Originally posted: October 10, 2017
TOP WEEK 6 PICKUPS
This list is presented to give a quick look at the top players who emerged as waiver wire options based on recent developments. There are other players listed below who are viable, if not excellent options, but not exactly based on what has recently transpired. We’ll update this list as the week progresses, and there are usually players who move up or appear on the list mid-week, once we know more on injuries. For waiver wire recommendations in podcast form, Staff writers Tom Brolley and Paul Kelly take you “Down to the Wire” with their weekly podcast, which comes out Tuesdays.
- Jerick McKinnon (RB, Min)
- Aaron Jones (RB, GB)
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE, NYJ)
- Elijah McGuire (RB, NYJ)
- Wayne Gallman (RB, NYG)
- Marlon Mack (RB, Ind)
- Mike Williams (WR, LAC)
- Ricardo Louis (WR, Cle)
- Austin Hooper (TE, Atl)
- George Kittle (TE, SF)
- Ed Dickson (TE, Car)
- Nick O’Leary (TE, Buf)
- JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR, Pit)
- Roger Lewis (WR, NYG)
- Tavon Austin (WR, LAR)
Final Note: You have to understand your expectations for these players, as we cannot rank them based on all factors. Some are better for this week; others have more upside for the long-term. We do our best to consider all factors.
Andy Dalton (Cin) – Dalton’s season has gotten off to a rocky start, but he got things going in the right direction under new (pass-happy) OC Bill Lazor in Week 3. He played relatively well solid in a tough matchup against the Bills in Week 5, completing 22/36 passes for 328 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs. Lazor’s strategy appears to be to get the ball out of Dalton’s hands quicker because of his bad O-line, to get the ball to Green, and to get rookie Joe Mixon involved as the clear top back. Hopefully they continue to use those strategies going forward, giving Dalton some fantasy hope after a sluggish start. He’s back on the streaming radar because of his improved play and with his decent upcoming schedule (bye, at Pit, vs. Ind, at Jax), and with TE Tyler Kroft giving them solid hope at TE. Next up, let’s get some WRs not named “Adriel Jeremiah” involved. After Week 5, we’re still waiting for that.
Trevor Siemian (Den) – We certainly weren’t convinced Siemian could keep it up, and he’s come back to earth the last two weeks, but Siemian does look improved in his second season as a starter, which is good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. After accounting for 7 TDs in his first two games, Siemian has just 1 TD the last two weeks, completing 16/26 passes for 179 yards and 1 TD against the Raiders in Week 4, but in his defense they didn’t have to throw it much with a lead. Siemian has worked his way into the weekly streaming QB conversation with his play to start the season, including in the upcoming weeks (vs. NYG, at LAC, at KC, at Phi). His schedule from Week 6-17 is one of the better slates in the league right now, which helps.
Jared Goff (LAR) – It’s time to start taking Goff serious as a fantasy option after impressive performances in the first month of the season. It’s been mostly doom and gloom early in Goff’s career, so it’s refreshing to see his 2017 get off to a strong start. He’s looked like a different player in his second season with a solidified OL, spreading the ball around to his new weapons Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods and also their two athletic TEs. He completed 22/47 passes for 288 yards and 2 INTs against the Seahawks in Week 5, and he also lost a fumble (he had just 1 turnover in the first four games). He should have thrown a game-winning TD pass to Kupp, but the rookie failed to haul in what would have been a tough catch, but Goff put it up on him and make a few great throws on that final drive Week 5. Goff has provided some hope for a bounce-back campaign, and he does have improved weapons and better coaching/play-calling with Sean McVay. We’d be giving him more love, but we don’t love his upcoming schedule. If Goff can keep the positive momentum going forward in some tougher matchups ahead (at Jax, vs, Ari, bye, at NYG) then we’ll know he’s 100% for real in 3-4 weeks.
Jacoby Brissett (Ind) – Brissett has a brought a level of competence to the position, leading the Colts to two victories the last three weeks. He completed 22/34 passes for 314 yards and 1 INT against the 49ers in Week 5, and he added 8/14/1 rushing. Scott Tolzien has absolutely no business starting in the NFL, and the Colts are giving the big-armed Brissett more starts with this team going nowhere without Luck. Brisset brings mobility and arm strength to the table, and he’s given T.Y. Hilton some much need hope. Andrew Luck is back to practicing and could return fairly soon, but the latest word is that he could be out another month.
Tyrod Taylor (Buf) – The Bills could turn to QB Nathan Peterman at some point this season, but Taylor has bought himself extra time with his performance to start the year. Taylor completed 20/37 passes for 166 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT against the Bengals in Week 5. He added just 3-yard carry, and his main weapon Charles Clay left early with a knee injury. Taylor is playing well but he’s trying to get on the same page with new WRs Jordan Matthews (who is hurt right now) and Zay Jones, and he’ may have lost some fantasy juice with Clay out. They have next to nothing in terms of receiving threats if Clay is out for a while, but he continues to play well and he has some beatable matchups (bye, vs. TB, vs. Oak, at NYJ). For now, at least, Peterman is the least of his concerns.
Brian Hoyer (SF) – Hoyer has been shaky and slow out of the gate, failing to throw for a TD in three of his five games. He did turn it on late against the Colts in Week 5, completing 29/46 passes for 353 yards and 2 TDs. We think Hoyer will be better going forward playing in HC Kyle Shanahan’s offense, but the results have been sporadic in the early going. He has at least shown some chemistry with WR Pierre Garcon, but he’s going to need another receiver to step up if he’s going to be a fantasy streamer (we’re looking at you guys, Marquise Goodwin and George Kittle – although we got good signs from both in Week 5). Hoyer’s schedule is appealing (at Was, vs. Dal, at Phi, vs. Ari), but he’s still a low-end streaming option. HC Kyle Shanahan said before Week 5 that Hoyer is not in danger of losing his starting job, which is good (but bad that it has to be brought up).
Mitchell Trubisky (Chi) – Ready or not, here he comes. Trubisky will start Week 5 and he’ll now have to be horrible to be replaced by Mike Glennon or anyone else. He has very little to work with at receiver and three tougher matchup upcoming (Min, @Bal, Car), but he does have a good OL and two quality RBs behind him. Trubisky will also run, so that element alone should give him more fantasy potential than Glennon. His schedule also eases up nicely after Week 7, so if he can hang in there and improve, he might have some worth in the second half of the season.
