Injuries and bye weeks have taken a toll on plenty of rosters heading into week 6 of the fantasy football season. This is around the time during the season where you can identify who is a consistent producer, who isn’t worth the roster spot, and who could be a game-changing sleeper going into the second half of the season. Today we will look and see what players performances should be taken seriously and others who no longer merit roster consideration.

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Keep’em

Keke Coutee, (Texans) 30% owned ESPN

fantasy football, keep or cutKeke is here to stay. Coutee had a fantastic coming out party week four, then followed that up with another solid showing in week five. The Texans offense can fully support three wide receivers, as they do not have a reliable TE to speak of. Coutee would be a great addition in PPR leagues, and those that took a chance on him have been rewarded. He should now merit flex consideration going forward, with upside.

 Wendell Smallwood, (Eagles) 35% owned ESPN

The health issues keep cropping up for the Philadelphia Eagles. The most recent injury to fell the team takes the form of RB Jay Ajayi and a torn ACL. Enter Wendell Smallwood. Training Camp saw Smallwood on the roster bubble, but now with the health issues plaguing Darren Sproles and Corey Clement, Smallwood seems to be last man standing. He is a back with some receiving ability and should be considered a flex option with RB2 upside. Those that picked him up as a one-week filler, congratulations.

 Taylor Gabriel, (Bears) 21% owned ESPN

Taylor’s point totals had been steadily trending up, before exploding in week four with 7 catches for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Gabriel was often used as a fringe player in his time before joining Chicago, but it seems as if the Bears have decided to make him a focal point player in their offense. Expect more targets to come his way after the bye week, on the heels of his week four explosion.

Cut’em

 Alex Smith, (Redskins) 61% owned ESPN

fantasy football, keep or cutAlex Smith is like the unflavored oatmeal of fantasy football. He gets the job done, but no one really wants to have him around. Smith has been dependable to a fault in fantasy for several years now, and it has worked in his favor. However, Smith has lost much of what made him a steady fantasy QB. Now in Washington, Smith has had some good games this season but has also had some terrible ones. He is no longer able to be a steady QB and thus should be dropped for higher upside options.

 Rashad Penny, (Seahawks) 31% owned ESPN

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Penny was selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and he was tagged as the heir apparent to solve the Seahawks’ running back woes. It did not seem to happen that way of course, as Chris Carson eventually took over the starting role going out of camp. Penny settled in as the number two back. His playing time decreased until eventually, Mike Davis became the number two back, leaving Penny without a single carry last week. He can be safely dropped in all formats.

 Kenny Stills, (Dolphins) 71% owned ESPN

The Dolphins offense has turned into a black hole. Any and all offensive players have been reduced to free agent filler in fantasy leagues. Stills was the lone bright spot as a decent flex player for fantasy players, as he had a couple of solid weeks to begin the season. Now the wheels have fallen off. Stills doesn’t have more than 4 receptions in any game this season. His point totals have decreased, to a sad total of three last week. It is safe to drop Stills in all leagues.

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