For those of you hulking for Chris Hogan, I see you. I’m just not joining in, brother. I know Tom Brady being back means the whole bunch gets an uptick in value, but 3/51/0 just doesn’t do it for me…that’s what Hogan did on Sunday minus his 63 yard reception. That wasn’t for a score. On only 5 targets. I’d prefer volume for my flex or bench options, and won’t spend my FAAB on someone with such a low ceiling, in my opinion. There are too many weapons to rely on him from week to week, and once Dion Lewis returns the availability of targets decreases even further.

Normally I begin this little ditty each week on the positive side of a highlight, but I guarantee you that one of the most added players this week will be Hogan. And rather than give a burn notice, or even break my FAAB bank, on a player with a WR3 ceiling only half the time, I’ll take some of the names below.

Here are the top targets to, well, target as your work the wire for Week 6!

Note: The threshold for appearing as one of the targets is <25% ownership on either Yahoo or ESPN as of Monday. fire= BURN NOTICE…it’s worth burning your waiver for the player.

  • Brian Hoyer, QB – CHI (ESPN 16.6%, Yahoo 18%) – I’m always hesitant highlighting a QB simply because the depth is so great. Sure, you could pick up Hoyer, but at the cost of dropping Kirk Cousins? Is that really an upgrade? Haha, now before I talk myself out of this highlight, Hoyer’s last three games as the starter in Chi-Town have been highly impressive…more than anything Cousins has done this year. Topping 300 yards for the third straight game on Sunday, Hoyer also pushed his TD total to 6 with another 2-TD performance. He’s flashed signs of a high-impact fantasy option before, but this may be his best opportunity to sustain it. I don’t know that Jay Cutler gets his job back for the Bears, meaning the Hoyer-Jeffrey-Meredith (more on the last in a bit) hookups could be something that helps you on bye weeks. Or every week if you have Kirk Cousins
  • Bobby Rainey, RB – NYG (ESPN 4.0%, Yahoo 5%) – We’ve known from his days in Tampa that Rainey can play, as he was a top pickup a few years back when Doug Martin went down the first time. Landing in New York, and the current landscape of their backfield, means Rainey has a shot at consistent value the rest of the year. Filling in the ‘Shane Vereen role,’ Rainey had a solid Sunday night against the Packers: 5/22/0 rushing and 6/52/0 receiving. It’s the latter that matters here. That’s good enough for 13 points in PPR formats, and when looking for a a flier to fill in at the FLEX, he’s a great option. And optimistically, this may be his floor. If he pushes those carries to 10, and still receives 5+ targets each game, this is the next version of Vereen/Sproles in an offense that loves to throw it around.
  • Cameron Artis-Payne, RB – CAR (ESPN 28.1%, Yahoo 25%) – This will be the final time to snag CAP, but after his 18/85/2 performance Monday night against the Bucs he’s worth the stash. I’m not giving him the fire, because when Jonathan Stewart returns it’s his job again, which is different than, say, the Bears situation where Jordan Howard should maintain the job. Stewart’s never been a bastion of health, though, so the possibilities of Artis-Payne doing this again are there. In dynasty formats I like stashing him, and in redraft leagues he’s worth a flier. It will be interesting to see how this offense balances next week when Cam Newton is back, too.
  • Cameron Meredith, WR – CHI (ESPN 1.6%, Yahoo 3%) – Now for the names I’d rather have than Chris Hogan…Haha, that’s not a tier title or anything, but I’d spend my money on Meredith over Hogan (and less of it, most likely, too). With Kevin White on the shelf, the #2 option in Brian Hoyer’s offensive juggernaut is seemingly Meredith’s to lose. And if he keeps up his 9/130/1 results from Sunday, or anything close, it’s a job he won’t lose. The second-year college QB from Illinois State has great size (6’3″, 207) and should receive second attention from the secondary lining up opposite Alshon Jeffrey. Oh, and if a Jeffrey injury occurs, which we’re all waiting for, you may have just picked up a WR2 upside player for close to nothing. His Sunday makes it impossible to steal him from under the radar anymore, but he’s my top WR addition this week. No burn notice, though. Gotta see a little more production to prove he’s reliable enough for that. More of the 12 target variety will certainly help.
  • Jeremy Kerley, WR – SF (ESPN 8.2%, Yahoo 9%) – When talking about consistent floors, Kerley is the best option. In an offense without a QB, Kerley followed up a 6/88/1 in Week 4 with a 8/102/1 showing on Thursday night in Week 5. Playing from the slot is the best spot in Chip Kelly’s offense, and that’s right where Kerley will stay. Too small to dominate outside, Kerley’s shifty enough to wreak havoc across the middle. He’s Julian Edelman-lite, and with an improvement from the QB (ahem…Colin Kaepernick) Kerley could reach WR3 status. And if you think that’s crazy, after Week 5 he’s the 26th ranked WR in .5PPR leagues. Not a crazy ceiling, but a decent floor here makes him a safe bench option.
  • Adam Thielen, WR – MIN (ESPN 0.7%, Yahoo 2%) – The FAAB determines this call. Would I rather have Chris Hogan with Tom Brady at QB or Adam Thielen with Sam Bradford? Easy. Neither. Haha, just playin’. The answer is Hogan, but at what cost. You can find similar value for next to nothing if you target Thielen. And his 7/127/1 line on 8 targets is more impressive than the New England option, anyways. Thielen’s game came as a result of Stefon Diggs injury, which highly limits his upside. With Diggs Kyle Rudolph cemented as the top threats, I don’t know that there is enough volume through the air in the Vikings offense for Thielen to replicate 8 targets every week, but he’s proven that with them he can provide great results. With one more week of this his ownership will soar, so now is the time to get him for dirt.

