2017 Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire AdviceEvery week, we highlight players that can help your fantasy team(s) on either a short- or long-term basis (or both).
Quarterback Waiver-Wire Options1. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (35 percent)
Things won't always go as well for Watson as they did in Week 4. In fact, that may end up being his best game over his entire rookie season. And he could certainly have some bad starts, as is typical for all rookies.
Even if he has some ups and downs over the rest of the season, it's been so far, so good with Watson. In three starts, Watson has finished with 17.7, 20.14 and 33.72 fantasy points as the QB7, QB15 and QB1, respectively. Heading into Week 5, the rookie is currently the QB7.
On the season, Watson has completed nearly 65 percent of his pass attempts as he has thrown for 811 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. More importantly for his fantasy outlook, he has 19 runs for 148 yards and two touchdowns. That dual-threat ability allows him to have a solid fantasy performance even when he struggles in the passing game like in Week 2 (125 passing yards and no touchdowns while finishing as the weekly QB7).
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Running Back Waiver-Wire Options1. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings (19 percent)
Signed to a relatively large contract (at least in terms of what free-agent running backs received), Murray will take over as lead back for rookie Dalvin Cook, who tore his ACL in Week 4. That said, he's clearly not an equal replacement of Cook.
Before tearing his ACL, Cook rushed for 354 yards on 74 carries (4.8 YPC) and a touchdown with 11 catches for 90 yards (8.2 Y/R). On the other hand, Murray averaged just 2.7 YPC (14 carries for 38 yards) and 4.0 Y/R (two catches for eight yards) on limited opportunities.
I'm not sure by how much his efficiency will improve going forward, but we at least know the opportunities will no longer be "limited." And volume is king.
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Wide Receiver Waiver-Wire Options1. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (26 percent)
An injury to Greg Olsen (and in-game injury to Kelvin Benjamin in Week 3) has led to Funchess getting 25 targets in the past three games with minimums of four catches and 58 yards in each of those weeks. The Week 5 matchup against the Lions may not be as favorable as last week, but there are more favorable matchups on the horizon as the Panthers face the Eagles, Bears and Buccaneers -- all plus matchups -- in the following three weeks.
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Tight End Waiver-Wire Options1. Evan Engram, New York Giants (47 percent)
Only five tight ends -- Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Charles Clay and Jason Witten -- have scored more fantasy points than Engram. On Sunday in Tampa, the rookie had six catches for 62 yards on 11 targets and now has 19 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown on the season.
Rookie tight ends tend to struggle to make a consistent impact, but Engram has been extremely consistent. Through the first quarter of the season, he has a minimum of four catches, five targets and 40 yards in all four games. Perhaps that doesn't seem like much of an achievement, but only six players have four such games -- Engram and Ertz and then four wide receivers.
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