Week 4 Waiver Wire

published 09/27/19 12:56:19 PM EDT
by Tom Brolley

Here are this week’s top Waiver Wire options that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. I’ll list any players at the top who are above the 50% threshold (or are household names) but are still somewhat widely available for those who might be in smaller leagues.

Quarterbacks

Best Options if Available: Matthew Stafford (Det, 52%)

Top Targets

Daniel Jones (NYG, 15%) — Jones didn’t disappoint in his first NFL start against the Buccaneers in Week 3, leading the Giants to a come-from-behind victory without their best player (Saquon Barkley). He completed 23/36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, and he showed some upside as a runner with 4/28/2 rushing. In fact, Jones’ two touchdown runs were more running scores than Eli Manning has ever posted in a single season. Jones’ 36.2 fantasy points in Week 3 were the second-most ever for a quarterback making his first career start — Eric Hipple had 42.7 FP for the Lions back in 1981 (per Scott Barrett). It made sense for the Giants to insert Jones into the starting lineup in Week 3 because they had two good matchups looming (@TB, vs. Was) but his schedule will get a little tougher starting in Week 5 (vs. Min, @NE, vs. Ari). The Giants defense has been epically bad, which should lead to more passing volume and scrambling opportunities. Jones showed enough in his first start to warrant a pick up in nearly all formats as he could be a low-end QB1 this season.

Jacoby Brissett (Ind, 19%) — Brissett has been incredibly efficient since taking over as the team’s starter after Andrew Luck’s retirement. He started Week 3 by reeling off 16 straight completions against the Falcons on his way to completing 28/37 passes for 310 yards and two TDs. After a tough schedule to start the season, Brissett could be a viable streamer in the upcoming weeks because of a soft slate (vs. Oak, @KC, bye, vs. Hou) but, unfortunately, his best receiver, T.Y. Hilton, is dealing with a quad injury right now. Brissett isn’t a great streaming option if Hilton is going to miss games with his injury.

Andy Dalton (Cin, 33%) — Dalton is throwing it a ton every week — he’s averaging 43.0 attempts per game — because this Bengals O-line can’t create any running room. He struggled against a good Bills defense in Week 3, completing 20/36 passes for 249 yards for 249 yards, one touchdown, and two INTs but he did add a rushing TD. Dalton will still be without his top WR A.J. Green for a couple more weeks — Green shed his boot before Week 2, at least — but this offense could run through Dalton’s arm while Joe Mixon plays through an ankle issue behind a bad O-line. The schedule isn’t the easiest coming up (@Pit, vs Ari, @Bal, vs. Jax), but he has a chance to put up numbers if he continues to throw the rock so much.

Kyle Allen (Car, 2%) — Allen is going to start at least one more game with the Panthers already announcing that Cam Newton will miss their Week 4 contest against the Texans. He completed 19/26 passes (73.1%) for 261 yards (10.0 YPA) and four touchdowns against the Cardinals in his second career start. It’s the right move by the Panthers as they need to get Cam back to 100% before they throw him back on the field. Allen gets a juicy matchup against the Texans this week, which has given up 300+ yards and two TDs to both Drew Brees and Philip Rivers to start the season. It also came out that Cam’s injury is a Lisfranc issue, which makes it a real possibility that he sits out through their Week 7 bye — the Panthers play at Houston, host Jacksonville, and at Tampa the next three weeks.

Going Deeper

Mitch Trubisky (Chi, 45%) — Mitch threw for a touchdown in Week 3! He had yet to account for a touchdown through the first two weeks of the season but he broke through with three TD passes against the Redskins, thanks in large part to the giving nature of Case Keenum. Trubisky didn’t make many high-level throws in the contest outside of his 36-yard TD toss to Taylor Gabriel as most of his throws were high-percentage throws. My biggest issue with Trubisky so far is that he has just 5/21 rushing so far after he ran 421 yards and three scores last year. Trubisky is likely to go back to disappointing in the coming weeks (vs. Min, @Oak, bye, vs. NO).

Derek Carr (Oak, 29%) — Carr came up small in a good spot against the Chiefs in Week 2, and he needed some major garbage-time production to post respectable numbers in Week 3 — 242 yards, two TDs, and one INT against the Vikings. Carr has at least had a strong connection with Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller in the early going, which is a huge positive since they’re both essentially new targets for him. Carr has a pretty tough schedule coming up (@Ind, vs. Chi, bye, @GB) so you can drop him if you’ve been rolling with him.

