Last updated: October 1st at 4:45pm ET
Most waiver wires heading into Week five have fewer impactful options than we’ve had through the first four weeks. In leagues with shorter benches, now is the time that fantasy owners’ frustrations with certain under-performing players can result in potential opportunities on your waiver wire. If you’re in a league with a short bench, keep on the lookout for those opportunities both before and after waivers are processed this week.
Those same owners with frustrations over a certain player can be targeted with trades. Both on Twitter and via email last week I discussed various buy-low trades with subscribers for players like Leonard Fournette, James Conner, Robert Woods, and George Kittle that, in many cases, paid immediate dividends. Congrats to all of you guys on the smart moves. Keep an eye on Evan’s matchup columns for buy-low trade targets, especially if you can’t acquire anyone to improve your fantasy team this week through the waiver wire. Running back stashes and handcuffs, as well as all of the keep an eye on players (that are now listed in alphabetical order) are once again at the bottom of the column.
Lastly, we have a variety of season-long subscribers in all kinds of formats ranging from home leagues with short benches to high-stakes leagues with 24 roster spots. As many of you already know, you may have to significantly up the FAAB ante if you’re in a highly competitive league or in a certain format. Chase Daniels could be an asset in a two-quarterback league that warrants a 10% bid for certain teams. I don’t want a newer player bidding 10% for Daniels in their home league. That’s why I invite you to contact me if you have an FAAB question or if I did not include a player on your waiver wire via Twitter @RyanReynNJ or via email [email protected]
WEEK 5 WAIVER WIRE
1. Andy Dalton – 2% FAAB Budget
2. Kirk Cousins – 2%
3. Jacoby Brissett – 1%
Keep an eye on (Two-QB league considerations): Kyle Allen, Teddy Bridgewater, Chase Daniel, Sam Darnold, Gardner Minshew, Josh Rosen, Mason Rudolph
Note: If Jordan Howard, Darrel Williams, or Rashaad Penny are available in your league, they would be in the mix at the top of this week’s running backs list.
1. Ronald Jones – 6% FAAB Budget
2. Jordan Wilkins – TBD
3. Nyheim Hines – TBD
4. Rex Burkhead – 2%
5. Jaylen Samuels – 2%
6. Raheem Mostert – 1%
7. Jonathan Hilliman – 1%
Running Back Handcuffs and Stashes
1. Golden Tate – 5% FAAB Budget
2. Jamison Crowder – TBD (On Darnold’s availability)
3. Diontae Johnson – 3%
4. Keke Coutee – 3%
5. Geronimo Allison – 2%
6. Deebo Samuel – 2%
7. Andy Isabella – 1%
8. Paris Cambell – 1%
9. A.J. Brown – 1%
10. Corey Davis – 1%
11. KeeSean Johsnon – 1%
12. Auden Tate – 1%
13. Cole Beasley – 1%
14. Marquise Goodwin – 1%
15. Mohamed Sanu – 1%
1. Jimmy Graham – 2%
2. Tyler Eifert – 2%
3. Chris Herndon – 1%
4. Noah Fant – 1%
5. Benjamin Watson – 1%
1. Eagles – 1%
2. 49ers – 0%
3. Chiefs – 0%
4. Titans – 0%
1. Matt Gay – 0%
2. Jake Elliot – 0%
Note: Drop considerations are organized by position.
Mitch Trubisky: Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Trubisky has a dislocated left shoulder with a slight labrum tear. He’s slated to at least miss next week in London against the Raiders.
Kalen Ballage: Through 4 weeks Ballage continues to be an unreliable player, in a bad offense. In Week 4 Ballage lost reps to Mark Walton, making Ballage a presently unplayable asset entering a bye week.
Justin Jackson: Jackson missed Week 4 at Miami due to injury. More importantly, Jackson’s role has been turned into dust with the return of Melvin Gordon.
Latavius Murray: From a usage standpoint, Murray remains little more than Alvin Kamara’s handcuff through the first 4 weeks.
Adrian Peterson: Through the Redskins Week 10 bye, Week 6 at Miami may be the only truly playable game for Peterson given his skill set.
Kenyan Drake: Drake is not a must drop, but he continues to be part of a running back committee in a bad offense. While we like Drake’s talent, if you were interested in swapping Drake for Ronald Jones, that wouldn’t be an outrageous move.
