With so many injuries in Week 4, the waiver wire should be busy this week. Some big-name players went down, including Javonte Williams and Coradarrelle Patterson. The Bills receiving corps took a beating, and the New York Giants have lost almost all of their skill players except Saquon Barkley. Fantasy managers need to make sure they have backups on their team to replace those that may end up missing Week 5 and beyond.
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (5 percent rostered)
I predicted after Week 3 that the Steelers would turn to Pickett. Sure enough, in Week 4, that is exactly what happened. If you grabbed Pickett before waivers ran, you are all set. However, those in two-quarterback leagues should be looking at Pickett as a potential QB2. Mitchell Trubisky showed that it wasn’t the Chicago offense that was the problem… perhaps it was simply that he isn’t meant to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Miami Dolphins (2 percent rostered)
After coming into the Week 4 game after Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion, Bridgewater threw for just under 200 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He kept the game competitive for the Dolphins and seemed to have no problems getting the ball to Tyreek Hill when needed. Bridgewater is a serviceable quarterback and since no one seems to know exactly when Tagovailoa will return (we do know it will not be in Week 5), he’s a good QB2 option for fantasy purposes.
Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons (18 percent rostered)
Allgeier was a popular late-round pick on draft day, but a lack of a defined role (and Cordarrelle Patterson's presence), relegated the rookie to the waiver wire. Patterson is now on IR, although he will likely return later this season. Damien Williams (1 percent rostered) is eligible to return in Week 6, so fantasy managers need to keep an eye on him. However, if Allgeier continues to produce (84 rushing yards in Week 4), the job will be his to lose.
Mike Boone, RB, Denver Broncos (3 percent rostered)
Boone will still likely play behind Melvin Gordon, but Gordon can’t stay healthy either. Javonte Williams is now out for the season with a torn ACL, so someone will need to step up. Gordon will be the next man up, but expect Boone to get some work, especially in the passing game. He isn’t someone worth blowing your entire FAAB budget on but he certainly should be picked up as he will have RB3 value. The Broncos also signed Latavius Murray off of the Saints' practice squad, so keep an eye on him too.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Indianapolis Colts (0 percent rostered)
With the news that Jonathan Taylor is dealing with an ankle injury (and he was on the injury report prior to Week 4), it seems that his Week 5 status is in doubt. Lindsay has been elevated from the practice squad but don't forget about Nyheim Hines, who is the pass-catching back. The Colts don’t seem to be willing to give Hines a Taylor-esque workload. Note that the Colts play on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, which may end up being the battle of the backup running backs.
George Pickens, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (39 percent rostered)
With Kenny Pickett at quarterback, Pickens all of a sudden has fantasy value. The pair seemed to have a connection (unlike Chase Claypool) and in Week 4, Pickens caught six passes for 102 yards. His eight targets are the most that he’s had this season. However, those numbers should continue to improve with Pickett.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys (41 percent rostered)
Welcome back, Michael Gallup. He missed nearly all of the 2021 season after tearing his ACL in Week 1. He returned to game action in Week 4 and was targeted three times. He caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown. It was a nice way to get back into game action, and he will be a contributor to the offense in in 2022. His value will increase when Dak Prescott returns (possibly for Week 6).
Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks (3 percent rostered)
Predicting touchdowns is tough, and touchdowns are what Dissly needs in order to be a viable fantasy option. He has caught all 12 of his targets this season and has scored three touchdowns in four games. Clearly he is someone that Geno Smith looks for in the end zone, which is great, but if he doesn’t catch a touchdown, fantasy managers are looking at 2/20/0 stat line for the day.
Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Indianapolis Colts (5 percent rostered)
When the Colts play Thursday night, look for Alie-Cox to continue to have a role on offense. In Week 4, he had six targets. He caught them all for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Granted, those targets, receptions, yards and touchdowns are more than he had in the first three weeks of the season, combined, but it should provide hope to Matt Ryan that he does have a tight end he can use in the red zone. It’s a good match-up against the Broncos and he should be a TE2 option.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Minnesota Vikings (41 percent rostered)
The Vikings play a divisional matchup against the Chicago Bears in Week 5. The Bears have struggled on offense this season (understatement of the year thus far…) and that’s always great for opposing DSTs. Justin Fields has been sacked 16 times already this season, including 11 in the past two weeks alone. For comparison, in 2021, he was sacked 36 times all season (in 12 games). Simply put, the Vikings should get to him and are a nice streaming DST option for Week 5.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.