Now…DROP THOSE COMMENTS! And good luck in Week 6!

This whole lack of a fire the past two weeks is killing me.
Y’all know I love a good gif or emoji.
I guess it’s just the cowboy Millennial in me. notes

Eat your heart out, Tim McGraw.



  1. Stuart says:

    Thoughts on Hyde for Allen Robinson straight up in a trade?

    • @Stuart: Depends on need, but in a vacuum I’d rather have ARob, even with Hyde’s awesome start to the season.

      The gap’s closing fast, though.

  2. William Hung says:

    Matt – I’m that guy asking everyone for fantasy advice right now. My roster is 4th in total points, 1st in points against by far, with a record of 1-4

    QB – Stafford
    RB – Matt Jones, Foster, Jennings, D-Lewis, DeAndre Washington, Charles Sims
    WR – Landry, AJ Green, A-Rob, DeVante Parker, Chris Hogan
    TE – Olsen
    K – McManus
    DEF – Minny / KC (fill-in)

    Charles Sims is on IR unexpectedly, so I am going to burn my 7th place waiver for Cameron Meredith. The other move I am debating on is dropping DeAndre Washington for Devontae Booker or CAP, though CAP is restricted by J-Stew and Newton is supposed to come back next week. This might be a one week blip for CAP.

    I’ve been looking at different sites today, and the consensus is that the top 2 pick ups are going to be Meredith and Booker. Since you left out Booker from the waiver list, I am guessing you are not high on him.

    • William Hung says:

      So I thought better of it and didn’t put in a claim on Meredith… instead I dropped Sims for Kenny Britt, who has surprisingly been efficient and consistent than Jamison Crowder.

      That still leaves me with a conundrum at RB cause the fliers I keep taking at the position are failing… I need to start 2 of the following: Jennings, Jones, Foster, and DeAndre Washington

      Though I am thinking of dropping Washington for Starks in the event Lacy is out. I have no idea what to do this week…

    • @William Hung: That’s fantasy football. Can’t do much about it sometimes, but keep tinkering. You still have a shot at the playoffs.

      I don’t mind Booker, but he won’t have the opportunity to do anything significant until and injury occurs, even with the increase in touches. You can try for those two guys, but I think the best thing for you may be to trade one of your top 3 WR (I’d try ARob first) for a top RB. You’re struggling there.

