Waivering: Week 4

Tue Sep 29 9:59am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

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We didn’t have near the amount of injuries last week, which was a good thing. But that also means there aren’t a lot of high-quality options on the waiver wire this week. Sure, there are some players out there that likely will help but last week saw more surefire things than this week. Hopefully, you can figure out the guys that will produce the best going forward. Below are some players to consider grabbing.

QUARTERBACKS

Justin Herbert, Chargers. Herbert has been impressive in two NFL starts. He has two 300-plus yards performances and topped 20 fantasy points each game. He has some favorable matchups in the coming weeks, playing the Jets, Jaguars and Dolphins. Herbert is worth adding if you are looking for a spark from your quarterback spot. He is producing for fantasy teams.

Nick Foles, Bears. Foles took over for Mitchell Trubisky last week and led his team to a big comeback victory. He scored three touchdowns, going 16-of-29 for 188 yards. Foles has always been up and down but certainly is capable of producing the big game. He can be worth playing in the right matchup.

RUNNING BACKS

Brian Hill, Falcons. Hill had his most work of the season last week and was impressive, rushing nine times for 58 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 22 yards, giving him 80 total yards. Hill was explosive and decisive, maybe earning some more work for the coming weeks. He could be worth a speculative add for fantasy teams, especially if you consider Todd Gurley’s injury history.

Rex Burkhead, Patriots. Burkhead had a monster game in Week 3, scoring three touchdowns. He ran six times for 49 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 49 yards and a score. Burkhead has 11 receptions his last two games. As long as James White is out, Burkhead has some value to fantasy teams. He gets the touches and targets.

Jeff Wilson, 49ers. Wilson was more involved in the offense last week because of all the injuries at running back for the 49ers. He was able to find the end zone two times. He ran 12 times for just 15 yards but scored a touchdown. Wilson was more effective in the passing game, catching three passes for 54 yards and a score. Wilson is available in 74 percent of leagues.

Carlos Hyde, Seahawks. Chris Carson suffered a knee sprain last week and could miss some time. This means Hyde could be starting for the Seahawks the next few games. Hyde certainly has potential in this explosive offense. Hyde is available in 49 percent of leagues.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Cole Beasley, Bills. Beasley made this list last week but lands on it once again. He just keeps producing, catching six passes for 100 yards. He has at least four receptions and 58 yards every game this season. Beasley won’t produce huge fantasy numbers but is a consistent spot starter with a pretty high floor.

Justin Jefferson, Vikings. After doing little the first two games, Jefferson had a coming out party in Week 3. He caught seven passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, showing his big-time ability. Jefferson remains available in 38 percent of leagues.

Cedrick Wilson, Cowboys. Wilson came out of nowhere last week, catching five passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He did not have a touch his first two games. The Cowboys have a lot of options at receiver, so it will be hard to trust Wilson but you can’t ignore this big game from him this last week. He could have a few more like this in an explosive Cowboys passing game.

Kalif Raymond, Titans. Raymond had just two targets all season before last week. He got some chances Week 3 and made the most of them, finishing with three receptions for 118 yards. Raymond is not owned in a single league. He is a wild card but could be getting more touches going forward, making him a player to consider adding in deep formats.

Randall Cobb, Texans. Cobb was late-round pick by many in drafts this year, but a slow start caused him to be dropped in many leagues. Cobb had his best game of the season last week, though, catching four passes for 95 yards. He has nine receptions for 154 yards his last two games. Cobb is available in 80 percent of leagues.

Greg Ward, Eagles. With the Eagles beat up at receiver, Ward led the team in receiving last week. He had a big showing, catching eight passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. He could have a prominent role in the offense going forward with the Eagles having plenty of injuries at receiver. Ward has at least five receptions two of three games.

Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers. Aiyuk got it going last week, serving as the top receiver in the 49ers offense. He did a little bit of everything, catching five passes for 70 yards. He also caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown, giving him 101 total yards. Aiyuk is a really talented player so this game wasn’t a fluke. He can have more like this and is available in 51 percent of leagues.

Andy Isabella, Cardinals. Isabella has played a bigger role in recent weeks because of the injury to Christian Kirk. Isabella had a two-touchdown game last week and has six receptions for 114 yards his last two games. As long as Kirk is out, Isabella has some value to fantasy teams in this pass-first offense. 

Tee Higgins, Bengals. Higgins’ role in the Bengals offense keeps expanding. He had five receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns last week, giving him eight receptions his last two games. Higgins should keep racking up the targets in the coming weeks. He is available in 78 percent of leagues.

Zach Pascal, Colts. The loss of Michael Pittman opens the door for more playing time for Pascal. He already has multiple receptions every game this season but should see an increase in targets while Pittman is out of the lineup. Pascal could have a big game or two in the right matchup.

