This week and every week going forward we’ll bring you several recommendations for players you should look to add to your fantasy squad. We’ll mainly be targeting lower-owned guys who should be available in all but the deepest leagues and new for this year, we’re also going to give you some IDP suggestions as well. Although we’ll be primarily focusing on guys who can help you this week and the rest of this season, as a primarily dynasty site, on occasion we will mention guys that you should consider stashing as long-term dynasty options as well. This week was a bloodbath, but those injuries, although unfortunate, create an opportunity for savvy fantasy owners on the waiver wire.
Good luck on your waiver claims and good luck the rest of the season. Hopefully, some of these players can not only lead you to a win this week but a championship and the end of the season! Be sure to check out all of our in-season content right here.
John D. Recommends:
Justin Hardy, WR, Atlanta Falcons (.2% owned on ESPN/ 0% on Yahoo!)
I’ve been trying to confirm the numbers because they’re unbelievable, so check back here for a possible correction, but according to what I’ve seen online, Hardy went from looking at snap counts of 15, 19 and 15 in the first 3 weeks to 58 in week 4. Yes, this is mostly a product of both Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu being injured, but it’s worth noting. The NCAA all-time reception leader has some talent and has been featured in the red zone a bit over the last 2 seasons, so the injuries create an opportunity for him if you’re thin at wide receiver.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers (.8%/ 12%)
Breida saw an increase in his workload with Carlos Hyde banged up, logging a career-high 26 snaps. Those 26 snaps were good for 31% of the offensive snaps in the game and a significant increase over the +/- 20% Breida has been getting up to this point in the season. His 20 total yards in the game were a little disappointing, but he also had a touchdown called back on a penalty during the game. With bye weeks coming and Hyde likely to miss time at some point, Breida should be on your radar.
Bruce Ellington, WR, Houston Texans (.1%/1% )
Even with the return of Will Fuller, Ellington stayed on the field this week after a breakout game in week 3, leaving Braxton Miller as a healthy scratch. Ellington was a pre-draft darling last year and on everyone’s “breakout player list” but injuries in the pre-season sunk the entire year for him. This year after he bounced around a few teams, he seems to have caught on with Houston and built some chemistry with DeShaun Watson. He’s the clear #3 option in Houston now and looks to be a viable fantasy asset with the bye weeks approaching.
Benjamin Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens (1.4%/24% )
Did you know that Benjamin Watson is the Ravens’ leading receiver through 4 weeks of the season? He also leads the team in receptions as well. With all the injuries and underperformance at the tight end position this year, Watson has moved into the conversation as a top-12 TE1 caliber performer.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (1% owned on Yahoo)
Tyler Kroft’s biggest attributes are his size, 6’6” 260 pounds, and the fact that by default he’s a starting Tight end in the NFL. Coming off a 2 touchdown performance Sunday Kroft can be a streaming option going forward if you are hurting at Tight end.
E.J. Manuel, QB, Oakland Raiders (0% owned on Yahoo)
Do you play in Superflex osr 2 QB leagues? Yeah, me too. Derek Carr is expected to be sidelined up to 6 weeks due to a fracture in his back. In Carr’s place, the Raiders are expected to start E.J. Manuel. Manuel flamed out in Buffalo, but also never had weapons with the pedigree of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree during his tenure there.
Just in case, check to see if Alex Collin and/or Elijah McGuire are available. I suspect they could be in leagues with 20 or fewer rosters spots.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Seattle Seahawks (.2%/ )
What a week for injuries. Carson went down with a broken ankle and is done for the year. But, that isn’t even the most dramatic the news. Thomas Rawls was a healthy scratch. Eddie Lacy ended up the lead RB after Carson went down. And J.D. McKissic (a 2nd yr former wideout/running back from Arkansas State) came out of the blue to fill the shoes of an injured C.J. Prosise. And fill them he did, rushing for 38 yards on 4 carries and 1/27/1 through the air. Now, the Seattle backfield is going to continue to be a guessing game with Rawls and Lacy but McKissic may have solidified himself as a jack of all trades. Worth a bench spot to see what sticks.
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (2%/ )
An RB du jour for this week after another injury. Ty Montgomery went down with a rib injury early in Thursday night’s game and was ruled OUT. Rookie Jamaal Williams then proceeded to hurt his knee and he too was OUT. In comes the 2017 182nd overall draft pick, Aaron Jones. As a Packers fan, I was excited to see Jones get an opportunity but I wasn’t expecting the burst he showed. Jones carried the rock 13 times for 49 yards and a TD. IF Monty can’t suit up for week 5 vs the Cowboys, Jones is in for a nice workload and if he performs, could chip into Monty’s shares to keep him fresh.
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (.2%/ )
Who thought Paul Perkins was going to have some spark this year? Anyone? No? Me neither. With Perkins looking more like Trent Richardson and Darkwa out with an injury, Rookie Wayne (Gotham Knight) Gallman led the team in carries in week 4. Perkins was 9/13 (1.4ypc) w/1 catch for 6 yards, while Gallman went 11/42 (3.8ypc) and 2/8/1 on Sunday. The rook fumbled but he did recover it. If the Giants had any sense, they’d give Gallman the lion’s share of the carries and pepper in Darkwa, but, unfortunately, I’m not coaching the Giants. Still, he needs to be owned.
Ricardo Louis, WR, Cleveland Browns (.2%/ )
I admit, no one on the Browns is truly startable, however, Britt is sleeping his way to release land and Ricardo Louis was the starter opposite of him on Sunday. We all know fantasy is all about opportunity and Louis not only has the opportunity but also has talent. A 2016 combine star, Louis finished with the best broad jump amongst WRs, a 4.43 40 and vertical jump of 38 inches and quickly gained national attention. With the uninspiring play of Britt, the injury to Corey Coleman and disappearance of Rashard Higgins, Louis earned 9 targets, hauling in 5 for 64 yards. It’s not earth shattering but volume may be there for deep PPR rosters.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (46% owned on Yahoo)
Evan Engram was my clear TE1 in dynasty, and my hot take was that Engram would finish the 2017 season as a TE1 in fantasy. If he’s still on your waiver wire, you need to run out and spend at least 20% of your budget to get him, especially if you need TE help. He’s currently in 2nd in targets(30), 3rd in catches (19) and 5th in yards (300) at the TE position.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals (22% owned on Yahoo)
Ellington had 14 targets in week 4 and hauled in 9 of them for 86 yards against the 49ers. He led all RB’s on the team in snaps. We’ve seen how valuable RB’s that are highly involved in the passing game can be even if they’re ineffective in the running game. Ellington only had 5 carries for 18 yards, so you’re only picking him up in PPR leagues. He won’t be a league winner for you but could certainly be a Flex play of bye week fill in.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (25% owned on Yahoo)
Funchess caught 7 of his 9 targets and snagged 2 touchdowns in week 4 versus the Patriots. Over the last two weeks, Funchess has been peppered with 19 targets. This was one of his best games of his career and was against the league’s 31st ranked pass defense. I wouldn’t drop a productive player for Funchess, but he’s a nice wild card to stash on the back end of your roster.