2018 Waiver Whispers – Week 5

Aldrick Robinson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (Rostered in less than 0.1% of NFL.com leagues) Let me preface this by saying this should be a deep league (12-14 team) stash only! That being said Aldrick had himself a day last Thursday night against the Rams as he caught two balls for 33 yards and two TDs. While he was highly efficient in this outing, needing only the two catches for as many touchdowns, this type of production cannot be counted on because it is not sustainable. The case can be made, however, that Robinson has taken over as the 3rd WR in this offense and with his top end speed along with defenses focusing on Thielen and Diggs, he is worth a flier on some weeks for those managers who are WR desperate.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Another deep league WR stash, Gabriel joined Mitch Trubisky in the fun on Sunday as he corralled all 7 of his targets for 104 yards and two touchdowns. We were aware of Gabriel’s talents as he has shown flashes in his career, especially during Matt Ryan’s MVP season with the Falcons, and it looks like he could be back! Not only are the 7 targets encouraging, but Gabriel seems a likely secondary weapon for Trubisky who does seem more likely to include his receivers than initially thought by the Fantasy Football community.

Mitchell Trubisky QB, Chicago Bears (Rostered in less than 4% of NFL.com leagues) I can hear all “da Bears” fans now….”Mitchell Trubisky is the second coming!” Hard to argue with the logic as Trubisky went 19 for 26 for 354 yards and 6 touchdowns. Yes, you read that right. SIX TOUCHDOWNS. My first thought was, is this real? Can we expect more big days from Mitch? While I do not suggest rostering him in the hopes that he can repeat the elite level production week in and week out, we did finally see what we thought was possible with the hiring of Matt Nagy: a productive Bears offense. If you are looking for a nice streaming option due to BYE weeks or you play in a two quarterback league, take a look at Mitch.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) It should be noted that Matthews only managed and needed one catch Sunday to score his 56 yard touchdown from Carson Wentz. What is more noteworthy is that each week he has seen his playing time increase, and this is a player that is familiar with the Eagles offense, having played in it before. He is a deeper stash, but as part of a often injured offense, Matthews is worth a look.  

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (Rostered in 46% of NFL.com leagues) Sanu’s rostered percentage is a tad higher than the majority of this piece due to the lack of trust in Calvin Ridley to start the season. Sanu will not have week to week consistency due to the emergence of Ridley, but 9 targets in this contest were nice to see. If you are looking for a “hail mary” play at WR as the BYE weeks start to add up, Sanu has carved out a nice part of a high octane offense this year.

Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Rostered in less than 48% of NFL.com leagues) After spending 3 weeks surprisingly inactive for the Buccs, Ronald Jones got some playing time Sunday in their blowout loss to the Bears. He was able to lead the team in carries as he underwhelming accumulated 29 yards on 10 carries. This type of performance does not inspire a ton of confidence, but Jones will likely get another crack at becoming the “hot hand” in this backfield. Given the scarcity of the running back landscape, he is worth a stash for RB needy teams.

Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Keke, do you love me? Well I will tell you that I loved how Keke Coutee came in HOT to his rookie debut with the Texans, catching 11 of his robust 15 targets for 109 yards. Coutee boasts game-breaking speed, and with Will Fuller exiting this game after reaggravating his hamstring injury, Keke needs to be added in most 12+ team league formats. He is a clear backup to Fuller/Hopkins and has shown nice rapport with Watson. Additionally, the Texans have trailed a ton this year and will likely be throwing in most games this season.  

Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Alfred Blue hasn’t flashed much of a wow factor this season, but this is more about the game of attrition that is the running back position in fantasy football. Lamar Miller exited the game this past week against the Colts and did not return during the 4th quarter or in overtime. If Miller is forced to miss any time, Blue will be a starting running back for a Deshaun Watson lead offense, which will see scoring opportunities.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) As noted in last week’s Waiver Wire Whispers, Nyheim Hines has carved out a nice little role in the Colts offense. He seems to be a favorite outlet for Luck, especially in the red zone. With the ever depletion of the RB position in fantasy Hines is worth rostering in most formats.

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Similar to the take on Lamar Miller, coupled with both Miller and Blue’s lack of effectiveness this season, Foreman warrants an extended look as a bench stash with upside. Foreman looked explosive last year prior to his achilles injury and likely would have threatened Miller this year for the starting job if healthy. If you have a deep bench or a roster spot available, especially an IR spot, stash Foreman asap.

Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) In a classic case of “That helps no one!” Mike Davis was the major beneficiary of Chris Carson missing time as he ran for 101 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns. Davis is worth a look just in part for the lack of depth at the RB slot, but in case Carson’s injury is one that lingers, Davis needs to be added.

Ed Dickson, TE, Seattle Seahawks (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) As the Tight End landscape continues to be barren Dickson is an interesting stash for very deep leagues as he eyes a return to action in week 7. Seattle is hurting for playmakers on offense and Dickson could slot into a considerable amount of work.

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Rostered in less than 35% of NFL.com leagues) Winston has been named the starter going forward after Tampa Bay has their week 5 bye and although I may not personally like Winston, he has a arsenal of weapons on offense and a depleted defense that will force the Buccs to throw quite a bit this year.

Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns (Rostered in less than 35% of NFL.com leagues) Any time a running back can amass 100+ yards on only 3 carries, we should take notice. That production is not sustainable but Chubb is worth a stash to see if he can cut into Carlos Hyde’s workload.

Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) As Rishard Matthews left the Titans, Taywan Taylor has emerged as a noticeable piece of the Titans air attack. He racked up 7 catches on 9 targets for 77 yards. If you are looking at bye week and injury replacement at the WR position take a look at Taylor.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Rostered in less than 6% of NFL.com leagues) Brate has been a favorite target of Winston’s for a few years now and with the injury to Howard will slide in as the starting TE again for the Buccs. It may be hard to roster him as they are on BYE this week but if you can afford to be proactive Brate should be on your radar.

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