It might be hard to believe, but Week 4 is already upon us, which means we are back with another edition of deep waiver wire adds!
On Thursday night, we watched in awe as Jared Goff went deep on several occasions, gashing the once-feared Vikings defense for 465 yards and 5 TDs. Today, it’s our turn. Join me as I go deep to discuss 4 players who are worth a look in deeper leagues.
Let’s get to it!
Taywan Taylor—Tennessee Titans
Things can change quickly in both the NFL and fantasy football. Just a few short months ago, former Titans WR Rishard Matthews was expected to compete with WR Corey Davis and TE Delanie Walker for the lion’s share of targets in Tennessee’s offense. Today? Matthews has been released, and Walker is on IR. That leaves Marcus Mariota (and Blaine Gabbert?) with very receivers to throw to. Enter Taywan Taylor. The second-year player out of Western Kentucky has seen his snap count percentage quadruple since Week 1, as he’s gone from 13% on opening weekend to 52% in week 3. In that same time frame, his routes and targets have both gone up as well. At this point, it’s about opportunity more than anything. But, don’t sleep on Taylor’s talent. This is a guy compares closely to Doug Baldwin, per PlayerProfiler. Digging for gold on the waiver wire is about projecting talent and opportunity. Taylor has both, and the rest of the fantasy world is very close to finding out. Don’t wait for that to happen. Pick up Taylor if you have the bench space, and keep an eye on how he performs this weekend.
Ralph Webb—New England Patriots
In August, New England had one of the deepest depth charts at the RB position in the entire NFL. With Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee, James White, Jeremy Hill, and rookie Sony Michel, the Patriots had a problem most teams envy. Then, they cut Gillislee. After that, Hill went down with a season-ending injury. Rex Burkhead? He’s also on IR. So, what we’re left with is passing specialist James White and a first-round rookie in Michel who has so far flopped on the field. While New England did sign journeyman Kenjon Barner, he’s not expected to carry much, if any of the ground game load. That can’t be it, can it? It could be. But it what it also could be is an opportunity for none other than undrafted rookie RB Ralph Webb. Though still officially a member of the practice squad, Patriots beat writer Ben Volin noted that Webb could be a candidate for a call-up sooner rather than later:
Practice squad RB Ralph Webb very well could get a Saturday call-up https://t.co/QOh18X1FJ4
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 26, 2018
During his time at Vanderbilt, Webb was nothing short of a workhorse. Over his four-year career, Webb toted the rock 931 times, resulting in 4,178 yards and 32 TDs. Those numbers are good enough to put Webb No. 6 all-time among SEC running backs. While it will most certainly require an injury to the aforementioned Barner or Michel, Webb is someone who deserves a long look in deeper leagues. We all know Bill Belichick’s history with running backs. Heck, at this time last year, Dion Lewis was waiver wire fodder. At the end of the season, he was a league winner. Webb is someone worth keeping an eye on.
Robert Turbin—Indianapolis Colts
Despite its 1-2 record, the Indianapolis Colts have had a promising start to the 2018 season. What hasn’t looked so great is the ground game. Rookies Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines have underwhelmed. Incumbent starter Marlon Mack returned to the field in week 2 against the Redskins, but apparently reinjured himself, as he was inactive for week 3. As Indy looks to revamp its run game, eyes turn to suspended RB Robert Turbin. As you may recall, Turbin earned himself a 4 game suspension over the summer for testing positive for PEDs. Well, that suspension is all but in the rearview, and Turbin will be all set to return to the team this coming Monday. Looking ahead, the Colts play in week 5’s early game, taking on the Patriots next Thursday night. The career journeyman had 2017 to forget, with just 53 rushing yards. But there seems to be an opportunity in Indianapolis, and let’s not forget this is still an Andrew Luck-led offense. In a year where finding reliable running back production has been like finding a bottle of water in the Gobi desert, Turbin could be worth a look coming off of his suspension in week 5.
Dallas Goedert—Philadelphia Eagles
Speaking of positional wastelands, TE has also been icky in 2018. Yet, week 3 gave us a glimpse of what could be in Philadelphia, and no, I’m not talking about Zach Ertz. Rookie TE Dallas Goedert burst onto the scene in Carson Wentz’s first start of the season, catching 7 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. But that wasn’t all. Goedert displayed the type of all-around game that’s going to keep him on the field. Just check out how he completely owned this blocking assignment in the second clip:
Shot 5 – Gotta talk more about Dallas Goedert's performance on Sunday as a blocker. He wasn't decent. He wasn't solid. He's wasn't good. He was GREAT as a blocker in the run game. Point of attack, back side, on the move, didn't matter. Great effort and technique #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/hTRTlPTs9S
— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 24, 2018
Simply put, plays like that are going to keep Goedert on the field. In this high-flying Eagles offense, that could pay immediate dividends from a fantasy perspective. And after all, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a team support two tight ends. The Patriots did it from 2010-2012 with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. And if anything were to happen to Ertz, Goedert would warrant consideration as a top-10 TE. As of right now, he’s probably available on your league’s waiver wire. Don’t wait for his connection with Carson Wentz to be put on display again this week.
That’s all we’ve got this week. As always, be sure to check out The Fantasy Authority for some of the freshest fantasy football takes around. And good luck to everyone in your matchups this weekend!
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