Would you believe me if I told you that bye weeks are a positive thing in Fantasy Football? Yes, managing our waiver acquisitions and benches while we fill in for our players on bye can be a headache but there is a silver lining here (I’m on a roll with these movie references).

I have no clue who @pahowdy is but he just got a plug in my weekly handcuff report, good for him. The only thing I would add to this tweet is it applies just as much to season long leagues.

While your opposing owners are desperately trying to cover players on bye, valuable fantasy assets are popping on waivers for us savvy owners to scoop up. Let me know if you’ve heard this one before….one man’s trash in another man’s treasure. Well, this is your opportunity to pick up that trash.

Remember when you, Melvin Gordon and Alex Collins owners, missed out on Austin Ekeler and Javorius Allen because they were the hottest waiver add week 1-2. Well, in a number of my leagues I’ve noticed these early season waiver adds are starting to get dumped as owners scramble to fill in their byes. Comb through your leagues transaction history after each waiver period moving forward to see if you can find any treasure. Your goal is to build for your playoff run and ultimately your championship. Savvy moves like this can push you over the top. The probability of starters getting injured only increases as the season wears on and player usage piles up.

Now on to this weeks’ Bad Boyz report…

Getting Released

  • Giovani BernardGio is struggling with a knee injury of his own and has been limited, at best, this week in practice. It looks like Mixon is set to return and have his opportunity to feast. With Bernards avaialbility in question, Mark Walton is the next back in line for backup duties. Let’s hope we do not have to visit this backfield again with Mixon returning to action. We are releasing Bernard for this week unless something drastic changes with the injury report on Friday.
  • Chris Ivory- I hope you were not forced in to a situation where you needed Ivory on your roster. LeSean McCoy is not listed on the Bills injury report this week and is slated for his typical lead duties. With how poor the outlook is on the Bills offense, Ivory is getting released and in my opinion is not worth keeping as a handcuff.

Repeat Offenders

  • TJ Yeldon and Corey GrantBack in the cuffs after being released last week. Leonard Fournette did return to action but as I’ve said before, hammys are a linger-er man…linger-er, and now we are talking about TJ Yeldon again. Fournette looks to be out at least a couple of weeks. Hopefully you have an IR spot to stash him but Yeldon will be the feature back for now. Yeldon is questionable but practicing with an ankle injury and is expected to play this weekend. This is not the first time Yeldon has had an ankle issue in his career. Corey Grant is worth adding to your watchlist and depending on bench size he is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.
  • Latavius MurrayDalvin Cook has missed practice two days in a row this week and has a big questionable designation next to his name heading in to Sunday. Murray is not the most attractive play this week facing a Philadelphia Eagles defense that is ranked at the top in rushing defense. The Vikings defense has relied heavily on the pass this season and they are 1-2-1. I would expect this story to change as the Vikings look to get things back on track. I am fading Murray this week but this might be the perfect opportunity for Cook owners to scoop him up. Cooks’ injury outlook still concerns me and having Murray as a handcuff is worth the add.
  • Javorius AllenBuck Allen will be in handcuffs all season the way this backfield is shaping up. Alex Collins was on the field for 36 snaps to Allens 33 last week. The chances of you getting him off waivers is slim to none but keep an eye out if he gets dropped as more teams hit their bye week. Collins did pop up with an injury this week but is expected to play.

New Offenders

  • Nick Chubb105 yards on 3 carries and 2TDs. Let me say that again..105 yards on 3 carries. Hyde owners, including myself, are living in denial thinking this was an anomaly. I do expect this to be a slow burn since Hyde has played well and is a top 10 ppr RB this season. Chubb won’t be the lead back in the immediate future but Chubb has a earned the right to more carries. By the time fantasy playoffs roll around you might be wishing you owned a couple of Chubb shares. This is one of those to get ahead of if it is not too late in your league.
  • Alfred BlueLamar Miller is letting us down this season and has been limited this week in practice with a chest injury. All reports show Miller will suit up but the Texans have been vague when it comes to Miller. They pulled Miller out of the game last week and had Alfred Blue come in to close it out. This is shaping up to be another running-back-by-committee and I do not trust starting Blue this week. He is worth a speculative add if you have the room, are desperate or in a deep enough league.
  • Mike DavisWho thought we would be talking about Mike Davis in week 5 of the 2018 football season? I touched on Rashaad Penny last week and it looks like Mike Davis is worth the look after exploding for 101 yards, 2TDs and 21 carries. Chris Carson missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday with the same hip injury that left him out last week. Pete Carroll said that he expects Carson to return this week but did say Davis needs to “fit in somewhere.” Davis is worth the add for Carson owners until we see how this backfield shakes out.
  • Wendell SmallwoodThis is a desperation add this week. I was high on Clement coming in to the season and have stuck to my guns up until this point. He is making me look bad. Clements quad injury is still an issue and the arrow is pointing to another inactive for week 5. Darren Sproles is still sidelined as well. This leaves Smallwood as the primary backup to Ajayi. Ajayi has a bad back and knee putting Smallwood on our week 5 handcuff report. He was efficient in his week 3 outing averaging 5.6ypc, 1TD and added 3 catches for 35 yards receiving.
  • Nyheim HinesI thought Jordan Wilkins was the handcuff to own on the Colts this season but it looks like Hines is stealing the job. James White 2.0. The Colts are hurting for offensive playmakers and it looks like they have one in Hines. 22 total touches and 90 yards in last nights TNF football game. Marlon Mack was held out with a hamstring and we all know how I feel about hamstring injuries. He will be locked on waivers now but look out for him next waiver period.

