Week three is in the books. That means it’s time for our Week 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings to help you sort it out!
The inevitable and unpredictable happens in football. Championships are made by your weekly decisions and working the wire when necessary. We plan to help you navigate this process successfully in 2019, week in and week out. For those just tuning in for our TFA #WaiverWireFire, we aim to create a waiver wire article different than the typical.
Most times, fantasy owners find “top 5” or top overall waiver wire adds quite easily. The same names usually appear, making it seem like there are very few options for you. However, we provide a unique, in-depth ranking of the waiver adds for each position. This also includes breakdowns of particular players we want to highlight from our rankings to emphasize their importance or the reasons for their ranking.
Our rankings provide information for owners in deeper leagues and especially for those that are future-minded. For example, we start to discuss a top waiver candidate and raise them up the rankings with enough time for a smart owner to beat out their colleagues. Just to bring this to life, we ranked Jacoby Brissett, Rex Burkhead, and Alexander Mattison last week as bench stashes and we hope you added them! We want you to be one week ahead of everyone else, using our rankings/codings to identify potential streaming targets and stashes for upcoming weeks.
Below is as big of a list as you will find for players to target on waivers. 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. Only players owned in less than 50% of leagues appear in our waiver wire rankings. We want to talk to you about players you can actually acquire.
We included a color code below to help you get all you can from our rankings. The colors highlight what type of waiver add priority each player possesses. Without further ado, here are the Week 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings!
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Brief Injury Notes:
The injury woes continue as first-round fantasy pick Saquon Barkley left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Giants quickly ruled him out and Barkley returned to the sideline in a boot and aided by crutches. The most recent report has him sidelined between 4-8 weeks. Brutal.
Julian Edelman sustained a chest injury and would not return for the second half against the Jets. X-rays came back negative and early reports seem like this isn’t a serious injury so Edelman may not miss any games going forward.
T.Y. Hilton reaggravated the quad injury that had him questionable going into Sunday’s matchup against Atlanta. He was unable to return to action and it’s not yet known if he’ll miss future games.
Another injury that was reaggravated was the ankle injury to LeSean McCoy. Like Hilton, McCoy exited and did not return. McCoy’s injury isn’t believed to be serious and backfield-mate Damien Williams’ status is still undetermined for week 4.
At a position that is thin to begin with, Vance McDonald suffered a shoulder injury early in the second quarter against the 49ers. His status for week 4, like many of those above, has yet to be determined.
Week 4 Waiver Wire Rankings
Green = Top Waiver Option (prioritize)
Red = Players to who are currently out/injured but returning – could represent an edge
Gold = Streaming Target (value for at least one week due to matchup, etc.)
Blue = Bench Stash (Potential Value if you have a bench spot available)
Purple = Deep League Stash (could develop value with key injuries or opportunity. Pick up and hold for now)
- Andy Dalton
- Jacoby Brissett
- Daniel Jones
- Kyle Allen
- Matt Stafford
- Sam Darnold
- Case Keenum
- Teddy Bridgewater
- Gardner Minshew
- Mason Rudolph
*Note: I’m considering all of these quarterbacks streaming options. There really aren’t any that I would say are “must adds”. #StreamTeam!
Andy Dalton tops the list here because of his schedule the next two weeks (at Pittsburgh, vs Arizona) as well as the impending return of A.J. Green. In two of his three games, Dalton has gone for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. It doesn’t have to be pretty and it doesn’t have to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Fantasy points are fantasy points.
Jacoby Brissett and Daniel Jones can be flip-flopped here, as each is dealing with a major loss to their offense. Brissett has to deal with the (potential) loss of T.Y. Hilton while Jones will be without one of the top fantasy assets in Saquon Barkley. Brissett’s schedule is better (vs Oakland, at Kansas City) while Jones should see more pass attempts and a more aggressive passing attack in general.
Kyle Allen’s 2019 debut went so well it has fans and analysts wondering if he should just get the starting gig even once Cam Newton is healthy. Allen got off to a hot start and never looked back as he put up 261 yards and four touchdowns against a basically-not-there Arizona defense. Week four isn’t very daunting, either, as the Panthers travel to Houston.
Sam Darnold appears ready to return following the Jets’ week four bye. If you have a solid streamer in place for this week and have the bench space to roster an extra quarterback, Darnold gets the injury-ridden Eagles upon his (potential) week 5 return.
- Wayne Gallman
- Justin Jackson
- Darrel Williams
- Rex Burkhead
- Chris Thompson
- Frank Gore
- Alexander Mattison
- Ito Smith
- Ronald Jones II
- TJ Yeldon
- Chase Edmonds
- Gio Bernard
- Justice Hill
- Gus Edwards
- Nyheim Hines
- Jordan Wilkins
- Benny Snell
- Jamaal Williams
- Damien Harris
- Ty Montgomery
- Dare Ogunbowale
- Ty Johnson
- Darwin Thompson
- Jordan Scarlett
With the injury to Saquon Barkley, teammate Wayne Gallman is going to find himself at the top of most week 4 waiver wire rankings. With Daniel Jones breathing life into the Giants offense, Gallman should be able to provide flex-level production to fantasy teams.
