At this point it should not be a shocker that Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season was pretty crazy and drama filled. In fact, the shocker would be if that were not the case. The drama began with the senseless, second, concussion suffered by Tua Tagovailoa (this is not the time or place for that soapbox) in four days and simply continued through the weekend. We had injuries to Javonte Williams (Melvin Gordon steps right in), Jonathan Taylor (let the stress begin), Cordarrelle Patterson (is this the time for Tyler Allgeier?), the return of Zach Wilson, and the debut of Kenny Pickett (we should exercise some patience), among other notable developments. Now, it is time to dig into which options we should be targeting via the fantasy football waiver hire heading into Week 5.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups Week 5
Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Zach Wilson (NYJ); FAAB Bid: 2-3%
If you are unaware that my NFL rooting interests were in line with a certain team that happens to wear green and white, this might be a good time to share. At the same time though, I really would like to think that I am not being blinded by either fandom or the allure of Wilson’s potential here as he engineered two strong drives in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game to lead the Jets to victory. Prior to that point, Wilson was working his way back quite slowly and actually caught a touchdown pass before throwing for one. All indications are that the young quarterback really took control of the huddle and the situation. He has a plethora of weapons in the receiving game as well as an emerging young running back in Breece Hall to help keep the pressure off Wilson. Things should continue to get better from here for Wilson as he finished with 252 passing yards.
Teddy Bridgewater (MIA); FAAB Bid: 1-2%
It is unclear how long Bridgewater is going to be under center for Miami, but I would expect Tagovaliloa’s absence to at least be more than one week. The Dolphins have a few extra days to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Jets and the Bridgewater is not exactly lacking for weapons with the speedy Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle at his disposal. Bridgewater is a savvy veteran quarterback who certainly knows what he is doing and he will be put in the best position to succeed which ultimately means getting the ball to Hill and Waddle and letting them put their speed to good use. After entering the game with about six minutes left in the first half, Bridgewater completed 14 of 23 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. That production could translate into a serviceable stat line over a full game.
Waiver Wire Running Backs
Tyler Allgeier (ATL); FAAB Bid: 5%
Allgeier had increasing amounts through draft season, but then Week 1 rolled around and the rookie was inactive while Patterson was back in control of Atlanta’s backfield. The rookie has been active for each of the three subsequent games carrying the ball 10 and then six times for a combined 55 yards before picking up another 10 carries this past week. It was a complete timeshare for the Falcons as Patterson had nine carries before exiting with a knee injury that ultimately sent him to Injured Reserve. It was the best game of Allgeier’s career as he gained 84 yards in what looked like a confirmation of our pre-season beliefs. At the same time, Caleb Huntley cannot be ignored after he gained 56 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown in his first action of the season. While both will have a role, the majority of Huntley’s production did come on one drive and I think it will be Allgeier who takes the lead for the Falcons even if we have to exercise some level of caution.
Deon Jackson (IND); FAAB Bid: 1-2%
Leading up to Thursday’s game, the price on Jackson should be in the bargain basement territory as he did not log any snaps on offense this past week and has just two carries for negative three yards on the season. Early indications are not positive regarding Taylor’s ankle, and with Nyheim Hines more of a receiving threat, Jackson is in line to take over the early down work. Phillip Lindsay is also a name to watch as he currently sits on the Colts' practice squad.
Mike Boone (DEN); FAAB Bid: 4%
It is a clear and natural step for Melvin Gordon to ascend to being the unquestioned number one back in Denver, but it has been a while since he has carried the load by himself and he also happens to have a fumbling problem as of late. Boone now steps into the role previously held by Gordon and that puts him on our radar as a potential FLEX option. In his first action of the season after Williams’ injury, Boone carried the ball three times for 20 yards while catching one of his three targets for nine yards which did also include a critical drop.
Latavius Murray (DEN); FAAB Bid: 1-2%
Here is what we know, Javonte Williams is out for the season with a torn ACL. Melvin Gordon has not played well this season due to his issues with fumbling the football. The Broncos seemingly want to rely on a two-RB system. That said, the Broncos signed Latavius Murray from the Saints practice squad on Monday. On Sunday, Murray was activated from the Saints practice squad and filled in for the inactive Alvin Kamra and finished with 11 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown while adding one catch for eight yards, outperforming Mark Ingram. If you miss out on Mike Boone, there’s a chance Murray could still end up being the better back.
Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Josh Reynolds (DET); FAAB Bid: 2%
If we were not operating under the assumption that Amon-Ra St. Brown and D.J. Chark were imminently returning, this certainly would be higher, but after what we saw the first two weeks, Reynolds deserves some respect. In the first two weeks so of the season, Reynolds caught four passes on six targets for 66 yards and a touchdown before seeing his workload increase as the Lions started work through some injuries. Since then, Reynolds was targeted 18 times which he turned into 13 receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown while developing chemistry with Jared Goff. While the injuries to Chark and St. Brown do not appear to be long term, their statuses are still up in the air for Week 5 but Reynolds appears to have carved out a regular role with the Lions as we know they will be playing catchup most weeks.
George Pickens (PIT); FAAB Bid: 5%
Steelers’ fans got what they were after this week as Kenny Pickett took over under center after Mitch Trubisky was exactly who we thought he was; which was not very good. After being targeted just five times and only catching two passes in the first two weeks of the season, we are beginning to see what the rookie is capable of why Pickens generated excitement over the summer. Pickens caught three passes for 39 yards last week before exploding this past Sunday with six receptions on eight targets for 102 yards. With Pickett now starting for Pittsburgh, the thought process here is that this is just the beginning of the relationship for the rookie duo.
Corey Davis (NYJ); FAAB Bid: 2%
While the focus, and rightfully so, is going to be on the young Jets’ receivers, Davis should not be overlooked. The veteran has a crucial touchdown reception in each of New York’s victory this season and this past Sunday he caught five of seven targets for 74 yards. In three of four games, Davis has between 74 and 83 yards and with Wilson back under center for the Jets, there is value to be found in their offense.
Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Mo Alie-Cox (IND); FAAB Bid: 2%
When searching for help at the tight end position, we generally end up hunting touchdowns. That lines things up perfectly with Cox as he caught two touchdowns last week in what was his best performance of the season. It does correlate with the awakening of Matt Ryan, or at least increased effectiveness, as Cox caught all six of his targets for 85 yards after catching a combined four passes in the first three games. The majority of value is still rooted in chasing a touchdown, but Cox’s target volume goes provide us with some optimism.
Will Dissly (SEA); FAAB Bid: 3%
Dissly is not going to be a true volume-based option with 12 targets over the first four games, but then again most tight ends that we are looking at in this range do not fit that description either. What we do like though is the level consistency that Dissly has showed in the red zone, along the chemistry he has developed with Geno Smith as the tight end has a touchdown reception in three of four games.
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