By Greg Larnerd
How about our running back pick up from last week? Jordan Howard turned in a very solid performance and if you were able to grab him last week and deploy him, hopefully you were victorious. Of course, if you were facing Julio Jones or Ben Roethlisberger — or even worse both of them (as I did in one league) — it probably didn’t matter who you deployed and you’re probably hoping for a better fate next week.
A big developing story from Week 4 has to be the injuries at the quarterback position with Cam Newton and Carson Palmer as both players left their respective games early and are in concussion protocol. To add insult to injury both of their teams are limping into Week 5 with a surprising record of 1-3.
Yes, even the Los Angeles Rams have a better record than those two teams at 3-1, shout out to you, Dad, and congrats on your fair weather fandom of the Rams finally paying off!
In other quarterback news, Denver Broncos starter Trevor Siemian left Sunday’s game early with a shoulder injury. Enter rookie Paxton Lynch, who went 14-24 for 170 yards and a TD. I won’t include him this week but he’s somebody that earns honorable mention because the Broncos are such a quality team that it doesn’t seem to matter who’s under center, unless you’re Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow (sorry fellas). With that said, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this week’s waiver wire.
Bilal Powell (New York Jets): I’ve been high on this guy since the acquisition of Matt Forte, mainly because Forte is on the down side of his career, came into Training Camp with a knee injury and is 30 years old. Powell is three years younger and showed a propensity for getting the job done last season, especially when receiving the ball out of the back field. Forte was last seen on Sunday leaving the game early and being carted to the locker room for X-Rays on his knee once again. I’m not 100 percent confident in him to come back completely healthy and stay healthy for the rest of the season. At the very least do yourself a favor and grab Powell as a stash or a handcuff guy as he could be a major factor in PPR leagues (12 receptions on 16 targets for 95 yards the last two weeks). You should have a good chance at being able to grab him as well as he’s only owned in 36 percent of CBS Leagues.
Eddie Royal (Chicago Bears): This veteran WR came to the Chicago Bears with high expectations to help fill the void left by Brandon Marshall two years ago and I had targeted him as a sleeper for last year. That never seemed to materialize but maybe he’s ready to contribute this year! Kevin White left the game early last week with an ankle injury and Alshon Jeffery seems to always be dealing with some sort of aliment. Therefore, this could open the door for Royal with a steady veteran QB like Brian Hoyer in control, instead of the wildly inconsistent Jay Cutler. Royal hauled in all seven targets for a cool 111 yards and a TD. The best part is he’s only owned in 10 percent of CBS Leagues, so I think he may be worth a shot.
Dontrelle Inman (San Diego Chargers): So, I was trying to help my friend Francis make some smart fantasy football choices last week — the reason I say trying, is because sometimes with Francis I can only do so much — but I was assisting him by helping him either look for a trade or find a WR to add to help him out because he was leaning heavy on Josh Gordon’s return. As we now know, Gordon is headed for rehab and won’t be available.
I was searching the waiver wire, came across Inman and thought to myself “hmm something tells me he may have a good game this week”. Long story short, Francis ended up trading ATL RB Tevin Coleman for OAK WR Michael Crabtree — a good move as he put up three scores this weekend — but something still stood out to me about Inman and my intuition proved correct. He came through to the tune of seven catches on 11 targets for 120 yards and an always valuable TD. With the Chargers receiving corps in flux, why not take a shot on Inman? He may prove helpful, especially if somebody else goes down for SD. Not to mention, he’s only owned in 3 percent of leagues right now, “hidden gem alert”
Robert Woods (Buffalo Bills): We know Sammy Watkins has likely been lost for the year and the Bills really have nowhere else to go with the ball, so Tyrod Taylor should be feeding LeSean McCoy and Robert Woods in the passing game. I’m not a huge fan of the Bills passing game in general but Woods is now the No. 1 so the volume will be there to warrant an add to your roster.
Hunter Henry (San Diego Chargers): Antonio Gates has been the pillar in SD at the TE position, but the pillar always gets a little weaker as it grows older. As a result, a new TE needs to emerge and it seems to be Henry. He finally showed some flashes this past week, reeling in four balls for 61 yards and a TD. If you’re looking for a bye week TE or need to replace a failing TE look towards Hunter Henry.
Greg Larnerd is the CBS Sports Radio Round-Up Midday Host on CBS Local Sports, 10am-2pm on RadioRoundup.com. Greg’s the resident fantasy football nut, constantly talking everyone’s ear off around the office about all things fantasy football and the glory that is this great game. You can find him on Twitter: @glarn34