After two strong weeks, Week 4 of Dumpster Diving took, well, a nose-dive. When you are dealing with very low-rostered players, there will be some misses, but this week we will look to get back on track.
Everyone is ready for a wild Week 5 that will feature a Monday Night Football double-header, as well as a Tuesday game (we hope). Football for days. We also have our first scheduled byes as Green Bay and Detroit get the week off.
This is a very light week for lightly rostered players, but notably, a few wide receivers stand out among the rest.
As always, our threshold will be players rostered on less than 10 percent of Yahoo! teams.
Damiere Byrd WR New England (5%)
Byrd has a 9 target and a 10 target game this season, and is coming off a season high 80-yards receiving. Denver has allowed five top-24 wide receiver weeks this season. Byrd is not a bad bet for a desperate team and should see some targets.
Olamide Zaccheaus WR Atlanta (5%)
Fantasy gamers seemed reluctant to add Zaccheaus off of the waiver wire this week. Maybe it is optimism for Julio Jones not missing much time, or maybe it is Zaccheaus’ low profile as a former undrafted free agent that has seemingly come out of nowhere.
Despite his draft status, Zaccheaus was a mega-producer at the collegiate-level, at Virginia. He has played over 75 percent of snaps the last two weeks and saw 9 targets and produced 8 catches last week against Green Bay. If Jones misses, expect Zaccheaus to have another productive game. If Jones plays, leave this one alone.
Drew Sample TE Cincinnati (4%)
Tight end is a tough spot to dumpster dive, but Sample has an opportunity to produce against a strong Ravens’ defense. The Ravens have given up the 10th most yards per game in the league against tight ends. In a game where they should be trailing, Sample may be a safety valve for Joe Burrow this week.
Gabriel Davis WR Buffalo (2%)
Davis keeps flashing talent on minimal opportunities.
Last week, he found the end zone on a single catch, and two weeks ago caught 4 passed for 81 yards. John Brown is banged up, and if he misses the game or is limited, Davis should see a high number of snaps. The talented rookie could be a popular waiver wire add if Brown continues to struggle getting healthy. Grabbing Davis now as a speculative add could be a sneaky move if you have the room.
Best of luck in what has been shaping up to be a crazy and unexpected Week 5.