Whether you’re struggling to stay alive or thriving in Week 5, I’ve got a few deep waiver adds you should consider.
QB: Brian Hoyer – Chicago @ Indianapolis (-4.5), +/- 48
Living in the Texans broadcast zone, I’ve seen a lot of Hoyer over the past couple years. What Hoyer is doing for Chicago is no surprise anyone that’s watched him play. Hoyer is a poor man’s Ryan Fitzpatrick. He is perfectly capable of having great games before he completely crushes your soul in a 30-0 playoff loss. Against a Colts defense that, despite getting healthier, is what people call ‘not good’, Hoyer is going to have plenty of time in the pocket and plenty of talent at receiver (even if Alshon is injured) to slice and dice that Indy D.
RB: Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia (-3.5) @ Detroit, +/- 46.5
With Smallwood, you’re taking a shot on a player that flashed when given his first opportunity in the NFL. His ownership percentage is low, likely because the Eagles are coming off of a bye, and Smallwood will be part of a crowded backfield. Why I’d go with Smallwood here is we don’t need an injury for him to supplant the backs in front of him. The Eagles running game has been serviceable but not spectacular. Smallwood looked a few notches above serviceable when he came on in Week 3.
WR: Dontrelle Inman – San Diego @ Oakland (-3.5), +/- 50
+/- 1.5 SD fans ending up in a coma (stay golden Pony Boy)
Inman is coming off an 11 target, 7 catch, 120 yards and a touchdown game against the hapless Saints defense. If there is a defense that could compete with the Saints for worst in the league, it’s the Raiders’ D. We’ve seen flashes from Inman in the past, and then we’ve seen him disappear just as quickly. The Chargers, though, are almost out of options at receiver this year. Inman gives you a great ceiling and should at least fall in to 4 or 5 catches for 50 yards if everything goes wrong.
TE: Richard Rodgers – New York Giants @ Green Bay (-7.5), +/- 47.5
Last week I recommended Jack Doyle. The same Jack Doyle that handed in .6 points in standard leagues. So, take it with a grain of salt when I say, I like Richard Rodgers this week. Jared Cook is out so I expect Rodgers on the field most of the game. Even though the Packers offense has struggled, I still believe. I’ll take my chances on a Packer-pass-catcher in a game where we’ll see plenty of TDs.
DST: Titans - Tennessee @ Miami (-3.5), +/- 43
The Dolphins continue to struggle under new head coach Adam Gase. They looked completely inept against a playoff caliber Bengals team, and so I imagine they’ll look at least not great against a poor Titans side. The Titans slow the game down, and usually end up playing in tight affairs. With Tannehill maturing in to the next Jay Cutler, you can just about write it in pen that the opposing defense will get several sacks and a couple of picks.
K: Caleb Sturgis – Philadelphia (-3.5) @ Detroit, +/- 46.5
Carson Wentz has done an excellent job moving the Eagles down the field on offense, and so far, he’s avoided making huge mistakes. Sturgis posted 13 and 10 points in his last two starts. With the Eagles facing a Detroit team that is not exactly a powerhouse defense, and with the Eagles expected to win, I’ll throw in Sturgis if you have to find a kicker this week.
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