Fantasy with Fairfield: Week 5 Pickups

We knew that this would be a weird year in fantasy football.  But now we are officially at the point where COVID-19 is rapidly limiting our star players and even our mid-to-bench level players. If you want to stay on top of things in your quest for the title this year, we have you covered.

COVID-19 isn’t the only problem. Injuries have plagued the League, taking down many big names in fantasy. I’m sorry if you have been affected by this, but we will get through this together.

Some of these pickups could change your season:

Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints – Only rostered in 20.1% of leagues, he is easily one of the biggest targets in this week’s waiver wire. Last week he hauled in four catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns, racking up 21.6 points in PPR leagues. With Michael Thomas out, Smith has been a great target for Drew Brees and could do serious damage this week.

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – While the rookie wide out didn’t have the strongest performances in the first two weeks, he has been solid in weeks three and four. He posted five catches for 40 yards and two touchdowns in week 3. This past week he caught four balls for 77 yards. It seemed like AJ Green would have more of a presence on the field than he has, which has opened a window for Higgins, who Joe Burrow clearly has a connection with. This is a solid pick up if you need a fourth wide receiver.

Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders – Even though Renfrow is not the first option on offense for the Raiders, he’s put up consistent numbers with 20.4 points last week and 10.7 this week. Not to mention, the Raiders have had injuries to wide outs Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards, giving Renfrow a heavier workload. Josh Jacobs, the Raiders running back, told the press that Renfrow is the best route runner on the entire team and that he continually seeks advice from the wide out. Look for Renfrow’s touches to increase in weeks to come.

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers – Only rostered in 7.9% of leagues, Tonyan is a beast that you need pick up right away if still available. He is tied for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions at five, and he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Mind you that those five touchdown receptions came in just three games played. With Davante Adams returning in week six, Tonyan’s targets may take a hit, but his red zone presence is worth giving him the start.


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