Chris Hogan (65% Yahoo, 70% ESPN)
This one pains me, and I’m slightly worried it will come back to bite me in the ass but Tom Brady just isn’t looking Hogan’s way, even when he’s wide open and with just a 55% catch rate you can’t really blame him. With Julian Edelmans return, the rest of his weapons healthy, and another week under Josh Gordon’s belt it’s making it harder and harder to trust Hogan in any fantasy lineup. I wouldn’t be opposed to holding him one more week, but if he can’t produce against a terrible Chiefs defense it’s time to say goodbye.
Jamaal Williams (41% Yahoo, 49% ESPN)
I’m making room on my roster for another higher upside player and letting go of Williams, perhaps a little early. Williams averaged 5.5 yards per carry this week on just 6 carries against a terrible Lions rush defense but outside of that has been lack luster. Meanwhile, Aaron Jones is still averaging 6 YPC since his return. In a 3 headed backfield I’m backing Jones.
Baker Mayfield (37% Yahoo, 38% ESPN)
Mayfield has had two so-so games, averaging just 14.9 fantasy points per game but his passing yardage has been there and he now gets 5 straight startable games against the Chargers, Buccaneers, Steelers, Chiefs, and Falcons all who rank in the bottom 11 in passing defense so far this year. There are a lot of quarterbacks that you can start each week which makes streaming very easy but Mayfield is my top option due to his schedule and ability to be able to set it and forget it for 5 weeks and focus on other pieces of your lineup.
Cameron Brate (29% Yahoo, 17% ESPN)
Brate was an early add last week with low 23% and 11% ownership numbers. He now sits at 29% and 17% and should make an immediate impact against an extremely weak Falcons defense. With Jameis Winston Brate has averaged 3 catches, 40 yards, and .45 touchdowns per contest over the last 2 seasons. He also sees plus matchups against the Browns and Bengals in weeks 7 and 8.
D.J. Moore (19% Yahoo, 14% ESPN)
The D.J. Moore hype train fell off a cliff after the Panthers basically refused to use him through the first 3 games. He saw just 5 receptions in those 3 games and 25% of snaps in weeks 1 and 2 which bumped to 49% in week 3. In week 5 he saw 41% but was targeted 4 times catching all 4 for 49 yards. His breakout game is coming and should be rostered prior to week 7 when he sees the Eagles.
Christian Kirk (9% Yahoo, 11% ESPN)
Kirk is quickly becoming a favorite of Josh Rosen averaging 4.8 targets per game while Larry Fitzgerald is only averaging 5.4. Meanwhile Kirk has caught 79% of his passes while Fitzgerald is just at 63%. Kirk is getting boosted by some deep catches and he’s certainly not going to see volume or many high upside opportunities in the near future but he will have a decent floor and fill in potential as the bye weeks hit us and he sees consistently good matchups including the 49ers twice, Vikings, Chiefs, Chargers, and Falcons.
LeGarrette Blount (12% Yahoo, 13% ESPN)
Blount continues to split carries evenly with Kerryon Johnson in an offense that is averaging over 25 points per game and he’s also seeing the goal line work which is making him slightly more valuable. I love Johnson and he’s clearly the more efficient runner but Matt Patricia is clearly employing a Patriots backfield by committee tactic that is going to drive fantasy owners nuts. The Lions will see the Dolphins and Seahawks the next two weeks which should pay dividends if you need a fill in back.