2019 Waiver Wire – Week 5
Things got a little crazy in Big Travy’s world last week and so I need to apologize for not coming through with the week 4 Waiver Wire pickups last week. Much like Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, or Greg Olsen did to us this week, I disappeared on you when I was needed the most. Alas, I am back and ready to help you determine your best and usable options on your waiver wire this week.
This of course, is our weekly column on speculative waiver wire adds. Remember that for this article we only highlight players owned in 40% or less in both Yahoo and NFL or with high variance between the two. This article is designed to highlight most, if not, all the justifiable adds this week, but it is your responsibility to understand which, if any, would be best for your squad.
We have added some tiers to qualify how a prospective player should be viewed. A “Streamable” player is someone who has the ability to contribute to your team right now but may not provide that same allure after a few weeks. Someone who is a “Patchwork Player” has the talent and circumstance to slide into your lineup multiple weeks, dependant on matchup. “Season-Long Upside” is the most straightforward. These players may take some time to develop but could be weekly starters over time, and they provide the most upside to your championship chances. Finally, we have the “Stash-Worthy”. You won’t play these guys right now but by the time you want to, they will likely be gone. If you have the depth, be proactive and grab these guys!
Streamable (1-2 Week Use)
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE – CIN (16% in Yahoo and 8.8% owned in NFL) Not quite the post-hype sleeper, Jones was able to make the most of his time as the new starting TE for the Browns. Baker Mayfield connected with Seals-Jones on beautiful catch and run of 59 yards and a touchdown. To top it off, Jarvis Landry, who also had a monster game, left with a concussion. If Landry is forced to miss Jones could be a top tier streamer for week 5.
Tyler Eifert, TE – CIN (16% in Yahoo and 8.8% owned in NFL) There will be lines at the DMV, Blood Marys will give me heartburn, and I start my tight ends against the Arizona Cardinals.
Mohamed Sanu, WR – ATL (27% in Yahoo and 28.6% owned in NFL) The Falcons have been one of the most disappointing storylines in the NFL and for fantasy football this season. Typically, Atlanta will underperform but not to this level and it’s starting to prove concerning for fantasy football purposes. One of the few bright spots from that has emerged from the bad last few weeks for the Falcons and more specifically from Calvin Ridley, has been Mohammed Sanu. Sanu now has back to back weeks with 75 or more yards and has a total of 18 targets in that span.
Keke Coutee, WR – HOU (18% in Yahoo and 13.2% owned in NFL) Speaking of the Falcons, the Texans will play them this week and only 5 teams have allowed more points to the wide receiver than Atlanta. Coutee is not a sexy pick up but he is a talented prospect, in an offense that should be better than it has been playing. Additionally Coutee got more snaps last week due to a hamstring injury suffered by Kenny Stills. With the line playing as poorly as it is in Houston, Coutee could be the safety net that Watson needs.
Patchwork Players (2-4 Week Upside)
Golden Tate, WR – NYG (49% in Yahoo and 27.3% owned in NFL) Like Rafiki said in The Lion King, “IT IS TIME!” We know Golden Tate, you know Golden Tate. This man can produce. He has finished serving his 4 game PED suspension and is now entering the Giants offense with Daniel Jones at the helm. Tate is the perfect fit for a young quarterback: a consummate slot-receiver and safety valve. If your league mates were not proactive in the past couple weeks then scoop up Tate.
Geronimo Allison, WR – GB (24% in Yahoo and 32.6% owned in NFL) Allison is likely not going to blossom into a true every week play for you fantasy roster but we have seen what can happen when he and Rodgers are clicking. Last week Allison not only scored by racked up 52 yards, catching 3 balls on 4 targets. His big body and ability to dominate the team slot snaps make him a waiver worthy player. We have seen that if Rodgers establishes a clear #2 option in his offenses, they can be extremely valuable. Allison is worth the add and could pay off handsomely for those deep and patient enough to wait and see.
Preston Williams, WR – MIA (2% in Yahoo and .5% owned in NFL) Disclaimer: We do not usually endorse any player on the Dolphins. However, Williams, who shined in the preseason, has translated that production into the regular season. He scored a TD week 1 and led receiving with 63 yards in week 2. And now after four weeks, he has a 22% market share of the team targets. He isn’t a lock to produce every week, but if you are desperate for WR depth snag Williams as we know the Dolphins won’t stop throwing this year.
Dionte Johnson, WR – PIT (5% in Yahoo and 1% owned in NFL) With 50 yards and a touchdown in back to back weeks it is time to start talking about the rookie WR in Pittsburgh. Ben is gone and now the Steelers are led by Mason Rudolph who over the last two weeks has shown some big play ability with Johnson. We begged for it to be Moncrief or Washington with Ben, but Rudolph appears to have his guy in Johnson.
Jimmy Graham, TE – GB (37% in Yahoo and 21.6% owned in NFL) Jimmy’s production has been up and down this year but so has the entire TE class for the most part. Jimmy is supremely planted in an Aaron Rodgers offense and while that doesn’t always mean good things for the tight end, it can provide huge TD upside which we have already seen from Jimmy who has five red zone targets and two touchdowns this season already.
Ronald Jones, RB – TB (44% in Yahoo and 31.8% in NFL) We haven’t been the most vocal about Ronald Jones’ upside, but he has been able to put together some usable outings for the Bucs. You won’t feel great about it but if Jones is available snatch him up. With injuries piling up across the RB landscape, Jones’ depth and bye week coverage could be just what the fantasy football doctor ordered.
DeVante Parker, WR – MIA (9% in Yahoo and .7% owned in NFL) I don’t love telling you to snag two Dolphin players this week, but they are a lock for game script that will cause them to continuously throw and last week Rosen found Parker for a touchdown. Parker could be a bye-week option or even a depth play if he can start cashing in on his first round pedigree.
A.J. Brown, WR – TEN (10% in Yahoo and 2% owned in NFL) If you followed us back March and April you know that I was extremely high on A.J. Brown. With comps to JuJu and other studly slot giants, Brown was as exciting as they come. I was chomping at the bit for him to land on a great offense. That excitement soon left me as he was drafted by the Titans and Marcus Mariota. And although I don’t fully buy how Mariota has been playing recently, Brown has been the main benefactor. Brown now has two games over 90 yards and two touchdowns on the year. He will be like most rookie wide receivers, a boom or bust option but in the right matchup Brown will be able to win you weeks.
Darrel Williams, RB- KC (52% in Yahoo and 21.4% owned in NFL) Williams went from a no-name fantasy player to a potential league-winner. Now Shady is not gone and will continue to start for the Chiefs but as the game last week against the Lions waged on, Williams out-touched Shady in the second half. He also saw more receiving work and was the goal-line back more frequently. With Damien Williams battling a hush-hush knee injury Williams should continue to have flex appeal and if the aging McCoy were to miss action, Darrel could end up winning you some fantasy football hardware.
Deebo Samuel, WR- SF (14% in Yahoo and 2.5% owned in NFL) Deebo barely makes the list as the only pass catcher besides Kittle in San Fran worth rostering. He isn’t going to wow you each and every week by Kyle Shanahan will scheme ways to get him involved especially in plus matchups.
Ito Smith, RB- ATL (14% in Yahoo and 12% owned in NFL) Freeman has looked bad, and as I have stated multiple times the entire Falcons team has. With Quinn’s job on the line he may not be able to afford to keep pounding the rock with an underperforming veteran. Smith is stash worthy as an upside play if the tides turn in Atlanta.