Duke Johnson: Johnson (137 offensive snaps) and Carlos Hyde (126 offensive snaps) are in a nearly equal timeshare, with Hyde seeing more action of late. We wouldn’t go out of our way to drop Johnson and would likely only do it if there was a player available on your wire that shouldn’t be.
Donte Moncrief: We’re going to continue making sure that Moncrief isn’t taking up a roster space anywhere but in the very deepest of leagues.
Antonio Brown: Brown probably isn’t going to play in the league again this year.
Paul Richardson: Given the Redskins horrendous offensive performance against the Giants in Week 4, it’s going to be difficult to actively play Richardson any time soon.
Dante Pettis: The 49ers had a bye in Week 4, so there are no new updates on the 49ers’ relative timeshare at wide receiver. That said, if you’ve kept Pettis to this point, it might not be a bad idea to give him another week, especially if you have a deep bench.
Nelson Agholor: With Alshon Jeffrey back, Agholor only had one productionless target as the Eagles scored 34 points at Green Bay last Thursday Night. While you don’t need to drop him, he’d be considered among the 1% FAAB suggestion options this week, while venturing close to “keep an eye on” territory.
Jordan Reed: Reed has still not played a down in 2019.
Kyle Rudolph: Rudolph has 5 receptions for 32 yards on the season.
David Njoku: Njoku is on IR, so stash him if you can but drop him if you need to.
Drew Brees: Brees is not a must drop, and according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Brees could be back a week ahead of schedule for the Saints October 27th matchup with the Cardinals. How droppable Brees is depends on your team, as well as what might be available on your waiver wire.
Cam Newton: After missing two games, Newton’s Lisfranc sprain continues to put him on the shelf with no definitive return date. If you don’t have an IR option, stash Newton if you can and only move on from him if you are truly set at QB or you’re able to grab a waiver wire option that should not be available. For instance, we might swap Newton for Kyler Murray, maybe for Ronald Jones depending on roster construction.
Damien Williams: We don’t want to drop a meaningful share of the Chiefs offense unless absolutely necessary. So, our advice would be to hold onto Williams until he returns, as we do not want to assume that his role will change due to his absence.
Marquez Valdez-Scantling: You probably should not drop Valdez-Scantling because he is the clear WR2 in Green Bay through the first 4 weeks. If Davante Adams enters Week 5 as a game time decision or worse due to his toe injury, we wouldn’t even consider dropping MVS.
Will Fuller: There have been a lot of questions about dropping Fuller, as his production has not been there through 4 weeks. My general response to those inquiries has been “who are you dropping him for?” Here is some insight into Fuller’s usage through the first 4 weeks: target share (18%) air yards (399) aDOT (17.3) weighted opportunity (.47) yards per route run (1.20) while playing in 243-of-254 snaps. Fuller’s yards per route run are low, everything else points towards Fuller being a valuable asset in Deshaun Watson’s offense. With Atlanta on deck, a defense that just got beat up by the Titans passing offense, we’d rather have Fuller than any other receiver on the waiver list.
O.J. Howard: Howard has been among the most frustrating fantasy assets of the 2019 season, as he is a talented player that has seen considerably lower-than-expected usage through 4 weeks. In his best game, which was Week 3 at the Giants, Howard caught 3 of his 4 targets for 66 yards while also drawing a roughly 30-yard pass interference penalty. Despite the Bucs offense scoring 48 points (they had a defensive TD) last week against the Rams, Howard only had 3 catches for 33 yards. His playing time has been strong, seeing 231-of-278 offensive snaps, but his usage has been low with a beyond disappointing 9% target share, which is tied for third on the team. Whether or not to drop Howard is a case-by-case decision, but he has been a volatile week-to-week fantasy option through the first month of the season and his role will have to be altered significantly for that to change.
- Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals, 2% FAAB Budget: After a truly bad offensive performance against the Steelers on Monday Night Football, Dalton draws a Cardinals defense that has given up the 9th most passing yards through the first four weeks. Dalton took 8 sacks against the Steelers, so the Bengals bottom-tier offensive line can limit this offense’s ceiling on any given week. However, Dalton is in a strong bounce-back spot as a 4 1/2-point home favorite with an implied team total of 26-points versus Arizona.
- Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings, 2%: In the two games that the Vikings have won, Cousins is averaging 15.5 passing attempts. In the two games that the Vikings have lost, Cousins has averaged 34 attempts. In Week 5, the Vikings will be -4 ½-point road favorites at the Giants, who improved from the league’s worst pass defense to the 7th after facing the injury-plagued Redskins in Week 4. If you are considering Cousins this week, the Vikings offense has an implied team total of 24, with an attractive matchup against a still exploitable Giants pass defense. However, keep in mind that the Vikings pass volume has taken a dramatic dip when they play with a lead to this point in 2019, as they are projected to do in Week 5.
- Jacoby Brissett, QB, Colts, 1%: Brissett ended up getting there for fantasy purposes in Week 4, passing for 265 yards with 3 touchdowns, while adding 19 yards rushing on 5 carries. But keep in mind that the Colts were down early to a back-of-the-pack Raiders defense, the offense was very inefficient, and most of the Colts offensive production came late. Brissett visits Kansas City next Sunday Night, as 10-point road dogs with an implied team total of 23.5. Especially if Y. Hilton returns, Brissett is an option worth considering in Week 5, but he does come with some risk.
Note: If Jordan Howard, Darrel Williams, or Rashaad Penny are available in your league, they would be in the mix at the top of this week’s running backs list.
- Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers, 6% FAAB Budget: Jones out-snapped Peyton Barber 36 to 19 in Week 4, while rushing for 70 yards on 19 carries with a score to go with a catch for 12 yards. Jones also had two highlight-worthy runs, that totaled nearly 80 yards, called back due to penalty last week. Through the first 4 games, Jones has 164 yards rushing while Barber has 163. Barber has out-snapped Jones 110-88 on the season, while Dare Ogunbowale has also seen 79 offensive snaps. To this point, the Bucs backfield remains a volatile committee, but Jones has performed well in three of the Bucs four games while being two penalties away from having a monster box score in Week 4.
- Jordan Wilkins, RB, Colts, TBD: Wilkins value depends entirely on Marlon Mack’s injury status. Should Mack miss time with his ankle injury, Wilkins is set to be the primary ball carrier behind a strong Colts offensive line. If Mack misses time, Wilkins would be a viable weekly option in neutral game scripts and especially in contests that the Colts would play with a lead. If Mack does not miss time, Wilkins remains an insurance option for Mack that would fall off of this list. The Colts visit the Chiefs for Sunday Night Football in Week 5.
- Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts, TBD: Hines has seen limited playing time in 2019, averaging only 16 offensive snaps through the first three weeks. In Week 4, with the Colts playing from behind and Marlon Mack leaving early due to an ankle injury, Hines’ offensive snaps jumped to 35. Should Mack miss time, Jordan Wilkins is set to be the lead back while Hines will likely see passing down work. If Mack misses time, Hines could have increased value in PPR formats when the Colts are expected to play from behind, as they will be projected to do this Sunday Night when they face the Chiefs as 10-point road underdogs. If Mack does not miss time, Hines returns to the “keep an eye on” section of the waiver column.
- Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots, 2%: Burkhead’s playing time fell off a cliff in Week 4, falling from 56 offensive snaps in Week 3 to 12 this week in Buffalo. Sporadic week-to-week usage is nearly the norm for members of the Patriots backfield, but it will also make Burkhead a speculative weekly play unless James White or Sony Michel miss time.
- Jaylen Samuels, RB, Steelers, 2%: Samuels Wild Cat role isn’t likely sustainable on a week-to-week basis. However, his 8 catches on 8 targets for 57 yards passing game swell is intriguing for a player that was already a valuable handcuff option behind James Conner.
- Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers, 1%: Coming off a Week 4 bye, Mostert’s value hinges on Tevin Coleman’s injury status. Mostert has 34 carries for 202 yards while adding 68 yards receiving and a score on 4 receptions through the 49ers’ first 3 games. Coleman did not practice on Monday and Mostert had at least 12 touches in both of the games Coleman outright missed. Making matters potentially more difficult on the injury front, the 49ers play the Browns on Monday Night Football in Week 5.
- Jonathan Hilliman, RB, Giants, 0%: With Saquon Barkley sidelined with a high-ankle sprain, it is Wayne Gallman’s backfield in New York. Despite Gallman’s strong day, Hilliman had 10 carries for 33 yards in reserve duty, while both running backs fumbled. Hilliman’s unexpected workload could easily be attributed to the Giants playing with a comfortable lead for much of last Sunday. Regardless, the Giants lack of other options at running back behind Gallman makes Hilliman a reasonable stash in deeper leagues during Saquon’s absence.
