It’s just week four and the waiver pool is already drying up. There are limited quarterback and tight end options left. The potential league-winning running backs are getting snatched up quickly. How many more breakout wide receivers can there be? Thankfully there are still some enticing options, and this comprehensive week four waiver wire guide has all the names you need to know to gain a competitive advantage in your fantasy league.
“Just in Case”
Check if these players are available in your league. They’re must-adds:
– Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (50.9% rostered on ESPN)
– Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions (44.3% rostered on ESPN)
– Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (63% rostered on ESPN)
– Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans Saints (75.6% rostered on ESPN)
– Russell Gage, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (55.4% rostered on ESPN)
– Robert Woods, WR, Tennessee Titans (66.7% rostered on ESPN)
– Marcus Mariota, QB, Atlanta Falcons (25.1% rostered on ESPN)
The quarterback options are thin this week. If Trevor Lawrence isn’t available, the only player to feel confident about is Marcus Mariota. He posted a modest 15.5 fantasy points against Seattle’s weak defense. For a consecutive week, he stifled his fantasy production with two turnovers. Mariota’s rushing stats were also abnormally low, recording just four yards off of seven carries. The Falcons leaned heavily on Cordarelle Patterson and the run game on Sunday. However, that will shift as they head into a brutal stretch against Cleveland, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, and Cincinnati in their next four matchups. Atlanta will likely be playing from behind in all those games, making Mariota an intriguing play.
– Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (37.1% rostered on ESPN)
– Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (25.2% rostered on ESPN)
– Brian Robinson, Washington Commanders (36.8% rostered on ESPN)
– Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13.6% rostered on ESPN)
Dalvin Cook injured his shoulder against the Lions, reminding fantasy players everywhere about the importance of handcuffing your running backs. Alexander Mattison is yet again the top handcuff in fantasy football. As soon as Cook left the game Sunday, Mattison assumed the bell-cow role and scored a touchdown. Cook expects to play in week four, but his injury history is enough to make Mattison a must-add.
Khalil Herbert is another high-value handcuff. David Montgomery left his matchup with the Houston Texans in the first quarter, and Herbert stepped up to the tune of 20 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Montgomery’s status for week three is in limbo but if he misses time, Herbert becomes an instant starter.
Brian Robinson’s speedy recovery is nothing short of a miracle. He was shot in a carjacking attempt just one month ago. Somehow, he is on track to return from the Non-Football-Injury list as soon as week five. Antonio Gibson has been productive in Robinson’s absence, but Robinson received far more offseason acclaim when both were on the field. Pick up Robinson and stash him on your injured reserve while you still can to get ahead of your league mates.
Few handcuffs have the upside of Rachaad White. Giovanni Bernard went to the injured reserve leaving just Leonard Fournette and Ke’Shawn Vaughn in the backfield with White. Fournette already has some injury concerns three weeks into the season. Rachaad White may not have much production on the season, but he becomes a three-down starter in the event of injury. He also should see an uptick in snaps in passing situations with Bernard’s absence.
– Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers (16.1% rostered on ESPN)
– Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (8.6% rostered on ESPN)
– Greg Dortch, Arizona Cardinals (7.3% rostered on ESPN)
– Mack Hollins, Las Vegas Raiders (0.9% rostered on ESPN)
Romeo Doubs took advantage of his opportunity to be Aaron Rodgers top target with several starting wide receivers out of the lineup. He scored his first career touchdown and caught a team-leading eight targets. Doubs is the only new receiver that has gained the confidence of Aaron Rodgers and should see more looks as the season progresses.
Zay Jones is quietly becoming Trevor Lawrence’s safety blanket and a fixture on this list. He had 85 yards off of 10 catches, but his first touchdown of the season is what pushed his week three production into the fantasy limelight. He is a number two receiver in an ascending passing offense which is certainly worth an add.
Every week, Greg Dortch narrowly misses this list because it seems like Rondale Moore is coming back to take his spot, but it’s yet to happen. Even if Moore is healthy for week four, the Cardinals may continue to give Dortch a heavy workload. He has been a target hog as Kyler Murray’s second favorite option behind Marquise Brown. Dortch has been a popular daily fantasy sleeper the past two weeks that has paid off, and it’s time to consider him in season-long formats.
Mack Hollins had a massive week when he filled in for Hunter Renfrow. If all the Raiders pass catchers are healthy, Hollins is no more than the fourth option. Is his breakout game at age 29 an anomaly? Probably, but Derek Carr loved throwing it in his direction. Adding Hollins is worth the gamble. If Davante Adams, Darren Waller, or Renfrow miss time, he becomes a dangerous fantasy weapon. Hollins has the complete confidence of the Raiders offense and is a potential massive breakout available for little risk.
– David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (32.7% rostered on ESPN)
– Tyler Conklin, New York Jets (11.5% rostered on ESPN)
David Njoku and Jacoby Brissett finally got on the same page on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He saw a 32% target share and recorded nine catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. In an offense where no receiver has emerged as a stable option, Njoku has number one target potential for the Browns.
Tyler Conklin was on this list last week and is back after another top-five performance. He caught eight passes for 84 yards proving that his targets will come despite the competition. His blocking allows him to stay on the field for all snaps, and he has been very reliable as a pass catcher. Conklin can safely be considered a weekly starting option.
Who to Cut
– Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears
– Rex Burkhead, RB, Houston Texans
– Robbie Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers
– Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots