Leonard Fournette will likely be out again after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. If you have Fournette, Yeldon just needs to be on your team all year long. If you need RB help and Yeldon is available on your wire, he’s probably your best bet at fantasy production over the next week or two, and possible even longer if they really nurse Fournette’s injury.
Hines finally blew up, but he was getting passing volume out of the backfield in 3 of the 4 games this year, catching 22 of 26 targets. He’s only at 5.4 ypc, but he bumped that up to 7.0 in Week 4 and caught 2 TDs with it. Wouldn’t expect the TDs in every game, but he’s a viable start in PPR leagues as someone with a floor of around 10 points. Because of the volume of passing in this offense, he can get his every week, and I wouldn’t worry about Mack or Robert Turbin cutting into that role when they return.
I don’t trust this Seahawks backfield, and the Seahawks play the Rams this week, so I’m not so excited about Davis, even if Chris Carson doesn’t play in this game. Davis would be viable the following week if Carson can’t go, but I would assume Carson can get right by then.
Jones has shown us that he isn’t that good yet, but he was activated in Week 4 and led the backfield in carries. Neither him or Peyton Barber could get anything going, but he’s worth a pickup to stash and hope that something drastic changes. It is possible that Jones worked through issues that he’s had, and is now ready to take on more responsibility and do something with it. I’m not so excited, but we can’t ignore the newfound opportunity for a young rookie.
Taywan Taylor is explosive, and he’s starting to get some volume. With Rishard Matthews out of the way, Taylor is set to be the #2 with a 22% target share in Week 3, and 21% in Week 4. Those are healthy numbers, and this offense can support two WRs, especially when the targets aren’t as distributed. It’s possible that it’s pretty much Corey Davis, Taylor, and Dion Lewis as the pass targets in this passing game. We have to remember that Mike Mularkey’s “exotic smashmouth” system is gone, and Matt LaFleur is now the OC. This offense has ways to go before it becomes intriguing, but there isn’t any reason it can’t support both Davis and Taylor as long as Marcus Mariota stays healthy. If you watched this game, you’ll see that Taylor was getting the ball all over the field, and they had plays dialed up for him. He had a very healthy 162 air yards over the last two weeks, and he’s where Mariota went on a critical 4th and long play to extend the game in OT this past Sunday. When I see a young and explosive WR getting volume, that’s someone I want to have on my fantasy team. We can hopefully depend on the volume in PPR, but have the big-play upside as well.
This guy is still way too low owned. Allison starts for the Packers – for Aaron Rodgers. If you’re on the field with Rodgers as much as Allison is, he needs to be owned. He’s had at least 64 yards in each of his games and has TDs in two of them. With Randall Cobb banged up, Allison should be a good play against Detroit if he can get out of the concussion protocol in time for next week’s game.
Coutee ran a ton of short to intermediate routes against the Colts, and also had some sweeps and handoffs. He was a legit part of the game plan, not just someone who was used because Will Fuller got hurt in the game. He might not get 15 targets moving forward, but Deshaun Watson was clearly looking for him and knew where he was on the field at all times, resulting in 11 catches; it could’ve been more as he dropped a couple. He has clear PPR value, and has speed to break one off in space. With Bruce Ellington on IR, Coutee is Houston’s new slot WR and should get plenty of looks in Bill O’Brien’s offense.
Westbrook will be up and down all year with no clear #1 target in Jacksonville’s passing offense, but with him having the possibility at high target games, he should probably be owned. Leonard Fournette will likely be out for another or two at least, so the passing volume as a whole should be higher in his absence. The Patriots and Jets have a vulnerability in the slot, and those are the two games Westbrook went off in. He’s definitely startable against Kansas City this week, and we saw what slot WR Golden Tate did to Dallas last week. If you need help at WR, preferably in PPR, Westbrook should be able to help you most weeks.
The matchup this week in Pittsburgh should warrant a Sanu pickup. Sanu has out-targeted Calvin Ridley over the last two weeks, and in a shootout, Sanu should be able to bring some value against this terrible passing defense. With Atlanta’s defense being vulnerable to a ton of points every week, Matt Ryan will continue to sling it, meaning Sanu will be a viable start almost every week. The TDs and yardage will vary, but he’ll be involved. Averaging 8 targets over the last 2 weeks, that’s enough involvement on this offense to warrant a roster spot.
This Bears game against the Bucs is one that I won’t read too much into. The Bucs’ passing defense is not good, and the game plan was executed to perfection. Gabriel is probably worth a prospective add, but he probably will be more boom/bust and leave you frustrated on most weeks. Gabriel is who I would consider a gadget player in this offense, and will get be a low depth of target guy in most games with the hope of breaking one off. Worth an add in deeper leagues.
Ryan Grant/Chester Rogers/Zach Pascal
We can have a lot of fun figuring out who the guy will be this week in terms of DFS GPP strategy with TY Hilton out, but in redraft, it’s a crapshoot. The slot is probably where I would target, where Rogers lines up. Him and Ryan Grant played 80% of snaps, while Zach Pascal played about 50%. Pascal is the big target that Luck can look to in the red zone. Take your shot.
Callaways didn’t have a good game in Week 4 with a couple of drops, but he did see 9 targets. He only needed to catch a couple of more to near 100 yards, as he caught 3 for 54. He’s a big play threat, but he’s a stash on the bench with a ton of potential.
Meredith is starting to see more usage, and if his role continues to grow, he can start commanding ever-so-valuable targets from Drew Brees. He’s a stash still, but his role can grow into an every-week upside play.
Snead has more PPR fantasy points than Michael Crabtree at this point in the season. If Crabtree is owned, Snead needs to be as well. He caught 6 passes last night, and I can’t imagine Joe Flacco having more confidence in Crabtree going forward after he dropped a few key passes on Sunday night. With Snead in the slot, he’ll have the advantageous matchups most of the time. He has a high floor in PPR, and is a good fill-in for bye weeks or if you’re hurting at WR.
Jameis Winston loves his tight ends. With OJ Howard out for a bit, Brate should be owned and started. The first TD with Winston back was to Brate. Even when Howard comes back, Brate will still be viable.
Hurst is a talented first round pick of the Ravens, and he should be back in Week 5. I wouldn’t necessarily start him right away; I rather get a feel of how he’s used and if he’s being used at full strength. There are a ton of targets going to tight ends from Joe Flacco, so if that be consolidated to mostly Hurst, he should be able to return value on a weekly basis, especially in PPR.
McDonald has seen 5 targets in each of his three games this season, and has big play ability. His metrics show up with the big boys at TE. In an explosive offense, he’s someone that should be added if you lost a TE this week.
With Tyler Eifert out for the season with that gruesome ankle injury, Uzomah is probably the add for a Cincy TE over Tyler Kroft, as he’s seen more usage over the first four weeks. This offense is clicking, so red zone opportunities will appear more often, and Uzomah will see usage in that area on top of the target share that will open up for him.
RSJ loves the big play, and he had a couple with Josh Rosen this past weekend. He had his highest yardage total with Rosen, so that speaks well for what’s to come. This offense is starting to open up a bit.
Doyle is still hurt and probably won’t play this Thursday, but he’ll be back soon. When he’s back, he should start seeing a large target share of Luck’s throws once again. He’s a bench stash until he’s healthy.
With Jake Butt on IR, Heuerman was able to command 7 targets, catching 4 of them for 57 yards on Monday night. This can be an example of targets being consolidated to one guy. Prospective add.