Waiver Wire and FAAB Recommendations for Week Five
Sometimes Fantasy Football players utilize the waiver wire to help replace an injured player. Other times we use it to find an upgrade for a player who hasn’t performed up to his potential. Those are great reasons to use the waiver wire, and I’ve got some players that you’ll want to add for just those reasons, but I’ve also got some suggested adds that can help you down the line. Think of managing your Fantasy Football team the same way that you would play a game of chess. Try to think two or three moves ahead. A few of the players in this article have the kind of potential upside that could help you as the season progresses. You might never need them, but you still may be helping your team because at least you’ll be keeping them off of your league mates’ rosters. Sometimes the best offense is a good defense.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears, (31 percent ownership in CBSSports.com leagues)
Don’t overreact and anoint Trubisky as the potential savior of your quarterback-starved Fantasy Football team. He did have a huge Week Four, but it did come against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who own one of the worst defenses in football. On the other hand, Trubisky has very good offensive weapons at his disposal, and a six-TD performance against any team can be just what the doctor ordered to help him jump-start his season. His upcoming opponents aren’t as enticing as the Bucs proved to be, however you can find a few that are worthy of a stream. Trubisky may build upon his Week Four performance and progressively grow as a Fantasy quarterback, but his newfound success could have more of an immediate impact on his receivers and pass-catching backs and may only gradually influence his Fantasy production.
Waiver Priority: Low. Trubisky has a bye in Week Five, and quite frankly you’ve probably witnessed his best performance of the season.
FAAB – one percent
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (28 percent)
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter suggested that everyone on the field who played against the Bears in Week Four deserved to be fired, so why not “fire” or bench running back Peyton Barber in favor of rookie Ronald Jones? Barber has played surprisingly poorly and although Jones failed to impress in the preseason (especially in pass protection) his 6.1 college career Yards Per Carry suggests that he has talent. Jones had 10 carries in Week Four compared to seven for Barber (not a significant difference), however Koetter’s comments suggest that he may be ready to shake things up, and who knows, maybe Jones will be the starting RB for the Bucs after their Week Five bye.
Waiver Priority: Low. Treat him as a speculative add who may have some eventual upside.
FAAB – 1 percent – this could end up being a big time bargain
Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks, (0 percent)
Do you know why Davis is owned in zero percent of leagues? With Chris Carson surprisingly being inactive in Week Four, Davis was supposed to get zero percent of the carries. Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to figure out what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will do next. However, Carroll announced that Davis, who scored two TDs and added 101 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards, has earned a spot as one of three rotating RBs that the Seahawks will potentially use going forward. With all of us having to navigate through upcoming bye weeks and the never-ending volatility surrounding the RB position, Davis does merit some consideration as a waiver wire add. Good luck trying to figure out if you should start him on a weekly basis.
Waiver Priority: Medium. You can never have enough RBs on your team.
FAAB – 5 to 10 percent
Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans, (1 percent)
Coutee missed the first three weeks of the NFL season because of a hamstring injury, but he burst onto the scene in Week Four with an 11-catch 109 receiving yard performance. He’s a speedy deep ball threat who averaged 15.2 yards per catch at Texas Tech. The Texans already want Coutee to have a significant role in their offense, but with Will Fuller battling a hamstring issue, he should be heavily targeted in Week Five against the Cowboys
Waiver Priority: High. He’ll probably be the most sought-after free agent this week.
FAAB – 15 to 20 percent and maybe more depending on your league. Try to measure your league’s aggressiveness by reviewing their recent bids for other free agents over the previous two weeks of the season.
Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans, (4 percent)
With the Titans parting ways with Rishard Matthews, Taylor is the clear number two option in the Titans passing game. While many Fantasy players are aware of Corey Davis’ impressive college stats and big-play ability, Taylor’s college 16.7 yards per catch average is actually better than Davis’. Taylor had seven catches for 77 yards in Week Four and should continue to be heavily targeted going forward.
Waiver Priority: Medium. He may not attract the same kind of attention as Coutee, but he could have just about the same type of upside and he’ll come at a lower cost.
FAAB – 7 to 9 percent
Marques Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers, (1 percent)
With Randall Cobb potentially missing multiple weeks with a hamstring injury and Geronimo Allison in concussion protocol, it might be time to take a flier on Valdes-Scantling as Aaron Rodgers looks for healthy wide receivers. The rookie wide receiver averaged 15 yards per catch in his college career and at 6-5, he gives A-Rod a huge target in the passing game.
Waiver Priority: Low. Treat him as a speculative add and monitor whether or not A-Rod looks his way in Week Five.
FAAB – 1 to 3 percent
Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers, (53 percent)
With the Steelers having been blessed with an enormous amount of offensive talent in their run and passing games, they have never really had to rely on their TEs on a consistent basis. While that is largely still the case, TE Vance McDonald has made his presence felt over the past couple of weeks, recording double-digit Fantasy points in two straight games. He’s caught all nine of his targets during that span and this week faces the Falcons, who have given up double-digit Fantasy points in PPR scoring in three of their four games this season. McDonald had been dealing with a foot injury earlier this year, but since he’s been healthy he has taken over the TE1 role from Jesse James.
Waiver Priority: Medium. The Steelers had indicated that McDonald would have a significant role in their offense and since he’s been healthy he has taken over as their starting TE.
FAAB – 5 to 10 percent
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Bucs, (15 percent)
Brate has scored TDs in consecutive games and his targets will likely increase with O.J. Howard expected to miss two-to-four weeks due to a sprained MCL. He should also benefit from the fact that QB Jameis Winston has secured his starting job again (at least for the time being). Brate’s Fantasy production has been higher with Winston under center in the past.
Waiver Priority: Medium. Keep in mind that Brate will be on a bye in Week Five.
FAAB – 5 to 10 percent
Tyler Kroft, TE Cincinnati Bengals, (1 percent)
Kroft had a productive 2017 campaign, as he was asked to fill in for the injured Bengals TE Tyler Eifert for most of the season. Although he connected with QB Andy Dalton for seven TDs, he averaged just under two catches per game from Week Nine through Week 16, thus limiting his value in PPR scoring leagues. With the lack of Fantasy production from the Fantasy TE position across the board, Kroft will have some value going forward, however you need to be aware of his potential limitations.
Waiver Priority: Medium. Kroft will be part of a resurgent Bengals offense and he has proven to have good success in the red zone.
FAAB – 5 to 10 percent.