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  • Waiver Wire Week 4 Pick-ups: Offense

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    Continue riding the wave and jump the queue with the Prodigal Son’s waiver wire week 4 additions.


    We are almost a quarter of the way through the fantasy season and this is a good time to reflect on what moves you’ve made and what moves need to happen to set up for bye weeks. Waiver wire week 4 edition is here to help!

    If you have a manager called ‘Owen Three’ in your league, see if you can target some underperforming stars for trade. Alternatively, if you have a manager who just turned Star Wars fan of the character CP3 and 0, try and sell high on what you have in a multiple-player trade offer. Be cunning and force them to drop a stash player who you can use in the coming weeks.

    Fantasy is all about strategy and getting the players you need in any way you can. Start analyzing the future bye week matchups that can claw you a win to get you to the end game.

    My bullseyes of last week didn’t hit and, I’ll own that. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Trinity Benson both put up rock numbers however, I named four other players who did hit.

    Make sure you tune in to my Twitter handle @FF_ProdigalSon to see what Bulleyes I mention for week 4.

    Week 3 Recap

    Last week we had some hot tips that came to fruition:

    Some that didn’t hit:

    • Teddy Bridgewater had an efficient day but it was the ground game that got going against the Jets and Teddy Bridgewater didn’t need to throw at all; zero touchdowns.
    • Rondale Moore was meant to go big against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
    • Zach Pascal saw 7 targets but couldn’t get it going with only 2 catches.
    • I am still a believer in Trinity Benson; I am heavily invested in a breakout.

    The Bullseyes – Week 3

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    Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams

    Sony Michel came up against Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ elite run defense and performed stoutly.

    • Week 3: 20 carries, 67 rushing yards (3.35 YPC); 3/4 catches, 12 yards (4 YPC)

    He was a priority add for us in week 3 and will remain a top target for week 4. The uncertainty around Darrell Henderson‘s role upon returning from injury, along with the Rams remaining schedule could see Sony Michel be an RB2 for the remainder. Add or trade for now.

    K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings

    Week 3 K.J. Osborn was labeled a trap because his snap rate was trending in the wrong direction. In week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, Cousins only targetted him twice for 26 yards and it will only get tougher for Osborn owners in week 4 against the Cleveland Browns.

    The Obvious

    Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington Football Team

    We had him as a priority add in our week 2 edition of Waiver adds and, Taylor Heinicke hasn’t disappointed since then.

    • Week 2: 336 passing yards, 2 TDs; 21.04 fantasy points
    • Week 3: 212 passing yards, 2 TDs; 21 rushing yards, 1 TD; 23.38 fantasy points

    Now he gets presented with the Atlanta Falcons in week 4 and has a favorable schedule after the bye week leading into fantasy playoffs.

    Cordarrelle Patterson, RB/WR, Atlanta Falcons

    Cordarrelle Patterson gets bumped up as an ‘obvious’ candidate as he continues to produce in PPR leagues. If you happened to miss out on him last week, don’t show desperation by requesting a trade for him. The Falcons have a week 6 bye and Corrdarelle may just find himself back on waivers for you to claim.

    Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    Rondale Moore is still an add so buy low from a manager who doesn’t believe in the hype. This was a blip on the radar for Moore. He is a chess piece to own in the Cardinals’ high-powered offense.

    James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    We had James Washington in our week 3 edition and now he is a deep league grab regardless. You will need to monitor the status of the Pittsburgh Steelers WRs leading into week 4, but Washington had five targets and played over 80% of the snaps on Sunday.

    An opportunity has come knocking for the big downfield threat and I fully expect him to seize it.

    Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Buffalo Bills

    What a day Emmanuel Sanders had. The veteran showed out in week 3:

    • Week 3: 5/6 catches, 94 yards, 2 TDs; 26.4 fantasy points.

    Sanders also totaled the most receiver snaps of all Bills WRs and has an upcoming schedule of the Texans, Chiefs, and Titans. With bye weeks approaching he is a solid depth piece for your roster.

    Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards, and Henry Ruggs III, WRs, Las Vegas Raiders

    Derek Carr is slinging the ball this year and putting up some Madden-like stats. There is enough pass volume to have 1 of these 3 receivers in your lineup.

    Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos

    Tim Patrick came into discussion last week for an obvious addition to your roster. Now he needs to be rostered. KJ Hamler is out with an ACL injury which just means more volume for Tim Patrick who has been efficient as ever for Teddy Bridgewater.

    The Bold

    J.J. Taylor, RB, New England Patriots

    If James White were to miss anytime, then J.J. Taylor needs to be rostered in a chance he gets catapulted into that role. Grab him now and hope it pays off.

    Collin Johnson, WR, New York Giants

    Collin Johnson is a deep league add only. He caught 5 of 7 targets for 51 yards in week 3. Monitor the injuries of both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, but Johnson could be thrust into a larger role.

    Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Pat Freiermuth has an uncanny ability to score touchdowns. He saw 5 targets against Cincinnati and now gets the Green Bay Packers in week 4.

    The Stashes

    Jeff Wilson Jr, RB, San Francisco 49ers

    Jeff Wilson will remain on the stash list for a reminder to see if he is available in your league to put on the IR position.

    Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

    Rashod Bateman will be eligible to return from IR in week 4. The WR prospect during his freshman and sophomore seasons set records with 147 receptions, 2395 yards and, 19 touchdowns. The Ravens need a second option and Bateman will be that receiver.

    Tyler Johnson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    If any Buccaneers WR misses time then Tyler Johnson steps into a viable role in this offense. Johnson had 3/6 catches for 63 yards in week 3 and is a deep league stash only.

    The Traps

    Chuba Hubbard and Royce Freeman, RBs, Carolina Panthers

    The questions are how long will Christian McCaffrey be sidelined and which RB will get usage? I am personally steering clear of these week 4 waiver traps and would rather use my priority pick on someone who will add depth for bye weeks.

    Peyton Barber, RB, Las Vegas Raiders

    You can add Peyton Barber in deep leagues only as a handcuff. Josh Jacobs is due back in week 4 and Kenyan Drake is still a part of this offense.

    Josh Gordon, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

    Just don’t do it yourself. Leave him to someone else to claim in hopes they drop someone of relevance for you to get on the rebound.


    Thank you for reading! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys author page. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @FF_ProdigalSon and, while you’re there, be sure to follow @IDPGuys too!

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