Add Cameron Brate, Drop LeSean McCoy and Other Add Drops for Week 5

LeSean McCoy Fantasy Hard Knocks


Peyton Barber (56% Yahoo, 65% ESPN)

The Buccaneers are 31st in the league in team rushing, averaging just 72.7 YPG. To top that off the defense is so bad that they are consistently going to need to be throwing the ball over running it week in and week out. Barber is averaging just under 11 attempts per game which is not going to get you any value in fantasy, and with Ronald Jones active for the first time this year saw less attempts than Jones did in his debut. The Bucs are on a bye this week so if you need the spot, drop him without any fear of someone else picking him up.

LeSean McCoy (91% Yahoo, 96% ESPN)

This one may be a little shocking, and most won’t follow through with it but the Bills are B.A.D. bad. In the 3 games he has been active he has seen just 7, 9, and 5 rushing attempts and just 28 YPG. This offensive line is one of the worst in the league, leaving defensive lines to feast in the backfield and surrendering 15 sacks through 4 games. Touchdowns are going to be few and far between on this offense which makes his situation worse. He’s reportedly dealing with cracked rib cartilage and was spotted with a wrap on his hand after the game against the Packers. The negative game scripts are going to give him some value in PPR leagues so if you can trade him instead of cut him do it.


Cameron Brate (23% Yahoo, 11% ESPN)

With Jameis Winston Brate has averaged 3 catches, 40 yards, and .45 touchdowns per contest over the last 2 seasons. He should be the biggest beneficiary with Winston returning. O.J. Howard left the game with a knee injury which could further boost Brate’s value if he should miss any time. In an article I wrote for ArbourPro I looked at Winston’s efficiency via and found he was most efficient in the 7-12 yard range:

Jameis Winston Fantasy Hard Knocks

And you can see, over that same time period, is where Cameron Brate’s targets have spiked:

Cameron Brate Depth Target Fantasy Hard Knocks

Nyheim Hines (12% Yahoo, 14% ESPN)

Early in the off season Nyheim Hines was a guy listed as a deep sleeper all over the internet. Marlon Mack had been lack luster to finish off 2017 and dealing with a shoulder injury. But fumbling issues derailed that early in the preseason and interestingly enough all 3 backs in the Colts backfield sort of fell by the wayside. Hines is quietly seen 52% of the offensive snaps and 21 targets. And he’s actually been very efficient in the passing game:

Nyhiem Hines Fantasy Hard Knocks Catch Rate

Right now he’s playing the Chris Thompson, Theo Riddick, James White type role but if Jordan Wilkins and Mack remain ineffective (or injured) Hines role could absolutely expand. He looks to be the best dart throw of the bunch, especially in PPR leagues and could be a gem in a running back wasteland so far on the waiver wire.

Ito Smith(4% Yahoo, 2% ESPN)

You’re sick of hearing his name and I get it but he’s so lowly owned I have to keep adding him here. He’s seeing about a 70/30 split with Tevin Coleman on snaps and creeping up to a 50% share of touches basically splitting targets with Coleman. He was also the more efficient runner in week 4. With Devonta Freeman out, he’s a worthy stash in a high upside offense.

Geronimo Allison (44% Yahoo, 41% ESPN)

With a hamstring injury for Randall Cobb, Allison filled in nicely posting 6 catches for 80 yards on 11 targets. Hamstring injuries are known to linger which should give Allison a chance to cement his role in this offense if Cobb needs another week to heal. The Packers have a nice upcoming schedule as well facing the Lions, 49ers, Rams(secondary injuries), Patriots, Dolphins, and Seahawks through week 11 giving him immediate value to your lineup if you need a wide receiver.

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