Four weeks of the NFL Fantasy Football season are in the books. That's enough time for a realistc assesment from owners on their specific team needs. Even if that inventory reveals all good, note that's never a thing in this game. Always cover your bases when it comes to checking that Waiver Wire.
Rainy days come when you least expect it and it's always wise to plan for those bye weeks. That's something those with Allen Robinson (Jaguars), Travis Kelce (Chiefs), Drew Brees (Saints) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks) must deal with in Week 5.
— Because Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are on a bye or Carson Palmer is freaking you out
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia vs. Detroit: The 2016 QB rookie class is doing work and the kid from North Dakota State is the primed for Valadictorian status after three games. Five touchdowns, zero interceptions. That works. So does facing a Lions defense that has allowed 12 touchdown passes. Assuming his bye week didn't slow any momentum, Wentz isn't just a replacement option this week, but a legitimate back-end QB1.
Others: Joe Flacco (Baltimore vs. Washington), Brian Hoyer (Chicago at Indianapolis), Trevor Siemian (Denver vs. Atlanta)
— Because you can't stand how the Raiders are using Latavius Murray and you're wisely concerned Thomas Rawls won't get his job back from Christine Michael
1. Terrence West, Baltimore vs. Washington: I'm not really sure that possession is nine tenths of the law, but in the case of the Ravens backfield, maybe. West received the start last week and rushed for 113 yards on 21 carries (5.4) with one touchdown. Now Justin Forsett is gone. While Kenneth Dixon, another free agent option, is expected in the mix going forward, it's hard imagining the rookie getting much work Sunday. Speaking of Sunday, the Redskins cannot stop the run, period. West looks like a top 20 RB option in Week 5.
2. James White, New England at Cleveland: Wendell Smallwood and Kenneth Dixon rank above White for those not in need of immediate help. That said, Tom Brady is back and White's usage as the pass catching back should soar.
Others for Week 5 (but more for stashing): Wendell Smallwood (Philadelphia vs. Detroit), Kenneth Dixon (Baltimore vs. Washington), Bilal Powell (NY Jets at Pittsburgh), Orleans Darkwa (NY Giants at Green Bay), Paul Perkins (NY Giants at Green Bay), Dion Lewis (New England at Cleveland)
— Because no Doug Baldwin, Allen Robinson or Jeremy Maclin and you're not loving Golden Tate much anymore
1. Quincy Enunwa, NY Jets at Pittsburgh: Because Eric Decker's shoulder injury will likely keep him out for Week 5 and IR remains an option. Enunwa is involved already and his usage should climb.
2. Steve Smith, Baltimore vs. Washington: Because playing angry is back and owners are wise to use Smith's aggression for their own good for as long as it lasts.
3. Robert Woods, Buffalo vs. Los Angeles: Because he's emerged as Buffalo's top receiver with Sammy Watkins out (13 for 150 over last two games).
4. Chris Hogan, New England at Cleveland: Because Tom Brady has plenty to prove and Hogan looks like the best WR option not named Julian Edelman.
5. Brice Butler, Dallas vs. Cincinnati: Because Terrance Williams is overrated and the 6-foot-3 Butler went 5-41-1 on nine targets in Week 4 with Dez Bryant out.
Others: Cole Beasley (Dallas vs. Cincinnati, PPR), Jamison Crowder (Washington at Batimore), Kenny Stills (Miami vs. Tennessee)
— Because Travis Kelce, Coby Fleener and Julius Thomas are on byes and somebody already has Zach Ertz and Kyle Rudolph
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay at Carolina: Tempted to go with San Diego's Hunter Henry seeing as Antonio Gates could miss more time. For Week 5, Henry sans Gates is the better call, but the steady Brate is now the clear No. 1 option with the Bucs. Five receptions and at least 46 yards in back-to-back games. Make your move based on your specific need.
Others: Zach Miller (Chicago at Indianapolis), Jesse James (Pittsburgh vs. NY Jets)
— Because you stream this position
Likely available in Week 5: Los Angeles (vs. Buffalo), Philadelpha (at Detroit), Buffalo (at Los Angeles)
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