Week 4 will see the waiver wire get busier as bye week streaming options come into play. NFL Fantasy owners are taking a serious look at some of their late-round fliers to see if their potential value are still worth a roster spot.
There are a few injuries that will cost players their seasons, but what about all the “day-to-day” injuries that are becoming week-to-week? Is Leonard Fournette too much of a liability? What if the Packers sit Rodgers?
These are all things to consider when you scan the waiver wire. The goal is always the same- make your team better, even it is a player you never plan on using.
Here are some of the names getting some attention on the Week 4 waiver wire
Baker Mayfield replaced an injured starter and brought the Browns from behind to capture their first victory since helmets were invented. As a result, he is the most hyped player on the waiver wire.
But Is he as good as he looked Thursday Night? How much did emotion play into the scenario? Can he be as exciting and his passes as strong after a week of grinding preparation against a team that is equally prepared for his game? NFL history (and NFL Fantasy history) is filled with players who were proclaimed “the real deal” after dramatic debuts.
Am I saying to pass on this young man? Heck no! He has everything he needs to be successful. I’m not talking about his abilities- which are mostly there. I’m more impressed with the Cleveland offensive line, skill players, and the defense that will keep the Browns in every game.
I wouldn’t start Mayfield just yet, but I’d stash him to see what the next couple of weeks bring.
Ryan Tannehill is a good streamer or roster add if you have solid players at other positions. He brings a solid floor playing behind a good offensive line with fast and reliable receivers. His normal game of 20-25 passes limits his ceiling. Week 3’s points might be higher than what you should expect most weeks. But if you just need a reliable 16-20 points, Tannehill should be around there.
Andy Dalton threw four interceptions this week, but he also had two touchdowns. He is displaying more confidence and reliability than last season but is still matchup-dependent. His ceiling against lesser opponents is higher than Tannehill’s. If you have a couple of holes and need to chase points, Dalton against the Falcons’ injured secondary in a potential shootout is a good option.
Josh Allen’s first-half performance against Minnesota raised eyebrows, but his second half should temper expectations. That is what we can probably expect game-to-game. I can understand a stash to see where he falls in the grand scheme of things. His legs increase his value, but I’d feel better if Buffalo had a wide receiver or two.
Josh Rosen also moves in as a starter in Arizona this week. Steve Wilks’ offense doesn’t make any quarterback very valuable, but crazier things have happened.
Tyler Boyd was already a waiver recommendation based on his emergence as the second receiver in Cincinnati. If AJ Green winds up slowed or misses time due to his groin injury, Boyd becomes a must-add. His 132 yards in Week 3 followed 91 yards the week before with Green on the field. He scored a touchdown in each game.
If Green misses any time, John Ross will see a boost in interest, but make no mistake about it. Boyd is ahead of the unreliable Ross in the pecking order.
Antonio Calloway’s contribution to Cleveland’s big win didn’t look like much. But he had 10 targets and was wide open on a pair of misfires from Tyrod Taylor. One of those could have been a 52-yard touchdown.
Calloway also enjoys the X-factor of working with a quarterback he was drafted with. Jarvis Landry will still get his, but ten targets might be a typical workday with Baker Mayfield behind center.
John Brown continues to be available in over 50-percent of NFL Fantasy leagues despite garnering 29-percent of targets and 41-percent of air yards from Joe Flacco this season. And this is the 2018 version of Flacco, not last year’s achy, dump-passing Flacco.
Be sure to check the entire waiver list. Players like Geronimo Allison, Tyler Lockett, and rookie Calvin Ridley remain available in about 30-percent of NFL Fantasy leagues, too.
Baltimore running back Alex Collins is working his way back into NFL Fantasy relevance, but teammate Javorius Allen continues to quietly carry on as the goal-line back and receiving option for the Ravens. Allen had four touchdowns already, including one rushing score in each game.
With Kenneth Dixon out of the picture, Allen is the only option to resting Collins and will continue his multi-faceted, if non-spectacular role in Baltimore.
Andrew Luck is raising alarm with his short passing game. When backup passer Jacoby Brissett stepped in to throw a Hail Mary pass, speculation increased that Luck can’t make the long throws right now. Running back are reaping the reward of that, taking swing passes and short crosses for a good percentage of the Colts’ attack.
Nyheim Hines is the recipient of those passes more often than not. Marlon Mack’s questionable status makes fellow rookie Jordan Wilkins a short-term option, but Hines’ role as the primary receiving back will continue even with Mack back in the rotation.
There are not many reliable running back options on the waiver wire. Your best bet is to look at matchups or roll the dice on a committee member stepping up.
CJ Anderson scored on a 24-yard pass, but it was a gimmick play and does not mean Christian McCaffrey’s role is about to become shared.
Temporary roles due to injury have to be monitored, too. Wendell Smallwood has a chance to repeat his RB-10 finish of Week 3 if Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles remain out. Buffalo’s Chris Ivory had one big play, but if he gets the lion’s share of work in LeSean McCoy’s absence, he can do that again.
Both Ricky Seals-Jones and David Njoku will have new rookie quarterbacks passing them the ball in Week 4. Njoku is part of the youthful Browns’ future and could see an increase in opportunity. Seals-Jones has made a small mark this season and offers Josh Rosen a large, veteran target on a field lacking targets.
Of course, both rookie passers could fall on their faces and throw erratically, but the upside on these two is higher than average in an unpredictable position.
Dallas Goedert led all tight ends in NFL Fantasy points this week. As Jordan Matthews gets back in shape and Alshon Jeffrey returns, Goedert’s target share will likely be reduced, but he might be worth a one-week stream in Week 4.
We’ll run an article about streaming defenses later in the week, but we see the Bills pass rush creating problems for either an immobile Aaron Rodgers or his backup. If the Texans or Seahawks are available in your league, grab either of them for Week 4.
Watch the injury updates. Mid-week incidents have changed lineups every week so far. And pay attention to what coaches say. “We have to get Goedert involved” and “We need to get the (Seattle) running game going” were two excellent bits of NFL Fantasy-relevant information in Week 3.