Week 5 Street FA Report

Updated: October 3rd 2018

Each week we will recommend a group of players that are owned in less than 50% of RSO league that should be rostered. Depending on roster and league sizes not all of these players may be available. For that, we will offer 1 player that is owned in <10% of leagues as our Sleeper add.

Byes: Chicago, Tampa Bay

Add of the Week

Taylor Gabriel, WR – CHI (Owned 24.5%)

Week 4: 7 Rec/ 104 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Car/10 yards

Gabriel was a player I featured two weeks ago but his ownership levels barely rose. After a 30 point PPR performance last week it is unlikely that he will remain this low. Unfortunately, he and the rest of the Bears are on the bye in week 5 after having a huge offensive showing in week 4 but maybe that will keep some from putting in a claim. Gabriel isn’t going to be getting many multi-touchdown games going forward but he has established himself as a clear target that Mitchell Trubisky is looking for in the passing game. If Anthony Miller misses any additional games coming out the bye that just means more targets for Gabriel going forward.

Suggested Bid: $3,000,000 – $5,000,000

RB Add

Mike Davis, RB – SEA (Owned 2.8%)

Week 4: 21 Car/101 yards, 2 TDs, 4 Rec/23 yards

Bill Belichick may get a lot of flak for being ruthless with his deployment of running backs in his offensive game plan but at least when he takes an RB in the first round (Sony Michel) he actually uses him. Pete Carroll took Rashaad Penny in the first but he and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have sparingly used him, instead favoring Chris Carson and now Mike Davis more. After Davis’ 100-yard game last week Carroll has said that he will remain in the rotation even when Carson returns to the line-up. It is tough to see all of these runners being consistent contributors in a given week but with injuries being a real problem it’s worth a shot to see if Davis has some more decent games ahead of him.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,000,000

Wendell Smallwood, RB – PHI (Owned 31%)

Week 4: 5 Car/39 yards, 3 Rec/15 yards

 

Sproles and Clement were out this past week which allowed for Wendell Smallwood to operate as the second option behind Jay Ajayi. He didn’t have a huge stat line but he provided enough that if Ajayi’s own injury flares up mid-game he could be a deep play in some leagues hurting for RBs. At a minimum, if Sproles and/or Clement are held out for games moving forward Smallwood should have some PPR value based on how he was used against the Titans last week. He had more targets than Ajayi in the receiving game despite being on the field for significantly fewer plays.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Keke Coutee, WR – HOU (Owned 48.5%)

Week 4: 11 Rec/109 yards, 2 Car/-2 yards

Keke Coutee was a frequent third-round selection in rookie drafts this offseason but had been invisible due to injury for the first three weeks. He had quite the first showing though as he tied for the most targets in week 4 with fifteen, catching eleven! At 5’10” Coutee is the prototypical slot receiver that will gobble up the underneath targets. With Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins garnering all the attention of defenses deep and on the outside, Coutee will continue to find open areas underneath the coverage and should have a stable target share each week. Maybe not fifteen targets stable but enough that in leagues that start 4+ WR/Flex he might become a starting staple in a week or two. If he wasn’t draft in your league now is the time to grab him and see how he develops. As for trading, while buying after a big week is always a tough thing to do it may be advantageous to get in before he has another couple of solid games and becomes too expensive.

 Suggested Bid: $3,000,000 – $6,000,000 or a 2nd round

TE Add

Geoff Swaim, TE – DAL (Owned 7%)

Week 4: 3 Rec/39 yards, 1 TD

Dallas’ offense is brutal this season outside of Zeke Elliot. Still, like my take on Deonte Thompson last week someone has to catch the ball outside of Cole Beasley. Geoff Swaim has been the second most targeted Dallas receiver (16) through the first month. He also has five times more targets than the rest of the TEs combined so he doesn’t have much coming up behind him to steal targets. Swaim is no Jason Witten and this offense is not going to score as they did two years ago but in a league where week-to-week production at the TE position is limited to a handful of players, it doesn’t hurt to have a team’s clear number one. Especially for teams that had Eifert/Walker lost for the season, you could do worse than Swaim.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,000,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Chester Rogers, WR – IND (Owned 4.6%)

Week 4: 8 Rec/85 yards

Chester Rogers is a name that many have likely cursed as a player that has stolen relevant points from other Colts receivers in past seasons but he could have standalone value, at least for a couple of weeks with T.Y. Hilton injured. At least with having to play on the short week on Thursday Rogers will be the number two receiver for one game which means if you’re in a jam he could be a Hail Mary option for week 5 and any future weeks that T.Y. is inactive. The Colts are a pass first, second, and third down team so there should be plenty of looks from Andrew Luck, especially if they find themselves trailing like they have through much of this season.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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