3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Injury Replacements for Davante Adams, TY Hilton and Terry McLaurin
By Dan Israeli
Heading into Week 5 of the fantasy football season, there are a number of banged up wide receivers across the league who will be questionable at best to suit up for their next game.
Davante Adams, who broke out with 10 catches for 180 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday, is now at risk of missing of Week 5 as he is battling a turf toe injury. In addition, WRs like TY Hilton and Terry McLaurin may not be ready to return from quad and hamstring injuries, respectively, which kept each of them out of action in Week 4.
No matter which hobbled player you might own, or even if you're one of your starting wideouts has a bye this week, here are three wide receiver injury replacements to consider grabbing off the waiver wire, all available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.
1. Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
Arguably a top wide receiver pickup due to his rest-of-season value, rookie Diontae Johnson has now put up back-to-back big weeks in Mason Rudolph's first two starts for the Pittsburgh Steelers. While many assumed Rudolph would have chemistry with his college teammate James Washington, it's Johnson (owned in 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues) who has benefitted the most. He's led Steelers' wide receivers in targets (12) over the past two weeks while totaling nine receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Next up, in Week 5, is a home matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, a team that has struggled defensively in recent weeks and has given up the 12th most fantasy points to wide receivers so fare this season.
2. Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers
Considered the third option in the Green Bay Packers' passing game heading into the season, Geronimo Allison has a chance to be one of Aaron Rodgers' top-two receivers in Week 5, if Adams ultimately sits due to his toe injury. While Marquez Valdes-Scantling still has more upside, Allison has doubled his teammate up in the touchdowns department so far (2-to-1) and should see a target uptick against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. While the matchup against Dallas isn't great, there is potential for a high-scoring game and for Allison, who is owned in 31 percent of Yahoo! leagues, to be heavily targeted.
3. Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals
With the news that John Ross will be out for roughly a month, Auden Tate will step in as the Bengals' No. 2 wide receiver. Cincinnati's receiving corps is really banged up, with Ross and A.J. Green both out, which should allow Tate to soak up targets. Tate has actually led the team in receiving the past two weeks, catching six passes for 88 yards against the Buffalo Bills before grabbing four for 50 against Pittsburgh. Owned in eight percent of Yahoo! leagues, he draws a solid matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, making him a WR3 this weekend.
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