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2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire: Follow The Leader


Week 3 has come and gone, and there are so many things to talk about. The two biggest events of the week surround two of the brightest young quarterbacks in the league.

The biggest news of the week (and the last 635 days) is that the Cleveland Browns came out on the winning end of a game. It wasn’t looking good for the Browns in the first half, as starter Tyrod Taylor has gone 4-0f-14 for 19 yards before leaving the game with a concussion. Enter Baker Mayfield. The Heisman Trophy winner entered the game partly through the second quarter and electrified the crowd. Mayfield brought the Browns back from a 14 point deficit to win their first game in two seasons. Mayfield has already been announced as the Week 4 starter.

On the other side of the coin, there is very bad news coming out of San Fransisco this week. After taking a hard shot at the end of a scramble, franchise quarterback Jimmy Garropolo suffered a torn ACL. Monday’s MRI confirmed the worst, and the entire 49ers offense takes a massive hit without their starting quarterback.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (12% Owned in Yahoo! Leagues)

Owners might as well hop on before it’s too late. After his excellent Week 3 performance, don’t expect Baker to last very long on your waiver wire. Mayfield completed 17-of-23 passes for 201 yards and a QBR of 94.9. He didn’t throw for any touchdowns, but his presence completely transformed the Browns offense. He led several long drives, leading to a couple of Carlos Hyde touchdowns.

There are probably steadier, more proven options on the wire, but if you’re looking for a high upside option for your bench, you could do much worse than Mayfield. If there’s any week to start Mayfield it would be next week, against a Raiders defense that was shredded by the Dolphins for four passing touchdowns. Besides, don’t you want to be a part of Baker May-nia?

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (7% Owned)

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Tannehill was a bit of an unknown commodity coming into the season. Coming off an ACL tear, to a “worse” Dolphins team with a ton of new faces on offense. To the surprise of many, Miami has gone 3-0 with Tannehill leading a solid passing attack. Tannehill has gotten better each game this season, peaking with a three-touchdown performance last week against the Raiders.

The Dolphins offense still runs at an incredibly slow pace, running just 39 plays in Week 3. However, Tannehill fits Adam Gase’s offense very well and has performed well despite Gase’s slow paced offense. Tannehill is a lower-ceiling option but has a great matchup next week against the Patriots. New England has not been their usual dominant selves, losing two straight games, with their defense getting torn up by two very inconsistent offenses. If your quarterback has a Week 4 BYE, Tannehill is a decent plug and play option.

Running Backs

Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (26% Owned)

I wrote about Allen last week, and his stock has only gone up since then. While he was thoroughly out-touched by lead back Alex Collins (21-9), Allen continued to get heavy usage in the red zone. For the third consecutive week, Allen scored a one-yard touchdown. He also continues to see heavy work in the passing game.

Despite Alex Collins looking like the far superior running back, Allen continues to see plenty of snaps. When looking for Fantasy production, it doesn’t always matter how the player looks in real life. Volume and opportunity are key, and Allen continues to get plenty of it.

Owners in need of a low ceiling PPR league FLEX should look at Allen for the Ravens game next week against the porous Steelers defense.

Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills (6% Owned)

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What year is it? Even typing this out seems a little strange, but Ivory makes sense as a speculative add if you believe LeSean McCoy’s rib injury could linger. Ivory filled in for the injured McCoy in Buffalo’s shocking Week 3 win over the Vikings. He carried the ball 20 times for 56 yards and caught three passes for an additional 70 yards.

The efficiency is ugly, but in a league starved for workhorse running backs, Ivory fits the bill. If McCoy misses another game, Ivory will once again get plenty of touches. His involvement in the passing game is a nice bonus, and he should see an uptick in targets as the next RB on the depth chart is the seldom-used Marcus Murphy.

Game flow could be an issue in Week 4 against the Packers, but a starting running back is a starting running back. Owners desperate for a FLEX can add Ivory and hope that Shady takes another week to rest his ribs.

Wide Receivers

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (15% Owned)

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After two disappointing seasons to open his career, Boyd finally looks ready to take the WR2 position behind A.J. Green. Over the last two weeks, Boyd has been a huge weapon for Cincinnati, catching 12 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns. He has thoroughly beaten out John Ross and looks to be one of Andy Dalton’s most trusted weapons.

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Green’s status is up in the air following a groin injury he suffered in Week 3. If he is unable to play, Boyd will push 10 targets against the Packers in Week 4. In a game where the Bengals will need to throw early and often, Boyd is a perfect target for this week. Boyd averages more air yards per target than Green, so he carries big play potential with his high floor.

Boyd is a must-add with or without Green in the lineup.

Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns (33% Owned)

As expected, Callaway moved right into Josh Gordon’s spot in the lineup and immediately reaped the benefits. His 4-20 (heh) line in Week 3 might let him slip under the radar, but he is going to be a big part of the Mayfield led offense.

Callaway saw 10 targets but could have had a much bigger day. Former starter Tyrod Taylor missed him on what would have been a 75-yard touchdown and he dropped what would have been a 20+ yard catch from Mayfield in the second half. We know that Callaway has big-play potential, as his average air yards per target is third in the league, only Tyreek Hill and John Brown.

Callaway will be a big part of the Browns revitalized offense moving forward and this is the last call before his ownership percentage skyrockets.

Tight Ends

Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (22% Owned)

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We know the Arizona offense has been horrible to start the year. However, things are looking up with the change from Sam Bradford to Josh Rosen. It’s not likely to mean a momentous shift in offensive production, but it would be tough for Rosen to be worse than Bradford.

You would think Steve Wilks and/or Mike McCoy would do something to improve his offense, but having David Johnson on the bench during a crucial third-down didn’t inspire much confidence. In any case, it seems that Seals-Jones is one of the more dependable weapons that the Cardinals have, after Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald.

Jermaine Gresham is back in the fold, but Seals-Jones is a better receiving weapon on a talent-starved offense. Hopefully, his 35 -yard touchdown in Week 3 will earn him more targets moving forward.

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (2% Owned)

If you’re really desperate for a tight end, Goedert is the high upside play you want in your lineup. After being benched in Week 2, Goedert made a spectacular return, catching 7-of-7 targets from Carson Wentz en route to 73 yards and a touchdown.

Goedert finished second on the team in targets and should draw a good number of targets again with Alshon Jeffery yet to be cleared for contact. The Titans numbers against tight end look good on the surface, as they’ve given up the third-fewest Fantasy points to the position. However, their opponents (Mike Gesecki, Jordan Atkins, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins) aren’t exactly elite weapons.

If Jeffery remains inactive, I would think that this performance would give Goedert another shot in the spotlight. Owners desperate for a tight end should take the risk on Goedert until the Eagle’s depth chart settles itself.

Deep League Special

Jakeem Grant, WR, Miami Dolphins (3% Owned)

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Alright maybe I’m point chasing a bit with this one, but it’s hard to argue with the results. Despite being the fourth receiver on the depth chart, Grant has been electric for the Dolphins. Despite drawing just three targets against the Raiders, grant caught two passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

Call this more of a hunch on my part, but I feel like Grant will see the field more as the year goes on. Devante Parker seems like a lost cause at this point, and Danny Amendola could get injured at any moment. If you’re in a league deep enough to roster Grant, you could do worse than a big-play receiver in a decent offense.

If you play in a return yards league, Grant is an excellent option as he is the main kick and punt returner for Miami. In three games, he has surpassed 100 return yards twice, also scoring a 102-yard kick return in Week 1.

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