I’m back, bringing you the top waiver signings after week 4! This week had some outstanding fantasy performances and plenty of waiver signings to help you win your league, so there aren’t many repeat players from last week (first time in 3 weeks that Michael Carter isn’t on this list, even though you should still pick him up). This week I have picked 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, and 1 TE to pick up in your fantasy leagues.
Sam Darnold (Carolina Panthers)- In a good matchup, Darnold can perform as a top 10 QB. Darnold finished as the QB 2 after Sunday’s games for week 4, and in week 3 he finished as the QB 5. Darnold has thrown for over 300 Yds in each game for the last 3 weeks and has 4 rushing TDs in the last 2 games. Even though Darnold has some issues with turnovers (3 INTs in 4 games) he has enough upside to not only have a good performance but could possibly win you a week. Darnold is only owned 19% of re-draft leagues but will be one of the more popular waiver signings for this week.
Trey Lance (San Francisco 49ers)- Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to miss multiple weeks making Trey Lance the starter until further notice. This is a risky pickup as rookie QBs this season have not had any good fantasy performances. As a matter of fact, Lances’ performance this week was the best fantasy performance out of any rookie QB this season. Lance has crazy mobility and I’ve compared his potential to that of prime Cam Newton. Lance has a long way to go before reaching that potential, but he has the highest upside and arguably the best weapons, out of any rookie QB this season.
Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles)- Gainwell might actually finish the season with more fantasy points than starting RB Miles Sanders. Gainwell currently has more fantasy points already and is currently the #25 RB for the season. Gainwell is a great receiving back and clearly, has an important role on this offense. Gainwell has 2 TDs this season compared to Miles Sanders 0 and has more targets, receptions, and receiving yards. Gainwell can be a decent flex option with similar roles to Nyheim Himes and JD McKissic.
Damien Williams (Chicago Bears)- With David Montgomery potentially being out for multiple weeks with a knee injury, Williams will be the next in line. There isn’t much competition for the starting spot is Montgomery misses time, and we saw last Sunday that Williams is capable of scoring fantasy points. This will be a good opportunity-based signing.
Jamison Crower (New York Jets)- In Crowder’s first game this season, he led the team in targets and receptions while also receiving a TD. Earlier this season we saw decent fantasy performances from the Jets slot receivers despite poor performances from Zach Wilson and the Jets as a whole (See Braxton Berrios in weeks 1 and 2). Crowder is the starting slot receiver when he is healthy and should see the majority of targets in almost every game. As long as Crowder stays healthy and Zach Wilson isn’t completely terrible, we should see some decent fantasy performances from Crowder making him a solid player for your roster as we head into the bye weeks very soon.
A.J. Green (Arizona Cardinals)- Since week 2 I’ve thought about putting Green on this list, but every time I kept saying “well, let’s see if he can keep this up next week”. Well, it’s time for me to swallow my pride and admit that AJ Green is fantasy-relevant once again. Green is averaging about 13 points per game and led the Cardinals in receptions and was tied for the most receiving yards. This Cardinals offense might be the best in the NFL making anybody and everybody fantasy relevant.
Dawson Knox (Buffalo Bills)- Knox was on this list last week, but he is still only owned in 20% of leagues. Knox finished as the 2nd best TE this week and is currently ranked 5th best for the season. I don’t think there’s much need for convincing as his 4 TDs in the last 3 games and the 13 points he averages per game, speak for themselves. Knox should be the top target for those struggling in the TE position this season.