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Waiver Wire Add/Drop Report – Week 5 – 2018

Waiver Wire Add/Drop Report Week #5
by: Fred Schell

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Add – Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens finally did it, they marched into Pennsylvania and took down the Steelers. Flacco took the reins and had his biggest week since week one with 363 yards and two scores. His 109.5 passer rating was one of the leagues best. Honestly I think Flacco is criminally underrated as a starting QB in this league and should be at least a backup in every league. This is the first year in a long time he has had weapons and he has put them to good use. John Brown has been my flex player for a few weeks now and I’m not looking back. With 8 TDs against only 2 INTs, I think we should get used to the new Flacco. If my starter (Goff) goes down, I am confident with Flacco as his replacement.


  • Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
  • Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Mitch Trubisky Chicago Bears

Drop – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Well the era of Fitzmagic is over for now. Jameis Winston took back his offense late in the game as Tampa Bay ate defeat and dropped to 2-2. Now with the play of Winston, I wouldn’t be surprised if Fitzpatrick took back over eventually, but it seems for the time being, Jameis is the starter. As somebody who sank a second round pick on Mike Evans this year, I don’t trust Jameis just yet, but lets hope for the best.

Running Backs:

Add – Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts

This was a pick I wasn’t expecting to make, but after a breakout week I decided to do some digging into Hines. Hines has been a third down back that seemingly is trusted by Luck more and more each week. He had a career high 9 catches for 11 targets and two receiving touchdowns, making him a really solid flex player if he can maintain this kind of production. His ground production is lacking due partially to a poor offensive line, but hopefully Luck will continue to rely on his new pass catching back. He is worth the pickup in PPR leagues as I see the Colts playing catch up more often than not.


  • TJ Yeldon Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Nick Chubb Cleveland Browns

Drop – Alfred Morris, San Francisco 49ers

I like CJ Beathard, I really do. I just don’t trust that offense right now. With the emergence of Matt Breida, I don’t think there is enough room for Morris in the offense. He will have good weeks here and there, but he will not be consistent enough to take a spot in your lineup. In my 12 man PPR league I actually dropped him this week. I just feel like there are better players that can take up that spot as Morris is a TD dependent play.

Wide Receiver:

Add – DeDe Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars

It was a really tough call for receivers this week. I picked Westbrook just because he has the most upside. He has a lot of ability that is just starting to develop. Despite only having one TD this year so far, he did pull off 130 receiving and 11 rushing yards in Week 4. Despite his inconsistencies, Westbrook has some serious talent that the Jags are just now beginning to uncover. Bortles love his crossing routes and Westbrook is the receipent that can take those short catches and turn them into big gains. He is the receiver to own in Duval.


  • Taylor Gabriel Chicago Bears
  • Donte Moncrief Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jakeem Grant Miami Dolphins
  • Chris Godwin Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Antonio Callaway Cleveland Browns
  • Keke Coutee Houston Texans

Drop – Chris Hogan, New England Patriots

The Patriots offense came back to life this week in a TORCHING of the Dolphins in front of their home crowd. I really hate putting a Patriot receiver here, but the truth is Julian Edelman is coming back. I know I made a big deal about Josh Gordon and his debut wasn’t very memorable, but his presence is still relevant. Edelman is a known quantity and he is Tom Brady’s favorite target. Between Gronk, Edelman and Gordon, I don’t think Hogan will have enough targets to be relevant week in and week out. He can be dropped in your leagues.

Tight Ends:

Add – Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OJ Howard came on really strong in the first couple of games, and because of people’s short term fantasy memory people have forgotten all about Cameron Brate. He has been a solid fantasy TE pulling in 14 TDs in 2016 and 17 combined. This year he already has two. Another factor that we cannot overlook is his clear rapport with returning starter Jameis Winston. That alone is enough to be the start of the week…. a little birdie named Adam Scheftner reported that OJ Howard will miss 2-4 weeks with a MCL sprain, making Brate a must add.


  • Geoff Swaim Dallas Cowboys
  • Vance McDonald Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Tyler Kroft Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jeff Heuerman Denver Broncos

Drop – Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

Ready to be shocked? Tyler Eifert is hurt again! I bet that doesn’t really shock you. Eifert is a really talented TE and an excellent fantasy option, however injuries have always been the concern and this time a lower right leg injury seems to have put his comeback hopes on hold for awhile. TE is top heavy enough as it is with all the injuries around the league, so hurry up and grab a tight end mentioned above before they’re gone in your leagues.


Add – New Orleans Saints

The Saints def had a surprising rough start given how much talent on that side of the ball. Finally they seemed to be shaking the rust off. They had a pretty solid showing against a pretty stacked Giants offense. I wouldn’t just throw all caution to the wind and drop your defense if you have a good one, but if you have a spot on your bench it’s a good defense to sit on and watch.

Drop – Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles were expected to be one of the dominant defenses in the NFL. They haven’t been the defense we were hoping for so far this year, and honestly their are a lot of better defenses available. I like the Eagles, but I don’t think their defense is the best for fantasy football. They allow big plays in the passing game each week and can not be trusted right now.



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