A wide receiver who finally is having himself another “breakout-like” season and a running back getting a chance while the team’s perennial pro-bowler has been banished, lead the Furnace’s list of waiver wire pickups, our Fearsome Foursome, this week…
Eddie Royal-WR-Chargers- Is Royal having another breakout-like season or will he fade like he did last season as the weeks go on? This is the question you must ask yourself before grabbing the veteran wide receiver. Given Royal’s propensity towards running out of gas, he could perhaps be serviceable against some of San Diego’s opponents who are secondary-challenged such as the Raiders, Jets and Chiefs. Just in the last two weeks Royal had 9 receptions on 13 targets for 147 yards and 4 touchdowns. In deeper leagues of 12+ Royal could help fill a void but beware, he might just break your heart before the season is over.
Jerick McKinnon-RB-Vikings- With stud back Adrian Peterson being held out indefinitely with his off-field issues, opportunity is knocking on the door for this speedy running back. He’ll continue to share touches with Matt Asiata, who lacks the talent and speed of McKinnon. Although tweaking his ankle in week 4 in a win against the Falcons, reports are that it is nothing serious and the rookie will be ready for the matchup vs the Packers in Week 5 who are notorious for giving up yards (4th most in the league) and fantasy points to RBs. McKinnon will make for a decent Flex play.
Jarius Wright-WR-Vikings- Wright, who played in over half the snaps in Sunday’s win over the Falcons, certainly appeared to be on Teddy Football’s wave length as their chemistry was apparent by virtue of Wright’s 10 targets. He ended the day with 8 receptions for 132 yards. With TE Kyle Rudolph sidelined, expect Wright to see a possible repeat performance again this week against Green Bay. We wouldn’t label Wright more than a WR 3-4, but clearly he could be someone who can fill in for some of your under-performing wideouts this week.
Isaiah Crowell-RB-Browns- Given more reps with Ben Tate sidelined, Crowell has become a goal line vulture hitting paydirt three times in the Browns first three games this season. The 25% owned Crowell has averaged 11 fantasy points in those three games and even with Tate expected to make his return in Week 5, look for Crowell to get somewhere around 8-10 touches and some goal line snaps as well. Cleveland will face the Titans who have given up the 9th most fantasy points to running backs this season.
But don’t take our word for it, here is what Browns coach Mike Pettine had to say about Crowell, “When you have a back, who before the season you weren’t factoring in on being a big part of what you’re doing, and he’s being productive, you find ways to get him out there.”