Josh McCown (NYJ) – McCown is in charge of leading this dreadful Jets offense, and he’s a less than desirable fantasy option. However, he has played fairly well so far (71% completion rate on the season) this year, based on the low standards set for him. He completed 23/30 passes for 194 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT against the Browns in Week 5. The Jets have some desirable matchups coming up (vs. NE, at Mia, vs. Atl, vs. Buf), but it’s not going to take long for McCown to either get hurt or for the Jets to turn to Bryce Petty (knee) if their season starts to head south. But for now, he’s hanging in there.
Joe Flacco (Bal) – In Week 3, Flacco had one of the more dreadful games we’ll see a QB have this season, and he’s been pretty dreadful all season long. He completed 19/26 passes for 222 yards with no TDs or INTs against the Raiders in Week 5, but it was actually his best performance of the season. This offensive line will be a problem going forward with OG Marshall Yanda (ankle) done for the season, and Flacco came into the season with a bad back. Flacco will be without receiving back Danny Woodhead (hamstring) through Week 10, which hurts Flacco’s value going forward. He clearly has some issues and rust to knock off, but he at least he’s getting things going downfield with Mike Wallace and he at least has some favorable matchups in the future (vs. Chi, at Min, vs. Mia, at Ten).
(Chi) – Trubisky will started Week 5 and the while he acquitted himself fairly well, it’s clear he has next to nothing to work with in the passing game. Their outside WRs are awful. He does have a good OL and two quality RBs behind him, but also two tougher matchups upcoming (@Bal, Car). Trubisky will run (3/22 rushing in his debut), so that element alone should give him more fantasy potential than Glennon. His schedule also eases up nicely after Week 7, so if he can hang in there and improve, he might have some worth in the second half of the season.
Jerick McKinnon (Min) – We would have given him more love last week if he didn’t, know know, get hurt (ankle). He obviously played, and he played really well, putting up 16/95/1 as a runner and catching all 6 of his targets for 51. We’ve never questioned his talent, but he exposes himself to big hits and he almost always wears down and/or gets hurt. That will likely happen this year, but McKinnon has also finished as a top-24 RB in seven of 10 games when he plays 55% or more of the snaps. At this point, let’s just take it week-to-week and view McKinnon as a valuable asset. The games may not set up as well as Week 5 did, but Latavius Murray is pretty awful and McKinnon is not really affected by game flow.
Aaron Jones (GB) – The Packers backfield went from stable to in-flux quickly in Week 4. Every-down RB Ty Montgomery broke his ribs early against the Bears and fellow rookie Jamaal Williams sprained his knee later in the game. In came Jones, and he instantly looked far superior to Williams. He showed some burst and some wiggle in the hole, which Williams hasn’t shown. Jones was selected in the fifth-round after Williams (fourth-round pick), but we preferred Jones’ skill set before the draft and this summer. Montgomery is the lead back, but he’ll never be a typical between-the-tackles banger, while Jones showed a Frank Gore-ish ability to slip tacklers at the point of attack. With Montgomery out in Week 5, Jones had a monster game as the every-down back, finishing with 19/125/1 rushing and 1/9 receiving against the Cowboys and a whoppping 80% of the snaps. There’s now no doubt that Jones is ahead of Williams, who suited up and did little in Week 5. We think the team is totally comfortable with Jones starting as long as he needs to, and he should carve out a nice role in this backfield with 10+ carries every week even when Montgomery returns, so we’re looking at a bit of a timeshare with Montgomery and Jones going forward, especially with the weather set to get colder. It would make a lot of sense to use Jones as their primary runner with Montgomery as a changeup and 3rd down/hurry-up back.
Elijah McGuire (NYJ) –The Jets were mysteriously playing Matt Forte ahead of Bilal Powell, but a turf toe injury has Forte sidelined right now. We really have no idea why Forte was playing more than the superior Powell (perhaps they were “showcasing” him), and Powell finally broke out in Week 4 as the clear lead back. However, Powell left Week 5 early with a calf injury, elevating McGuire to the top spot. Unfortunately, the rookie came up small against the Browns, posting just 11/20 rushing and 2/10 receiving. The Jets should soon get into evaluation mode, which could open the door to playing time for McGuire, and Forte and Powell could miss time in immediate future. Given how awful the Jets are likely to be, we wouldn’t be shocked if they decide to go with a youth movement late in the year to do some self-scouting. Based on style of play, we saw McGuire being deployed as kind of Powell type of player in the NFL, so it’s interesting that he landed with the Jets. He’s got some upside for the rest of the season if the Jets give him a bigger role, and he looks deserving of it based on his Week 4 performance. He’s high on this list for his long-term upside in 2017, and he may provide some immediate help if both Powell (who is day-to-day heading into Week 6) and Forte miss more time.
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Wayne Gallman (NYG) – Gallman can be added to the list Giants RBs that have looked better than Paul Perkins this season. The way things are going in this backfield, the Giants may have no choice but to give this rookie a shot, and he’s tough and competitive and versatile enough to come through. Orleans Darkwa got the start in Week 5 and played well, but he eventually left early with a calf injury. Gallman took over the early-down work after that, posting 11/57 rushing and 5/25 receiving against the Chargers. Perkins also missed Week 5 with a rib injury. We can’t expect great results from any Giants runner behind this bad O-line, but Gallman has the best chance and we’re always looking for a guy with a legit chance to take control of a big role, and Gallman fits the bill. That’s why he’s so high on this list. We’ll have to see about the health of Darkwa and Perkins, but the Giants would be wise to go with Gallman going forward, especially since the Giants need more support in the passing game with all their injuries and with Odell Beckham (ankle) done for the season. He played 38% of the snaps and was involved in a solid 22% of their plays, so he was active.
(Ari) – Ellington is leading all RBs in targets with 40, and he’s still available in 44% of Yahoo leagues. This is clearly your last chance to pick him up if he’s still available in your leagues. It’s going to be a timeshare between him and new hire Adrian Peterson, but Ellington still has nice PPR potential even with Peterson in the mix because he still has a large role in the passing game on a team that throws it more than most. He tied Larry Fitzgerald for the team high in targets (10) in Week 5, finishing with 9/65 receiving against the Eagles and he played 51% of the snaps, so he was on the field a lot. Ellington is giving them a lot of life in the backfield and in their one-dimensional offense, so he’s a solid pickup and option in PPR formats.
