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.
WEEK 5 BYES: Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins
Best Options if Available: Jimmy Garopollo (SF, 57%), Matthew Stafford (Det, 55%)
Jacoby Brissett (Ind, 35%) — The Colts defense buried Brissett and Indianapolis in a big hole to start Week 4, which was made even worse by the fact that the Colts' best weapon, T.Y. Hilton, sat out with a quad injury. Chasing points all game long, Brissett completed 24/46 passes for 265 yards, three touchdowns, and 1 INT against the Raiders. After a tough schedule to start the season, Brissett could be a viable streamer in the upcoming weeks because of a soft slate (@KC, bye, vs. Hou, vs. Den) but he really needs Hilton back in the lineup to raise his fantasy ceiling. He could find himself in a shootout this week going against the Chiefs.
Andy Dalton (Cin, 35%) — Dalton is throwing it a ton every week — he’s averaging 41.5 attempts per game — because this Bengals O-line can’t create any running room. His O-line also can’t pass protect as he absorbed eight sacks in a miserable performance against the Steelers in Week 4, completing 21/37 passes for 171 yards (4.6 YPA) and one INT. Dalton will still be without his top WR A.J. Green for a couple more weeks — he’s expected to sit out through Week 6 — but this offense should run through Dalton’s arm with Joe Mixon struggling behind a bad O-line. Dalton gets a soft spot against the Cardinals this week but his schedule gets tougher after that (vs Ari, @Bal, vs. Jax, @LAR). Still, he has a chance to put up numbers if he continues to throw the rock as much as he has been to start the year.
Sam Darnold (NYJ, 13%) — Remember this guy? It feels like a lot has happened since we last saw him in Week 1. Heck, he’s no longer the young, up-and-coming star QB of New York as Daniel Jones has already dethroned him for the title. Well, I’m here to tell you not to count out Darnold just yet. He had the looks of a potential breakout candidate at the end of last season and again this preseason. He did have a miserable Week 1 performance against an excellent Bills defense but he likely played in that game with some of the effects of mononucleosis. Darnold has an outside shot of returning this week and he has a cushy landing spot against an Eagles defense that’s allowed three QBs to throw for 300+ yards and 2+ TDs so far. Darnold was cleared for non-contact drills but he still needs to get the final clearance from his mono diagnosis to play. He’s also going to get his boy Chris Herndon back in the middle of the field starting Week 6. His schedule gets a little tougher after Week 5 (@Phi, vs. Dal, vs. NE, @Jax) but he has six juicy spots in a row in Weeks 9-14 (@Mia, vs. NYG, @Was, vs. Oak, @Cin, vs. Mia) if you’re really looking forward.
Kirk Cousins (Min, 40%) — Cousins is off to a miserable start in 2019, throwing for just three touchdowns while averaging just 183.8 passing yards per game through four weeks. He does get a juicy matchup against the Giants this week and his schedule is excellent over the next four weeks (@NYG, vs. Phi, @Det, vs. Was). Still, he’s not the easiest guy to trust because of the run-heavy approach the Vikings are taking every week, which has limited his upside this season. Adam Thielen did call out Cousins and the play-calling after Week 4 so hopefully that lights spark for this passing game.
Derek Carr (Oak, 25%) — Carr is back to being a low-end streaming option but he’s at least thrown for two TDs in each of his last two contests. He completed 21/31 passes for 189 yards and two TDs in an upset victory over the Colts in Week 4. Carr has had a strong connection with Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller, which is a huge positive since they’re both essentially new targets for him. Carr has a pretty tough schedule coming up (vs. Chi, bye, @GB, @Hou) so he should only be used if you’re in bye week purgatory.
Kyle Allen (Car, 2%) — The Panthers are resting Cam Newton right now as he deals with a Lisfranc injury. It wouldn’t be surprising if Cam sits out until after their Week 7 bye, which would give Allen starts against the Jags and the Bucs the next two weeks. After a sensational performance against the Cardinals in Week 4, Allen came back to earth against the Texans. He completed 24/34 for 232 yards without any touchdowns and he also lost three fumbles. Allen is unlikely to be on the streaming radar for most this week against the Jaguars.
Gardner Minshew (Jax, 14%) — 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 could be creating a bit of a QB controversy by reeling off consecutive victories in Weeks 3-4. Minshew led a come-from-behind victory on the road against the Broncos in Week 4, completing 19/33 passes for two touchdowns. Minshew doesn’t have the most fantasy upside playing in this run-heavy offense but he’s now thrown for two touchdowns in three of his four appearances this season. 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 Dede Westbrook, which gives him some low-end appeal going forward (@Car, vs. NO, @Cin, vs. NYJ).
