After dropping 32 on New England, Blake Bortles (@ KC) responded the next week with a turd against Tennessee before bouncing back for 23 points against the Jets. Week 5 sees Bortles heading to Kansas City to face the Chiefs who allowed 3 passing TDs a piece in weeks 1 & 2, 2 TD passes in week 3 — and as I’m writing this they’ve held Case Keenum off the board. Blake Bortles is better than anyone gives him credit for — well — he’s at least better than Case Keenum…
Derek Carr (@ LAC): Derek Carr isn’t who we thought he was. However, he did just slap 437 yards and 4 passing TDs on the Browns. Yes, he also had a multi-INT game for the 3rd time this season. The Chargers have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to QBs this year and even just let CJ Beathard throw for three bills against them (298.)
Nick Chubb (vs BAL): Welcome to the league Nick Chubb! Okay I’m not going to get too excited — he had 3 rushes compared to Carlos Hyde’s 22, but 105 yards and 2 rushing TDs is a start! Do I think he’s going to be the bell cow over night? No. Is he someone we should be keeping an eye on to see if the youth movement is in full swing in Cleveland. Yes. Add him to your watch list.
Mike Davis (vs. LAR): I feel obligated to throw Davis on here because every other waiver article is going to have him on their list, but I’m admittedly not completely sold on Davis. The Seattle running back situation isn’t completely solid and the Cardinals have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing RBs. The Rams are 10th best against RBs this season — but if you’re REALLY desperate then you can grab Davis in case he emerges as the RB1 in Seattle.
Alfred Blue (vs DAL): Lamar Miller has a grand total of 0 rushing TDs this season. At some point in Sunday’s game with the Colts Miller was mysteriously benched — were they just trying something new or frustrated with Miller’s ineffectiveness? Whatever the case it’s time to start speculating on Blue. Dallas held the Lions rushing crew to under 75 rushing yards in week 4 and have been quite formidable all season.
Ronald Jones (BYE): Jones finally was activated and was the leading rusher for the Bucs in week 4. The only problem was the Bears mauled their entire offense into the ground. Yea, I know Jones has a bye — but he could be worth grabbing if you’re weak af in the rushing department. Week 6 he’ll face off against the Falcons who have allowed the 5th most points to opposing RBs.
Keke Coutee (vs DAL): Let’s have a Keke! Keke made an awesome debut in 2018: 11 receptions for 109 yards. Those 11 catches were actually the most by a player in his debut since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970! Keke had a break-out junior year at Texas Tech grabbing 93 receptions for 1,429 yards which was second in program history behind only Michael Crabtree. Keke actually had more targets and receptions than DeAndre Hopkins in week 4 — a trend that probably won’t happen again — but could lead to more opportunities for old Keke.
Dede Westbrook (@ KC): Westbrook was Blake Bortles favorite target in week 4 garnering more targets than the Jaguars three other WRs combined. Yet somehow Dede is still only owned in 12.4% of leagues. The Chiefs have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing WRs.
Chester Rogers (@ NE): I was debating which week 4 high-scoring Colts WR to put on this list and I settled on Chester. Mainly because in week 3 he was on the field for 61% of the snaps and 80% in week 4 compared to the 7% for Zach Pascal in week 3 and 49% in week 4. I’m thinking Rogers and Ryan Grant will be the biggest beneficiaries of playing time if T.Y. Hilton does miss any time. Starting off your new found playing time with an 11 target, 8 catch, 85 yard game is a good way to get Andrew Luck to notice you senpai.
Austin Hooper (@ PIT): I know Hooper’s 9 fantasy points over the last two weeks don’t seem like much, but I can tell you that Hooper should’ve had a TD reception in this game. He was wide open in the end-zone and was just overthrown by Matt Ryan. In week 5 Hooper and the Falcons will head out to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers who have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing TEs. They’ve averaged 105 receiving yards to TEs over their last 3 games.
Tennessee Titans D/ST (@ BUF): Find a crappy offense — start the defense opposing them. Simple. Well Arizona is the team with the least yards of offense this season, but they’re playing the 49ers and not even I can recommend them. Well, that leads me to the Titans playing against the team with the second fewest yards of offense — the Buffalo Bills. The Titans were able to hold the Jaguars to two field goals two weeks ago and the Bills offense is much more pathetic than the Jaguars. I’m thinking another double-digit game is in the cars for the Titans.
Graham Gano (vs NYG): Gano is coming off a relaxing bye week to face off against the New York Giants. Gano had back-to-back 8 fantasy point games before the bye and is a perfect 3/3 on field goals this season while also tacking on 8 extra points. I don’t know if this means anything, but the Giants have tied for the most field goals allowed this season and opposing teams have not missed a single FG against them. Charlotte’s weather on Sunday is looking party cloudy with only 6 mph winds. Perfect kicking conditions for Gano to have another solid performance.