Week 4 Waiver Wire (Fantasy Football)
Week 3 was a very strange week that featured quite a few fantasy irrelevant players making a big impact. With more injuries piling up as the season continues, who should you be targeting on your waiver wire for Week 4? Make sure to listen to the Week 4 Waiver Wire episode and who Andy, Mike, and Jason think you should be targeting for your squad moving forward.
Justin Jefferson, Vikings (Rostered: ESPN 33% / Yahoo 31%)
@HOU, @SEA, ATL
Week 3 vs TEN — 9 targets for 7/175/1
Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers (Rostered: ESPN 17% / Yahoo 28%)
PHI, MIA, LAR
Week 3 @NYG — 8 targets for 5/70/0 — 3/31/1 rushing
Tee Higgins, Bengals (Rostered: ESPN 7% / Yahoo 5%)
JAX, @BAL, @IND
Week 3 @PHI — 9 targets for 5/40/2
(Led CIN WRs in Snaps)
Chase Claypool, Steelers (Rostered: ESPN 14% / Yahoo 14%)
@TEN, PHI, CLE
Week 3 vs HOU — 4 targets for 1/24/0
Allen Lazard, Packers (Rostered: ESPN 39% / Yahoo 49%)
ATL (Mon night), BYE, @TB
Week 3 @NO — 8 targets for 6/146/1
Anthony Miller, Bears (Rostered: ESPN 29% / Yahoo 46%)
IND, TB, @CAR
Week 3 @ATL — 5 targets for 2/41/1 — 1/9/0 rushing
Greg Ward, Eagles (Rostered: ESPN 0% / Yahoo 1%)
@SF, @PIT, BAL
Week 3 vs CIN — 11 targets for 8/72/1
Keelan Cole, Jaguars (Rostered: ESPN 27% / Yahoo 42%)
Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars (Rostered: ESPN 35% / Yahoo 29%)
@CIN, @HOU, DET
Week 3 vs MIA — Cole: 5 targets for 4/43/0
Week 3 vs MIA — Shenault: 6 targets for 5/33/0 — 1/1/0 rushing
Scotty Miller, Buccaneers (Rostered: ESPN 12% / Yahoo 16%)
LAC, @CHI, GB
Week 3 @DEN — 5 targets 3/83/0
Braxton Berrios, Jets (Rostered: ESPN 1% / Yahoo 1%)
DEN, ARI, @LAC
Week 3 @IND — 4 targets 4/64/1
Andy Isabella, Cardinals (Rostered: ESPN 1% / Yahoo 1%)
@CAR, @NYJ, @DAL
Week 3 vs DET — 4 targets for 4/47/2
Zach Pascal, Colts (Rostered: ESPN 1% / Yahoo 4%)
@CHI, @CLE, CIN
Week 3 vs NYJ — 4 targets for 2/34/0
This comes as no surprise but the Vikings’ WR Justin Jefferson should lead as the Week 4 waiver wire darling. Despite having decent draft capital in fantasy, many GMs may have dropped him to make room for other players. He is rostered in just over 30% of leagues but that percentage will skyrocket after Sunday’s performance. The Vikings are struggling this season and their defense especially is having a rough go so far. Expect the Vikings to be involved in more shootouts as they try to squeak out a win in 2020, and Jefferson should be a prominently featured piece in that offense.
In a not-so-surprising move, the Bears switched out QB Mitch Trubisky after he failed to get it done against one of the worst defenses in the league. HC Matt Nagy was looking for a spark on offense and backup Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles delivered in a big way. To add insult to injury for Trubisky, Foles strolled out onto the field and threw three touchdown passes to propel the Bears to win over the 0-3 Atlanta Falcons. I am particularly fond of this move for the Bears WR2, Anthony Miller. He found the end zone in Sunday’s game on five targets. Defenses will be focused on shutting down WR Allen Robinson leaving Miller with more opportunities to continue to produce.
The Philadelphia Eagles are having a rough start to the season. Injuries have plagued their entire team and QB Carson Wentz has struggled. He has already thrown six interceptions over three games after throwing only seven all year over the past three seasons. With so many injuries to the WRs (DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Jalen Reagor), Greg Ward appears to be the only left for Wentz to target. Despite Wentz’s poor QB performance, I am still looking at Ward, especially in deeper formats. The Eagles should start getting their act together and Ward is one of the only healthy pieces left on that offense.
