Nease’s Insights—Week 5: Major Injuries & Waiver Wire Pickups

Well, Week 4 was AMAZING! I have six teams and I must say; this week was like a fantasy football prime buffet. Every time I looked up, one of my players was getting points. Over the first quarter of the season I believe we are seeing record high fantasy scoring across the board. I have seen lots of 40+ points games for players and several 200+ team points games already. The overall scores in many matches are incredibly high.

Yet, all that really does is make a higher score required to win. Good teams are scoring record-setting points and the margins of victory are at cruel levels—50, 75 and 100+ margins of victory are commonplace. Personally, I believe this is the result of the new powder puff tackling rules, as well as the continuing effort to protect QBs.

I have added this to my list of things I want to analyze and evaluate. Another thing I want to see is how the Top 36 players in the ADP rankings are actually doing and conversely, what was the ADP ranking for the Top 36 RBs and WRs from a current scoring perspective. I will exclude QBs and TEs from this because they should, for the most part, not figure into the first three rounds of the draft.

Unfortunately, with all the excitement and joy we fantasy owners shared over the weekend, the injury toll was even higher than usual. Not only was the aggregate total of injured players who are out expanded significantly, but the injured and still playing list is mounting too. Here are players knocked off the field in Week 4:

  • RB Leonard Fournette, JAC Hamstring, Status: to be determined
  • WR Dante Pettis, SF Knee, Status: to be determined
  • WR T.Y. Hilton, IND Hamstring, Status: to be determined
  • WR Travis Benjamin, LAC Foot, Status: too be determined
  • WR Will Fuller, HOU Hamstring, Status: too be determined
  • WR Geronimo Allison, GB Concussion: day to day
  • WR Tavon Austin, DAL Shoulder, Status: too be determined
  • TE Tyler Eifert, CIN Broken Foot, Status: out for the season
  • TE Will Dissly, SEA Torn Patella Tendon, Status: out for the season
  • TE Rob Gronkowski, NE Ankle, Status: to be determined
  • TE O.J. Howard, TB Knee, Status: to be determined

The QB and RB carnage rate slowed down, but the casualty list of WRs and TEs grew significantly. Fournette and Fuller are back on the list a second time. Players who have been hurt are risky to put into your lineups. How many of you got burned by playing Leonard Fournette (4.5 Pts.) or Doug Baldwin (9.1 Pts) in week 4? Usually, I follow a personal rule of not playing injured players, depending on the severity of their respective injuries, in their first games back. Yes, sometimes I may lose a good score and a game, but more often than not, it leaves me better off.

With the overall injury count mounting, the waiver wire is becoming more of a necessity, instead of just a luxury. Going into Week 5 with injury holes in our lineups, we are also confronted by what to do with having the Bears and Buccaneers on bye:

Here are 33 waiver possibilities to help you out. By the nature of the game we play, some of these names may not be available in all leagues. Over the next 2-3 weeks, I would cut unproductive players who are wasting a spot on your rosters. Many of us just worry about having enough starters. A strong bench will come to your rescue as the season goes on.

  • QB Baker Mayfield, CLE
  • QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI
  • QB Joe Flacco, BAL
  • RB Nyheim Hines, IND
  • RB Matt Breida, SF
  • RB T. J. Yelden, JAC
  • RB Tarik Cohen, CHI
  • RB Aaron Jones. GB
  • RB Mike Davis, SEA
  • RB Sony Michel, NE
  • RB Ty Montgomery, GB
  • RB Wendall Smallwood, PHI
  • RB Ito Smith, ATL
  • RB Nick Chubb, CLE
  • WR Keke Coutee, HOU
  • WR Sterling Shepard, NYG
  • WR Cory Davis, TEN
  • WR Dede Westbrook, JAC
  • WR Jordy Nelson. OAK
  • WR Taylor Gabriel, CHI
  • WR Mike Williams, LAC
  • WR Phillip Dorsett, NE
  • WR Ryan Grant, IND
  • WR Willie Snead, TEN
  • WR Taywan Taylor
  • WR Ryan Switzer, PIT
  • WR Justin Pascal, IND
  • TE Vance McDonald, PIT
  • TE Eric Ebron, IND
  • TE Geoff Swain, DAL
  • TE David Njoku, CLE
  • TE Cameron Brate, TB
  • TE Nick Vannett, SEA

Some of these players may have been drafted and the cut because of slow starts. I suggest using your maximum waiver moves and if you can, keep making moves to continue bolstering your depth each and evert week. You can never have too strong of a team or relax your level of intensity. There is plenty of time to rest after the season ends. We will all rest even better with some trophies and bragging rights. Then, we will put that all behind us and start it all again in 2019. That my friends is the nature of this game we are all in love with.

We are now starting to move smoothly through the 2018 season. All of us at Big Guy Fantasy Sports are intent on helping you become the champions you want to be. With our poignant articles and being the home base for the consistency theory, a sound, mathematically-based alternative to ADP, we will be with you for the 2018 season in its entirety. What happens then? That my friends, is easy. We start over and do it all again in 2019!

Over the years many readers have contacted me personally for fantasy football questions throughout the year. I look forward to helping you in your quest to win championships this year. You can contact me by email with any questions you may have on fantasy football generally, or on consistency specifically, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow me on Twitter @mikeinsights, or join me as a member of Couch Tomatoes, my fantasy football discussion group on Facebook.

Good luck! Have fun!

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