Week 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Express - ALL ABOARD!!!
Updated: Oct 2, 2018
ALL ABOAARDDDDD!!!! The Waiver Wire Express is leaving the station. Next Stop: Week 4. This weekly column will tell you all about players I am adding off the waiver wire as well as suggested FAAB amounts. I will also tell you which players I feel comfortable dropping at each position. Pay close attention to your league settings. If you have an injured player and have an IR slot – you’re much better off stashing them on IR as opposed to just dropping them. I try to include clips of each player's highlights from the previous week so I can put the proof right in this waiver wire pudding.
In general, recommended players will be 50% owned or less in Yahoo leagues (some players may be just over).
This article was written prior to Monday Night Football between the Bucs and Steelers and will be edited/finalized after that game.
Top Adds for Week 4:
1. Baker Mayfield
2. Andy Dalton
Running Backs: (If these guys are still available I’d add in this order: Austin Ekeler (60% owned), Aaron Jones (64% owned), Bilal Powell (60% owned), James White (63% owned) and Corey Clement (61% owned))
1. Buck Allen
2. Alfred Morris
3. Wendell Smallwood
4. Chris Ivory
5. TJ Yeldon
Wide Receivers: (If these guys are still available I’d add in this order (after Calvin Ridley): Quincy Enunwa (66% owned), John Brown (63% owned) and Mike Williams (56% owned))
1. Calvin Ridley
2. Tyler Boyd
3. Jordy Nelson
4. Geronimo Allison
5. Chris Godwin
6. Antonio Callaway
Tight Ends: (If these guys are still available I’d add in this order: Eric Ebron (69% owned), David Njoku (67% owned) and Jesse James (50% Owned))
1. Tyler Eifert
2. Dallas Goedert
3. Ben Watson
1. Aldrick Rosas
2. Ryan Succop
3. Ka’imi Fairbairn
QUARTERBACKS YOU CAN DROP:
1. Andrew Luck – IND (87% owned): He's got no velocity. He's got no deep ball. His bad shoulder's falling off!!! The weapons are not good outside of TY Hilton and Ebron (yes, Eric Ebron - the stiff from Detroit). He’s eclipsed 180 yards just once in three games. He took a huge sack to the end the game on Sunday and could not get rid of the football. I was willing to over-look a lot of the problems with Andrew Luck early in the season. But, the one thing I cannot overlook is that with the game on the line and one play to go, Luck had to come out of the game for Jacoby Brissett to un-cork a hail mary. Andrew Luck’s shoulder is toast. He messed it up snowboarding and after a couple years on the shelf and rehabbing I think his best days are clearly behind him. I’m not dropping him because he’s awful. He’s not. But his ceiling is so capped if he physically cannot throw the ball with any velocity. You can do better via streaming.
2. Jimmy Garoppolo – SF (84% owned): He tore his ACL. It’s an unfortunate situation in San Francisco to lose your starting QB and RB to torn ACL’s this early in the season. There’s no point to hang on here unless it’s a dynasty league. Goodnight Sweet Prince.
3. Dak Prescott – DAL (46% owned): The Cowboys offense sucks and aside from Tavon Austin catching defenses off guard – Dak has done virtually nothing. He hasn’t completed over 20 passes in a game; he hasn’t thrown for 200 yards in a game and again, 0 touchdowns to anyone not named Tavon Austin. It’s just not going to happen this season. They simply don’t have any weapons.
4. Derek Carr – OAK (38% owned): "Dude, where's my Carr?" - Jon Gruden, probably. The Raiders are 0-3 and Derek Carr has a 2:5 TD: INT ratio. Amari Blooper continues to be dreadful. You can stream Carr later in the season, but right now you don’t need to own him.
5. Marcus Mariota – TEN (37% owned): He only played in Week 3 because Blaine Gabbert got a concussion (that may be the weirdest thing I've ever written). Mariota’s elbow is still suffering from nerve damage and he only threw for 100 yards in Week 3. It’s impressive what he’s playing through, but he can’t help your fantasy team right now.
