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In this segment we will be reviewing some of the top scorers from Week 5 who are under 50% owned in ESPN leagues. We will be taking a look at their production from Week 5 and analyzing whether or not we think that they have much value going forward.
Smith exploded in Week 5 against the Redskins, racking up three receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns. In PPR leagues, Smith posted 26.1 points, which was among the top 5 scorers at the WR position overall. He’s available in almost all leagues, being 0.9% owned, but it’s difficult to see him sustaining any of that value going forward. Outside of Monday night’s outing, Smith had just 2.8 fantasy points in PPR formats, and while he showed his grit on Monday, it’s highly unlikely that he puts up another double-digit performance.
Synopsis: Trash – don’t waste an add on Smith. Brees has too many mouths to feed in New Orleans and he typically will not be one of the primary targets in their passing game.
Robby Anderson has a lot of upside, but his floor is extremely low, as we have seen throughout the first five weeks of Jets football. He failed to produce much value in Weeks 1-4, but in Week 5 he found the end zone on two of his three receptions, including a 76-yard touchdown. Anderson is purely a one-trick pony, but he is elite on go-routes and his athletic ability makes him capable of torching secondaries for long touchdowns. Sam Darnold is starting to look his way more, as he led the Jets with five targets this week, so perhaps Anderson can start to return some of the value that saw him drafted with an ADP of 89.3. As Darnold gets more comfortable throwing deep balls, Anderson could regain his value. In Week 5 he snagged three receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He’s only owned in 41.9% of leagues right now, so he could be a viable option on this week’s waiver wire.
Synopsis: Treasure – Anderson is a boom/bust player, as if the deep ball isn’t thrown his way, he doesn’t offer much value. But he is capable of turning a disappointing outing into a fantastic one on just a single play. He would be a solid plug-in when your team has a receiver or two on a BYE week.
Current Ownership: 41.9%
Smallwood has been making the most of his opportunities this year as he has been effective in the passing game for the Eagles. With Jay Ajayi likely out for the remainder of the season, Smallwood will be a sought after commodity on the waiver wire as his touches should increase dramatically. He has three receptions in each of his last three outings and should continue to have a role in the Eagles offense going forward. He’s averaging 6.0 yards per carry this season and while that number doesn’t seem sustainable, Smallwood should be on the radar of every fantasy owner in need of RB help. He will be competing with Corey Clement for carries but his production thus far has warranted a healthy uptick in touches for the remainder of the season. In PPR leagues, Smallwood put up more than 18 points for the second time this season and with his increase in workload it’s possible that he continues to produce double-digit performances.
Synopsis: Treasure- RB is shallow this season and finding one with value off the waiver wire has proven to be difficult. Smallwood could be a beneficial pickup for those lacking depth at the position and his production is likely to trend upwards from here on out.
Current Ownership: 7.7%
Lamar Miller has been somewhat of a bust this season and after sitting out Week 5, Alfred Blue took over the primary back duties. Blue ran the ball 20 times against the Cowboys, and while he only picked up 46 yards on the ground he played a major role in the passing game. Blue was targeted eight times and caught all of the passes thrown his way for 73 yards. He was up against a premier rush defense last week so his 2.3 yards per carry can be somewhat overlooked. Miller looks to be losing his grip on the Texans RB role and Blue is the next guy in line. 28 touches is more than Lamar Miller has seen in a single game all season, so perhaps the Texans feel that Blue may be the more dependable option.
Synopsis: Treasure (in deep leagues) – Alfred Blue could be a viable play in deeper leagues and if you’re a Lamar Miller owner I would be rushing to scoop him off the wire.
Current Ownership: 15.6%
Week 5 wasn’t the first time that the Packers rookie saw a lot of game action, but it’s the first time that he was productive for Green Bay. Valdes-Scantling received 10 targets against the Lions and caught 7 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. His uptick in targets (he had 5 targets on the season prior to Week 5) was largely due to the absence of Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, so it’s unlikely that the rookie WR will sustain even close to this level of production. In PPR leagues he put up 19.8 fantasy points, and unless Cobb and Allison remain inactive, it’s hard to imagine him performing like that again, as there are simply too many superior receiving options on the Packers.
Synopsis: Trash – Scantling was a one-week wonder, barring further injury to the Packers receiving core. While he was effective this week, Rodgers will most likely not be looking his way 10 times in a game again.
Current Ownership: 3.2%