2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups
As we learn more about players and teams this season, we start to cut through the noise. With that in mind, I'm going to cut through the noise in the Week 4 Waiver Wire piece. Now, you get quicker-hitting blurbs, so you're less likely to mumble TL;DR for each breakdown. So, here we go!
Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups: QBs – Quarterback Streamers
Carson Palmer, ARI (52%) – Week 1 wasn't pretty, but Palmer topped 300 yards in Week 2 and had a very nice game against the Cowboys. In Week 4, the Cardinals host the 49ers. He should keep rolling.
Jay Cutler, MIA (38%) – Just because Cam Newton could take advantage of the Saints matchup doesn't mean Cutler won't. And we all know that Cutler will just keep winging it no matter how insanely aggressive he looks doing so.
Tyrod Taylor, BUF (41%) – Taylor is never going to be a great passing quarterback, but he has improved in this offense since early in the preseason. With a road game against the Falcons on tap, Taylor will have to do even more than usual.
Andy Dalton, CIN (45%) – The Bengals look to get their first win in Cleveland this week, and the matchup is good enough to make that happen. Plus, Bill Lazor had already made his mark with the offense already looking better after just one week.
Trevor Siemian, DEN (52%) – That was a huge step back for Siemian, especially in the decision-making facet of his game. Fortunately, the Broncos host the Raiders, and we saw that they were the cure for what ailed the Redskins offense.
Blake Bortles, JAX (12%) – Box of Chocolates Bortles (you never know what you're gonna get) torched the Ravens last week, and now he gets the Jets. But again, will it be the good or bad Bortles, and do you feel safe taking that risk?
DON'T: DeShone Kizer, CLE – Kizer was intriguing last week, and I'm sure it was fun using him, but let's be real for a moment. Kizer has three passing touchdowns and seven interceptions. You can't expect a rushing touchdown each week or expect a great performance against the divisional Bengals.
Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups: RBs
Wendell Smallwood, PHI (6%) – With the news that Darren Sproles is done for the year, Smallwood becomes the top pickup off the Week 4 waiver wire. Smallwood dominated the snap count for the Eagles (43) and can fill Sproles' role while adding a bit more early-down work. LeGarrette Blount has been uninspiring and literally did nothing in Week 2. Corey Clement is worth a speculative add in case Smallwood falters.
Smallwood FAB: 20-25%, Clement 5%
Chris Thompson (76%) and Samaje Perine, WSH (38%) – Just in case Thompson is still sitting out there, it's time to stop ignoring him in all formats, even when it comes to your starting lineup. He's Theo Riddick-like with potentially more upside given the situation with Rob Kelley and Perine. As for Perine, apparently his hand is just bruised, but even if it doesn't cause him to miss time, Perine struggled before exiting with just 2.6 yards per carry. As long as Kelley is out, Perine will have RB3 value, but that's about it.
FAB: Thompson 20-25%, Perine 10-15%
D'Onta Foreman, HOU (17%) – What are you all waiting for? It's clear that Foreman is a threat to Lamar Miller's value, especially in the tough-yards department. If Miller were ever to miss time, Foreman would have locked-in RB2 value. Foreman will be a "last chance" mention next week if you all stop listening to me.
Alvin Kamara, NO (40%) – Kamara is just a PPR option, but as with Foreman, it's time to stop waiting to add him. The Saints have finally found their new Sproles, and Kamara is the one consistent running back they have… at least until they release Adrian Peterson or he leaves.
Chris Johnson, ARI (47%) – It hasn't been exciting, or even that great at times, but Johnson is the lead running back in Arizona, and that's still worth being a top-end bench back that can step in for the byes.
Jamaal Charles, DEN (33%) – Charles saw the same snap count percentage as he did the first two weeks, he simply had more touches in Week 3. It's clear that Charles still has something left in the tank, but he's just a bye week option at this point, as it's still C.J. Anderson's backfield.
Jamaal Williams, GB (11%) – Ty Montgomery has barely left the field this year, and some of those situations have been when he's asked for it. The Packers are going to kill Montgomery if they don't ease up, and if so, Williams is next in line and has the body and skills to be a workhorse running back.
Matt Breida (3%) – Consider the Thursday night game the warning shot to the 97 percent of Carlos Hyde owners who have their heads in the sand. Hyde has seven injuries in three years and left the game Thursday night with a hip injury. While Hyde returned and had a good game, you need to back up Hyde with Breida, who continues to flash a nice burst.
FOR THE FUTURE: Darren McFadden, DAL (19%) – This Ezekiel Elliott situation hasn’t gone away, and if the suspension is reinstated, look for McFadden to step up, not Alfred Morris. The Cowboys treated McFadden as such in the preseason, and while Morris looks like the backup now, reports are that he would simply remain in the role he's in now. Both need to be owned either way.
FOR THE FUTURE: Devontae Booker, DEN (2%) – If Anderson ever misses time… as he's only done many times before… Booker would be the one to step into his role, not Charles. While Charles is an interesting add for bye weeks and deeper leagues, Booker is the handcuff in Denver. Austin Ekeler (0%) for the Chargers is another backup option in the AFC West to stash with Melvin Gordon banged up. He's explosive and brings more upside than Branden Oliver.
