As we hit the quarter mark of the season, fantasy owners are forced to face reality, as far as what to do with struggling players.
At this point, legitimate panic is in order for a player like Ben Roethlisberger, who is basically getting zero time to operate in the pocket. As a result, the once promising QB may be matchup dependant at best moving forward, with swarming pass rushes making his starts a living nightmare for fantasy owners.
Similarly, running back depth charts are getting shaken up across the league, in places like Washington and New England, and guys who once had close to zero value are emerging as possible weekly starts.
All in all, Week 4 isn’t shaping out to be the strongest as far as waiver wire options are concerned. Many of the year’s early breakout surprises (James Starks, Eric Decker, Denarius Moore) have already been exposed and owned, forming a bit of a lull in the free agency market.
Having said that, there’s always a handful or so of valuable waiver gems, on a week-to-week basis. The following five guys seem to be the best available in a majority of leagues.