Why do the fantasy God’s hate our fantasy teams so much?  Seriously, the injuries keep piling up.  There is a very good chance that your team has been negatively affected by the rash of injuries, but do not fret as you are not alone.  It is safe to assume that virtually every team in your league has been bit by the injury bug which means you need to spend more time scouring the wire for the right fit for your roster.

Those same fantasy God’s do not appear to hate you if you took my Week 4 Waiver advice and added potential league winner Romeo Doubs.  This guy, fumble notwithstanding, seems to be trusted by Aaron Rodgers and we all know what that means…he will be peppered with targets.  Doubs went 5-87 with a TD and had a Calvin Johnson TD taken off the board.  Mark it down now…Doubs is a league winner.  The reason you will not see him listed below is simply because you missed the opportunity to grab him in most leagues (69% rostered), but if he is available, he must be your first target.

I digress…Remember what I told you leading into Week 2 Waivers…’not all moves are good moves’ and ‘do not make a waiver move just to make a move; it must make sense for your team’.  For those of you that lost Javonte Williams, I feel for you because I am one of you.  Absolutely devastating news out of Denver yesterday confirming our worst fears with Javonte Szn being over before it really got started (torn ACL, LCL).  This injury does not mean you automatically go after Melvin Gordon III for a couple of reasons: (1) He is not that good; (2) He is currently 80% rostered; (3) He is not that good; (4) The Broncos signed Latavius Murray off the Saints practice squad; (5) He is not that good; (6) Mike Boone.

Again, not all moves are good moves.  Go through the available names and make the best decision based on your roster construction.  Even if you lost a RB to injury, you may find the better addition to be a WR you can use in your FLEX position. 

Keep an eye on the potential high ankle issue for Jonathan Taylor and know Cordarrelle Patterson is on IR slated to miss multiple weeks.

NOTE: Rostered percentages and scoring system are based on Yahoo! PPR league scoring.

Waiver Add of the Week: RB – Rachaad White (TB, 27% rostered).  Similar to Doubs, you will need to grab White now, before he really blows up.  White was good, not great on Sunday night and the game script helped him garner 16 points in a PPR league (5-50, Receiving TD).  White looks to be a solid compliment to Leonard Fournette who most certainly will need a break during the long season.  White is the kind of RB that Tom Brady has made famous over the years and those guys almost always bring fantasy value.  Tampa Bay does not seem able to run the ball to date and they appear comfortable allowing Brady to sit in shotgun and chuck the ball all over the field.  That bodes well for White.  Again, grab him while you can because he will not be available leading into Week 6.

 

QB:  Geno Smith (SEA, 13% rostered) – I cannot believe I just typed the name GENO SMITH!  His completion percent is almost 80% (77.3%) after four weeks.  He has 6 TD to only 2 INT.  He has 64 yards on the ground with a rushing TD.  Overall, Geno is the #14 overall player in Yahoo leagues.  Not the #14 overall QB, rather the #14 overall player.  You read that right.  Now, go back and read it again.  If you are 0-4 and have a stud QB (Lamar, Allen, Mahomes, Herbert), now may be the time to trade your best player for a RB/WR/TE package while grabbing Smith off the waiver wire.  What do you have to lose at this point?  You have already lost four games so swing for the fences.

 

QB:  Ryan Tannehill (TEN, 27% rostered) – This guy is just meh, right?  He is but he seems to put up stats worthy of a roster spot as well.  Since it is time to start thinking about bye week coverage, a guy like Tannehill may be just what you need to cover down.  Steady, can run a little, may vulture a rushing TD from time to time.  I do not love him and in fact may not even like him, but he just hangs around every year and scores enough points to be in the discussion.

QB Honorable Mentions – Matt Ryan (IND, 33%), Zach Wilson (NYJ, 10%), Jacoby Brissett (CLE, 7%)

 

RB:  Tyler Allgeier (ATL; 19% rostered); Caleb Huntley (ATL; 1% rostered) – As mentioned earlier, Cordarrelle Patterson will miss multiple weeks and the two ATL RBs listed above proved they are serviceable if unspectacular players.  Both carried the rock 10 times with Allegeier having more yards (84 to 56) and Huntley finding the end zone.  Allgeier saw the only target between the two players (1-20) and both players ended the day with 11 points in a PPR.  I caveat these names with the following…ATL is bad though they are tied for the division lead with Tampa Bay at 2-2.  Temper your expectations especially if these guys are a timeshare with Patterson out.  Their division is not great, and they will get the Saints one more time and the lowly Panthers twice making both waiver wire considerations.

 

RB:  Isiah Pacheco (KC; 20% rostered) – I like his usage on Sunday Night Football though it paled in comparison to CEH’s workload.  What I did see from Pacheco was a hard runner that has made Jerick McKinnon an afterthought (in my humble opinion).  Pacheco will not usurp CEH anytime soon, so this is more of a stash/insurance policy.  It never hurts to have the handcuff RB for a high-octane offense.  I like Pacheco moving forward and consider him bench depth at this point.

