With Dalvin Cook out for the season, Murray becomes the defacto early-down and goal line back, and should see 15-20 touches per game. He’s a capable pass-catcher as well, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he came down with 2-3 catches per week. He’s admitted that he’s not 100% coming back from his offseason ankle surgery, but he’s suiting up each and every week.
Smallwood is only a little more than 50% owned in Yahoo leagues, but he needs to be owned. He had 14 touches in Week 4, 10 carries with 4 catches on 6 targets. Game script is not a concern for him, and he will be involved in most games in this capacity. He even had a touchdown on a carry inside the 5 yard line which is encouraging.
It’s a crapshoot between who will be the guy in Seattle now that Chris Carson is done for the year. Is it Rawls, Lacy, or even JD McKissick? I’m going to assume it’s not McKissick, because it only took a CJ Prosise injury for him to be on the field. Granted he looked great, he didn’t have too many touches and he’s too small to be the in-between tackles guy in this offense. If I had to pick one, it would be Rawls because he was the starter before Chris Carson came and took the starting running back job. My logic is that they kept Rawls on the shelf to get healthy because of that ankle injury he was nursing, and he will be activated and get the initial shot to be the starter in Week 5. Just remember, it’s always possible that he doesn’t do well, and then Eddie Lacy will get a shot. It’s a very fluid situation, but I rather take the shot on the guy who will get the first crack at regaining the job. Pete Carroll did say that he’s glad the they have someone like Rawls to jump back in there now that Carson can’t go.
Kamara is the preferred running back in the Saints offense, and you want whoever that is on your roster. He caught all 10 of his targets in Week 4, and looked good doing it. He’s on the field a ton, and once this offense gets rolling, you’ll want to have Kamara in your lineup every week because of his upside with that opportunity he already has. Adrian Peterson is getting phased out of this offense, so Kamara will be one of only two running backs who will be getting snaps. In PPR leagues, he is the #1 waiver wire add this week.
Ellington had 9 receptions for 86 yards on 14 targets! That is a 27.5% target share, which is ridiculous for a RB. In Week 3, he had 8 targets. Ellington seems to be taking on that David Johnson passing game role, coming out of the backfield and lining up as a WR. The Cardinals are a pass-happy team, have no running game, and Ellington is the back to own in Arizona (out-snapped Chris Johnson 43 to 32), especially in PPR leagues.
Read what I wrote about Rawls above. It’s very possible that after Lacy had a good performance in Week 4 that he’s given the initial shot at the starting RB job in Seattle, and if both are given a shot it could be an open competition. Picking up Lacy off of waivers is a bit of a gamble, but it could pay off if Lacy wins the job. The Seahawks offense is starting to click, and if Russell Wilson continues playing how he’s playing in the second half of the last two games, running lanes should open up, even with a poor offensive line.
If you’re picking up Jones on the waiver wire, you understand that you’re getting a rental for 1-2 weeks, and possibly not even 1. Ty Montgomery does in fact have a couple of broken ribs, but is still hopeful that he will play in Week 5. I am personally making other plans if I’m a Montgomery owner, and since Jamaal Williams is also banged up, Aaron Jones can see a decent sized workload in Week 5. Whenever you have a starting running back on the Packers in your lineup, you have a chance for very good things to happen. Jones looked good in his limited opportunity in Week 4 in relief of his comrades, so he’s a pickup in case the other two can’t go.
Blount has quietly given owners three out of four decent weeks. You’re never confident in starting him on any given week because you never know how he’ll be used, but this offense does move and Blount has averaged around 15 carries a game if you throw out Week 2. That’s a decent sized workload, and if he’s getting goal line carries, you’re looking at someone who should not be on the waiver wire. With Darren Sproles out, the Eagles might have to depend on Blount a bit more. Running backs are scarce, and you can do a lot worse than Blount.
Collins fumbled again, and Harbaugh did say that he has a short leash because of it. But assuming he doesn’t fumble again (big assumption), Collins should be the early down running back for the Ravens. Terrance West will be there chomping at his bits hoping he does fumble, at which time he will be there to firmly reclaim his starting job. Until then, however, Collins is the guy and should get a decent sized workload if the Ravens can stay in games. The Ravens have a great defense, but their offense can’t seem to get it together yet, but that should change a bit going into the next few weeks. Once Collins has the ball, he does rip off chunk yardage and looks good doing it. If you’re in need for a RB, Collins is a guy I would be chasing.
Gallman is a flier that you should be picking up if you’re in need of a RB. He put up the best performance of any Giant RB this year with a gaudy line of…. 11 carries for 42 yards. He also caught a TD in the red zone. Gallman has looked better in this game than all of the Giants RBs combined, and should get extra opportunity. There is a prayer’s chance that Gallman gets the full opportunity, and sends Perkins and Darkwa to the bench, and if that happens Gallman can have value. That’s what you’re hoping for when you pick up Gallman. The Giants desperately need to find a running game, and if he gets 15 touches a game, they might be able to balance out this offense a bit.
