Monday, October 4, 2021

Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 5

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be rostered in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 5 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

1. Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears (38%)

If you take a glass-half-empty view, you'll note that Justin Fields has completed only 17 of 37 pass attempts through two starts. Any rookie will have ups and downs, but it will be challenging to generate reliable fantasy production on 20 (or fewer) pass attempts per game.

That said, Mooney turned a team-high seven targets into five receptions for a career-high 125 yards, his first-ever 100-yard game. Mooney was productive as a rookie (61/631/4). Given his skill set and the chemistry he has shown with Fields, he should be rostered in more than 38% of Yahoo! leagues.

2. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (38%)

Through four games, Parker leads Miami's receivers in targets (32), receiving yards (242) and half-PPR fantasy scoring. (Jaylen Waddle leads the team in receptions and PPR scoring.) That said, Parker has been targeted a minimum of seven times in all four games this season.

Jacoby Brissett may start another game, but it's been reported that Tua Tagovailoa will return by October 17th. The Dolphins have a couple of favorable matchups coming up as they travel across the state to face the Buccaneers and Jaguars in Weeks 5 and 6, respectively.

3. Curtis Samuel, Washington Football Team (41%)

Returning from IR and making his WFT debut, Samuel had a quiet outing with four catches for 19 yards. That performance may not be much reason for excitement, but as his role within the offense expands, he will become a weekly WR3/WR4 option. Samuel finished 2020 as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver across all scoring formats.

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