I also don’t hate taking a shot on Cardinals WR Andy Isabella. Christian Kirk was sidelined in this game, but Isabella did more than just fill in for the injured Kirk. He may see an uptick in targets even when Kirk returns to the field. Kirk has seen nine targets for only three receptions and 57 yards this year so far. Isabella has seven targets, six receptions, 114 yards, and two touchdowns in two games.
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins (Rostered: ESPN 46% / Yahoo 47%)
SEA, @SF, @DEN
Week 3 @JAX — 22/66/0 — 5 targets 5/29/0
Rex Burkhead, Patriots (Rostered: ESPN 21% / Yahoo 11%)
Sony Michel, Patriots Rostered: ESPN 38% / Yahoo 58%)
@KC, DEN, BYE
Week 3 vs LV — Rex: 6/49/2 — 10 targets for 7/49/1
Week 3 vs LV — Sony: 9/117/0 — 2 targets for 2/23/0
Jeff Wilson Jr., 49ers (Rostered: ESPN 14% / Yahoo 22%)
PHI, MIA, LAR
Week 3 @NYG — 12/15/1 — 3 targets for 3/54/1
Adrian Peterson, Lions (Rostered: ESPN 36% / Yahoo 52%)
NO, BYE, @JAX
Week 3 @ARI — 22/75/0 — 1 target for 1/10/0
Tony Pollard, Cowboys (Rostered: ESPN 31% / Yahoo 27%)
Alexander Mattison, Vikings (Rostered: ESPN 47% / Yahoo 40%)
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals (Rostered: ESPN 28% / Yahoo 37%)
Latavius Murray, Saints (Rostered: ESPN 55% / Yahoo 59%)
Brian Hill, Falcons (Rostered: ESPN 2% / Yahoo 2%)
Giovani Bernard, Bengals (Rostered: ESPN 3% / Yahoo 4%)
The running back position is slightly muddier when it comes to waiver wire targets. Dolphins’ Myles Gaskin may already be rostered but he is the only one that really stands out. Jordan Howard sniped his TD on his one rush, which was depressing on Thursday night’s game, but he was involved in the passing game so he could be a depth player in PPR formats.
Carlos Hyde is another option to add some depth or insurance if his teammate Chris Carson misses time. If Carson sists, then Hyde is an excellent start, but if Carson plays, Hyde is just a backup in the Seahawks offense. Likewise, 49ers’ Jeff Wilson is another injury-dependent start. Jerick McKinnon is questionable, so Wilson could see an uptick in the offense during his absence. Once Raheem Mostert and McKinnon return, Wilson will be back to limited production.
Remember to keep an eye out for any backup insurance policies that may be available, particularly Brian Hill and Giovani Bernard. Hill rushed nine times for 58 yards and a touchdown and even saw three targets for a reception and 22 yards on Sunday.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (Rostered: ESPN 24% / Yahoo 31%)
CLE, NYG, ARI
Week 3 @SEA — 6 targets for 4/48/0
Jimmy Graham, Bears (Rostered: ESPN 13% / Yahoo 9%)
IND, TB, @CAR
Week 3 @ATL — 9 targets for 6/60/2
Logan Thomas, Washington (Rostered: ESPN 19% / Yahoo 33%)
BAL, LAR, @NYG
Week 3 @CLE — 7 targets for 4/31/0
Mo Alie-Cox, Colts (Rostered: ESPN 9% / Yahoo 9%)
@CHI, @CLE, CIN
Week 3 vs NYJ — 3/50/1 on 3 targets
I know it may be difficult, but try avoid chasing the points from a very weird Week 3 for tight ends. Graham did find the end zone twice and he may be the best option out of the available tight ends, but it is difficult to predict touchdowns. It is a positive sign that he saw nine targets, which makes him relevant in fantasy if that continues, but a lot of that could have to do with the defense they faced on Sunday.
Remember to listen to the Week 4 Waiver Wire episode to get a detailed breakdown of all these players, plus QB & Team Defense streamers for this week. Other useful articles to prepare you for this week’s waiver wire targets are the Target Report and the Injury Report.