Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 5

T.J. Yeldon and Nyheim Hines are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
October 01, 2018 - 11:06 pm

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues as Week 5 in the NFL is upon us.

1. T.J. Yeldon (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars) –  Leonard Fournette reaggravated his hamstring injury, and that opened the door for Yeldon to step into the lead role again. I'm not sure how he's only 50-percent owned, but maybe folks dropped him with the news that Fournette is returning. Either way, hamstring injuries linger, and Yeldon will pile up touches while Fournette is out. On Sunday, Yeldon had a 21-touch, 100-yard one-score day, and that should be the expectation going forward until Fournette is 100 percent healthy. Jacksonville likely isn't going to rush Fournette back, especially considering he's had two injuries to the same hamstring within the first four weeks of the season. 

2. Nyheim Hines (RB, Indianapolis Colts) – The Colts continue to show their trust in Hines, having played him for more than 68 percent of the snaps over the last two weeks as well as using him around the goal line and on third downs. Hines led the team in targets this past week (11) and found the end zone twice. Given the Colts' emphasis on the short passing game with no true workhorse at running back, look for Hines to continue to be heavily involved. His biggest impact will be in PPR leagues. 

3. Ronald Jones (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) –  Unlike Nick Chubb, the rookie Jones doesn't have a quality, productive player in front of him. The Buccaneers offense had been fantastic until facing the Bears on Sunday, and they're getting next to nothing from the running back position. Jones was a high second-round draft pick and was active for the first time last week. While he didn't do much to impress, he's going to get the opportunity coming out of the bye, and with all the pressure Tampa Bay's passing attack puts on opposing defenses, Jones is going to have some real chances to show off his elite speed. 

4. Dede Westbrook (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars) – Westbrook, Donte Moncrief and Keelan Cole are the clear top three receivers for the Jaguars, but it's Westbrook who led the team in targets with 13 this past week and leads the team with 28. Westbrook has two games with more than 80 yards this season, including a nine-reception, 130-yard effort Sunday. There's also appeal here with Fournette reinjuring his hamstring and the Jaguars offense becoming a little more pass-heavy when he's not healthy.

5. Keke Coutee (WR, Houston Texans) –  It's that time of year again in which we're talking about just how good Will Fuller is and how he's battling another hamstring injury. That opened the door for the rookie Coutee to explode for 11 receptions and 109 yards on 15 targets Sunday. After that performance, look for Coutee to be the No. 2 receiver for as long as Fuller is out and the No. 3 receiver when everyone is healthy. For as much as Deshaun Watson slings the ball around the yard, Coutee should produce going forward. 

6. Taywan Taylor (WR, Tennessee Titans) – Taylor's role continues to expand. After making his mark in the preseason, he hauled in seven of nine targets for 77 yards Sunday. That was good for the second-most on the team, and it's worth nothing that Rishard Matthews has been released. Taylor's snaps have increased every week as well, and the Titans' passing offense seemed to break out this past weekend. 

7. Taylor Gabriel (WR, Chicago Bears) – Gabriel continues to be an integral part of an improving Bears offense. He's seen at least seven targets each of the last three weeks, and the Bears are even getting him involved in the running game with reverses. Gabriel posted a career-high 104 yards and added two scores Sunday. It remains to be seen if he can provide consistency, as it's something he's never done before, but it's hard to argue with the volume right now. We know he can provide a big play at any point, so coming off the Bears' bye this weekend, Gabriel can be a nice flex play.

8. Nick Chubb (RB, Cleveland Browns) – If only the Browns would play their best players from the get go! Chubb exploded for 105 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries Sunday. Obviously, that's not happening every week, but Chubb is the type of player whom you can begin stashing now as a potential league difference-maker if anything were to happen to Carlos Hyde. Chubb is ready to be a star; he's just awaiting his opportunity, and you won't want to miss it if that chance arises. 

9. Cameron Brate (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) –  With O.J. Howard slated to miss anywhere from two to four weeks with a knee injury, Brate is worth the addition if you're in need of a tight end. Jameis Winston returns as the starter this week, and he's had an affinity for Brate over the last two seasons, especially in the red zone. Brate has eight targets and two touchdowns over the last two games.

10. Mike Davis (RB, Seattle Seahawks) –  The Seattle running back situation is a difficult one to predict, but after given his 21-carry, 101-yard, two-touchdown performance and the unknown surrounding Chris Carson's hip injury, Davis worth a look here. It's clear this rotation will center in on Carson and Davis going forward, with either being a legitimate RB2 if the other doesn't suit up for any reason.

Just missed: Jameis Winston, Frank Gore, Marlon Mack, Cortland Sutton, Cameron Meredith, Chris Conley, Ryan Grant, Christian Kirk and Vance McDonald.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​