We are already 4 weeks through the season and I’m bummed because this season is flying by! Regardless, we have some sneaky players worth picking up this week. This weeks waiver wire article will be a little bit different. I’m going to list more than the average 2-3 players I typically do but instead list numerous players with a shorter reasoning. Let’s get straight to it.
QB: Blake Bortles (ESPN: 18.1% – @dylanticeff)
Last week we told you to start and stream Andy Dalton and this week, it’s Blake Bortles’ turn. I know it sounds downright impossible, but Blake Bortles has been a top-5 QB over his last 10 games, which is a solid sample size. Factor in potentially no Leonard Fournett, which will likely make him throw the ball more, and a matchup against the suspect Kansas City Chiefs D, and you got a solid streamer.
QB: Jameis Winston (ESPN: 8.4% –@dylanticeff)
Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on a bye week this week, Winston is more of a longterm grab in your leagues. When healthy, Winston is a legitimate fantasy stud. He has all the easy matchups and skill players to get the job done and has a chance of being a top-10 fantasy QB the rest of the way.
RB: Nyheim Hines (ESPN: 15.6% –@dylanticeff)
This guy is sneaky good. Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins both have played with a high level of incompetence this season and Hines has played his part. The rookie quietly has 22 catches already this season and with the terrible Indianapolis Colts defense, Andrew Luck could be throwing it 60 times a game this year.
RB: Ronald Jones II (ESPN: 17.9% –@dylanticeff)
I have ZERO clues why it took this long to get the Buccaneers 2nd round pick on the field. Everyone despises ROJO because of his preseason play but the Buccaneers OL was doing him no favors. Peyton Barber has been wildly inefficient and I fully expect ROJO to be the starting back for this team when they return from their bye week on week 6. Pick him up and be ahead of the curve before others find out!
Side Note: No I’m not interested in Nick Chubb or Duke Johnson.
WR: Keke Coutee (ESPN: 0.4% –@dylanticeff)
Coutee kicked off his career with 11 receptions on a whopping 15 targets. We obviously can’t expect that or anything close to it every game, but with Will Fuller injured, Coutee is a must-start if Fuller misses time because Deshaun Watson can’t just throw to Deandre Hopkins. I’m a big fan of his game and compared him to Emmanuel Sanders during my NFL Draft scouting.
WR: Taywan Taylor (ESPN: 3.9% –@dylanticeff)
With Rishard Matthews gone from the team, Taylor is now finally getting his share of work. Taylor established himself as the teams WR2 with 9 targets, 7 catches for 77 yards. The huge thing is if Marcus Mariota can stay healthy. He won’t be a weekly must start, but will be a good streamer on some weeks with positive matchups.
WR: Courtland Sutton (ESPN: 10.7% -@fanduel_bomb)
Let me tell you this, the buzz around this guy’s name would be completely different had he caught those 2 TD looks last night. What’s really encouraging is that he was involved in 70% of the snap counts. He continues to get 4-6 passes from Keenum as the WR3 which is huge and if Thomas or Sanders were to get injured, his role would skyrocket. I’m keeping my eyes on Sutton and putting him on my bench for when that day happens. If you are in a deep 14 team league, pick him up.
Side Note: Also consider Ryan Grant & Zach Pascal if TY Hilton is indeed out for Thursday’s game.
TE: Vance McDonald (ESPN: 31.4% –@dylanticeff)
Who would have thought that coming into week 5 of the season, I would be recommending to grab Mcdonald off waivers. He’s slowly been playing more snaps than Jesse James and is a bully with his yards after the catch. I like him being the third option playmaker on this Pittsburgh Steelers offense and not to mention he has a juicy matchup against the Falcons at home.
TE: Cameron Brate (ESPN: 10.6% -@fanduel_bomb)
This one is a gem. As you all know, Jameis Winston is the confirmed starter for Week 6 and OJ Howard is out with an injury for 2-4 weeks. This is the perfect combination of news to jumpstart Brate’s into fantasy relevancy again. With the established chemistry and opportunity there, I consider Cameron Brate to be a consistent top 10 TE for the time being. Yes, he’s on a BYE, but take advantage now before people remember next week.