QUARTERBACKS TO ADD:
1. Baker Mayfield – CLE (12% owned): Baker, Baker the Touchdown Maker (starting this week). The Baker Mayfield era has begun in Cleveland. He didn’t put up any touchdowns Thursday, but he was very accurate (17 for 23) and the team was clearly energized as they came back to beat the Jets 21-17 in the Browns first win since 2016. The number one pick in the draft is deserving of an add by any team with QB woes. It's full steamer ahead for Cleveland as they head to Oakland. Upcoming Schedule: @OAK, BAL, LAC, @TB FAAB Bid: $15-20
2. Andy Dalton – CIN (33% owned): Red Rifle heads to Atlanta this week to play a Falcons team that just let up 43 points to the Saints at home. The Falcons defense mustered just 1 sack and no INT’s in this performance. I look for Dalton to have success this week especially if AJ Green is healthy. Regardless, Tyler Eifert and Tyler Boyd are becoming more reliable each game. Dalton should be able to put up some points in this one and has a good schedule coming up including the Dolphins, Steelers, Chiefs, Bucs and Saints. And check out this play-action pass!
Upcoming Schedule: @ATL, MIA, PIT, @KC
FAAB Bid: $8-10
RUNNING BACKS YOU CAN DROP:
1. Rex Burkhead – NE (84% owned): I’m not saying you should drop him, but you definitely can if you need the space. Sony Michel’s role is increasing by the week and there’s not much work left in the New England backfield between Michel and James White. Burkhead’s carries have dropped from 18-6-0 over the past 3 weeks. On top of that he’s already had a concussion this season and left the Sunday night game early with a neck injury.
2. Rashaad Penny – SEA (56% owned): I would not be in a huge hurry to drop Rashaad Penny either given how high he was taken in this year’s draft. But Chris Carson has emerged in this backfield and Rashaad Penny is nothing more than a handcuff at this very moment. He's getting short-changed in this backfield and carried the ball just 3 times for 5 yards on Sunday, while almost coughed the ball up a couple times. Penny has lost his shine.
3. Duke Johnson – CLE (48% owned): Carlos Hyde dominates the Browns backfield work (and rightfully so). Duke just isn’t involved enough to be owned. He has just 12 carries and 5 catches over the first three weeks. He can be dropped.
4. CJ Anderson – CAR (31% owned): He scored a touchdown Sunday but his only value is as a handcuff to Christian McCaffrey.
5. Theo Riddick – DET (29% owned): I would only hang on here in deep PPR leagues. Kerryon Johnson is taking control of the backfield and Blount has too much of a presence for Riddick to get on the field consistently.
RUNNING BACKS TO ADD:
1. Buck Allen – BAL (27% owned): Uncle Buck is an absolutely must-own handcuff if you have Alex Collins because this dude is going to go off if Collins ever goes down. However, Allen does have quite a bit of standalone value and is definitely in play as an every week RB3/Flex. He’s just too productive not to be added. He has 13 catches on 17 targets and he gets the goal-line work. He has 4 touchdowns in 3 games. If you need RB help – this is as good as it gets on the waiver wire this week. The Buck stops here. Drop a few on this man.
Upcoming Schedule: @PIT, @CLE, @TEN, NO FAAB Bid: $15-20 (Collins owners: $20-25)
2. Alfred Morris – SF (53% owned): I’m cheating a little bit here with the 53% ownership, but running back waiver wire options are limited and Morris’ role should increase moving forward. With Garoppolo down for the season you have to think San Francisco is going to lean more on their running game and running backs. Matt Breida’s role will increase as will AlfMo’s. Morris is already getting the carries (40 over 3 games) and he scored a touchdown on Sunday. If you’re in a deep league and desperate for RB help, or you own Matt Breida – add Morris.
Upcoming Schedule: @LAC, ARI, @GB, LAR FAAB Bid: $12-14 (Breida Owners: $15-20)
3. Wendell Smallwood – PHI (1% owned): He's the one they call Wendell Smallwood. He's the one who makes ya feel alright. He's the one they call Wendell Smallwood.. Wendell Smallwood! He really only has value if enough pieces of their running back committee are missing. On Sunday he took full advantage of that exact situation. With Ajayi and Sproles both out, Smallwood turned 10 carries into 56 BIG yards and a touchdown and 5 targets into 3 catches for 35 yards. He actually out performed Corey Clement in this one too, which was very surprising. Clement also fumbled twice. Keep an eye on the availability of Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles moving forward before deploying him in your lineups. For now he’s definitely worth a speculative add.
