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Week 4 Waiver Rankings are back to provide you with a guide to improving your fantasy squad. This week was another rough ride for the elite wide receivers. We saw two more injuries to running backs with Shane Vereen going down with a season-ending injury and Jeremy Langford with an ankle injury that will cost him 4-6 weeks.

How about them rookie QBs? Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott continue to prove their critics wrong with wins for their respective club.

Todd Gurley finally put together a solid performance and bailed out his fantasy owners with an 85 yard, two touchdown performance, albeit on 27 carries.

Marvin Jones continues to shine for Detroit. Golden Tate owners continue to wonder what to do with their fifth round pick.

If you started Ryan Fitzpatrick, I’m sorry.

Overall,  week 3 was a wild and crazy ride. If you’re 0-3, don’t give up. There is still time to turn it around. Reach out to me (@FantasyWrath13) or any other of the TFA crew and we will guide you back to the light.

 

Quarterbacks

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  1. Joe Flacco
  2. Carson Wentz
  3. Sam Bradford
  4. Trevor Siemien

Joe Flacco – The Ravens pulled out a close one against the Jaguars. Flacco completed 29 of 40 passes for 214 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions and a rushing touchdown. It certainly wasn’t a great performance, but he’s been serviceable through three weeks. Up next for the Ravens is a juicy matchup against a Raiders secondary who have struggled to stop the pass all season. They give up the 4th most fantasy points to QBs (Yahoo, Standard).

Carson Wentz – Despite the upcoming bye week for the Eagles, Carson Wentz makes for a fine stash for fantasy owners struggling at QB. Wentz shined again this week completing 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers. If we’re being honest, no one saw this kind of production coming from the rookie QB.

The Eagles will get the Lions, Redskins, and Vikings their next three weeks after the bye.

Running Backs

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  1. Jordan Howard
  2. Dwayne Washington
  3. Kenneth Dixon
  4. Cameron Artis-Payne
  5. Orleans Darkwa
  6. DeAndre Washington
  7. Wendell Smallwood
  8. Bilal Powell
  9. Darren Sproles
  10. Matt Asiata
  11. Fozzy Whittaker
  12. Travaris Cadet
  13. Kenyan Drake
  14. Paul Perkins
  15. Devontae Booker
  16. Alfred Morris
  17. Kenjon Barner
  18. James Starks
  19. Terrance West
  20. CJ Prosise
  21. Bobby Rainey
  22. Karlos Williams
  23. Josh Ferguson
  24. Shaun Draughn
  25. Tim Hightower
  26. Robert Kelley
  27. Zach Zenner
  28. Damien Williams
  29. Alex Collins
  30. Charcandrick West
  31. Lance Dunbar

Jordan Howard – Jeremy Langford exited the game against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football and reports out of Chicago project him missing 4-6 weeks with a sprained ankle. This report makes Jordan Howard the likely number one waiver wire add this week. If he can put it all together, he could easily supplant Langford as the starting back. Jordan Howard profiles as a workhorse back at 6 foot and 230 pounds. He displayed decent speed with a 4.57 forty time and proved to be a worthy pass catcher with his six receptions for 56 yards so far this season.

Overall, Jordan Howard figures to have a sizable role moving forward and could seize the starting role even when Langford returns. He’s only owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues and 15% of ESPN leagues.

Dwayne Washinton – With just 10 carries for 38 yards and zero receptions against a strong Packers’ run defense, Washington did nothing to inspire fantasy owners to give a spot on their bench. However, it should be noted that the Packers possess the league’s best-run defense and have only allowed nine fantasy points per week to the position. If you want to improve your run game, then look no further than a matchup against the Bears on Sunday.

With a juicy matchup on tap, scoop up Dwayne Washington before a possible breakout performance against a Bears defense destroyed by injuries.

