by Will Overton
Week 5 is officially in the books and we are here to get you started on the process of looking ahead to Week 6 and beyond. Today is waivers day and we will take a look at some of the players who stood out in and may be on the radar for fantasy owners. Let’s take a look at some of the names you should know and what my thoughts are on the potential value:
Marlon Mack – RB, Indianapolis Colts
There was some preseason hype surrounding Mack, but it was squelched early on in the season. He ended up third string at RB for the Colts and then an injury derailed him further, so Week 5 was the first time we got a glimpse of the potential he possesses. Mack carried the ball nine times on Sunday for 91 yards and a TD, catching one pass for just two yards. Once he got it going the Colts seemed more than willing to give him more opportunities and I think that may be a theme.
I don’t know that he will unseat Frank Gore as the RB1, but I do think he can work his way into a near even carry share if he keeps producing. I also believe Mack has yet to show us his pass catching abilities which could bump him up another level as far as fantasy upside. I think his potential warrants an add in most leagues.
Verdict: Add him for the upside
JuJu Smith-Schuster – WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
It seems very clear that Smith-Schuster is establishing himself as the third receiver in Pittsburgh’s typically high octane offense. He pulled in four grabs on Sunday for 58 yards, targeted a total of six times in the game. The Steelers rookie wideout has averaged five targets over the last four games, and is making the most of his chances. That said, it’s hard to have big performances when there are three other guys absorbing so much of the production. His potential is there, but without an injury his upside is somewhat limited this year.
Verdict: Dynasty and Deep League add only
Roger Lewis – WR, New York Giants
The New York Giants season just keeps getting worse and at this point their wide receiver corps is completely wrecked. Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris are all out for the rest of the season and Sterling Shepherd came away banged up and could miss time (though we’ll have to wait and see). That leaves a big opening for someone to step up and right now Lewis seems like the next guy up. We have no significant reason to believe he will produce, but sometimes opportunity is a fantasy owner’s best friend. Lewis is nothing more than a flier, but the opportunity is here.
Verdict: A Flier with an opportunity
George Kittle – TE, San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers opened up the offense against the Colts and aired it out this past week. One of the biggest benefactors was Kittle, who was targeted nine times, catching seven balls for 83 yards and a TD. This is the first real blip he has made on the fantasy radar. On the one hand he has been running a high total of routes, but on the other that doesn’t do much if the quarterback isn’t looking your way. This may boost Brian Hoyer’s confidence in the rookie, but I am not ready to put much faith in that just yet.
Verdict: Take a wait and see approach
Ed Dickson – TE, Carolina Panthers
Someone we do know has a history of throwing to his tight end a good bit is Cam Newton. The benefactor of that previously had been Greg Olson, but he is currently out for another month or two and in has stepped Dickson. Against the Lions he broke out in a big way with five catches for 175 yards. This is a pretty extreme pace to keep up, and certainly he can’t, but there is definitely value. Dickson has opportunity, which we’ve already talked about as important, and with Newton’s affinity for the TE position the next 4–6 weeks could be very productive until Olsen returns.
Verdict: Grab Him Until Olsen Returns
Dion Lewis – RB, New England Patriots
It seems as though the Patriots RB situation may be coming into focus a bit more, though in saying that it’ll most certainly change again this week. As of now it looks like Mike Gillislee is the go to back, while Lewis has established himself as the change of pace, third down guy over James White. That is a role that can be significant in this offense and we’ve seen Lewis thrive in it before. He’s also coming into a matchup with the New York Jets, which should lead to a nice production opportunity. As long as Lewis can hold down this role he can have value, especially in a PPR format.
Verdict: Solid add in PPR, Potential spot starter in standard leagues
Kevin Hogan – QB, Cleveland Browns
Certainly the Cleveland Browns were hoping they wouldn’t be changing quarterbacks after just five weeks when they named Deshone Kizer the starter. Nonetheless here we are and Hogan is in line to take over under center. He relieved Kizer this past Sunday and impressed, going 16–19 for 194 yards and a pair of TD, also rushing for 30 yards. It’s pretty hard to be excited about anyone on the Browns offense right now, but Hogan has some upside and can run a little bit. He’s not someone to add in standard leagues but in two QB leagues, or leagues with an OP spot, he may hold value.
Verdict: Add him in 2 QB leagues
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