Chase Daniel (Chi, 0%) — Starting QB Mitchell Trubisky left Week 4 early with a left shoulder injury and he was ruled out shortly after he left the game. Daniel played extremely well in relief, completing 22/30 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown against the Vikings in the final 56 minutes. Given the way Trubisky has played so far this season, Daniel might actually give the Bears a better chance at success going forward even if Trubisky is healthy enough to return in the near future. Daniel has a good matchup against the Raiders this week before the schedule gets a little tougher out of their Week 6 bye (@Oak, bye, vs. NO, vs. LAC).
Mason Rudolph (Pit, 11%) — The Steelers are clearly hesitant to give the keys completely over to Rudolph. He completed just two passes that traveled more than a yard downfield (the two touchdown passes) against the 49ers in Week 3, and they installed the Wildcat with Jaylen Samuels in Week 4. Rudolph still didn’t push the ball downfield in against the Bengals — he averaged a Week 4-low 3.2 average intended air yards — but he completed 24/28 passes for 229 yards and two TDs. Rudolph has looked at his best when he’s thrown it downfield, but OC Randy Fichtner has been hesitant to overdue it. Rudolph should be added in two-QB formats but he doesn’t look like an essential player in typical formats, and his schedule gets tougher after Week 4 (vs. Bal, @LAC, bye, vs. Mia).
Joe Flacco (Den, 6%) — The Flacco experiment has been a disaster for the Broncos as they’re off to an 0-4 start. At least he’s put some solid passing numbers in the early going, averaging 269.0 passing yards per game. He’s coming off his first multi-TD game against the Jaguars as he also eclipsed 300+ passing yards for the first time in Week 4, as well. Flacco will likely go back to being a frustrating fantasy option, especially with a relatively difficult slate coming up (@LAC, vs. Ten, vs. KC, @Ind).
Dwayne Haskins (Was, 2%) — The Dwayne Haskins Era started in the second half of Week 4 and he looked completely in over his head. He completed 9/17 passes for 107 yards with three interceptions in a loss to the Giants. The Redskins could go back to Case Keenum or they could go with Colt McCoy this week because the Patriots defense could eat Haskins alive if he starts in Week 5. 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 but make sure to keep your expectations very low as he doesn’t look ready to play just yet.
Best Options if Available: Darrel Williams (KC, 53%), Frank Gore (Buf, 58%), Jordan Howard (Phi, 56%), Rashaad Penny (Sea, 59%),
Ronald Jones (TB, 43%) — I was extremely skeptical about Jones this season because he had done very little to be optimistic about. He’s making a believer out of me with his performance through four weeks this season. Jones has run with more power and wiggle this season and he’s looking poised to emerge as a viable RB2 option this season if HC Bruce Arians would stop playing Peyton Barber so much. He finished with 19/70/1 rushing with a 12-yard catch on his only target against the Rams in Week 4, and his day could’ve been even better as he had 2/78 rushing wiped out by penalties. Barber now has 70+ rushing yards in three of his four games and he’s averaging 4.7 YPC compared to Barber’s pathetic 3.2 YPC. Dare Ogunbowale also continues to be a thorn for Jones because of his role in passing situations but Jones did see 49% of the snaps last week in a positive game script. Barber may be the nominal starter each week for the time being, but Arians should continue to feed Jones with the way he’s playing. Jones is now a high-end RB3 each week with the potential for more if Barber’s role is eventually reduced.
Jaylen Samuels (Pit, 30%) — Samuels is the third-best offensive weapon at Randy Fichtner’s disposal — behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner — and the OC finally realized he should use him more in Week 4. The Steelers busted out some Wildcat formations against the Bengals and Samuels filled up the box score, posting 8/57 receiving, 10/26/1 rushing, and 31/0 passing on three attempts — good for 23.54 FP in a PPR. Now the big question now is if the Steelers will continue to use some Wildcat formations each week going forward or did they install it for one-time use in a must-win game against the Bengals. I’m leaning toward the Steelers using the formation a little bit each week but, at the very least, Fichtner may have realized Samuels needs to get weekly opportunities especially in the passing game. The worst-case scenario is that Samuels gets a little bit of work each week but is just off the flex radar while taking away opportunities from Conner, Vance McDonald, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Samuels still has some major upside if they continue their Wildcat usage and he needs to be owned in most formats.