Theo Riddick (Det) – Riddick has been dropped in quite a few leagues (he’s owned in just 46% Yahoo leagues), but he had his best receiving performance in Week 5 while leading the backfield with 48% of the snaps. He finished with 4/45 receiving on 5 targets against the Panthers, adding 2/8 rushing. He’s reached double-digits in touches in just one game, so he doesn’t have much upside, but he’s at least averaging 4.5 catches/game to give himself a decent floor in PPR formats. And if Ameer Abdullah succumbs to injury yet again at some point, which is highly possible, then Riddick should be a top-20 PPR back.
Marlon Mack (Ind) – Veteran Frank Gore is still leading this backfield, but Mack’s time is coming very soon. While Gore was plodding along for 3.4 YPC in Week 5, Mack was gashing the 49ers for 10.1 YPC on his way to 9/91/1 rushing and 1/2 receiving. Mack missed Weeks 3-4 with a shoulder injury, but he’s back to demanding weekly looks in this backfield. It’s clear that Mack brings the most explosiveness to this Colts backfield, and it could be only a matter of time before Mack and Gore are in a full-blown timeshare. Mack could have even more appeal if the Colts would just stop playing Robert Turbin, who is just a guy. In Week 5, the snaps were as follows: Gore (52%), Turbin (27%), and Mack (21%), so there’s room to grow, and listening to their coaches this week it appears Mack’s role is, in fact, growing.
Alex Collins (Bal) – The Ravens elevated Collins from the practice squad before Week 2, and he’s run much harder Terrance West and Buck Allen. He’s flashed some juice and has a physical running style, and the Ravens are giving him a chance to be the early-down back despite his fumbling woes. He’s already lost two fumbles this season, and he lost 9 fumbles in three seasons at Arkansas. Collins posted 12/55 rushing against the Raiders in Week 5, playing behind Allen. It doesn’t hurt that West is just an average RB, which has opened up some playing time for Collins, and West also left Week 5 early with a calf injury. Collins, who played 24% of the snaps in Week 5, is mostly a between-the-tackles runner, and while he’s not exactly a physical freak, he’s not afraid to run hard downfield and he can catch it. The Ravens aren’t exactly committed to the run from week to week, but Collins could see 12-15 carries a week going forward if West is out, and the dude is still averaging 7 yards a carry on 37 carries.
(Ari) – It’s actually hard to say Peterson is done, but he’s probably either done or has some gas left in the tank but will succumb to injury once he starts getting regular work. Either way, we’re not optimistic, and he remains a near zero in the passing game. The Cardinal O-line stinks, and they aren’t going to have a ton of success running the ball, as CJ2K hasn’t done much all the way back in 2013. Peterson will be TD-dependent, but if he can handle 15 carries a game and get lucky with some TDs, he has a chance to help those desperate at RB. Just keep in mind Arizona is where old washed up RBs go to die.
Matt Breida (SF) – Few backs have as much lower-body explosion as Breida, which makes us think he can at least be a rotational player in the NFL despite his diminutive stature. The 49ers appear to agree. The 49ers cut Tim Hightower and placed Joe Williams (ankle) on the IR, opening the door for major playing time for Breida. He’d be the top back if (the injury-prone) Carlos Hyde misses time, with Kyle Juszczyk and Raheem Mostert mixing in as well. Hyde, of course, is playing through a hip injury right now, which severely limited him in Week 5. But that wasn’t the only problem: HC Mike Shanhan went “hot hand” on us with Breida, who played 47% of the snaps compared to only 44% for Hyde. So it was not just Hyde’s health. Brieda, who has 17 carries the last two weeks, needs to be owned by every Hyde owner, and he’s a solid stash-and-hope option/depth guy. Just keep in mind that if Hyde is out, Mostert would also get opportunities.
D’Onta Foreman (Hou) – It looks like we could have a bit of a timeshare between Lamar Miller and Foreman going forward. Miller went off in Week 4, but Foreman finished with 13/45 rushing against the Titans in Week 4, getting out-touched by Miller 23 to 13. Foreman got only 5 touches in Week 5, but he played 49% of the snaps and did look good on a 25-yard run. We’ve been saying that Foreman could eventually earn 8-10 carries per game behind Miller as a way to help preserve Miller for the entire season, and it looks like that’s the plan going forward. Keep in mind Miller wore down last year and was much less effective. The HC is high on Foreman, who would lead a committee with Alfred Blue and Tyler Ervin behind him if Miller misses time this season.
Shane Vereen (NYG) – This Giants backfield is clogged with mediocre options, but Vereen’s role as the passing back is pretty secure. And Eli Manning could certainly need him more than ever going forward with star WR Odell Beckham (ankle) done for the season. Vereen posted 5/18 rushing and 4/27 receiving on 5 targets against the Chargers in Week 5, playing a decent 31% of the snaps. Vereen’s upside is capped because of Wayne Gallman, but he provides a decent floor in PPR leagues because he should see more targets going forward.
Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis (NE) – Mike Gillislee has claimed LeGarrette Blount’s old goal-line RB, but Gillislee has 0 targets on the season and is averaging only 3.5 YPC. Lewis has played well the last two weeks (4-5), but when he’s healthy Burkhead is going to be used in all kinds of different situations in this offense, and his skill set fits very well for their offense, which is a more pass-happy in 2017. As we know with a Bill Belichick backfield, situations are always fluid and game plans switch from week to week, but Burkhead is a capable receiver and a viable runner, so we still think he’ll be very relevant at some point and he’s a very interesting option in an offense that’s more about the pass this year. If Gillislee is out, then Rex could take over the majority of goal-line work. Burkhead couldn’t go in Weeks 3-5 because of a rib injury, and Lewis has been the biggest beneficiary (still, only 9 PPG the last two weeks in PPR for Lewis).
C.J. Prosise (Sea) – At this point, it’s clear they need this guy. Prosise is the Seahawks passing back, but injuries are once again slowing him down. The Seahawks lost their early-down back in rookie Chris Carson, and J.D. McKissic is a former college WR who is handling the passing-back role until Prosise gets healthy off his ankle injury. But when healthy, Prosise should have a nice role. He needs to get more involved as a receiver if he’s going to make a fantasy impact, but that’s the plan for Prosise, and he does have upside. Of course, again, durability continues to be a huge problem, so he’s not much more than a bench piece for now.