Gardner Minshew (Jax, 7%) — The Jaguars got some devastating news in the season opener as Nick Foles broke his collarbone just 10 minutes into his Jacksonville career. The mustachioed Minshew has done an admirable job filling in for Foles and he picked up his first win in Week 3, completing 20/30 passes for 204 yards and two TDs. His night should’ve been even better but Dede Westbrook dropped a touchdown pass. Foles will first be eligible to return in Week 11 as the Jags placed him on the injured reserve. Minshew has been much more aggressive throwing downfield to D.J. Chark and Chris Conley than I thought he would be, which gives him some low-end appeal going forward (@Den, @Car, vs. NO, @Cin).

Mason Rudolph (Pit, 12%) — Rudolph had a very disappointing first NFL start with the 49ers seemingly trying to hand the Steelers a victory in Week 3. He completed just 14/27 passes (51.7%) for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and one INT as he looked extremely tentative to pull the trigger in the pocket. He actually completed just two passes that traveled more than a yard downfield (the two touchdown passes) Rudolph looked at his best when he threw it downfield, but he didn’t show off his big arm nearly enough in his first start. Rudolph should be added in all two-QB formats but he doesn’t look like an essential player in typical formats, and his schedule gets tougher after Week 4 (vs. Cin, vs. Bal, @LAC, bye).

Teddy Bridgewater (NO, 6%) — The Saints are in trouble with QB Drew Brees slated to miss potentially six weeks with a torn thumb ligament, which required surgery. The Saints survived their first game without Brees thanks two defensive/special teams touchdowns in Week 3 against the Seahawks. HC Sean Payton kept it extremely basic for Bridgewater as the veteran backup QB got the ball out of hands quickly. His average intended air yards was a Week 3-low of only 3.3 yards, and he finished with 177 passing yards and two touchdowns. I’m not as high on Bridgewater as some because he hasn’t seen significant playing time since 2015 — he actually threw more passes in Week 2 (30) than he did in 2016-18 combined (25). I also don’t view him as a high-level passer but at least he’ll get to work with Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara for the next month or so (vs. Dal, vs. TB, @Jax, @Chi). Taysom Hill is also in the mix here and Payton could get him more involved if the Saints are in some close contests going forward.

Dwayne Haskins (Was, 2%) — The Dwayne Haskins Era in Washington will be starting in the near future after Case Keenum’s truly horrific Monday Night performance in Week 3 — Keenum threw three INTS and lost two fumbles against the Bears. Haskins completed 55% of his passes in the preseason (32-of-58) and averaged 7.1 YPA (409 yards) and he did his best work throwing downfield, which is good news for Terry McLaurin and Paul Richardson. Haskins can be added now in two-QB formats since he should be starting in the next couple weeks — they could be targeting Week 6 against the Dolphins.

Ryan Tannehill (Ten, 0%) — If you’re desperate in a two-QB league, Tannehill could be added now because it looks like he’ll be starting games for the Titans in the near future. Marcus Mariota filled up the box score in garbage time in Week 3, but the offense did nothing for the first three quarters because of his weak arm and his subsequent indecisiveness because of his said weak arm. Tannehill is the better player and the Titans need to make the switch soon before their season slips down the drain.

Running Backs

Best Options if Available: Rashaad Penny (Sea, 62%) Raheem Mostert (SF, 51%), Chris Thompson (Was, 45%), Frank Gore (Buf, 57%), Jordan Howard (Phi, 55%), Malcolm Brown (LAR, 54%)

Top Targets

Wayne Gallman (NYG, 2%) — Saquon Barkley left Week 3 early with an ankle injury and he’s staring at a multi-week absence because it’s a high-ankle sprain — Adam Schefter reported it could be on the longer end of a 4-8 week timeline. That means Gallman is the next man up in this backfield. He struggled in Barkley’s stead against the Buccaneers, posting just 5/13 rushing with no catches on one target but he at least play all 39 snaps after Barkley left. Gallman is certainly no Barkley and he’s more of a low-end RB2 option while Saquon is out of the lineup. He’s averaged just 3.6 YPC (58/206/2 rushing) and 6.7 YPR (17/113 receiving) in 18 contests over the last two seasons. Gallman can’t carry this offense like Barkley has at times but he’s at least a solid all-around back who can catch a few passes to pad his value, and it doesn’t hurt that Daniel Jones has significantly raised the fantasy ceiling for this offense.

