Wednesday, October 7, 2015


By Will Hoover

It doesn’t seem like it but we’re already at the quarter point in the NFL season. Some big names in the

have already been bitten by the injury bug. The waiver wire has been stocked with talent from backups

thrust into action to prospects making an impact. Whatever your need the waiver wire has supplied.

This week is no different with some impact players making the list. I’ll list players below by name,

position, percentage of ownership in ESPN leagues and their week 5 opponent.

1) Duke Johnson Jr: RB, 49.6% ownership, WK5 vs Balt

Unbelievably rookie Randy “Duke” Johnson is still available in half ESPN leagues. Johnson was drafted in

the 3rd round out of Miami where he was first team all ACC as a senior and won the Brian Piccolo

award. Not the traditional NFL RB size Johnson is only 5’9” and 207lbs so to make him the bell cow back

wouldn’t be wise. The Browns have figured out the best way to use Johnson. Starting in week 3 they

used him more in passing situations where he had 6 catches for 32 yards. In week 4 Duke was a huge

part of the passing game getting 9 receptions for 85 yards and a TD. The Browns will continue to use

Johnson as a weapon in the passing game and he’ll surely have more big weeks to come. Add Johnson

for a flex play and RB depth on your roster.

2) Allen Hurns: WR, 11.3% ownership, WK5 @ TB

The Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns benefitted from Colts pro bowl CB Vontae Davis covering Allen

Robinson in week 4. After Vontae Davis the Colts secondary is thin and was exposed by Hurns for 11

catches, 116 yards and 1 TD in the Jaguars week 4 overtime loss. Hurns and Jaguars QB Blake Bortles

have had chemistry since Hurns joined the team as an undrafted rookie last season. Since Allen

Robinson will continue to draw the coverage of opposing teams top defensive back Hurns will be left

one on one with lesser talents. Expect to see Hurns continue to be heavily involved in the offense and

will have more games similar to week 4.

3) Antonio Andrews: RB, 6.7% ownership, WK5 vs Buff

The Titans underwhelming backfield is hard to project week to week. So far we’ve seen Bishop Sankey,

Dexter McCluster, Terrance West and now Antonio Andrews all have had considerable carries. In week 3

it was Andrews who got the majority of the carries rushing for a team high 12 times for 49 yards and 1

TD. At 5’10” and 225lbs Andrews is a swift footed big back who’s been compared to the Bengals Jeremy

Hill. Andrews was a standout high school QB who converted to RB while playing at Western Kentucky in

the Sun Belt conference. Andrews dominated the competition while at Western Kentucky winning

numerous awards and finishing with 3,674 career rushing yards. After going undrafted in 2014 Andrews

signed with the Titans and remained on their practice squad. This preseason Andrews impressed the

Titans coaches enough to put him in the RB mix once he recovered from a bum hamstring. Titans

coaches have stated they will go with the hot hand approach going forward, so Andrews very easily

could become the Titans #1 RB if he continues to play up to his potential.

4) Rueben Randle: WR, 36.8% ownership, WK5 vs SF

Averaging 13 standard fantasy points over the past two weeks Rueben Randle is worth adding to most

fantasy rosters. The Giants need Randle to continue to produce as the 2nd receiver opposite of Odell

Beckham Jr. With Victor Cruz still recovering from a long term injury the job is Randle’s for the

foreseeable future. Once the Giants passing attack hits full stride Randle could be a solid fantasy starter,

for now though he’s likely a bye week fill in or a potential flex play.

5) Tavon Austin: WR, 10.9% ownership, WK5 @GB

This diminutive (5”9”, 174lbs) WR has had a hard time securing a steady role on the Rams offense since

being drafted with the 8th pick of the first round in 2013. This year the Rams are making it a point to

involve the speedy (4.25/40) WR. While still a special team’s ace, Austin has seen an increase in

offensive snaps not only at WR but also at RB. Austin’s playmaking ability was on display in week 4

where he had 6 receptions for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns along with 2 rushes for 20 yards equaling 23

standard fantasy points. Add Austin and watch for continued involvement in the Ram’s Offense.

6) Ronnie Hillman: RB, 46.6% ownership WK5 @ Oak

The Broncos lack of a rushing attack has been an issue this season. CJ Anderson has struggled to get

much going averaging a measly 2.7 yards per carry with 117 rushing yards total after 4 games. Ronnie

Hillman has a better stat line averaging 4.9 yards per carry with 191 rushing yards. The biggest

difference this season from last season is the Broncos weaker inexperienced offensive line. There has

been virtually nowhere to run on the inside. CJ Anderson lacks the speed to get around the edge to gain

yards. Ronnie Hillman is quicker and often gets to the outside where he gains yards with his speed. The

Broncos will use Hillman more in the coming weeks as its becoming apparent he’s a better fit for their

current offense. Add Hillman as a low end flex play or on your bench and wait to see if he can secure the

role as top RB for Denver.

7) Leonard Hankerson: WR, 13.6% ownership, WK5 vs Wash

Where is Roddy White? I don’t know but he’s not in the Falcons Starting line up or offensive plans so far

in 2015. You might think White’s absence would create a hole in the Falcons passing game, not really.

Thanks to Leonard Hankerson the transition from Roddy White has been smooth. When Hankerson

signed with the falcons most thought he would take Harry Douglas’s role sine Douglas departed to join

the Titans. In week 4 Hankerson had his best game so far this season with 6 receptions for 103 yards and

1 TD. With Atlanta’s high powered offense Hankerson will continue to see targets and should convert

them into fantasy points. The Falcons have rarely played from behind this season so the offense hasn’t

had to force the pass as much as previous years. When Atlanta falls behind in games eventually this year

look for Hankerson to see increased targets and more big games.

8) Thomas Rawls: RB, 41.9% ownership, WK5 @ Cin

The Seahawks rookie running back has gone from being undrafted and fighting this preseason for a

roster spot to starting in week 4 for the Seahawks. Thomas Rawls runs hard and likes to initiate contact

with tacklers. At 5’9” and 220lbs Rawls is a thumper who can break long runs or run through defenders.

In week 3 vs Chicago Rawls came in for Marshawn Lynch and carried 16 times for 104 yards and showed

his potential as a NFL RB. Early in week 4’s game fellow running back Fred Jackson injured his leg and left

the game leaving Rawls as the Seahawks only RB. Rawls ran for 48 yards and looked like a very capable

fill in. With Marshawn Lynch being dinged up with a sore back, calf and more seriously a hamstring

injury that required him to miss week 4. Rawls is at minimum a great handcuff and potential starter until

Lynch is 100%.


1) Kamar Aiken: WR, .7% ownership, WK 5 vs Clev

2) Jamison Crowder: WR, .2% ownership, WK 5 @ Atl

3) Brian Hoyer: QB, .6% ownership, WK 5 vs Ind

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