Week 4 is in the books and fantasy players are combing the waiver wires looking for possible bye week and injury replacements. We bring you the top 5 list of players who could be waiver wire duds.
WR Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
The former first round pick came off his 4 game suspension Sunday and can now practice with the team. The Jaguars are officially committed to turnover machine Blaine Gabbert which automatically reduces his value but Blackmon has issues of his own. In his rookie year, Blackmon was completely outplayed by fellow wide receiver Cecil Shorts. The stat line from 2012 is telling as Shorts had fewer receptions and targets but put up better numbers with 7 touchdowns to Blackmon's 5. Even more telling Shorts had 375 YAC to Blackmon's 284. With Gabbert under center it's hard to trust any Jaguars skill player.
WR Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returned to his turnover ways Sunday throwing for 317 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions while also taking 3 sacks. Oh and he also lost a fumble. Awesome. Jeffery has been highly touted since his rookie year but expect his inconsistent stats to continue. He was 11 times Sunday with 5 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. He is basically tied at third place in receiving options with Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett ahead of him. He has 32 targets on the year while running back Matt Forte has 26.
TE Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
Graham was targeted 6 times Sunday and caught 5 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. On the year, Graham has 16 targets with 12 receptions for 69 yards and 3 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he is easily the 4th receiving option behind Andre Johnson, Deandre Hopkins and fellow tight end Owen Daniels. Arian Foster is also in the receiving mix.
RB Roy Helu Jr., Washington
Helu took over primary running back duties when starter Alfred Morris went down with a rib injury in the third quarter Sunday. He carried the ball 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown while catching 2 passes for 43 yards. Unfortunately, Washington has a Week 5 bye and Morris may return in Week 6. He isn't a solid fantasy option just yet but he could be worth a bench stash.
WR Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings
Simpson makes the list after he posted a good game under backup quarterback Matt Cassell with 7 receptions for 124 yards. Unfortunately, the Vikings remain committed to starter Christian Ponder who has thrown for 691 yards, 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on the year. At some point the Vikings are going to need to get rookie playmaker Cordarelle Patterson more heavily involved in the offense. Until the Vikings quarterback situation stabilizes, Simpson isn't a reliable fantasy option.