(CBS dangolka)- The NFL was struck by the harm bug once more this previous weekend, as a number of key fantasy contributors went down with accidents in Week 4.
Two working backs chosen inside the first two rounds of fantasy drafts seem set to overlook a while, as Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb and Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler each suffered accidents Sunday. Each look primed to overlook a number of weeks. As well as, Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake additionally suffered an harm, though he had not been doing a lot together with his touches this season anyway.
On high of the backup working backs that might now be taking a look at prolonged roles, there are a number of intriguing huge receiver and tight finish choices which can be possible nonetheless out there on the waiver wire after sturdy performances Sunday.
With that mentioned, listed below are the highest waiver wire provides heading into Week 5.
QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers– Herbert made his third consecutive begin on Sunday, and whereas his streak of 300+ passing yards got here to an finish, the rookie quarterback nonetheless put collectively a formidable outing. Herbert accomplished 80 p.c of his passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in opposition to a very good Buccaneers protection. The No. 6 total decide on this yr’s draft has thrown for 961 yards and 5 touchdowns in his first three NFL video games. Whereas head coach Anthony Lynn has acknowledged Tyrod Taylor would return because the group’s starter as soon as wholesome, it could be robust for the Chargers to yank Herbert out of the beginning lineup following the sturdy begin to his profession.
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers– Bridgewater had his finest fantasy outing of the season in Week 4. The 27-year-old accomplished over 70 p.c of his passes for the third consecutive week, this time totaling 276 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Nevertheless, it was Bridgewater’s dashing that actually boosted his fantasy day. Bridgewater rushed the ball six occasions for 32 yards and a landing, with the scoring approaching a formidable run. The Panthers face the Falcons’ putrid go protection in Week 5, planting Bridgewater firmly on the streaming radar, particularly with bye weeks beginning (Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford are the primary two quarterbacks on bye in Week 5).
RBs Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson– As talked about within the intro, Austin Ekeler went down with a hyperextended knee and a hamstring harm in Week 4. Whereas we nonetheless don’t know precisely how lengthy he’ll be out, we’re sure that Ekeler will miss the following few video games with the most recent stories placing his return within the 4-6 week timeframe. This opens up the door for Kelley and Jackson. Kelley is the popular selection of the 2, as he has had an enormous function within the run recreation even previous to Ekeler’s harm. Chances are high Kelley is already taken although, and if that’s the case, you must pivot to Jackson. Jackson hasn’t carried out something this season, however did deal with 29 carries final season and totaled 200 dashing yards (6.9 yards per carry) whereas including 9 receptions in solely seven video games. The Chargers like utilizing a number of backs, making Jackson an attention-grabbing add with doable FLEX enchantment whereas Ekeler is out.
RB D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns– If yesterday was the primary time you ever heard the identify D’Ernest Johnson, you wouldn’t be the one one. The again entered Week Four with simply 4 profession rush makes an attempt, however greater than tripled that quantity on Sunday following the harm to Nick Chubb. Johnson completed the sport in opposition to the Cowboys with 13 rush makes an attempt for a whopping 95 yards (7.three yards per carry). Whereas Kareem Hunt scored two touchdowns on 11 carries, Johnson truly wound up with extra touches. Head coach Kevin Stefanski introduced that Chubb is being positioned on injured reserve with an MCL harm. As a result of Browns’ want to pound the soccer on the bottom, Johnson ought to in all probability be your high waiver huge add of the week.
RB Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals– The Cardinals coaches didn’t seem too involved in regards to the harm to Kenyan Drake, and early stories point out he needs to be positive. But when he misses any time in anyway, Chase Edmonds will make an awesome fantasy play. Edmonds has had a job in Arizona’s offense even earlier than the harm, however any absence from the starter would pave the way in which for an enormous function for Edmonds. In opposition to the Panthers, Edmonds rushed the ball 4 occasions for 16 yards, however added 5 receptions for 24 yards and a landing. In reality, the landing got here earlier than Drake suffered the harm. Edmonds has been some of the precious handcuff working backs all season, so likelihood is he’s already sitting on somebody’s bench. But when he’s someway nonetheless out there, you should definitely put in a declare for Edmonds, no matter Drake’s harm standing.
WR Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars– One other week, one other spectacular outing by a rookie huge receiver. Shenault caught 5 passes in opposition to the Bengals on Sunday, totaling 86 receiving yards and including one rush for 5 yards. Shenault now has at the very least three catches in each recreation, whereas catching 5 of six targets in every of the final two video games. The rookie receiver additionally has 9 rush makes an attempt on the season, exhibiting that the Jaguars clearly need the ball in his arms. Shenault did go away Sunday’s recreation late with a hamstring harm, so ensure you test his harm standing previous to placing in a declare.
WR Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals- Higgins had a stable recreation for the second straight week and seems to be carving out a bigger function within the Bengals’ passing recreation. Higgins caught 4 passes for 77 yards whereas including one rush try for 13 yards. Extra importantly, the rookie completed second on the group with seven targets, just one behind Tyler Boyd for the team-lead. Higgins now has 9 receptions on 16 targets during the last two weeks. Whereas veteran A.J. Inexperienced will proceed to have a job, Higgins appears to be rising as Joe Burrow’s second-favorite possibility after Boyd. Cincinnati is among the most pass-heavy groups within the league, and with Burrow taking part in properly, Higgins might quickly enter must-start territory.
WR Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Tom Brady put any considerations about his arm to relaxation this previous Sunday after he threw for 369 yards and 5 touchdowns in opposition to the Chargers. With these worries being put to mattress, let’s deal with Brady’s pass-catchers. Mike Evans is clearly the alpha canine within the air assault, particularly with Chris Godwin sidelined with a hamstring harm. Godwin’s return might make it a 1A and 1B scenario, with both man main the way in which any given Sunday. However with Godwin nonetheless out, Scotty Miller seems like Brady’s second-favorite goal. In opposition to the Chargers, Miller reeled in 5 of seven targets for 83 yards and a landing, ending only one goal behind Evans for the team-lead. Miller has clearly earned Brady’s belief, making him a very good fantasy play for so long as Godwin stays sidelined.
WR Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos- Patrick exploded for six receptions for 113 yards and a landing in opposition to the Jets final Thursday, greater than doubling his complete numbers from the primary three weeks. The Broncos’ quarterback scenario is one to keep watch over, as there’s at the very least some hope that Drew Lock might return to the lineup for this week’s recreation in opposition to the Patriots. Even when Lock doesn’t return, Patrick makes for an intriguing add and stash. Somebody needed to step up following the season-ending harm to Courtland Sutton, and whereas Jerry Jeudy is superior, Patrick seems like he may very well be rising because the quantity two possibility, particularly following the harm to KJ Hamler. I wouldn’t be placing him in your lineup fairly but, however Patrick is price a spot in your bench for now.
TE Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys- It wasn’t an awesome week for brand new breakout tight ends, however Schultz undoubtedly deserves a spot on this checklist. Schultz caught 4 passes for 72 yards and a landing in opposition to the Browns. However extra importantly, the tight finish was focused eight occasions by Dak Prescott, who’s having fun with an incredible begin to his season. Over the past three weeks, Prescott has focused Schultz a complete of 24 occasions, leading to 17 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys protection is terrible this season, which means Dallas will possible should depend on Prescott to maintain them in video games for the rest of the yr. Schultz may very well be this season’s breakout tight finish, as Prescott and the Cowboys’ aerial assault appears to be firing on all cylinders whereas the protection is averaging 36.5 factors allowed per recreation.