Week 4 waiver darlingsWayne Gallman(27.8 PPR points) andWill Dissly(18.7 PPR points) both went off on Sunday, but this is a much lighter week on the waiver wire. There are a few notable players worth grabbing that might be floating around in 10-team leagues, but for the most part, the waiver wire is pretty barren at this time of the year. If you’re in need of help, these are the top adds and streamer plays ahead of Week 5:
Main Waiver Wire Targets
WithDamien Williams(knee) still sidelined in Week 4 against Detroit,Darrel Williamsled theChiefsbackfield in touches and snaps for the second-straight game. Kansas City’s backfield has turned into a full-blown timeshare and predicting who will score touchdowns here will be a difficult proposition each week, butDarrel Williamsneeds to be owned in every single fantasy league. Not only has Williams out-touched McCoy in back-to-back games, but Williams also led the duo in routes run (43 to 35) in Weeks 3-4 and he was on the field for every snap of theChiefsgame-winning drive against theLions. …Davante Adams(turf toe) is questionable for Week 5, which opens up an opportunity forMarquez Valdes-ScantlingandGeronimo Allisonto lead thePackersreceiver corps in Week 5. MVS is available in about half of NFL.com fantasy leagues while Allison has been widely dumped after catching just 5 balls for 24 yards and a score in Weeks 1-3.
Chris Herndon, TE, NYJ— Still 80 percent available on NFL.com, Herndon remains a great stash at the worst position infantasy football.Sam Darnold(mono) remains out, but Herndon is one of only a few Week 5 waiver wire targets that actually has the potential to greatly impact fantasy lineups in the near future. Herndon has just one game left on his suspension and will return in Week 6.
Ben Watson, TE, NE— ThePatriotsessentially stopped throwing to their tight ends in the opening month of games, but that could change in Week 5 with veteran Ben Watson returning from suspension. Watson is 38-years-old now and it’s unlikely he’ll play a full-time role out of the gates, but virtually everyone is searching for usable fantasy tight ends. Watson is currently owned in less than five percent of leagues on NFL.com.
A.J. BrownandCorey Davis, WRs, TEN— I would love to go all-in on this pair of talentedTitanspass catchers in fantasy, but Brown (3/94/2) and Davis’ (5/91/1) Week 4 blowup games were a little random and unlikely to repeat. Atlanta’s defense is really struggling right now and we know theTitanswant to limitMarcus Mariotaand be a run-first team long-term. Plus, we can’t trust either of these receivers in Week 5 with a tough matchup against theBillsup next. Both Brown and Davis are fine depth options for the bye weeks, but I’d try to fill my bench spot with players who have a little more upside instead of chasing theTitanspassing game.
Andy Dalton(vs. ARI)— TheCardinalswill remain one of the premier defenses to target in fantasy for as long asPatrick Peterson(suspension) is out. Over the first month of the season, Arizona has allowed the league’s second-highest passer rating (118.4), the sixth-most yards per pass attempt (8.5), and only theDolphinshave allowed more fantasy points to QBs. As one of the most pass-heavy teams in the league, theBengalsaerial attack should go off in Week 5.
Jacoby Brissett(at KC)— If you miss out on picking up Dalton, don’t fret!Jacoby Brissettshould be available in almost every fantasy league and he has a fantastic set up in Week 5. Dating back to last year, theChiefsdefense has allowed 20 or more fantasy points to opposing QBs in 14-of-20 games while Brissett has gotten off to a hot start with multiple passing scores in four-straight games.T.Y. Hilton(quad) potentially returning this week would obviously boost Brissett’s outlook, too.
Tight End Streamers
Because tight end is such a thin position, all of the fantasy-relevant options should be on rosters at this point.Jimmy Grahamis available in 80 percent of NFL.com leagues, but his usage has been all over the map with target counts of 5, 1, 1, and 9 in the opening month. Still, Graham will be the top streamer for Week 5 ifDavante Adams(turf toe) misses. …Tyler Eifertis in a great matchup this week against theCardinalsturnstile tight end defense, but he is splitting time withC.J. Uzomah. Eifert has an extremely low floor in fantasy. … Finally,Gerald Everett,Noah Fant, andDawson Knoxare all over 95 percent available and will see their usual 3-6 targets this week but they are true desperation plays only.
Eaglesdefense (vs. NYJ)— Hopefully you’re not in dire need of a defense this week, because Philadelphia’s D/ST is the only top-flight streaming option. TheEaglessecondary is extremely banged up, but that might not matter as much withLuke Falkunder center. WithoutSam Darnold, theJetsare dead last in yards and points scored per drive so far. Philly’s talented front-seven should have a field day in Week 5.
— Graham Barfield is a fantasy editor and analyst for NFL.com. Catch him on theFantasyLIVE podcast with Marcas Grant and Michael Fabiano,FantasyLIVE on NFL Network, watch him onFantasyLeague One, and follow him on Twitter@GrahamBarfield.