Week 5 was thankfully another week void of major fantasy-relevant injuries. Because of this, there are very few new-opportunity-based hot waiver wire adds, although there are a few guys that have been playing themselves into fantasy relevance. Once again, I’ll be looking at players that are 55% owned or less in ESPN leagues.

Week 5 Injuries:

Player Position Injury Timeframe
Cody Kessler QB Ribs Day to Day
Jeremy Hill RB Shoulder Day to Day
Eddie Lacy RB Ankle TBD
Steve Smith WR Ankle TBD
Ryan Griffin TE Concussion TBD


1. Sammie Coates – WR – PIT (ESPN Ownership: 39.8%)

Coates performance yesterday was a microcosm of who he is as a player: a couple egregious drops interspersed between a few huge plays. Coates has phenomenal size and athleticism but has always struggled catching the ball. That’s not going to change. What has changed is Coates’ opportunity, which is now huge. He has 12 catches on 19 targets in the last two games, and broke through for 139 yards and 2 TD’s last week. Coates is still third in snaps for Steelers WRs, but has ascended to the same boom-bust role that Martavis Bryant played last year. Coates is a low floor, high ceiling player that gets a terrible Miami defense in week 6. He is worth an add in all leagues, but not worth breaking the bank for.

Verdict: Add in all 10+ team leagues

2. Michael Thomas – WR – NO (ESPN Ownership: 54.5%)

Thomas scored touchdowns in back to back weeks with Willie Snead out of the lineup. With Snead back, Thomas’ targets should go down, but he’ll still be involved heavily in a great offense that faces a reeling Panthers secondary in week 6.

Verdict: Add in all 12+ team leagues

3. Devontae Booker – RB – DEN (ESPN Ownership: 21.1%)

Booker’s snaps have been steadily increasing since Week 1, and he even nabbed four catches in week 5. With CJ Anderson being paid like a feature back, it’s hard to see this becoming a full-blown timeshare, but Booker may carve out a steady role and he offers huge upside in the case of an Anderson injury. The Broncos have a juicy upcoming slate of games.

Verdict: Must add for Anderson owners, otherwise add in 12+ team leagues if you have a free roster spot

4. Chris Hogan – WR – NE (ESPN Ownership: 34.8%)

Hogan caught two deep balls from Tom Brady and compiled over 100 yards in Week 5, but he was fifth on the team in targets. His production will be hard to predict. Hogan is another high ceiling, low floor bet.

Verdict: Add in 12+ team leagues

5. Cameron Meredith – WR – CHI (ESPN Ownership: 1.6%)

Brian Hoyer has been targeting the second option in the Bears offense more often than the first, and with Kevin White’s injury, Meredith is now that second option. He exploded for nine catches and 130 yards in week 5. The opportunity should remain and Meredith has the physical tools to take advantage.

Verdict: Add in 12+ team leagues

6. Marcus Mariota – QB – TEN (ESPN Ownership: 31.9%)

Mariota was the #1 QB scorer in week 5 and gets the Browns next week. He is an ideal streamer.

Verdict: Add if you need a QB this week.

7. Kenneth Dixon – RB – BAL (ESPN Ownership: 33.9%)

Dixon only had four touches in his debut and wasn’t used like we had hoped (and even Buck Allen got back into the action), but he’s still worth a speculative add. Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestmann abandoned an effective running game against one of the worst run defenses in the league last week, and it got him fired. It’s safe to say the Ravens will be more committed to the run. Terrance West still has a tentative hold on that backfield, but the Ravens don’t have anything invested in him. He’s still way more valuable, but Dixon is worth a look.

Verdict: Add if you have an extra roster spot.

8. Bilal Powell – RB – NYJ (ESPN Ownership: 44.6%)

Powell is racking up catches in garbage time (Six in each of the last two weeks), but this Jets team may be in a lot of garbage time. I think we can expect about 8-10 touches per game for Powell while Forte is healthy, but he offers decent upside in case of a Forte injury.

Verdict: Add in if you have an extra roster spot or need a low ceiling PPR start.

9. Cameron Artis-Payne – RB – CAR (ESPN Ownership: 28.1%)

CAP scored two touchdowns and ran hard last night against Tampa Bay and he gets the hapless Saints defense this week. The issue for him is that Jonathan Stewart may be back. If Stewart is out another week, CAP is a nice stop-gap option.

Verdict: Add only if you’re desperate for a running back this week. 

10. James Starks – RB – GB (ESPN Ownership: 23.7%)

Eddie Lacy is nursing an ankle injury, so Starks may get the start in week 6 against Dallas. Starks has not looked good this year and Dallas’s ball control offense has limited RB output, so Starks would be a high-end RB3 at best, even if he did get the start.

Verdict: Add only if you’re desperate for a running back this week. 

Honorable Mentions: James White/RB/NE, Davante Adams/WR/GB, Charles Clay/TE/BUF, Jacquizz Rodgers/RB/TB, Brian Hoyer/QB/CHI, Breshad Perriman/WR/BAL

Preemptive Strikes: Corey Coleman/WR/CLE, Dion Lewis/RB/NE, Donte Moncrief/WR/IND, Tony Romo/QB/DAL


1. Arian Foster – RB – MIA (ESPN Ownership: 77.7%)

Foster should be close to coming back. Keep holding on.


1. Golden Tate – WR – DET  (ESPN Ownership: 74.3%)

See last week’s write-up, nothing has changed.

2. Cameron Brate – TE – TB (ESPN Ownership: 42.8%)

Brate is a TE streamer and not worth holding through the bye week.

3. Jameis Winston – QB – TB (ESPN Ownership: 58.5%)

Since Week 1, Winston has not played well and he’s not worth holding through the bye week.

4. Jeremy Langford – RB – CHI (ESPN Ownership: 54.5%)

It’s safe to say that Jordan Howard has taken this job over.

5. Michael Floyd – WR – ARI (ESPN Ownership: 85%)

Floyd has been terrible this year and is getting outsnapped by both Jaron and John Brown. He is currently the fourth or fifth option in a pass offense that is struggling. It’s time to cut bait.

6. Phillip Dorsett – WR – IND (ESPN Ownership: 40.5%)

Dorsett has not panned out like we hoped. He will only provide value through big plays and those plays aren’t occurring frequently enough to keep him on your roster.


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  1. Jake says

    12 team ppr
    Doug Martin
    D. Hopkins
    Bench – jacquizz, McKinnon, r.jennings, s. Smith, Beasley, d. Washington (det), a. Morris

    Dude hurting for RBs has offered me Julio for Mccoy. Yay or nay?

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