Another batch of injuries leaves us with plenty of options for the Week 4 waiver wire. Running back is very scarce and no mandatory waiver claims. On the other hand, every other position is overflowing with worthy pickups. Lots of strategies to be deployed this week as you can spend up for the big names or snag a bunch of the cheaper options. I recommend saving money this week unless your team is desperate. The injuries are far from over and we have yet to see the true waiver wire game changer.
All players listed below will be available in around 50% or less of leagues on at least one of Yahoo! and ESPN. Not all options listed below are plays for the week, but players you should keep your eye on for future production.
Nick Foles (Yahoo 3%, ESPN 1.5%)
Well folks, that didn’t take long. Nick Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter and proceeded to lead Chicago from a 16 point deficit to beat Atlanta 30-26. Foles provides an instant boost to the middling Bear’s offense. With games against the Colts, Bucs, and Rams looming Foles may be asked to throw the ball quite a bit. He should be considered in leagues with ten or more teams.
Teddy Bridgewater (Yahoo 17%, ESPN 13.4%)
We would like to see some more touchdowns, but Bridgewater has done enough to earn fantasy consideration. He is completing 74% of his passes with only three turnovers and is in a pass-centric offense. The Panthers won’t be playing with a positive game script much this season and Teddy will have to air it out. Games against the Cardinals and Falcons loom, and we may get to see what his ceiling looks like.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Yahoo 7%, ESPN 8%)
Fitzpatrick showed he has plenty left in the tank completing 18 of 20 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He added 38 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Dolphins are in no rush to get Tua on the field and Fitzmagic will be starting for the foreseeable future. His next few games provide ample opportunity for garbage points and makes him a great streaming option.
Justin Herbert (Yahoo 20%, ESPN 21%)
Justin Herbert has impressed so far completing 69.5% of his passes while throwing for 300 yards in both of his starts. If he can keep these performances up it will be hard for the coaching staff to bench him. He gets a tough matchup against Tampa this weekend, but the next five are against the Saints, Jets, Dolphins, Jaguars, and Raiders. I’m still a little hesitant, but with an elite surrounding cast, the upside is there.
Travis Homer (Yahoo 1%, ESPN .2%)
Chris Carson’s injury isn’t as serious as feared and has a chance to suit up this week. Even if he does, it may be at limited capacity and could cede receiving snaps to Travis Homer. Miami continues to struggle containing receiving backs and is in consideration for PPR leagues this week.
Myles Gaskin (Yahoo 47%, ESPN 45%)
After three weeks Gaskin is the clear lead back in Miami. He is currently fifth in targets and fourth in receptions among running backs and is coming off a season-high 22 carries against Jacksonville. The ceiling looks somewhat limited but he is in flex consideration for now with room to grow.
Phillip Lindsay (Yahoo 51%, ESPN 63%)
This one feels like cheating, but Phillip Lindsay is available in way more leagues than he should be. Don’t forget he was a seventh-round pick last month. He has a chance to return for Thursday night’s showdown against the Jets, and should be up to full speed the next week. If he’s available in your league make sure to get him. Denver’s offense is sputtering after all the injuries and could use a spark.
Adrian Peterson (Yahoo 52%, ESPN 36%)
Really 2020, Adrian Peterson is going to be a thing again? AP has looked surprising spry this year and looks to have won the job in Detroit. His 209 rushing yards are good for 12th best in the league, is averaging 4.9 YPC, and has the second most 20+ yard runs with three. As long as he is getting this kind of volume he is flex worthy.
JaMycal Hasty (Yahoo 1%, ESPN 1.7%)
One week removed from being a top waiver wire addition Jerick Mckinnon left Sunday’s game with a rib injury. If he is not able to go against Philadelphia Jamycal Hasty would act as the pass-catching back. He is extremely athletic and can make people miss in the open field, and Kyle Shanahan has a knack for getting his players in space.
