Waivers: Big move in the Big Easy
The Saints traded Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals, ending an unproductive mess of a collaboration between the veteran running back and New Orleans. Peterson will join another committee in Arizona but one where the running back depth chart is a bit more fluid. With Kerwynn Williams a non factor, I expect Peterson to get some work. He’s worth an add in 12-team leagues.
The real winners here though are Saints backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram who will work in tandem without a third person in the backfield. The Saints running backs have the third-easiest strength of schedule from a fantasy standpoint according to Scout.com. While Ingram is owned in the vast majority of leagues across NFL.com, Yahoo, ESPN and CBS Sports, Kamara is available in a decent chunk of leagues out there so check your waiver wire to see if he’s on there.
Other Waiver Targets
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
Lost in the hoopla surrounding Cam Newton’s comments to a reporter last week, was his praise of the subject of the reporter’s question, Funchess. Newton said Funchess has grown as a player and that his and fellow wideout Kelvin Benjamin’s preparation has been different this season. It has showed in the weeks since tight end Greg Olsen broke his foot in Week 2. Funchess caught seven of nine targets for 53 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Lions. He makes this list again as a viable start as long as Olsen remains out.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings
McKinnon, who was in last week’s waiver column, had a big game Monday night rushing for 95 yards on 16 carries, highlighted by a beautiful 58-yard touchdown run off a toss. McKinnon also had 16 carries to Latavius Murray’s 12. For the time being, it’s looking like this will be McKinnon’s backfield to lose.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Mack had a breakout game against the 49ers Sunday rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown. His performance prompted Colts head coach Chuck Pagano to say , “I think it’d be wise to try to find ways to get him the football and get him more involved,” to reporters on Monday. With starting back Frank Gore churning out an average 3.2 yards per carry on the season, expect the talented rookie out of South Florida to get more work. Mack needs to be on rosters in all formats.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While tight end O.J. Howard was the apple of many eyes in fantasy during the offseason and preseason, Brate has been the top dog in Tampa. He’s scored in each of his last three contests and leads the Bucs in touchdowns.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets
I don’t like Seferian-Jenkins as much as Brate but he has been one of the leading pass catchers for the Jets, who by the way, aren’t as woeful as we thought they would be. Seferian-Jenkins’ yard totals leave much to be desired but his receptions have been able to boost his value in points per reception leagues.
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets
With Matt Forte suffering from turf toe and Bilal Powell dealing with a strained calf, McGuire is the next man up at the running back position for the Jets. McGuire received 13 touches Sunday against the Browns and could be in for a heavy workload in Week 6 if the other backs sit. Right now, McGuire seems like a one-week spot start but he could earn more work if he impresses in a favorable matchup against New England.
Sterling Shepard , WR, New York Giants
Talk about adding insult to injury. Not only did the Giants lose most of their wide receiving corps, including season-ending injuries to star receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, but they are 0-5 and are the worst team in the Empire State, despite being lauded as potential Super Bowl contenders during the offseason. Enter Shepard who was also hurt in Sunday’s game against the Chargers but is only day to day with ankle injury. Whether he suits up Sunday night against the Broncos or not, he should ride the bench, but with Beckham and Marshall down for the rest of the year, Shepard immediately gets a bump in value with a ton of targets coming his way.
Deeper Waiver Targets
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Ricardo Louis, WR, Cleveland Browns
Roger Lewis, WR, New York Giants
Week 5 Takeaways
And now his watch is ended: It's time to say goodbye to the "Crow" of the AFC North. Isaiah Crowell has rushed for 194 on 62 attempts. The 3.1 yards-per-carry average is the lowest of Crowell's career. He's averaging just under 40 yards on about 12 carries a game. Meanwhile Crowell's teammate Duke Johnson is averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the season. Johnson has scored in back-to-back contests and is the team's pass-catching back .
Foul fish: Okay, it's time for a major mea culpa. I have doubled and tripled down on Dolphins players, particularly DeVante Parker, in plus matchups the past few weeks, but after three horrendous outings, I'm beginning to wonder if quarterback Jay Cutler is the right fit for Miami. Through four games, Cutler has thrown for 706 yards three touchdowns and three interceptions. Right now, I'd hold on to my Dolphins players and see what happens, particularly with Cutler at quarterback. If his poor play continues, the Dolphins will have to make a change and that affects the fantasy values of Parker and Jarvis Landry greatly and even Kenny Stills to some degree. The AFC East is wide open with three teams locked in a tie for first at 3-2 and the Dolphins being a half game behind their rivals because their Week 1 game was postponed. With the division up for grabs, Miami must make changes.