This past week has shown us how a few injuries can give rise to others’ opportunities. Take for example, Davante Adams for the Packers. Due to a hamstring injury he was sidelined and Allen Lazard was the star for Green Bay. He finished the game with six receptions for 146 yards and scored one touchdown against the Saints. These injuries show that not only are sleepers a priority to pay attention to, but also the waiver wire.
Looking ahead to Week Four Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers, there are a few things to keep an eye on. Chris Godwin exited with a hamstring injury, Chris Carson got hurt from a dirty play, Tarik Cohen suffered a torn ACL, and both Diontae Johnson and Russell Gage suffered concussions.
For sleepers this week, I am focusing on taking advantage of some of these injuries that players suffered last week.
As I eluded to earlier, Tampa Bay wideout Chris Godwin exited Sunday’s game against Denver with a hamstring injury. That pushes Scotty Miller to be the number two receiver for the Bucs on Sunday. This is good news for Miller after he led the team in receiving yards last week. It appears he has a growing connect with Tom Brady as well. On the season he has caught 10 of his 14 targets for 167 yards, but has yet to find the endzone. This Sunday, might be his breakout game against an inconsistent Chargers defense.
Similar to Scotty Miller, Washington is looking to capitalize on Sunday (or Monday) without Diontae Johnson possibly playing. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is third on the team with 15 targets. Behind only Johnson and Smith-Schuster. He will be facing off against the Titans who just surrendered 175 receiving yards to rookie, Justin Jefferson. Before that, they had given up back-to-back games of more than 80 yards to both the Broncos and Jaguars wideouts. If Johnson is inactive on Sunday then fire up James Washington in your lineups.
Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell are out with injuries and that pushes Pascal into the starting lineup for Indianapolis. His only competition at the receiver position is T.Y. Hilton and that is good news. He hasn’t been able to produce much due to the multiple targets, but now with many players sidelined, it’s Zach Pascal’s time to step up. With Nick Foles under center for Chicago, this game might turn into a shootout and that is good news for Pascal’s upside and ceiling.
Due to a cheap foul from the Cowboys, starting back, Chris Carson, will be out with a knee injury. That means it’s the 2019 1,000 yard rusher, Carlos Hyde’s time. He has a strong matchup against the Miami Dolphins who allowed Jacksonville running back, James Robinson, to total 129 yards on 17 touches and he even reached the endzone twice. It’s a no brainer to have Hyde in your lineups this week.
I was a little nervous putting Davis in last week’s article because he never really was a starter before, but he proved a lot of people wrong. With 21 touches he total 91 yards along with a single touchdown. With Christian McCaffrey still out with an ankle injury, Davis showed he’s capable of being a suitable replacement. In Week Four, he faces the Arizona Cardinals who allowed Adrian Peterson to run all over them. Davis has a lot of value in PPR leagues and should be a solid Flex option this week.
In a shocking turn of events, Gaskin seems to have taken the starting role from both Jordan Howard and Matt Breida. Howard still comes in for goal line work and Brieda as a change of pace back. Both of the veterans each had three carries compared to Gaskin’s 22. He also was tied for receptions with DeVante Parker, each securing five. So far on the season, Gaskin has 53 total touches, Howard has 16, and Breida has 16 as well. If the touches comparison isn’t a dead giveaway of how much this Miami offense flows through this second year back, I don’t know what is.