Here we are, another week of going deep. If you read last week’s column you might have been ahead of the curve on guys like Ito Smith and Chester Rogers, who are both primed for significant roles within their respective offenses as we enter Week 6. Today, we’ll take a look at 4 new players who could become every week starters in your deep league waiver wire adds in the weeks to come.
Kyle Juszczyk—San Francisco 49ers
What if I told you there was a running back who has more receiving yards than Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliot, and Tarik Cohen, and that he’s likely sitting on your league’s waiver wire right now? You’d probably rush to go and get him. Well, what are you waiting for? Kyle Juszczyk has burst onto the scene and is worth an immediate add in PPR leagues this week. With Matt Breida looking unlikely to play, Alfred Morris and Juszczyk will handle the majority of the backfield duties. And we all know Morris has never been much of a receiving threat. In a game the 49ers are sure to be trailing in throughout, I like Juszczyk’s chances of grabbing 4-6 passes for an easy 10+ point showing in PPR leagues.
Tre’Quan Smith—New Orleans Saints
Wide receiver is one of the deepest positions in fantasy football. And in a week where his team is on BYE, New Orleans speedster Tre’Quan Smith is still well-deserving of a long look in 12+ team leagues. The Saints are practically a lock to score 3+ TDs every time they step onto the field. And we all know that one path to fantasy glory is targeting high-scoring offenses to try and take home a piece of the pie. That’s exactly what we have in the emerging Smith, who caught 2 TDs in Week 5, including a record-breaking 62 yarder from Hall of Famer Drew Brees. With BYE weeks beginning to really ramp up starting next week, Smith could serve as an excellent WR fill-in on a Saints squad with loads of juicy matchups coming in the weeks ahead.
Courtland Sutton—Denver Broncos
Sutton was a preseason darling within fantasy circles this past summer, but the hype hasn’t really manifested yet in the regular season. That could all change soon. Sutton has garnered 6 targets in each of the past two games, and he scored his first career touchdown in Denver’s loss to the Jets last Sunday. More importantly, his opportunity appears to be on the rise. He’s played at least 75% of the team’s snaps in each of the past three weeks, and Case Keenum has been peppering him with targets inside the red zone.
Courtland Sutton saw 5 end zone targets in Week 5. That's 2.5x more than Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas have seen on the season combined.
— Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe) October 8, 2018
All signs point to a Sutton breakout in Week 6 when the Broncos host the greatest show on grass at Mile High Stadium. Don’t wait for a breakout to do the right thing. Add Sutton and watch the sparks fly this Sunday.
Nick Vannett—Seattle Seahawks
This is actually Vannett’s second appearance in the #GoingDeep series this season. Before Will Dissly stole the show in weeks 1-2, all signs pointed to Vanett being Russell Wilson’s go-to TE. But, with Dissly now on IR and Vannett finally settling into a near-every-down role (83% and 86% of the snaps in each of the last two weeks), the arrow is pointing up. Vannett hauled in 3 passes for 43 yards in Seattle’s Week 5 loss to the Rams and now travels across the pond for a matchup against a Raider squad that has allowed 9 receptions and 133 yards to the TE position over the last two games. I really like Vannett’s odds of popping this week, and I think he’s worth an immediate look if you’re someone who has been rolling with Ben Watson (BYE) at TE so far this season.
That’s as deep as we’ll go this week, folks. Keep coming back to The Fantasy Authority for deep league recommendations, and for all of your fantasy football needs this season. If you enjoyed this article, I’d love to chat on Twitter @phclapp. Thanks for reading!