Kenneth Dixon – The Ravens committee of Justin Forsett and Terrance West has been awful through three weeks and Buck Allen was a healthy scratch every week. This leaves a massive opening for the talented rookie running back. Kenneth Dixon is recovering from MCL surgery and could be ready to return as early as this week. Regardless of when he returns, the time is now to add Dixon before he is added everywhere.

Cameron Artis-Payne – The Panthers faced one of the best defenses in the league in the form of the Minnesota Vikings in week 3. He finished with 12 carries for 47 yards and no receptions. He solidified himself as the lead back, as long as Jonathan Stewart sits again this week (projected to miss 2 more weeks with a hamstring injury). The Panthers take on a Falcons defense that can certainly be exploited on the ground and just gave up 107 all-purpose yards and a touchdown to Mark Ingram. CAP makes for an RB3 play this week. He’s owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues and 21% of ESPN leagues.

Paul Perkins, Bobby Rainey, and Orleans Darkwa –   News came out on Monday that Shane Vereen requires triceps surgery which ends his season. Then, factor in the absence Rashad Jennings who is nursing a wrist/hand injury and the Giants backfield becomes a jumbled mess. Currently, Orleans Darkwa looks like the guy to own in the short-term, but Paul Perkins could pay off the biggest longer term.

Orleans Darkwa flashed last season and looked decent on Sunday rushing 10 times for 53 yards and a TD. Giants relegated Paul Perkins to special teams, but he should see some work. Bobby Rainey figures to receive work in the passing game.

Paul Perkins for me is the high upside add, but I wouldn’t add him outside of deep leagues because to this point he’s showed nothing that he deserves that kind of consideration.

Kenyan Drake, Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, and Isaiah Pead – Full blown committee with Arian Foster out with a groin injury in Miami. Drake is worth an add in PPR formats. Ajayi is deserving a look in deep leagues. Other than that I would avoid the bunch.

DeAndre Washington – He’s worth a stash as a possible winning lotto ticket. At his current state, he’s only seeing 6-8 touches per game which limits his standalone value.

Wendall Smallwood – Wendall Smallwood was the apple of the fantasy community’s eye over the offseason but the Smallwood love faded quickly. He came from nowhere this week (listed fourth on the depth chart) to rush 17 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Mathews missed most of the game which allowed Smallwood to see a heavy workload and boy did he make the most of it. He’s worth a look as another bench stash, but with a bye week on hand, Mathews figures to retake his role as the lead back.

Devontae Booker – Excellent bench stash, but has little standalone value with CJ Anderson in front of him.

Karlos Williams – Remember him? Word is he’s lost a ton of weight and is eligible to return from suspension after this week. With so many injuries going around the running back position, you can count on a team to give him a look. Add him now.

Wide Receivers

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  1. Terrelle Pryor
  2. Kevin White
  3. Jamison Crowder
  4. Michael Thomas
  5. Cole Beasley
  6. Phillip Dorsett
  7. Quincy Enunwa
  8. Chris Hogan
  9. Steve Smith Sr.
  10. Josh Doctson
  11. Adam Humphries
  12. Sammie Coates
  13. Tyler Boyd
  14. Davante Adams
  15. Jermaine Kearse
  16. Brian Quick
  17. Rishard Matthews
  18. Dorial Green-Beckham
  19. Chris Conley
  20. Marquise Lee
  21. Brandon LaFell
  22. Markus Wheaton
  23. Jaron Brown
  24. Nelson Agholor
  25. Kenny Britt
  26. Anquan Boldin
  27. Seth Roberts
  28. Eddie Royal
  29. Robert Woods
  30. Charles Johnson

Terrelle Pryor – His performance against the Dolphins was about as good as it gets. They lined him up all over the field. He played QB, RB, and WR and hauled in 8 of 14 targets for 144 yards as well as rushed four times for 21 yards and converted a TD. Under center, he went 3-5  passing for 35 yards. Pryor should see this kind of workload for at least one more week until Josh Gordon returns from his suspension. Ride the Pryor train for as long as you can, or you could sell him high. The Browns face a Washington secondary that just lost DeAngelo Hall for the season and Breshad Breeland to an injury. If you’re looking for a WR, Pryor is your best option this week.

