Take'em or Leave'em
We are already one-quarter of the way through the season and it’s been an unprecedented one. No preseason, top players missing multiple weeks due to injury, players missing time due to COVID, and games being postponed and rescheduled. It’s been a wild ride, to say the least. All of these reasons are just prime examples of why waivers are so important. Week 4 saw two top 10 running backs go down and if you have either of them, you might be scrambling to fill their spots. We will look at that and some of the other top waiver options of the week.
Robert Tonyan – Tight End, Green Bay Packers
First off, I’d like to thank Robert Tonyan for saving my fantasy week with his huge Monday Night performance. Tonyan versus the Falcons went off for 6 catches, 98 yards, and 3 TDs making him the TE2 of the week. Tonyan is now tied for the league lead in TD catches with 5 and has caught one in 3 straight games.
Verdict: Take’em - Tonyan appears to be the number one TE in GB and although Rodgers historically hasn’t used the TE position too much, I think Tonyan is worth an add at this position that always gives trouble in fantasy. Worth about 12% of your FAAB.
D’Ernest Johnson – Running Back, Cleveland Browns
Kareem Hunt is going to be the main beneficiary of the Nick Chubb injury, however, D’Ernest Johnson showed last week that he could also have a role in this offense. After Chubb went out, Johnson ran the ball 13 times for 95 yards, granted it was against a Dallas defense that couldn’t stop a snail.
Verdict: Wait – I wouldn’t spend any FAAB on him and don’t think he has much standalone value week to week, but he can be used as a handcuff in case something happens to Hunt, who has been nursing a groin injury. Go and try to pick him up for free after the first round of waivers goes through.
Justin Jackson – Running Back, Los Angeles Chargers
Ekeler went down in week 4 and is expected to be out for about 4-6 weeks. Joshua Kelly could receive a majority of the work, but Anthony Lynn and the Chargers love to use multiple backs. I believe Kelly will keep the role he has and that Jackson will step into the Ekeler role, making him very intriguing in PPR leagues.
Verdict: Take’em – He could be a weekly flex option as long as Ekeler is out. Worth about 15% of FAAB.
Tee Higgins – Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
Unfortunately, it looks like AJ Green just doesn’t have it anymore. Although he has received at least 5 targets in every game, he has done very little with them. Enter Tee Higgins! The rookie from Clemson has stepped in and looks very good. Over the last two weeks, Higgins has received 16 targets. Burrow seems to trust Higgins and he has already become one of his favorite targets.
Verdict: Take’em – This offense has looked pretty decent and if Mixon can keep the run game going, it will open the passing game up even more. Higgins is worth about 10% of FAAB.
Other Pickup Options
Scotty Miller – All throughout camp there were talks about Miller's rapport with Brady and we’ve seen it these last few weeks. Miller had a big game versus the Chargers in week 4 and could continue to have a big role in this offense with both Godwin and Evans nursing injuries.
Laviska Shenault – He was mentioned here in Week 2, but is still widely available. The rookie Wide Receiver has put-up double-digit fantasy points in 3 out of 4 weeks this year and can be a weekly flex option.
Damien Harris – Also mentioned here previously, if he is still out there on the wire pick him up. New England’s Backfield can be scary for fantasy, but he has a chance to be their number 1.
Chase Edmonds – Kenyan Drake isn’t himself, whether that be because of injury or how they are using him. However, Edmonds has looked good when he’s been out there and could be in for more work even if Drake isn’t actually injured.