The following players are owned in less than 60% of fantasy football leagues and could present a value to your rosters.
*Availability (% owned) and statistics based on Yahoo! PPR leagues.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (46%) — Taylor got through a tough schedule to start the year and now looks to have smooth sailing ahead of him. He has a bye this week, but gets the Buccaneers (30th against QB’s), Raiders (26th), Saints (27th), Patriots (32nd) (twice) and Colts (28th) in the latter portion of the season.
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts (12%) — This may be the last week that I have Brissett on here, so if you’re streaming QB’s then get him while the gettin’ is good. He takes on the 31st-ranked Def/ST against QB’s (Titans) this week, and he is excelling in plus matchups. Against the Browns and 49ers, Brissett totaled 601 yards of offense, 4 TD’s and 2 turnovers.
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (9%) — His first start of the year was an ugly affair between his Bears and the Vikings. However, we saw plenty of flashes from Trubisky. Not to mention, his teammates didn’t always do their part, racking up penalties and dropped passes. If they can get those things cleaned up, Trubisky will get some legitimate long-term fantasy value. I’ll be clear that this is a stash move, primarily for super-flex or dynasty leagues.
Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (58%) — Allen’s inconsistent involvement in Baltimore’s offense is definitely frustrating but he still warrants a roster spot. He has had 19-plus touches in three games this year, including 25 against the Raiders on Sunday.
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (57%) — Ty Montgomery will be back eventually, but I don’t expect him to completely force Jones out of the lineup. Jones will also now likely be Montgomery’s primary backup over Jamaal Williams. Jones appears to be a better pure running back than Montgomery, so we could see him start to get a bigger role in the run game while Montgomery’s involvement in the passing game also expands.
Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (56%) — Ellington has been a PPR beast so far. Since he started getting more involved in the offense in Week 3, he is averaging 7.7 catches for 70.0 receiving yards per game.
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (39%) — The Giants haven’t had a decent runner in a few years now. Now that Gallman has put two consecutive positive performances together (and all of their WR’s are injured), they need to ride the hot hand. Gallman has only played in the last two games, but he’s got 29 touches for 132 yards and 1 TD. The Giants also don’t have any healthy WR’s, so they’ll likely need to run more.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (29%) — Because of Joe Mixon and Jeremy Hill, Bernard doesn’t get a ton of touches, but he does make plays. In his 30 touches, he averages 8.5 yards. He’s an okay option if you’ve got a lot of injuries or byes.
Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (25%) — You’ve pretty much got to wipe out what McKinnon did earlier this year (18 touches for 66 yards through Weeks 1-4). With Vikings RB1 Dalvin Cook now out for the year, McKinnon is the team’s speed back and best PPR option. Latavius Murray got the bulk of the early-down work initially on Monday, but McKinnon took over later. He had 22 touches (6 catches) for 146 yards and 1 TD.
Elijah McGuire, New York Jets (17%) — Currently, McGuire is worth a spot in deeper leagues. Who knows how long Matt Forte’s turf toe injury will keep him out, but McGuire is a big beneficiary behind Bilal Powell while it does. McGuire has had 25 touches for 161 yards and 1 TD in the last two weeks.
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (9%) — The Colts will undoubtedly have to get Mack more involved. Head coach Chuck Pagano agrees. Mack missed two of the Colts’ five games with a shoulder injury but he’s made a ton of plays in the other three. You could argue that he saved the Colts’ chances of beating the 49ers on Sunday, totaling 93 yards and 1 TD on 10 touches. He’s their only RB capable of taking it to the house at any time.
Allen Hurns (50%) and Marqise Lee (37%), Jacksonville Jaguars — I don’t love this, but they are the team’s top two receiving options. Every fantasy team has to deal with injuries or bye weeks at some point. It doesn’t hurt to roll the dice with a team’s WR1 or WR2. Hurns averages 5.4 targets per game, and Lee averages 6.0.
Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (50%) — Brissett and Moncrief are getting more on the same page as of late, connecting on 8 of their last 9 targets. Moncrief’s stats haven’t been huge, but he’s giving you something every week (PPR) lately. Since Week 3, he is averaging about 8.2 FPPG.