      • William Hung says:

        @[email protected]: How much should I be regretting not picking up Jordan Howard? I had him right there, one click away to drop Corey Coleman for him right when it was announced Langford was injured.

        I instead take a flier on Dwayne Washington and now DeAndre Washington… seriously, nobody has been more snakebitten by RB decisions than me. Oh yeah, and I thought I won the waiver lottery when someone dropped Jennings 3 weeks ago and I snagged him with the #2 priority…

        I need to hit on a RB flier at some point right? I’m currently batting like .00056%

        • The Harrow says:

          @William Hung: having howard AFTER the langford injury as less than d-was DET was a bit silly.

          • @The Harrow: Hahaha, I’d still hold onto DeAndre Washington. But yes, not getting Howard hurts. Coleman should still give you some value, but maybe try trading him for Lewis if you’re in desperate need.

  3. King Kong says:


    Sweet Tim McGraw reference!

    .5 ppr, keep in mind I probs won’t get a lot of the players my waiver order is 8 out of 10.

    My RBs : David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Jordan Howard, Andre Ellington

    My WRs: (we start 3) Hopkins, Hilton, fuller, Shepard, Hogan, sharpe, Philip Dorsett.

    TE: I have Rudolph (bye), Witten & I added tye last week but of course I’m dropping

    D/St: i have Eagles D. Week 6 they are on the rd at Washington

    Kicker : mason crosby (week 6 @ Dallas)

    My top priority thinking dropping sharpe for Sammie Coates

    Available RBs; Dwayne Washington, Booker, Rainey for pick up worthy

    Available WRs: Coates, Torrey smith (who gets kaepernick now), kerely, lafell, Cameron Meredith, davante adams.

    Available TEs; Dwayne Allen (week 6 @ Houston)
    , Tamme (at Seattle), Jesse James (at Miami)

    Available D’s: Giants D (vs Ravens), raiders D (vs Chiefs), Chiefs D (@ OAK)

    Available Kickers: Novak (vs Indy), catanzaro (vs jets)

    • @King Kong: Switch Ellington for Rainey. Sharpe for Coates. Dorsett for Meredith. Tye for James.

  4. Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:

    Would you drop Tyrod for Hoyer to man the backup spot in a 12 team standard league behind Rivers?

  5. Michael says:

    Rivers is my only QB and I’m looking to pick up someone since he plays DEN twice in the next 3 weeks. Who do you like between Alex Smith, Hoyer, Dalton and Mariota (leaning Hoyer?Mariota)? Also, I’m having a tough time figuring out who to drop out of this bunch to make the move.:

    Booker (I have CJA)
    Washington (DET and OAK)
    Mike Wallace

    Other WRs are Marvin Jones, Pryor, Dez and other RBs are Michael, Blount and Ware. It’s too bad I can’t pick up Meredith…he looks special.


    • @Michael: I’d drop Wallace to pick up Hoyer or Dalton. Mariota had a great game last Sunday, but most of it came from legs while he didn’t even top 200 yards passing.

  6. TTRA1N says:

    Drop M.Floyd or K.Dixon for D.Booker? 12tm ppr.

    • @TTRA1N: If you need the RB flier, you can go Booker over Floyd. Wouldn’t surprise me if Floyd ended up with a 100 yard game in the next two weeks, tho. It’s what he did last year, too, albeit after injury.

      I’d favor Booker over Dixon. But just sliiiiightly.

  7. irishDude says:

    Full PPR grab Powell or Rainey to ride a few weeks?

    • @irishDude: I love Rainey, but I’d go Powell with the Decker IR news. He’s gone 6 catches in three straight, and it would surprise me if he goes under a half dozen over the next few.

  8. Wide Right says:

    I have the #2 waiver pick this week..
    I have Gates and Henry.. both do I drop Henry for Barnridge, Kleener,, or James? to keep me covered thru bye weeks and injuries to Gates? (If so, how would you rank them)
    Do I stand pat?
    Do I try to package Gates with say Forte to upgrade my running backs (I currently have Forte, Hyde, Coleman, Gio)

    • Wide Right says:

      @Wide Right: PPR League.. we start QB, 2RBs, 2WR, TE, Flex, K, D/ST.