Upcoming Schedule: @TEN, MIN, @NYG, CAR FAAB Bid: $8-10
4. Chris Ivory – BUF (6% owned): He’s a must add for LeSean McCoy owners and he’s really only usable if McCoy misses any more time with his ribs injury. The Buffalo offense looked much better on Sunday as Josh Allen led them to a 27-6 win over the Vikings. Ivory had 20 carries, which he only turned into 56 yards, but he also caught 3 passes for 70 yards.
Upcoming Schedule: @GB, TEN, @HOU, @IND
FAAB Bid: $2-4 (McCoy Owners: $4-6)
5. TJ Yeldon – JAC (50% Owned): He’s the back to own in Jacksonville when Leonard Fournette doesn’t suit up, but that’s really where the value ends. He had 44 yards on 7 carries and 6 catches for 46 yards. He’s a low-end flex option while Fournette is out, but he has almost no standalone value. Fournette owners should add him as a handcuff given Fournette’s durability issues.
Upcoming Schedule: NYJ, @KC, @DAL, HOU
FAAB Bid: $2-4 (Fournette Owners: $4-6)
WIDE RECEIVERS TO DROP:
1. Pierre Garcon – SF (70% owned): 7 receptions in 3 games and now Jimmy G is gone. Au revoir.
2. Robby Anderson – NYJ (55% owned): Only 6 receptions in 3 games and coughed up a fumble in Thursday night’s loss to the Browns. Pryor and Kearse are becoming more involved and Darnold looks to Quincy Enunwa more than any other WR.
3. Kelvin Benjamin – BUF (35% Owned): 6 receptions over the first 3 games for a total of 58 yards.
4. Brandon Marshall – SEA (35% Owned): Baldwin has been out for 2 games now and Marshall has 6 catches for 74 yards in those 2 games. Lockett is the only WR worth owning (outside of Baldwin) in Seattle right now.
5. DeVante Parker – MIA (30% Owned): He finally played in a game but only had 2 targets. Give him another week if you must, but I’ve never been a fan and Parker has never put it all together.
6. DJ Moore – CAR (27% Owned): Outside of his 51 yard touchdown catch in Week 2, Moore has 1 catch on 3 targets for 3 yards. Newton is incapable of supporting multiple WR’s and Moore has been out-targeted by WR’s Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright so far this season.
7. Rishard Matthews – TEN (25% Owned): It’s not really all his fault, but 3 catches for 11 yards in 3 games means you get Dropped. There’s no reason to think the Tennessee passing game is going to improve, which is bad news for even Corey Davis.
WIDE RECEIVERS TO ADD:
1. Calvin Ridley – ATL (44% Owned): The Riddler emerged as the 2nd option in the Atlanta Falcons offense opposite Julio Jones and he had a MONSTER game on Sunday against the Saints. 7 catches for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was very involved Week 2 as well with 4 catches for 64 yards and 1 TD. It is WHEELS WAY UP for Calvin Ridley. He is a MUST ADD in all formats and a Must Start as a WR3 or Flex.
Upcoming Schedule: CIN, @PIT, TB, NYG
FAAB Bid: $30-35
2. Tyler Boyd – CIN (17% Owned): Those who listened last week and added Tyler Boyd were rewarded with a 6 catch, 132 yard 1 TD performance on Sunday. The year 3 breakout is underway as Boyd has 21 targets over the first 3 games. Andy Dalton is singing his praises and Tyler Boyd is one of the most targeted wide receivers in football when their QB is under pressure. Through the first two weeks he accounted for 41.2% of Dalton’s under pressure targets. That’s 7th in the league. And now with AJ Green banged up, his fantasy production should only increase. He is another MUST ADD in all formats and Boyd can fill the void at WR3 or Flex.
Upcoming Schedule: @ATL, MIA, PIT, @KC
FAAB Bid: $20-25
3. Geronimo Allison – GB (34% Owned): We’re 3 weeks in and Geronimo Allison has been productive in all 3 weeks. He’s a fixture in this Green Bay offense and needs to be owned in all leagues. He’s a WR3/Flex option as well. So far this season he has 13 catches for 209 yards and 2 TD’s.