- Golden Tate, WR, Giants, 5% FAAB Budget: Tate returns from suspension in Week 5, making now the last chance to acquire him in many leagues. Pat Shurmur’s offense is reliant on quick, safe throws that are, ideally, meant to create YAC opportunities for pass catchers. In other words, Shurmur’s offense is reliant on passing play designs that are right in Tate’s wheelhouse. It remains to be seen what type of target share Tate will have alongside Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard, but Tate has been a high-floor PPR asset for most of his career and should continue to be as a part of Daniel Jones’ Giant offense.
- Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets, TBD: Crowder’s value depends on who is playing quarterback for the Jets. If Sam Darnold returns, Crowder is a legitimate PPR asset with a strong week 5 matchup against a vulnerable Eagles secondary. If Luke Falk remains under center, Crowder could easily fall off this list and become a drop consideration.
- Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers, 3%: Johnson’s collective box score through two games since being elevated to a starter is 9-129-2 on 12 targets. While we aren’t calling Johnson the primary receiver in Mason Rudolph’s offense, JuJu Smith-Schuster has 11 targets over that two-game stretch. The Steelers offense may remain volatile week-to-week, especially if they continue to deploy Wild Cat formations, but Johnson’s role has been stable during his short tenure as a starter and his upside makes him an intriguing potential add.
- Keke Coutee, WR, Texans, 3%: Coutee only caught 1 of his 3 targets for 11 yards despite his snap count rising form 16 to 38 in Week 4. With Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense primed for a bounce back against Atlanta in Week 5, Stills injury could give Coutee a chance to play every snap in a contest with a 49-point total.
- Geronimo Allison, WR, Packers, 2%: Allison posted a 3-52-1 box score on 4 targets versus the Eagles last Thursday night. His snap count also jumped from 26 in Week 3 to 63 in Week 4. With Davante Adams toe injury rumored to make wearing a shoe painful, Allison could see a jump in fantasy value were Adams to miss any time.
- Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers, 2%: The 49ers had their bye in Week 4, so there is nothing new to report on Samuel. Heading into Week 5, Samuel leads 49ers wide receivers in targets (14) target share (16%) receptions (11) receiving yards (147) YAC (101) yards per route run (2.60) and weighted opportunity (.38). We still like Samuel as a low-cost acquisition due to his role in a good offense, but the 49ers are truly spreading the targets around amongst their wide receiver group through their first three games.
- Andy Isabella, WR, Cardinals, 1%: With injury putting Christian Kirk’s week 5 status in some doubt, Isabella has an opportunity to see time in the slot for the Cardinals in Week 5. Isabella’s role has been nonexistent through the first 3 weeks, as he only played 1 offensive snap across those contests. Isabella saw 8 snaps in week 4, with half of them being in the slot in Kirk’s absence. Isabella is a low-floor bet that could bring much-needed speed to the Cardinals offense given Kirk’s injury uncertainty. If you’re looking to take a cheap home run swing for week 5, Isabella has enough potential upside to take a shot on, particularly with the prospect that he could take over the second-slot role if Kirk misses time.
- Parris Campbell, WR, Colts, 1%: With T.Y. Hilton out and the Colts playing from behind, Campbell caught 5-of-8 targets for 25 yards on 48 offensive snaps against Oakland. Especially f Hilton ends up missing Week 5, Campbell could become a legitimately playable option against the Chiefs.
- A.J. Brown, WR, Titans, 1%: Brown is just slightly behind Corey Davis in target share (14%) receptions (10) and weighted opportunity (.37) while leading the Titans in receiving yards (223) air yards (191) YAC (113) aDOT (11.2) and touchdowns (2). Through 4 games, one could argue that the rookie Brown is actually the Titans number 1 receiver over Davis. That lack of distinction makes it a preference call between both players through the first quarter of this season.
- Corey Davis, WR, Titans, 1%: The Titans offense had a strong outing in Atlanta, where Davis caught 5-of-6 targets for 91 yards and a score. Through 4 weeks, Davis leads the team in target share (15%) receptions (11) and weighted opportunity (.38) with a 10.6 aDOT. If you’re betting on Davis right now, you’re betting on his role to grow beyond what it currently is.
