Week 4 of the NFL season culminates in a Monday night matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, the weekend’s action brought some news that will have a huge impact on fantasy football.
Williams had rushed for 280 yards on 63 touches before injuring himself. It’s going to be a long way back for him. With him out, Melvin Gordon III and Mike Boone are the likeliest candidates to replace him in the Broncos backfield. Devine Ozigbo is also available on the practice team, and the team may well sign at least one other running back.
Boone (0.1% in ESPN leagues) is a must from a fantasy perspective. He is now positioned for a larger role alongside Gordon (74.2% list). Against the Raiders after Williams left the game, Gordon fumbled on his first quick try. This leaves his share of snaps and touches uncertain. Gordon has now fumbled five times in his last 44 rushing attempts in five games. Boone can end up having more touches than fantasy managers would expect. go get him
For the Falcons, Tyler Allgeier (16.8%) and Caleb Huntley (0.0%) were already seeing more touches as Patterson’s workload was reduced due to his pre-existing knee problems. Allgeier and Huntley carried the ball 10 times each in Week 4, with Allgeier leading the team but Huntley scoring a touchdown. Both should be used in all leagues, but Allgeier should be prioritized for its reception ability.
Other RB options to consider
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (60.1%): It was feared that Jonathan Taylor might have suffered a severe ankle sprain, but tests on his ankle came back negative. Though the Colts may have avoided a big loss here, given a Thursday night game, the team could choose to be cautious with Taylor. Hines, best known in fantasy circles as a pass catcher, is perfectly capable of playing on all three downs. He had 10+ touches in 20 career games and averaged 14.5 fantasy points in those games.
Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins (53.3%): He’s seen more touches than Chase Edmonds in three straight weeks. Mostert plays on many snaps and runs many routes. Consider him the leader of Miami’s Running Back by Committee. Mostert has had 14 career games with 12+ touches and has averaged 16.2 fantasy points in those competitions. Mostert can be considered a low-end RB2 against the Jets in Week 5.
Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11.3%): Leonard Fournette had negative rushing yards against the Chiefs on Sunday night. Meanwhile, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has made good on his promise to give White more involvement as a change-of-pace rusher and receiver from the backfield. White played with 24 snaps (compared to Fournette’s 39) and finished with 14.6 fantasy points. He’s definitely on the radar in deeper formats.
Fast hits: If you have Dalvin Cook on your list it would be wise to have this Alexander Mattison (47.7%) also on it. … Brian Robinson (37.4%) is likely to be activated from the reserve/NFI list and is someone you can stow away now. … Isiah Pacheco (10.5%) used the increased playing time on Sunday evening and should also be bunkered on the squads.
Now that we’ve looked at these RB options, let’s take a look ahead at our recommended Week 5 ESPN Fantasy waiver wire additions in the other ability positions.
Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (44.1% across ESPN leagues): Knowing that Goff would be without numerous offensive playmakers in Week 4, it was difficult to trust him as a QB streamer. That said, even with limited opportunities around him, Goff still averaged 37.7 pass attempts and 22.2 fantasy points. In Week 5 he should have more offensive playmakers available against the Patriots. Goff can be considered a high-end QB2 with benefits.
Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks (14.6%): Pete Carroll said a few weeks ago that he wanted Smith and his pass catchers to play a bigger role on offense. Well, in his last two games, Smith has averaged 322.5 passing yards and 25.3 fantasy points — with a 74.7% completion rate. His Week 5 matchup against the Saints will be much more difficult, but Smith has even more favorable matchups ahead of him against the Cardinals (twice), Chargers, Giants and Buccaneers, all before the team’s departure. If you need a QB streamer, it’s a good option.
Zach Wilson, New York Jets (9.3%): While Wilson had some ups and downs in his first game after his preseason knee injury, Fantasy managers who had him on their lineups were pleased with his 18.8 Fantasy points against the Steelers on Sunday. Breece Hall, Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore make up Wilson’s excellent supporting cast. In 2-QB or Superflex leagues, Wilson is a great addition — especially in upcoming games against the Dolphins, Packers, Broncos, Patriots and Bills ahead of Jets bye week. Because in order to remain competitive, New York has to score a lot of points in these games.
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers (4.0%): Last week I told you to hide Pickett. You are welcome. Pickett could now be the Week 5 starter against the Bills after Mitch Trubisky was benched on Sunday. With an excellent supporting cast in Pittsburgh, the rookie is well-positioned for success. Pickett also used his mobility against the Jets, scoring two quick touchdowns. Adding him to your list is a calculated risk that could pay off.
