With Week 5 approaching we’re now about 1/4 of the way through the Fantasy Season! Continue your dominance or flip the script and bounce back in a big way by adding these waiver wire assets.
George Pickens: This one is simple, he’s got the most upside of anyone rostered under 50% in fantasy right now. 30% target share last week with Pickett stepping in at QB, which was an increase from the 22% or less that he saw in the weeks prior. There is hope that Pickett stepping in at QB will help unlock the talent of this Pittsburgh WR room that has struggled under Trubisky. All of this aside, he just passes the eye test, he looks like a very talented player who could explode if the right amount of volume came his way.
Raheem Mostert: Mostert seemed to take over the Miami backfield in Week 4, dominating the passing game usage and playing on 72% of the snaps for the Dolphins. This has been a good offense and shows no signs of slowing down, the role may swap back and forth between Mostert and Edmonds in certain weeks but it is certainly worth adding Mostert to have a usable asset in the explosive Miami offense.
Tyler Allgeier/Caleb Huntley (short term): The Atlanta run game could prove to be annoying from a fantasy perspective with no clear-cut bell-cow handcuff to replace Cordarrelle Patterson, but Allgeier proved to gain the majority of the valuable usage in Patterson’s absence on Sunday. Caleb Huntley was also receiving work however he only received 29% of the snaps while having much less passing work than Allgeier. Huntley’s value is rooted in the fact that he got the goal line work that resulted in a TD, however, there is no guarantee that he holds this role and Allgeier produced more on the ground and simply looked to be the better option. Huntley is worth a pickup as well, he looked good on the ground despite Allgeier out-producing him, and you can’t disregard the goal line work regardless of the opportunity for that role to switch.
Mike Boone/Latavius Murray: Javonte Williams' injury and Melvin Gordon’s inefficiency thus far leaves a decision to be made on the waiver wire, Mike Boone or the newly signed Latavius Murray who scored a TD for New Orleans in Week 4. It seems probable that they at least give Mike Boone a shot to take the role over before working Murray in. Faraz suggests taking a shot on the younger, more athletic Mike Boone.
Michael Gallup: Gallup showed little rust if any in his first game back from rehabbing his ACL tear, scoring a TD on one of his two catches. The volume wasn’t fully there but it was his first game back, and with Dak returning within the next 2 weeks he has high-end WR3 to low-end WR2 upside.
Rachaad White (long term): The ground game was mostly erased for Tampa in Week 4, but their running backs were able to feast in the receiving game. This is his first game receiving a viable snap percentage and he was able to produce reaching the end zone. He is a very valuable stash and this could be your last chance to add him off of waivers as he was able to score 14.4 PPR points opening a lot of managers' eyes to his prospects going forward.
Isaiah McKenzie: Jameson Crowder broke his ankle, leaving the slot role to be permanently taken over by McKenzie. He currently has a concussion putting his status for Week 5 in jeopardy, but he is still a valuable add as someone who has produced already this season now receiving a potentially expanded role.
Zay Jones: Going into this week Jones was leading the Jaguars in receptions, over Christian Kirk. He missed this week due to a minor injury that popped up late in the week but still should be rostered as a top target for Trevor Lawrence. Jamal Agnew took over Zay Jones’ role in Week 4 and was able to produce 2 Touchdowns on 4 receptions for 50 yards.
Rondale Moore: Rondale Moore is finally healthy! He wasn’t able to yield results as he was playing as an outside receiver where he has struggled throughout his career, but when AJ Green and Deandre Hopkins return, he will be able to return to his slot role where he can yield much better results. If you have him stash and hold, if he’s on your waivers add and stash looking toward the near future when the Cardinals receiver room is restocked.
Josh Reynolds (short term): If you’re in need of a WR start this week there are few better options if any on waivers that are better than Josh Reynolds. With the Lions' offense missing its top 2 weapons in Amon-Ra St.Brown and D’Andre Swift, TJ Hockenson and Josh Reynolds stepped up to dominate the receiving game. Until the Lions start to get some more skill players healthy, Reynolds sees to absorb a big volume in one of the most explosive offenses in the league currently. With the Lions having the worst-ranked defense their passing game is primed to produce valuable fantasy assets.
Brian Robinson (long term): Robinson has a chance at the early down role with Antonio Gibson’s snap percentages dropping consistently since week 1. The Commander’s RB1 role appears as open for the taking as ever. Regardless of this, there is a good chance that McKissic, Gibson, and Robinson all receive work weekly, capping the upside of a player like Robinson.
Khalil Shakir (short term): With Jameson Crowder out indefinitely and Isaiah McKenzie in concussion protocol, there may be an opportunity for Khalil Shakir to step into the slot role for the Bills. The rookie hasn’t been able to obtain a role yet, but coaches and teammates raved about him through preseason and training camp. Decent spot start if McKenzie is forced to miss time with his concussion.
Corey Davis: With at least 70 yards in 3 of 4 games to start the season it’s now clear that Davis is not giving up his role in the offense just yet. With the targets, he is getting and the emphasis that both Joe Flacco and Zach Wilson have made to get Davis the ball, he is a flex-worthy option until further notice.
Jakobi Meyers: Jakobi Meyers is a bit banged up but he is going to get a high target share regardless of the QB situation. With Hoyer and Zappe currently manning the QB position for New England Meyers is not exactly startable, but he is an add-and-stash for when Mac Jones is able to return or if he is able to get results from being hyper-targeted by one of these backup QBs.
Tyler Conklin: TE is as dry as ever this season Conklin is an add as one of the only potentially startable options on the waiver wire.
Kenneth Walker (long term): Solid Stash as the Seahawks offense has shifted to a fast-paced offense. If Rashaad Penny were forced to miss time, Walker could produce immediately with the volume.
Deon Jackson (short term): With Jonathan Taylor’s status uncertain for Week 5, Jackson could see work in his absence.
Jameson Willams (long term): Jameson is eligible to be activated off of the PUP list this week. With the booming success of the Lions' offense and the pedigree Williams has as a prospect, he is a valuable stash that could legitimately improve every week once he returns.