Justin Jackson has been better than what his stat lines show, given he’s had two touchdowns negated by penalty in back-to-back weeks. Week 4, Jackson gets the relegation-level Dolphins and should find the endzone while putting up his best performance of the season.
While most were excited for #DarwinSZN, it was Darrel Williams who stepped up in Damien Williams absence. Darwin Thompson saw just five snaps while Darrel led the Chiefs running back group with 37. Damien Williams’ status for this week is still up in the air, while LeSean McCoy exited with the same ankle injury that ailed him leading up to Sunday. Beyond the injuries, Darrel Williams gave some life to Kansas City’s run game which it hadn’t really had until this game. Andy Reid may be swapping one Williams for another if Darrel gets another shot.
I was wrong on Sony Michel. There. I said it. Without the touchdowns, Michel would be one of the worst fantasy running backs the league has to offer. Rex Burkhead outplayed him once again and should be making a case for a bigger workload moving forward. Although he’ll never have a large amount of targets due to James White’s presence, the Patriots have shown a willingness to get Burkhead involved in the passing game. The same cannot be said for Michel.
Ronald Jones has now outplayed Peyton Barber in two of their three games. In no way would I advise any of you to pick him up and start him, but Jones is at least intriguing as a stash at just 26% Yahoo ownership. Jones has one more rushing yard on 13 fewer carries versus Barber and is putting up .71 fantasy points/touch compared to Barber’s .56, per PFF.
- D.J. Chark Jr.
- Mecole Hardman
- Phillip Dorsett
- Parris Campbell
- Chris Conley
- Damiere Byrd
- Golden Tate
- Deebo Samuel
- Devin Smith
- Diontae Johnson
- James Washington
- Kenny Stills
- Mohamed Sanu
- DaeSean Hamilton
- Randall Cobb
- Rashard Higgins
For some odd reason, both D.J. Chark Jr. and Mecole Hardman are still under 50% owned in Yahoo leagues. Fix that, please. Chark has at least 50 yards AND a touchdown in all three games. Hardman catches passes from that Patty Mahomes guy.
With the release of Antonio Brown, Phillip Dorsett found his way back into the mix and rewarded those who were patient with him. While Jakobi Meyers has been the Patriots receiver receiving all of the hype, Dorsett came through with the production. Dorsett saw 71 snaps to Meyers 49, out-targeted him seven to three, posted 24 more yards and found paydirt.
If T.Y. Hilton is forced to miss time due to his quad injury, Parris Campbell makes the most sense as his replacement/fill in. After failing to surpass 200 passing yards in the first two weeks, Jacoby Brissett hit Atlanta with 310 yards in week three. It’s possible Frank Reich and company are starting to open things up more for Brissett, and I want in on that action.
After being talked up by several analysts last week, Damiere Byrd has to be viewed (in the short term) as a disappointment. However, Byrd played the most snaps and ran the same amount of routes as Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk (52). As leaky as the Panthers secondary is, their outside corners are easily their best, which is where Byrd lined up on 97% of his snaps. Byrd should still be a waiver target for those in need of receiver help.
Even after a
disappointing, completely awful first outing for Mason Rudolph, the Steelers are going to have to get something going through the air (well, on the ground too, but I digress). James Washington played seven more snaps than rookie Diontae Johnson, but Johnson saw two more targets. With Vance McDonald banged up, more volume should be flowing to one of these receivers. Right?
Kenny Stills has been integrating himself into the Texans’ offense fairly well. We all know Will Fuller’s injury history, so if he were to go down, Stills could find himself in a fantasy gold mine.
- Will Dissly
- Noah Fant
- Gerald Everett
- Vernon Davis
- Chris Herndon
- Dawson Knox
- Tyler Eifert
- Demetrius Harris
- Irv Smith Jr.
*Note: As with the quarterback group, I’m viewing all of the tight ends as streamers and stashes.
Will Dissly has posted a line of 11-112-3 on 12 targets over the past two weeks. He now gets a matchup with the Arizona Cardinals in week four who have just been torched by tight ends. Through the first three weeks, Arizona has gifted fantasy players the TE2, TE1, and TE1 in fantasy points for those respective weeks. If you’re in tight end trouble, fire up Dissly and hope for the trend to continue.
Another tight end with a nice matchup in week four is Noah Fant. While Jacksonville’s numbers in total look average against tight ends, they have allowed the fifth-most receiving yards to the position. I’m not expecting Denver to get much going elsewhere in the offense, so Fant should have a decent shot of leading the pass-catchers this week.
If Tyler Higbee is inactive again this week, Gerald Everett finds himself in a great matchup against Tampa Bay. As bad as the Buccaneers have been against tight ends, their numbers could be way worse if it weren’t for George Kittle’s touchdowns being negated by penalties in week one.
Chris Herndon will soon be returning from suspension and Sam Darnold appears close to returning. If you have a decent option for this week (and the roster space), you may want to consider picking up the second-year tight end and holding him. Yes, tight end is that bad.
For some deeper considerations, rookies Dawson Knox and Irv Smith Jr. are worth looks. Knox appeared to be in line for the Bills starting gig before a training camp injury derailed his progress. Smith Jr. has yet to eclipse 50% of the Vikings snaps, but he’s clearly their best receiving option at the position. His 60 yards in week 3 are more than Kyle Rudolph has posted all year. You’ll never feel great about starting Smith Jr., but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.
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