Week 4 of the NFL season just wrapped up, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender.
D'Ernest Johnson (4% owned)
With Nick Chubb heading to the IR, a door opens up in the Browns offense. Kareem Hunt will be the main beneficiary of Chubb's absence, but Johnson has already been shown that he will have a role carved out for him as well; as he carved out 13 carries for 95 yards against Dallas on Sunday. Showing some great vision on a team that likes to run the ball often, Johnson is a must-add in all leagues.
Damien Harris (32% owned)
Another team, another starting RB on the IR that opens the way for another player. With Sony Michel placed on IR, Damien Harris has been given his role in Bill Belichick's offense. Though not seemingly a factor at all, Harris will be the guy when the Patriots choose to run the ball. On Monday he showed excellent vision in a poorly setup offense, rushing 17 times for 100 yards. The passing chops may not be there but he's worth an add in 12 team formats.
Justin Jackson (6% owned)
The same story as above, goes here as well. Austin Ekeler is soon to be placed on the IR after being carted off the field on Sunday against the Bucs. While Joshua Kelley is the main add, he has had a tendency to fumble away his chances, literally. Jackson has familiarity with the offense and given Anthony Lynn's tendency to play multiple RBs throughout the game, Jackson is absolutely worth a look in all formats until Ekeler returns from injury.
Damiere Byrd (1% owned)
Byrd has been a surprise on the Patriots roster, and mostly an afterthought behind K'Neal Harry and Julian Edelman. But it seems he has already surpassed the two, at least in this offense. On Sunday, Byrd put up a team-high 10 targets, which also was the highest target total for the team up to this year. Byrd also leads the Patriots in routes run up to this point, which means his opportunity will be there - and should be expanded going forward.
Hunter Renfrow (40% owned)
Carr's favorite WR target up to this point, Renfrow seems to be dialed in a solid PPR Flex play as long as Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs continue to be sidelined with injury. He's made incredible catches in back-to-back weeks but was unable to find the Endzone; something that should change in time. He's now had consecutive weeks with at least 8 targets and 50 yards receiving. With the Raiders facing the Chiefs in Week 5, expect Las Vegas to be throwing in abundance, which means multiple chances for Renfrow to shine.
Robert Tonyan (31% owned)
Tonyan has come out of nowhere to provide a boost to an offense that seems bare of receiving talent outside of Adams. He exploded yesterday with 3 TDs, catching all 6 of his targets for 98 yards. He's now scored in 3 consecutive weeks and should be rostered in every format. Though the Packers have a bye week in Week 5, nothing suggests that his usage will go down the rest of the season.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Chase Edmonds, Justin Herbert, Tim Patrick, Christian Kirk, Cameron Brate, Olamide Zaccheaus, J.D. McKissic. *
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.