Fantasy Football: Week 4 Waiver Wire

It’s wild that we will have a month of the NFL season in the books after this week. This makes the Week 4 waiver wire critical to find options that make the fantasy playoffs a potential reality. This week their are a variety of WRs available that can produce. 4 names stood out among the rest that were available in a majority of leageus. There are also 2 RBs and a TE that can help.

Who should you target heading into Week 4?

All Rostership data comes from ESPN. Each site may vary slightly.

Chubba Hubbard | RB | Rostered in 11% of Leagues

While the end of his run of Oklahoma State left a lot to be desired, Chubba Hubbard is the add from the Week 4 waiver wire. Christian McCaffery left Thursday Night’s game against the Texans with a hamstring injury. This will keep him out multiple weeks at a minimum. 

A season ago we saw how effective a mediocre Mike Davis can be in this offense. Especially when seeing work on all three downs.

Against Houston, Hiubbard gained 52 yards on his 11 carries for an impressive 4.7 YPC. He also saw 5 targets in the passing game, catching 3 for 27 yards. The fact that he saw work in the passing game in addition to his rushing attempts is a great sign of things to come.

Royce Freeman is also a part of this backfield but we have seen this show before. Freeman will probably get a bit of work and is worth an add if you miss out Hubbard but don’t expect a ton.

I wouldn’t blow all of my FAAB on Hubbard but 50%-70% is absolutely reasonable assuming you need someone in the short term help.

Michael Carter | RB | Rostered in 54% of Leagues

This add is more of a long term option with the gross landscape that is RB at this point of the season. The Jets are a mess and really need Mekhi Becton back on the field to salvage their offensive line.

But, if you can be patient and add Michael Carter as a low priority add this week, it may be something that pays off huge dividends down the stretch. He is already seeing the majority of the volume in this backfield. He is also proving he can be viable on all 3 downs. Add him this week and let him sit.

Jakobi Meyers | WR | Rostered in 59% of Leagues

Jakobi Meyers was a player that I was excited about heading into the season. Despite seeing some decent volume (15 targets) through 2 weeks, people dropped Meyers in favor of other waiver wire fodder in recent weeks.

In Week 3 he caught 9 passes for 94 yards on 14 targets. This week New England faces a Tampa Bay defense that is atrocious against opposing passing offenses. I expect Meyers to continue rolling this week. Add him this week if you need WR help. His value remains high despite his “slow” start.

Emmanuel Sanders | WR | Rostered in 23% of Leagues

Emmanuel Sanders’ Week 3 performance was impressive catching 5 of his 6 targets for 94 yards and 2 TDs. This pickup however has more to do with consistent work in a passing offense we want pieces from. Sanders has seen 20 targets through 3 games thus far, earning 6 or more targets in every game.

Stefon Diggs is the Alpha in the offense, Cole Beasley is the volume option in the slot and Sanders can remain a viable part of this offense. Especially in an offense that doesn’t really use their RBs with any sort of consistency.

Tim Patrick | WR | Rostered in 14% of Leagues

The Denver Broncos continue to hemorrhage WRs, losing KJ Hamler in Week 3 to a torn ACL. Now the target pie is going to be split among much fewer options. Through 3 weeks, Patrick has seen 4 or more targets and has scored 2 TDs. That volume and production came with more mouths to feed.

Going forward, Denver will have to face opponents not named the New York Jets including the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders. Pass attempts will be there and Patrick should be one of the biggest benefactors of the volume.

While I think I prefer Jakobi Meyers and Emmanuel Sanders going forward, I would not fault anyone who prioritized Patrick this week!

James Washington | WR | Rostered in 1% of Leagues

The Steelers passing game is in shambles through 3 weeks of the season. A week ago Pittsburgh lost Diontae Johnson at the end of a meaningless game. This week Juju Smith-Schuster is dealing with a rib injury and is expected to miss multiple weeks.

This immediately vaults James Washington into the conversation of someone who should be added this week. As many questions as we have about Ben Roethlisberger and the offensive line, there are targets to be had. Najee Harris had 19 targets while Chase Claypool saw 15 against the Bengals.

Evan Engram | TE | Rostered in 32% of Leagues

If you are scrambling at TE, take a good hard look at Evan Engram this week. He is a player that has shown the ability to be incredibly fantasy relevant in the not so distant past. While his first game back left a lot to be desired, buy in early before the price skyrockets.

The Giants lost both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton due to hamstring injuries against Atlanta. This void in targets opens a door for Engram to step into a good amount of volume. He saw 6 targets in his return to the field. That number could approach double-digits over the short term and be a TD threat down the stretch.

Good luck on the Week 4 waiver wire. Make sure to come back to Fake Pigskin each week for the players you should target on each weeks waiver wire.

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