Week 5- Waivers Edition

October 2, 2018


**Disclaimer**My waiver additions are based off of 10-man leagues. I use the average ESPN percentages and stats to supply the information I use within my waiver additions. Some of the players listed may be taken in your league, but I will go in depth to add deep waiver additions as well. I broke it down by position, listing it by the most value at the top leading to the least value at the bottom. I will try not to list players from week to week but there are no promises. As we go week to week, the waivers will become more and more barren. Make sure you make your waivers count, as they are what help you build a winning team. Players from last week that would still be great waiver pickups if they are available: Tyler Boyd, Calvin Ridley, Javorius Allen, Bilal Powell, and Vance McDonald.





Mitch Trubisky, QB- Chicago Bears- 19% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: Bye, MIA, NE, NYJ

After three subpar games, Trubisky was firing on all cylinders against the Tampa Bay Bucs. He had 5 touchdowns within the first half, and ended with 6 in total, also ending with 354 yards through the air. If you’re streaming Quarterbacks and willing to roll the dice week to week, Trubisky could be your guy after his bye week. We have seen young quarterbacks thriving before in fantasy. A stash and wait is the best approach, but Trubisky is definitely an intriguing waiver addition for the right price.



Joe Flacco, QB- Baltimore Ravens- 16.5% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: CLE, TEN, NO

This is my second time writing about Flacco, and for good reason. Joe is practically back from the dead. After an injury riddled season of no production, Flacco has been the example of consistency when it comes to streaming Quarterbacks. With an upcoming schedule against beatable defenses, Flacco figures to be a solid streamer for the foreseeable future.



Marcus Mariota, QB- Tennessee Titans- 20.3% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: BUF, BAL, LAC

After dealing with injuries, Mariota has been underwhelming in his first three games. That wasn’t the case against Philadelphia this past week though. Mariota looked to be back at his peak form, moving the ball on the ground and in the air. At his price, Mariota is a great addition to any Quarterback needy team. If you are in a tight spot, Mariota should continue his solid play against the Buffalo Bills this upcoming week.


Running Backs



TJ Yeldon, RB- Jacksonville Jaguars- 46.8% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: KC, DAL, HOU

The man who has probably been on almost every waiver wire article this year is back at it again. Yeldon again has value, after Fournette is injured once again. Nobody knows how long Fournette will be out, but at this rate it is anyone’s guess. Yeldon should continue to see the bulk of the carries, and his upcoming schedule is pretty sweet. If you are Running Back needy, Yeldon is my top waiver wire add at the running back position this week. He has short term value, but it could certainly lead to long term if Fournette’s injuries keep up. Yeldon is a low end RB2 with upside against the Chiefs this week.



Nyheim Hines, RB- Indianapolis Colts- 15.5% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: NE, NYJ, BUF

In a backfield where there isn’t much excitement, Hines has been the one shining light. Through 4 weeks Hines has had the best fantasy numbers of any of the running backs. Now Hines definitely looks like the best option in the backfield. He is not getting the carries but he is getting the targets and making them count. We cannot rely upon his two touchdown outing, but his target share can be seen. Hines should continue to have value this upcoming week, as TY Hilton is doubtful to play, and Doyle is still dealing with injuries. Another plus is that they will being playing against the New England Patriots and I believe it will leave the Colts playing from behind. Meaning more passing and less rushing. Hines has bye week fill in/ flex value with upside.



Mike Davis, RB- Seattle Seahawks- 0.1% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: LAR, OAK, BYE, DET

This is pure speculation that Chris Carson is out this week. If he does return Mike Davis goes back to the bench in the fantasy world. We also know that Pete Carroll doesn’t handle his running backs in the best manner either. If you’re in a deep league, you could add Davis purely for the upside that he may continue playing at this caliber. Otherwise he is a wait and see.


Wide Receivers



Dede Westbrook, WR- Jacksonville Jaguars- 12.4% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: KC, DAL, HOU

Dede is back at it. After being on my waiver wire article two weeks ago here he is again, and still at only 12.4% owned. Dede’s value rests upon whether Fournette suits up or not. In games when Fournette plays the whole game, the passing game is limited. Fournette is now injured again, and will most likely miss this upcoming week’s matchup against a KC defense that is giving up tons of points to opposing teams. With an easy matchup and a team leaning on the passing game, Dede is a solid addition to any squad.  He has flex value with upside for much more.



Keke Coutee, WR- Houston Texans- 0.4% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: DAL, BUF, JAX

Keke! Finally he has the chance to shine, and show his value. With Will Fuller banged up, Keke had a large target share and produced nicely in his first real chance to play. Fullers week 5 status is up in the air, Keke is a waiver wire addition. He plays against a Dallas defense that has recently been good against the wide out position. But with Deandre Hopkins most likely getting double teamed, it will leave Keke open and able to thrive once again. Keke is a good bye week fill in/ flex.



Mohamed Sanu, WR- Atlanta Falcons- 49% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: PIT, TB, NYG

Sanu has been out shined while on the Falcons. First by Julio Jones and now by Calvin Ridley. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any value. Sanu has been playing a big share of the offensive snaps, and is still relied upon by Matt Ryan to move the chains. If you are in a tight spot when it comes to the wide receiver position, Sanu has bye week fill in/ flex value.


Tight Ends

At a position that has such a large fluctuation of points scored, any type of solid production is always acknowledged. The following tight ends may not be the best, but over the last two weeks have grown and developed into solid additions to any roster with tight end needs.



Tyler Kroft, TE- Cincinnati Bengals- 0.4 % Owned

Upcoming Schedule: MIA, PIT, KC

For those who had Tyler Eifert, I give you my condolences. But at the same time you know what his risks were. Kroft comes back into the picture, and is now fantasy relevant once again. Last year Kroft’s production was all over the place , but we will take about any type of upside we can at the tight end position. Kroft is a hold and wait for those who can afford it. In a high powered offense, he is a low end TE1 against the Miami Dolphins this week.


Cameron Brate, TE- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 10.6% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: Bye, ATL, CLE

When Winston comes back, so does Brate. We have seen this time and time again. At a position that is so futile, the possibility of getting a starting caliber Tight End is rare. Brate has a bye week, but it could be a savvy addition to get him before everyone else realizes what his potential is this year. As long as Winston keeps the job, Brate has the potential for TE1 output.



Geoff Swaim, TE- Dallas Cowboys- 0.3% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: HOU, JAX, WSH

Through two weeks, Swaim has put up solid stat lines for the Cowboys. He has had 8 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown over those two weeks, which adds up to 18 fantasy points in .5 PPR. If you are had one of the many tight end injuries this week, or need a bye week fill in, Swaim may be just the guy for you. He has a low floor but a solid ceiling. Against a defense that just gave up a touchdown to Eric Ebron this past week, I would roll the dice on Swaim have fantasy relevance once again.


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