      • Wide Right says:

        @Wide Right: Looks like Meredith is an option, too.. but I already have Beckham, J.Matthews, Fuller, D.Parker, Cruz.
        I could make Meredith my 1st priority,, TE a second option.

        • Wide Right says:

          @Wide Right: Booker, with Denver is also available. Okay. I will shut up now, and wait for your response.

          • @Wide Right: Hahaha, hope I’m not too late. Sneaking in a few moments during vaca to reply.

            I’d take Meredith over Cruz. He could end up on par with Parker. And I’d try to trade Gates with a RB to upgrade. Hold onto Henry.

  9. RonnieMatt says:

    I need some WR depth but Im just not confident in WR’s as they are so hit or miss. I have La’veon, Lamar miller, CMike, and Howard at RB. I have edelman, demarious thomas, randall cobb, and John brown. Do you like edelman and mike for Mike evans or CMike and edelman for Jordy Nelson? My WR just have been as I expected so Im trying to consoloditae my RB assets for a true WR1. Standard points

    • @RonnieMatt: I’d actually hold onto Edelman, even in standard. With Brady back I expect him to be an easy WR2. You can shop Cobb after his great Sunday night game with Michael or Miller to gain a true WR1 if you want. I’d do Miller and Brown or Michael and Cobb for a top WR.

      I still like your top 3 WR, but understand any frustration you may have.

  10. Chicken Dinner says:

    My RBs: CJAnderson, CMichael, McKinnon, Howard, Rawls, Gillislee

    My WRs: OBJ, MarvinJ, JMathhews, Dez, TyrellW

    Trade Tyrell for Booker?

    • @Chicken Dinner: Yes. Lock up a RB1 barring injury, and with those other 4 WR you’re never playing a hit-or-miss guy in Tyrell.

      I’d be looking to drop Rawls or Gillislee, though. And try to trade McKinnon on volume value if you can.

  11. Monty says:

    I have the #1 waiver pick this week and I’m not sure if I should use that to pick up Gio Bernard or hook myself with starks (I own lacy). I also have JC and Gurley.

    • @Monty: Sorry for the delay. On vaca. Hope I haven’t missed it. I’d definitely use it get Gio if he’s on waivers, tho. Great asset, even if it turns into a future trade.

  12. Josh-NYC says:


    Do you pursue Meredith in this 12 team .5 PPR league? Also do you like chiefs defense over cincy?

    QB: Brees
    WR: Thomas, Landry
    RB: Zeke, Freeman
    TE: Gatesp
    Flex: Coates, Riddick
    Defense: cincy
    K: vinateri
    BENCH: Wentz (may be a keeper), Booker (may be a keeper), Yeldon , Floyd , Rudolph, Morris (Zeke handcuff)
    IR: Watkins , Coleman

    • @Josh-NYC: I wouldn’t take KC DEF this week vs. high-flying Oakland.

      And yes. I’d take Meredith over Floyd looking at your roster. Love the TE backup, but you’re thin at RB after the top 3. Maybe flip Gates with Coates to get a better RB? Then grab Meredith to hopefully fill the WR3 slot until Coleman/Sammy back. Coates may lose snaps with Rogers and Wheaton returning, making this week’s output an anomaly.

  13. Blake says:

    in my PPR league my RB’s are pretty pitiful. I Have:

    D Johnson Jr
    G Bernard
    F whiitaker

    Bobby Rainey is on the wire – Do I pick him and which one would u drop?

    • @Blake: I’d take Rainey over Whittaker. Duke and Gio are still good PPR options.

  14. chad says:

    Should I deal Christine Michael for Alshon Jeffrey plus Foster or D. Jackson?

    My RBs Elliott, Freeman, Michael, West, Ware, Langford, Morris, Ajayi, Lewis (IR)
    My WRs are Julio, Floyd, Dorsett, Lockett, Kerley

    Seems like a no-brainer, but who should I add with Jeffery , Foster or DJax?