TIGHT ENDS

Mo Alie-Cox, Colts. Alie-Cox continues to excel in a starting role for the Colts. He caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown in Week 3. He has eight receptions for 161 yards his last two games. And even when Jack Doyle returns, Alie-Cox can still play a big role in this offense.

Tyler Kroft, Bills. With Dawson Knox out, Kroft started last week and found the end zone two times. He caught four passes for 24 yards and two touchdowns. Kroft is kind of a touchdown dependent player, but has some value as a spot play as long as he is starting.

Jimmy Graham, Bears. Graham had his best game as a Bear, catching six passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns. He has scores two of three games this season. Graham is more of a spot play but is showing he can still help fantasy teams as a starter in this offense. His production could be even better with Nick Foles as his starting quarterback.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
John Ross Oct 20 11:40am ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross III has asked the team for a trade. The speedy former ninth overall pick had been inactive for three straight weeks before returning to action in Week 6, but he played just one snap against the Colts. Ross' agent said that his client is frustrated with his lack of playing time and they've had talks with the team about a trade, but those talks didn't go very far. The 25-year-old had a couple 100-yard games early last season, but then he got hurt and never quite established a firm role in the offense. Now he's behind Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green and rookie Tee Higgins on the receiver depth chart and has just two catches for 17 yards in three games this year. A change of scenery would be for the best, but it wouldn't guarantee that he resurfaces to fantasy relevance.

From RotoBaller

Tua Tagovailoa Oct 20 11:40am ET

The Miami Dolphins are naming rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa their starting quarterback heading into their Week 7 bye week, according to a source. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will now serve as the backup after Tagovailoa made his NFL debut in the blowout win over the Jets in Week 6. The rookie from Alabama completed both of his pass attempts for nine yards against New York. The biggest takeaway on Sunday was that he looked fully healthy, and the Dolphins are obviously confident that he's ready for the NFL stage as their starter. That'll come in Week 8 against a tough Rams Defense looking to bounce back after a loss to the division-rival 49ers. Tagovailoa has plenty of upside as a poised and accurate QB that can also use his legs, but he'll be a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues for his first career NFL start in two weeks.

From RotoBaller

Andy Isabella Oct 20 10:40am ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella has dropped off significantly after his two-touchdown performance in Week 3. This week, in the team's 38-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys, he was held without a catch and received just two targets. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray struggled in the game, completing just nine of his 24 passes for 188 yards. Christian Kirk, meanwhile, reeled in the team's only two receiving touchdowns in the game and has continued to be Murray's preferred target over Isabella. There's no need to hold on to Isabella in any fantasy leagues as long as the Cardinals are fully healthy at receiver.

From RotoBaller

Arizona Cardinals Oct 20 10:40am ET

The Cardinals Defense had their best outing of the year so far in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys. They held the Cowboys to just 10 points in the game and came up with two Andy Dalton interceptions as well as two fumble recoveries, both as a result of Ezekiel Elliott fumbles. The Cardinals also sacked Dalton three times in the game. While it was certainly an encouraging outing from the Cardinals Defense, don't expect a similar result in Week 7 when they face the Seattle Seahawks, who have topped 30 points in four of their five games this year.

From RotoBaller

Larry Fitzgerald Oct 20 10:30am ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald wasn't heavily utilized in the team's 38-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. Fitzgerald was targeted four times in the game and came down with three catches for 22 yards. It's been an extremely slow start to the year for Fitzgerald, who is yet to top 50 receiving yards in a game and also yet to score a touchdown this year. Kyler Murray had a rough day throwing the ball in this game, completing just nine of his 24 passes for 188 yards. Fitzgerald shouldn't be trusted as a starting option for now and can be left on waivers in most leagues at this point.

From RotoBaller

Christian Kirk Oct 20 10:20am ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk had only two catches in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys, but luckily they were both big ones. Kirk had a six-yard touchdown reception and an 80-yard touchdown reception, leading to his final stat line of two catches for 86 yards on three targets. The Cardinals dominated the Cowboys, winning 38-10, but their passing game struggled a bit, regardless. Kyler Murray only completed nine passes all game and totaled just 188 yards. That's three-straight solid fantasy outings now for Kirk, who should be considered a decent WR3 or flex option in most formats going forward.

From RotoBaller

DeAndre Hopkins Oct 20 10:20am ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had a 60-yard reception in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys. It was his longest gain of the season. However, he wasn't able to do much else in the game. He was targeted eight times on Monday night and came down with just two catches for 73 yards. It was a rough game from a passing standpoint for the Cardinals as quarterback Kyler Murray completed just nine of his 24 passes for 188 yards. Christian Kirk had the team's only two touchdown receptions in the game. It was the first game this year in which Hopkins was held under six receptions. Look for him to bounce back strong when the team faces the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7.

