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Week 5:

Fantasy Football Pickups, Adds, and Pay Attention To’s

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This is the most abundant position. So, assuming you have a quarterback, or are in search of one or stream the position, consider Jameis Winston, Josh Rosen, and Baker Mayfield. I like Trubisky too, but the other 3 rank above Trubisky this week for two reasons. One, he’s on a bye week, and two, Rosen, Winston, and Baker all have more season long appeal.

Jameis Winston is on Bye too, but when he comes back, he’s stepping into a good situation. His only requirement is to be careful with the ball, which is not his strong suit, but he seems to have leveled up this season in every other area on the field. At least, that’s how it looks to me. He presents huge upside because of his talent to extend plays, rush, and throw his receivers open, especially considering his potential targets in Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, and whichever Runner becomes the pass catcher.

My Favorite options are Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield. They are young with unknown potential. Since you probably have a QB, the upside from rookie’s, like these two, who have outstanding offenses around them, should be at the top of your list. Their first weeks didn’t look great, but they didn’t look bad either. There’s definitely room for improvement, but I buy into both of their talents. They both move well and have keen awareness about what’s happening on the field around them. They are both throwing bullets, but Rosen seems to be throwing more precise bullets and is my top QB pick among the under 50% owned Quarterbacks.

Running Backs

The Running Back position is the most scarce position, which makes an emerging player exciting. There are not a lot of RB’s available that are worth rostering. Obviously, that depends on your league size and bench size. In 12 team, 7 player benches, the pickings are slim.

Nick Chubb is my favorite pickup, if TJ Yeldon isn’t still out there on the waiver wire, waiting to be taken. They are working out other Running Backs. So, Jacksonville is expecting a longer term injury to Leonard Fournette. I side on their concerns and pickup Yeldon and maybe Corey Grant in deeper leagues. Chubb is an absolute monster, and now is the right time to grab him. Well, last week would’ve been the best time to snatch him up, but, try to grab him now because he was one of the best Rookie Runners coming into the season, that was placed behind Carlos Hyde, who’s a stud, but they are different runners, and I think they help each other produce more, if they are both used more. It seems like Coach Hue Jackson is going to give the Rookie more play, as is deserved based on his efficiency thus far.

Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis are both in contention to be a bummer because Chris Carson will be back, and the Coach changes direction and players suddenly and daily. Although, Carson’s absence this past week wasn’t Coach Carroll’s fault.

If I don’t get Chubb, I am targeting Ronald Jones (although, you may be able to get him free after waivers clear), and Ty Montgomery.

Ronald Jones is so damn good, as a runner, and maybe even as a pass catcher. If the coaches are done with the nonsense (making him inactive while playing an inferior Peyton Barber), maybe we’ll get to see his talent in the next couple of games, as he proves himself, which I know he will, given the opportunity.

A few years ago the Packers converted Ty Montgomery into a Running Back because they were short on talented Runners, but now they have the immensely talented Aaron Jones, and the meat and potatoes, Jamaal Williams. So, I suspect, being short on healthy receivers right now may lead to Ty being utilized in both the pass catching back role, as well as lining up as a receiver, which increases his worth tremendously, especially with Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball.

Wide Receivers

Keke Coutee is my favorite available wide receiver that can change your team for the rest of the season, and he can start right away. Keke’s a talented rookie being thrown the ball to by Deshaun Watson, and The Texans are down several receivers. He is being called upon, and it seems like he will answer the call with a firm YES! Yes, he will Catch most of his passes because he’s sure handed, and yes, he will be a beast with yards after the catch.

If Geronimo Allison is still out there or someone dropped him, pick him up right away. Aaron Rodgers went to him often, throughout the game, especially in the endzone.

Rashard Higgins is one of my “secret” waiver pickups. Antonio Callaway has been having trouble with catches and Rashard Higgins has been super effective and efficient. He’s catching almost everything coming his way.

Taylor Gabriel (on bye, so you may be able to sign him after the waivers clear), Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief, Dez Bryant, Michael Gallup, Courtland Sutton, Phillip Dorsett, Chris Godwin, and others are the reason why I recommend not drafting a lot of receivers, and draft a lot of Running backs. Out of the bunch, Gallup has the most upside because of the teams need at the Receiver position. They need him. Otherwise, Sutton and Moncrief are intriguing because they are talented, and can become every week starters given the opportunity. I see Sutton stepping into that role more than any of these other receivers because Demaryius Thomas on Denver is not looking good. I suspect that Sutton may start getting more looks as the season progresses.

Tight Ends

Tyler Kroft is going to be used. Tight ends are not easy to come by, and The Red Rocket Andy Dalton loves his Tight Ends. Tyler Kroft is the best option at the position this week that’s under 50% owned. Kroft will get 5-8 targets a game, and he’ll be looked for in the end zone. That’s all you can ask for from your Tight End.

Cameron Brate is on Bye this week, but he’s a crazy good pickup. He’s mr sure hands, and he has a connection with Jameis Winston. Not to mention, OJ Howard is going to be sidelined for a few weeks. At the very least, he’ll be a great 2-3 week streaming option.

Pittsburgh has two TE’s, but Vance McDonald is the more talented one, with the higher floor. He will get 4-8 targets every game. Big Ben will target his TE’s. Since Jesse James has caused so many turnovers, and had so many drops, I would be all over Vance If I need someone this week, and has the potential to be a season long stud.

Austin Hooper is on a team that throws the ball all day because the Falcons can’t stop anything on Defense. I would have expected Hooper to have had better games already. What I’m saying is that Hooper is due for a big game. This weeks matchup is very conducive to points being scored.

Sneaky Tight end in deeper leagues, or even shallow leagues, Ricky Seals-Jones (RSJ) has a shot at being a top 12 TE this season. RSJ has a really talented rookie Quarterback. Who do rookie QB’s typically lean on? That’s right, their Tight Ends! If you have a spot, or are looking for upside if you miss on Tyler Kroft, or even if not, then consider RSJ because he’s aggressive, strong, sure handed, and just downright mean. Just kidding about the last part, but he’s legit, and now that the Quarterback is really good, the hope is alive. I believe!


The only defense that’s under 50% owned that’s worth targeting this week are the Titans. They are playing Buffalo. The Titans looked like they could have had 30 fantasy points last week against the Eagles, but they were just right there on every play on Defense. This week should be a bloodbath for Buffalo’s offense.


Kickers are so dumb for fantasy, but there’s some logic to picking a kicker that will produce. My logic is first, are they a dome kicker at home? Are they playing at home? Not that it weighs most in the equation, but its in consideration. Will their offense stall more than other offenses who are able to get the Touchdown?

Sam Ficken has been dropped by the Rams, which is why Cairo Santos, who was just signed by them, is a good target for at least the next week or two until Greg Zuerlein comes back.

Dan Bailey is a great kicker on a dome team in the Vikings, on an offense who should be able to move the ball relatively well, in most games.

I like Ka’imi Fairbairn for this week and season long because Deshaun Watson and company can move the ball, but they seem to struggle in the red zone.

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