Waiver Wire Stashes Weekend: Week 4 (2021 Fantasy Football)
Here are the players to consider stashing ahead of this weekend’s lineup.
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Jared Goff at Vikings in week 5
The Lions’ passing game has been working unexpectedly so far in 2021. Goff throws 69.9% and has 801 passing yards and five touchdowns. He’s the QB14 in fantasy scoring right now, and in Week 5 he’ll face a Minnesota defense that allows 10.1 yards per pass attempt and ranks 31st in the opposing passers standings.
Zach Wilson at the Falcons in week 5
The Jets rookie QB has struggled so far, but has faced a string of high-quality defenses: the Panthers, Patriots and Broncos. Wilson gets a more comfortable clash against the Falcons in Week 5. Atlanta ranks 29th in the opposing passer standings and allowed eight touchdown passes without recording an interception.
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Samaje Perine vs. Bengals in Week 5
Since he’s unlikely to be available as someone who’s already played this week, it’s more of a call to remember Perine when making your week 5 waiver cable claims. Joe Mixon injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati’s Thursday night win over Jacksonville. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor called him a minor, but it’s too early to say if Mixon will be able to play in Week 5. Otherwise, Perine will be the Bengals’ lead against a trembling defense of the Packers.
Hunter Renfrow vs. Bears in Week 5
Renfrow is slowly becoming a fantastic starting caliber contributor. He has 16 catches for 204 yards and one touchdown in a powerful passing game in Las Vegas, and he’s been clowning with his feints and cuts. Renfrow should be able to win his clash against Bears Corner Duke Shelley.
Rashod Bateman vs. Colts in week 5
He’s been out all season with a heart injury, but Bateman returned to training this week. There’s even a chance he’ll face the Broncos this weekend. Otherwise, he will almost certainly make his NFL debut in the Week 5 game on Monday night against the Colts. He’s one of my favorite players in this year’s rookie class. He’s an excellent road runner, he has good hands, he is dangerous after the catch and there are apparently no holes in his game. We have seen Marquise Brown give up three long passes from Lamar Jackson this week. That’s not to say Brown is a bad receiver, but I suspect it won’t take long for Bateman to assert himself as the Ravens’ WR body’s best option.
KJ Osborn vs. Lions in Week 5
The Lions high school is in horrible shape, with injuries to Jeff Okudah and Ifetu Melifonwu decimating a group of cornerbacks that weren’t great at the start. It has become a pass defense that we want to attack in fantasy whenever possible. Osborn has 14 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown this season and will be a viable flexible option against an opponent with such a weak defensive backfield.
Dawson Knox to Chiefs in Week 5
Bills-Chiefs could be quite the shootout in Week 5. Knox has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games, and he showed his athleticism in his Week 3 touchdown, a leaping grip to grab a end zone fade. The Chiefs ‘passing defense ranks last in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric, and they have allowed a fantastic 7.7 points per game to the opposing tight ends.
Anthony Firkser at the Jaguars in week 5
Titans WR AJ Brown and Julio Jones seem to be on the bad side of the dodgy for Week 4, and who knows if they’ll be able to answer the bell in Week 5. If Tennessee is a shortcut to the receiver, that is. Perhaps it will mean a role improvement for Firkser, who is set to return to the Titans’ roster this week after missing the last two games with a knee injury.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Giants in Week 5
The Cowboys’ defense has been surprisingly decent this season and is currently tied for sixth in fantastic points. The real draw is a date with Daniel Jones, who has thrown 22 interceptions and lost 18 fumbles in 30 career games.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Bears in week 5
The Raiders’ defense has been surprisingly courageous this year, in part because defensive end Maxx Crosby plays like a young JJ Watt, terrorizing quarterbacks from the rim. The Bears quarterbacks have been sacked 11 times this season. It’s unclear whether rookie Justin Fields or veteran Andy Dalton (or even veteran Nick Foles) will debut for the Bears in Week 5, but the Raiders will be a solid streaming option nonetheless.
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