2021 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire

by Jonathan Chan
2021 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire


The former All-Pro receiver has been reinstated by the league and is planning to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

From, a fit standpoint, there weren’t many teams, if any, that could give Gordon the type of opportunity he has in Kansas City playing alongside Patrick Mahomes.

Now, is he going to produce as he did in 2013? No, probably not. But, ask yourself, do you want to miss out if the sixth time is the charm?

No, you don't.

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire will focus on players rostered in under 35 percent of Yahoo leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers (22% rostered)

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It turns out that getting away from the New York Jets was all Darnold needing to find some success

For the first time in his career, the former 3rd overall pick is 3-0 and resembles a starting-caliber quarterback in National Football League. Darnold is averaging career-high numbers across the board, the 296 passing yards per game, 8.3 yards per attempt, and a 68.2 completion percentage.

While his performances have not blown anyone away he has been a consistent contributor and is on the cusp of QB1 production.

Any managers looking to stream quarterbacks should take a flier on Darnold in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team (6% rostered)

Heinicke has been very productive since taking over the reins from Ryan Fitzpatrick. In two starts for Washington, he has thrown four touchdown passes and rushed for one more which has him averaging over 21 fantasy points per start.

The 28-year-old did throw a pair of interruptions against a tough Bills defense but it’s understandable, as Washington was playing from behind most of the day.

Like Darnold, Heinicke was a cupcake matchup in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons. Through three games, the Falcons have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks and Heinke should be able to take advantage of the struggling defense well enough to post a useful fantasy day.

Running Backs

Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers (25% rostered)

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With Christian McCaffrey set to miss multiple weeks due to a pulled hamstring, Hubbard is set to take over the reins of the Panthers’ backfield.

In relief of CMC, the rookie had 11 carries for 52 yards and added three receptions for 27 yards in a win over the Houston Texans. It was a much better performance than his Week 2 outing when he gained just 10 yards on eight carries.

The Canadian was a three-year starter at Oklahoma State, finishing first in the NCAA in rushing attempts (328) and yards(2,094) during the 2019 season. That season he was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, a unanimous All-American, and finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting.

Hubbard is talented enough to capitalize on this golden opportunity and will be this week’s top waiver add. He should pay immediate dividends as the Panthers travel to Dallas in Week 4 for a likely shootout against the Cowboys.

Peyton Barber, Las Vegas Raiders (7% rostered)

In Barber’s second game as the Raiders’ starter, he out-touched Kenyan Drake 26-11 en route to 142 total yards and a touchdown in the team’s overtime win against the Dolphins.

As long as Josh Jacobs remains sidelined with ankle/foot issues, Barber will see the majority of the backfield touches, despite the team signing Drake to a two-year $14.5 million contract in the offseason.

If he gets another start in Week 4, Barber will face the Los Angeles Chargers run defense, who have allowed no fewer than 71 rushing yards to a running back through three games.

Wide Receivers

Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills (25% rostered)

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The veteran receiver has seen a resurgence this season with his new team. In three games with the Bills, Sanders has averaged 6.7.targets and 64.7 yards per game. The 34-year-old exploded in Week 3, catching five passes for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Although Sanders remains behind Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley on the depth chart, he has been very productive as the No.3 option in the passing game. Diggs has had a relatively slow start to his season, having not surpassed 69 yards in any game.

As teams continue to focus on stopping Diggs and Beasley, Sanders has taken advantage. He is averaging nearly 18 yards per reception and is taking advantage of defenses focusing on his teammates.

The Bills offense has righted the ship after a bad Week 1 and Sanders should be more than viable as a FLEX option moving forward.

Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders (11% rostered)

The perenially underrated Renfrow continues to provide steady production. The 3-0 Raiders’ No.1 WR had his best game of the season in a thrilling Week 3 win over the Miami Dolphins. The 25-year-old caught five passes for 77 yards and one touchdown.

Through three games Renfrow is averaging 7.3 targets and 68 yards per contest. His yardage ceiling might be capped but Renfrow should be a solid PPR contributor all season as Derek Carr looks his way often, giving him 20 percent of the Raiders’ targets.

The former fifth-round receiver will be a decent FLEX option in Week 4 against the Chargers.

Tight Ends

Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings (4% rostered)

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Conklin was the Vikings’ No.3 option on Sunday, seeing eight targets from Kirk Cousins. He made good use of the opportunity catching seven passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.

The 26-year-old now has 16 targets through three games, just 10 off of the career-high 26 he saw last season. Moving forward, Conklin’s workload is likely to settle closer to the four targets per game he saw over the first two weeks of the season.

However, his massive game may have earned him more opportunities moving forward.

Tommy Tremble, Carolina Panthers (0% rostered)

With tight end being the wasteland that it is, managers streaming the position need every advantage they can get. Tremble has caught just one pass this season but did get a red-zone carry, converting on a seven-yard touchdown against the Houston Texans.

Starting tight end Dan Arnold was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars, making Tremble the starter in Carolina.

Tommy Tremble for me, when you talk about the draft, he was like this year’s Jeremy Chinn,” said head coach Matt Rhule. “Tommy’s a guy that’s doing everything that he can to be good.”

The coach-speak might mean nothing, but there Tremble’s workload is worth keeping an eye on.

Deep League Special

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, WR, Tennessee Titans

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The Titans have deemed A.J. Brown week-to-week due to a hamstring injury. While he's out Westbrook-Ikhine appears to be the receiver who will see the most work.

Julio Jones will presumably take over No. 1 duties although he and Westbrook-Okhine tied for the team lead with four targets in Week 3.

Overall, the second-year receiver finished with 53 yards and a touchdown in the victory. As long as Brown is out, Westbrook-Ikhine is worth a flier as a deep-league dart throw in hopes that he soaks up most of the extra targets that don’t go to Jones.

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