Week #4: Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Nick Foles, Chicago Bears
Head Coach Matt Nagy already named Foles the starting Quarterback for week #4. The former Super Bowl MVP replaced a struggling Mitch Trubisky in the first half, rallying Chicago from a 19 point halftime deficit to a thrilling come from behind win over the Falcons. Foles attempted 29 passes for 188 yards for three touchdowns against one pick. It’s worth noting that there were another two TDs that were overturned and dropped. I can’t see Nagy going back to Trubisky especially after saying that he doesn’t want to go “back and forth.” If you’re desperate for a QB or are in a 2 QB or super flex league, you should pick up Foles. He’s rostered in just 0.9% of leagues.
Honorable mentions: Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA, Justin Herbert LAC, Kirk Cousins MIN.
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
The often forgotten man in the NE backfield was in the spotlight on Sunday vs the Raiders with a monster three touchdown performance. Burkhead was the leading receiver in all categories for Cam, 10 targets, 7 receptions (one for a TD) and 49 yards. Add in 49 more yards on the ground and two more scores and TD-Rex is quite the waiver wire add coming off of a 34.8 point outing. Yeah, James White will be back but Burkhead isn’t going away. He’s rostered in 17.9% of ESPN leagues.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago Bears
Listed as a RB/WR on some fantasy platforms, Patterson shouldn’t be trusted yet but coming off of a week 2 outing where he received 9 touches including 2 receptions. The speedy former 1st round pick could be in for an increased workload after veteran receiving running back Tarik Cohen went down with a torn ACL on Sunday. Patterson could be a sneaky stash in deeper leagues as he’s already been serving as the change of pace back since Chicago doesn’t have much at all behind starter David Montgomery. He’s only rostered 1.2% of ESPN leagues and could be a nice sleeper add with things up in the air on this Foles led Chicago offense.
Jeff Wilson JR. San Francisco 49ers
Wilson had a large role on Sunday due to Mostert and Coleman missing time with knee injuries. Wilson was handed the ball 12 times and only managed 15 yards but he did find the end zone. He was much more productive in the passing game, catching all three of his targets for 54 yards and another touchdown. His workload will most likely decrease once his backfield mates get healthy but Jerick McKinnon did get banged up on Sunday so Wilson could be valuable this upcoming week. He’s rostered in 14.5% of leagues.
Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks
Hyde hasn’t been involved much in Seattle’s offensive game plans but that will change now that starting RB Chris Carson suffered a first-degree knee sprain and a one to two week timetable for his return. Hyde should get the bulk of the work with sophomore 6th round pick Travis Homer competing for work. Hyde has been fairly inefficient so far with 3.6 yards per carry but has hauled in all three of his targets for 26 yards. He could be a great play while Carson is sidelined especially if he continues to get the goal line carries as he already has a rushing touchdown which is one more than Carson has. The former 49er is rostered in just 9.8% of leagues.
Honorable mentions: Sony Michel NE, Brian Hill ATL, Frank Gore NYJ, Chris Thompson JAC, J.D. McKissic WAS.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
The 1st round rookie broke out in a big way on Sunday with a ridiculous 30.5 fantasy points. The LSU product caught 7 of 9 targets for 175 yards and a touchdown. Showing his big play ability should earn him a consistent workload moving forward. It is notable that he led Minnesota in targets, receiving four more than Adam Thielen. If Jefferson is available in your league you should try to scoop him up. If Sunday is a sign of things to come he could be a league winner. Jefferson is rostered in 33.8% of ESPN leagues.
Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts
Pascal looks to be locked into the WR2 role behind T.Y. Hilton as the Indy receivers continue to drop like flies. Michael Pittman JR. is out after he had surgery on his leg and Campbell is set to have surgery on his knee. They’ll obviously be out for the foreseeable future so Pascal should get a healthy workload. Go scoop him up! He’s only rostered in 0.9% of leagues.
Greg Ward, Philadelphia Eagles
Ward caught 8 of a team high 11 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s tie with Cincinnati. Veteran wideout DeSean Jackson exited the contest in the first half with a calf injury which forced Ward to step into the WR1 role. Ward ended last season strong and once again has a chance to make a big impact due to the oft injured Eagles weapons. Ward is worth a stash and could even be played in deeper leagues while there’s so many injuries at this position. He’s rostered in just 0.3% of ESPN leagues.
Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers
This first round rookie had quite a second career game on Sunday vs the Giants as he led the team in receptions, targets and receiving yards for a stat line of 5 of 8 for 70 yards, add in his three carries for 31 yards and a touchdown and you got a very solid 16 point outing. His role will continue to grow as one of the Niners top targets so scooping him up makes perfect sense especially with how many injuries this offense has sustained already. Aiyuk is rostered in 16.8% of ESPN leagues.
Dontrelle Inman, Washington Football Team
Inman had a decent game with 3 catches on 6 targets for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Inman looks like he won the WR2 job from Steven Sims with his 18.8 point performance vs Cleveland. Inman did injure his wrist late in the fourth quarter so that needs to be monitored. He is rostered in just 0.1% of ESPN leagues.
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
The 33rd overall pick from the 2020 draft has been progressing nicely so far. His head Coach praised him after Sunday’s game in which Higgins caught five of nine targets for 40 yards and two scores. With Jon Ross being a healthy scratch, Higgins seems to be locked into that WR3 role even though one could argue that he’ll end up being more productive than AJ Green. Higgins is continuing to develop and this week showed his elite RedZone capabilities and his “boom” potential with 21 fantasy points. The talented rookie is owned in just 6.9% of leagues. Go scoop him up!
Randall Cobb, Houston Texans
Cobb showed he can still be a factor for fantasy owners as he caught all four of his targets for 95 yards and an impressive 28 run after the catch touchdown. The veteran receiver put up 19.5 fantasy points on Sunday against Pittsburgh and could continue to be utilized as one of Watson’s top weapons. Cobb is rostered in 15.5% of leagues.
Honorable mentions: Tim Patrick DEN, Andy Isabella ARI, Hunter Renfrow LV, Kendrick Bourne SF, Cole Beasley BUF.
Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears
The former All Pro Tight End has been a fantastic streaming option so far. He was second on the team in targets with 10 on Sunday including two end zone incompletions. Foles threw 7 of those targets which is encouraging if he will continue to start. Graham ended the day with six catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns for a whopping 24 PPR points. If you’re in need of a tight end Graham is an excellent option. He’s rostered in 13.6% of leagues.
Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ebron had his best performance of his young Steelers career with four catches for 38 yards and an impressive touchdown. The former 10th overall pick reportedly had great chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger in training camp and there’s no reason Ebron won’t be able to build upon that as well as his recent outing which he was second on the team in targets including multiple in the RedZone. If Ebron can consistently get a healthy workload he can be a borderline TE1 for fantasy owners. If you’re in need of a TE or just more options take a chance on the former Lion if he’s available, he’s rostered in 24.4% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Greg Olsen SEA, Robert Tonyan GB, Mo Alie-Cox IND.
Here’s a list of players that I either included the previous week or are obvious adds that have a decent chance of being available but are most likely rostered in your leagues. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Joe Burrow CIN 52.9%
QB Jared Goff LAR 37.5%
WR Corey Davis TEN 47.2%
WR Allen Lazard GB 36.3%
WR Anthony Miller CHI 29.5%
RB Darrell Henderson JR. 67.2%
RB Myles Gaskin MIA 45.9%
RB Adrian Peterson DET 36.8%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.