Whether it’s the volatility of the NFL itself and teams betraying your understanding of them, or you’re ravaged by injuries like every other fantasy football manager out there, there is still time. It’s Taco Tuesday for goodness sake, let’s crunch into some deliciousness and sort out this Week 4 waiver wire, shall we?
Waiver Wire Week 4 Pickups: Quarterbacks
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (vs. New York Giants)
Goff is balling out this season! He passed for over 300 yards and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in Week 3. Tight end Tyler Higbee and running back Darrell Henderson stepped up to contribute in a big way! The Giants defense is brutal.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (vs. Seattle Seahawks)
FitzMAGIC is a thing! In Week 4, Fitzpatrick has a juicy matchup against a Seahawks defense that has allowed a total of 1,300 passing yards the first three weeks of the season and should be without safety Jamal Adams due to a groin injury.
Other quarterbacks to consider adding in Week 4
- Nick Foles, Chicago Bears (vs. Indianapolis Colts)
- Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Cincinnati Bengals)
- Joe Burrow, Bengals (vs. Jaguars)
- Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (at Houston Texans)
Waiver Wire Week 4 Pickups: Running Backs
Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers (vs. Arizona Cardinals)
Davis was targeted nine times in Week 3, for eight receptions and a touchdown — he also ran for 46 yards. The Panthers are hoping he can fill the void of CMC (ya…good luck!) BUT you have to love the volume, and Davis has a favorable matchup against the Cardinals this Sunday.
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins (vs. Seahawks)
Gaskin had 22 carries in Week 3, and that is volume you cannot ignore! It’s evident Gaskin is the running back of choice for the Fish. In addition, Gaskin has 15 catches this season, which is attractive in PPR. Gaskin should continue to get that type of workload against the Seahawks in Week 4.
Darrell Henderson, Rams (vs. Giants)
Henderson has had a combined 32 carries the last two games…feed me! In Week 3, he ran for over 100 yards and a score against a good Bills defense. Dare I say “bell cow” and hopefully that volume continues, even when Cam Akers returns. This week’s matchup against the Giants is juicy!
Other running backs to consider adding in Week 4
- Jeff Wilson, San Francisco 49ers (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
- Carlos Hyde, Seahawks (at Dolphins)
- Damien Harris (off of IR this week), New England Patriots (at Kansas City Chiefs)
Waiver Wire Week 4 Pickups: Wide Receivers
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (at Texans)
Go rookie, go! Nine targets, seven receptions, 175 yards, and a score in Week 3 against a good Titans defense — impressive! Has Jefferson helped Cousins find his groove? Fantasy Gods know he needs it.
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers (vs. Atlanta Falcons)
Davante Adams was inactive; therefore, Lazard stepped into the WR of choice for A-A-Ron Rodgers with eight targets, 146 yards, and a touchdown in Week 3. This week he has a beyond juicy matchup against a horrible Falcons secondary. Keep it coming!
Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. Buffalo Bills)
The Raiders are dealing with a number of injuries (Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards) that has allowed Renfrow to step up and deliver in a big way. Six receptions on nine targets, 84 yards, and a score in Week 3 – which, by the way, should have been two scores!
Other wide receivers to consider adding in Week 4
- Curtis Samuel, Panthers (vs. Cardinals)
- Corey Davis, Titans (vs. Steelers)
- Greg Ward, Philadelphia Eagles (at 49ers)
- Deebo Samuel (could return from IR this week), 49ers (vs. Eagles)
Waiver Wire Week 4 Pickups: Tight Ends
Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (vs. Indianapolis Colts)
Graham has scored in two of his three games this season. What might happen with Graham playing with a better quarterback, Nick Foles, who loves his TEs? Graham could be a good TE2 moving forward. He received nine targets last week and has a favorable matchup against the Colts this week.
Eric Ebron, Steelers (at Titans)
Ebron has developed good chemistry with Big Ben in training camp, and we saw it play out last week, with Diontae Johnson out of the game due to a concussion. This week he has a great matchup against the Titans, who have allowed tight ends to score each week this season.
Other tight ends to consider adding in Week 4
- Mo Alie-Cox, Colts (at Bears)
When do waivers clear in Week 4?
Let’s quickly review when waiver wires clear and how the process works. You may put in claims on players that are currently free agents, but you will not officially add any players until the waiver process concludes in the wee hours of Wednesday morning (in most leagues).
For most leagues, if multiple people put in a waiver claim for the same player, the fantasy manager with the worst record will be awarded the player. In some leagues, waivers are decided by free agency money allotted to each fantasy manager, and thus you must be careful how much and how early you are spending those dollars.
Any dropped player must be on waivers for 24 hours, and at that point, the waiver wire order will decide who is awarded the player, or in the event no one bid on the player, the player becomes an “undisputed” free agent.
Always check your league settings to understand all of your unique waiver wire details.
Anita Marks is the Chief Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. Marks is also a gambling analyst for ESPN and appears on Daily Wager, which airs from 6-7 PM ET on ESPN 2. Her radio show – Weekend Wager – airs on ESPN New York (98.7) FM every Friday at 10 PM ET. Follow her on Twitter: @AnitaMarks.