Week 3 is in the rearview mirror. Now, it’s Week 4, but it can pay to look ahead to Week 5 and beyond to consider the players on waivers you might stash. Go ahead and grab them now rather than having an all-out waiver-wire war with your fellow league mates in a few days’ time.
This column will take a look ahead each week at players rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.
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NFL Week 4 Waiver Wire Stashes
Matthew Stafford (QB – LAR) – 48% Rostered
With the emergence of Puka Nacua, Tutu Atwell, and Kyren Williams, it’s been rather lost that Matthew Stafford is performing very well for the Rams. So far, the fantasy points haven’t been there for the Rams QB with no performances over 15 points, but as this young team finds its feet and with All-Pro Cooper Kupp‘s return on the horizon, it’s worth giving Stafford some consideration. The Rams depleted defense plays the Eagles in Week 5 in what will likely present itself as a pass-first game script for Stafford, and by the Week 6 game with division rivals, Cooper Kupp may well be back on the active roster.
Everyone will say trade Tutu or Puka but what if the answer is to trade FOR Matthew Stafford https://t.co/2fEww75cye
— Joe Pepe (@jpep20) September 29, 2023
Justice Hill (RB – BAL) – 35% Rostered
A toe injury prevented Justice Hill from playing in Week 3, but there’s little reason to think he won’t be the lead back for the Ravens upon his return in Week 4. Throughout the summer, Hill was deemed the RB2 by the Ravens, ahead of Gus Edwards. Hill’s explosivity and ability as a pass-catcher make him an ideal fit for Todd Monken’s offense, and while a three-down role might be unlikely, we saw the Ravens use him at the goal line in Week 1. Melvin Gordon was running behind Kenyan Drake in Week 3, who promptly fumbled the ball almost as soon as he got on the field. Hill might not be a top-20 option every week, but with bye weeks coming, he’s the kind of useful back worth rostering, particularly on an offense we expect to be good for fantasy.
Tyjae Spears (RB – TEN) – 23% Rostered
Derrick Henry is off to an even slower start than is typical for the running back who hits his best form in the colder months. The big difference for Derrick Henry this year is that his competition is notably mixing in at a higher rate than expected. Spears has played over 50% of the snaps in two of the first three games and has 10 targets. Derrick Henry is fast approaching 30 years old and on a very tradable contract. There are many paths to him missing games this year, and Spears has huge upside down the stretch.
Derrick Henry thru 3 weeks:
-0.22 missed tackles forced/att
-2.59 yards created after contact/att
-0.61 yards created before contact/att
-0.53 missed tackles forced/att
-4.2 yards created after contact/att
-1.27 yards created before contact/att
— Edwin Porras, DPT (@FBInjuryDoc) September 25, 2023
Quentin Johnston (WR – LAC) – 48% Rostered
With the unfortunate Mike Williams injury, the Chargers pass-first offense needs players to step up to the plate. Given the draft capital invested in Quentin Johnston, the Chargers will be hoping he can do so sooner rather than later. Johnston has yet to play over 30% of the snaps in any game and has to surpass Josh Palmer to be really fantasy-relevant, but when we’re talking about a Justin Herbert offense, we have to consider what the ceiling scenario looks like.
Rashee Rice (WR – KC) – 33% Rostered
After the Skyy Moore fantasy hype of 2022 and the ensuing lack of production, it can be easy to feel burned by the wide receiver room in Kansas City, but Rice has been showing out well in a limited role so far, scoring double-digit PPR points in two of the three games, and standing as the PPR Rookie WR8, with more catches than Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Quentin Johnston combined. Rice leads all Kansas City wide receivers in Target Share (12.3%), Catch Rate (71%), and Yard After Catch Per Game (18.3). If there is one Chiefs WR I’d take a shot on, it’s Rashee Rice.
As a jets fan it pains me to say this but it could well be Rashee Rice week pic.twitter.com/0TT6HHWFPv
— Rich – DynastyIsland 🏝 (@DynastyIsland) September 29, 2023
Jake Ferguson (TE – DAL) – 48% Rostered
It doesn’t take much at the tight end position to be a top 12 option, but for Jake Ferguson, it’s also been a tale of what could have been, with Ferguson leading the NFL in red zone targets through three weeks, but despite only scoring one touchdown, Ferguson has scored enough to be the TE11 in back to back weeks. The Cowboys passing game has left meat on the bone so far, but as they hit their pace in this new offense, expect Ferguson’s points to increase, too.
Washington Commanders – 26% Rostered
After a brutal Week 4 matchup with the Eagles, the Commanders get a peach of a matchup against the Chicago Bears in a true battle between two quarterbacks that take sacks like kids take candy on Halloween. Chase Young is finally healthy and could be good for three sacks on his own against a beaten-up, talent-poor Bears offensive line.