Jaron Brown (48%), John Brown (37%) and J.J. Nelson (33%), Arizona Cardinals — Jaron Brown is a player who, somehow, people are still not talking much about. In PPR leagues, he’s averaging 11.9 FPPG since Week 2. In two of those games, he saw 11 or more targets. John Brown has only played in three games but it hasn’t wavered Carson Palmer’s confidence in the wideout. Palmer has targeted him 7.7 times per game. John Brown hasn’t had that blow-up game yet but he did score Arizona’s only TD against the Eagles on Sunday. Nelson has been the Cardinals’ go-to downfield threat on offense. A hamstring slowed him in Weeks 3 and 4 but outside of those games, he is averaging 4.7 catches (6.3 targets) for 81.0 yards and has scored twice.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (47%) — Kupp may have dropped the would-be game-winning TD on Sunday but that doesn’t take away from his body of work on the season. He is averaging 3.4 catches (5.8 targets) for 46.0 yards and has scored twice.
Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (31%) — Agholor’s production has been rather inconsistent, but he is a big-play threat for the Eagles offense. He has made several impact plays this year, including a 58-yard TD in Week 1 and a 72-yard TD on Sunday against Arizona. He reminds me of DeSean Jackson, who is essentially a boom or bust candidate each week.
Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (31%) — Kearse’s yardage isn’t sexy (10.0 YPC), but he is being consistently targeted (5.8 avg) and has caught 76% of them. He has also scored three times.
Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks (27%) — Here’s another WR that can give you a little something each week. Richardson is averaging 2.8 catches (5.4 targets) for 41.6 yards and has scored twice.
Kendall Wright, Chicago Bears (14%) — Wright was on the list last week as well because of Trubisky taking over at QB. Wright had a decent game on Monday, catching 4-of-5 targets for 46 yards. Early in the game, Trubisky looked comfortable looking Wright’s way in the short to intermediate game.
Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10%) — If you’re ever looking for a sneaky start in your flex, Humphries is a decent option most weeks in PPR leagues. He is currently averaging 4.3 catches (6.3 avg) for 51.8 yards in a high-volume passing offense.
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (8%) — Williams is supposed to finally make his season debut this week. If you’ve got room on your roster for a low-risk/high-reward player, take a look at the 2017 NFL Draft’s seventh overall pick. Philip Rivers has the fifth-most pass attempts (194) in the NFL, so there are targets to go around.
Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (6%) — Doctson is slowly but surely getting worked into Washington’s offense. In the last two games, he has been targeted five times and had a 52-yard TD. The Redskins are coming off of their bye week, so maybe they planned to get Doctson even more involved since Terrelle Pryor isn’t doing much.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (5%) — The Steelers seem to be falling apart, but Smith-Schuster is starting to get his. In the last three weeks, he has 9 catches (16 targets) for 144 yards (16.0) and 1 TD.
Roger Lewis, New York Giants (1%) — I’m not real sure what to expect from Lewis, but he is about to be New York’s WR1 — at least for a week or two — with Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard out. Plus, Eli Manning has the second-most pass attempts (202) in the league so far.
Ricardo Louis, Cleveland Browns (1%) — If Louis were on just about any other team than the Browns, he’d be on more people’s radars. He has been involved all year but picked it up recently. In the last two weeks, he has 10 catches (17 targets) for 135 yards (13.5).
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (47%) — A poor showing in Week 4 and then missing Week 5 with a concussion has dropped Doyle’s ownership a bit. However, I trust that he will rebound, as he’s always been a very reliable player throughout his career. This season, with good TE’s hard to find, just know that Doyle is being targeted by Jacoby Brissett 6.7 times per game.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets (28%) — Three games played, three solid outings (PPR) for Seferian-Jenkins. Josh McCown is obviously comfortable with him, targeting the TE 6.0 times per game. Seferian-Jenkins is averaging 5.0 catches for 35.3 YPG and scored his first TD on Sunday.
Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens (22%) — Watson had his first bad game since Week 1 on Sunday, totaling just 2 catches for 2 yards. However, in the three weeks prior, he had 16 catches (17 targets) for 146 yards and 1 TD.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (14%) — Miller was also on here last week because of Trubisky. Miller answered the call on Monday night, catching 3 balls (7 targets) for 39 yards and 1 TD.
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (7%) — Njoku’s targets don’t really change depending on the QB, but he seems to have a slightly better connection with Kevin Hogan and an overall higher upside. For reference, Njoku’s two TD’s with Hogan have both been from over 20 yards. His one with DeShone Kizer came on the goal line.
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