Justin Jefferson (Yahoo 32%, ESPN 38%)
Justin Jefferson led the way in the week of the receiver breakout. He recorded seven catches on nine targets for 175 yards and a touchdown. He may not out target Adam Thielen every game but has earned a bigger role in this offense. Their next three games are against Houston, Atlanta, and Seattle. He needs to be rostered in every league.
Tee Higgins (Yahoo 6%, ESPN 9%)
Despite 28 targets and the second-highest air yards in the league A.J. Green has not been able to put things together. Tee Higgins announced himself to the league with two touchdowns on nine targets from fellow rookie Joe Burrow. Higgins looks to have earned the trust of Burrow and has secured a bigger role in the offense. If Green does not bounce back he may start losing more and more work to Higgins. He still needs to show he can sustain the volume, but Tee needs to be picked up in every league.
Zach Pascal (Yahoo 4%, ESPN 1%)
The injuries keep coming as Michael Pittman will miss several weeks with a leg injury. Pascal is now the de facto WR2 in this offense, but I’m not sure what that means yet for fantasy. Rivers has been incredibly efficient this year, but the volume is not there as the Colts have attempted the ninth fewest passes. There are lots of mouths to feed in this offense but Pascal will be on the field more often than not. He should only be considered for deeper leagues at this point.
K.J. Hamler (Yahoo 11%, ESPN 6%)
The third rookie on this list, Hamler is already making waves in Denver. He played a team high 92% of snaps on Sunday, 14 more than first round pick Jerry Jeudy. Hamler also had a 47% target share and will get ample opportunity to display his skills. He is a nice pivot for those not wanting to spend up on Higgins or Jefferson.
Greg Ward (Yahoo 1%, ESPN 1%)
Ward is officially the last WR standing in Philadelphia with the DeSean Jackson injury. His 11 targets were not only a team-high but fourth-most in the league. Dallas Goedert also hit IR today, leaving Carson Wentz with only Ertz, Ward, and Sanders to throw to. Volume alone should make him flex worthy for the time being. He faces a banged-up 49ers secondary on Sunday night and could be in for another ten plus target game.
Andy Isabella (Yahoo 2%, ESPN 1%)
Isabella’s breakout game came a little too late to fit this week’s rookie theme but it was glorious nonetheless. He brought in all four of his targets for 47 yards and two touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how things shake out once Kirk returns, but with the amount of plays and passes this team runs he may have a high enough target floor. Be cautious for now, but he may be a force down the stretch.
Drew Sample (Yahoo 8%, ESPN 9%)
Sample disappeared this week with one catch for one yard after a seven-catch for 45 yards performance against Cleveland. Don’t shy away from him this week as the Jaguars’ linebackers have been among the worst at covering TE’s this season. Joe Burrow will challenge for the league lead in pass attempts this year so there will be plenty of targets to go around. He is a great stream this week and could have top 12 potential with a couple more strong games.
Logan Thomas (Yahoo 33%, ESPN 27%)
Thomas has been the ultimate tease this season. The coaching staff is forcing him the ball, he just can’t convey that into fantasy points. The tweet below says it all.
The potential is there, don’t give up on him yet. Unless you have one of the few TE studs he needs to be rostered in all leagues.
Rams D/ST (Yahoo 31%, ESPN 28%)
The New York Football Giants have not been the same since they lost superstar Saquon Barkley. There is no run game to speak of and the Rams matchup very well with New York’s skill players. This is your free square of the week. At 27% rostered there is a very good chance they are available in your league. If you need a defense for this week make sure you get them.
Broncos D/ST (Yahoo 14%, ESPN 38%)
The Broncos defense has held up well enough given all the injuries. They have been a little vulnerable in pass defense but have a top ten rush defense. A Thursday night showdown with the Jets looms as rumors fly around about Adam Gase’s job security. If he is truly out with a loss Thursday, the Jets may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Their offense has shown no sense of competence. The Broncos are in prime position to feast on the Jets’ mistakes.