FAB: Booker 3%, Ekeler 1%
DON'T: Corey Grant, JAX (0%) – We've seen this before, as Grant had a big game to end last year, but his usage before that and up until now is the only part you need. Grant is behind Chris Ivory and possibly even a healthy T.J. Yeldon, and he only saw this opportunity because the game was out of hand.
Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups: WRs
LAST CHANCE: Marqise Lee (47%) and Allen Hurns, JAX (38%) – This is the last time I'm telling you to pick up Lee and Hurns. Honestly, there is no reason that both of these receivers are under 60 percent owned. If you need more explanation why besides the obvious, just check the last two waiver wire columns.
Danny Amendola, NE (53%) – Amendola would be up there with the Jaguars boys, but it appears his ownership percentage will take care of itself. Again, he's 90 percent Julian Edelman, and that has value in any format… for as long as Amendola can stay healthy, since you breathe on him and he gets hurt these days.
Devin Funchess, CAR (20%) – Funchess was already a must-own with the loss of Greg Olsen. Now, with Kelvin Benjamin banged up worse than he was banged up before, Funchess could find himself as the top receiver for Cam Newton. Although, with how Newton is playing, that might not mean much.
Jermaine Kearse, NYJ (47%) – Robby Anderson had the big game in Week 3, but Kearse was still productive. It's the Jets and Kearse after all; no one was expecting extreme value and consistency. Even so, Kearse needs to pass the 60 percent threshold as well.
Kenny Britt, CLE (44%) – Rashard Higgins needs to be held on to even with the disappointing performance, but kudos to Britt for actually showing up in Week 3. Maybe the "coach's meeting" got to Britt, and that's why he showed more (any) effort against the Steelers. Whatever the reason, we can't write off Britt just yet.
Paul Richardson (11%) and Tyler Lockett, SEA (41%) – This is only if Doug Baldwin misses time. As it stands, the Seahawks are way to inconsistent with their receiver use after Baldwin, making it tough to predict which of the two will be the one of value each week.
Corey Davis, TEN (42%) – Davis is still the most talented receiver on the Titans, but he needs to stay healthy. Hamstrings can be tricky, but if Davis can get back on the field, he has WR2 upside.
Mohamed Sanu, ATL (32%) – Sanu found the end zone against the Lions, which had him post a Top 35 score. While the four catches and 28 yards leave plenty to be desired, Sanu can be a nice fill-in for the upcoming byes (already starting next week… sigh).
Sterling Shepard, NYG (35%) – Shepard is very similar to Randall Cobb in Green Bay. While Eli Manning isn't similar to Aaron Rodgers, both No. 3 receivers will have weeks where they manage WR1 numbers and several weeks of startable value.
DON'T: Geronimo Allison, GB (9%) – Unless Cobb was going to miss more time, Allison simply doesn't have value. Cobb is set to return in Week 4.
FOR THE FUTURE: Josh Doctson, WSH (6%) – I mentioned Will Fuller (3%) last week, and he could return in Week 4. He's still worth a stash even with Bruce Ellington playing well last week. As for Doctson, his snap count has risen each week, and the talent is undeniable. He simply needs to stay on the field, and the longer Terrelle Pryor takes to click with Kirk Cousins and the offense, the more the door opens for Doctson.
Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups: TEs
LAST CHANCE: Ben Watson, BAL (32%) – The Ravens tight end produces every year because that's how the offense and Joe Flacco function. Watson is the current tight end in Baltimore, which makes him a must-own.
Charles Clay, BUF (21%) – Clay is currently the fifth best tight end in Fantasy Football and continues to produce… while healthy. Well, Clay is healthy for now, and the Bills need options in the passing game with only Jordan Matthews and rookie Zay Jones being much of a threat. In fact, Jones did nothing in Week 3 and LeSean McCoy was the Bills second leading receiver.
Jared Cook, OAK (40%) – I struggled to even type the name. It pains me to say Cook is a worthy addition, but the tight end position is getting desperate, and even in that scenario, I'm still reluctant to trust the man that shows up 3-4 times a year. Let this be a lesson for you to change your home league TE position to a WR/TE flex. Then conversations such as, Eric Ebron versus Devin Funchess or Cook versus Cooper Kupp become more interesting and add more strategy.
Vernon Davis, WSH (8%) – This is completely contingent on Jordan Reed being out, but as long as Reed misses time, Davis is going to be a fringe TE1. He's provided that value and proven himself as such in the past when Reed has been out, and we saw it once again in Week 3.
Week 4 Buy Low and Sell High
Derek Carr – he's better than this, although the Broncos are on tap
Philip Rivers – he's better too and faces Philly this week and Raiders in Week 6
Joe Mixon – time is running out, likely already did
Marshawn Lynch – the touchdowns are coming
Isaiah Crowell – owners are ready to drop
Julio Jones – people love to panic
Amari Cooper – he's Brandin Cooks, but better days coming
Martavis Bryant – can at least play him at home
Terrelle Pryor – can't write him off just yet (bench, yes)
Travis Kelce – he was never going to rack up touchdowns, but again, more panicking owners
Russell Wilson – offensive line and inconsistency
DeShone Kizer – see above, if you streamed him
Jordan Howard – injury could linger, and John Fox is John Fox
DeMarco Murray – same without the Fox factor
Todd Gurley – schedule gets ridiculous after Cowboys, but only for top RB1 value
Sammy Watkins – health? Jared Goff???
Coby Fleener – if you can; it's about to get worse with Willie Snead back
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Michael Perez
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