Week 4 Waiver Wire: More Injuries, More Options
Week 4 Waiver Wire: More Injuries, More Options
The waiver wire will be bustling again for Week 4. Injuries to players such as Saquon Barkley and Cam Newton coupled with the benching of Eli Manning will have owners racing to the wire to make claims. If you have the number one priority in your league, the decision on who to claim will likely be based on team needs.
The premise of this weekly article is to point out key players at every position who are readily available (less than 40% owned) in Yahoo! and ESPN leagues that you may be able to add to your roster for upside. Percent owned is shown in parentheses. Keep in mind, each fantasy team is unique, as are scoring and roster formats.
Think of this as a road map to your team’s success. Factor in whether or not your league uses PPR scoring, allows you to play two quarterbacks or other variables that impact your decisions to claim a player off of waiver. Let us get started.
As mentioned above, there was a lot of quarterback news that has come to light over the past several days. There was the benching of a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and an early week rule out of Cam Newton that will shape the fantasy quarterback landscape over the next few weeks. Here is a quick rundown of who you may want to consider adding.
Daniel Jones-New York Giants
Welcome to the NFL, Daniel Jones (17% Yahoo, 14.6% ESPN)! It did not take long for the rookie to take advantage of a porous Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. The rookie from Duke was talked about quite a bit here in the preseason recaps for FFStatsitics. The preseason totals for the rookie from Duke were extremely impressive. Over three games, he compiled an impressive 25 of 30 (83.3%) for 369 yards, 2 touchdowns, and zero interception stat line.
All Jones did in his first start was go for 36.42 points (6 point TD) and score 2 touchdowns through the air and on the ground. The final stat line read 23 for 36 with 336 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions plus another 4 for 28 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Grab him in all formats for the rushing upside he brings to the table. Keep in mind, Jones had a better passer rating in college than Kyler Murray.
Kyle Allen-Carolina Panthers
Another young quarterback that had a solid showing was Kyle Allen (3% Yahoo!, 1.5% ESPN). Cam Newton was already ruled out for Week 4 on Monday. Not a good sign for his Week 5 prospects of playing. Allen also put up 30 plus points with 31.34 fantasy points against the woeful Arizona Cardinals defense.
The former Houston Cougar lit up the Cardinals secondary for 4 touchdowns. Keep in mind, this is an offense that has produced a QB1 several times over the past few seasons. If Newton is to miss extended time, you could certainly do worse than Kyle Allen.
Quarterback Honorable Mentions
Andy Dalton (32% Yahoo!, 18% ESPN), Jacoby Brissett (20% Yahoo!, 19.3% ESPN), Gardner Minshew (8% Yahoo!, 5.2% ESPN)
The Weeks waiver wire report continues with the running back position. The big news here is the loss of Saquon Barkley for several weeks with a high ankle sprain. Darrel Williams also performed admirably in relief of Damien Williams for the Kansas City Chiefs. Let us take a look at some potential replacements.
Wayne Gallman-New York Giants
The obvious and hot claim will likely be Wayne Gallman (7% Yahoo!, 1.2% ESPN). The reasons are clear. The veteran backup will likely have a large workload in Barkley’s absence. We may want to pump the brakes a little. Gallman only garnered 13 yards on 5 carries in the second half of Sunday’s game. There is a reason he is a career backup.
Looking at the points per opportunity that the Clemson grad has mustered over his career, there is little to be excited about here. Were it not for the 2 carries for 17 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, Gallman would be mired in his paltry less than half-point per game pace.
Rex Burkhead-New England Patriots
Rex Burkhead (25% Yahoo!, 22.1% ESPN) seems to have carved out a steady role for the New England Patriots. The journeyman has been in double digits in two of three games so far this season and fell just short in the third game (8.80 PPR). The Nebraska alum has always had potential and seems to be a cog in the new look Patriots offense.
Even in an injury-riddled 2017 season, Burkhead managed to finish as the RB38 in just 10 games. Add him as a bye week fill-in or a Barkley replacement if your wire is extra thin. PPR game log courtesy of the Player Data tool from FFStatistics.
Running Back Honorable Mention
Darrel Williams (7% Yahoo!, 2.5% ESPN), Jamaal Williams (9% Yahoo!, 15.9% ESPN), Jeff Wilson Jr. (4% Yahoo!, 2.9% ESPN)
We roll on with the Week 4 waiver wire feature with the wide receiver position. There were some big games with multiple touchdowns from a couple of lower owned players. Take a look to see if they are still available.
Phillip Dorsett-New England Patriots
The departure of Antonio Brown has made Phillip Dorsett (32% Yahoo!, 11.4% ESPN). In the two games Dorsett has played without Brown, he has 3 touchdowns on 11 targets. The veteran receiver is currently the WR61 in PPR formats, but that should climb with increased usage sans AB. On the season, the former Miami Hurricane has 13 receptions on 14 targets with 187 yards and the 3 previously mentioned touchdowns.
Going back to the well with the Point Per Receiving Opportunity Tool from FFS, we see that Dorsett has always had the potential, he has just lacked the chances to contribute on a regular basis. In fact, he has been the best of the Patriots receivers on a PPO basis.
Taylor Gabriel-Chicago Bears
An audible had to be called to add Taylor Gabriel (4% Yahoo!, 3% ESPN) to this list. At the time of this writing, the versatile slot receiver has 3 touchdowns in the first half. Gabriel is tied for the team lead in targets with 7 at the half, with 6 of them being complete for a total of 75 yards. Gabriel has always had the big-play ability and it showed on primetime Monday night.
The former Atlanta Falcons wideout also quietly finished last season as the WR41 last season and was targeted 93 times. Monday night saw him surpass his season total of 2 touchdowns in 2018. Matt Nagy will likely to continue to get him involved as long as he continues to produce. Take a flier if you are looking for an intriguing option.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mention
Kenny Stills (18% Yahoo!, 20.6% ESPN), Diontae Johnson (4% Yahoo!, 1.8% ESPN), Mohamed Sanu (29% Yahoo!, 37.6% ESPN), Preston Williams (3% Yahoo!, 3.2% ESPN)
We close the Week 4 waiver wire report with the Tight End position. There were not any great performances that stood out in Week 3 from low-end tight ends. This is a position that may make or break rosters in 2019. With the spot in flux most weeks, it is important to scour for opportunities when they present themselves.
There are some tight ends worth checking on that are hovering around the 40% threshold. They are listed below.
Will Dissly (46% Yahoo!, 27.3% ESPN), Jimmy Graham (44% Yahoo!, 43.8% ESPN), Trey Burton (42% Yahoo!, 41.9% ESPN), Chris Herndon (12% Yahoo!, 6.9% ESPN)
The hope is that this article helps make your waiver wire decisions a little bit easier. Come back every Tuesday for the latest rendition of this series to help you build your fake team into a contender if you happened to miss on some draft picks. Injuries play a vital role in fantasy and one of the biggest advantages you can have is to be active on the wire every week.