The 2017 NFL season is already a quarter of the way done. The slew of injuries that struck this past weekend was nothing short of bountiful, which means for fantasy football players there is likely the chance that your teams could look vastly different heading into Week 5. Rookie running back sensation Dalvin Cook went down in the first half of the Vikings game with a non-contact knee injury which is never a good thing. It was later confirmed that he had torn his ACL and will be out for the rest of the season. Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his lower back after taking a big hit and the initially reported recovery is at 2-6 weeks. Lastly, under-the- radar Seahawks rookie running back and Week 2 waiver-wire sensation Chris Carson, suffered a fracture in his lower leg as confirmed by HC Pete Carroll and will be out indefinitely. Many other injuries occurred, however, these are some of the most notable ones and as such we are here to help you fill these voids moving into Week 5 as we look at this week’s potential waiver-wire targets.
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
The worst-case scenario for fantasy football gamers came to fruition last Thursday night as they saw Ty Montgomery having to leave the game after taking a hit in the first quarter. It was reported later that Ty Mont had broken multiple ribs and will probably miss multiple weeks. Meanwhile, the Packers backup running back Jamaal Williams suffered a knee injury not long after which forced Jones into the game. He did
not disappoint in his first work as he rushed 13 times for 49 yards and a touchdown. Sources lead on that Jones will be the starting running back for the Packers in Week 5 and with how athletically gifted Jones is, it will be interesting to see what he can do with the chance. Jones is currently available in 11% of Yahoo leagues and 2.6% of ESPN leagues and is a worthwhile add in all formats, especially if you are a Ty Montgomery owner.
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens backfield is another headache that has plagued fantasy owners all season, however, there may be some more clarity moving forward. Collins received his shot Sunday rushing for 82 yards on 9 carries with his longest run coming on a 50-yard scamper. As that run will inflate the box score it should be noted that Collins still had 4.0 yards per carry without that big run. Collins did also receive two targets, as well as unfortunately fumbled, however, he was still the best running back in that backfield and should continue to see his touches increase. Collins is currently owned in only 10% of Yahoo leagues and nearly free in ESPN leagues (0.4%) and needs to be added in all 12-team leagues.
J.D. McKissic, Seattle Seahawks, RB
Before Sunday nights game vs. the Colts, McKissic was not a known commodity. After all, the Seahawks backfield has been a mess all season with the mix of Carson, Rawls, Lacy, and Prosise. Yeesh. Prosise missed Week 4 giving McKissic the opportunity to make a splash. His opportunity came in the second half as on the first play of his season he darted and dipped in-between defenders on his way to a long touchdown. Later, he would find the end zone again for his second touchdown of the game. McKissic
finished with 4 carries, 38 yards, and 1 touchdown while hauling in another touchdown in the passing game. This may be more of a speculative add as he is only owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues and virtually free in ESPN leagues, and will most likely hold value only if Prosise is forced to miss more time if you have the bench space he is worth a flyer in 12 and 14 team leagues.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Devin Funchess has been the bell of the waiver ball at varying points throughout his career, as well as this season, in hopes of a breakout. Well, fellow fantasy football friends it seems that that breakout is officially here as Funchess balled out against the Patriots putting up an impressive two touchdown line on 7 receptions for 70 yards on a team-high 9 targets. To be fair the entire Panthers offense finally showed up (looking at you Cam), which is a very encouraging sight
for a guy who is the most athletic wideout on this team and should continue to be heavily involved moving forward. Owned in only 26% of Yahoo leagues and 14.6% of ESPN leagues, Funchess needs to be added in all 12-team leagues.
Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans
After missing the first three games while recovering from a broken collarbone, Will Fuller finally made his 2017 Texans debut. Fuller had an exciting day as he hauled in 4 receptions for 35 yards and two touchdowns on six targets, which was second most only to DeAndre Hopkins, and showed that he can be another viable weapon to rookie Quarterback DeShaun Watson. Known for his stone hands and his incredible speed, Fullers two touchdowns were nothing short of impressive and he should continue to see
enough targets each week from here on out to make him a fantasy asset. Owned in only 32% of Yahoo leagues and 9.8% of ESPN, Fuller needs to be rostered in 10 and 12 team leagues.
By Logan Whaley