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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets: Josh Downs, Treylon Burks, D.J. Chark, Jayden Reed

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets: Josh Downs, Treylon Burks, D.J. Chark, Jayden Reed

We will have you covered throughout the 2023 fantasy football season with our bevy of tools, including our Waiver Wire Assistant. Find the top available players and get detailed analysis on how potential waiver wire adds will impact your team. Of course, our team of analysts will also have written advice each week. Check out some of our top waiver wire targets for the week below. And here is all of our fantasy football waiver wire advice for Week 5.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets

Written by Derek Brown

D.J. Chark (CAR): 17% rostered

  • Next Opponents: @DET, @MIA, BYE
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $4
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: While many will run to the waiver wire to grab Terrace Marshall Jr., don’t do it. Marshall is fool’s gold. Once Jonathan Mingo is back, Marshall will head back to the bench. Chark is the pickup here. Chark led the Jaguars in snaps and routes on Sunday. Adam Thielen and Marshall overshadowed him, as Chark drew only a 9.3% target share. Chark will have big days moving forward against teams that struggle to defend the deep ball. He’s a WR4/5 on your bench who could provide WR3 production in any week that the matchup is right.

Jayden Reed (GB): 24% rostered

  • Next Opponents: @LV, BYE, @DEN
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $4
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: Before I discuss Jayden Reed, I need to toss a glass of cold water on this pickup. Remember, this is a Jordan Love-fronted offense, so the peaks and valleys will be real for the rest of the season. OK, now to the good stuff. Reed has a 69% route run rate, a 17.4% target share and 1.97 yards per route run. He has played quite well this season, but we need to understand the context of his role and the Packers’ offense. Green Bay ranks 14th in the usage of multiple-TE sets. With Reed lining up in the slot 73% of the time, he’ll never be an 80%-90% route per dropback player unless the team changes course. Also, he is no better than the third or maybe fourth option in this offense now that Christian Watson has returned. Reed has favorable slot matchups in his next two games that could give him flex viability.

Treylon Burks (TEN): 43% rostered

  • Next Opponents: @IND, BAL, BYE
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: Burks missed Week 4 with a knee injury. He opened the week with a limited practice, but he was unable to practice on Thursday and Friday before being ruled out. It’s no sure thing that he returns for Week 5, but that’s the hope, and it’s why he makes the list this week. Nothing about his profile is sexy this season, but if he can go in Week 5, the matchup with the Colts puts him in the flex conversation. Entering Week 4, the Colts had allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. After Puka Nacua destroyed them in Week 4, that ranking won’t be any prettier once updated.

Josh Downs (IND): 11% rostered

  • Next Opponents: TEN, @JAX, CLE
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: Downs could be a decent flex play to consider over the next two weeks. Matchups with Roger McCreary (who has allowed a 68.4% catch rate and 86.5 passer rating on throws into his coverage) and Tre Herndon (76.9% catch rate and 140.9 passer rating, per PFF) should not strike fear in anyone’s heart. Downs is a stronger option in PPR formats with his low average depth of target, but he has been utilized in the red zone, so it’s not like he doesn’t have any touchdown equity in this offense.

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