McGuire is a flier who looked very good when given the chance to run the ball. He can be the future of the Jets’ at RB, so I would pick him up as someone who has value right now, sharing work with Bilal Powell while Forte is out, but also as someone who can be valuable a little later in the season if the Jets are out of contention and want to see what they can get out of McGuire.
McKinnon injured his ankle in Week 4, but he should be okay. He didn’t look good before he got hurt, but he’s probably in for a bigger role now that Dalvin Cook is done for the year. It’s possible that he becomes the Vikings’ 3rd down and passing down back, while Murray takes the early down and goal line work. If you need a flier, go for it, but there should be better options on the waiver wire this week.
It’s a surprise to me that Amendola is only ~50% owned in Yahoo leagues. This guy needs to be owned. When Julian Edelman is not in the game, Amendola has a clear role as the Patriots’ slot receiver and becomes one of Brady’s favorite targets. He has TD upside, but is mostly a PPR asset. In a top offense, Amendola is a weekly start.
Funchess has been getting solid target numbers since Greg Olsen got hurt. He’s averaging 10 targets per game since that time, so Funchess is a guy I’m comfortable putting in my lineup, understanding that he’s more valuable in PPR as an underneath and high percentage route type of player, and might not put up huge yardage totals. The 2 TDs were a product of playing the Patriots defense, but we’ve seen Cam look his way in the end zone in the past.
Jaron Brown has averaged almost 10 targets per game in the last three games. He played 97% of snaps in Week 3, so it looks like he’s someone the Cardinals trust to leave on the field. Palmer has been looking his way, and has been putting up consistent fantasy numbers up until this point. The Cardinals don’t have a running game, and they should be passing a ton on a weekly basis, so I’m comfortable putting Brown in my lineup most weeks.
Fuller caught two touchdowns in his season premiere, and with Deshaun Watson slinging it the way he is, Fuller should be very usable. Just keep in mind that they played against the Titans, who have been at the bottom of the league in giving up fantasy points to wide receivers. Fuller is a boom/bust type of player, so don’t pair him up with other similar types of players in your lineups. However, if you need depth, he is the perfect add as someone to supplement a high-floor roster.
John Brown is back, but who knows how healthy he will be for the rest of the season. When he’s on the field, however, he gets targets. He got 7 targets in only 61% of snaps in Week 4. Since Jaron Brown is getting most of the attention this week, you probably won’t have to spend too much FAAB to get him this week, but I want him before he gets hot. Like I said already a few times in this article, the Cards are going to throw the ball a ton this year with no David Johnson in the backfield.
Moncrief is 50% owned in Yahoo leagues, and Andrew Luck is practicing this week. When Luck and Moncrief are on the field together, a touchdown is waiting to happen.
Jordan Matthews is going to miss a month because of thumb surgery, so Zay Jones needs to be on our radar. Jones has dropped a few passes, but he did get some targets as soon as Matthews got hurt against the Falcons in Week 4. There isn’t enough target volume right now to sustain him, Shady, and Charles Clay, but it’s always possible that a receiver will get involved in this offense at some point. If the amount of possible receivers dwindle, the chances that the receiver will be Zay Jones got much higher with this injury.
Geronimo Allison if Davante Adams is out
We saw Allison come in for Randall Cobb when he was out, and he performed very well. When Adams left the game, it was Allison who came in to relieve him, and we have to expect it to stay that way if Adams were to miss Week 5 with a concussion. I’m not picking up Allison until we know more about Adam’s Week 5 status.
Clay is the #1 option outside of LeSean McCoy in this offense, and Tyrod Taylor is constantly looking his way as he’s the only non-RB pass-catcher that he trusts. With Jordan Matthews out, and based on the rapport he doesn’t have with anyone else, Clay should be a top-5 option for the foreseeable future. He is the #4 tight end on the season in 0.5 PPR scoring after Week 4.
Engram has been pretty consistent this season, as one of the main pass-catchers on the Giants. He’s had target numbers of 5, 7, 7, and 11 the past 4 weeks in that order, so things are trending up for him. He’s looked great as he’s also caught more passes in each game as the season has gone on. If you’re hurting at tight end, Engram is someone you can leave in your lineup on a weekly basis.
ASJ is getting solid target volume, and can turn into the #1 targeted pass-catcher in the Jets’ offense. He’s had 6 targets in Week 3, 4 targets in Week 4, and he’s caught 9 of those 10. Josh McCown has liked targeting the tight end throughout his career, and ASJ has looked good in his two games back from suspension. With the horrible tight end play we’ve had this year, ASJ is someone I’m willing to pick up and play on a weekly basis at this point.
Quarterback Streaming Options (~< 50% owned)
- Carson Palmer @ Philadelphia
- Alex Smith @ Houston
- Deshaun Watson vs Kansas City
- Josh McCown @ Cleveland
- Eli Manning vs Los Angeles Chargers
- Jacoby Brissett vs San Francisco
DEF Streaming Options (~< 50% owned)
- Philadelphia vs Arizona (Yes, this is my #1 streaming option even though Palmer is also my #1 streaming option)
- New York Giants vs Los Angeles Chargers
- Detroit vs Carolina
- New York Jets @ Cleveland
- Oakland vs Baltimore