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2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire! Hopefully, you’re not 0-3 but if you are we’ll do our best to help you out.

As of Monday afternoon, the most talked-about storyline in the NFL may be the New York Jets.

Adam Gase has done nothing to inspire confidence in his time with the Jets. The disappointment was only amplified this week after a 36-7 drubbing at the hands of the Colts. Sam Darnold looks completely lost, Gase has alienated an all-world running back in Le’Veon Bell, and has clearly lost the locker room.

If (when) get gets fired, it will be a good day for football fans who enjoy watching good, competent football.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (7% Rostered)

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Fitzpatrick predictably struggled against a strong Patriots secondary in Week 1. However, the veteran has put up good numbers in the two weeks since then. Over the last two weeks, he has once again become Fitz-Magic, throwing for 488 yards and four touchdowns. The bearded one also continued to run with reckless abandon, rushing for 38 yards and a touchdown in Thursday’s blowout win over the Jaguars.

Miami has run a passing play on 55 percent of their snaps. However, the drubbing of the Jags had a huge effect on that number. Prior to the 31-13 win, where Fitzpatrick attempted just 20 passes, Miami ran pass plays at the sixth-highest clip in the league at 62 percent. With injuries in the secondary, expect Miami to fall behind once again in Week 4 against MVP frontrunner Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle has allowed an average of 439 passing yards and nearly 30 Fantasy points per game to QBs through three weeks. While Fitzpatrick can be inconsistent, he will be forced to throw the ball a lot in a negative game script.

Nick Foles, Chicago Bears (3% Rostered)

So much for Mitch Trubisky. Despite starting the season 2-0, Matt Nagy did not have much patience with his QB, pulling him for the second half of the Bears’ 30-26 comeback win over the Falcons. In one half of play, Foles completed 16-of-29 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.

Foles ran a much smoother offense than Trubisky did in completing the 16 point fourth-quarter comeback. Foles move the ball decisively and was able to get the ball into the hands of his best weapons. Like he has for most of his career, the former Super Bowl MVP will show some inconsistency but can produce in the right situation.

His Week 4 matchup against the Colts looks tough on paper as they have yet to allow a QB to reach 200 passing yards. However, they did allow Gardner Minshew to complete 19-of-20 passes for three scores in Week 1. Owners in deep 2QB or Super Flex leagues should take a flier on Foles as he has already been named the Week 4 starter.

Other Options: Justin Herbert (21% rostered), Kirk Cousins (26% rostered)

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks (18% Rostered)

After that incredibly dangerous play, Chris Carson left the game and was diagnosed with a knee sprain. Fortunately, he avoided serious injury and isn’t expected to miss much time. Whether he returns for this week’s game against the Dolphins is still up in the air.

If Carson doesn’t play, Hyde will likely take most of the early-down work in a plus-matchup against the Dolphins. Miami has allowed 4.9 yards per carry, most recently allowing 19 total yards to James Robinson on Thursday. The game script in this game will strongly favor the Seahawks and Hyde should get plenty of carries later in the game if he starts.

Owners should keep an eye on updates for any further news on Carson’s condition. If nothing new comes out, Hyde should be added everywhere in case Carson is unable to suit up.

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (11% Rostered)

The Patriots backfield carousel continues to spin, and this time it landed on Burkhead. The 30-year-old exploded against the Raiders, rushing for 49 yards and two touchdowns. He also added seven receptions for 49 yards and another touchdown.

Surprisingly, Burkhead’s two rushing touchdowns were within the five-yard line, which is normally Cam Newton territory. Whether or not the Patriots will continue to use their backs inside the five remains to be seen but it’s encouraging that Burkhead was given a pair of opportunities at the goal line.

Three other Patriots had more rush attempts that Burkhead on Sunday, Newton, Sony Michel, and J.J. Taylor. However, the former Bengal led the team in targets (10) and receptions (seven) by a large margin. If James White misses another game, Burkhead is worth a look in what should be a high scoring affair against the Chiefs in Week 4.