Nyheim Hines (Ind, 19%) and Jordan Wilkins (Ind, 2%) — Starting RB Marlon Mack left Week 4 early to rest his injured ankle with the Colts playing in hurry-up mode, which is notable since he’s been dealing with an ankle issue the last two weeks. It’s possible he could miss this week’s juicy matchup against the Chiefs, which would elevate Hines and Wilkins into flex options this week. If Mack can’t play Hines is my preferred plug-and-play option this week. Hines is the passing back in the offense and the Colts could be chasing points in the second half this week as they enter as 10.5-point underdogs to the Chiefs. Wilkins should take over most of the early-down work if Mack misses but the Colts may have to abandon the run going against the Chiefs this week. Hines played 45% of the snaps last week when they played from behind in Week 4. The Colts are on bye in Week 6 and they’re massive underdogs this week. HC Frank Reich may elect to preserve Mack for the long haul by resting him for two weeks if he isn’t near 100%.
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, but he barely played in Week 4 (18% snap share) after entering the game with a foot injury. Trying to figure out how Patriots will divvy up the touches and the snaps from week to week is difficult, but Burkhead had looked healthy again and he can fill in as a replacement for both Sony Michel and James 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’s owners would be wise to snatch up Burkhead just 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 and that means the Patriots could run fewer two-RB sets, which is good news for Burkhead and White and bad news for Michel.
Raheem Mostert (SF, 36%) and Jeff Wilson (SF, 5%) — Tevin Coleman could be back in the fold for Week 5, which would push Mostert to a limited #3 RB role and it would likely make Wilson a gameday inactive. Coleman had a 4-6 week timeframe for his ankle injury coming out of Week 1 so he’s can to be ready in the near future. If Coleman can’t play in Week 5, Mostert has the chance for 10-12 touches and Wilson could continue to vulture goal-line scores.
Ito Smith (Atl, 14%) — Smith has been working in a timeshare with Devonta Freeman, and he ended up not missing any games after suffering a concussion in Week 3. Smith vultured a goal-line touchdown in Week 4 against the Titans, but Freeman saw 20 touches compared to Smith’s four. 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.
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, 14%) — Gio is a must-own in any week that Mixon is out of the lineup. 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, 6%) — Montgomery has almost no value playing behind Le’Veon Bell but Montgomery would have RB2 potential as the lead back in New York.
Alexander Mattison (Min, 25%) — 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.
Malcolm Brown (LAR, 39%) — Brown’s two-touchdown performance in Week 1 was just an aberration as he’s settled back into being a handcuff in this backfield. Todd Gurley is clearly at a higher risk for injury considering his major knee issues so his owners may want to consider adding Brown with so many people dumping him to the waiver wire the last couple weeks.
Tony Pollard (Dal, 17%) — Pollard’s complementary role has evaporated with Zeke back to dominating the work in this backfield. Elliott owners would be wise to scoop up Pollard if he’s thrown to the scrapheap this week after he played just two snaps against the Saints.
Ryquell Armstead (Jax, 1%) — It might be wise to scoop up Armstead if you’re a Leonard Fournette owner as he’s the clear #2 RB on this depth chart. Armstead may have earned a slightly bigger role going forward after producing 9/49/1 scrimmage against the Broncos in Week 4.
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. The Bears made Davis a healthy scratch in Week 4 so he’s just a handcuff to Montgomery at this point.
Best Options if Available: Golden Tate (NYG, 50%) Courtland Sutton (Den, 54%), Phillip Dorsett (NE, 60%), Dede Westbrook (Jax, 60%), Jamison Crowder (NYJ, 47%)
Mohamed Sanu (Atl, 27%) — Sanu is never a sexy option off the waiver wire but he’s typically an effective PPR option in a pinch. With the Falcons playing from behind all game long in Week 4, Sanu posted 9/91 receiving on 12 targets against the Titans. He’s now seen 6+ targets in every game this season and he could stay pretty active going forward since their defense is sieve right now, which is going to result in a ton of passing volume for Matt Ryan. Sanu provides a decent PPR floor and he’s shown a better ceiling because of the number of times Ryan is throwing the rock.
Diontae Johnson (Pit, 6%) — The Steelers wisely benched Donte Moncrief in Week 3 and elevated Johnson and James Washington into bigger roles. Somewhat surprisingly, it’s been the rookie Johnson who has been the clear beneficiary working with Mason Rudolph and not JuJu Smith-Schuster or his college teammate Washington, at least through two weeks. For the second straight week, Johnson caught a touchdown pass on his way 6/77/1 receiving on six targets against the Bengals. It should be noted the Steelers stuck with Johnson in Week 4 even after he fumbled near his own 15-yard on the opening of the game. Rudolph should play better going forward and he needs to continue to chuck it downfield to these young WRs, which he’s done with success to Johnson so far. The Steelers are also going nowhere this season and it would be wise to get these young WRs as much experience as they possibly can, giving Johnson a chance to be WR3.
