Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 4

Author: Cheyenne Hollis

Bye weeks are here, Saquon Barkley is hurt and there are lots of managers out there panicking. By this stage of the game, you probably know if your team is good or not as well as what your weaknesses are. Your goal needs to be shoring up those soft spots. Those sporting a losing record can take solace in the fact that they aren’t eliminated from the playoffs (unless you play in some super weird, four-team, four-week monstrosity I can’t even comprehend), so don’t throw in the towel now.  

On the flipside, managers with a winning record shouldn’t get complacent and ignore the bottom of the roster. There is always a chance to improve if you’re diligent. Before we look at players worth a waiver claim this week, it is important to note, this list isn’t covering players like Curtis Samuel, Miles Sanders or others who someone may have stupidly dropped. If you see a player of that ilk available, jump on them before digging a little deeper. 

Wayne Gallman (Owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: Was, Min

 
 

Wayne Gallman is no Saquon Barkley. But the number one pick in most leagues this year is out with a high-ankle sprain and Gallman is literally the only other running back the Giants currently have. This is a pure volume play, but unless/until the Giants bring in someone better, Gallman becomes a must start player although he does come with bust risk.

Phillip Dorsett  (Owned in 32% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: @Buf, @Was

We are three games in and Phillip Dorsett has gone from a hot add to a must drop and back to a hot add again. While Antonio Brown may soon be doing a Facebook Live from that massage parlor Robert Kraft was caught at, Dorsett is going to be soaking up targets in this amazing offense, especially if Julian Edelman isn’t 100 percent due to his chest injury. 

Jamal Williams (Owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: Phi, @Dal

 
 

Aaron Jones may have had two touchdowns against Denver but he did next to nothing else. Meanwhile, Jamal Williams has seen his touches increase over the first three weeks. Last week, he actually had 14 touches to Jones’ 11. The backfield in Green Bay is a mess at the moment, but Williams is the one RB trending upwards.

Nelson Agholor (Owned in 46% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: @GB, NYJ

A trendy pick last week, Nelson Agholor is still out there in a lot of leagues. He has 16 catches and 23 targets over the past two games and as long as DeSean Jackson and/or Alshon Jeffery are out, Agholor is a must start WR.

Pittsburgh (Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: Cin, Bal

If you’re streaming defenses but prefer not to use a waiver on one, Pittsburgh will likely go unclaimed this week despite having a nice matchup. The Steelers just forced five turnovers against San Francisco and their next opponent, Cincinnati, is turning the ball over and giving up sacks like it is going out of style.  

Golden Tate (Owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: Suspended, Min

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Don’t look now, but Golden Tate only has one more game left on his four-game suspension. With Barkley out and literally no one to catch passes behind Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, Tate comes back to a nice spot. Daniel Jones might not be as good as he was on Sunday, but the Giants still look like a team that will need to throw the ball a lot moving forward.

Sunday and Monday night lotto

If your league doesn’t lock waivers until kickoff of each game, you might want to try your luck at the Sunday and Monday night lotto. Basically, your handcuff or end of roster flotsam has no value after playing during the day, you can drop them for a handcuff guy in one of the night games. 

The Sunday night game features the Cowboys and Saints which means Tony Pollard is the handcuff you want to own here. You could make a case for Ted Ginn although I won’t. And if someone has cut bait on Latavius Murray, he’s worth keeping on the end of your bench if you have space.    

A pretty gross matchup is on tap for Monday with the Bengals heading to Pittsburgh for a game against the Mason Rudolph led Steelers. Guys backing up James Conner as worth a look and Giovani Bernard would have some value should Joe Mixon go down. Steelers WR Diontae Johnson has been improving each week as well and could breakout here.  

When not playing fantasy football from Southeast Asia, Cheyenne Hollis serves as Interesting Asia Editor-in-Chief. He has spent seven years in Asia covering real estate, lifestyle, business and various other sectors. He might also be the only person who likes Thursday Night Football, mostly because it kickoffs on Friday morning in Thailand providing a great distraction from work.

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