That is all for this week my friends. Keep an eye out for the final injury report today and the active/inactive list this Sunday. If there are any major injury developments or changes to inactive/active lists I’ll let you know via twitter.

Good luck this week!

  1. Cheeeeeeeezeeeeee says:
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    10 team non-ppr league and I just got offered Gronk & Bell for Gurley. I’d give up Gurley. I’m in 1st place right now. Thinking two things- lots of Upside in the trade, but also my team aint broke so why fix it? My weakest point is at TE when I’m sporting Ricky Seals Jones. What are your thoughts?

    • Nic Romero

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      @Cheeeeeeeezeeeeee: Everybodys team is weak at TE except the two owners that drafted Kelce/Ertz. Gronk put up a dud last night relative to what is expected from someone that was going in the 2nd round. Gurley is a league winner. Who are your other running backs? Would you be comfortable going the next 5 weeks without a top fantasy player? Bell said he was coming back for week 1 and that never happened. now coming back after the bye week. He will need a couple of weeks to get back in the groove as well. Very enticing but too many questions around the situation and I trust everything about Gurley/Rams.

      • Cheeeeeeeeze says:
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        @Nic Romero: agreed, thanks For the advice. I have Royce, Conner, and Ingram coming back this week as my other RB’s.

  2. Donaldson says:
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    I’m losing it who do I keep for a stash
    Luck (Newton is starter but he is playing buffalo soon)
    chubb (RB position soft Kareem hunt/ekeler/Hines/Allen)

    • Nic Romero

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      @Donaldson: Newton is finished with his Bye and you drafted him to be your QB1 which he is playing great ball in this new offense. The need at RB and potential upside with Cubb later in the season is the direction I would lean.

  3. Donaldson says:
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    Also do I keep Hines or let him walk and pick up Mack?

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      @Donaldson: I would keep Hines in PPR formats. I like his usage in the offense. Mack is dealing with a Hamstring and those have a tendency to linger-er

  4. GameOn says:
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    For a lotto ticket bench stash Callaway, Godwin or Sutton? Thanks!

    • Nic Romero

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      @GameOn: In a Dynasty league I am in on Sutton, he is looking real nice. For season long, its between Callaway and Godwin. I can make an arguement for both sides but think I’ll lean Callaway over Godwin. Godwin has more mouths to compete with- Evans, Brate (on of Jameis’ favorite targets), DJax, Humprhies, and OJ Howard when he returns. He flashed with Ftizmagic under center so we need to see how things shake out with Jameis back. Callaway is fighting with Landry and…..i guess you can say Njoku but thats about it. Honestly tough call between the two. thats my 2 cents, take it for what you will.

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    Lots of questionable guys this week. My drop options are Cobb, Allison, and Godwin. Would you drop any of the aforementioned players for Jamaal Williams, Latavious Murray, RoJo, or Westbrook? Thinking towards ROS.

    Start Newton or Matt Ryan?

    Thanks!

    • Nic Romero

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      @miles proudfoot: I think Dede Westbrook is the play here. I have him fired up in a couple 3WR + flex leagues this weekend. Though call with who to drop. Allison is the for sure keep because he is only dealing with a concussion and has value in the packers offense with and without cobb. Cobb is dealing with a hammy which are linger-er man but i think push come to shove i believe Godwin is the safer drop. I do not believe Godwins early season production is sustainable. A lot of mouths to feed in Tampa as i mentioned in me reply to the comment above. I like the matchup against KC for westbrook and the target volume and fournette is out again which JAX will not lean on the running game as much with him out. still a risk play but i trust him over Murray against Philly D, Rojo hasn’t proved anything (they just signed charcandrick west), and Williams has proven ineffective and i believe Aaron Jones will flahs this weekend. hope this helps and good luck.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Nic Romero: absolutely helpful, thank you for the in-depth response!

  6. steve stevenson says:
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    Half PPR, have Chubb stashed at end of bench. Drop for Buck Allen or Blue, or hold?

    • steve stevenson says:
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      @steve stevenson: I should add, Foreman is already owned and I’m comfortably in 1st place, so I don’t have an immediate need at RB this week.

      • Nic Romero

        Nic Romero says:
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        @steve stevenson: out of all of the names mentioned it’s between chubb and allen. if you don’t have any immediate need for RB and you are keeping buck allen on your bench every weekend regardless of your other RB matchups then maybe you keep chubb/foreman for potential upside. chubb has the greater upside imo. achilles injuries are tough to return from and the earliest foreman would come back is november and i don’t expect them to start giving him 20 carries. buck has the most value now and for the foreseeable future. getting goal line tds and targets, collins has had fumbling issues and if those continue they will lean on allen more.

  7. Donaldson says:
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    Who would you stash
    Randall Cobb ( I have Allison as well)
    Or nick Chubb?

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      @Donaldson: did you decide to keep Luck? depends on your overall roster and needs. Chubb is a potential upside play only potential value later in the season. hyde has had injury issues i the past and chubb will start to get more carries so its a wait and see with chubb. i like allison because he will be back in no time after the concussion. cobbs injury has a good chance of lingering the rest of the seasoning he has had his share of injury issues as well. if you are solid at WR then stash chubb if you are deep at rb and need WR depth than keep cobb. tough call. hopefully this helps. its decisions like this that can drive us crazy!!

      • Donaldson says:
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        I took your advice and dropped luck ( even tho he has a great match up with buffalo soon.
        Roster is
        Cam
        D hop
        Julio
        Hunt
        Hines
        Jordan Howard
        Alshon Jeffery
        Buck Allen
        Austin ekeler
        Allison
        Chubb

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