2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds and Waiver Wire Pickups

The following teams have BYE WEEKS and DO NOT play this week:
Chicago Bears
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RUNNING BACKS (RB)

Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Even with the injury to Chris Carson, it was Davis who got the volume of carries, not this year's first-round draft pick, Penny.  Assuming Carson is out for an extended period, Davis would be a nice pickup, with Penny presumably serving in the complimentary role.  At the moment, Davis appears to be the workhorse back for the Seahawks for the duration of Carson's absence.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 14.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Hines saw an increase in his workload due to the absence of both Helton and Doyle. The Colts are on a short week as they play on Thursday night, and it doesn't look like boil or Hilton will be available again. Thus look for an increase in Hines' workload again as the safety valve.  At the very least, he's a good streaming option and he'll face a Patriots defense that has been a relatively soft against receiving running backs.  

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 14.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Packers backfield situation looks a bit murky at the moment, but Jones is a good pick up regardless. It's only a matter of time before Williams gets hurt and Jones will acquire the full workload of carries.  Moreover Jones and the Packers face a lions defense that has given up at least 174 yards on the ground to opposing backfields in three of their first four games.

T.Y. Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 40.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Montgomery might be looking to revive his role as a receiver for the Green Bay Packers. If both Cobb and Allison are unable to go, Montgomery should see plenty of work on passing downs.  He's a definite PPR add with upside in standard formats, depending on his workload They have a tasty matchup against Detroit this week.  

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 46.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Hamstring injuries tend to linger, as illustrated by Leonard Fournette.  This makes Yeldon a good pickup.  Granted, Yeldon does tend to be streaky, but at least the volume is there as long as Fournette remains sidelined.  

Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 1.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Like T.J. Yeldon, Smith's fantasy relevance depends solely on the availability of Devonta Freeman.  If Freeman is active, sit Smith.  If Freeman is still unavailable, Smith gets the nod.  Smith's role as the change of pace back makes him a versatile weapon the Falcons can use to open up their playbook.  His volume varies, but he gets more usage when the Falcons are in a shootout and need to keep pace with the opposition.  The rookie scored his first NFL touchdown against the Bengals last week, and should see similar usage when they'll try going blow for blow against an explosive Steelers offense.

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR)

Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 3.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The absences of Delanie Walker and Rishad Matthews leaves the entire middle of the field for Taylor to work in.  Mariota is often times looking for a quick, safe, high percentage completion, and Taylor caught seven of those high-percentage passes for 79 yards this past week against an elite Eagles defense. Moreover, Mariota finally has some stability and his offensive line and looks like he was getting some good protection and enough time to throw. Taylor could be a PPR superstar this year.  

Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 12.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Westbrook caught 9 of his 13 targets for 130 yards but failed to reach the endzone last week.  Sure he won't be the jaw dropping highlight reel that fellow receiver Keelan Cole has the potential to be, but the Jaguars like taking care of the ball and giving their quarterback quick and easy high percentage completions that will simply move the chains.  Westbrook is a highly talented receiver, but it's tough to figure out which Jaguars wideout will get the larger workload.  His ceiling is as high as his floor is low.

Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 0.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Coutee was taken in the 4th round of this year's NFL draft.  At 5'10", roughly 180lbs, he's a shifty playmaker who caught 11 of his 15 targets for 109 yards, seeing most of his work after Fuller went down with an injury.  Watson finally looks like he's clicking, and Coutee could benefit from Watson's improved play.  Coutee should get plenty of targets while Fuller is out.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 11.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Dorsett has gotten some decent run in the Patriots system.  He's scored in weeks 1 and 4, and gets a decent share of the targets.  Gronk could be sidelined, but Julian Edelman returns this week.  It's tough to figure out just how much volume Dorsett will get, but he's a receiver in an elite passing offense.  He's worth a speculative add, especially in deeper leagues.

Taylor Gabriel (currently owned in 6.6% of all ESPN leagues):
**Taylor Gabriel and the Chicago Bears DO NOT PLAY this week**
The Bears offense finally looks like it's starting to click, and turbo is a critical piece of that.  He scored two touchdowns this past week against a very weak Buccaneers secondary.  As long as Nagy is creative with his play-calling and Anthony Miller remains sidelined, Gabriel should continue to see a decent amount of volume and that raises the floor for one of the most dynamic playmakers in the league. Gabriel is with an ad as long as Miller is out.

TIGHT ENDS (TE)

Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 31.4% of all ESPN leagues):
McDonald has managed to stay healthy and is certainly doing things!  His epic stiff arm of Buccaneers satefy Chris Conte went viral and reminded everyone that McDonald is still in this league.  He's caught 9 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in the last 2 weeks, and will try to keep things rolling against a fairly decent matchup against the Falcons this week.  As long as Brown and Juju both draw coverage, Big Ben will need to spread the ball around to guys like McDonald.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 10.6% of all ESPN leagues):
**Cameron Brate and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers DO NOT PLAY this week**
O.J. Howard is expected to miss 2 to 4 weeks with a knee injury.  The Bucs also need to find a running game.  Both of these factors should help Brate get more involved in the offense.  He's worth an add at a very shallow position even though he hasn't gotten much usage.  For what it's worth, he's scored touchdowns 2 weeks in a row.

C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 0.1% of all leagues):
Uzomah is presumably the next man up with Eifert lost for the season.  The Bengals face the Dolphins, Steelers, Chiefs, Buccaneers, and Saints, who have arguably the softest secondaries in the league, but also the most explosive offenses in the league.  Uzomah could see additional usage if the Bengals are forced to play catch up in a shootout.  Either way, he should soak up some of the targets left vacant by the injured Eifert.

QUARTERBACKS (QB)

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 20.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Mariota finally looks like he's clicking in Matt LeFleur's offense.  The Titans got Jack Conklin and other key members of their offensive line back, so they can protect Mariota and give him some decent protection and time to throw the ball.  The results were apparent, as Mariota threw for 344 yards, 2 scores, and a pick, and added another 46 yards and a touchdown on the ground against a tough Eagles defense.  Mariota is worth an add.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 20.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Chucky's genius looks like it's finally shining through.  Carr threw for 437 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 picks.  He managed to spread the ball around and pick apart an underrated Browns defense.  He should continue to see success against a banged up Chargers defense, and is certainly worth adding.  

Mitchel Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 19.4% of all ESPN leagues):
**Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears DO NOT PLAY this week**
This is perhaps the breakout game Bears fans and fantasy owners alike have been waiting for.  Trubisky threw for 354 yards and 6, YES SIX, touchdowns, just one shy of his touchdown total all of last season.  He added another 53 yards on 3 scrambles.  Potential owners can probably wait until next week to add Mitch, but he's certainly worth a speculative add, especially in 2 QB leagues.  

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

STREAMING OPTION:

Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues):
Second-year QB C.J. Beathard is starting and will try to run a struggling offense, even with quarterback whisperer Kyle Shanahan.  Cardinals defensive backs Baker, Bathea, and Patty P will be licking their chops.  The Cardinals defense is worth a start this week.  

Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 39.5% of all ESPN leagues):
With the emergence of Tennessee's offense comes an increase in time of possession, and therefore a more rested defense.  They've been soft against the run, but rank just outside of the top 10 in pass defense.  They take on a struggling Bills team this week, so they're at least a streaming option.

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