Giovani Bernard (Cin) – With OC Ken Zampese now gone, the Bengals moved rookie Joe Mixon into the lead back role. Bernard’s role could be decreasing now, and he did little in Week 5, posting 2/2 rushing and 2/30 receiving on 2 targets against the Bills while playing 32% of the snaps. Mixon has looked like the best back in this backfield, but Gio has the better chance of staying fantasy relevant over Jeremy Hill. Bernard should still get opportunities in passing situations, and he and Mixon should form a nice 1-2 punch. But Gio does probably need gameflow to be in his favor, which hasn’t been the case for him lately.
Charcandrick West (KC) – Rookie RB Kareem Hunt has left no doubt that he’s the team’s feature back going forward with his performance through the first month of the season, but West may have carved out a small secondary role behind Hunt. He has little standalone fantasy value at this point as the #2 RB, but he did turn just three opportunities into 2 TDs in Week 5 while playing 25% of the snaps, and he’d be the guy if Hunt got hurt.
Charles Sims (TB) – It looks like we’re back to 2016, with Doug Martin as the primary back but with Sims has the main third-down and hurry-up back. He does have 8 targets and 6 catches over the last two weeks, and if they Bucs are playing from behind and throwing on every down, he’ll likely be the RB of choice. He did play 44% of the snaps in Week 5.
Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls (Sea) – With rookie Chris Carson out the rest of the season, the Seahawks are rolling with an underwhelming combination of Lacy and Rawls on early downs. Rawls played slightly better than Lacy in Week 5, posting 8/20 rushing compared to Lacy’s 9/19, but neither guy impressed. HC Pete Carroll is going to take the hot-hand approach with these two until someone steps up, which might not happen. Both players are off the fantasy radar until someone grabs a hold of this early-down role. Oh, and one of them has to actually, you know, produce decents statistical totals.
Jamaal Charles (Den) – Charles has shown of his old elusiveness at times in the early going. He had his best game as a Bronco in Week 3, but he had just 5/33 rushing and 1/14 receiving against the Raiders in Week 4. If he can hold up, this is about a perfect role for the veteran behind CJ Anderson, but he needs to start catching a few passes (only 2 targets combined the last two weeks) before he gets on the fantasy radar.
Chris Johnson (Ari) – Johnson may be the early-down back but it really doesn’t mean much because the Cardinals can’t establish a running game behind a bad O-line and with CJ2K looking ancient. He finished with 9/21 rushing and 1/8 receiving against the Eagles in Week 5. The problem is that the Cardinals O-line stinks, and they aren’t going to have a ton of success running the ball, and CJ2K hasn’t done much as a receiver since all the way back in 2013. He has a little more juice for non-PPR formats in case he stumbles into a couple TDs, but he does have a decent 22 carries Weeks 4-5.
Mike Tolbert (Buf) – Tolbert is apparently going to get a decent number of runs as the #2 RB behind LeSean McCoy. He was back to his vulturing ways, stealing a TD from Shady in Week 1. Tolbert is the back to own in Buffalo if Shady misses any time, and he could be a pain in the butt for McCoy owners if he steals more TDs going forward. Also, McCoy has had several injury-related concerns to start the year, so it’s hard to envision McCoy lasting the whole season.
Corey Clement (Phi) – Clement is now the #3 RB with Darren Sproles (knee/wrist) done for the season. Clement is a no-frills grinder who tested poorly at the Combine, but we’ve seen guys like him (e.g. Rob Kelley) have some success when given the chance at some volume. We’re a little skeptical that Doug Pederson will actually commit to the run on a regular basis, but they could at least give Clement a chance to prove himself if Blount and Smallwood go back to disappointing. He does have 17 carries Weeks 4-5.
Note: These are good options to stash away for later in the season. Many of them could be one injury away from being very relevant. They are organized by talent, situation, and likelihood that they’ll get a chance to play.
James Conner (Pit) – Le’Veon Bell is the clear bell-cow back in Pittsburgh, so Conner is going to have little to do most weeks. He’s the top backup in case Bell misses any time. We would like to see Conner catch the ball better, and we doubt he’ll be a slam-dunk RB1 like DeAngelo Williams has been these last few years if Bell is ever out, but he’d at least be a RB2 as a fill-in starter.
Alfred Morris (Dal) – Morris is the top backup here, which is important with Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension hanging over this Cowboys season. Morris is the handcuff to own in Dallas, but we’d also expect Darren McFadden to mix in here as well, if Zeke is out of the lineup.
Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) – Doug Martin is back in his starting role, relegating Quizz back to his backup job in this offense. If Martin is hurt or has another misstep, Rodgers is the handcuff here as he’d step right back into the early-down role
Kenyan Drake (Mia) – With Jay Ajayi’s knee giving him problems, it’s time to talk Drake, who is at this point a better handcuff than Damien Williams, though both would play if Ajayi is out. HC Adam Gase said before Week 5 that Drake is their #2 RB, but he’s been splitting snaps with Williams in passing situations. It’s a committee with both Drake and Williams if Ajayi is out, but Drake has slightly more potential.
Samaje Perine (Was) – Starter Rob Kelley has a rib injury that kept him out of their game in Week 3, and then Kelley’s injury forced the rookie to play a lot more than expected in Week 4. Unfortunately for Perine, he hasn’t made much of a case for himself, and he’s had ball security issues. Perine is a better mover and receiver than Kelley, but he battled ball security and pass protection issues this summer and it’s clear he has no confidence right now. Still, if Kelley has more issues than Perine should get more chances and he could easily start improving and heating up. Kelley, though, is likely back in Week 6, so Perine is just a stash-and-hope guy.
DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard (Oak) – These Oakland second-year RBs are stuck in a timeshare as backups once again, this time behind Marshawn Lynch. The Raiders are clearly trying to preserve Marshawn for the long haul, but Richard and Washington have no standalone value as the backups, and they likely split the workload pretty evenly if Marshawn missed action. But Richard through five weeks is clearly the guy who has a shot at some stand-alone value.
Malcolm Brown (LAR) – The second-year back is the top backup to Todd Gurley, but he doesn’t have much of a role as the secondary option. The Rams have only UDFA Justin Davis behind him, so Brown would carry a big portion of the workload if Gurley goes down at any point.
