BY: ZACHARY KRUEGER
Kevin Hogan is finally getting the start for the Cleveland Browns, and I couldn't care less about much else.
Okay, that's not entirely true, but I am excited about the impending (albeit sure to be short-term) rise of this folk hero like quarterback who rushed for 104 yards last season out of nowhere, and has now dethroned a future "franchise QB" for the time being in Deshone Kizer.
That being said, I digress, for now.
Week 5 gave way to multiple players who turned in big performances, like Kevin Hogan. Marlon Mack finally saw a worthy time share for Indianapolis, JuJu Smith-Schuster outsnapped Martavis Bryant, and Aaron Jones appears set to be in an RBBC with Ty Montgomery going forward.
Here are this week's top waiver wire claims heading into Week 6!
BYES: Bills, Bengals, Cowboys, Seahawks
Kevin Hogan - Cleveland Browns (Yahoo! Ownership: 2%)
Last time you should hear about Kevin Hogan in this article, but I am a big fan of him, and actually like him this week against a hobbled Texans defense that just lost J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the season.
Hogan, like a thief in the night, has swooped in and stolen the starting job from Deshone Kizer, and could hold it for the next several weeks, if not the season, should the Browns happen to win a few games with Hogan under center.
Before the injuries to Watt and Mercilus, the Texans were surrendering 26 points per game (28th in the league) and were allowing the 13th most passing yards per game (221.4). Now the Browns and Hogan have a chance to face a hampered defense, and Hogan, in limited action already has three touchdown passes to two interceptions, and threw for 194 yards last week in the second half alone against the Jets.
Isaiah Crowell has struggled on the ground this season, giving way to Duke Johnson seeing an increase in Opportunity Share, which has resulted in the Browns passing an average of 42 times a game, the third highest total in the NFL. Futhermore, Hogan is an above average quarterback in terms of athleticism, as shown on the image below from PlayerProfiler.com, drawing an athletic profile similar to DeShaun Watson, with Hogan having the slightly stronger arm.
The Browns will face yet another negative game script this weekend against the Texans, and Hogan should be dropping back to pass frequently. He has a PPR back in Duke Johnson as a solid checkdown option, and rising star tight end David Njoku.
In a week without Dak Prescott and Russell Wilson, Hogan is an intriguing start if you're desperate for a quarterback streamer in deep leagues, and dare I say could have a top-15 scoring week.
NOTE: There aren't any other QB's worthy of an added section for Week 6 in terms of low-ownership. Take a flier on Brian Hoyer or Sam Bradford/Case Keenum if necessary. Even Josh McCown vs. New England is interesting.
Marlon Mack - Indianapolis Colts (Yahoo! Ownership: 30%)
Marlon Mack finally saw significant touches in Week 5 against the 49ers, racking up 91 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries while also hauling in a lone pass for two yards.
Mack is unquestionably the more explosive back in Indy, and should see more touches moving forward if his Week 5 performance, and head coach Chuck Pagano suggesting after the game that they will need to look at getting him more involved.
Marlon Mack features both pass-catching prowess, and an ability to break off the big run. With a few featured backs out this week, he becomes a player worth looking at to overcome the bye week blues in the backfield.
Adrian Peterson - Arizona Cardinals (Yahoo! Ownership: 68%)
Chances are he isn't even available to you, as Peterson's ownership has jumped 31-percent since being traded to the Arizona Cardinals. That being said, if you're looking for a running back who could see upwards of 10 to 15 carries this week, Adrian Peterson is your guy.
It's hard to say what he truly has left in the tank, after Peterson logged just 81 yards on 27 carries during his time with the Saints, but now we get a chance to find out.
The biggest fear for Peterson owners shouldn't be what he has left in the tank, as much as it should be the offensive line he's running behind, who currently ranks 26th in Run Blocking Efficiency on PlayerProfiler.com.
Like any running back who struggles in the passing game, we're seeking out heavier workloads with the hopes of significant yardage and the occasional touchdown. Peterson has a chance to see that desired workload, now we sit back and hope that the yards follow.
Roger Lewis - New York Giants (Yahoo! Ownership: 15%)
In Week 1 (OBJ out with ankle injury), Roger Lewis saw six targets and turned them into four receptions for 54 yards. Once OBJ returned in Weeks 2-5, Lewis took a back seat in the receiving game, seeing just five total targets, including one in Week 5, which he turned into a 29-yard touchdown.
With Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall done for the season, and Sterling Shepard not expected to play, Roger Lewis is a must-add in all fantasy formats, if for no other reason than the volume of targets he could be receiving in the weeks to come.
Lewis has never seen quite the workload that he is slated to receive for the remainder of the 2017 season, so approach this one with caution, but he will be on the field a lot, and looks to be the top target for Eli Manning going forward. That being said, beware of Evan Engram.
J.J. Nelson - Arizona Cardinals (Yahoo! Ownership: 36%)
Why isn't J.J. Nelson owned in more leagues?!?!?!
He has three double-digit scoring performances in five games this season, including a 5/120/1 game against the Colts back in Week 2.
Even with the return of John Brown, Nelson still has an opportunity to see ample receiving options in an offense that is leading the league with 49 pass attempts per game.
The Cardinals matchup with the Buccaneers in Week 6, who are allowing over 300 passing yards per game to opposing offenses, and J.J. Nelson is one of the most explosive wide receivers in the game. It doesn't take much for him to turn out a big fantasy week, and he still saw six targets in Week 5, even with Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown and John Brown all active.
The Cardinals throw enough to make Nelson a viable fantasy option, and John Brown's health on a week-to-week basis is far from a guaranteed thing. J.J. Nelson, at worst, is a fringe WR3 with WR1 upside if he goes for a few big plays.
Evan Engram - New York Giants (Yahoo! Ownership: 67%)
Evan Engram is a must-add in all leagues. He was before the injuries to the trio of Giants wide receivers, and he's even more of a must-add now.
Engram was held without a catch last week against the Chargers on four targets, but has 19 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown on the season.
Not only is Engram interesting due to his athleticism at the tight end position, but he has a real chance to see snaps from the slot wide receiver position, and possibly even outside if the other receivers for the Giants aren't cutting it.
Possessing 4.42 40-yard speed, and a 6-foot-3, 234-pound frame, Engram is a matchup nightmare for any defensive player looking to cover him, and could be the beneficiary of double-digit targets for the remainder of the season.
I feel like I tout Engram every week, and I will CONTINUE TO DO SO, given the egregious nature of fantasy owners who still think he is only worth owning in 67-percent of fantasy leagues.
He should be owned in 100-percent of leagues for the remainder of the season. Stop the madness.
George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers (Yahoo! Ownership: 9%)
Ah yes, the continued praise of highly athletic, rookie tight ends shall continue, this time in the form of 49ers' tight end George Kittle, who brokeout last week against the Colts for a 7/83/1 line on a career-high nine targets.
Kittle was slated to start by Week 1 after the 49ers traded Vance McDonald to the Pittsburgh Steelers following an impressive preseason from Kittle.
After target hog Pierre Garcon, Kittle should be the next man in line to begin seeing more looks from quarterback Brian Hoyer, who is playing alongside receivers like Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor and Aldrick Robinson.
The 49ers are another team that will face negative game script on a frequent basis this season, which shouldn't change in Week 6 against Washington.
Washington has given up the third most fantasy points to tight ends this season, and according to Yahoo! Sports, have allowed the opposing tight end to lead their team in receiving each week. Josh Norman should take away Pierre Garcon for the majority of the day, giving way to high volume for Kittle.