We are now officially,
A – Done with a quarter of the season.
B – Into scheduled bye weeks.
C – Starting to turn to panic mode if we haven’t won a game.
Stay sane though, fantasy isn’t over and this is the time injuries happen more. Thus, the waiver wire will pick up and become a war. Be on top of everything and ready for anything.
So let’s recap what we did last week and prepare for a big waiver week with a few running backs available who could see a major increase in touches.
Week 4 Adds Recap
Alex Collins – RB – BAL: Someone you may not be starting right away, but for the second consecutive week, Collins, ran for 9 attempts and 82 yards. Fumbling woes are there, but I like stashing this guy.
Wendell Smallwood – RB – PHI: Smallwood was a good play and will be for weeks to come. Though it is between him and Blount in the backfield. Smallwood is the pass catcher who can run in this offense.
Chris Thompson – RB – WAS: As to no surprise, playing at Arrowhead Stadium against a stellar, Chiefs defense. Thompson didn’t do much on Monday but will be a good PPR start with certain matchups moving forward.
Sterling Shepard – WR – NYG: Shepard caught 5 passes on 5 targets for 54 yards. A good game and showed that he can catch almost anything thrown in his direction.
Charles Clay – TE – BUF: Clay is a legitimate top 5 tight end this year. I hoped you grabbed him if the chance was available.
Week 5 Adds
#1 Latavius Murray – RB – MIN: With the disappointing injury to one of the most exciting, rookie, backs in the NFL, Dalvin Cook. It’s seems to now be Murray’s job. However, there still remains, Jerick McKinnon, who’s been there for a few years and knows the Minnesota offense. So when picking up Murray keep McKinnon on your watch list.
#2 Aaron Jones – RB – GB: Ty Montgomery was off to a fast start on Thursday, until his game was cut short, due to a few broken ribs. Now, it looks like he’ll be missing week 5 which opens the door for Jamaal Williams and Jones. Pay close attention to Jamaal Williams who avoided major injury but still may not suit up. Albeit, even if he does play in week 5 it should be limited touches just based on the performance of Aaron Jones.
#3 Will Fuller – WR – HOU: An injury in training camp had everyone speculating that Fuller would be out half the season. Then a short month later, rumors whispered around saying he’d be coming back as early as week 4. Finally, an even more quiet mutter got around the fantasy underground of Fuller practicing and playing. Seemingly outshined by the return of Willie Snead, including myself for that noise, who didn’t even play. But, Fuller came to play in his return. Alongside his new, electric quarterback, DeShaun Watson. Fuller is a must add
#4 D’Onta Foreman – RB – HOU: Bill O’Brien stated that he believes Foreman can be a three down back. Those words alone, will not push Lamar Miller out of the starting role. As we saw in week 4, Miller is the Texans running back and will probably outscore Foreman more often. Although, in this cut-throat league, it only takes one big game to get the majority of the snaps. Foreman looks real good and if you have room on your team, I’d be trying to stash Foreman.
#5 Wayne Gallman – RB – NYG: The Giants run game is horrible, right? Their offensive line is as good at blocking, as Jay Cutler is good at Quarterback. Or maybe, it’s Paul Perkins. Gallman had a certain ‘it’ factor when he touched the ball in New York’s loss to Tampa Bay. Sometimes it’s just catching the eye of the viewer to be a sleeper. Gallman played more due to Darkwa’s injury, but I’m not going to be surprised if we Gallman often in the coming weeks.
Eddie Lacy – RB – SEA
Thomas Rawls – RB – SEA
Juju Smith-Schuster – WR – PIT
Andre Ellington – RB – ARI
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – NYJ
Elijah McGuire – RB – NYJ
Jerick McKinnon – RB – MIN
Week 4 Drop Recap
Darren Sproles – RB – PHI: Injured all season
Kerwynn Williams – RB – ARI: In PPR, Ellington, is the Cardinals back you want until David Johnson is healthy again.
Cole Beasley – WR – DAL: Beasley mustered up 3 catches or 17 yards. Glad we dropped him.
Cooper Kupp – WR – LAR: There’s always one player that does nothing for so long, you decide he is a drop candidate. Then he comes back with a vengeance and scores a touchdown on 5 catches for 60 yards.
Austin Hooper – TE – ATL: 5 catches for 50 yards isnâ€™t a bad day for Hooper, and without Jones or Sanu he was one of the top catchers on the field. But, not enough to make me regret dropping him.
Week 5 Drops
#1 Paul Perkins – RB – NYG: Perkins is bad, I’ll be dropping him in any leagues and will be going after any of the adds that I mentioned earlier.
#2 Terrance West – RB – BAL: The Ravens offense is bad, and the best looking running back is Alex Collins. Also, the best receiving back looks to be Buck Allen. Leaving West the odd man out. Cut ties today.
#3 Jacquizz Rodgers – RB – TB: Doug Martin is returning and unless you just want to keep him as a handcuff, there is no reason to have him on your team.
#4 Eric Decker – WR – TEN: Decker is a swing and a miss in fantasy. I understand and am not that happy, that I bought in with a lot of my teams. I’d rather have Smith-Schuster over Decker. At least the Steelers score touchdowns.
#5 Trevor Siemian – QB – DEN: Starting out hot was just what fantasy players expected. Than we were thinking, here it is. The coming of Simian, just to be reminded he’s a game manager. The Broncos will run heavy and hope that Siemian can just keep the ball moving forward. I’ll drop him now and get him back for the fantasy playoffs.