Kevin White – He’s coming off a game where he saw a team-high 14 targets. With a battered defense, the Bears offense will continue to play from behind. The Bears get the Lions this week who allow the twelfth-most fantasy points to WRs. If Kevin White is available (49% ownership), he has WR4 upside depending on the matchup.

Jamison Crowder – He continues to fly under the radar, but that could change after a big week 3. Crowder hauled in 4 of 7 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown. He’s worth an add in all PPR formats and also should garner attention in standard leagues. Crowder’s not going away anytime soon and is quickly looking like a weekly WR4 in all formats.

Michael Thomas – The rookie WR filled in nicely for Willie Snead, hauling in 7 of 11 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown. I’ve been stashing Thomas all season and he proved on Monday Night Football why he’s worth a look on yours.

Quincy Enunwa – I’m surprised he’s still only owned in 34% of Yahoo leagues. I know he had a down week, but he continues to get a ton of targets (11 this week). The Jets as a whole looked terrible against the Chiefs, but when Ryan Fitzpatrick throws 6 INTs in a single game, you should expect poor performances across the board. Enunwa’s worth an add in all 12-team formats.

Cole Beasley – Wes Welker lite continues to see a ton of targets every week. He’s teetering on must add in PPR formats.

Steve Smith Sr – The 37-year-old veteran proved that he still has it against the Jaguars after securing 8 catches for 87 yards on 11 targets. He will likely have useable weeks and can be added in all 12 team formats.

Sammie Coates – Has been used strictly as a deep threat and with a matchup with the Chiefs on hand, I wouldn’t feel great about firing him up in any format. He’s just a bench stash to this point.

 

Tight Ends

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  1. Kyle Rudolph
  2. Zach Miller
  3. Cameron Brate
  4. Jack Doyle
  5. Hunter Henry
  6. Jesse James
  7. Richard Rodgers
  8. Clive Walford
  9. Jace Amaro
  10. Ryan Griffin

Kyle Rudolph – You know who has averaged double-digit PPR fantasy points through three weeks? You guessed it, Kyle Rudolph. He continues to be the safety valve for Vikings QBs and is finally showing all that potential we thought he had in Norv Turner’s passing offense. After three games, he’s hauled in 14 of 23 targets for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He has the third highest point-per-opportunity at a clip of .33. Rudolph should be owned in all formats and is in the weekly TE1 discussion.

Zach Miller – After a strong 2015, Zach Miller was a strong sleeper candidate who went late in drafts. Well, the Bears offense has struggled, but he finally broke out with Brian Hoyer at the helm. Miller hauled in eight of nine targets for 78 yards and two touchdowns in week 3. With the Bears defense resembling a mash unit, you can count on the offense being in plenty of negative game scripts . This allows for plenty of offense for the veteran TE.

Cameron Brate – After Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released for receiving a DUI over the weekend, Cameron Brate assumed the starting role. He took the reigns and put up a solid performance. Brate finished with five receptions on 10 targets for 46 yards and two touchdowns. If he continues to get this kind of target share (20%), it could make him a viable low-end TE1 play, although I wouldn’t count on that this week due to his matchup with the Broncos.

Jack Doyle – Once Coby Fleener left and headed to the Saints, Dwayne Allen figured to be the TE to own in Indy. Well, that hasn’t been the case so far. Through three weeks, Jack Doyle has more targets (15), yards (137), and touchdowns (2) than Dwayne Allen. With the injury to Donte Moncrief, Doyle makes for a solid streaming option. The Colts take on a Jaguars defense that allowed the eleventh-fewest fantasy points to TEs through three weeks.

As always, head over to TFA  to check out tons of great content on a weekly basis to help you win your leagues. Goodluck on the waivers!

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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