Working the Wire: Sammie Coates is here to stay!

Steelers Sammie Coates

It’s time to hit the Waiver Wire yet again with Week 5 of the NFL season all but in the books. There is a ton of talent to add this week especially at wide receiver with the Steelers Sammie Coates becoming a real difference maker. There is talent at the other positions that can help your fantasy team win in the coming weeks.

Bye Week: Minnesota and Tampa Bay

Sammie Coates | WR | Pittsburgh Steelers
(36% owned in Yahoo)

It seems as if the Pittsburgh Steelers have finally found their wide receiver opposite Antonio Brown and his name is Sammie Coates. Coates broke out with a six catch effort for 139 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly it was his second straight game with six catches and was targeted 19 times over that period. With Ben Roethlisberger throwing the ball over 38 times a game and his offensive line playing well there should be plenty of opportunities for Coates.

Tyrell Williams | WR | San Diego Chargers
(62% owned on Yahoo)

It was Dontrelle Inman taking a backseat on Sunday to Tyrell Williams who has been the consistent weapon for San Diego who has five or more targets in every game this season. In the last three weeks he has been targeted 23 times and producing with that work. The Chargers have been riding the struggle bus all season especially on the defensive side of the ball. Expect the Chargers and Philip Rivers to have to throw often giving Williams plenty of chances to produce for fantasy owners.

Chris Hogan | WR | New England Patriots
(25% owned on Yahoo)

The New England Patriots were very happy to have quarterback Tom Brady back under center including Chris Hogan caught four of his five targets for 114 yards. He adds a different dimension than the rest of his wide receivers being targeted down the field. The Patriots offense should roll the rest of the way and put all their pass catchers in positions to produce including Hogan.


Dig Deep

Adam Thielen | WR | Minnesota Vikings
(2% owned on Yahoo)

Without Stefon Diggs the Vikings needed a wide receiver to step up and Adam Thielen answered the call with seven catches for 127 yards and a score. Going forward I wouldn’t expect massive performances but Thielen had been targeted 17 times in the first four games coming into this game. He can be a reliable weapon with upside going forward.

Cameron Meredith | WR | Chicago Bears
(2% owned on Yahoo)

Without both Kevin White and Eddie Royal the Bears needed help opposite Alshon Jeffery. Cameron Meredith answered the call and then some catching nine passes for 130 yards and a score. Meredith has a chance to be real factor at least in the short-term. White is on the IR and won’t be back from a while. Royal on the other hand is constantly getting banged up and his availability is always in question. Brian Hoyer continues to look strong under center for Chicago and finds

Jets Bilal Powell

Brad Penner – Associated Press

Bilal Powell | RB | New York Jets
(35% owned on Yahoo)

After a slow start to the 2016 with the Jets, Bilal Powell is becoming a bigger part of the offense. He is providing owners in PPR formats safety from their RB2 or flex position with bye weeks hitting hard and fast. Powell made it three straight weeks with 6 catches on Sunday against the Steelers. He hasn’t done a lot running the football but with the Jets struggles he may be getting a few more touches there as well.

James White | RB | New England Patriots
(46% owned on Yahoo)

Like Powell, James White is a great option in PPR leagues providing a safe floor with upside. In the last two weeks White has nine catches with four coming in Brady’s return.The Patriots offense as a whole should move up and down the field more effectively. This should allow White more opportunities to score.

Matt Asiata | RB | Minnesota Vikings
(16% owned on Yahoo)

Matt Asiata may not pop off the page when it comes to athleticism or explosiveness but when it comes to fantasy points he performs. The Minnesota Vikings offense has been impressive thus far this season. They are putting together drives and scoring point. Asiata has scored a touchdown in back to back weeks getting touches when Minnesota gets in the redzone. He can be a productive pass catcher and gets a slight bump in PPR formats

Bears Zach Miller

Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

Zach Miller | TE | Chicago Bears
(71% owned on Yahoo)

While many tight ends are continually frustrating fantasy owners Zach Miller is providing stability at the position. Miller was a guy was excited about coming into the season and he’s finally coming through with Brian Hoyer under center. In two of the last three weeks Miller has 70 plus yards receiving and in the game he didn’t he found the endzone. With the injuries piling up in the Bears receiving core, Miller should continue to see plenty of work.

Hunter Henry | TE | San Diego Chargers
(28% owned on Yahoo)

The tight end position is one that typically has the biggest learning curve. The Chargers Hunter Henry however is becoming the exception to the rule. He has been incredibly productive stepping in for Antonio Gates. He has 207 yards and two touchdowns in the last three weeks. Even with Gates “healthy” Henry remains the feature tight end. Gates gets spot duty on short yardage and red zone chances. Henry is a reliable option fantasy owners should turn to.

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