Rex Burkhead (NE, 24%) — In case you forgot, as soon as you think you’ve figured out the Patriots backfield HC Bill Belichick is about to flip the script on you. Burkhead has been active in this backfield to start the season, and he’s performed much better than Sony Michel has performed as the team’s lead runner. With James White sitting out Week 3, Burkhead posted 11/47/1 rushing and 6/22 receiving on seven targets while playing 74% of the snaps against the Jets. Trying to figure out how Patriots will divvy up the touches and the snaps from week to week is difficult, but Burkhead clearly looks healthy again and he can fill in as a replacement for both Michel and White. It looks like he could have a pretty healthy role going forward in one of the league’s best offenses and there’s a chance they could expand his role given Michel’s struggles to start the season. Michel has broken just one tackle on 45 touches so far this season and his owners would be wise to snatch up Burkhead now in case the Patriots make a switch at their lead runner spot. It’s also worth noting that the Patriots placed FB James Develin (neck) on the IR this week and that means the Patriots could run fewer two-RB sets, which is good news for Burkhead and White and bad news for Michel.

Darrel Williams (KC, 5%) — Both Damien Williams (knee) and LeSean McCoy (ankle) are dealing with injuries that could keep them out of the lineup in a road matchup against the Lions. Damien Williams sat out Week 3 and Shady tweaked his ankle injury in the fourth quarter, and it was Darrel Williams and not Darwin Thompson who was the next guy up in this backfield. Darrel Williams delivered against the Ravens, posting 9/62 rushing and 5/47 receiving as a complementary piece to Shady while playing 54% of the snaps. Darrel Williams is instantly in the RB2 conversation if he has the chance to get double-digit touches playing in this explosive offense so keep an eye on the status of the top two backs this week.

Ronald Jones (TB, 24%) — I was extremely skeptical about Jones’ staying power because he had done very little to be optimistic about. He changed that a bit in the season opener of his second season, but he came right back to earth in Week 2. He went back to impressing in Week 3 against the Giants, posting 14/80 rushing and he added a 41-yard catch on his lone target on 30% of the snaps. It looks like HC Bruce Arians will continue to roll with an RBBC in this backfield with the mediocre Peyton Barber getting the first crack to develop the “hot hand” each week. Jones has run with more power and wiggle this season so there’s at least some hope that he could emerge here at some point if Arians lets him.

Going Deeper

Jamaal Williams (GB, 9%) — I was curious to see how new HC Matt LaFleur would split up the workload in this Packers backfield. It looks like he’s handling Aaron Jones and Williams very similarly to the old coaching staff, mixing Williams in liberally especially in passing situations. Williams has a little bit of standalone value but he would have a ton of value if Jones went down. It is notable that he finished with more carries, targets, and catches than Jones in Week 3 after LaFleur said he wanted to get Williams more involved, but Jones scored two touchdowns despite playing just 39% of the snaps to Williams’ 61%.

C.J. Prosise (Sea, 0%) — Starting RB Chris Carson has now lost three fumbles in as many games this season and Rashaad Penny strained his hamstring on the Friday before Week 3 so there is some uncertainty with this backfield right now. Prosise actually led the backfield in snaps (55% snap share) against the Saints but it didn’t hurt that they were playing from behind the entire game — he finished with 5/38 receiving and 4/5 rushing. We need to see about Penny’s status this week but Prosise could have a role next to Carson this week if the second-year back can’t play.

Justin Jackson (LAC, 29%) — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported early in September that Melvin Gordon is likely to report to the Chargers between Weeks 6 and 8, which means Jackson should stay involved until that time. Jackson is clearly the #2 option in this backfield with Austin Ekeler tearing it up. Jackson played 37% of the snaps but he managed just 30 scrimmage yards on nine touches against the Texans in Week 3. Ekeler is going to get the most touches in this backfield until Gordon returns, but Jackson could see 8-12 touches a week until then. Jackson could get some run this week against a bad Dolphins defense, a week after Tony Pollard erupted late against them in clock-burning mode.

