no passing game work. In fact, Drake has had as many targets all season as Edmonds managed in Week 4 alone. To put things in a larger perspective: Kenyan Drake is PPR RB35 through four weeks, Chase Edmonds is PPR RB36.

WR: Laviska Shenault Jr. (30.7% rostered ESPN/29% rostered Yahoo)

Speaking of rookie WRs with a lot of potential, Shenault Jr. is rising quickly up the ranks in Jacksonville and is WR34 in PPR. Charles talked about him in the waiver wire article this week, but it is really amazing to see this receiver go from consensus ADP WR80 in PPR, to now being a weekly starter/FLEX consideration. If you missed out on Higgins, definitely get on the Shenault Jr. bandwagon.

TE: Dalton Schultz (45.9% rostered ESPN/62% rostered Yahoo)

Talked about Dalton Schultz in "Week 4 Movers & Shakers," and he delivered with a TE4 performance in PPR. Schultz's role seems stable, especially since Michael Gallup cannot catch the ball, so if he is somehow still available he is a must roster.

DST: Kansas City Chiefs (38.0% rostered ESPN/77% rostered Yahoo)

The Chiefs DST has had a weird rostered percentage disparity for some time now, and I am not sure why. Despite COVID-19 concerns, I would get them if you can, then drop them later if you have to. Other than maybe the Chargers (see above), there really is not another potential weekly starter available at DST (potential being the operative word).

K: Joey Slye (16.1% rostered ESPN/53% rostered Yahoo)

Honestly, I got nothing. No idea why Slye is still so available, and only in ESPN. Go pick him up. He's good.

Top 5 Adds Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. D'Ernest Johnson (308,861 adds)
2. Robert Tonyan (287,418 adds)
3. Justin Jackson (226197 adds)
4. Chase Edmonds (181,005 adds)
5. Stephen Gostkowski (180,309 adds)

Top 5 Adds ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. Los Angeles Rams DST (58.3% increase)
2. Randy Bullock (46% increase)
3. Justin Jefferson (42% increase)
4. Robert Tonyan (38.9% increase)
5. Jimmy Graham (36.9% increase)

Top 5 Drops Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. Mason Crosby (127,500 drops)
2. Matt Prater (104,115 drops)
3. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (68,180 drops)
4. Denver Broncos DST (63,767 drops)
5. Jeff Wilson Jr. (48,720 drops)

Top 5 Drops ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. Younghoe Koo (52.2% decrease)
2. Dallas Goedert (52.1% decrease)
3. Cleveland Browns DST (40.4% decrease)
4. Dion Lewis (38% decrease)
5. Los Angeles Chargers DST (36.2% decrease)

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