We have made it through 3 weeks, and hopefully your fantasy football season is off to a good start, and you are sitting at 3-0 or 2-1.
If you are not, the season is not over yet, but you definitely need to bolster your lineup, and if you do not have the players to trade for an upgrade at other positions, the only other way is to scour the waiver wire.
But be careful, for every James Robinson, who looks like he will be a RB1 for the remainder of the season, there is a Rex Burkhead, who had 98 total yards, 7 catches and 3 total touchdowns Sunday but will probably not have that much success in any other game this year with James White coming back for week 4.
Here are the top waiver wire pickups for week 4, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below!
The percentage listed is how many teams on Yahoo have the player on their rosters.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams (63%)
After a tough fantasy game against Dallas to start the season, which was game plan related, Goff has put together two straight solid performances, scoring 23.98 in week 2 and 28.24 in week three in traditional scoring formats.
Add that to the fact that they are facing the abysmal New York Giants this week, Jared Goff may have the highest score of any quarterback this week.
Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings (26%)
The Vikings as a team are not playing very well, although they did come close to getting their first win of the season against Tennessee on Sunday, falling just short 30-31.
Cousins, however, has had over 20 fantasy points in 2 of 3 games so far (yes, that third game was horrendous, only getting 1.52 points, but that was against the Indianapolis Colts).
The next 3 games are against the Houston Texans, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Atlanta Falcons. In fact there are not really a lot of games I would keep him out the remainder of the year, so if your quarterback has not been living up to expectations (I’m looking at you, Carson Wentz), pick up Cousins.
Gardner Minshew – Jacksonville Jaguars (58%)
Ok, I may have been a little off on Minshew last week going into a Thursday night match up against the Miami Dolphins.
That being said, he was without his top receiver, D.J. Chark, and with the likes of rookie Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole running routes he did not have the success he has had in the first couple of weeks in the season.
Up next is a game against another weak team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and Chark should be back on 10 days rest.
Others to consider
If Jimmy Garoppolo (36%) comes back from injury, a match up against Philadelphia is a nice one. Baker Mayfield (43%) has not had a good season, with the word bust being thrown around, but the Cowboys do have a very good offense with a suspect defense, which could turn into a high-scoring affair. Ryan Fitzpatrick (7%) has had back-to-back weeks of 24+ fantasy points, and faces a Seattle team that scores a lot but lets up a lot of points.
Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins (47%)
I typically shy away from promoting Miami Dolphins, especially running backs. But Gaskin is starting to take over the backfield after three weeks, playing 75% of the snaps in week 3.
That includes 16 targets through 3 weeks in the passing game, which further increases his value. He has yet to see the end zone, with Jordan Howard vulturing a couple 1-yard touchdowns over the last couple of week, but they will come.
With a match up against Seattle this week there may not be 22 rushes like he saw last week, but there is a good possibility he will see an uptick in action out of the backfield.
Carlos Hyde – Seattle Seahawks (19%)
With Chris Carson looking to miss at least a couple weeks, Hyde will be a very popular pick up this week on the waivers. The Seahawks will face the Dolphins and the Vikings, neither of which should give them much trouble, so Hyde will see plenty of action in both games.
Darrell Henderson Jr. – Los Angeles Rams (77%)
I am not a fan of the dreaded RBBC (running back by committee), but the three headed backfield of the Rams is down to two with Cam Akers out with a rib injury, and Henderson has taken over the starting job.
The last two weeks Henderson has scored close to 20 fantasy points, and with the Giants and the Washington Football Team up the next two weeks, you can definitely use him as a RB2 or flex play.
Keep an Eye on
Mike Davis (79%) is still available in a lot of leagues, and with McCaffrey missing extended time he should be picked up in all leagues. Devonta Freeman (75%) had a quiet first game with the Giants, which was to be expected with little time to prepare, but you do not want to wait until he goes off to stash him on your bench, because it might be too late at that point. James White (68%) should be coming back after missing the last two games after his father dies in a car wreck that left his mother in critical condition. If he is back, and you are hurting at running back, he would take most of the action that Rex Burkhead had this past week.
Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings (32%)
Jefferson will undoubtedly be the top waiver wire pick up of the week, which is understandable after his performance Sunday, catching 7 passes for 175 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown.
With the Vikings struggling, starting off 0-3, they had to try something to energize the offense. The rookie from LSU had a lot of hype coming into the season, and I would not expect this to be an aberration for the season.
Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers (50%)
Lazard took advantage of the absence of Davonte Adams Sunday, catching 6 passes from 8 targets, 146 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Even if Adams does come back this week, he will still be recovering from a hamstring injury, so Lazard will still be utilized in a surprisingly high-powered Green Bay offense so far this year.
