Where did all the fantasy scoring go? Many of the players that had been carrying fantasy teams for the first three weeks went silent in week four, leaving most of the scoring to Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, Michael Crabtree, and John Kuhn (!). We set aside our top category this week, as we are not seeing anything that is outstanding out there on the waiver wire. There are some good players, and some decent players, but nothing that stands out as Smokin’ Hot.
Now is the time for fantasy owners to build up some depth as the bye weeks set aside many of the top fantasy performers. Injuries are also a factor, so it is important to weigh the players at the bottom of your roster versus those that are available on waivers. We have plenty to choose from here, something for everyone this week!
WR Cole Beasley, Dallas
We had Beasley listed as a solid pickup last week, and since he is still owned in less than 50% of online leagues, he makes a repeat performance in the same category this week. The absence of Dez Bryant is giving his numbers a boost, and last week against San Francisco he was good for three catches and 66 yards. Over the first four games, he is averaging 70 yards per game and is worth a roster spot and is a solid spot started to cover a bye week.
RB Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia
Another player seeing a repeat mention from last week’s story is Smallwood. We listed him last week knowing the Eagles had a bye week, and though many pounced on him during his off week, he he still owned in less than half the online leagues. Even with Ryan Mathews expected back this week, his workload is unknown and we see the potential for Smallwood to dig into his playing time even when healthy. Running backs have been extremely tough to come by this year, Smallwood is worth a roster spot.
WR Robert Woods, Buffalo
The loss of Sammy Watkins has created an opportunity in Buffalo that Woods has taken advantage of in short time. Against the Patriots this past week, he was good for seven catches and 87 yards. Previous to that, it was a six-catch, 51-yard performance against the Cardinals. That’s two solid weeks in a row, so he is worth a look in all formats.
RB C.J. Spiller, Seattle
Despite being signed earlier in the week, not only was Spiller active, but he was the number two back for the Seahawks. He saw some action both by ground and by air, making him a valuable commodity especially in PPR leagues. We see Spiller as taking and holding onto the role as the pass-catching back, making him worth owning in all formats.
On the Radar
WR Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco
We liked what we saw from Kerley this week against the Cowboys, a week that saw him haul in six passes for 88 yards, including one touchdown. Unfortunately, reports are that he hurt his ankle in the process, so we are dropping him from a Solid Pickup and putting him onto the Radar. Keep an eye on his injury status, but when healthy, we see Kerley as a low-end fantasy starter to cover a bye week.