Jeff Wilson, San Francisco 49ers (22% Rostered)

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Through Jerick McKinnon led the 49ers backfield in touches, Wilson had his fair share of opportunities. The third-year back was given 15 total touches (12 carries, three receptions) and turned them into 69 yards and two touchdowns.

While McKinnon acted as the starter, he only out-touched Wilson by two, and the pair might be more of a split backfield than originally thought. San Francisco has the disappointing Eagles on tap for Week 4. If Philadelphia continues to struggle the game script could trend in Wilson’s direction, earning him another 12-15 touches on Sunday.

Other Options: Myles Gaskin (47% rostered), Brian Hill (2% rostered)

Wide Receivers

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (31% rostered)

What a breakout. After a tepid first two weeks in the NFL, Jefferson went nuclear against the Titans in his third game. The rookie caught seven of his nine targets for 175 yards and a touchdown. His 71-yard touchdown in the third quarter alone surpassed his yardage total from the first two games combined.

Prior to the game, the Vikings had already claimed they wanted Jefferson to get more involved in the offense. Sunday’s performance isn’t repeatable by any means but it is encouraging that the LSU product led the team in targets. Adam Thielen is still the No.1 option for the Vikings but Jefferson has clearly impressed his coaches to earn more usage going forward.

As with all rookies, expect some up and down games, but Jefferson’s stock is way up after today’s game and he should be rostered in all 12-team leagues.

Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (28% rostered)

After a rash of injuries to the 49ers offense, their first-round rookie provided a bright spot on Sunday. After missing the first game of the season with a hamstring injury, Aiyuk broke out in Week 3. He caught five passes for 70 yards and rushed three times for 31 yards and a touchdown. He led

Kyle Shanahan clearly wants to get the ball in Aiyuk’s hands and has gotten creative in order to do that. Deebo Samuel won’t return until Week 5 so Aiyuk will have another week as the team’s No.1 wide receiver. George Kittle returning may help Aiyuk with his production, as the star tight end will inevitably draw a lot of attention from the secondary.

Aiyuk was out-snapped by Kendrick Bourne but the rookie has much better upside than the four-year veteran. At the very least, Aiyuk is worth a stash at the end of the bench as his role with Samuel and Kittle in the lineup is revealed.

Other Options: Anthony Miller (46% rostered), James Washington (11% owned)

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (9% rostered)

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With Foles being named the Week 4 starter, the arrow is pointing up for all the Bears’ weapons, including the veteran tight end. Graham had a vintage performance on Sunday, catching six passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdowns were from two and three yards out and it seems like the Bears have figured out that the 6’7, 265-pound weapon they owe $9 million to would be a good red-zone weapon.

Chicago didn’t sign Graham to block and finally used him to his full potential on Sunday as he was second on the team with 10 targets. The 33-year-old ran 42 routes against the Falcons, second-most among all tight-ends last week.

Graham had some off years in Seattle and Green Bay but seems to have a role now, as the Bears desperately need a dependable red-zone weapon to take the pressure off Allen Robinson.

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (9% Rostered)

Alie-Cox has been very good over the last two weeks. Filling in for Jack Doyle, in Week 2 the third-year tight end had a five-catch, 111-yard performance in Week 2. With Doyle back in the lineup, Alie-Cox followed up with 50 yards and a touchdown against the Jets in Week 3.

Doyle didn’t see a target in Week 3 but it remains to be seen whether or not the Colts plan is to ease him back into the fold. Until then, Alie-Cox should be added by tight ends needy teams. Philip Rivers has made a career of giving the ball to his running backs and tight ends and Alie-Cox can take full advantage as one of his top targets while Parris Campbell is out.

Did you know he also played basketball in college?

Deep League Special

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (5% Rostered)

Higgins has seen 15 targets over the last two weeks and broke out in a big way against the Eagles, catching five passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns. John Ross was a healthy scratch on Sunday and Higgins should be the Bengals’ third receiver for the rest of the season.

If A.J. Green continues to struggle it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bengals move on and feature their young wide receivers ahead of the veteran. Game-script will always favor the Bengals passing game so Higgins will have plenty of opportunities if he can continue to impress as he did in Week 3.


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