    • @chad: Yes. ROS value I’d rather have Alshon+ than Michael, especially fi Rawls comes back healthy to eat into his touches. And Alshon automatically slots in as your WR2.

      Gimme DJax…he’d become your WR3.

  15. Adam says:

    Would u trade Melvin Gordon and Marvin jones for Allen Robinson and tj Yeldon??
    I’m thinking yes as trying to sell high
    I have Demarco Murray, c Michael, ware,

    • @Adam: No, I wouldn’t. Give me the touchdowns of Gordon and the potentially similar upside of Marvin to ARob. You’re a Murray injury away from being SUPER thin at RB, since Yeldon is borderline droppable, and Ware could be if Charles returns.

  16. omar says:

    12 team 1pt PPR. Made some recent trades and am now real thin at RB.

    QB – Big Ben
    WR – A-Rob
    WR – Hopkins
    RB – Lamar Miller
    RB – Kenneth Dixon
    TE – Gronk
    FLX – Diggs
    BN – Tyrell Williams
    BN – Tyler Eifert
    BN – Dion Lewis
    BN – Enunwa

    Thinking about offering Gronk for Carlos Hyde and Barnidge. Drafted Gronk at the first turn, even though I didn’t feel good about it. Hyde has been a bell cow, and I’m intrigued by what he could do with Kaep potentially opening up running lanes for him. Barnidge would hold me over (and McCown will be back soon) until Eifert starts producing.

    Too much to give up? My other option would be to play the WW until Dion Lewis comes back, but we don’t know when that will be or how effective that will be. Just thinking if Eifert can give me anything close to Gronk, I could really use the RB upgrade.


    • @omar: I like your thinking on moving the TE, but I’d go the other direction. Shop Eifert with Tyrell to a team weak at TE or WR (and up it to Diggs if you must since Enunwa can replicate the production with Decker out). Package them to get a good PPR RB that has better PPR value than name value, like Gio or Duke.

      Or, just try swapping Tyrell for Bilal Powell. Or pick up Rainey. Or try a buy low on Doug Martin.

  17. Q says:

    Would you drop Fozzy or Jacquizz for Rainey in 1/2 PPR?

    • @Q: I’d rather have Rainey than both, given the shelf life of Quiz and Fozzy (should be a sitcom name) with Martin and Stewart back soon.

  18. Steve Stevenson says:

    Dynasty, standard scoring, rebuilding team. Who’s your top add?

    1. Henry or Fleener (I start Gates)
    2. Dion Lewis
    3. Meredith
    4. Tyrell Williams (I’m the Allen owner)

  19. friar says:

    0.5 ppr – Should I trade CJ Anderson for ARob? Is there a different RB you’d suggest I offer up for a top WR? Thanks!

    QB: Palmer
    RB: Bell, Ingram, Anderson, Crowell, Powell, Lewis
    WR: Hilton, Matthews, M Thomas, Woods
    TE: Kelce, Julius

    • @friar: Given your squad I would make that move. Try Crowell first, though, because he’s played well and ARob’s a buy low.

  20. Josh-NYC says:

    Hey [email protected],

    So I just accepted the trade my Landry and Wentz for his Amari cooper.. what do you think ?

    12 team .5 PPR
    QB: Brees
    WR: Landry, Thomas
    RB: Zeke, Freeman
    TE: Gates
    Flex: Coates, Riddick
    Bench: Wentz, Booker, Rudolph, Yeldon, Floyd, Morris
    IR: Watkins, coleman

    • @Josh-NYC: That’s tough. In a 12-team Wentz doesn’t mean much, regardless of his ‘hot’ start. So, essentially it’s Landry for Cooper, especially given that you have Brees post-BYE now.

      I prefer Cooper to Landry. Not by much, but just barely.

  21. Tyler says:

    12 team standard.

    Who should I start for week 6? Prescott, Hoyer, or Tyrod Taylor? I’m going against the leading guy in my league and need every point I can get.

    • @Tyler: I love what Prescott’s done, but I’d lean Hoyer vs. JAX. He’s gone 300+ with 2 TDs in three straight. Emergence of Meredith could be a boon for an improving offense.

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