Welcome to Wavier Wire Tuesday, week five edition.

The 2018 season is still in its early stages and already there are many questions that you need answers to when it comes to your lineup. This week we continue with the dreaded bye weeks in the NFL, luckily there are only two teams on a bye this week: Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The bye weeks will test your fantasy teams depth, your savvy of the waiver wire and your foresight to the weeks ahead. Last week I hope you were able to snag either Tyler Boyd or Nyheim Hines as they both had good weeks.

Now, it's time to see which players I'm targetting this week on your waiver wires, as we've talked about, the waiver wire when used correctly, can be a deadly weapon to the success of your season.

The choice is yours and yours alone. Choose wisely, my friends.

Running Backs:

Nyheim Hines (IND, Owned in 15.6% of ESPN Leagues)

The Indianapolis Colts haven't been a juggernaut with Andrew Luck back under center but they're certainly better with him back there. The running game has been a bit of a mixed bag due to Marlon Mack's foot/hamstring issues and youngster Nyheim Hines could be an interesting play if you're playing in a PPR league. He ran for just ten yards last week but was a weapon for Luck in the passing game as he came up with nine catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns, JACKPOT. Hines is going to be heavily targeted on the waiver wire this week hopefully, you've got the waiver position in order to claim him. The Colts have New England on a short week on the road Thursday, look for Hines to again be a factor through the air as Luck will likely be airing it out and checking it down without his deep threat in T.Y. Hilton.

Mike Davis (SEA, Owned in 0.2% of ESPN Leagues)

Wow, no one saw this one coming. With Chris Carson on the sidelines, you had to figure that the highly drafted Rashaad Penny would get the bulk of the backfield work in Seattle. However, that was not the case as Mike Davis came out of nowhere to have a heavy workload and it seems like Pete Carroll likes him by saying, he'll "fit in somewhere" when Chris Carson returns from a hip injury. Conversely, is Carson continues to struggle with the hip injury it could turn into the Mike Davis show if they truly don't feel Penny is ready to carry the load.

T.J. Yeldon (JAX, Owned in 47% of ESPN Leagues)

Frankly, I'm surprised Yeldon isn't 100% owned by 100% of Leonard Fournette owners by this point in the season. Clearly, the hamstring is giving him issues and will continue to linger as the season continues and that'll open the door wide open for Yeldon who we've talked about several times in this piece. He came into this season more prepared than ever and it's showing with his fantasy production when he's gotten an opportunity. He carried the load on Sunday in a win over the New York Jets (18 carries for 52 yards and a score). Please, do yourself a favor and grab this guy before the Fournette owner in your league does and if you are the Fournette owner, what have you been doing letting this guy sit on the waiver wire!?

Wide Receivers:

Mohammed Sanu (ATL, Owned in 49% of ESPN Leagues)

You know the big name in Julio Jones for the Falcons and the new kid on the block in Calvin Ridley but don't forget about old reliable in Mohammed Sanu. He was quiet in the first two weeks but since Matt Ryan has figured out that he's going to have to air it out to really give his team a chance to win or simply stay in games, Sanu has been good. He's back to back double-digit fantasy point weeks and Atlanta is playing the Pittsburgh Steelers this week who have had a tough time stopping opponents via the air as well. This game could very well turn out to be a shootout and I expect Sanu will be a factor in it.

Ryan Grant (IND, Owned in 11% of ESPN Leagues)

I've got to admit, Ryan Grant has not been great this year but I'm still holding out hope that he'll get things going and I think this might be his week to start. He wasn't bad for you in PPR last week as he reeled in five of seven targets for 64 yards. This came on a day where his teammate T.J. Hilton played less than 50% of the snaps due to a hamstring injury. There's every reason to believe he won't be able to go on a short week where the Colts play on Thursday against New England and that's why I think Grant could have more of an impact. Don't get me wrong, Grant and Hilton are different types of receivers but I think Andrew Luck will just want to keep moving the football, keeping Brady on the sidelines as much as possible. If you're in a deeper league or have some bye's that are hitting you, take a shot on Grant this week.

 

Tight End:

Vance McDonald (PIT, Owned in 31.4% of Leagues)

I think all you need to see is this play by McDonald to want to add him:

If you need a tight end, add Vance McDonald and his powerful strength to your roster, he's proven that he's ready to play a big part in this offense.

DEFENSE:

Tennesse Titans (39.5% Owned in ESPN Leagues)

They're playing the Buffalo Bills this week. That is all.

Best of luck in week five!

 

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