- KeeSean Johnson, WR, Cardinals, 1%: Per PFF, Johnson has played in 157-of-283 offensive snaps through the first 4 contests, with all but 3 coming on the outside. After aggressive Week 1 usage that came with 10 targets, Johnson’s target share has dropped down to 11% on the season, which has been accompanied by low production numbers. Given Christian Kirk’s injury uncertainty, it’s possible that Johnson could be in store for another usage spike in Week 5 against the Bengals. If Johnson continues to primarily line up on the right side, he should miss the often-underrated William Jackson should Bengals maintain their current defensive deployments.
- Auden Tate, WR, Bengals 1%: Over the past two games, Tate has 10 catches on 16 targets for 138 yards receiving. Per PFF, Tate has played 53 and then 60 offensive snaps respectively over the past two weeks. Tate finds himself in the best possible matchup this week against the Cardinals, who still are missing CB Patrick Peterson.
- Cole Beasley, WR, Bills, 1%: Beasley has a slight lead over John Brown in target share (24%) and receptions (24) with a weighted opportunity of .50 through 4 weeks in the Bills offense. Beasley is a high-floor PPR asset that has had 12 or more PPR points in each of the last three contests
- Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers, 1%: Heading into Week 5 after the 49ers’ bye, Goodwin leads 49ers wide receivers in snaps with 137 through the first three games. With a mere 9% target share and a strong 15.9 aDOT, Goodwin remains a boom-or-bust deep threat in a quality offense.
- Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons, 1%: Over the past two games, Sanu has 15 receptions on 18 targets for 166 yards receiving. On the season to date, Sanu’s target share (18%) receptions (24) yards (245) and weighted opportunity (.38) all exceed Calvin Ridley’s. While we’d refrain from making a bet on that to continue, that is the present reality in Atlanta.
- Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers, 2% FAAB Budget: Graham has seen volatile usage through the first four weeks, putting up zeroes in the box score in both Week 2 versus Minnesota and Week 3 versus Denver. On the flip side, against the Bears on opening night and the Eagles last Thursday Night, Graham has combined for 9 catches on 14 targets for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. Graham’s primary appeal comes from Aaron Rodgers’ willingness to give Graham contested catch opportunities in the endzone. If Davante Adams ends up missing Week 5’s contest at Dallas with a toe injury, all Packers pass catchers could be inline for a usage spike.
- Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals, 2%: Eifert draws the Cardinals in Week 5, who have been destroyed by tight ends through the first four weeks. Eifert has seen 5 targets in all but one of the Bengals first four games. Eifert is a strong upside play at the tight end position in week 5 that could form a volatile, but high-upside stack with teammate Andy Dalton for streamers.
- Chris Herndon, TE, Jets, 1%: Herndon is still another week away from returning from suspension, making it still possible to grab him in many leagues. With Sam Darnold starting to inch closer to returning after missing two games due to illness, Herndon has the potential to be an improvement for fantasy owners that have a hole at tight end once both players return.
- Noah Fant, TE, Broncos, 1%: Fant’s 4 target usage continues to be consistent, as he posted a 2-31-1 box score versus the Jaguars last week. If your wire is thin at tight end, Fant has had a very stable role through the first four games.
- Benjamin Watson, TE, Patriots, 1%: The veteran Watson returns from suspension this week, where New England hopes he can fill some of the void left by the retired Rob Gronkowski. Watson began his career with the Patriots, where he played with Tom Brady from 2004 to 2009.
- Eagles Defense vs Jets, 1% FAAB Budget: The Eagles are 14-point home favorites against the Jets, in a game where their high-end front four will have a significant advantage over the Jets offensive line. If Sam Darnold ends up returning this week, the Eagles defense is still a strong play. If Luke Falk is under center, the Eagles defensive line has the ability to turn this game into a runaway train of sacks and turnovers. If Falk is announced as the starter before waivers are processed, you could consider increasing your bid to grab the Eagles this week.
- 49ers Defense vs Browns (Monday Night), 0%: The appeal for the 49ers defense this week is built on a strong front four facing a mediocre Cleveland offensive line. The downside for the 49ers defense is that Baker Mayfield and the Browns just lit up the Ravens, in Baltimore for 40 points.