Jeff Wilson (SF, 4%) — Wilson is the #3 RB in the 49ers current rotation — Tevin Coleman (high-ankle) will miss a couple more weeks — but he’s their top option down at the goal line. He finished with just 8/18 rushing with no catches in Week 3 against the Steelers, but he did vulture two goal-line TDs for the second straight week. He now has a touchdown run on 22.2% of his carries this season (4-of-18) so you could do far worse than Wilson in non-PPR formats. The 49ers do have a bye next week and Coleman should be back shortly after they return to the field, but Wilson is a viable option for those looking for touchdowns.

Ty Johnson (Det, 2%) — The Lions cut C.J. Anderson before Week 3 so Johnson’s rise up the team’s depth chart continued. The Lions cleared the way for Johnson to play as a rookie when they cut passing-back Theo Riddick earlier this summer. He showed a knack for big plays at Maryland in 2017, averaging an absolutely silly 9.1 YPC (110/1004/6 rushing) before running a 4.45 40-time at the combine. Johnson had absolutely dreadful quarterback situations during his college career, but he’s been a much better receiver than the Lions anticipated. There’s an outside shot that Johnson could come out of nowhere to become a fantasy option next to Kerryon Johnson because of his explosive ability as a change-of-pace back, much like Austin Ekeler did two seasons ago next to Melvin Gordon.

Ito Smith (Atl, 20%) — Smith had been working in a timeshare with Devonta Freeman but he suffered a concussion in Week 3, which could keep him out in Week 4. This backfield is worth monitoring if Freeman can’t get on track after a couple of injury-plagued seasons. Smith isn’t getting enough work to have standalone value right now, but he’s worth consideration because of Freeman’s slow start to the season.

Premium Handcuffs

Chase Edmonds (Ari, 3%) — David Johnson has the potential to finish as a top-five RB this season if Kliff Kingsbury continues to use him all over the field. The second-year RB would have top-12 weekly potential if he’s thrust into the starting role.

Giovani Bernard (Cin, 20%) — Gio is a must-own in any week that Mixon is out of the lineup, and Mixon is currently playing through an ankle injury right now. Bernard is a capable runner and receiver who can take on a big role as we’ve seen in the past when Mixon has missed time. Gio is one of the best handcuffs in the league and it looks like he could have some low-end standalone value playing next to Mixon.

Ty Montgomery (NYJ, 11%) — Montgomery has almost no value playing behind Le’Veon Bell. Montgomery would have RB2 potential as the lead back in New York but Sam Darnold’s absence the next couple weeks would hurt his fantasy ceiling.

Alexander Mattison (Min, 20%) — Starting RB Dalvin Cook looks primed for a huge season, but he has had some injury issues throughout his career dating back to his days at Florida State. The Vikings have just Ameer Abdullah behind Mattison so I’d expect Mattison to see a heavy workload if Cook missed time.

Mike Davis (Chi, 11%) — HC Matt Nagy outwitted himself with the usage of his three backs in the season opener, but Davis has been used as the backup to David Montgomery since then. Davis is going to be a bigger factor than initially expected in Chicago, especially in hurry-up/passing situations, but he’s still more of a handcuff than anything else.

Tony Pollard (Dal, 17%) — Pollard’s complementary role is evaporating as Zeke works his way back into shape, but he got some run in their blowout victory over the Dolphins in Week 3 (13/103/1 rushing). Elliott owners would be wise to scoop up Pollard if he’s thrown to the scrapheap this week.

Jordan Wilkins (Ind, 7%) — Starting RB Marlon Mack is playing through an ankle injury right now and if Mack were to miss time at any point, Wilkins would be elevated to the lead runner spot with Nyheim Hines also mixing in passing situations.

Wide Receiver

Best Options if Available: Courtland Sutton (Den, 52%), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB, 52%), Mecole Hardman (KC, 49%), Nelson Agholor (Phi, 54%)

Top Targets

Paul Richardson (Was, 7%) — Richardson is looking like a viable plug-and-play option this week going against a bad Giants defense. Richardson has scored in consecutive games and he’s coming off an 8/83/1 receiving performance on nine targets against the Bears. It’s also looking like Terry McLaurin won’t be able to go this week, putting Richardson in the WR3 range with some major upside going against a bad Giants secondary.

