Vikings running back Alexander Mattison
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Another week of injuries in the NFL, including Dak Prescott‘s season-ending dislocated ankle. It’s a devastating injury for Prescott, who remains without a contract past this season and the Cowboys will now turn to Andy Dalton (spoiler, he’s on this list of pickups this week) with the hope that he’ll be able to lead this team to a division title and possibly more.

Dalton isn’t the only player who will have an increased opportunity going forward after a wonky Week 5. Let’s take a look at some fantasy players you should prioritize as you hit the waivers this week (Note: In many leagues, the waivers will commence early Thursday morning instead of Wednesday. Roster % via ESPN).

RB Alexander Mattison (41.6%)

Dalvin Cook left the Vikings game on Sunday night with a groin injury and head coach Mike Zimmer said the team will need to see Cook perform well in practice before determining his status going forward.

Alexander Mattison stepped up with Cook on the sideline, out-snapping fellow backup running back Aaron Boone 43-to-5 in Seattle. Mattison got the rock on 23 of his snaps (20 carries, 3 receptions), gaining 136 total yards, and he’ll be a surefire RB1 if Cook sits vs. the Falcons next week.

Mattison entered the season as one of the best handcuffs in the league and he should be a priority add regardless of whether you have Cook or not. He’s available in just under 59 percent of ESPN leagues and he’s the type of talent I’d fork over considerable FAAB for.

  • Use your No. 1 Priority? Yes
  • Recommended FAAB bid (% of max): 100%

RB Chase Edmonds (46.5%)

Chase Edmonds continues to make the most of the few touches he receives, scoring on a 29-yard run on Sunday and gathering six catches for 56 yards through the air.

If you see Edmonds floating on the waiver wire, scoop him up; it’s only a matter of time before he takes full control of Arizona’s backfield.

Edmonds only saw eight touches against the Jets while Drake had 19 uninspiring touches for 62 total yards. Coach Kliff Kingsbury benched David Johnson for Edmonds last season before the 210-lb running back was sidelined with an injury and he’s likely to see a similar promotion at some point this season. Edmonds may end up being a league winner once he earned the full-time role.

  • Use your No. 1 Priority? Yes
  • Recommended FAAB bid (% of max): 100%

WR Tee Higgins (40.5%)

A.J. Green left Sunday’s game in Baltimore, though even before the veteran’s exit, Higgins was establishing himself as Cincy’s top weapon across from Tyler Boyd. He has at least six targets in four-straight games. In the Bengals pass-heavy offense, Higgins has the potential to be a solid WR3.

  • Use your No. 1 Priority? No
  • Recommended FAAB bid (% of max): 20%

WR Travis Fulgham (0.2%)

In what is perhaps the most unexpected of rises, Travis Fulgham provides the Eagles with a weapon in the passing game that they sorely need. Alshon Jeffrey and Desean Jackson are due back in the lineup soon, though I can’t help but wonder what else Doug Pederson would need to see from Fulgham to play him above those veterans.

He’s not a safe option by any means but his 10-catch, 152-yard day on Sunday puts him in the WR4 conversation with the potential for more.

  • Use your No. 1 Priority? No
  • Recommended FAAB bid (% of max): 12%

Others to Consider

  • Justin Jackson, RB: Jackson out-snapped Joshua Kelley by 17 (42-25), out-touched Kelley by eight (20-12), and out-gained the former UCLA back by 56 yards (94-38) in the Chargers’ loss to the Saints on Monday night.
  • Damien Harris, RB: The RB to own in New England if there is such a thing, as Rotowire’s Alex Rikleen recently explained on the DesktopGM podcast.
  • Chase Claypool, WR: Not as high on him as some. I do believe Sunday will be the last time we see multiple TD games from him.
  • Mecole Hardman, WR: Sammy Watkins is going to miss multiple weeks and Hardman is a speedster who can make Andy Reid consider not handing back the No. 2 WR gig to Watkins.
  • Robert Tonyan, TE: He has the trust of Aaron Rodgers, which is pretty valuable. Tonyan’s value is not tied to Davante Adams being out as some suspect.
  • Andy Dalton, QB: Not a bad Dak replacement in fantasy.
  • Laviska Shenault, WR: Can’t believe I’m recommending a Jaguars WR but he’s had at least 60 yards or a touchdown in four of five games this season.

Drop time: A.J. Green, Matt Ryan, Brandon Aiyuk, Curtis Samuel, Nyheim Hines, Mo Alie-Cox.

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