Auden Tate (Cin, 0%) — John Ross left Week 4 early with a right shoulder injury but at least it wasn’t an injury to the same shoulder he needed surgery on at the end of the 2017 season. Ross could still be looking at an extended absence, which will elevate Tate to the #2 receiver role in this offense. It’s also looking A.J. Green may never play for the Bengals again as his “rehab” drags into a third month after an initial 6-8 week recovery timeline. Green is in the final year of his contract and he could be angling to be traded rather than playing for this winless team — he didn’t look too amused on the sidelines in Week 4. Heck, he’s been out of his walking boot since Week 2 and Adam Schefter reported he’ll sit out at least through Week 6, so it doesn’t sound like he’s in a rush to play. Tate has started the last two weeks with Ross and Boyd and he could be locked into a prominent role in this offense if Green and/or Ross is out of action. Tate has posted 10/138 receiving on a healthy 16 targets in Weeks 3-4. Our guy Greg Cosell said Tate has lost some significant weight and looks much more explosive than he did when he first came into the league as a seventh-round pick out of Florida State in 2018. Tate was an absolute monster in the red zone in college with 24.6% of his career catches going for TDs (16 of 65). Tate is literally owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues right now but he could look like an extremely savvy pickup if his role grows like it appears it could.
Geronimo Allison (GB, 24%) — Allison has been a disappointment this season but he came through with a couple pivotal, difficult catches on a late first-half scoring drive in Week 4. He ended the night with 3/52/1 receiving on just four targets while playing 79% of the snaps against the Eagles, but Aaron Rodgers could be counting on him a little more the next couple weeks. Davante Adams suffered a turf toe in Week 4 and he could be looking at a multi-week absence, which means Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allison should be looking at an uptick in targets while Adams is out of the lineup. MVS also got out-muscled on the game-deciding pick at the goal line so we’ll see if Allison becomes Rodgers’ preferred target in the interim.
Cole Beasley (Buf, 12%) — Josh Allen is going to chuck it deep to John Brown or he’s going throw it underneath to his safety-valve Beasley. He finished with 7/75 receiving on 13 targets against the Patriots in Week 4, giving him 9+ targets in three of his four games. Beasley was even pretty active with Matt Barkley if he’s forced to play this week after Allen suffered a concussion in Week 4. Beasley provides a solid PPR floor but he’s not going to offer much of a weekly ceiling since he has 23 career TDs in 106 games.
Antonio Callaway (Cle, 1%) — Callaway will rejoin the team this week after serving a four-game suspension to start the season. He’s unlikely to jump right into the #3 WR role right out of the gate but he could be a mainstay in their 3-WR sets at some point in the near future if he can gain the team’s trust back. Jarvis Landry did suffer a concussion at the end of Week 4 and Rashard Higgins has been battling knee injury, so it’s possible Callaway could have an immediate role in this passing game. Landry does get an extra day to potentially pass concussion protocol this week, and if you want to wait it out until the wire it would be wise to add Callaway this week as a potential handcuff for him in Week 4.
A.J. Brown (Ten, 10%) and Corey Davis (Ten, 47%) — I’d love to rank these talented young receivers higher after their big games in Week 4 against the Falcons — Brown posted 3/94/2 receiving and Davis had 5/91/1 — but their upside will be capped by Marcus Mariota going forward. Brown and Davis will be boom-or-bust WR4s going forward but they could have a little more potential if Ryan Tannehill is eventually inserted into the starting lineup. They could be popular waiver wire adds this week, but I wouldn’t be excited about playing them against an excellent Bills secondary. Brown also played only 44% of the snaps last week, which is a red flag.
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 four 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.
Preston Williams (Mia, 9%) — 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. Williams once again led the team in targets with Josh Rosen at QB in Week 4 as he finished with 4/46 receiving on seven targets against the Chargers while playing 83% of the snaps. Williams showed a great connection with Rosen in the preseason and the new QB has clearly favored him so far. 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 is locked into the starting lineup and the Dolphins will be playing in a lot of garbage-time situations this season.
KeeSean Johnson (Ari, 2%), Andy Isabella (Ari, 1%), and Damiere Byrd (Ari, 0%) — Starting WR Christian Kirk suffered a leg injury late in the Cardinals loss to the Seattle in Week 4, which means these WRs could slide up the depth chart if he’s forced to miss future games. The coaching staff has been the highest on Johnson throughout August and September, but they could give Isabella a chance to play since their season is going nowhere right now. Byrd was inactive in Week 4 because of a hamstring injury but he was playing heavy snaps earlier in the season before his injury. It might be wise to scoop up one of these Cardinals WRs if you’re a Kirk owner.
