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In the Week 4 Waiver Wire outlook, there are some repeats from last week that proved their streaming value. Those players happen to be from the Buffalo Bills who pounced the Dolphins in Week 3. That made my Week 3 Waiver Wire picks look better, but Baltimore Ravens’ RB Lorenzo Taliaferro’s performance did not.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans rejoiced last week when RB Le’Veon Bell returned, but then watched QB Ben Roethlisberger get helped off the field. Roethlisberger will likely miss six weeks with an medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain in his knee. Roethlisberger joins Jay Cutler, Tony Romo and Drew Brees on the 2015 list of QBs to get injured before Week 4.

Michael Vick takes over for Roethlisberger. No, Vick was not omitted from Week 4 Waiver Wire targets because of his previous off-field decisions, but because I’m rightfully skeptical about what he can do. So let’s just wait to see Vick in action. For more on what happened last week in the NFL, check out the Week 3 Game Recaps and the Monday Morning Hangover.

Unfortunately, there is not much depth on the Waiver Wire. However, if you’ve read previous Waiver Wire suggestions, you might have landed a player or two who’s developed into a weekly player for you. If so, let us know about it in the comments! Remember, we’re only looking at players who are owned in 30 percent of leagues or less in ESPN Fantasy Football leagues.

As I was saying, there is not much in the Week 4 Waiver Wire to celebrate. Feel free to ask questions or offer your tips in the comments section. Don’t forget the Fantasy Football: Strength of Schedule Comparison Tool. Now, read on for Waiver Wire advice.

Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets


Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (20 percent owned)

It’s not a pretty matchup for Carr, playing on the road in Week 4 at the Chicago Bears, who’ve allowed the seventh fewest passing yards against by QBs (609). Carr’s gone 57-for-90 for 726 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT in the first three games, although he threw for no scores and just 61 yards in Week 1. The Bears’ defense has allowed 8 passing TDs and only recorded 1 INT. Especially in deep, 2-QB leagues, you could do worse than Carr.

Running Backs

Bilal Powell, New York Jets (24 percent owned)

Powell’s Week 4 Waiver Wire value depends on RB Chris Ivory’s quadricep injury keeping him from being active against the Miami Dolphins in London. The Dolphins have allowed RBs to rush for 360 yards on 91 carries in 2015, so if Ivory is sidelined, Powell becomes fantasy relevant despite having 34 carries for just 131 yards in three games.

Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (23 percent owned)

With LeSean McCoy admitting his hamstring injury is lingering, Williams can now be owned in all leagues as an RB2 or FLEX depending on the league’s depth. McCoy is almost certain to miss Week 4, possibly even Week 5. Williams looked explosive in Week 3, rushing for 110 yards and 1 TD on just 12 carries. He caught two passes for 16 yards, too.

Wide Receivers


Rueben Randle, New York Giants (28 percent owned)

Randle is another Week 4 Waiver Wire target whose value is rooted in a teammate’s injury. Last week, Randle got lucky on a reception from QB Eli Manning in the 4th quarter. Overall he caught 7-of-7 targets for 116 yards and that lucky score. Even though the Giants go to Buffalo this week, it favors Manning and his receivers. Through Week 3, WR against the Bills have caught 56-of-101 targets for 652 yards and 5 TDs. WR Victor Cruz will likely return this week, but his return from leg injuries could give Randle more targets if Cruz can’t stay on the field or execute.

Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins (16 percent owned)

In Week 3 against the Bills, Matthews caught 6-of-10 targets for 113 yards and 2 TDs. He’s hardly missing any snaps right now, with only WR Jarvis Landry having played more snaps at WR than Matthews through Week 2. The Dolphins had little to cheer about against the Bills, except Matthews, who gets another difficult foe this week in the Jets. As DeVante Parker eases his way back in the Dolphins’ WR core, expect Matthews to face more competition.


Tight End

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (14 percent owned)

With slim pickings for TEs, the Week 4 Waiver Wire target defaults to Clay. Last week, he posted his season high 82 yards receiving for 1 TD. The Bills dominated the Dolphins, and Clay could have a hand in doing the same to the Giants this week. Thus far, the Giants have allowed opponents’ TEs to catch 20-of-28 targets for 241 yards and 3 TDs. Yes, the Bills are supposed to be a run-heavy team, but with McCoy sidelined and QB Tyrod Taylor playing well, Clay could earn more targets.




Minnesota Vikings (22 percent owned)

They’re not blowing minds, but the Vikings’ defense has performed well against QBs, who’ve thrown 75-of-119 for 760 yards and just 4 TDs against. On top of that, they’ve recorded 6 INTs and 6 sacks. In Denver, the Vikings are a decent Week 4 Waiver Wire D/ST to stream. Their upside depends on how well they disrupt QB Peyton Manning and force him to make mistakes.

As usual, the comments section is wide open for your feedback to the Week 4 Waiver Wire targets. Finding diamonds in the rough isn’t getting any easier with injury after injury. Here’s hoping for a healthier next three weeks of football.

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