Upcoming Schedule: BUF, @DET, SF, BYE
FAAB Bid $10-15
4. Jordy Nelson – OAK (52% Owned): He’s ALIVE! Jordy looked great on Sunday catching 6 balls on 8 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown. He was separating from defenders and getting open downfield. Look for Carr to look his way more often as Amari Cooper continues to struggle and there’s not much else in the WR corps in Oakland. He’s 52% owned, but appears to have been dropped in many leagues. If that’s the case in your league – snatch him back up and see where this goes.
Upcoming Schedule: CLE, @LAC, SEA, BYE
FAAB Bid: $10-15
5. Chris Godwin – TB (41% Owned): He’s had huge success with Ryan Fitzpatrick this season with 8 catches and 2 TD’s in the first two games.
Upcoming Schedule: @CHI, BYE, @ATL, CLE
FAAB Bid: $10-15
6. Antonio Callaway – CLE (33% Owned): He had 10 targets on Thursday night and has emerged as the 2nd best WR in this offense outside of Jarvis Landry. With Baker Mayfield taking over at quarterback, it could mean big things for Callaway moving forward. I would not start him right away, but he’s certainly worth an add in most leagues.
Upcoming Schedule: @OAK, BAL, LAC, @TB
FAAB Bid: $8-10
TIGHT ENDS TO DROP:
1. Greg Olsen – CAR (47% owned): Only hang on if you have an IR spot.
TIGHT ENDS TO ADD:
1. Tyler Eifert – CIN (50% owned): Targets have increased three straight weeks. He turned 8 targets in to 6 catches for 74 yards on Sunday. This is the best Eifert has looked in a while and given the state of the tight end position he could be headed for back-end TE1 status. He’s worth an add if you need a Tight End. He’s an even better option if AJ Green misses Week 4.
Upcoming Schedule: @ATL, MIA, PIT, @KC
FAAB Bid: $2-4
2. Dallas Goedert – PHI (2% Owned): He was benched in Week 2, but came back strong in Week 3 posting 7 catches on 7 targets for 73 yards and touchdown. In Wentz’s first game back, Goedert was second on the team in targets behind only Zach Ertz, who had 10. The Tight End position is a disaster this season and Goedert may be a good option if you need a tight end, especially if Alshon Jeffery remains out.
Upcoming Schedule: @TEN, MIN, @NYG, CAR
FAAB Bid: $2-4
3. Ben Watson – NO (44% owned): Increased targets each week and turned 6 targets into 5 catches for 71 yards on Sunday. He remains the best tight end in a high-powered offense so he’s still definitely on my radar.
Upcoming Schedule: @NYG, WAS, BYE, @BAL
FAAB Bid: $1-2
KICKERS TO ADD:
1. Aldrick Rosas – NYG (2% Owned): He’s a perfect 7 for 7 on field goal attempts including 2 for 2 from over 40 yards out. The Saints are coming to town and the Giants will need to put up points to keep up.
2. Ryan Succop – TEN (18% Owned): The Titans cannot score touchdowns, but they sure can kick field goals. Succop is 7 for 8 on the season including 3 for 4 from 40+ with a 50+ yarder mixed in. They play the Eagles at home this week.
3. Ka’imi Fairbairn – HOU (4% Owned): Fairbairn is 6/7 so far this season with a 40+ yarder and a 50+ yarder. The Texans should be able to put some points on the board against Indy and he’ll be kicking on turf.
DEFENSES TO ADD:
1. Chargers (58% owned): A little bit over-owned here for the column, but a must-add defense this week. They get CJ Beathard and the 49ers at home this weekend and should be able to create some pressure on him and force some turnovers.
2. Seahawks (24% owned): They go on the road to Arizona, but they looked really good against the Cowboys (13 Points Allowed, 5 sacks, 2 INT and a forced fumble). They also lead the league in INT’s with 7. Now they get to play the struggling Cardinals and rookie QB Josh Rosen. The Seahawks should be a very good DST option in Week 4.
RECOMMENDED FOR DEEP LEAGUES: QB Josh Allen, RB/WR Tavon Austin, RB Jalen Richard (in PPR leagues), RB Ty Montgomery, WR Albert Wilson, WR Jakeem Grant, WR Sterling Shepard, WR Christian Kirk, WR Taylor Gabriel, WR John Ross (if AJ Green sits), TE Ricky Seals-Jones, TE Geoff Swaim