Tristan H. Cockcroft explains how fantasy managers should handle the Steelers’ roll with Kenny Pickett in QB instead of Mitch Trubisky.
Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers (46.1%): In the last two games, Doubs has accumulated 16 goals and scored more than 13 fantasy points in both games. On Sunday against the Patriots, Doubs and QB Aaron Rodgers continued to develop their chemistry — despite a grounded drop to what had the potential to win the game. Also on Sunday, Doubs became the first Packers rookie wide receiver to record touchdowns in consecutive games since Greg Jennings in 2006. You are looking for a weekly flex option.
Field Yates and Daniel Dopp explain what makes Romeo Doubs one of Aaron Rodgers’ most reliable wide receivers and what that means for fantasy managers.
George Pickens, Pittsburgh Steelers (37.6%): Pickens thrived in the second half, catching passes from Pickett and ending with six receptions from eight goals for 102 yards against the Jets. With a quarterback like Pickett, Pickens could reach his full potential pretty quickly, so now is the time to get him. Pickens’ goal percentage has increased every game this season. In addition, the Steelers are diversifying their route tree. Yes, the rookie is competing for targets with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, but Pickens may have already skipped Claypool on the depth map.
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (46.5%): Gallup made his debut of 2022 against the Commanders on Sunday, entering as the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiver. Gallup played 11 people in 37 of 47 games and ran 24 routes to Noah Brown’s 22. This was encouraging in Gallup’s first return game, including catching two of his three goals for 24 yards and a touchdown. Gallup should only see more targets going forward. That’s good news, because in his 31 career games with more than six goals, Gallup has averaged 69.2 yards and 14 fantasy points. He will be on the Flex radar when the Cowboys play the Rams in Week 5.
Corey Davis, New York Jets (6.9%): Davis and Wilson’s relationship had come into its own against the Steelers. Davis had a team-high seven goals and finished with a season-high 18.4 fantasy points. On a Jets team with a plethora of receiving playmakers, he’s the No. 3 receiving option. Goals are a hot commodity in fantasy football, but if Davis keeps getting them, the fantasy results could be glorious. He had 27 career games with 7+ goals and averaged 75.7 yards and 15.4 fantasy points in those competitions.
Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts (7.6%): The Colts have been vocal in favor of Pierce being more involved in their offense. In the last two games, he has caught seven of his 11 targets for 141 yards. I like what I see of Pierce – and you should too. It’s only a matter of time before he surpasses Parris Campbell on the depth chart. Pierce is a player who aims for deeper formats.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns (2.1%): In Week 4, Peoples-Jones and Amari Cooper played on a nearly identical number of snaps and ran almost the same number of routes. However, Cooper struggled to separate from defenders against the Falcons, allowing Peoples-Jones to lead the Browns with nine goals. With each week that goes by, Jacoby Brissett seems more comfortable with Cleveland’s offensive plan, and he’ll want to face the open man. If the Browns are forced to keep up with a high-octane offense in Week 5 against the Chargers, Peoples-Jones could turn a lot of heads.
Fast hits: Nico Collins (12.6%) led the Texans into reception yards. He’s played almost as many snaps and walked almost as many routes as Brandin Cooks in the last two weeks. Collins needs more goals, but it’s worth putting him in deeper formats. … Jahan Dotson (61.6%) has scored 13+ fantasy points in three out of four games this season. … As a result of Kenny Golladay’s knee injury, the Giants’ WR group is even more uncertain. if healthy, Kadarius Toney (48.3%) can play a significant role in the New York offensive.
Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers (21.7%): Tonyan caught both of his targets in Week 4 for 22 yards and a touchdown. The Packers change three tight ends, but Tonyan leads the team in routes run. Rodgers should keep looking his way as the veteran has posted an 85.0 QBR since 2018 when taking aim at Tonyan.
Tyler Conklin, New York Jets (38.8%): Conklin is still thriving, even with the returnes of TE CJ Uzomah and Wilson at quarterback. Conklin has seen more than seven goals in three out of four games so far this season. For his career he has averaged 12.5 fantasy points in games with that many looks. There are many playmakers on the Jets, but Conklin can still be considered a high-end TE2.
Fast hit: David Njoku (63.1%) has amassed 17 goals, 14 receptions and 162 receiving yards in his last two games.
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