Free Agency and Injury report week 5 2020

By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas

The Cowboys lost their star passer due to an ankle injury that will require surgery and cost him the rest of the season. Andy Dalton will step in as the start for the remainder of the season if he plays well and stays healthy. Dalton is a fine backup to have but is undoubtedly a downgrade compared to Dak. Dalton's presence under center reduces the projection of all Cowboys pass-catchers. Dallas could choose to run Ezekiel Elliott more but the loss of touchdown potential will offset any gain in carries.

Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT

Johnson missed most of Week 5 with a back injury after missing roughly a half of football in Week 3 with a concussion. His status for Week 6 is unknown but he was spotted stretching on the sidelines with his helmet after exiting. He shouldn't be out for long. In his absence, Chase Claypool erupted with four total scores and seven catches for 110 yards. Claypool stands at 6'4", weighs 238 pounds, and runs a 4.42 Forty-Yard Dash. His athleticism was on full display in Week 6. He has looked like the best Pittsburgh receiver all year and that may result in team-high volume going forward. He's the best add off the wire this week.

Travis Fulgham, WR, PHI

In the same game that saw Claypool break out, Eagles receiver Travis Fulgham had a career-day as well. Fulgham has bounced around practice squads for two seasons but finally got his chance with Philly dealing with a myriad of injuries at receiver. He was targeted 13 times and converted on 10 of those for 153 yards and a score. Fulgham doesn't have the pedigree that Claypool does but he will continue to see targets until Philly can field a healthy receiving room. He's a solid add but can't be relied on as a starter yet.

A.J. Green, WR, CIN

Green exited in Week 5 with a hamstring injury and did not return. He was one of the least efficient receivers through four weeks and was ceding work to rookie Tee Higgins. He can be dropped in all formats even if this injury doesn't sideline him for any time.

Baker Mayfield, QB, CLE

Mayfield didn't miss any snaps versus the Colts but he did get an x-ray on his ribs after Cleveland's win. Mayfield hasn't been a factor in fantasy circles because of Cleveland's run-first approach. Expect that to continue and be amplified is Mayfield is less than 100% or misses games.

Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN

Cook suffered a groin injury versus the Seahawks and was unable to return. Alexander Mattison carried the ball 20 times for 112 yards while adding three tards on as many catches. Mike Boon only stole two carries from Mattison after Cook went down. No reports have indicated that Cook will be out for much time but Mattison could still earn a start or two. He'll clearly be operating as the No. 1 back and would get a similar projection to Cook as long as he's the only back Minnesota wants to give the rock to.