N’Keal Harry – New England Patriots (44%)
Harry has had an up and down season so far, but has developed some rapport with new quarterback Cam Newton. With a showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs coming up this Sunday, if it turns into a shoot out expect Harry’s numbers to reflect that.
Also think about
Anthony Miller (46%) caught the game-winning touchdown for the Bears on Sunday, giving him double digit fantasy points in 2 of 3 games. With Foles as his quarterback now, he will possibly be more consistent as the team’s number 2 target behind Allen Robinson. If Allen Lazard is already taken, think about picking up Marquez Valdes-Scantling. There seems to be plenty of opportunities in the Packers offense, and Valdes-Scantling will look to make up for his disappointing performance against the Saints when they take on the Falcons this week. Scotty Miller (16%) is that frustrating player that plays good some weeks then disappears in others. With Chris Godwin looking to possible miss some more games, you may look to at least stash Miller on your bench to see if he can become more consistent when bye weeks start.
Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears (10%)
Graham has 3 touchdowns this year, which already matches his total from last year in 16 games. With Nick Foles now the starting quarterback, there will be more consistency in the Bears’ offense, and Jimmy Graham looks like he still has gas left in the tank.
Even more promising is the fact the Graham ran the second-most routes by a tight end this week, only behind Zach Ertz. He will be a back end TE1 moving forward.
Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys (32%)
With the injury to starting tight end Blake Jarwin, Schultz has stepped in and with 16 targets over the past two games. He will continue to see plenty of targets as opposing defenses try to focus on the plethora of wide receivers on the Cowboys, such as Cooper, Gallup and CeeDee Lamb.
Mo Alie-Cox – Indianapolis Colts (10%)
Expected to have a good game only when Jack Doyle was out for week 2, Alie-Cox proved that wrong in week 3, out snapping Doyle 34-33 and hauling in his first touchdown of the year.
If Alie-Cox continues to take away snaps from Doyle he could move into the fringe TE1 area, monitor him as they take on the Bears in week 4.
Touchdown Dependent Streaming Options
As is the case with most tight ends, they are not a big impact for your team unless they score a touchdown. An example is Logan Thomas (33%), who has caught 4 passes in all 3 of his games starting for the Washington Football Team, but only reached 10 fantasy points in week 1 when he caught a touchdown pass. Keep an eye on Eric Ebron (27%), who has seen his fantasy points increase each week, and finally scored a touchdown in week 3. Robert Tonyan (1%) for the Green Bay Packers has scored in each of his last two games, but only targeted 8 times combined it is tough to play him ahead of tight ends that are a bigger part of their teams’ offense.
Los Angeles Rams (58%)
With the exception of a few teams, fantasy defenses are only as good as the match up they have that week. The Rams are a perfect example of this, having 3 decent games defensively to start the season.
Up next in week 4, however, is the New York Football Giants, who have been absolutely atrocious this season, and have lost top running back Saquon Barkley and top wide receiver Sterling Shepard for the foreseeable future.
The Rams should have a good game defensively as they move to 3-1.
Denver Broncos (37%)
Another team with a juicy match up this week, the Broncos face the New York Jets on Thursday night. They have not had the defensive success one would have though under head coach Vic Fangio, and injuries to players like Von Miller and starting defensive end Dre’Mont Jones is not helping anything.
Luckily the Jets are in a competition to see who is the worst team in New York, so the Broncos should be able to get their first win of the season this week.
Arizona Cardinals (43%)
The Cardinals have actually had a couple good defensive games this season, but against the Lions in Week 3 they did not fare so well.
With the Carolina Panthers up next, I would expect the Cardinals to come out aggressive and get back in the win column.
If you are desperate
The Seattle Seahawks (31%) may not be the Legion of Boom anymore, but they still play good defense. Even though they let up 31 points against the Cowboys Sunday, they had 2 sacks and 3 turnovers, plus a blocked kick and a safety. The Dolphins are up next for the Seahawks. Cincinnati (2%) is not a very good team, but they played well enough to not lose to the Eagles on Sunday, getting 7 fantasy points along the way. They have Jacksonville up next. The Green Bay Packers (15%) might let up a lot of points against the Falcons next Monday night, but they should have a big lead making Matt Ryan throw a lot, allowing for opportunities for lots of sacks and interceptions.
We are almost through the first quarter of the NFL football season, hopefully your team is doing well. If not keep focusing on the waiver wire, may be your best chance to improve your team before you are out of the playoff race by Halloween.
Who is your main waiver wire target this week? Let me know in the comments below!