Chris Ivory (Jax) – Ivory is the top backup behind workhorse RB Leonard Fournette, and he’d be thrust into a bigger role if the rookie misses time at any point this season. He’d lead the backfield in touches, with T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant behind him, if Fournette can’t play.
T.J. Logan (Ari) – For those with nothing on the WW, this guy looked great in the HOF game and then injured his wrist, the same injury as David Johnson. Logan’s injury happened 5 weeks before Johnson’s, so there’s a good chance he’ll be ready 3-4 weeks before Johnson at least. If so, we’d guess that he will get a great opportunity with Chris Johnson offering very little. Logan is similar to Tarik Cohen and looked like he was shot out of a cannon on one impressive run in that HOF game.
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Josh Doctson (Was) – He played only 49% of the snaps with 2 targets in Week 3, but he finally made a big play, and it was vintage Doctson at TCU, as he showed off his great ball skills and leaping ability to haul in a 52-yard TD. That is the guy we have pumped up for two years as a great talent. In case this is the start of something big, and lord knows they need him, he should be owned. Terrelle Pryor did show some signs of life in Week 4 and they are giving Ryan Grant a lot of snaps. In fact, Grant’s 44% shape share was more than Doctson’s in Week 4 (34%). Grant is a problem for Doctson, but they will still look to Doctson for big plays, as they did again in Week 4. Doctson just missed making a brilliant catch in the endzone for a potential game-winner, but he lost control of the ball when he hit the ground. Still, he has upside every week. Of course, he is hurting again this week, which is worrisome.
Mike Williams (LAC) – The Chargers surprised most by taking Williams with the #7 overall pick. The Chargers would’ve given Williams every chance to start right away on the outside as an X receiver, before he injured his back in the off-season. Williams has slowly worked his way back onto the field and the Chargers are eyeing a Week 6 return for. We see a little bit of Plaxico Burress in Williams because of his pure length – he had the longest arms of the WR class at 33-3/8’ – and his ability to work at all levels of the field. We can’t expect immediate results from Williams as they work him into the lineup next Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin, but he could be a difference-maker down the stretch if he can become a regular in their 3-WR sets.
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Ricardo Louis (Cle) – The depth behind Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt was clearly a major weakness on this Browns roster in training camp, and now Coleman (hand) is out for an extend amount of time and Britt is a complete mess. Britt (knee) is hurt and playing terrible and Rashard Higgins is just a guy who is dropping passes, so Louis is getting a chance to play. He led the Browns with 8 targets in Week 5, posting 5/71 receiving on a 22.2% target share. Louis is a physically gifted WR, as a big guy (6’2″, 215 pounds) who can get down the field in a hurry. Louis needs a lot more polish to become all-around receiver, but there’s a could be a sizable role to be had in this offense while Coleman is out of the lineup. They are dying for some reliability, and Louis might have to provide it.
Mike Wallace (Bal) – Wallace is still alive! He started the season with a single catch in each of his first three games, but he finally came to life in Week 4. He finished with 6/55/1 receiving on a team-high 10 targets (20.4% target share) against the Steelers, and he followed it up with 3/133 receiving against the Raiders in Week 5. The Ravens passing attack has been pretty stagnant in the early going, but Joe Flacco is starting to get Wallace more looks to get his play-making ability involved every week.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pit) – It didn’t take the talented rookie long to unseat slot WR Eli Rogers, with the team even making Rogers a healthy scratch in Week 4. Smith-Schuster posted 4/58 receiving on 6 targets against the Jaguars in Week 5, and he also saw a red-zone and a goal-line target but couldn’t score for the third time this season. The versatile rookie has upside, but he’s currently the #4 receiver at best behind Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and Martavis Bryant. However, Bryant has been a disappointment in his return season, Smith-Schuster is out playing him. He’s a viable pickup in deep leagues with nothing on the WW, and he’s developing into a red-zone threat with his size (6’1″, 215 pounds) out of the slot.
Jaron Brown (ARI) – Brown has been most consistent WR behind Larry Fitzgerald, with speedsters John Brown (quad) and J.J. Nelson (hamstring) battling through injuries. Jaron did little in Week 5 though, recording just 3/39 receiving on 6 targets against the Eagles. He’s a capable player they do like, but John Brown and Nelson looked much healthier in Week 5, which reduced his role. The Cardinals have absolutely no running game right now, with Carson Palmer averaging 45.4 pass attempts/game, so Jaron Brown could hang around as a fantasy bench piece. We could see him as the clear #2 WR with Brown and Nelson splitting reps and targets as their #3 WRs.
Marqise Lee (Jax) – Lee and Allen Hurns have moved into the top roles at WR because Allen Robinson and rookie Dede Westbrook (who could return in Week 9) are on the IR. With the Jags attempting just 14 passes in Week 5, Lee led the team with just 2/49 receiving on 4 targets. We have more faith in Lee going forward over Hurns, and he’s our best bet to lead the team in receiving with A-Rob out of the lineup. Of course, Lee could be volatile from week-to-week because of erratic quarterback Blake Bortles, so he’s not a lock to put up production every week. He did click pretty well with Bortles last year, though.
Paul Richardson (Sea) – Richardson has worked his way up the depth chart since Tyler Lockett broke his leg at the end of last year, and he’s now locked in as the #2 WR across from Doug Baldwin. He’s off to a solid start in 2017, scoring in back-to-back games in Weeks 2-3, but he failed to reach 9+ FP in a game for the first time in Week 5 against the Rams (3/35 receiving on 5 targets). He has a flair for making highlight reel catches, and he’s got plenty of speed to be a deep threat for QB Russell Wilson. He’s a fine option for the end of your bench in standard formats with some potential upside if he continues to improve.
Allen Hurns (Jax) – Jaguars top WR Allen Robinson suffered a torn left ACL, which ended his season. That moved Marqise Lee and Hurns into the top roles at WR because the Jags just lost rookie WR Dede Westbrook (core) until potentially Week 9. With the Jags attempting just 14 passes in Week 5, Hurns posted just 2/21 receiving on 3 targets. We have more faith in Lee going forward, and he’s our best bet to lead the team in receiving with A-Rob out of the lineup. Hurns is going to be volatile from week-to-week because of his quarterback and because of his own shaky play, but he’s going to get plenty of snaps and targets going forward.
