With the fantasy football season entering its fourth week, we're now into the dreaded bye weeks part of the calendar. Fortunately only two teams are off this week (Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles), but they have notable fantasy names at wide receiver. Fantasy owners will have to find replacements for Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Jordan Matthews this week.
The waiver wire will be a critical component of fantasy as we trudge through the bye weeks, and we're here to help you get a good head start. Here are the top five wide receivers available in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! standard leagues.
Kevin White, Chicago Bears (49 percent)
White's been off to a slow start after missing his whole rookie year with an injury, but he showed signs of progress Sunday night. Brian Hoyer targeted him a team-leading 14 times, and while he had just six catches for 62 yards, the volume is encouraging. White shouldn't be starting in 12-team leagues, but he's worth stashing on your bench for now.
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (46 percent)
With Willie Snead battling a toe injury, Thomas should see more targets behind Brandin Cooks. He's had a promising start to the season with 10 catches for 114 yards in the first two games and should stay on the fantasy radar as long as Drew Brees is healthy. Thomas will be more of a WR3 against the San Diego Chargers this week.
Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens (39 percent)
Many people questioned how Smith would respond after tearing his Achilles at age 36. Turns out he might still have plenty left in his body. Smith picked apart the Jacksonville Jaguars with eight catches for 87 yards on 11 targets, once again seeing plenty of looks from Joe Flacco. The future Hall of Famer looks like he'll be a strong PPR asset the rest of the year and has a friendly matchup with the Oakland Raiders this week.
Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns (22 percent)
Did Hue Jackson finally crack the Pryor code? The former Ohio State quarterback spent years floating around the league, with none of his NFL coaches ever quite sure how to use him. As it turns out, a position-less "offensive weapon" role might suit him best. Pryor was a Swiss Army knife against the Miami Dolphins, rotating with Cody Kessler at quarterback, catching eight passes for 144 yards as a receiver, and even taking a defensive snap. This role probably won't last once Josh McCown comes back, but for now Pryor is a nifty flex play in leagues where he qualifies for QB points.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (21 percent)
Dez Bryant is banged up again, and Dak Prescott simply isn't looking his way, choosing instead to make high-percentage throws on short-yardage routes. That's frustrating for Bryant owners, but Beasley and Jason Witten have benefited quite well so far. Beasley caught all seven of his targets for 73 yards against the Bears and gets a great matchup with the San Francisco 49ers this week. He's a great WR3 option in PPR leagues.