- Chiefs Defense vs Colts (Sunday Night), 0%: The Chiefs face off against the Colts, who lost to the Raiders at home last week, as 10-point home favorites in primetime. The Colts offensive line has the ability to neutralize the Chiefs front, so the appeal to playing the Chiefs defense is built on Jacoby Brissett potentially playing from behind on the road.
- Titans Defense vs Bills, 0%: With Josh Allen in the concussion protocol, there is a very real chance that Matt Barkley starts against the Titans on the road. Even if Allen makes the start, he consistently provides defenses with sack and turnover opportunities, putting the Titans defense in the mix regardless of who is at quarterback.
- Matt Gay, K, Buccaneers, 0% FAAB: We can’t expect Gay to benefit from 7 extra points again this week, but he did nail a 58-yard field goal last week in an ascending Buccaneers offense. The Bucs visit New Orleans in Week 5 with an implied team total of 22-points, in an indoor venue.
- Jake Elliot, K, Eagles, 0%: The Eagles are 14-point home favorites with an implied team total of 29-points. Since Elliot will be playing outdoors, it’s always prudent to check for significant wind conditions before kickoff.
Running Back Handcuffs and Stashes
Malcolm Brown: After an opening day that saw Brown swipe two rushing touchdowns and nearly split usage with Todd Gurley, Brown’s playing time has remained relatively stable, but his usage has fallen more in line with a true reserve the last three weeks. That makes Brown a high-value handcuff behind Gurley, who has not quite looked like himself through the first four weeks.
Alexander Mattison: The Bears defense dominated the Vikings in Week 4, but Mattison remains the primary reserve behind Dalvin Cook in an offense that wants to establish the run whenever they can.
Chase Edmonds: David Johnson has played 229 snaps through the first 4 weeks. A bet on Edmonds is a bet on Johnson not being able to continue at that clip. Further, when Edmonds does see time his speed and quickness sticks out on an offense in desperate need of those traits.
Tony Pollard: Pollard had a real nice 13-103-1 stat line in garbage time against Miami in Week 3. He saw 2 snaps on Sunday Night Football in a close, losing effort against the Saints. We suggested him as a sell-high trade option that several of our subscribers were able to take advantage of last week. If you still have Pollard, his main value is as Ezekiel Elliot insurance.
Ty Johnson: Johnson has only seen 11 snaps in each of the two games since C.J. Anderson’s departure.
Gus Edwards: Edwards is still slightly out-snapping Justice Hill 87-to-63 on the season.
Ty Montgomery: The Jets had a bye in Week 4, but Montgomery remains Le’Veon Bell insurance.
Ito Smith: Smith played 30 offensive snaps in Week 4, while carrying twice for 11 yards and a score along with 2 catches on 4 targets for 20 yards.
Jeff Wilson: While Tevin Coleman has missed time due to injury, Wilson has been inserted as the goal line back with 4 touchdowns in 2 games. When Coleman returns, Wilson’s roster spot could be in jeopardy.
Ryquell Armstead: Armstead caught a touchdown pass last week in Denver, where he also saw 8 carries for 42 yards behind Leonard Fournette’s massive usage. Armstead’s primary value is as Fournette insurance or as a bet against Fournette’s ability to hold up to his significant volume.
Justice Hill: Hill remains a talented rookie with a small role in the Ravens offense. That role saw a slight uptick from the previous two weeks as the Ravens played from behind against the Browns.
Darrell Henderson: Henderson has one offensive snap on the season, so he remains a deep bench bet against Todd Gurley.
Darwin Thompson: Darrel Williams has leapfrogged Thompson for significant playing time in the two games that Damien Williams has missed. Darrel Williams has been excellent in pass protection, which has made Thompson the clear number 4 running back in the Chiefs offense to this point.
Kareem Hunt: Four games down, four to go on the suspension.
Keep an Eye On
Kyle Allen: Allen has already been named next week’s starter after leading Carolina in back-to-back victories.
Teddy Bridgewater: Through Bridgewater’s first two starts, Bridgewater has been a game manager as the Saints have ground out back-to-back victories behind their top shelf roster.
Chase Daniel: Daniel came in relief of starter Mitch Trubisky in Week 4, where Daniel lead the Bears to a 16-6 victory over the rival Vikings. With Trubisky set to miss at least one week, Daniel has a solid matchup in London against Oakland in Week 5.
