Week 4 Waiver Wire by Matt Higgins

Week 4 Waiver Wire 


Most of the running backs came out of week 4 unscathed.  Matt Brieda exited on what appeared to be a non-contact injury but reentered the game and produced.  Dalvin Cooks injury is beginning to look like it will keep him out of this Thursday’s matchup as well.  Gio Bernard played almost every snap in the absence of Joe Mixon and looked like an every week starter.  However, there are rumors that Mixon could return as soon as this week.  Hopefully you didn’t give up on the rookie RB’s K Johnson or Royce freeman.  If they are on your waiver wire somehow either is probably worth 50% or more of your budget.


It’s unfortunate to have such a thin waiver wire week at the RB position when so many teams (Colts, buccaneers, Cardinals, Dolphins, Etc) have given fantasy owners so little in the run game.  I would like all of the All-Star listeners to go back to podcast one where I talk up Calvin Ridley as the best rookie WR in the draft and someone that should definitely be rostered.   If I could listen to my own advice I would be 40 pounds lighter, I wouldn’t drink on weekdays, and I would have had Ridley’s 37 points on my fantasy roster.  Heading into week 4 we need to down grade all of San Francisco due to the loss of Jimmy G (The Porn

Star Slayer) and upgrade all of the Browns thanks to the arrival of the Baker Mayfield Era.  I am going to leave Wendall Smallwood out this week because I believe that either Ajayi or Sproles will play this week.  


Tyler Boyd 18% owned 15% of budget

Boyd has shown up two weeks in a row with a TD.  Also, he has put up 91 yards and 132 yards over the last two weeks.  His production should only go up as AJ Green is almost certain to miss games with the injury he suffered Sunday.  If your team needs WR help this is a guy you can pick up and start without concern.  


Antonio Callaway (2nd week on list) 33% owned 14% of budget

We talked to you about Antonio Callaway last week.  Hopefully his 4 fantasy points didn’t discourage you.  He received 10 targets and was very close to having a master game.  Baker Mayfield is special, and it only took about 5 plays to see it.  Also, his 10 targets left little doubt that he is the number 2 in this offense.


Calvin Ridley 45% owned 13% of budget

Don’t expect 3 TD’s a week but his targets have grown from 2 to 5 to 8, his TD’s have gone from 0 to 1 to 3, his yards have also grown from 0 to 64 to 146.  You get the idea; his stats are trending the right direction.  The presence of a Calvin Ridley could take Matt Ryan, the Falcons, and your fantasy team to the next level


Buck Allen (2nd week on list) 27% owned 12% of budget

It’s a thin running back waiver wire week.  Buck has not been an effective runner and isn’t getting a lot of carries, but he has been heavily involved as the pass catching back and has also been getting consistent carries on the goal line.  His lack of carries makes him hard to trust but the Ravens may need him with some potential shootouts against the Steelers and Browns over the next couple weeks. 


Chris Ivory (2nd week on list) 6% owned 11% of budget.

He wasn’t very effective with his 20 carries, but how many running backs are getting 20 carries?  Also, that was against a Vikings defense that was supposed to be good.  It doesn’t seem like it’s happening for LeSean McCoy this year.  If Ivory is going to get this volume he should have a spot in your roster.



Vance McDonald 12% owned 3% of budget

Look there are lot of meh starts at TE.  I was right last week when I said the Steelers would produce for a fantasy.  Unfortunately, I gave you the wrong Steelers TE.  Vance and the Outlaw Jesse James are both roster able TE’s.  Vance has received 5 targets in both of the last two games.  His 75-yard TD tonight made me believe that maybe he’s the TE that can help out us Evan Engram owners.  Njoku, OJ Howard, ASJ, Eifert (8 targets with AJ down last week) are all options to consider