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NFL Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Wednesday: Week 4



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Jared Goff – Would you believe me if I told you Jared Goff is a top-10 quarterback?  Well, he is.  And the Rams look like an offense that can generate some production with a solid offensive line and rushing attack.  Goff has sown the ability to move the ball down the field and has a plus matchup against a beatable Cowboys secondary.

Deshaun Watson – Watson had his first 300-yard game in only his 2nd start as a pro against a Patriots defense that, traditionally, is difficult to beat.  He’s also rushed for over 100 yards combined in the last two weeks and can beat opposing defenses on the ground as well as through the air.  He’s owned in less than 40% of leagues and is worth a roster spot.

DeShone Kizer – If your league doesn’t penalize heavily for turnovers, Kizer is worth an add.  He turns the ball over too much, but that’s all part of the maturation process of a rookie QB, especially on a team as bad as the Browns.  Like Watson, he can generate offense on the ground and through the air as he has run for two scores and thrown for three.


Running Back

Chris Johnson – This is merely a dart throw based on usage as, somehow, CJ has managed to maintain the lead-dog role in the Cardinals offense.  He’s looked awful and appears to have lost the elite speed that made him a household name in Tennessee.  Regardless, he’s seeing 15 touches per game and has some fantasy relevance until DJ returns.

Wendell Smallwood – With Sproles done for the year, Smallwood is the next man up.  He’s looked solid in his limited role, but gained 71 yards on 12 carries and caught his lone target for 9 yards after Sproles went down.  Eagles coach Doug Peterson has already named him the starter and will be highly owned after this waiver period.  Lock him in now.

D’Onta Foreman – We identified Foreman last week as someone to target.  If you didn’t listen then, you better now.  If this guy is available in your leagues, lock him in for RB1 production moving forward.  He turned his 10 touches into 85 yards last week in his first serious action of the season.  This week could be difficult against a tough Titans defense, but the Texans play the Browns and Colts in the next 6 weeks.  Take advantage.


Wide Receiver

Mohamed Sanu – Sanu has still seen the most targets in the Falcons passing attack, yet remains owned in less than 50% of leagues.  He hauled in his first TD of the season last week.  His role could expand if Julio is forced to miss any time.

Devin Funchess – With Olsen and Benjamin banged up, Funchess is prepping for an expanded role Sunday against the Patriots.  Cam is really struggling to move the ball downfield, but Funchess will be needed to balance the pass/run attack.  Until Olsen returns from IR, Funchess is worth an add.

Allen Hurns – The Jaguars offense came to life Sunday in London as Blake Bortles threw 4 touchdown passes for the first time in over a year.  Hurns appears to be the number receiving target – not counting TE Mercedes Lewis – and should continue to see a healthy stream of targets in Allen Robinsons absence.


Tight End

Evan Engram – We’ve been calling for Engram to be rostered all season, yet he still sits below 20% ownership.  He is heavily involved in a pass-happy offense that will likely be playing from behind all season.

Vernon Davis – As long as Jordan Reed is dealing with injuries, which is basically all the time, Davis is worth an add.  He was very productive Sunday night against the Raiders with a 5-58-1 line.  Lock him in until Reed returns.

Jared Cook – Cook and QB Derek Carr have obviously developed a nice rapport in Cook’s short time as a Raider.  On a night that Carr couldn’t get anything going, he still found Cook for a 4-43-1 line.  He has at least 4 catches in each game this season and will be looked to early and often against a Denver pass rush that forces that ball out of opposing QBs hands quickly.  If you need long-term TE help, Cook is the answer.


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