If you manage a team in an 8 or 10-team family league and you need a win over your nephew this week…hey, cool. Head on over to the Week 6 position ranks to resolve your JuJu-vs.-Diggs dilemma. We’ve got you covered. The pickups we’re about to discuss, on the other hand, are not relevant in your league. Today, we’re reviewing a six-pack of potential adds for deep fantasy formats — think 14-or-more teams, many flexes and/or super-flexes. If you play in a mega-league, these names are viable options…
Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta (vs. TB, 3% owned)
Smith has found the end-zone in back-to-back games despite limited workloads. Devonta Freeman is dealing with multiple injuries at the moment, so Ito could see a significant uptick in touches in a friendly home matchup with Tampa Bay. The Bucs have been respectable enough against the run in terms of yards-allowed, but they’ve given up a league-worst 34.8 points per game. Smith, a fourth-round rookie from Southern Mississippi, was a hugely productive player at the collegiate level, topping 1600 scrimmage yards with 40-plus receptions in three straight seasons. He also gave us one of the season’s most impressive inside runs, shedding Luke Kuechly back in Week 2. He’s a quality runner carving out a non-trivial role in an excellent offense.
Kyle Juszczyk, RB, San Francisco (at GB, 2% owned)
Juszczyk caught six balls for 75 yards last week, playing 66 percent of the offensive snaps for the Niners. Matt Breida (ankle) almost certainly won’t be in the backfield mix for San Francisco this week, leaving Juszczyk as the team’s best receiving RB. He’s a viable PPR flex in deeper leagues; game flow is likely to favor him at Green Bay.
Chad Kelly, QB, Denver (vs. LAR, 0% owned)
Obviously Kelly is not an add you need to seriously consider unless you’re playing in a two-quarterback league, but it’s worth noting that Denver head coach Vance Joseph sounds ready to make significant changes:
“Everything’s being considered,” Joseph said. “It’s all being considered. We’re still watching tape and figuring out what’s the best course of action. It’s all being considered.”
Presumably, “all” would include a change a QB. Case Keenum was mostly a mess in last week’s loss to the Jets, despite the lofty yardage total (377). He’s failed to throw a TD pass in three of five games so far while tossing seven picks. Not good.
You might recall that Kelly had a terrific preseason, completing 40 of 60 throws for 466 yards, three scores and two INTs. The former Ole Miss gunslinger has plenty of arm…
— NFL (@NFL) August 19, 2018
…and he’s never lacked confidence or aggressiveness. If the Broncos drop a fourth straight game and Keenum produces another dud, it’s tough to believe we won’t seen Kelly at some point this month — possibly next Thursday at Arizona, or the following week at KC. Denver’s second-half schedule is full of appealing matchups including the Niners, Browns and Raiders in Weeks 14-16.
Niles Paul, TE, Jacksonville (at Dal, 3% owned)
Paul was targeted nine times on Sunday, catching seven balls for 65 yards. It’s been a tricky year for tight ends outside the top-tier (plus Ebron), so anyone seeing significant target share is worth a look. Paul should continue to have a meaningful role following news that Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been placed on IR with a core muscle injury.
Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis (at NYJ, 8% owned)
Rogers has drawn a whopping 22 targets over the past two games, hauling in 16 passes for 151. Yet there he is, still owned in only 8 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues. We’ve hyped him here a time or two, so it’s not as if he’s received no attention. His value will take a hit whenever T.Y. Hilton (chest, hamstring) returns, but he’s no lock to see the field this week.
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans (bye, 5% owned)
OK, no, Smith cannot help you in Week 6, as the Saints are on bye. But he’s a well-hyped rookie coming off a two-touchdown game and tied to an elite offense. Ted Ginn has been dealing with a multi-week knee injury, leading to opportunities for Smith. The kid offers good size (6-foot-2) and obvious play-making ability, plus his head coach has been talking him up for weeks.