Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 4

Giving up on some under performers? Check out these guys as possible replacements

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Week 3 of the NFL season is in the books, and aside from the display of unity shown by NFL players, owners and coaches around the league, the wackiness of the actual results from the games is the week’s biggest story. We had a ton of upsets, a score that never happened before (41-39), a 61-yard walk off field goal, Odell Beckham pretending to be a dog and so much more. There were also several interesting developments in regards to fantasy football. So if you’re looking for injury help, or are ready to give up on an under performer, check out these fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 4. As always, the owning percentages are taken from Yahoo!.

QB — Jared Goff (12% Owned)
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The Los Angeles Rams are certainly limiting Goff’s attempts, but it’s also clear that new head coach Sean McVay has done wonders to his development. He’s making better decisions and getting the ball out quicker. Their improved offensive line has also been a factor in his progression. Todd Gurley has seen a resurgence, which is opening up the deep play action passing game. The Rams gashed a San Francisco 49ers defense that had previously played well. Goff looks to be the real deal and is worth stashing for a bye week start or if your QB1 gets injured.

QB — DeShaun Watson (56% Owned)
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I have to be honest, the owning percentage shocked me when I saw it. His performance against Alabama clearly had fantasy owners ready. He broke out in a big way in the NFL this past week against the New England Patriots. While it ultimately ended in a last-second loss (because Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T.), it has to have Houston Texans fans excited for the future. He finished Sunday’s contest with 301 yards and two touchdowns, and has compiled 108 yards on the ground in his two starts.

WR — Sterling Shepard (35% Owned)
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The Brandon Marshall experiment hasn’t worked for the New York Giants so far, and Shepard has been getting more looks early on. He had a massive game against the Philadelphia Eagles, hauling in seven catches on 10 targets for 133 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on a huge 77-yard play that gave the Giants a temporary lead. Perhaps it’s telling that you can see Marshall celebrating on the sideline in the above picture while Shepard is running to pay dirt. He’s a spot start at best right now, but worth stashing as he seems to be Eli Manning‘s second option.

TE — Charles Clay (21% Owned)
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If you aren’t owning Clay by now, you either have a stud at tight end already, or you’re not doing fantasy football right. Clay now has a touchdown in two of the first three games and seems to be the most reliable target for Tyrod Taylor. He’s averaging six targets per game and is ripe for a huge yardage game sooner rather than later.

WR - Devin Funchess (20% Owned)
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This has more to do with Kelvin Benjamin leaving their Week 3 game with an injury than a lot of faith in Funchess’ talent. But with Greg Olsen already out, Cam Newton has throw to someone. Benjamin avoided serious injury but is still a question mark for Week 4 against the Patriots. Funchess had a career high in targets against the New Orleans Saints, but only managed four catches for 58 yards. It was a vastly disappointing effort against a previously torched Saints defense, but I wouldn’t write him off against a Patriots defense that has been gashed themselves. He’s worth a stash with Olsen expected to be out until at least Week 11.

TE — Evan Engram (38% Owned)
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The Giants have been inept in the running game and have only held a lead for about three minutes this season, so it stands to reason they expect to be throwing the ball a ton. Manning had 47 attempts in a close game in Week 3. Engram has consistently been Eli’s No. 3 guy, getting five, seven and seven targets for 44, 49 and 45 yards in the first three games. He’s the model of consistency so far and worth stashing as a backup.

WR - Robert Woods (7% Owned)
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Woods broke out for six catches on seven targets and 108 yards against the 49ers. His teammate Sammy Watkins had an equally impressive performance, but landed on the concussion protocol this week after taking a hard hit on his second touchdown. Woods has led the Rams in snaps, so expect him to see a ton of work with Watkins potentially sidelined.

TE — Ryan Griffin (1% Owned)
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While the Patriots have been getting beat bad by tight ends all season, Griffin’s emergence as the only healthy tight end on the Texans’ roster almost makes him a must add if you’re looking for help at the position. He finished with seven targets, five catches, 61 yards and a touchdown in Week 3. Watson’s development and improvement each week should also elevate Griffin’s value.

WR — Mohamed Sanu (32% Owned)
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It’s hard to believe the No. 2 wide receiver in an offense as powerful as the Atlanta Falcons isn’t more productive, but such has been the case with Sanu. He is good for a solid amount of points every week but his big performances are nowhere to be found. He hasn’t cracked the 100+ yard mark as a member of the Falcons, but in deeper leagues he’s certainly worth a look. He has six, six and nine targets and double digit points (in PPR formats) through the first three games.

RB — Wendell Smallwood (6% Owned)
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The Eagles got bad news today when it was revealed RB Darren Sproles broke his wrist and tore his ACL on the same play. He is now out for the season. It opened the door for Smallwood, who saw the bulk of the carries in the second half after Sproles went out. It is still a RB by committee with LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement, but I expect Smallwood to see the biggest increase in touches as a result of Sproles’ absence.