Cooper Kupp (LAR) – Kupp is still hanging in here, and he’s widely available again after owners dropped him after quiet games in Week 2-3. QB Jared Goff got back to feeding him the rock in Week 4, but he posted just 3/44 receiving on 8 targets against the Seahawks in Week 5 (although he just missed snaring the game-winning TD). Goff has been spreading the ball around to all his different weapons, so Kupp will be hit-or-miss at times, but he does have a pretty strong connection with the second-year QB. He’s going to be a guy to use when the Rams go against a defense that doesn’t defend the slot well.
Roger Lewis (NYG) – Lewis entered Week 5 as a deep reserve, and he left as the only healthy WR left on the roster. Yes, that seriously happened. Odell Beckham is done for the season with a broken ankle, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard both left with ankle injuries, and Dwayne Harris exited with a foot injury. Marshall is also done. Lewis caught 1 of his 2 targets for a 29-yard TD against the Chargers. Lewis is in store for some volume as the lead outside receiver, and he does have talent. They did also bring veteran Tavarres King back, and he does know the offense and has some talent and outside/downfield ability. But Lewis is the better choice for now.
Taylor Gabriel (Atl) – Gabriel is off to a slow start without his old OC Kyle Shanahan. He failed to catch any of his 5 targets in Week 4 against the Bills. We’re still skeptical if new OC Steve Sarkisian can get him involved every week like Shanahan was able to do last season. Gabriel is going to be a boom-or-bust fantasy option going forward, but they could need him more going forward with Mohamed Sanu expected to miss some games because of his hamstring injury. Julio Jones is also banged up with a hip issue. They do still have Justin Hardy, who could see plenty of targets, but we’d have to look to the more dynamic Gabriel for his upside.
Going as Deep as Possible
Kenny Stills (Mia) – Third-year WR DeVante Parker has garnered all the attention for his potential upside playing with new QB Jay Cutler, but Stills is certainly a great fit as well. Stills hasn’t had the chance to succeed with Cutler stinking the joint up, as he had just 1/12 receiving on 2 targets against the Titans in Week 5. Stills is going to be hit-or-miss most weeks, but it’s mostly misses right now with Cutler. Stills really needs HC Adam Gase to make the switch to Matt Moore. Stills could be more involved in the next couple weeks with DeVante Parker nursing an ankle injury.
Nelson Agholor (Phi) – Agholor has found the end zone in three of his five games this season. He posted 4/93/1 receiving on 5 targets against the Cardinals in Week 5, scoring on a 72-yard play. He’s played out of the slot in 3-WR sets and rotated with Torrey Smith in 2-WR sets so far this year. Agholor was a first-round pick back in 2015, so the talent is obviously in him, and it now looks like he has the confidence to go with it. Depending on the matchup, he’ll be on the WR4/5 radar going forward, especially if Alshon Jeffery gets a tough matchup on the outside. His emergence is real.
J.J. Nelson and John Brown (Ari) – Brown has had plenty of health issues over the last year because of his sickle-cell issue, so we knew Nelson would play a big role at some point this year. It didn’t take long, and Nelson had two big games the first two weeks. Both Nelson (hamstring) and Brown (quad) haven’t been the healthiest players this season, but they looked much better in Week 5. Nelson and Brown are going to hurt each other’s value when they are both on the field, and it’s probably best to use these guys if one of them is out of the lineup. Plus, Jaron Brown has been the best WR behind Larry Fitzgerald in the first month of the season, so they are just boom-or-bust options.
Robby Anderson (NYJ) – The addition of Jermaine Kearse before the start of the season appeared to put a damper on whatever fantasy momentum Anderson had. After solid games in Week 3-4, Anderson disappointed against the Browns, posting just 2/16 receiving on 5 targets. He’s going to have to hit a deep ball if he’s going to have success in a given week, so he’s going to be a boom-or-bust option this season. And he’s most likely going to be a bust most weeks playing in this dreadful offense, but keep in mind the Jets could turn to Bryce Petty (knee) in the near future, and Anderson did have a lot of success with Petty last season.
Tyler Lockett (Sea) – Lockett has shown no ill-effects coming back from his devastating leg injury at the end of last season. He had a quiet Week 5, posting 3/26 receiving on 4 targets against the Rams. Paul Richardson has vaulted ahead of Lockett for the time being, but at least Jermaine Kearse is now out of the picture in this passing game. Lockett will be a boom-or-bust option as primarily a deep threat in this Seahawks passing game.
Kendall Wright (Chi) – He bounced back after his no-show in Week 3, catching all 4 of his targets for 51 yards and a TD against the Packers in Week 4. However, he played just 54% of the snaps with the Bears using a four-man rotation at WR among Wright, Markus Wheaton, Deonte Thompson, and Josh Bellamy. We really can’t advise playing any of these Bears WRs at this point, but Wright still has the best chance of being relevant, and he’s the guy we’ve been honed in on for weeks. He should be involved most weeks going forward to rack up some PPR production, but he’s going to be hit-or-miss because of the nature of this Bears offense. He definitely has the ability to help a passing game that needs a lot of it. Based on just pure talent alone, and Wright did work pretty well with rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky in Week 5, catching 4 of 5 targets for 56.
Tavon Austin (LAR) – We’ve wanted the Rams to use Austin as a change-of-pace back for a while now, and it looks like they’re finally committing to it. He had 6/27/1 rushing as the change-of-pace back to Todd Gurley in Week 5, adding 3/14 receiving on 5 targets against the Seahawks. Tavon is on the cusp of fantasy relevance, and it looks like Sean McVay is getting more comfortable with him in the backfield. It would be nice if he got RB eligibility as well, to make him more valuable.
Jermaine Kearse (NYJ) – The Jets traded for Kearse just before the start of the season, and he immediately become their #1 WR. That’s the sad state of the Jets receiving corps. Kearse came through in Week 5 against the Browns, posting 4/38/1 receiving on targets. Kearse doesn’t have a whole lot of ability, but he has the most experience in this group. Someone has to catch the ball here, and Kearse is likely to get chances every week. QB Josh McCown already seems to like him, but Kearse is going to be tough to use with any confidence with the Jets capable of laying an egg at any point.
Marquise Goodwin (SF) – Goodwin finally went off in Week 5, but he probably wasn’t on the radar for most after looking shaky to play because of a concussion. He tied Pierre Garcon for the team lead with 11 targets, posting 5/116 receiving against the Colts in Week 5. He has four concussions over the last 14 months, which is very troubling, but he’s going to get weekly deep balls thrown his way playing across from Garcon. He’s worth a look as a boom-or-bust option in non-PPR formats.