Sam Darnold: It’s still unclear if Darnold will play this week, but if and when he does Darnold could be an upgrade for some considering all of the quarterback injuries around the league. Darnold’s questionable availability this week is the only reason he’s not in the FAAB section for Week 5.
Gardner Minshew: No one could have hoped for Minshew to be playing better than he has been through the first four weeks. His 69.4% completion percentage paired with his 7-1 touchdown to interception ratio has been truly impressive.
Josh Rosen: The Dolphins enter a bye in Week 5 after a disastrous September, but the passing offense has been better under Rosen despite playing significant competition. The Dolphins face the Redskins off their bye in Week 6, putting Rosen on the radar for two-quarterback leagues.
Mason Rudolph: The Steelers offense deployed some Wildcat on Monday Night, but Rudolph was a very efficient 24-of-28 for 229 yards passing and 2 touchdowns versus the Bengals.
Giovani Bernard: Bernard caught 4-of-6 targets for 16 yards while playing from behind on Monday Night Football at the Steelers.
Dontrell Hilliard: Hilliard’s offensive snaps jumped from 1 in Week 3 to 25 in Week 4. Hilliard posted 27 yards on 6 carries with a score as well as 2 catches for 27 yards during the Browns comfortable Week 4 victory at Baltimore.
Dion Lewis: Lewis caught 4-of-5 targets for 4 yards while adding 16 yards on 4 carries at Atlanta last week. His role in the Titans offense remains minimal through the first quarter of the season.
J.D. McKissic: After a 41-yard gain on a reverse last week, McKissic looked explosive on his 4 carries for 30 yards and 1 catch for 11 yards in Week 4 versus the Chiefs.
Dare Ogunbowale: Ogunbowale caught 3-of-4 targets for 16 yards during the Bucs Week 4 shootout with the Rams.
Troymaine Pope: In Week 4 against Miami, Pope logged 20 yards on 10 carries along with 14 yards on 2 receptions with Justin Jackson sidelined with injury and Melvin Gordon not yet ready for game action.
Jalen Richard: With the Raiders playing with a lead in Week 4, Richard had 17 yards on 4 carries with only 1 catch for 1 yard.
Mark Walton: Walton saw a jump in usage for Week 4 with 23 yards on 6 carries along with 2 catches for 11 yards versus the Chargers.
DeAndre Washington: Washington had 18 yards on 6 carries along with 2 catches for 8 yards during the Raiders Week 4 upset of the Colts.
Jamaal Williams: After leaving Thursday Night Football due to injury last week, Williams remains in the concussion protocol as of this writing.
T.J. Yeldon: Yeldon has seen an uptick in playing time and usage in Devin Singletary’s absence, hauling in all 4 of his targets for 68 yards versus the Patriots last week.
Jaron Brown: Brown caught all 3 of his targets for 50 yards against Arizona in Week 4.
Miles Boykin: Boykin’s offensive snaps have dropped in each of the last three weeks (37, 27, 21). Boykins posted a 3-32-1 line on 3 targets last week against the Browns.
Deon Cain: Cain had no usage against Oakland in Week 4 despite playing 56 snaps.
Parris Campbell: With T.Y. Hilton out and the Colts playing from behind, Campbell caught 5-of-8 targets for 25 yards on 48 offensive snaps against Oakland. Especially f Hilton ends up missing Week 5, Campbell could become a legitimately playable option against the Chiefs.
Randall Cobb: Cobb caught 3-of-6 targets for 41 yards behind stable playing time during the Cowboys loss in New Orleans last Sunday night.
Chris Conley: Conley caught 1-of-4 targets for 17 yards during the Jaguars run-heavy game plan at Denver.
Trevor Davis: Davis had no targets, but he did have 2 carries for 74 yards and a score on 37 offensive snaps in Week 4.
Taylor Gabriel: After a huge Week 3, Gabriel missed Week 4’s tilt with the Vikings due to injury.
Ted Ginn Jr: The veteran speedster Ginn is a volatile weekly play with stable playing time, as he only posted a 3-19 line on 5 targets in Week 4.
DaeSean Hamilton: Hamilton caught 3-of-5 targets for 57 yards despite a small playing time reduction against Jacksonville in Week 4.
Kelvin Harmon: With Terry McLaurin out, the rookie Harmon caught both of his Week 4 targets for 14 yards.
Adam Humphries: After a strong Week 3, Humphries caught 2-of-3 targets for 15 yards at Atlanta last week.
