Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 5 (Fantasy Football)
Levi Chappell discusses which players you should consider grabbing from your dynasty league’s waiver wire in Week 5.
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I am writing this article right after the conclusion of the Broncos vs. Chiefs game and my oh my, what a way to close out Week 4. –“Showtime” Mahomes with a left-handed toss…too good. Other games across the week were fantastic as well though, as we had an overtime thriller in Tennessee, Trubisky and the Bears put up 48 points in a dominant win, Cincinnati and Atlanta ended in a shootout, and Houston and Oakland both get their first wins of the season in overtime.
On the fantasy side of things, Alvin Kamara went off…again, but what’s new? Ezekiel Elliott looked like the Zeke of old, Cooper Kupp exploded on Thursday night, and Jared Cook is quietly becoming one of the best tight end options in fantasy.
But you aren’t here to read names that everyone already has rostered; you are here because you are a smart, dare I say clever, fantasy owner that is looking for a leg up on your friends in your league. So without further ado, let me introduce you to some names that will be worthy of your waiver wire considerations.
Some of the names that I listed below and will list in future articles will already be owned in your league. If you are in a 10-team league, many of these players may be available, but if you are in a 12- or 14-team league, fewer may be available. For the most part, I will be listing players that are owned in fewer than 40% of 12-team leagues.
Mike Davis (RB – SEA)
With the surprising news of Chris Carson being out of the late afternoon game for the Seahawks, Davis took the lead role and did not look back. Neither Carson nor Rashaad Penny have looked good this year, but that was not the case for Davis. He ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns while adding a spark out of the backfield that the Seahawks have been looking for all year. I would be shocked if Davis lost the lead back role when Carson comes back. While the backfield is still a “crapshoot,” I prefer Davis over all the other players when it comes to scoring fantasy points.
Taylor Gabriel (WR – CHI)
Gabriel was getting a bit overlooked in the Bears offense, averaging only about five targets per game. Sunday was his coming out party, and he showed off some of that explosiveness that the Bears signed him for. He had seven receptions for 104 receiving yards and two touchdowns. On a day where Mitchell Trubisky threw for a historic mark, Tarik Cohen and Gabriel benefited most. Both players are super explosive with the ball in their hands, and I would expect the Bears to get both of them involved more in the offense moving forward.
Donte Moncrief (WR – JAC)
Moncrief had been a dynasty darling for many years. The combination of athleticism and raw skill had owners salivating at his potential. But like many players, he was never able to live up to the hype, and I am guessing that he was dropped in a lot of dynasty leagues. Five receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown will put you on the map though, and Moncrief and Dede Westbrook seem to have caught the attention of quarterback Blake Bortles. Talent has never been the knock on Moncrief, it has always been consistency, and he may be able to find that consistency in Jacksonville this year.
Keke Coutee (WR – HOU)
Coutee was a rookie that had quite a bit of buzz coming into the season, but a hamstring injury held him out for the first three weeks of the season. He came out in Week 4 with a bang, catching 11 balls for 109 yards. The Texans look like they have quite the three-headed monster with Hopkins, Fuller, and Coutee if all can stay healthy. If Fuller has to miss anytime due to injury, Coutee could see a big jump in playing time. Consider him a top priority.
C.J. Uzomah (TE – CIN)
First off, you have to feel for Tyler Eifert. He had rehabbed for so long to get back into football shape and to get back on the field with his teammates, only to break his ankle and be knocked out of the season…again. If you are in dire need of a tight end (which many fantasy owners are) the first name that most people will think of to take over Eifert’s spot is Tyler Kroft, but I am here to set the record straight. Uzomah has been on the field much more than Kroft has been this year, and it isn’t that close. After Eifert’s injury, Uzomah played 70% of the Bengals snaps to Kroft’s 27%. Let all your leaguemates pick up Kroft while you target Uzomah. In a year where the tight end position is about as thin as it can be, Uzomah may be an option for tight end-needy teams.
Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal (WRs – IND)
T.Y. Hilton suffered a hamstring injury in the game on Sunday, which will most likely cost him the start in the Thursday night game against the Patriots. In a previous article, I talked about Ryan Grant as a viable option, and he still is, even more so now. I recommend seeing if he is on your waiver wire as well. Rogers and Pascal both took steps forward after Hilton left the game. Rogers finished with eight catches for 85 yards, and Pascal caught six passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. My guess is that Rogers gets more playing time than Pascal, but the entire trio is worth monitoring if you are in desperate need of a wide receiver.
Other players to watch out for:
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR – GB)
- Nick Vannett (TE – SEA)
- Ito Smith (RB – ATL)
- Aldrick Robinson (WR – MIN)
- Geoff Swaim (TE – DAL)