D.J. Chark (Jax, 39%) — If you’ve been following the site since this summer, you know that I liked using a late-round selection on Chark because of his big-play ability and his lack of competition for targets. Chark has played looked like the second-round pick that he is and he showed out on national TV in Week 3, posting 4/76/1 receiving on five targets against the Titans. Chark and Gardner Minshew clearly have a rapport together and the rookie QB isn’t afraid to target him downfield. Chark has quickly climbed to the top of this Jaguars receiving depth chart ahead of Dede Westbrook, and the second-year WR with blazing speed and a long, wiry frame (6’4”, 198 pounds) is squarely in the weekly WR3 conversation.

Phillip Dorsett (NE, 32%) — In case you’ve been living under a rock, Dorsett has once again been elevated into the #3 WR role in New England after the franchise cut Antonio Brown. Dorsett delivered in his bigger role in Week 3, posting 6/53/1 receiving on seven targets against the Jets while playing 92% of the snaps. It’s also notable that Julian Edelman left early with a chest injury so Dorsett could have an even bigger role going forward if Edelman misses any action. Dorsett is worth a look as a WR4/5 in this potent offense and you probably won’t feel terrible if you’re forced to use him with bye weeks starting to kick in during Week 4.

Golden Tate (NYG, 37%) — Tate will be eligible to return from his suspension in Week 5 against the Vikings. Tate should immediately step into a prominent role in this passing attack and he now has a lot more potential since the Giants inserted Daniel Jones into the starting lineup. The fantasy ceiling for these WRs has been significantly raised with Jones inserted into the lineup.

Going Deeper

James Washington (Pit, 26%) and Diontae Johnson (Pit, 4%) — The Steelers wisely benched Donte Moncrief in Week 3 and elevated Washington and Johnson into bigger roles. The problem was that Mason Rudolph looked extremely shaky in his first NFL start. Washington managed just 2/14 receiving on four targets while playing 92% of the snaps but he was tackled by a defender on a potential long touchdown throw. Johnson had a little better luck, securing 3/52/1 receiving on six targets and scoring on a 39-yard pass while playing 79% of the snaps. Rudolph should play better going forward and he needs to continue to chuck it downfield to these young WRs. The Steelers are also going nowhere this season and it would be wise to get these WRs as much experience as they possibly can.

Preston Williams (Mia, 3%) — The Dolphins are going to be a tire fire this season, which is good news for Williams since it’s in their best interests to let their talented rookie take his lumps as they tank this season. Wilson saw a whopping 12 targets in Josh Rosen’s first start against the Cowboys in Week 3, but he caught just four of them for 68 yards while playing 92% of the snaps. Williams showed a great connection with Rosen in the preseason, and the new QB clearly favored him in his first start. Williams is massive (6’5”, 218 pounds) and a former five-star recruit who had his college career derailed by failed drug tests and a 2017 domestic violence charge. Williams could be locked into the starting lineup with Albert Wilson (calf) hurt once again and the Dolphins will be playing in a lot of garbage-time situations this season.

Kenny Stills (Hou, 18%) — Stills has had a small role in the Texans offense through his first two weeks with the team but he was more involved in Week 3 against the Charges. He played on 52% of the snaps and posted 4/89 receiving on six targets from while Keke Coutee didn’t say a target while playing 28% of the snaps. Coutee is likely going to cap Stills’ upside moving forward, but he’s at least firmly ahead of him on depth chart at this point. Stills is going to be a volatile weekly option but he’s going to produce some big weeks playing with Deshaun Watson.

Deebo Samuel, Marquise Goodwin, and Dante Pettis (SF) — This 49ers WR depth chart has been a clusterf*ck since the preseason and we’ve had very little clarity three weeks into the season. All of Kyle Shanahan’s bluster about Pettis in the preseason apparently wasn’t BS as he’s using a full-blow rotation at WR every week. Samuel is the player to scoop up off the waiver wire in this passing game as he has the best chance to emerge as a potential WR3 for fantasy, but Pettis has also shown a pulse after scoring a TD in Week 3.

