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Week 4 Waiver Wire Rankings

Week 3 is in the books! Which means Week 4 Waiver Wire Rankings are here!

Week 3 was a mixed bag. Kareem “The Dream” Hunt continues to be the eater of worlds as he shreds defenses like a cheese grater. The man is averaging 8.5 YPC through three weeks and has found the end zone six times. His 98 PPR points are 12 points higher than Todd Gurley and 25 points higher than third-place surprise, Chris Thompson. Then there was Stefon Diggs. He continues to shine and did so with Case Keenum. He hauled in eight-of-11 targets for 173 yards and two touchdowns. I continue to say he may be the next Antonio Brown, which is obviously extremely high praise. It surprised me how many folks benched Diggs this week. I understand Keenum doesn’t give fantasy owners much confidence, but chances are the player you sat him for carried much more volatility (I’m looking at you Rashard Higgins). What I’m saying is don’t overthink it. I had Diggs ranked as a top 20 WR this week despite his QB.

We didn’t see any significant injuries this week outside of Darren Sproles, who tore his ACL and broke his arm. We had a scare from Kelvin Benjamin whose injury looked to be much worse than it really was. He’s expected to be OK after his MRI revealed no structural damage.

I’ll be the first to tell you. This isn’t a great week for waivers. There is no must add, unless Chris Carson is available. Even he carries some red flags with the terrible Seahawks offensive line. Past that, it’s a grab bag of flex options and depth pieces. Don’t waste a high priority waiver add or a significant amount of FAAB on any of these guys. Instead try to use some foresight and add some players to your bench that could be that league winner. Yes, I’m looking at you Josh Gordon.

Below is as big of a list as you will find for players to pick up. The goal is to illuminate players that fantasy owners can pick up outside of the most obvious targets. We don’t all play in small leagues, so upping the ante and shedding light on players who would otherwise be ignored is optimal. I have included a color code highlighting what type of add priority they possess.

Be on the lookout for the TFA Transaction Tuesday Podcast that will air every Tuesday morning to help you navigate your way through waiver wire Tuesday. It will be a short 15-20 min show that’s all about the top waiver adds and streaming options.

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Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Players to who are currently out/injured

Gold = Streaming Target

Blue = Bench Stash

Purple = Deep League Stash

 

Week 4 Waiver Wire Rankings

Quarterback

Week 4 Waiver Wire Adds

  1. Andy Dalton
  2. Carson Palmer
  3. Deshaun Watson
  4. Trevor Siemian
  5. Jared Goff
  6. Alex Smith

Andy Dalton – After two terrible weeks and most fantasy owners jettisoning Andy Dalton back into the scrap heap, he finally put together a solid week. He completed 21-of-27 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers on Sunday. With new OC Bill Lazor now at the helm, the new gameplan was clear: hide the Bengals’ inefficiencies along the offensive line by getting the ball out of Andy Dalton’s hand quick.  With a new direction and renewed confidence, the Bengals and Co. will take on a Browns defense that was just lit up by the Colts. Dalton should be viewed as a high-end QB2 next week.

Deshaun Watson – I have been anti-Deshaun Watson all offseason, however, it’s hard to deny how good he looked against the Patriots in Foxborough. I have made it known how much I dislike him as a long-term prospect. However, his athleticism should allow him to hold fantasy value during certain matchups. I want to give a shoutout to Eliot Crist, who has been the conductor of the Watson hype train all offseason. If you aren’t following him already, please do so now.

Watson completed 22-of-33 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also displayed his athletic ability rushing 8 times for 41 yards. Moving forward, you will have to live with the ups and downs of a rookie QB, but can stream him week-to-week. Deshaun Watson will be a middle-of-the-road QB2 next week taking on a formidable Titans defense.

Jared Goff – After being left for dead by most after an looking atrocious his rookie campaign, Jared Goff has now strung together three weeks of respectable performances. He threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns against the 49ers last Thursday Night. Moving forward, he’s best left as a streaming option in single QB leagues.

