Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets

Looking for help with the Week 4 Waiver Wire? These 6 names are widely available and can help you! They are not only short term options but pieces that can be part of a championship roster. The players are organized by the order I would pick them up in.

So, who should you pick up?

Running Backs 

1. Jeff Wilson – Rostered in 22% of Yahoo Leagues

Jeff Wilson Jr continues to prove his worth in fantasy football. On Sunday, he saw 12 carries for 15 yards and caught 3 passes for 54 yards. More importantly he scored 2 TDs. The two touchdown efforts are not new for Wilson who scored 2 TDs in two games a season ago.

As long as Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman continue to miss time Wilson will have a role in this offense. Coleman will be out at least 3 more weeks after being placed on IR last week. We will see how soon Mostert may return but with the effectiveness of McKinnon/Wilson there doesn’t appear to be a need to rush him back. Even if Mostert returns, his versatility should leave room for Wilson to have a role. 

The 49ers schedule with three straight home games, sets up nicely for the running game to remain a large part of the offense. Add Wilson this for the short term.

2. Myles Gaskin – Rostered in 47% of Yahoo Leagues

On Thursday in a positive game script contest for the Dolphins, it was Gaskin who saw the majority of the work. He carried the ball 22 times while Matt Breida and Jordan Howard combined for 6 carries.

This was a positive for a running back that was thought to need a neutral or negative game script to find value.

All of that is not to say that he won’t be a valuable contributor in PPR formats. In fact, that kind of volume makes me feel better about his season-long value. Through 3 games, Gaskin has seen 16 targets in the passing game.

If you are looking for a running back that has the potential to fantasy relevant for the long haul, Gaskin is likely your answer. His value is only increased if you play in any PPR format league.

3. Carlos Hyde – Rostered in 18% of Yahoo Leagues

It seems like Carlos Hyde, for at least a week or so will be fantasy relevant. Now this add will come with a few caveats, but with injuries all over the league you may be scrambling to fill your starting roster. 

In Sunday’s win against Dallas Chris Carson was injured in a very questionable play by a Cowboy’s defensive lineman. While there was some concern the injury may be more serious, Carson was diagnosed with a first-degree knee sprain.

There is an outside chance Carson suits up this week but with the addition of Hyde this off-season and Carson’s injury history it would seem like Seattle would be cautious rather than rush him back.

Beyond Carson potentially being active for this game, my potential optimism around Hyde is diminished with the dramatic shift in the Seattle offense.

I’m not sure exactly what happened but HC Pete Carrol and the Seahawks coaching staff finally realized Russell Wilson is an incredible passer. They are putting the ball in his hands much more often which leads to less rushing.

Seattle welcomes the Dolphins this week, which should allow for Pete to pound the rock more than the previous 3 weeks. Add Hyde for immediate help and not much more.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) breaks a tackle from Cleveland Browns cornerback Tavierre Thomas (20) during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Wide Receiver

1. Justin Jefferson – Rostered in 31% of Yahoo Leagues

If you joined the Angle of Pursuit Live Stream Sunday morning you would have Justin Jefferson rostered already. If you did not, hopefully you can still acquire him even if it means you spend some of your FAAB. 

In Week 3, the rookie broke out in a big way catching 7 of his team high 9 targets, producing 175 yards and a touchdown on that volume. While fantasy owners shouldn’t expect performances on a weekly basis, there was clearly a plan with the rookie WR.

The broadcast mentioned the plan was to bring Jefferson along slowly to not overwhelm him. Gary Kubiak clearly saw enough through two weeks to see the WR was ready for more. 

The Minnesota offense is still going to be run heavy but there was a plan when Stefon Diggs was moved in the off-season. Jefferson, like Diggs is a versatile option that can line up in a variety of spots.

With a lack of receiving options outside of Adam Thielen, Jefferson should have a great chance at becoming a player that can help both you and the Vikings. Add him if you need help at WR. Much like Diggs be ready for peaks and valleys with him./

2. Tee Higgins – Rostered in 5% of Yahoo Leagues

It looks as if we are on the cusp of a full Tee Higgins breakout and we are only through 3 weeks. The Cincinnati Bengals have been dropping clues of his ascension thus far including making Auden Tate and John Ross a healthy scratch in back to back weeks.

On Sunday Higgins caught 5 of his 9 targets for 40 yards and 2 TDs. Those 9 targets were good for second on the team behind only Tyler Boyd (13). Not only is Higgins being targeted often but he is being targeted down the field. Ahead of Monday Night Football, Higgins was 5th in Air Yards behind names like Calvin Ridley and DK Metcalf. For more information on why this important check out 4for4’s breakdown.

The Bengals offense has had issues establishing a ground game through three weeks but have shown an ability to move the ball in the air. Joe Burrow has looked the part of a future star. He has thrown for 300 yards in back to back contests with 5 total passing touchdowns. Grab Higgins now and enjoy the production.

3. Brandon Aiyuk – Rostered in 28% of Yahoo leagues

Despite starting the season banged up, it looks like Brandon Aiyuk is starting to flash the skill set that made him so intriguing to the 49ers in the 2020 NFL Draft. For a team that badly needs production from its WR core, Aiyuk delivered 70 yards on Sunday catching 5 of his 8 targets.

While I am not concerned whether it is Nick Mullens or Jimmy Garoppolo under center, the return of Deebo Samuel does help to rank him below the other two options on this list. Both players are versatile options who can replicate each other well. In an offense that can run the ball incredibly efficiently and has a TE that is as involved as George Kittle, it’s hard to be confident in it supporting two fantasy relevant wide receivers also.

If you need short term WR help Aiyuk is worth an add. I would also suggest adding him to your roster if you can afford to be patient. He may be a quick cut once this offense is fully healthy. However with the injury report they are producing each week, who knows when that may be.

For more waiver wire help this week and going forward. Make sure to check the Angle of Pursuit on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts are found!

Good luck this week!

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