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.)


Running Backs

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.


Wide Receivers

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.


Tight Ends

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.


Defense/Special Teams

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.

  1. miles proudfoot says:

    12 team .5 PPR…

    Does Cobb or Cole need to be rostered? Would you drop either or both for Hines, Westbrook, Keke, Chubb or Jones II? It’s for a FLEX spot so positions don’t really matter.

    Also have Carson who I’m hoping will have value. Just can’t see dropping him bc of the FAAB I spent last week. Ugh.


    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @miles proudfoot: I could see dropping them for Dede and/or Hines.
      I also like Jones just because he should/could be getting RB1 snaps for the rest of the season — but thats up to your risk/reward.

  2. Wilsonian says:

    I’m in a shallow 8 team league, and I have to drop some guys due to injuries, and general suckitude. I need an extra defensive player, I need a defense with the Bears on BYE. And I may need a TE depending on if Gronk can actually play on Thursday. Just tossing the roster out – who are the ones you’d drop first:

    QB: Mahomes
    WR: J.Jones
    WR: Alshon
    WR: Edelman
    RB: DJ
    RB: Aaron Jones
    TE: Gronk
    W/R: Kupp
    Q/W/R/T: Brees
    BN: Russ Wilson
    BN: Dalvin
    BN: Ajayi
    BN: Tevin Coleman
    BN: Emmanuel Sanders
    BN: Allen Robinson
    BN: Ridley

    K: Bryant

    DEF: Bears (do I drop for Carolina?)

    D: Darius Leonard
    D: Empty

    0.5 PPR – 6 points per rushing/receiving TD – 4 points per passing TD – 3 point bonus at 85 yards receiving/100 yards rushing/250 yards passing – 6 point bonus at 135 yards receiving/150 yards rushing/335 yards passing

    • Barker says:

      @Wilsonian: make a trade

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Wilsonian: To be honest with you I’d search for a trade partner because none of those guys are worth dropping. I’d see who is struggling with disappointing WRs and see who might wand Sanders/Ridley. Even if you have to do a 2 for 1 trade.
      I would also not drop the Bears D in any situation.

  3. CMUTIMMAH says:

    Keke is a box score star… but look into this a bit more:

    I think he caught 2 of 11 passed within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage (off memory, but it’s pretty accurate).
    Will Fuller’s health is key to Keke (see what I did there?)
    If one of their two young TEs shows anything this year, they could drastically cut into Keke’s targets.

    Basically, I think Coutee is a Fuller handcuff. However, I think more so, this guy makes Watson a better fantasy QB play going forward. The speed with Coutee, Hopkins, and Fuller… yikes. That’s a scary fast team that’ll be giving secondaries heartburn all year.

    IF Houston could get a RB. I won’t take the low hanging fruit and say Leveon, but how about trade for Ameer Abdullah from the Lions who has been inactive all year… it would make their offense THAT more dynamic. Miller and Blue aren’t good enough to do more than shorten things for 2nd and 3rd down.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @CMUTIMMAH: I saw an article last week saying that Woods/Kupp/Cooks is the best WR trio of all time. Hopkins/Fuller/a fully operational Coutee could also be really good.
      Hopkins and Fuller can stretch the field while Keke gets the short/under routes.

    • Paul says:

      @CMUTIMMAH: An O line would be helpful

  4. bopper says:

    Is Foreman worth a grab over Blue?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @bopper: That’s not a bad play if you’re thinking long term — Blue is a good “right now” add, but Foreman had a crazy last year in Texas in 2016 and an okay 2017. Hopefully he can shake off this ankle injury.

  5. Mike says:

    Hey Kerry, If you owned Rivers would you feel safe trading Cousins for Corey Davis? He’d be my WR4 behind Green, OBJ and Cooper but we have the choice of starting only 1 RB and using 4 WR

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Mike: My only concern of course is injury risk — Green and OBJ are elite, Cooper is weird, lord knows what he’ll be week to week. But I’d see who in your league is hurting at QB because I really like Cousins. Rivers does have the better schedule going forward though.

  6. The sportsguy says:

    Unique one and done pool where you can only play a guy 1x all season….looking at QB options for next two weeks

    Which combo is better
    Ryan versus Pitt week 4; Brady versus KC week 5
    Brady versus Indy week 4; Ryan versus TB week 5

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @The sportsguy: Well that sounds like a cool league!

      Steelers have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to QBs, KC: 5th most
      Colts have allowed the 14th most fantasy points to QBs, TB: #1 most

      I like the first pairing better I think.

      • The sportsguy says:

        Thanks Kerry…it’s an awesome league I’ve run for 5 years….makes you think a lot…

  7. Barker says:

    10 team 1/2 ppr

    I give john brown
    I get njoku

    My other wr baldwin k allen ridley corey davis gordon desean jackson
    My te blackhole of nothingness

    TE on wire ben watson (old) macdonald (had a farm) doyle brate (but does not help this week) hooper? (Basketball started already?) Jesse james

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Barker: I think you can get more for Brown to be honest. Njoku has been pretty disappointing so far. Shop him around and see what Brown can do for you.

  8. Stupid Sexy Glanders says:

    October 2, 2018 at 5:59 pm (link)
    14 team PPR. super injured spot, but had i played jeffery over goodwin (almost did too, rankings said not to) would’ve won last week. also after 2 keepers in this league (goodwin last rounder, AB 4th) went mixon/mckinnon (about 12 hours before injury too) in 1st 2 rounds. then overspent budget to get morris.
    QB luck
    RB (2) crowell, morris, ivory, mixon, montgomery (cobb out is great for him though)
    WR (3) AB, callaway, baldwin, marshall (drop time), a.wilson, jeffery, goodwin
    TE(1) vance
    1 flex
    IR (2) burkhead, doyle (got lucky, input the waivers before he might’ve been ruled on questionable)
    these look about right, all dropping marshall
    m.davis (6 bucks, have 36 left on season)
    gabriel (5)
    r.smith (3)

  9. Barker says:

    10 team 1/2 ppr

    I give devonta freeman
    I get mccoy and jordan reed
    Dropping eifert

    My other RBs david johnson peterson derrick henry
    My te eiferts corpse

    Team is 0-4
    Not much on wire for TE and competing with other owners for scraps with number 10 waiver spot
    Basically would be hoping for a mccoy trade

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Barker: I want nothing to do with LeSean mcCoy this year. see who else might have an extra TE and RB.

  10. Scott says:

    Which tight end do you like beat this week out of kroft, hopper or mcdomald. Please also rank for next 3 or 4 weeks. .5 ppr. Thanks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Scott: I’d roll with McDonald.

  11. Rene De La Torre says:

    Who do you bench in week 5? Non PPR league.

    Carlos Hyde vs Baltimore

    Jay Ajayi vs Minnesota

    Aaron Jones vs. Detroit

    Mark Ingram vs. Washington

    Keep it up with the great articles. 👍

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Rene De La Torre: I’d bench Aaron Jones based purely on we don’t know if this is the week he’s 100% taking over as RB1.

  12. Jose says:

    Kerry i just trade My kareem hunt for marshawn lynch and brandin cooks…. did i make a mistake? Is a standard league

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:

      @Jose: Nah that’s not a bad trade especially if you needed the WR help.
      “good/bad trade” is in the eye of the beholder.

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