RB Honorable Mentions – Raheem Mostert (MIA, 50%), Kenneth Gainwell (PHI, 32%), Latavius Murray (DEN, 1%)

 

WR: George Pickens (PIT; 40% owned) – New QB under center and new results for Pickens.  It appears as if the Trubisky Experiment is complete in PIT and the results were horrendous.  Enter Kenny Pickett who may only be slightly better, but that slightly appears to lean in the direction of rookie George Pickens (8 targets, 6 receptions, 102 yards).  Similar to Rachaad White above, this will be the last time you can get Pickens at a discount.  He may not be a must start at this point, but time should prove to be in his favor and I truly think Chase Claypool will be the odd man out with Diontae Johnson being the clear WR1 in PIT.

 

WR:  Michael Gallup (DAL; 41% rostered) – Gallup takes the place of Noah Brown in this week’s column.  He now has a full game under his belt and Dak Prescott wants (is trending?) to play Week 5.  Sure, Cooper Rush is 3-0 and has filled in nicely, but we need to be honest, Dak is the better QB and should make the WR corps even better in Big D.  Gallup, fully healthy, should be the recipient of single coverage as CeeDee Lamb will normally see the double-team or safety shadow.  I like Gallup moving forward though he may not be a must start until Dak is fully back and has at least one ‘prove-it’ game completed.

WR Honorable Mentions – Corey Davis (NYJ, 25%), Alec Pierce (IND, 5%), Wan’Dale Robinson (NYG, 4%)

 

TE:  Tyler Conklin (NYJ; 42% rostered) – Some of you read the Week 4 column and added Conklin.  If you did, you’re welcome!  If you did not, please go out and make it happen.  Conklin is averaging double-digit points in a PPR format and will be a nice TE2 especially for your upcoming bye week.  He is a borderline starter at a thin position.

TE Honorable Mentions – Robert Tonyan (GB, 32%), Mo Alie-Cox (IND, 5%), Will Dissly (SEA, 3%)

Injuries happen to all fantasy teams.  You knew this coming into the season and hopefully you planned ahead and have solid depth.  If you happen to be one of those teams that rostered Javonte, Eli Mitchell, Cordarrelle, etc., now is the time to focus versus panic.  As mentioned earlier you should consider everything at this point if you are 0-4.  Move your best player in a trade for a package that will help you then add from the wire to backfill that one player you dealt.  If you are 1-3 or 2-2, do not panic.  Use the wire to your advantage but do not reach.  Stash short-term injuries on your bench if possible and add depth where it makes sense.  This too shall pass so stay the course.

Best of luck heading into Week 5 and may injuries leave you alone!

 

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Crusso
Crusso
1 month ago

Howdy Mitch. I unfortunately lost Javonte Williams this week (RIP). Melvin Gordon owner offered to trade him for Damien Harris. What do you think? Gordon’s fumble history is the only reason I’m hesitant.

Thank you sir

Last edited 1 month ago by Crusso
Crusso
Crusso
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

You’re the man, appreciate it!

RICE
RICE
1 month ago

Hey Mitch!

I just lost Jovonte but I have B. Robinson coming off IR. With the below lineup, would you be taking Pickens or White off the waiver?

QB: Mahomes
RB: Mixon
RB: Zeke
WR: Lamb
WR: Metcalf
TE: Shultz
FLX: K. Herbert

Bench: R. Wilson, D. Hopkins, T. Lockett, R. Mostert, R. Doubs, B Robinson

Thanks in advnace!

RICE
RICE
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

Hey Mitch,

Sorry… let me clarify. Losing Javonte has given me a free pickup. I do not need to drop anyone to make this move. Just trying to figure out if Pickens or White is the better free bench player to grab.

Thanks!

RICE
RICE
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

Thank you!

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

What’s up Mitch? Can you throw out a name or two that Jameson Williams is compared to? He is avail and I’m thinking about scooping him now in a PPR. Would love to have a piece of the Det high powered offense… wait what? Lol

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

So with T Burks hurt now who you got ROS as last bench spot? Burks or Jamison Williams?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
1 month ago

Hey Mitch…For 2023 who are you liking more Pickens or Olave?

Lindorphins
Lindorphins
1 month ago

Good stuff! I have a few questions coming out of this week:

In a 0.5 PPR league, would you drop Julio for any of these available receivers – Rondale Moore, Wan’Dale Robinson, Pickens or Woods?

Would you prefer Brian Robinson over Ken Walker as a bench RB? 0.5 PPR if it matters.

Would you drop Mariota for Geno or Pickett?

Lindorphins
Lindorphins
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

Thanks Mitch! Appreciate the thoughtful reply.

