Week 4 Waiver Wire Wonders
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Once again, I'm usually only considering players around 50% ownership or less in redraft leagues. If you'd like to see some of my past recommendations, check out the Week 2 and Week 3 waiver wire pickup articles.
Ryan Tannehill, MIA - Yahoo 8% owned, ESPN 8% owned
The Dolphins are 3-0 and Tannehill isn't messing around. The fantasy community seemed to consider Miami as a low passing volume offense, but Tannehill is changing minds when he passed 3 TD's against Oakland to the tune of 289 yards. New England and Cincinnati have beatable defenses and Adam Gase is putting Tannehill in a position to succeed.
Baker Mayfield, CLE - Yahoo 12% owned, ESPN 7% owned
His ownership is about to blow up. Hue Jackson named Mayfield the starter on Monday after the rookie led Cleveland to its first victory since Christmas Eve 2016. The offense is clearly better with Mayfield at the helm. Ryan Tannehill just put it on Oakland. What do you think Mayfield is going to do? He has a bevy of juicy matchups in the coming weeks, too.
Case Keenum, DEN - Yahoo 27% owned, ESPN 17% owned
Keenum struggled mightily against Baltimore, but he gets division rival Kansas City at home this week. He could be a solid streaming option in Week 4.
Javorius Allen, BAL - Yahoo 26% owned, ESPN 37% owned
Allen is in a timeshare with Alex Collins, but it seems like Baltimore can support two different running backs. Buck has put together three weeks of double-digit scoring in 0.5 PPR leagues, finding the endzone in all three contests. The volume isn't what you want, but his usage near the goaline is what you need.
Chris Ivory, BUF - Yahoo 6% owned, ESPN 5% owned
I was honestly wondering how long it would take to get someone from Buffalo on this list. I think the entire world thought Minnesota would dominate the Bills, but just as soon as you think you've got the NFL figured out, it throws you for a loop. If McCoy misses more time, Ivory could be a interesting play against Green Bay because of the volume he's likely to receive.
Wendell Smallwood, PHI - Yahoo 1% owned, ESPN 4% owned
With Ayayi and Sproles sidelined, Corey Clement and Smallwood got the nod for the Eagles against the Colts. Smallwood made the best of his situation, find the endzone and tying his backfield mate Clement with 56 yards rushing. This could be a "hot hand" situation moving forward, and with Wentz back under center, along with other backs fighting injuries, I don't want to miss out on a potential dynamo.
Duke Johnson, CLE - Yahoo 48% owned, ESPN 5% owned
I'm only adding Duke to the list because the Browns offense is about to undergo what could be a major change with Baker Mayfield. I'd be willing to take a chance on him while he's still cheap. Don't burn any major FAAB or your #1 waiver priority on him, though.
Calvin Ridley, ATL - Yahoo 43% owned, ESPN 40% owned
I'm ecstatic to have Ridley in our Dynasty ER staff and writer's dynasty league, and he's about to carry me to victory (sorry @DynastyER_CP). Ridley is starting to draw the eye of Matt Ryan (13 targets over 2 games) and broke off a few big plays, including a 75-yard score in the second quarter of a 6 point OT loss to the Saints. While I don't expect this type of production every single week, I'm confident telling everyone I know to pick him up in every format.
Jordy Nelson, OAK - Yahoo 52% owned, ESPN 66% owned
Jordy was unstartable in the first two weeks, but he reminded fantasy owners that he still has something left in the tank, dropping 173 yards and a score on Miami. Oakland will find themselves in more negative game scripts which could bode well for Nelson. The Raiders face Cleveland this week.
Tyler Boyd, CIN - Yahoo 15% owned, ESPN 21% owned
It helped that AJ Green made a third quarter exit, but Tyler Boyd continues to prove he's a major part of the Cincinnati offense. Boyd burned the Panthers for 132 yards and a score on Sunday, and is clearly the #2 WR on the team. He's a must add going forward.
Ted Ginn Jr., NO - Yahoo 36% owned, ESPN 24% owned
Ginn is a part of a high-powered Saints offense, so I'm surprised that he isn't owned in 100% of leagues. I recommended he be picked up in Week 2, and I'm doubling down. When Drew Brees has monster game, Ginn is almost always involved.
Christian Kirk, AZ - Yahoo 3% owned, ESPN 6% owned
There could be a quarterback changing on the guard in Arizona, and that means Kirk could be fed by Josh Rosen. Obviously, Larry Fitzgerald is still the main attraction in the passing game, but Kirk is starting to carve out a significant role, as evidenced by his 7 catch, 90 yard performance against Chicago. He's caught 12 of his 15 targets so far, and I'd say he's worth a stash.
Ricky Seals-Jones, AZ - Yahoo 22% owned, ESPN 10% owned
Seals-Jones scored his first TD of 2018, taking a 35-yard Bradford pass to the house. It was his only catch of the day, but I am excited at the prospect of Josh Rosen throwing to him. I'm not a fan of his matchup against Seattle next week, but Tight Ends can be hard to predict.
Austin Hooper, ATL - Yahoo 29% owned, ESPN 25% owned
Hooper caught a TD against Carolina in Week 2, but wasn't a factor in a shootout with the Saints. He's been able to make the most of his 13 targets on the season, but he's also hit or miss from a fantasy perspective. Still, he's definitely on the streaming radar against Cincinnati.
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