Parris Campbell (Ind, 4%) — Free-agent signee Devin Funchess broke his collarbone in the season opener and landed on the injured reserve, which is going to open up opportunities for Campbell. Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal, and Deon Cain are all seeing jumps in playing time, but Campbell is the player with a pedigree to bet on. He scored his first NFL touchdown on a 12-yard target in Week 2 against the Titans and he posted 3/24 receiving against the Falcons in Week 3 while playing 45% of the snaps. Campbell should get more chances to make plays as the year goes on and he’s a worthy player to stash at the end of your bench. T.Y. Hilton also left Week 3 after aggravating a quad injury, which had him questionable coming into the game, so Campbell could be in line for a boost in work.

Devin Smith (Dal, 11%) — I nearly fell out of my La-Z-Boy in shock after I saw Smith house a 51-yard touchdown against the Redskins in Week 2. That is indeed the same Devin Smith the Jets drafted 37th overall back in 2015 whose career has been derailed by numerous injuries. Well, Smith could go from being a complete afterthought to a fringe fantasy option while Michael Gallup sits out the next 2-4 weeks for an arthroscopic surgery to his knee. Smith couldn’t keep his momentum rolling against the Dolphins in Week 3 (2/39 receiving), and the Cowboys should take this opportunity to get a good long look at Smith (he played 92% of the snaps).

PPR Only

Cole Beasley (Buf, 7%) — Josh Allen is going to chuck it deep to John Brown or he’s going throw it underneath to his safety-valve Beasley. Beasley finished with 8/48 receiving on 10 targets against the Bengals in Week 3. Beasley provides a solid PPR floor but he’s not going to offer much of a weekly ceiling.

Mohamed Sanu (Atl, 29%) — Sanu is never a sexy option off the waiver wire but he’s typically an effective PPR option in a pinch. He came through in Week 3 against the Colts, catching all six of his targets for 75 yards. Sanu provides a decent PPR floor with a limited fantasy ceiling but don’t expect a bunch of performances like the one he provided in Week 3.

Randall Cobb (Dal, 31%) — Cobb looked past his prime in his final couple years in Green Bay, and he’s struggled the last two weeks after a strong Cowboys debut in the season opener — he’s managed just 7/47 receiving in Weeks 2-3. He’s still a distant #3 WR and #4 option in this offense, but Cobb should have some Cole Beasley type performances out of the slot this season.

Danny Amendola (Det, 14%) — After blowing up in Week 1, Amendola is back to being a low-end fantasy option even in PPR formats — he posted just 4/37 receiving on five targets in Week 3 against the Eagles. Amendola is unlikely to top his Week 1 fantasy performance going forward but at least he has the chance to be a PPR factor if the Lions are projected to play from behind and/or in a shootout.

Trey Quinn (Was, 1%) — Quinn is the starting slot WR for the Redskins and he’s done very little in that role through two weeks. He’s posted 13/99/1 receiving so far but he’s averaging a paltry 7.6 YPR. Quinn could be a threat to catch 4-6 passes for 30-50 yards per week going forward if you’re looking for a deep PPR option. The Redskins should also be switching to Dwayne Haskins in the near future, which will give Quinn a little more hope.

Adam Humphries (Ten, 6%) — The Titans had to throw it a ton in Week 3 against the Jaguars since they trailed big, but he finally broke out a bit with 6/93 receiving on nine targets. Humphries will have a much better chance at success if the Titans pull the plug on Marcus Mariota in favor of Ryan Tannehill.

Tight Ends

Best Options if Available: Jason Witten (Dal, 54%)

Top Targets

Will Dissly (Sea, 45%) — Dissly is playing surprisingly well coming off a devastating patellar injury as a rookie in 2018. He scored a pair of red-zone touchdowns against the Steelers in Week 2 and he backed it up with 6/62/1 receiving on seven targets against the Saints in Week 4 while playing 55% of the snaps. He did need significant garbage time to post a lot of production as his touchdown literally came on an untimed down. He now has five touchdowns in just seven NFL games. Dissly is a huge red-zone target (6’4”, 265 pounds) for Russell Wilson and he has a chance to stay active in this thin Seattle receiving corps. Dissly is a viable top-12 option this week going against a Cardinals defense that’s been crushed by tight ends in each of their three games this season.

