Dr. Roto: Week 5 Waiver Wire Wednesday

Dr. Roto reveals his Week 5 waiver wire advice and provides a few options at each position to help you get leg up in your Fantasy Football leagues!

Daily Dr. Roto — October 3, 2018

Waiver Wire Wednesday


Jameis Winston — Winston will be the new starter for the Buccaneers after their bye week. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a good go of it but now its Winston’s team for better or for worse. I still think that Winston has some huge upside, but at the end of the day, I’m not sure that he’s going to bring the Bucs (or your fantasy team) to a championship. That being said, he still probably one of the best plays that you can pick up on the waiver wire this week.

Mitch Trubisky — You are not going to get six touchdowns every week from Trubisky, but his game against the Buccaneers absolutely showed his upside potential. Head coach Matt Nagy has done everything he possibly can to help him improve his overall game. Trubisky is very mobile, has a cannon for an arm, and just needs to improve his accuracy.

Joe Flacco — Flacco is getting older, but he is still getting the job done for the Ravens. He’s looked outstanding at certain times this year and although I thought he was going to lose his job to Lamar Jackson — for now he looks very steady. Pick him up for the short run but just remember in the long term this is still Lamar Jackson’s team.

Blake Bortles — There’s no way that I trust Blake Bortles but every so often he still capable of producing a great game. My biggest problem with Bortles is his lack of consistency: one week he’s a star and the next week is a scrub. If you pick him up, you need to be prepared for the good and the bad.

Marcus Mariota — I am sure that Mariota is probably not available in your league, however, if he is you need to pick him up right now. His elbow looked pretty good last week against the Eagles, and he threw for over 340 yards and ran for a bunch of yards as well. He’s not going be that good every week, but he will flash now and then.

Running Backs

T. J. Yeldon — So long at Leonard Fournette is out Yeldon is a must play. He can run, catch, block and gives the Jaguars everything they need in a three-down back.

Ronald Jones — I think it’s clear that the Bucs are going to turn to Jones as their starting running back after their bye week. Jones is a terrible pass receiver and pass blocker, but that doesn’t matter because he has some explosion and burst when he runs. The Bucs are going give him every chance to win the first and second down job.

Nick Chubb — Please Hue Jackson, I beg you to give Nick Chubb the ball more often! Chubb could be a superstar if he just got 15 carries a game.

Mike Davis — I had no idea Mike Davis was this good, but after watching him play last week, I’m thoroughly convinced that there is a role for him on the Seahawks. I know that there is Chris Carson and Penny, but they have to make room for Davis especially after how good he looked last week. Pay for him on waivers but don’t pay too much because he is going to split carries.

D’Onta Foreman — Lamar Miller is practically done, and there’s no doubt in my mind that when Foreman returns from the PUP list that he will absolutely get as many carries as he can handle. Stash him now and reap the rewards later.

Wide Receivers

Keke Coutee — Coutee is precisely what the Texans need as a slot receiver. He’s fast, quick, and has exceptional hands. Watch him become the third option for Watson this season. He might be well worth the money especially if Fuller is out with an injury.

Taylor Gabriel — Gabriel showed how good he could be last week against the Buccaneers. The Bears are on a bye week so you won’t be able to play him in Week 5 but spend a few dollars and stash him for the rest of the way if you can.

Taywan Taylor — There is no doubt after last week that Taylor is the new WR2 for the Titans. He excels at short routes, and he has excellent quickness and hands. Watch him get about 7 to 10 targets per week and be a very under the radar Fantasy contributor.

D.J. Moore — I’m hoping that the Bye week gave the Panthers the opportunity to fit Moore into some more packages. He has tremendous upside, but now he just needs to see the field. Stash him away on your roster now, and hopefully, he will get his chance in the second half of the season.

Cameron Meredith — Meredith was injured for most of the preseason, and he is slowly working his way back for the Saints. Drew Brees really hasn’t gone to him yet, but there’s still hope because neither Ted Ginn nor Tre’Quan Smith has looked very good thus far. Meredith can be the true WR2 for the Saints. He also has a great matchup at home this week against the mediocre Redskins defense.

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Tight Ends

Cameron Brate — O.J. Howard is injured and will miss the next 2 to 4 weeks. This leaves Brate once again as the Buccaneers starter. He has a fantastic connection with Jameis Winston, and he should get about 6 to 8 targets per game. He is the best tight end on the waiver wire this week.

Hayden Hurst — Hurst was the Ravens first-round pick in the 2018 draft. He’s a very good receiver and blocker, and he’s due back from injury in the next week or two. The Ravens really excel at throwing the ball to their tight ends and Hurst may be the best of the bunch. Get him on the cheap while you still can.

Tyler Kroft — With Tyler Eifert now out for the season, Tyler Kroft will be the new starting tight end for the Bengals. He has a decent rapport with Andy Dalton, and he should be good for about 8 to 10 fantasy points each week.

Geoff Swaim — Swaim has looked respectable the last two weeks for the Cowboys. He’ll never get double-digit targets, but he still could be an effective presence in the red zone.

Charles Clay — I can’t stand the Bills offense, but Clay may be the best receiver that they have right now. He’s always good for about 4-5 catches a week. Look to Clay only if you are desperate or in a BYE week jam.