Week 4 offers little reprieve from the spate of injuries at wide receiver. Already, the New Orleans Saints have ruled out Michael Thomas, stars Davante Adams and DeAndre Hopkins will enter Sunday as game-time decisions, and a handful of other fantasy-relevant wideouts could miss action as well. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers will go on an unplanned bye week due to a COVID-19 outbreak, sidelining even more weapons.
With so many pass catchers unavailable, fantasy managers will have to scramble for fill-in options.
Fantasy football wide receivers to consider
Marquez Valdes-Scantling: A forgotten man during the Green Bay Packers’ impressive victory over the Saints last Sunday, Marquez Valdes-Scantling should see an uptick in work now that fellow wideout Allen Lazard will miss at least a month with a core-muscle injury. Valdes-Scantling’s penchant for concentration drops can frustrate his teammates and fantasy managers alike, but he can also deliver chunk plays due to his elite vertical speed. Even if Davante Adams sits out another game, Valdes-Scantling could have a big week against a bad Atlanta Falcons pass defense.
Mecole Hardman: The Kansas City Chiefs spread the ball around to such a degree that left tackle Eric Fisher and fullback Anthony Sherman can each score a receiving touchdown in the same game. However, Mecole Hardman remains a valuable piece of the offense and can produce big numbers with only a few touches. Available in over half of all leagues, Hardman merits a look for fantasy managers in a pinch.
Hunter Renfrow: The Las Vegas Raiders fell to the New England Patriots last weekend, but Hunter Renfrow did all he could to keep the game competitive. The slot receiver hauled in a season high six passes for 84 yards and scored his first touchdown on the year. With Henry Ruggs doubtful to play with a hamstring injury and Bryan Edwards already ruled out, Renfrow should see a heavy target share again versus the Buffalo Bills.