Chris Herndon (NYJ, 12%) — Herndon will first be eligible to return in Week 6 off his four-game suspension. At least Sam Darnold (mono) is trending toward being back in the lineup when Herndon returns to the field against the Cowboys in Week 6. Herndon has top-12 potential at the position over the rest of the season.

Dawson Knox (Buf, 0%) — We’re really hurting for viable TE options off the waiver wire, but the rookie Knox had a mini-breakout performance in Week 3. He posted 3/67/1 receiving on four targets while playing 56% of the snaps, scoring on a goal-line target while also getting a nine-yard carry on a gadget play. Knox impressed at the Combine by posting a 4.58 forty and a 34.5-inch vertical at 6’4”, 254 pounds. The Bills are desperate for a third-receiving option behind John Brown and Cole Beasley and it’s possible Knox could be developing into that guy for Josh Allen.

Going Deeper

Hunter Henry (LAC, 42%) — Henry has been dropped in quite a few leagues so he might be a good stash for savvy owners, especially if you have an IR spot in your league. The Chargers didn’t place Henry on the injured reserve and the initial timeline has him out 4-6 weeks, which could put him back on the field at Week 6 at the earliest against the Steelers. Mike Williams has been a disappointment so far this season and Philip Rivers could use Henry in the middle of the field with Keenan Allen soaking up so much work.

Demetrius Harris (Cle, 1%) — Harris is a player to monitor in Cleveland after playing 90% of the snaps and scoring a touchdown on his only catch against the Rams in Week 3. The Browns placed starting TE David Njoku (wrist) on the injured reserve last week, and the Browns don’t exactly have a steady #3 receiver in their offense right now behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry.

Jack Doyle (Ind, 19%) — Doyle showed a pulse in Week 3 against the Falcons, catching all four of his targets for 46 yards while playing 69% of the snaps. He’s now an ideal option since he splits the tight end workload with Eric Ebron, but he does have the potential to be more involved in the interim if T.Y. Hilton is forced to miss games after aggravating his quad injury in Week 3.

Noah Fant (Den, 11%) — Fant is seeing positive usage through the first three weeks — he played 63% of the snaps in Week 3 — but he’s yet to make a huge impact as a receiver. He caught all three of his targets for 37 yards against the Packers, but he did have a costly fumble that the Packers turned into a touchdown a couple plays later. Fant’s usage has been solid so far and Joe Flacco has shown a knack for leaning on his tight ends heavily in the past so there’s room for growth here.

Tyler Eifert (Cin, 13%) — Eifert is still hanging around and he’s healthy for now if you’re desperate for TE help. After scoring a TD in Week 2, he had a quiet day in Week 3, catching his only target for 18 yards while playing 48% of the snaps. C.J. Uzomah is actually playing more than Eifert as the Bengals look to keep Eifert healthy for as long as possible, but Eifert is still running a lot of routes and he’s by far the better red-zone option.

Trey Burton (Chi, 42%) — Burton will be going down as a fantasy draft bust playing with Mitch Trubisky this season. He’s managed just 6/25 receiving on seven targets in his first two games after missing the season opening contest with a groin injury. Burton is a bottom-of-the-barrel option for those streaming at TE.

Vernon Davis (Was, 20%) — Reed suffered yet another concussion in the preseason and it now looks like he might retire because of his seven documented brain injuries. At the very least, it looks like Reed won’t be playing until later this season leaving Davis as the starting tight end. Davis has 9/118/1 receiving on 15 targets through three weeks, and he’s on the streaming radar in good matchups going forward with Case Keenum at quarterback.

Mike Gesicki (Mia, 2%) — The Dolphins are going to really stink this season and it’s in their best interests to let Gesicki play to see what they’ve got going forward. He caught all three of his targets for nine yards in Week 3 against the Cowboys but he played just 42% of the snaps. The good news is that the Dolphins will be playing in a lot of garbage-time situations but, unfortunately, this passing game has looked anemic in all non-garbage-time situations so far this season.

D/ST Streamers

Houston Texans (vs. Car, 51%), Indianapolis Colts (vs. Oak, 14%), Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cin, 18%), Seattle Seahawks (56%, @Ari), Denver Broncos (35%, vs. Jax)

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Tom Brolley is the better half of The Fantasy Free Agents Podcast with his partner Joe Dolan. Brolley owned a 53.8% winning percentage picking every game against the spread for his old site over the last two seasons.