The most notable injury in Week 5 was to Dak Prescott. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback suffered a serious ankle injury that will end his season. No other Week 5 injuries were quite as significant, but other key players did go down. Let’s have a look at some injuries worth taking note of as you consider waiver wire targets for Week 6.
QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott suffered what could be a season-ending ankle injury against the New York Giants, so expect to see Andy Dalton under center for the foreseeable future. Prescott was on pace to break the NFL’s single-season passing yards record with his electric receiving corps, which includes Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb. Dalton might not be able to match Prescott’s numbers, but he should easily be the best waiver wire quarterback option available ahead of Week 6.
RB Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Cook injured his groin against Seattle. He went to the locker, and after he returned for a play, he missed most of the second half. Alexander Mattison impressed in his place with 136 total yards. If Cook misses any time, Mattison is the player to pick up off waivers.
WR Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
Johnson suffered a back injury early and did not return in the Steelers’ Week 5 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s emerged as a target hog early in 2020 and entered Week 5 with a team-high 25 targets. Fantasy football owners will surely swarm Chase Claypool on the waiver wire if Johnson is out of commission for an extended period of time. Claypool caught seven passes for 110 yard and three scores while also rushing for a score on Sunday.
WR Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
Watkins was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders with a hamstring injury after making two catches for 24 yards and a score. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill should be just as involved as usual if Watkins misses time, but the injury could open the door for the speedy Mecole Hardman to earn a bigger role in the Chiefs’ dynamic offense.
WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green didn’t record a single catch and was only targeted once in Week 5 before being ruled out against the Baltimore Ravens because of a hamstring injury. He’s been one of the worst wide receiver busts at wide receiver this year, and it might be time to load up on Tee Higgins, who’s continue to become more of an asset to the Bengals’ offense in recent weeks.