Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets: Nyheim Hines the Headliner

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Nyheim Hines has been a weapon for the Indianapolis Colts. | Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

If your fantasy football roster has left something to be desired through three weeks, fear not, there is plenty of time left to salvage your 2018 season. In fact, history has proven that it’s nearly impossible to win a fantasy football championship without successfully navigating the waiver wire.

Starting this week, fantasy owners have to start planning ahead for bye weeks and finding injury replacement. Rather than waiting until the week of or gameday, it would be wise to start adjusting your roster now to avoid any potential disastrous situations.

As we head into Week 5, we have identified a handful of players worth targeting on waivers. Here’s what we came up with.

Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts running back situation is going to frustrate fantasy owners all year long. That said, Hynes has definite value if you play in a full-point or half-point PPR league.

Through four games, Hines has been targeted 26 times, catching 22 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Add in his 18 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown, and you have a solid fantasy performer.

Hines won’t be confused with Alvin Kamara anytime soon, but he is quickly becoming a viable option at running back.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In case you haven’t already noticed, the tight end position is incredibly thin when it comes to fantasy production and potential.

With O.J. Howard out for at least 2-4 weeks, Brate will be the primary tight end in Tampa Bay’s pass-heavy offense. If you are looking for a quick fix, consider adding the former Harvard standout for Week 5.

Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

While McDonald will have to compete for targets with Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Jessie James, there is no denying his connection with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

McDonald is a bit of a boom-or-bust player, but we still expect him to see at least five targets per week going forward.

Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Eifert suffered a gruesome injury in Week 4, ending his 2018 season. Kroft is in line to take his place in Cincinnati’s starting lineup.

Don’t expect massive production here, but Kroft could easily see around five targets per week going forward.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos

Sutton’s production in his first four NFL games has been modest (20 targets, 8 catches, 142 yards), but his big-play potential is undeniable.

The for SMU standout clearly has the trust of quarterback Case Keenum on downfield and red zone throws, and it’s only a matter of time before his role in Denver’s offense grows. If you have a roster spot available, we would recommend picking up and stashing Sutton.

Honorable Mention: 

    • Nick Vannett
    • Hayden Hurst
    • Taylor Gabriel
    • Dede Westbrook

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