QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN 12.5% Owned)
The Bucs return to the field in Week 6, after their bye, and have squashed any further ‘Fitzmagic’ narratives. Winston has been declared the starter after relieving Ryan Fitzpatrick at halftime in week 4. He walks into a juicy matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, who have surrendered a ridiculous amount of points and yards through the air to this point. Winston finished as a top 8 fantasy Quarterback in 5 of his last 12 starts and will more than likely remind fantasy owners of that fact on Sunday against the Falcons.
RB Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks (ESPN 14.7% Owned)
After selecting Rashaad Penny in the first round of the 2018 NFL Rookie Draft, we all knew that by Week 6, Mike Davis was going to be the star running back to own in Seattle. This was so easy to predict, especially with Chris Carson beating out Penny for the RB1 status during the preseason. Right? No.
Nowhere in anyone’s mind did they foresee a situation where Davis was melting faces in the NFL for 2 weeks straight. Across the last two weeks, Davis has 33 carries for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns and added 6 catches on 6 targets for another 30 yards through the air. The only way to benefit from anyone in this backfield is to take a shot, Oakland has been a mess this year and just gave in to the Gordon and Ekeler tandem from the Chargers. If you’re taking a chance in the Seattle backfield, Mike Davis is the guy to own.
WR Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (ESPN 19.5% Owned)
In just 2 starts, Coutee has teamed up with DeShaun Watson to revive the idea of value in the Texans slot receiver position. Against the Colts and Cowboys, Keke has 17 receptions on 22 targets for 160 yards and a touchdown, and a couple carries for 3 yards. The opportunity to own him may very well be closing, but he might clear waivers this week after he left the Sunday night game with a concussion, and his status in currently up in the air for the Week 6 contest with the Bills.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (ESPN 2.2% Owned)
Headed into Week 5, the Green Bay Packers were losing pass catching assets left and right. Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison were declared inactive, and that forced the Packers draft selections to the forefront. Equanimeous St. Brown and MVS combined for 15 targets, and produced 10 receptions for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns. Valdes-Scantling operated as Aaron Rodgers 3rd option, with 10 targets, and ESB was 4th with 5 targets. Green Bay now heads home to prepare to host San Francisco on Monday night, and possibly with a higher amount of confidence in their rookie receivers.
With the bye week coming in Week 7, its entirely plausible that Green Bay will choose to hold out Allison and Cobb for the Monday night contest, to prepare them for the stretch run in the second half of the season. The 3rd receiving option in Green Bay has been proven, time and time again, to be very valuable. Whether you’re an Allison owner or need a bye week filler, MVS is worth the spot on your bench.
TE Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN 16.7% Owned)
With Jameis returning and O.J Howard out week to week, Brate will have the tight end role all to himself. A potential shootout with the Falcons this week presents a mouth-watering opportunity for one of Winston’s main targets since 2015 combining for 1,602 yards and 19 TD’s. Even when Howard returns, Winston and Brate have a chemistry and this high powered offense can easily sustain two tight ends going forward. With their bye now behind them, Brate could prove to be a vital bye week filler, if nothing else.
RB Peyton Barber, Tampa bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay can’t stop anyone on defense and haven’t found themselves in a position to run the ball to salt away the clock very often. To make matters worse their offensive line hasn’t been providing much room for Barber to operate, and it has reopened the door for Ronald Jones II to become a relevant name once again. Peyton has 3 consecutive finishes of 4 or less fantasy points, and in a game that expects to be high scoring, he won’t have a favorable game script to improve on those numbers in Week 6 at Atlanta.
WR Torrey Smith, Carolina Panthers
D.J. Moore’s snap share is increasing steadily each week, and Smith is coincidentally seeing his usage decline. He has seen a decrease in targets for 3 consecutive weeks now, and it dipped down to 1 target this past Sunday versus the Giants. With Curtis Samuel now back and healthy, and D.J. Moore seeing his involvement on the rise, and even rumors of Greg Olsen returning for Week 6 – now is the time to dump Smith. He will soon be referred to as nothing more than a roster clogging name.
RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
Henry owners across all formats really thought that Week 5, against the Bills, was going to be the week for Henry. They surely would build a quick lead on Buffalo and utilize Henry to waste away the clock and walk away with an easy victory. Then the game kicked off. Mariota was abysmal, the offense was a mess, and they used another game script that just didn’t provide any quality usage for Derrick Henry. This is almost a carbon copy from last year’s Henry and Murray timeshare, only this season the Titans offense is seemingly worse, and Dion Lewis is providing the only realistic PPR value from that backfield. I cannot fault owners for holding out in hopes for any type of positive returns. It just hasn’t happened to this point, and how much more of your season are you willing to risk in hopes of getting something in return? Time to cut your losses.
WR Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills
The Bills receiving corps isn’t fantasy relevant, and at the top of that list sits Benjamin, more than likely being the most disappointing asset of them all. Benjamin did carry some hope into weeks 3 and 4, because his average depth of target was among some of the tops in the league. However, after 5 weeks of play, the Bills number one Wide Receiver has just 8 receptions for 108 yards and 1 touchdown. Josh Allen just led the Bills to victory over the Titans and didn’t even eclipse 100 yards passing (82). He has almost no hope of even finishing as a WR 6 at this rate. Benjamin belongs on the waiver wire for the foreseeable future.
By Josh Deisinger – @SconnieJosh