Parris Campbell (Ind, 5%) — 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. T.Y. Hilton also missed in Week 4 but Campbell could manage just 5/25 receiving on eight targets with a lost fumble against the Raiders. 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. He did suffer an abdominal injury, which could keep him out or limit him this week.
Keke Coutee (Hou, 18%) — Coutee has some life again after Kenny Stills pulled up lame with a hamstring injury in Week 4, which could keep him out a couple of weeks. Coutee managed just an 11-yard catch on three targets against the Panthers, but he could be more active for PPR formats this week going against the Falcons.
Randall Cobb (Dal, 23%) — Cobb looked past his prime in his final couple years in Green Bay, and he’s struggled the last three weeks after a strong Cowboys debut in the season opener — he’s managed just 10/88 receiving in Weeks 2-4. He’s still a distant #3 WR and #4 option in this offense when Michael Gallup returns, but Cobb should have some Cole Beasley type performances out of the slot this season.
Best Options if Available: Jason Witten (Dal, 54%)
Chris Herndon (NYJ, 13%) — 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.
Tyler Eifert (Cin, 13%) — Eifert is still hanging around and he’s healthy for now if you’re desperate for TE help. 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. He’s seen 5 targets in three of his four games but he has just 11/81/1 receiving so far. Eifert is up this high this week because of his dream matchup against the Cardinals. Arizona has given up nearly 11 more fantasy points per game to opposing TEs than the next closest team — 25.4 FPG compared to the Bucs at 14.8.
Hunter Henry (LAC, 38%) — 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 in 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.
Jimmy Graham (GB, 37%) — Graham rose from the dead on national TV on Thursday night in Week 4, posting 6/61/1 receiving on nine targets against the Eagles. He continues to look off with Rodgers down by the goal line as he dropped two other chances for another touchdown. Graham isn’t moving well but it’s clear the Packers plan on using him more down by the goal line this season after he scored just two TDs all of last season. He’s most likely going to need to score to come through for fantasy but at least Davante Adams (turf toe) could miss some games to boost his involvement.
Dawson Knox (Buf, 14%) — Knox has strung together two good performances in Week 3-4 to put himself on the streaming radar. After posting 3/67/1 receiving against the Bengals, he registered 3/58 receiving on three targets against a nasty Patriots defense in Week 4 while playing 65% of the snaps. 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.
Noah Fant (Den, 11%) — Fant is seeing positive usage through the first four weeks — he played 73% of the snaps in Week 4 — and he finally came through with a big play in Week 4. Fant scored on an impressive catch-and-run from 25 yards out against the Jaguars on his way to 2/31/1 receiving on four targets. 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.
Ricky Seals-Jones (Cle, 1%) — RSJ is loaded with receiving potential but he’s consistently underwhelmed when given opportunities to play. Well, he’s back in another good spot with the Browns after David Njoku landed on injured reserve. He exploded in Week 4 by catching all three of his targets for 82 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens but he played just 30% of the snaps. RSJ is likely to go back to disappointing but he’s worth a look if you’re really digging deep just in case he figures things out in Cleveland. It also doesn’t hurt that Jarvis Landry could miss next week with a concussion too.
Jack Doyle (Ind, 19%) — Doyle has shown a pulse in the last two weeks, catching four passes in each contest and scoring his first TD in Week 4. He’s not 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 another game.
Gerald Everett (LAR, 5%) — Everett and Tyler Higbee are going to be thorns in the side for each other’s fantasy value, but they both posted solid numbers in Week 4 with Jared Goff throwing for 517 yards against the Buccaneers. Everett has the better receiving pedigree if you’re really digging deep for help at the tight end position, but the duo is unlikely to combine for 15 targets again this season as they did in Week 4.
Ben Watson (NE, 2%) — Watson will return this week after his four-game ban to start the season and he should quickly rise up the depth chart ahead of Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo. Don’t expect big things out of the soon-to-be 39-year-old tight end who nearly retired at the end of 2018, but he could be a TD-or-bust option for those desperate for some non-PPR help.
Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NYJ, 38%), Tennessee Titans (vs. Buf, 25%), San Francisco 49ers (vs. Cle, 26%), Carolina Panthers (vs. Jax, 15%), New Orleans Saints (vs. TB, 41%), Buffalo Bills (@Ten, 52%)
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