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Week 4 Waiver Wire Rankings

Hello Friends! We are already approaching the quarter mark of the NFL 2018 season and waiver wire / free agent additions will be crucial for the stretch run towards the playoffs.  Let’s continue to use TFA’s custom coloring scheme:

Green = Top Waiver Option

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench Options/Flex Options

Purple = Deep league bench plays

 

Quarterbacks

1) Andy Dalton

2) Eli Manning

3) Baker Mayfield

4) Case Keenum

5) Blake Bortles

6) Joe Flacco

7)  Jameis Winston

8) Ryan Tannehill

Andy Dalton: The Cincinnati signal-caller is having an underrated season as he ranks 12th among his position in fantasy points. Dalton has a cupcake matchup in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons as the Falcons have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and are also missing several key starters due to injury (Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal, and Deion Jones).

Eli Manning: A home game versus the Saints aka the team who has given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year? Sign me up!  The Giants’ offense finally showed some life after benching right tackle Erik Flowers and producing 27 points in Week 3 against the Houston Texans. Manning is a legitimate streaming option this week in all formats and is still available with low ownership of 18% and 10% in Yahoo and ESPN leagues respectively.

Baker Mayfield: We need to still temper our expectations for the 2018 first overall pick but it was exciting to see Mayfield break the Browns’ legendary losing streak. With dual-threat upside, the Browns’ rookie quarterback can be utilized as a deep league streamer against the Raiders this week. He should have time to pick their defense apart as the Raiders rate last in league with three sacks.  

Running Backs

1) Javorius Allen

2) Marlon Mack

3) Chris Ivory

4) Jordan Wilkins

5) Devontae Booker

6) Ito Smith

7) Nyheim Hines

8) Darren Sproles

9) Wendell Smallwood

10) LeGarrette Blount

11) Marcus Murphy 

12) Frank Gore

13) Ty Montgomery

14) Corey Grant

15) C.J. Anderson

16) Chase Edmunds

17) Doug Martin

18) Jalen Richard

19) Alfred Blue

20) Spencer Ware

21) Ronald Jones

22) Malcolm Brown

Javorius Allen: The Ravens continue to employ an equal timeshare with their backfield as Allen played in a season-high 54% of offensive snaps in Week 3. The fourth-year back continues to handle most passing down work (averages 5.67 targets per game this season) and is still seeing consistent red zone work (two rushing attempts with a rushing TD inside the opponent’s ten in Week 3).

Chris Ivory: With ownership of 7% and 5% in ESPN and Yahoo leagues respectively, Ivory needs to be picked up as the main handcuff to LeSean McCoy. In their stunning Week 3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. the Bills fed Ivory a feature back type workload with 23 touches including passing down work (saw four targets). With McCoy dealing with injuries and off the field issues, the veteran back could provide serious value in all formats with all of McCoy’s uncertainties.

Marcus Murphy: In Point Per Reception scoring formats, Murphy is an ideal pickup as he will be the Bills passing down back when McCoy is not active.

Wendell Smallwood: The Eagles continued to employ a running back by committee by giving their young back 13 touches and playing him in 35% of offensive snaps despite Corey Clement labeled the starter. Smallwood should return to limited touches in the short term with Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles expected to return soon but he is worth an investment in deep league roster formats.

Wide Receiver

1) Chris Godwin

2) Calvin Ridley

3) Geronimo Allison

4) Mike Williams

5) Tyler Boyd

6) Ted Ginn Jr.

7) Antonio Callaway

8) Christian Kirk

9) Paul Richardson

10) Brandon Marshall

11) Cam Meredith

12) Willie Snead IV

13) James Washington

14) John Ross 

15) Ryan Grant

16) Donte Moncrief

17) Dede Westbrook

18) DJ Moore

19) Rishard Matthews

20) Tyrell Williams

21) Courtland Sutton

22) Rashard Higgins

23) Terrelle Pryor

24) Dante Petts

25) Taywan Taylor

26) Tre’Quan Smith

27) Jermaine Kearse

28) Albert Wilson 

29) Jordan Matthews

Calvin Ridley: After a quiet preseason, the Falcons 2018 first round pick has recently impressed many by producing 11 receptions for 210 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in Weeks 2-3. While Ridley looks to have a consistent role in Atlanta’s offensive game plan, it is noteworthy that he has not played more than 64% of offensive snaps in any game this year.

Geronimo Allison: The young receiver is being deployed as a starter as he has played in 70% of offensive snaps in Week 1, 79% in Week 2, and 75% in Week 3.  Allison has shown to be a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers as he averages six targets a game and has produced some big plays with 2 touchdowns and 3 20+ yard receptions.

Tyler Boyd: Still only owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues, Boyd is a must add as he has been on fire the past two weeks producing 12 receptions, 223 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns on 16 targets in Weeks 2-3.  His Week 4 competition will be Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole, who is rated CB93 by Pro Football Focus.

Antonio Callaway: The rookie receiver is seeing serious playing time as he played in 80% and 89% of offensive snaps in Weeks 2-3. Despite only producing 4 receptions for 20 receiving yards in Week 3 against the New York Jets, Callaway still saw a whopping 10 targets.

Christian Kirk: It is never fun investing in players from bad offenses but Kirk has flashed serious potential the past two weeks producing a catch rate of 84% and 11 receptions for 117 yards. The rookie receiver looks to be a favorite target of new starting quarterback Josh Rosen as Rosen targeted Kirk in almost half of his passing attempts in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears.

Cam Meredith: In his first active game of the season, the Saints’ recent free agent addition played in 43% of offensive snaps and even produced a touchdown on his only target. With a reasonable amount of playing time in just his first game, Meredith looks to be on track to be the third receiver for New Orlean’s juggernaut offense.

Ryan Grant: With an emphasis on a short passing game so far in 2018, Grant has a steady role in the Colts offense as he seen five targets per game and played in at least 70% of offensive snaps in every game this season.

Rashard Higgins: The third-year receiver has played in 74% and 70% of offensive snaps and averaged 5 targets per game in Weeks 2-3  since Josh Gordon was traded to the New England Patriots.

Jermaine Kearse: The veteran saw a spike in playing time in last Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Browns as Kearse was on the field for 54% of offensive snaps. The Jets receiver looks to be a favorite of quarterback Sam Darnold as Kearse saw 6 targets in Week 3.

Tight End

1) Vance McDonald

2) Benjamin Watson

3) Dallas Goedert

4) Ricky Seal-Jones

5) Cameron Brate

6) Jonnu Smith

7) Austin Hooper 

8) Ian Thomas 

Vance McDonald: Steelers tight ends look to be stuck in a timeshare as McDonald played in 48% of offensive snaps in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but McDonald is the one to invest in. The sixth-year tight end is seeing more passing volume over teammate Jessie James as he has seen 4 more targets in the past 2 weeks.

Dallas Goedert: With injuries affecting the Philadelphia Eagles’ receiving unit. Goedert was used in an increased role as he played in 67% of offensive snaps in Week 3. Carson Wentz showed last year he often favors his tight ends as they saw 29% (166-of-555 )of targets.

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