The third week of the 2016 regular season is just about coming to a close, with only the Monday Night Football game remaining. Most fantasy football leagues will run their waiver wire late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but we are here to help you get a jump on the best options to consider.
We will be ranking the top five players likely to be available in your league at each of the four major positions. Some weeks there might not be five good options available, but we’ll scour for the best we can find. Additionally, throughout the week, we will update each of these articles as ownership percentages change (via Yahoo!) and news arrives.
Waiver wire wide receiver rankings, Week 4
1. Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens (39 percent owned) - now 46 percent owned
The Baltimore offense leans much more heavily on the pass than the run, and as such the Ravens receivers will be the ones to benefit fantasy-wise. Smith Sr. caught eight passes for 87 yards in the Ravens’ Week 3 win against Jacksonville. The Baltimore receiver looks to be fully recovered from his achilles injury in 2015 and should continue to get a healthy amount of targets in a pass-reliant offense.
2. Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns (21 percent owned) - now 62 percent owned
The Browns started their third quarterback of the year in Week 3, and it was a mystery to see which receiver Cody Kessler would favor. It appears that Pryor is that receiver, as he caught eight passes for 144 yards on a very healthy 14 targets. The more interesting aspect to Pryor’s value is that the Browns are willing to employ the former quarterback in a variety of plays. Pryor also threw for 35 yards and rushed for 21 yards and a score. If Pryor continues to be used in such a wide variety of situations, his fantasy value will only benefit. In the shaky offensive situation in Cleveland, Pryor looks to be the player with the most fantasy potential simply due to his high level of usage.
3. Jamison Crowder, Washington (15 percent owned) - now 35 percent owned
Crowder continues to be one of Kirk Cousins’ top targets in Washington. The Washington receiver caught four of seven targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 and has become one of the more consistent fantasy wide receivers this year. Nothing suggests that Crowder’s involvement in Washington’s pass-first offense would subside, and his low ownership percentage should rise quickly.
4. Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (9 percent owned) - still 9 percent owned
The Dolphins’ running offense is in question with the injury to Arian Foster, and as a result Miami has passed more. A beneficiary to this change in game plan is Stills, who caught five of eight targets for 76 yards this week. Stills will continue to see targets alongside DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry, and with the volume of passes this offense produces there will be enough fantasy value to go around.
5. Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (1 percent owned) - now 3 percent owned
Woods took over the role as the top target for Tyrod Taylor in Sammy Watkins’ absence. Woods secured six passes on eight targets for 51 yards in Week 3, which was over 40 percent of Taylor’s total passing yards. Watkins’ foot injury is expected to linger throughout the season, which will greatly impact his playing time and his effectiveness on the field. As long as Watkins is injured/sidelined, Woods will have fantasy value as one of Buffalo’s top receivers.