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2016 NFL Waiver Wire Wednesday – Week 4



It’s Waiver Wire Wednesday! It’s that special time of the week that can make (or break) your seasons. Nothing is more satisfying than landing that up-and-comer, that injury replacement, or that breakout stud from the previous week. Conversely, nothing is more infuriating than the team immediately ahead of you on the waiver wire list snagging that player you had your eyes on. Here at, we’ll give you the tools you need to own the waiver wire and your daily/season-long leagues.


Ryan Tannehill – Tannehill is currently a fringe QB1 as he is ranked just inside the top-10 quarterbacks as we approach week 4. The Dolphins traveled across the country for a brutal matchup against the Seahawks. Tannehill was held in check and the Seahawks only allowed 186 yards passing with no touchdowns. Since that game, however, Tannehill has thrown for over 319 yards and at least 2 touchdowns. However, he threw 4 picks over that span as well.   There’s no doubt about it, the Dolphins are bad. They’ll be playing from behind a lot and Tannehill will be expected to sling it around. He’s owned in less 40% of leagues and definitely worth the add in season-long formats.

Carson Wentz – I’ve been saying it since week 1, Wentz is the real deal. I won’t go as far as some and compare him to Peyton Manning 10 years into his career, but Wentz has looked very solid in his first 3 weeks as a professional. He’s not lighting up the stats, but he’s not turning the ball over. He appears fully confident and in control of the offense and has decent weapons to throw to in Jordan Matthews, Trey Burton, Darren Sproles and, as soon as he is healthy, Zach Ertz. He’s produced QB1-2 numbers and is available in nearly 75% of leagues.

Trevor Siemian – Siemian has looked solid through the first three weeks of the season, but his numbers are slightly misleading. He exploded Sunday, throwing for 312 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions on his way to beating the Bengals. Through the first 2 weeks, he had turned the ball over 3 times and thrown just 1 td so tread cautiously. However, he does have elite wide receiver options to target and could be worth an add in deeper leagues.

Running Back

Jordan Howard – Howard is our waiver wire target of the week. Jeremy Langford had become a TD-dependent running back and Jordan Howard was already starting to eat into his touches. Langford is now down for 6 weeks and has, most likely, surrendered his spot to Howard for the rest of the season. The Bears only other healthy running back, Ka’Deem Carey, is down with a hammy opening up the door for a massive workload for Howard. The Bears have signed Joique Bell but, let’s be honest, Bell just worked out for the Lions and they chose to go with other options. Bell will not dip into Howard’s touches.

Orleans Darkwa – Darkwa was splitting time with Shave Vereen as the Giants’ starting running back, Rashad Jennings, was out with a thumb issue. Well, Vereen’s 2016 is over with a triceps injury and Darkwa’s value has skyrocketed. He needs to be owned in all formats until Jennings returns. Even then, Darkwa remains a valuable handcuff option.

Christine Michael – If Michael is still available in your league, it’s time to submit a waiver claim on him. Thomas Rawls just doesn’t look right and ceded lead running back duties to Michael. Michael took the opportunity and ran with it, generating 2 touchdowns and 106 yards on 20 carries.

Wide Receiver

Terrelle Pryor – Pryor was a stud QB for Ohio State in college. He revamped his game and worked on becoming a wide receiver in an effort to prolong his career. Sunday, Pryor earned passing, rushing and receiving stats in addition to seeing snaps on defense. He finished with 144 receiving yards, 21 rushing yards and 35 passing yards. Those numbers haven’t been seen since Frank Gifford in 1959. If that isn’t enough to motivate you to snag Pryor, maybe the ridiculously awful quarterback situation in Cleveland can convince you. Pryor’s role Sunday will be his new norm until the QB gets resolved, which may not be until the offseason.

Jamison Crowder – I admit, I was wrong on Crowder. I just didn’t see a high volume of targets going to the 5’8” receiver sharing targets with Jordan Reed and Desean Jackson. However, over the first 3 weeks, he’s seem a large number of targets, caught at least 4 of them in each game and scored twice in the last 2 games. Cousins looks his way in the red zone and has received more goal-line targets than any other receiver in football.

Adam Humphries – Through the first 3 weeks of the season, Adam Humphries has seen WR1 targets. The Bucs appear primed to air it out weekly and Humphries is outplaying and outsnapping Vincent Jackson. The Bucs have a tough matchup against the Broncos, but Humphries is definitely worth the add.

Tight End

Hunter Henry – It looks like future hall of famer, Antonio Gates, is sitting again this weekend. Henry looked ok in his first action since a limited showing in week 1. He did, however, have a costly fumble near the end of the game that gave the Colts an opportunity to win. Regardless, from a fantasy perspective, he caught 5 passes for 76 yards, second on the team, in a solid showing. He is available in nearly 80% of leagues. Take advantage of a plus matchup at home against the Saints.

Cameron Brate – Brate hasn’t seen huge usage in 2016 but, a week after Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released, he caught 2 touchdowns against the Rams. Exercise caution, but the Bucs are throwing the ball all over the field and Brate is a solid fill-in in deeper leagues or bye weeks.

Streaming D’s

Colts @ Jaguars

Redskins vs Browns

Bills @ Patriots

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