For the Week 4 waiver wire, I foresee a lot of action at the quarterback position.
Cam Newton has a bye week, Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the season with a torn ACL and Aaron Rodgers is dealing with a knee injury that could affect his play throughout 2018.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been scooped up in your league by now, which is why we have to go deep. And even though he had a poor game in Week 3, I’m expecting this quarterback to come storming back in Week 4…
Week 4 Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Case Keenum, Denver Broncos ESPN Ownership: 17.1%
Keenum and the Denver Broncos struggled against the Baltimore Ravens, and the 30-year old quarterback was unable to throw a touchdown. He’s having some accuracy issues, as he’s already thrown five picks in three games. In all of 2017, he threw just seven interceptions. Fortunately, he has a chance to rebound against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Philip Rivers scored 29 Fantasy points in Week 1 against the Chiefs, Ben Roethlisberger scored 39 Fantasy points in Week 2, and Garoppolo scored 22.3 Fantasy points in Week 3. Keenum has the opportunity to have his best performance of the year in Week 4.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns ESPN Ownership: 6.8%
Don’t get overly excited about Mayfield. He’s a rookie, and he’s going to have growing pains. However, I’d take a chance on him if I needed to add depth to my roster. Being thrown to the wolves against the New York Jets, he was poised and decisive. He completed 17-of-23 (73.9%), helping Cleveland seal the victory. Whether he needs a receiver for short dump offs (Jarvis Landry), a deep threat (Antonio Callaway), or a huge red-zone target (David Njoku), he has what he needs to be successful.
Week 4 Waiver Wire Running Backs
Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers ESPN Ownership: 54.4%
We aren’t going to find too many hidden gems this week at the running back position, but I was surprised at Ekeler’s ownership percentage when looking at running backs for our Week 4 waiver wire report. He’s finished with at least seven touches in the first three games of the season, and he’s been effective with all of his opportunities. So far, he’s averaged 8.2 yards per carry (YPC), and the 23-year old back is averaging 54.3 rushing yards per game. He’s also involved in the passing attack, with a total of 132 receiving yards and a touchdown reception to his name for the year.
Every Melvin Gordon owner should have Ekeler on their team, but if they don’t, add him to your roster now.
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts ESPN Ownership: 9.2%
Hines hasn’t done anything on the ground, but he’s starting to remind me of James White and Chris Thompson. Instead of being a bruising back like Marshawn Lynch, He’s going to do most of his Fantasy damage when he catches the ball.
Hines caught seven passes in Week 1 for 33 yards and five passes in Week 3 for 25 yards. Those aren’t mind-blowing numbers, but the rookie running back may just be establishing his floor until he’s utilized more. He’s scored at least 7.5 Fantasy points in each game this season.
Week 4 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
John Brown, Baltimore Ravens ESPN Ownership: 47.9%
Brown is becoming one of Joe Flacco’s favorite weapons, and he’s becoming a plug-and-play option at the Flex spot. He now has two touchdown catches in three games, and he’s scored at least 13.5 Fantasy points in each contest. He’s also averaging 18.5 yards per catch (YPC), which means he’s capable of breaking off big plays and creating Fantasy gold for his owners.
Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers ESPN Ownership: 34.3%
Allison’s Fantasy performance in Week 3 was saved thanks to 64-yard touchdown catch. He only finished the day with two receptions. But Fantasy players need to look past this game. He’s carving out a consistent role in the offense. In Week 1, he posted a 5-69-1 stat line. He didn’t catch a touchdown pass in Week 2, but he still hauled in six passes for 64 yards. Like Brown, he’s being targeted enough to play in a Flex spot. Against the Buffalo Bills in Week 4, he should have a field day.
Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals ESPN Ownership: 23.7%
Boyd is an obvious add on our Week 4 waiver wire report, as he’s become one of Andy Dalton’s favorite targets. Remember, the brass felt comfortable enough to let veteran Brandon LaFell walk before the start of the season because of their confidence in Boyd and John Ross. The 23-year old receiver stepped up in Week 3 when A.J. Green left the game because of a groin injury. Green expects to play in Week 4, but he could be limited. He has a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. The defense for Atlanta has allowed a total of 57 points in their past two games.
Week 4 Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles ESPN Ownership: 1.9%
It’s not an overreaction to add Goedert this week. If he caught one pass for 73 yards and it turned into a touchdown, it would be. Instead, he caught seven passes for 73 receiving yards and scored a touchdown. The good news for Zach Ertz owners is that each player can still be productive. Ertz was targeted 10 times in Week 3 and caught five of those targets for 73 yards. Touchdowns are fluky, so don’t expect to Goedert to catch them instead of Ertz each week. But with five to 10 targets each week, he can rack up a lot of Fantasy points.
Jason Croom, Buffalo Bills ESPN Ownership: 0%
You only need to make this move if you have a deep bench, but Croom has upside if anything happened to Charles Clay. Croom dealt with injuries throughout his college career, and he went undrafted in 2017. But he’s a nice combination of size and speed. His 40-yard dash time was 4.69 at his Pro Day, and he’s a huge target in the red zone at 6-foot-5. The big man showed off his athleticism against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, hauling in a 26-yard touchdown pass. Kelvin Benjamin is Josh Allen’s safety blanket for the time being, but he could rely on Croom moving forward if he earns more playing time.
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