From RotoBaller

Kenyan Drake Oct 20 10:10am ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake had a much-needed breakout game in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys. Drake rushed the ball 20 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first game with over 100 yards from scrimmage this year as well as his first time averaging over five yards per carry in a game. Drake had his stat line bolstered significantly by a 69-yard touchdown run with under two minutes left when the game was already decided, but it was a true breakout game for Drake regardless. He's been a frustrating slow-starter for fantasy owners this year, but hopefully his Week 6 breakout will be a sign of things to come.

From RotoBaller

Chase Edmonds Oct 20 10:10am ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds wasn't able to contribute much to the team's 38-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. Edmonds had five carries for 23 yards in the game and caught one of his two targets for six yards. The Cardinals dominated the last three quarters of the game and leaned heavily on No. 1 running back Kenyan Drake to seal the victory, giving him a total of 20 carries in the game. Even though Drake has struggled out of the gate this year, the team is still sticking with him as their primary ball-carrier with Edmonds as a pass-catching option and change-of-pace rusher. Edmonds is still worth owning in most leagues and could see an uptick in usage when the Cardinals attempt to keep pace with the high-scoring Seattle Seahawks in Week 7.

From RotoBaller

Kyler Murray Oct 20 10:00am ET

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray had a rough overall game despite the team's 38-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. Luckily, it still turned out to be a decent fantasy day. Murray completed just nine of his 24 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 74 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. It was his first game of the year without a turnover, which is certainly encouraging, but he's now been held under 200 passing yards in two of his past three games. With 370 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns on the year, he's definitely doing enough to remain a no doubt QB1 in all formats, but it's been a shakier start to the season than fantasy owners were hoping to see from the second-year pro.

From RotoBaller

John Ross Oct 20 9:53am ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross approached the team about a trade. Ross is in the last year of his rookie deal and seeking a fresh start.

From TheHuddle

Le'Veon Bell Oct 20 9:13am ET

Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs RB Le'Veon Bell will receive $500,000 for 25 percent playing time in an AFC title win and $500,000 for 25 percent playing time in a Super Bowl win.

From TheHuddle

Larry Fitzgerald Oct 20 1:43am ET

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald extended his streak with at least one reception to 249 games in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys. His streak is the longest of any player with a single team, and the second-longest overall streak in NFL history (Jerry Rice, 274). Fitzgerald's streak started Nov. 7, 2004.

From TheHuddle

Patrick Mahomes Oct 20 1:33am ET

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes tossed two touchdowns in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills, and he set a franchise record with at least one scoring strike in 16 straight outings.

From TheHuddle

Malik Jackson Oct 20 1:23am ET

Philadelphia Eagles DL Malik Jackson (quadriceps) might miss two weeks due to the a quadriceps injury he suffered in the Week 6 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

From TheHuddle

Michael Gallup Oct 20 1:03am ET

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup posted two catches for 15 yards on six targets in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Fantasy Spin: Gallup definitely wasn't on the same page as new starter Andy Dalton, and he was very far behind Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb for the eye of the quarterback among the wide receivers. He is only worth a look as a WR5 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams heading into Week 7 on the road against the Washington Football Team.

From TheHuddle

Dalton Schultz Oct 20 12:53am ET

Dallas Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz posted five receptions for 35 yards in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals on five targets.

Fantasy Spin: Schultz was targeted early on by Andy Dalton, but he was barely used in the second half. He has four or more grabs in four of the past five outings, emerging as a respectable TE2 in most fantasy leagues and a decent bye week replacement. The Cowboys travel to meet the Washington Football Team in Week 7.

From TheHuddle

Dallas Cowboys Oct 20 12:50am ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense struggled once again in Week 6, allowing 38 points and recording just one sack with no turnovers. They ended up with -3.0 points in standard scoring formats, their third time in six games winding up with negative points. They've totaled seven fantasy points this season. Seven. Even with a seemingly good matchup next week against the struggling Washington Football Team's offense, the Cowboys will not be a recommended fantasy defense.

From RotoBaller

Amari Cooper Oct 20 12:43am ET

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper registered seven receptions for a team-high 79 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Fantasy Spin: Cooper didn't have a lot of work downfield, as most of his stuff came on the short and intermediate routes with Andy Dalton making his first start of the season for the injured Dak Prescott. Fantasy owners can't be too disappointed about this showing, especially those in PPR leagues. The Cowboys travel to meet the Washington Football Team in Week 7.

From TheHuddle

Dalton Schultz Oct 20 12:40am ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz made four catches in a Week 6 loss, gaining 35 yards. He was targeted five times, mostly running short routes in a game where Andy Dalton threw the ball 54 times but struggled seemingly every time he threw. Schultz flashed in his first post-Blake Jarwin start, but he's settled into a decent floor but low-ceiling tight end option. He'll come down with a touchdown now and then, but is more of a high-end TE2 in most matchups.

From RotoBaller