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2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire: Son of a Pick(up)

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Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season was about as crazy as it gets. It started with the unexpectedly high-scoring affair between the Niners and the Rams on Thursday. Shout out to Color Rush but especially those beautiful yellow Rams jerseys. Then on Sunday we were treated to five spectacular games, each that ended with a lead change in the last few seconds. With all the conversations and think-pieces centered around the protests, the NFL sure picked a great week to remind us why we love it so much.

Unfortunately, this week’s waiver wire is anything but spectacular. It’s a bit barren, so it’s a good week to save your waiver if you have a high priority. Nonetheless, we’re going to look at every standout player on the Week 4 Waiver Wire with less than 35% ownership in ESPN leagues.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire

*Players are listed in order of priority of pickup.

Quarterbacks

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Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (18.2%)

After a dreadful Week 1 performance, Palmer has thrown for 300+ yards in back to back games. Without David Johnson, the Cardinals offense will lean on Palmer.

He faces the Niners at home in Week 4. The Niners are fresh off of surrendering 292 passing yards and three touchdowns to another division foe, Jared Goff.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (15.8%)

Although Tony Romo made it blatantly clear Dalton didn’t play his best football on Sunday, for fantasy purposes, Dalton was alright. He finally got the Bengals on the board, hitting AJ Green and Giovani Bernard for touchdowns. He finished 21/27 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

In Week 4, Dalton travels to Cleveland. The Browns are 25th in pass defense DVOA and have given up multiple touchdowns to quarterbacks in each of their three games. Look for Dalton to improve on his shaky start in a must-win game for the 0-3 Bengals.

Running Backs

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Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles (2.4%)

With Darren Sproles suffering a season – and potentially career ending – injury, there are snaps to be had in Philadelphia. LeGarrette Blount is almost certainly too one-dimensional to receive the lion’s share in a pass-happy offense. That leaves Smallwood and Corey Clement.

My money is on Smallwood, who lead the Eagles in touches after the Sproles injury. He’s also the most capable and suitable pass catching back out of the trio.

Jamaal Charles, Denver Broncos (22.2%)

The future Hall of Famer wasn’t considered a lock to even make the roster this preseason, but he’s demonstrated he’s not quite washed up yet. His 12 yard touchdown run in Week 3 was reminiscent of his Chiefs days. So far this season he has been an effective 1b to CJ Anderson‘s 1a. Anderson’s own productivity has limited Charles’ upside, but Charles has shown enough to warrant a roster spot in most leagues.

So far this season he has been an effective 1b to CJ Anderson’s 1a. Anderson’s own productivity has limited Charles’ upside, but Charles has shown enough to warrant a roster spot in most leagues. At worst, he’s a solid complementary back who could step into a bigger role if Anderson slows down or gets hurt like he has in previous seasons.

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (11.3%)

Kamara continues to impress in limited touches. He had two carries for 37 yards and a touchdown in addition to three catches for five yards. He’s scored more than 7.8 PPR fantasy points in each of his three games – and that’s in a limited role.

If Sean Payton sees the light and cuts the ineffective Adrian Peterson out of this offense, Kamara could become a major factor. He’ll continue to see passing downs work and will be a reasonable deep flex play in PPR leagues with big-time upside.

Deep Dives

Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (0.3%) – Darkwa has looked better than Paul Perkins for most of the season, but that’s not saying much. The Giants offense – and specifically their offensive line – is too much of a mess for Darkwa to have much value. But if you’re looking for anything in a deeper league, he’s a name to monitor.

Matt Brieda, San Francisco 49ers (0.9%) – Brieda distinguished himself as the clear backup to Carlos Hyde. That’s a position that could have value very quickly given Hyde’s fragility and physical running style.

Branden Oliver, Los Angeles Chargers (0.2%) – Would become a fantasy factor as he has in the past if Melvin Gordon is forced to miss any time.

Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens (0.2%) – Collins was the lone bright spot for Baltimore in Week 3. He tallied 82 yards on eight carries, including three carries of 15+ yards. Although most of it was in garbage time, he might have earned himself some more snaps, albeit in an offense with a lot of question marks.

Wide Receivers

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Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (33.5%)

Lee looks like the clear beneficiary of the Allen Robinson injury. He’s totaled 11 catches for 141 yards on 19 targets in his last two games. Even in a game where the Jaguars were always out in front, Lee stayed involved. Those games are rarities however.

I’d expect him and Captain Garbage Time to be playing from behind the majority of the time. As the de facto number one option in that kind of passing game, Lee is a WR3/4 with PPR upside going forward.

Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (11.2%)

I expected Funchess’ role to increase with the injury to Greg Olsen. Now, with Kelvin Benjamin potentially out for a while too, Carolina will have no choice but to increase Funchess’ role.

Cam Newton has been as bad as his outfits lately, but Funchess has caught half of his 16 targets for 128 yards over his last two games.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (32.3%)

With the Giants’ offense getting going, Shepard did as well. He posted 7 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles in Week 3. He was still third on the team behind OBJ and Brandon Marshall in targets, but was definitely more effective than Marshall.

If Marshall continues to struggle, Shepard could soak up those targets in a high volume passing offense.

Tyler Lockett / Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks (34.5/2.9%)

I’m going to keep featuring Lockett in this article until he’s ineligible (which should be after this week). Doug Baldwin is going in for an MRI on his groin – a notoriously tricky injury. Lockett continues to see his snap and target count increase and is due for a breakout game. Richardson hasn’t scored less than 9.9 PPR points in a game this season.

The Seahawks/Titans game demonstrated just how anemic Seattle’s rushing attack is. If Seattle is forced to lean on Russell Wilson to generate offense, both Lockett and Richardson have the upside to capitalize – especially if Baldwin misses time.

Will Fuller V, Houston Texans (0.9%)

The definition of a boom-or-bust player, Fuller may return in Week 4. He’s worth scooping up in deeper leagues because if he’s the same guy we saw during his rookie year, he can win you some weeks.

Deshaun Watson showed the ability to do what Texans’ quarterbacks haven’t been able to do in a while – get the ball downfield. Fuller, aka New Age DeSean Jackson, would be a great fit.

Deep Dives

Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (0.4%) – Allison’s usefulness depends entirely on the health of the three Packers starting wide receivers. However, he demonstrated this week that he can certainly step in admirably. He caught six of eight targets for 122 yards, including the catch and run that set up the game-winner. Also, he’s right up there with the best names in the league.

Josh Docston, Washington Redskins (33.4) – Doctson is seeing his playing time increase every week, culminating in him catching a 52 yard touchdown this week.

Tight Ends

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Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (5.1%)

Just like he did last year, Davis is stepping up in the absence of Jordan Reed. He caught all five of his targets for 58 yards and a touchdown. You could certainly do worse as a streamer option or temporary replacement than the former All-Pro in an prolific passing attack.

Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans (0.7%)

With C.J. Fiedorowicz out for the season, there’s a huge hole in the Texans offense to fill. Griffin looked capable of doing so in Week 3 against the Patriots, catching five of his six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown.

If we’re going by the old adage: “rookie quarterbacks love their tight ends” Griffin has even more value with DeShaun Watson under center.


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinH_F6P

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