Robert Woods (LAR) – Woods is seeing weekly targets in this offense, but QB Jared Goff is doing a good job spreading the rock around. He played well in Week 5, posting 5/66 receiving on 8 targets against the Seahawks. He’s topped 50+ receiving yards in three games and fallen below 20 yards in his other two games, so he’s been a bit boom-or-bust. Using him is a roll of the dice, but he has a better chance of succeeding when Sammy Watkins as a tough matchup against a top CB like we saw in Week 5.
John Ross (Cin) – The #9 overall pick finally got on the field in Week 2, and he promptly fumbled on his first NFL touch on a 12-yard end around. Too bad he plays for a coach like Marvin Lewis who benched him for the rest of the game and not for Andy Reid, who kept Kareem Hunt in after he fumbled on his first NFL snap and had a historic day after that. The discipline Lewis demonstrated may very well have lost them the game as they had scrubs Alex Erickson and Cody Core playing ahead of him the rest of the way. This all said, a lot has to come down on their OC Ken Zampese, who was fired after Week 2. The Bengals will probably now move to get Ross involved, but his bothersome knee kept him out of the lineup in Week 3-5. We could finally see him after their Week 6 bye.
Geronimo Allison (GB) – Allison is the top backup at WR here, and he’s been impressive dating back to last year. Geronimo can definitely ball out, and he has some Jordy Nelson-esque improv skills when Aaron Rodgers breaks the pocket. He isn’t a horrible guy to hold on to in case there are more injuries if you have deep benches.
Terrance Williams (Dal) – Williams was quietly very effective and reliable in 2016, and they somewhat surprisingly re-signed the 2017 free agent. He’s got a chance here because Dak Prescott has had success when throwing to him. He had just 2/14 rushing on 3 targets against the Packers in Week 5. Given the attention Dez Bryant gets, Williams is in a solid spot, and he’s a solid play when Dez clearly has a tough matchup against a top CB.
Adam Humphries (TB) – Humphries posted consecutive 6-catch games in Week 3-4, so he’s still a big part of this passing attack. He had just 5 targets (10.9% target share) in Week 5, recording just 3/51 receiving. He’s had a surprisingly big role despite being stuck behind Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and Cameron Brate in the Buccaneers passing-game pecking order. He’s likely to go back to being fantasy irrelevant, but he’s got a little juice for PPR formats right now.
Cole Beasley (Dal) – Beasley is active every week in the middle of the field, but he doesn’t usually do much in terms of yardage, never averaging more than 11.5 YPR in a season. He made his first real impact in Week 5, hauling in 2 TDs while posting 4/23/2 receiving on 6 targets against the Packers. Beasley is fine as a bye week fill-in for PPR formats because he gives you a decent floor, but he offers little in terms of upside.
Zay Jones (Buf) – Jones is playing a prominent role as a starter across from Jordan Matthews, but he’s yet to make an impact in this weak passing attack. He caught just 1 of his 6 targets for 9 yards against the Bengals in Week 5, and he now has just 5 catches on 25 targets for a putrid 20.0% catch rate. The Bills are going to give Jones plenty of opportunities to develop, but it could take him a little time before he makes a significant impact. He’s just a stash-and-hope option at this point in the season, but they do really need him on the outside. Matthews is expected to miss a couple more weeks after needing thumb surgery. Also, the Bills could be without Charles Clay (knee) too.
Demarcus Robinson (KC) – This is for those in deep leagues, but with Chris Conley likely lost for the season with an Achilles injury, this talented 2016 4th round pick has a chance. Robinson played the X role around 70% of his snaps, and he has some vertical and red zone potential in a great offense.
Obvious Choices/For Smaller Leagues
(NYJ) – The enigmatic ASJ came back from suspension in Week 3, and he immediately step into a big role in this terrible Jets offense. He came through in a premium matchup against the Browns in Week 5, posting 6/29/1 receiving on a team-high 8 targets (26.7% target share). It’s not surprising that he’s stepped right into the lineup and is leading the position in targets right away considering how little competition he has for playing time, and this is a TE-friendly offense. He’s posted 4+ catches in all three of his games this season. He definitely has some talent as a former #38 overall pick in 2014, but don’t be surprised if he disappoints you if you are counting on him for production.
(Oak) – Cook has looked good so far and he’s in a position to succeed for the second straight year, trading in Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams for Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. This Raiders passing attack didn’t have a shot to succeed in Week 5 with EJ Manuel starting, as Cook finished with 3/25 receiving on 6 targets. He’s going to see light coverage in the middle of the field at times, and with Cooper underwhelming again this year, Cook sould be more active than expected (and we did like him this summer). It also looks like Derek Carr (back) will return in Week 6, giving Cook a chance at success.
Next Best Things
Tyler Eifert (Cin) – Eifert hasn’t practiced since he left Week 2 early with yet another back injury. There’s a chance he could be ready to return after their Week 6 bye, and he’s currently owned in just 44% of Yahoo leagues. Outside of the top options, the tight end position has been a fantasy wasteland, so Eifert could be worth a pickup if he can finally get healthy.
George Kittle (SF) – The 49ers lack a lot of talent in the middle of the field, and it’s clear there’s opportunity for Kittle here. We’ve thought he could break out at any point, and it could be happening after his performance in Week 5. He recorded 7/83/1 receiving on 9 targets against the Colts in Week 5, seeing a 19.6% target share from Brian Hoyer. Kittle is small (6’4”, 250 pounds) for the position, but he’s loaded with athleticism and he could become a playmaker in the middle of the field for the 49ers. He’s now on the radar because he’s gaining confidence and Hoyer is starting to trust him (he went to him with the game on the line for the TD on fourth down in Week 5).
Ben Watson (Bal) – It looks like QB Joe Flacco found his new Dennis Pitta in the middle of the field. He disappointed in Week 5 against the Raiders, posting just 2/2 receiving on 4 targets. He’s unlikely to do much with his targets at 36 years old, but he could certainly help out in PPR formats if Flacco is going to keep him active as an underneath target. It’s worth noting that Pro Bowl G Marshal Yanda is out for the season, so Baltimore’s running game is in big trouble. That fact should work in Watson’s favor with the Ravens leaning on their short-passing attack more.