The Skrimmer
The Skrimmer
1 month ago

Despite having a great roster on paper, I am 0-4 in my league because I am middle of the pack in scoring but worst (or is it best) in scored against. While my WRs have struggled, Metcalf, JuJu, Olave, Mooney, I have stud RBs in Swift/J. Will, J. Taylor, Chubb and Burrow as my QB.
Do I sell players for picks and stock up for next year or do I keep the faith and wait it out to see where the season takes my team? It is a keeper league, where I can keep two players and I brought back Swift and Taylor this year.

AnotherDan
AnotherDan
1 month ago

Hey Mitch,

After following advice on here I am currently 4-0 in my 10 team std scoring league (and trying to three-peat). Thank you all.

QB – Murray
RB – Henry
RB – Najee
WR – Waddle
WR – AJ Brown
TE – Pitts
Flex – Sanders

BN – DK, K Herbert, Pierce, Bateman, Kirk

Doubs (who i drafted and dropped) is still a FA. Gainwell, Pacheco, Mostert are available too. It’s a hold though right ?

Many Thanks,

Another Dan

Sport
Sport
1 month ago

Hey Mitch, thanks as always. I’ve rolling with Tua/Stafford on otherwise decent team on paper, but 0-4. Geno and Bridgewater are available. Should I use drop Stafford for Geno and use the waiver wire to do it, or wait to see if one clears waivers? 10 team, .5 ppr.

Thank you!

Sport
Sport
1 month ago
Reply to  Sport

So for the typos. Basically, is Tua or Stafford droppable in a 10 team? And, do I use the Waiver Wire to get Geno or Bridgewater, or take a chance and see if one makes it to FA.

0-4 with RB-J.Taylor, Fournette, Hunt, Pierce, Brian Robinson. WR-Pittman, Mike Williams, Christian Kirk, Marquise Brown, McLaurin, Garrett Wilson, and Kittle at TE.

Team looked good on paper, and deep at WR, but my RB’s, Kittle, and QB have killed me.

Water Boy
Water Boy
1 month ago

Hey Mitch! Full ppr (10 team)

I’m 3-1 but looking to tweak things up a bit for ROS

Trade my Gabe Davis + Njoku + Darrel Henderson to get kittle + dobbins? Or offer Gallup instead of Davis?

Or Gallup + Henderson for Kittle?

Gabe Davis + Henderson for dobbins ?

My RBs are Dalvin cook, zeke Elliot, Darrel Henderson, Dameon Pierce, mattison, pollard, chase Edmonds, Mostert

My WRs are (we start 3): Justin Jefferson, davante adams , courtland Sutton, Gabe Davis, Doubs , Gallup

TE Njoku

QB Russ Wilson

Start 2 RBs, have a flex too (flex is rb/WR/TE)

Or stand Pat? Thanks!

Water Boy
Water Boy
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

Thanks man!

I know this is a waiver post I am towards the end of the order for waivers since I’m 3-1.

How should I prioritize my waiver?

1.) drop Henderson for Mike Boone

2.) drop Tua for George Pickens?

The players available are slim

Here’s the RBs:
– Boone
– mark Ingram, could be sneaky if kamara is still injured + no lat Murray
– lat Murray
– Huntley
– eno Benjamin
– Pacheco

WR list
– Josh Reynolds
– Pickens
– Mack hollins
– zay Jones
– Corey Davis
– nico Collins
– peoples jones
– Devin duvernay

Also the dobbins owner has Melvin Gordon would you do either Henderson for Gordon . Or would you rather add Boone? Seems Gordon is in the dog house with the fumbles

Water Boy
Water Boy
1 month ago
Reply to  Water Boy

Or I could target his Kareem hunt. So dobbins , Gordon the fumbling machine, or hunt.

Bigger deal I could try to flip my zeke for miles sanders but I may just be stuck with zeke

howie
howie
1 month ago

Hi Mitch,
Your Doubs call got me to subscribe. Thanks! My waiver question: When Trey Lance went down, I picked up Trevor Lawrence knowing that with the Eagles defense and the bad weather he would likely struggle. Although, I’m not giving up on him long term, I feel like I need to get a second QB for “insurance”. In my league, Dak Prescott is available, but I’m also attracted to the Kenny Pickett potential. Is Dak a no-brainer?

All the best!

WorkHardBNice guy
WorkHardBNice guy
1 month ago

Probably best if I not take on a 3rd Steeler and go Gallup, although Brandon Cooks is still available, but that would give me 2 Texans. I’m shedding Treylon Burkes.

Bobbay1
Bobbay1
1 month ago

Hi!

I have zeke and pollard but thinking of adding rasaad white and dropping pollard. Should I do it? .5 ppr

Thanks in advance.

Bobbay1
Bobbay1
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

Thanks for the advice! Hmm what about if I propose a trade: zeke and pollard for Lenny? And then I pickup White? Is that a better situation to be in?

Thanks again!