Waiver Wire

Fantasy Football Priority Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4

Three up, three down. Week 3 of the 2020 Fantasy Football season is in the books. However, there are still opportunities to improve your team. Keep churning the bottom of your roster by scouring the waiver wire.

These are players that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Add these Quarterbacks

Nick Foles, Chicago Bears

I’ve been waiting for this… Matt Nagy finally had enough of Mitchell Trubisky’s ineffectiveness and called upon Nick Foles to orchestrate an improbable comeback much to the (continued) chagrin of the Atlanta Falcons. The Bears’ offense appears substantially improved with competent quarterback play. If you’re playing the matchups, streaming quarterbacks, or in 2-QB leagues Foles should be rostered immediately.

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

Herbert has back-to-back 300-yard passing games in his first two starts and has injected life into the Los Angeles Chargers offense. The rookie QB has thrown an INT in each contest as well; but every game he makes several plays that should encourage fantasy owners to roster him if they have room at the end of their bench. A speculative add even with a chance that Tyrod Taylor will return to the starting lineup when healthy is a low risk, potentially high reward gamble worth taking.

Add these Running Backs

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins

Gaskin is among the Waiver Wire recommendations for a 2nd straight week. He hasn’t been particularly effective but the coaching staff clearly prefers Gaskin to both Jordan Howard and Matt Breida. The volume (22 carries in Week 3) cannot be summarily dismissed and at the rate at which running backs are dropping, Gaskin should be rostered in all leagues.

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

Kenyan Drake has been… “meh” thus far. Edmonds doesn’t have standalone value at this point but he’s an injury away from being a league-winner, not unlike Drake in 2019. This type of speculative add isn’t a “must” but take a look at the dregs on your roster and determine whether stashing Chase Edmonds presents more upside.

Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks

I realize the “handcuff” principle isn’t as popular as it once was but I’m surprised more Chris Carson owners didn’t draft Carlos Hyde in the latter rounds of their fantasy drafts. A seemingly dirty play by Dallas’ Trysten Hill may NOT result in Carson missing time. However, Carson’s injury history is well-documented and this “mild” knee sprain should prompt you to add Hyde as an insurance policy. Better safe than sorry.

Add these Wide Receivers

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears

Miller’s snap rate hovered around 40% during Weeks 1 and 2 and then spiked to 57% in Week 3. Some of that extra burn was due to a negative game script. However, I think an underappreciated catalyst is Nick Foles being in the lineup. The Bears offense is simply better with Foles at the controls, there’s no doubt in my mind. Matt Nagy will be more inclined to push the football downfield as Foles sees the field better than Trubisky, exponentially. Miller cotinues to demonstrate a propensity for finding the endzone. You could do worst at WR4/WR5 without the WR3 upside Miller presents.

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

Most folks will be rushing to the waiver wire to pickup the Vikings’ Justin Jefferson this week. His 7/175/1 breakout performance could very well be a peak among several valleys but the talent is too enticing to pass on. As the connection/chemistry between Kirk Cousins and Jefferson continues to grow expect more consistent production from the electric rookie wideout; that is unless Cousins completely implodes.

Allen Lazard Green Bay Packers

As I’m writing this post, Allen Lazard is currently at 50% ownership. Typically the 3rd-year wideout would not be among the waiver wire recommendations as it is reserved for players rostered in less than 50% of leagues. But I think an exception is warranted. CPGM Headley told you to add Lazard last week, but too few of you listened. After hanging 6/146/1 on the Saints it’s clear Aaron Rodgers has the utmost confidence in Lazard and fantasy owners should as well. Put in a waiver claim and add Lazard.

Other Wide Receivers I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –

  • Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers
  • Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders

Add these Tight Ends

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers

“Ebron will have his big game soon and when he does folks will be rushing to add him off waiver. Beat the rush and add him now as he’s the preferred receiving tight end on a potent Steelers offense.” — CPGM Headley 9/22

Ebron went for 5/52/1… rostered in 27% of leagues. There’s still time. Don’t be late to the party.

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts

“A tantalizing size/speed combo, Allie-Cox has teased us before. However, an injury to Jack Doyle and Philip Rivers’ propensity for targeting the tight end position is key for a breakout. A 5 catch 111-yard Week 2 performance and injuries to Parris Campbell and Doyle gives Allie-Cox an opportunity to showcase his talent.” — CPGM Headley 9/22

Even with Jack Doyle returning to the lineup it appears there has been a changing of the guard. Mo Alie-Cox followed up an excellent Week 2 performance with a 3/50/1 line in Week 3. Alie-Cox outsnapped Doyle and I expect this trend to continue. Mo is a must add as far as I am concerned.

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears

Graham had a bit of a throwback performance seeing 10 targets and scoring a pair of touchdowns in Week 3. Game-script absolutely factored into a substantial increase in routes-ran so ensure you prioritize adding Graham accordingly. Still, the fact remains, Graham has a fantasy pulse now that Foles is under-center.

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers

Touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, 60% snap rate over three contests, and no Jace Sternberger in sight. The Aaron Rodgers “Scorched Earth Tour” is in full effect and Tonyan is part of the band.



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