 

Running Backs

Week 4 Waiver Wire Adds

  1. Chris Carson
  2. Buck Allen
  3. D’Onta Foreman
  4. Wendall Smallwood
  5. Alvin Kamara
  6. C.J. Prosise
  7. Chris Johnson
  8. Jamaal Charles
  9. Brandon Oliver
  10. Alex Collins
  11. Jamaal Williams
  12. Samaje Perine
  13. Mike Tolbert
  14. Corey Clement
  15. Matt Breida
  16. Elijah McGuire
  17. Charcandrick West
  18. James Connor
  19. Dion Lewis
  20. Jalen Richard
  21. Shane Vereen
  22. Corey Grant
  23. DeAndre Washington
  24. Charles Sims
  25. Devontae Booker
  26. Marlon Mack
  27. Robert Turbin
  28. Joe Banyard
  29. Jerick McKinnon
  30. Aaron Jones

Chris Carson – He remains available in 58% of ESPN formats and has distanced himself as the lead back in the Seahawks offense. He finished with 38 rushing yards on 11 carries and hauled in both of his targets for 18 yards and a touchdown while playing 56% of snaps. It wasn’t a great performance, but for fantasy purposes, we will certainly take it. Next up is against a Colts defense that should provide a bit more upside for the rookie running back.

D’Onta Foreman – He didn’t rack up a ton on the ground with only 25 yards on eight carries (3.1 YPC), however, he did secure two passes for 65 yards. He has received double-digit touches in each of the last two weeks, but his value is capped as long as Lamar Miller continues to receive the larger workload. At this point, he’s more of a speculative add that could provide league-winning upside if Lamar Miller goes down with an injury.

Wendall Smallwood and Corey Clement – With Darren Sproles out for the season with a torn ACL and a broken forearm, the backfield opens up a bit. Wendall Smallwood received 12 carries and turned that into 71 rushing yards (5.9 YPC). Despite playing 21 more snaps than LeGarrette Blount, they both received the same amount of carries. Corey Clement also received six totes and he turned that into 22 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. Smallwood carries the most value as of now, however, Corey Clement looked impressive in own right and he could be one to stash in deeper formats that could pay off down the road. As things stand, Smallwood carries some intrigue as a weekly flex option.

Alvin Kamara – I’m a little surprised he’s widely available in all formats. I get he’s in a full timeshare with Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram, but Kamara continues to prove why he should be the No. 2 back on a Drew-Brees-led offense. He rushed two times for 37 yards and a touchdown while hauling in three of five targets for five yards. If you’re looking for some bench depth or a bye week option, then look no further than the dynamic rookie runner.

Jamaal Charles – He’s coming off his best week of the season, rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Bills. With the Broncos continuing to utilize the ground-and-pound offensive approach, Charles will continue to hold stand-alone value. He looks to be getting closer to his old self as he has quietly rushed for 5.1 YPC through three weeks.

Alex Collins – While 64 of his 82 total rushing yards came on the last two drives (garbage-time), he continues to prove why he deserves a bigger workload in the offense. Terrance West is a J.A.G. and it wouldn’t take much of a leap of faith to envision Collins supplanting West as the feature back. Collins is a worthy bench stash in all 12 team leagues as a speculative add.

Best of the rest: There are a handful of backs that could be lotto tickets this season that will only cash if something happens to the starter. The list for me is Jamaal Williams, Corey Clement, Matt Breida, James Conner, DeAndre Washington, Devontae Booker, and Marlon Mack. I wouldn’t load up my bench with these assets but would look to stash one of them. No, you shouldn’t handcuff your own running back. You should look to handcuff others backs. Those handcuffs could be sold a later date to the owner who may need them far more than you.

Wide Receivers

Week 4 Waiver Wire Adds

  1. Devin Funchess
  2. Marqise Lee
  3. Bruce Ellington
  4. Paul Richardson
  5. Mohamed Sanu
  6. Allen Hurns
  7. Jaron Brown
  8. Donte Moncrief
  9. Geronimo Allison
  10. Robert Woods
  11. Kenny Golladay
  12. Sterling Shephard
  13. Tyler Lockett
  14. Will Fuller
  15. Adam Humphries 
  16. Russell Shephard
  17. Cole Beasley
  18. Josh Doctson
  19. Kendall Wright
  20. Ricardo Louis
  21. Brandon Coleman
  22. Josh Gordon
  23. Danny Amendola
  24. Nelson Agholor
  25. Ryan Switzer
  26. Benny Fowler
  27. Chris Conley
  28. Phillip Dorsett
  29. Markus Wheaton
  30. Michael Campanaro
  31. Laquon Treadwell
  32. Josh Bellamy

Devin Funchess – While he did receive 10 targets, he wasn’t particularly effective. He only pulled in four of those targets for 58 yards. Still, with Greg Olsen sidelined for the foreseeable future and Kelvin Benjamin’s status up in the air after injuring his knee, Funchess has a clear path to a heavy target share within the offense. At worst he’s a weekly WR4 option and could find himself in the WR3 territory if Benjamin is out for an extended period of time.

Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns – While Allen Hurns continues to find the end zone,  Marqise Lee has been the consistent option over the past three weeks. Lee has averaged 7.6 targets to 4.6 for Hurns. The big difference between the two has been the two touchdowns Allen Hurns has scored over the past two weeks. I would bet on the consistency that Lee provides versus the boom-or-bust weeks Hurns will have moving forward.

Mohamed Sanu – As long as Sanu continues to receive seven targets per game, he will be a viable flex option during the bye weeks that start next week. He hauled in four-of-six targets for 28 yards and a touchdown against the Lions on Sunday. He’s not a flashy player nor will he provide much of a ceiling, but he makes up for it with a decent floor in PPR formats.

Bruce Ellington and Will Fuller – If you followed along last preseason, Bruce Ellington was a sleeper for the 49ers heading into the season prior to him be placed on the season-ending IR. Fast forward to 2017 and Ellington finds himself on the Texans and will be the No. 2 option behind DeAndre Hopkins, at least until Will Fuller returns from his collarbone injury. Ellington hauled in four-of-seven targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown was particularly noteworthy as it was a highlight-reel reception going up between two defenders and coming own with the football. As mentioned above, his value is limited, especially with Will Fuller making his way back. Speaking of Will Fuller, the Texans are missing a true deep-threat. He’s ahead of schedule and we shouldn’t be shocked to see him return this Sunday against the Titans. Moving forward, I feel Ellington possesses WR5 value in PPR formats as he will likely fill the slot role within the offense. If DeShaun Watson continues to progress and can build upon his big performance against the Patriots on Sunday, then we could see the Texans offense support more than one pass-catcher for fantasy relevance.

Jaron Brown – While it wasn’t a great performance, he did find the end zone on one of his six targets against the Cowboys on Monday night. His usefulness goes as far as John Brown’s health. Over the past two weeks, he’s received 17 targets and he’s turned that into six receptions, 100 yards, and a touchdown. With John Brown’s status up in the air for Week 4 against the 49ers, Jaron Brown holds some WR4 appeal.

Donte Moncrief – I admit, at this point, you can’t play Donte Moncrief, especially playing the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday. So why have him as a waiver add? Andrew Luck. Reports came out over the weekend that Andrew Luck will begin practicing this week with plans to return Week 6 against the Titans. Once Luck returns, Moncrief will return to being a weekly flex option at worst and could flirt with WR2 status if Luck regains the form we all expect from him.

Tyler Lockett – Boom-or-bust WR4 or WR5 against a Colts defense that should get Vontae Davis this week. Only received three targets this past week.

Josh Gordon – Now that Josh Gordon has completed league-mandated rehab, he will reapply for reinstatement. If you have five or six bench spots and looking for the ultimate lotto ticket, then look no further than Josh Gordon. While we still don’t know if he will be granted his request to return, he has fulfilled everything the league has asked him to do. I have already stashed him everywhere I can and I would suggest you do the same if you can make it work.

 

Tight Ends

Week 4 Waiver Wire Adds

  1. Ben Watson
  2. Charles Clay
  3. Evan Engram
  4. Eric Ebron
  5. Jack Doyle
  6. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  7. Zach Miller
  8. Vernon Davis
  9. Austin Hooper
  10. David Njoku
  11. Ryan Griffin
  12. Jesse James
  13. Jared Cook
  14. Julius Thomas
  15. Luke Wilson

Benjamin Watson – My goodness that was an ugly game for the Ravens. One of the only bright spots was a garbage-time touchdown for Watson. A few things we know for sure in regards to the Ravens offense is Joe Flacco’s love of the tight end position. This week the Ravens will take on a Steelers defense that has allowed the fifth-most yards and third most touchdowns to tight ends this season. Watson makes for a fine streaming option the next few weeks with a matchup against the Raiders to follow.

Charles Clay – Clay continues to be the most reliable pass-catcher for the Bills and will face off against a Falcons defense that has struggled to stop tight ends the past few seasons. If you’re looking for a tight end, Charles Clay is your man this week. He should be a borderline TE1 this week.

Evan Engram – Continues to buck the trend of rookie tight ends struggling to contribute during year one. When playing a tight end, the one thing you should always look for is volume. He’s received 19 targets through three weeks and has turned that into 13 receptions, 138 yards, and a touchdown. Week 4 brings a matchup against the Bucs that should allow him to be a high-end TE2.

 

Defense/ST

  1. Jacksonville vs New York Jets
  2. Green Bay vs Chicago
  3. Philadelphia vs San Diego
  4. Tennessee vs Houston
  5. Cincinnati vs Cleveland

Kicker

  1. Giorgio Tavecchio
  2. Jake Elliott
  3. Cody Parkey
  4. Matt Prater
  5. Chris Boswell

 

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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