The fantasy football landscape continues to even out now that we're through the first quarter of the season. Here is a look at the waiver wire moves you need to make following the conclusion of Week 4.
Injuries continue to reshape the running back landscape in fantasy football. One of the more recent starters to go down with an injury was Jeremy Langford of the Bears, which makes Jordan Howard a very sneaky PPR option going forward.
The rookie out of Indiana caught four passes for 47 yards in relief of Langford in Week 3. Howard followed that up with 111 rushing yards on 23 carries vs the Lions in Week 4. He also chipped in three grabs for 21 yards.
Howard already looks like someone who can put up RB1 production on a week-to-week basis. Don't let that sit on your league's waiver wire.
The Ravens may have found their new workhorse back. With Justin Forsett being a healthy scratch in Week 4, West took over and ran for 113 yards and one score on 21 carries. He had rushed for just 119 yards on 33 carries as a backup in the three prior games, but Baltimore likes what they have in the third-year back out of Towson.
For now, look to add West if you need more help at running back in standard leagues.
The Bears were a mess offensively over their first three games, but Eddie Royal was quietly effective. In Week 4, Royal exploded for seven grabs on seven targets for 111 yards and one touchdown in the Bears' win over the Lions.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer has been targeting Royal at a very high rate since taking over for Jay Cutler. The issue here is whether Royal will be as impactful once Cutler comes back or not. When Cutler was starting, Royal got just six targets in the first two games.
For now, go after Royal if you're in need of help at wide receiver.
With news that Sammy Watkins is on I.R. (more on that below), Robert Woods is now Buffalo's No. 1 wide receiver. Since taking over that role in Week 3, Woods has hauled in 13 passes on 18 targets for 140 yards.
That's great for PPR and has the potential to be good in standard leagues as well. He's worth a flyer if receiver is your fantasy team's weakness.
2016 will be a lost fantasy season for Sammy Watkins after the Bills placed him on I.R. this past Friday. This does not mean Watkins' season is necessarily over, as the I.R. designation to return exemption may allow him to come back in eight weeks.
Watkins is still recovering from offseason surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot. In two games this season, Watkins has been limited to six grabs for 63 yards on 11 targets.
No surgery is currently scheduled for the foot, though there are reports Watkins will likely be getting surgery, but he will be out until around the time the fantasy playoffs begin if he does come back. This I.R. move makes it easier to cut him now and find a replacement ASAP.
After a great showing in training camp and the preseason coupled with Brandon LaFell breaking a bone in his hand, it looked like Tyler Boyd was poised for a big role in the Bengals offense as a rookie.
Boyd got off to a decent start with eight catches for 102 yards over the first two games, but has just four grabs for 28 yard since. That includes a dropped touchdown catch Thursday vs the Dolphins. LaFell is now getting the bulk of those No. 2 receiver snaps while Boyd only comes in on three-receiver sets.
With Tyler Eifert returning, Boyd's role in this offense will only further decrease going forward. It's time to part with him in all fantasy leagues.
Speaking of rookie receivers failing to live up to their preseason hype, Tajae Sharpe has struggled to make an impact in Tennessee. Part of that has been due to the Titans having a horrific offense and poor quarterback play from Marcus Mariota.
That has led to Sharpe catching just 16 passes 172 yards and no scores over his first four games. That just isn't cutting it, even in PPR leagues, so get rid of Sharpe sooner than later.