What a wild Week 4 in the fantasy community. Some key names suffered injuries likely to impact your fantasy roster and/or matchups in the coming weeks. Perhaps as critical of a Waiver Wire Week as we have seen so far this year. I always say Fantasy leagues cannot be won in the draft; they are won on the Waiver Wire. It’s week’s like this week that support that sentiment. With that in mind, we’re all business this week!
A reminder on how this works… For this feature, I will be focusing exclusively on players rostered in less than 50% of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues.
If your league has a standard waiver system, then simply follow the order of my picks to determine your waiver priority. If your league has a FAAB system, I will assign each waiver pick a % of your FAAB budget I would be comfortable committing. You may see some repeat names from previous weeks, that would be because these individuals still are not rostered in 50% of fantasy leagues and these are my TOP 5 waiver adds. That won’t change just because I want to give you some fresh names.
Onto Week 5. Let’s get into it!
- Damien Williams (50% of FAAB budget) – This one totally depends on where you’re at in your current season. If you’re 3-1 or better and/or have good depth at RB, I’d say look the other way but if you need him, go make it happen. Recent reports suggest David Montgomery is going to be out about 5 weeks. It makes too much sense for the Bears to just hold him out through their Week 10 bye, meaning he won’t return until Week 11. Don’t put anything past the Bears, but I don’t see them pushing their franchise RB to return any sooner than that. This means Damien Williams is the undisputed #1 RB in Chicago for the next 5 games. In that time span, the Bears play the Raiders, Packers, Buccaneers, 49ers, and Steelers. All these teams have shown weakness against the run at varying points in the season, making Damien Williams a must add if you’re thin at the RB position.
- Latavius Murray (40% of FAAB budget) – It blows my mind that Latavius Murray is still available in over 50% of leagues. I had to triple check this one. The Ravens recently declared that they are committed to Murray as the lead back in Baltimore for the rest of the year. It’s true Murray’s style probably fits Baltimore’s system the best, but Ty’Son Williams has looked dynamic in his opportunities and Devonta Freeman/Le’Veon Bell have the pedigree to compete. That said, Baltimore doesn’t usually play games with the fantasy community, so I’m taking them at face value here. Fresh off 18 carries and a TD in Week 4, Murray appears locked in as the Ravens a RB1. That’s as valuable of a role as you can find in the fantasy community come Week 5. Go get him!
- Samaje Perine (25% of FAAB budget) – Not a headliner name by any means but Cincinnati’s offense has looked strong through Week 4 and Joe Mixon’s injury appears likely to cost him several weeks. Mixon drafters are having nightmares of last season when he was “week-to-week” for entire second half of the season and ultimately shut down, never playing after Week 6. Perine’s the guy in a strong offense with improved run blocking for the foreseeable future. While last year is proof that we have no idea what “week-to-week” means in Bengals land, I do feel good saying you should be able to ride Perine for at least a couple weeks. He’s a great band aid add if you’re experiencing depth issues at RB and I wouldn’t blame you for spending more FAAB if you have Mixon on your roster.
- Kadarius Toney (10% of FAAB budget) – The Fantasy Insider’s Deep, Deep Sleeper for Week 4 delivered, receiving 6 of 9 targets for a cool 78 yards in a tough matchup against New Orleans. That looked like enough to convince me that Toney’s involved moving forward regardless of the health of Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard. Daniel Jones continues his ascension from fantasy relevance to fantasy stud and he’s sure to lean on his first-round receiver in the process. Toney might be a bit more of a long-term hold than an immediate starter, but I believe he has the best upside of the WRs under 50% rostered. If you need immediate production, guys like Tim Patrick, Marquez Callaway, Darnell Mooney, AJ Green, & Van Jefferson are all under 50% rostered and make sense to me but if you’re good at WR for now and planning for the bye weeks, grab Toney while you can!
- Jeff Wilson Jr. (5% of FAAB budget) – If you’re 3-1 or, better yet, 4-0, strike now for this under-the-radar addition. Jeff Wilson Jr’s return is sort of like the World Cup of soccer. Nobody’s talking about it until it’s here then it’s all anybody is talking about. The PUP list earns Wilson a spot on the pine for the first 6 weeks of the season, but those 6 weeks are coming to an end soon and the 49ers continue to search for answers to lead their RB room. Trey Sermon has looked dicey in his opportunities and Eli Mitchell has struggled to stay on the field. Wilson has been the most productive back in Shanahan’s system over the last couple years when he’s been given the reins and I fully expect this to be Wilson’s backfield as soon as he’s eligible to return. San Francisco has a bye week in Week 7, a great opportunity to get Wilson a full week of practice before his return in Week 7. If you’re not using your IR spot, what’re you waiting for!
-Cory, Fox Fantasy Football Insider