Ed Dickson (Car) – Where the heck did that Dickson Week 5 performance come from? He gashed the Lions for 175 yards on 5 catches for a ridiculous 35.0 YPR average. He now has 8 catches for 237 yards the last two weeks, so there’s a chance he might have some staying power while Greg Olsen (foot) is out of the lineup until at least Week 11. QB Cam Newton has played much better the last two weeks, so Dickson is suddenly in the streaming conversation.
Ryan Griffin (Hou) – Griffin is now the top option at TE with starter CJ Fiedorowicz (concussion) on the IR, so there’s a great opportunity for the athletic Griffin to carve out a large role on the receiver-poor Texans. After coming through in Week 3, Griffin disappointed with just 2/13 receiving on 5 targets against the Titans in Week 4, so he can’t do it every week. Griffin has planted himself in the weekly streaming discussion now with rookie QB Deshaun Watson getting little help from his WRs outside of DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. It also doesn’t hurt that Watson is seemingly improving as a passer every week. One issue, though, is that talented backup Stephen Andersonis playing (25% of the snaps in Week 5), so he might cap Griffin’s upside, as he has the last two weeks.
Nick O’Leary (Buf) – Top receiver Charles Clay left Week 5 early with a knee injury, and he’s out at least a few weeks, and it could be longer. Filling in for an injured Clay, O’Leary posted 5/54 receiving on 6 targets agaisnt the Bengals in Week 5. The Bills are groping for help at receiver with Jordan Matthews (thumb) out for the next couple weeks, so O’Leary could be a streaming option for as long as Clay is out after their Week 6 bye. They literally have no choice but to throw O’Leary 5+ balls a week while Clay is out.
Zach Miller (Chi) – The Bears really need some juice in the passing game, and they are banking on some production from Miller because of how thin they are at WR. He caught both of his targets in Week 4 for 45 yards against the Packers and he did score in Week 5 and led the team with 7 targets playing with rookie Mitchell Trubisky. It makes sense for the rookie to keep looking for Miller over the middle, so he should have a chance to put up some decent production because of the weekly volume he should see most weeks.
David Njoku (Cle) – Njoku will develop into a better pro once he gets a little more playing experience, and he has arguably the most upside of any young TE. He scored in consecutive games in Weeks 2-3, and he found the end zone again in Week 5, finishing with 3/48/1 receiving against the Jets. Njoku has everything that any team would want in terms of athleticism for the position, but he needs to make progress as a blocker to be a three-down TE as a rookie. He certainly has the potential to be one of the best at the position in the future if the Browns can finally find their franchise QB. It could take Njoku some time to get regular playing time as a rookie, and Seth Devalve is still a factor. But the rookie has shown some legit potential, and he’s definitely involved especially in the end zone.
Vernon Davis (Was) – Here we go again with Jordan Reed, who we did not think would miss Week 3, but who obviously did. Vernon filled in and played 78% of the snaps with 5 targets and 5/58/1, and he showed he could still play. Reed didn’t do much in Week 4, and Vernon made another big play for 69 yards (2/89, 70% of the snaps). He is definitely a viable starter if Reed is out.
Tyler Higbee (LAR) – Higbee had the best game of his young career in Week 5, posting 4/98 receiving on 8 targets against the Seahawks. He now has 7 catches for 145 yards over the last two weeks, so he’s worked his way into the streaming conversation after posting 3/21 in his first three games. He’s certainly athletic enough to start breaking out in this offense, although it’s going to be tough to totally trust him with Jared Goff spreading the ball around all over the field.
Tyler Kroft (Cin) – Starting TE Tyler Eifert is out right now with another back injury, and he doesn’t appear close to returning. Kroft is filling in as the starter, and he came through in a premium matchup against the Browns in Week 4, posting 6/68/2 receiving on 7 targets. He had just 4/38 receiving on 5 targets against the Bills in Week 5, but his one missed connection did come in the red zone. New OC Bill Lazor has used Kroft like the no-doubt top TE over C.J. Uzomah, and we did like Kroft coming out of Rutgers in the 2015 draft when he went #85 overall. Kroft is a big target (6’6”) and he should continue to be an option for Andy Dalton in the red zone while Eifert is out and you can plug him on in there if you need a starter. There’s chance Eifert could be ready to go out of their Week 6 bye, so monitor his status.
Jesse James (Pit) – The Steelers traded for Vance McDonald before the season, which put James on notice that his job could be up for grabs. James did score 2 TDs in Week 1, but he hasn’t done much since then. He finished with 3/24 receiving on 5 targets against the Jaguars in Week 5. James has cemented himself as the starter for now ahead of McDonald. James averaged just 8.7 YPR last season, and he’s averaging just 8.4 YPR so far in 2017. He’s going to have to be a threat in the red zone to come through for fantasy.
Julius Thomas (Mia) – Thomas struggled mightily in Jacksonville, missing more games (11) than touchdowns scored (9) in two seasons. Of course, when he was healthy, Thomas was a TD machine with Peyton Manning at the controls and with Miami HC Adam Gase as the OC in Denver, scoring a remarkable 24 TDs in a 27-game stretch with the Broncos in 2013-14. He’s been awfully quiet so far with the Dolphins, posting just 1/15 receiving on 4 targets against the Titans in Week 5. He’s a good bet to be more TD dependent than most top TEs, and it just isn’t happening for Thomas in this offense.
Demetrius Harris (KC) – If Travis Kelce misses any time, this guy is the next man up and he’s very athletic and has been in the system for several years, so like Ed Dickson in Carolina, he could surprise.
Harrison Butker (KC) – Don’t look now but he’s got 8 FGs on 9 attempts the last two weeks, and that’s worth nothing because the Chiefs are currently the best team in the NFL with a prolific offense.
Jake Elliott (Phi) – After nailing a 61-yard game-winning field goal against the Giants in Week 3, Elliott went 4-for-4 on FG attempts in Week 4 and then 2-for-2 in Week 5. On the season, he’s now third in points-per-game, so he’s viable.
Will Lutz (NO) – Wil Lutz (NO) – He does have three misses on the season, but he’s also tied for second in the league with 10 FGs, and he’s second in the NFL with 13 attempts. Lutz is a hot leg you can ride for now.
Robbie Gould (SF) – He’s hard to trust, but he is 14-for-14 on the season, so he’s currently getting it done.
Source: Fantasy Guru
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