Dontrelle Inman: With Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin out, Inman caught 5-of-7 targets for 76 yards in Week 4 at Miami.
Bisi Johnson: Johnson caught all 4 of his targets for 35 yards at Chicago in Week 4.
KeeSean Johnson: Johnson caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards on 36 snaps in Week 4 versus Seattle.
Anthony Miller: Miller’s usage remains low as he caught 2-of-3 targets for 11 yards in Week 4 versus the Vikings.
Trey Quinn: Quinn created separation on two downfield targets against the Giants in Week 4, but he was badly missed on both by Case Keenum.
DeVante Parker: Production somewhat caught up to Parker’s considerable usage, as he posted a 4-70-1 line versus the Chargers in Week 4.
Zach Pascal: After a solid Week 3, Pascal caught 4-of-7 targets for 72 yards in Week 4 versus Oakland. Pascal has played at least 30 snaps in each of the last two weeks.
Breshad Perriman: Perriman left last week’s shootout with the Rams early with a shoulder injury.
Hunter Renfrow: Renfrow caught 2-of-3 targets for 18 yards on 25 snaps during the Raiders road upset of the Colts in Week 4.
Seth Roberts: Roberts has played 171 snaps through the first 4 weeks, while catching 4-of-5 targets for 36 yards last week versus Cleveland.
Chester Rogers: Rogers caught 3-of-6 targets for 48 yards and a score in Week 4 versus the Raiders.
Darius Slayton: After a strong regular season debut in Week 3, Slayton caught both of his targets for 13 yards versus the Redskins in Week 4.
Willie Snead: Snead has played 202 offensive snaps through the first 4 games, while posting a 2-61-1 box score last week against Cleveland.
Kenny Stills: Stills caught both of his targets for 24 yards before leaving Week 4 early with a hamstring injury.
James Washington: No catches on a single target despite 44 snaps for Washington on Monday Night Football versus the Bengals last week.
Preston Williams: Williams continues to build on a strong preseason, as he caught 4-of-7 targets for 46 yards in Week 4 versus the Chargers.
Bobo Wilson: With Breshad Perriman sidelined early in Week 4 with a shoulder injury, Wilson caught 1-of-4 targets for 14 yards. Wilson’s offensive snaps rose from 6 in Week 3 to 35 in Perriman’s absence in Week 4.
Javon Wims: Filling in for the injured Taylor Gabriel, Wims caught 4-of-5 targets for 56 yards on 66 snaps in Week 4 versus Minnesota.
Jordan Akins: After a big Week 3, Akins caught 3-of-4 targets for 21 yards behind stable play time in Week 4 versus Carolina.
Cameron Brate: Brate caught all 3 of his Week 4 targets for 36 yards and a score.
Jack Doyle: Doyle caught 4-of-8 targets for 22 yards and a touchdown against Oakland in Week 4.
Gerald Everett: The athletic Everett caught 5-of-8 targets for 44 yards as Jared Goff threw for 517 yards in Week 4 versus the Bucs.
Dallas Goedert: Goedert’s Thursday Night Football box score was 2-16-1 on 3 targets. Goedert’s snaps jumped from 9 in Week 3 to 43 in Week 4.
Tyler Higbee: Higbee caught 4-of-7 targets for 41 yards during the Rams shootout with the Bucs in Week 4.
Hayden Hurst: Hurst played 21 offensive snaps while catching both of his targets for 39 yards versus Cleveland in Week 4.
Blake Jarwin: Jarwin’s usage has been more up-and-down than teammate Jason Witten’s. Jarwin caught all 3 of his targets for 49 yards in Week 4.
Lance Kendricks: With Hunter Henry and Virgil Green out, the veteran Kendricks caught 2-of-3 targets for 37 yards at Miami in Week 4.
Foster Moreau: Moreau posted a 3-30-1 line on 31 offensive snaps in Week 4.
Ricky Seals-Jones: Jones’ posted a 3-82-1 line against Baltimore while his offensive snaps jumped from 6 in Week 3 to 20 in Week 4.
Irv Smith Jr.: After a spike Week 3 performance against the Raiders, Smith caught his only target for 5 yards against the Bears in Week 4.
Jason Witten: Witten’s role remains stable, as he hauled in all 4 of his targets for 50 yards in Week 4.
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