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Fantasy Football: Week 4 Waiver Wire Report

Jeff Wilson Jr. Week 4 Waiver Wire
If you are looking for a solid waiver wire addition in week 4, you need to jump on 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr.

By Craig Forrestal

There were more injuries in Week 3 but now that we are approximately 20% through the season we are starting to identify trends and traps with certain teams. This week’s Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Report is filled with options that might help you for a few weeks or possibly season long.

We are feeling good about our list this week as we have been pretty good so far this year offering you names like Jonnu Smith, Jerick McKinnon, Jeff Wilson Jr, Myles Gaskin, James Robinson and a few others.

But we all know last week is last week and the only way to prove your worth is to be consistent so let’s have a look at the Week 4 Waiver Wire Report. Players are not listed in order of priority.

Week 4 Waiver Wire Report

  • Jeff Wilson Jr/ RB/ San Francisco: He showed more pass game ability than anticipated; which accounted for one of his 2 scores on the day. Wilson was mentioned last week as an add because of situation and matchup and that’s the trend this week as well. Pay attention to the injury status of the San Francisco RBs once again this week as we know Tevin Coleman is out. Additionally, Raheem Mostert isn’t a guarantee to play this week and Jerick McKinnon picked up a rib injury. If Mostert and McKinnon both can’t go Wilson would be the lead dog with JaMychal Hasty getting some run as well. The fantasy value of Wilson is entirely dependent on the injury situation of this backfield. Wilson received 15 touches (3 catches/54 yards/ 1 TD) against the Giants. Next 3: Eagles, Dolphins and Rams
  • Cordarrelle Patterson/ WR/ Chicago Bears: Tarik Cohen went down with a season-ending ACL injury against Atlanta. Patterson is an interesting player. He has made a living as a situational/package player and return specialist. He played a healthy number of snaps at RB due to injury in New England a couple of seasons ago. Patterson has lined up in the backfield for Chicago occasionally (15 carries this season) and he will get the first crack at replacing the Tarik Cohen role. The Bears are 3-0 and the offense was moving with Nick Foles so he’s worth an add. He could become RB/WR eligible. Next 3: Colts, Buccaneers and @ Panthers
  • Cole Beasley/ WR/ Buffalo Bills: I never expected to say this but yes, even as the 3rd option in a Josh Allen offense Beasley is worth an add if you’re in need; as he has had 6+ targets in each game this season. And Beasley just logged a 100-yard game against the Rams. Monitor the status of John Brown because in that case, Beasley is an even more attractive play; especially in PPR formats. Next 3: @ Raiders, @ Titans and Chiefs
  • Darrell Henderson Jr/ RB/ LA Rams: 2 weeks in a row for Henderson going over the 120 total yards mark. Henderson is getting last call treatment this week as he was mentioned last week. Henderson looks like he is playing like a man that doesn’t want to give the job back anytime soon. This week Henderson had 21 touches to 7 for Malcolm Brown; Cam Akers was out with injury. The Rams are a team built on the run, so don’t let this chance slip. Next 3: Giants, @ Washington Football Team and @ 49ers
  • Robert Tonyan/ TE/ Green Bay Packers: 2 weeks in a row with Aaron Rodgers to Robert Tonyan for a score. Tonyan’s started 2 weeks in a row with Josiah Deguara out with injury. He’s had 8 Aaron Rodgers targets in the last 2 weeks and Tonyan gets a vulnerable Atlanta defense that gave up 6 catches for 60 yards and 2 TDs to Jimmy Graham in Week 3. This Aaron Rodgers Revenge Tour is real. Next 3: Falcons, Bye and @ Buccaneers 
  • Myles Gaskin/ RB/ Miami Dolphins: Much like Darrell Henderson, Gaskin is getting last call treatment. Gaskin handled 27 touches against Jacksonville while he notched 13 touches in each of the first 2 games. He has pulled away as the lead back and this isn’t a dreadful Dolphins team like last season; these guys aren’t decently okay. Fitzpatrick has shown he can score with this team and for Gaskin, the touches will lead to TDs. This dude is seriously looking at RB1 workloads in the eye with little competition in the backfield currently. Next 3: Seahawks, @ 49ers and @ Broncos
  • Brandon Aiyuk/ WR/ San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers were missing 11 starters due to injury when kickoff took place against the Giants. That creates opportunities for other players and one of those players was Aiyuk. Aiyuk tallied 101 total yards and a score on 8 touches. Kyle Shanahan showed ways to get him the ball and that should continue until the roster is at full strength once again. Aiyuk and Nick Mullens showed a good connection. Next 3: Eagles, Dolphins and Rams
  • Justin Jefferson/ WR/ Minnesota Vikings: 3 targets, 3 targets and BOOM! 9 targets in Week 3. When investing in Jefferson you’re investing in Kirk Cousins as well and his ups and downs. There were rumors the Vikings wanted to get Jefferson more involved against Tennessee and they did as he led the team with 9 targets. He’s not plug-and-play but with Minnesota not featuring the TE his upside is there. Next 3: @ Texans, @ Seahawks and Falcons
  • Tee Higgins/ WR/ Cincinnati Bengals: I hate to say it but I was wrong about AJ Green. Green gets a bunch of targets but has been pedestrian at best with them. With John Ross a healthy scratch it figured another WR besides Tyler Boyd would step up and Higgins did. 9 targets, 5 catches and 2 TDs. With the Bengals figuring to be in throw mode most of the time Higgins is worth an end of a roster spot. Next 3: Jaguars, @ Ravens and @ Colts. 
  • Mo Alie-Cox/ TE/ Indianapolis Colts: Jack Doyle came back and Mo Alie-Cox stayed on the field playing 36 total snaps after 49 the week before. Mo Alie-Cox out-snapped Doyle offensively, 34 to 33. He followed up his 111-yard performance with a TD and 50 yards receiving. Philip Rivers loves former college basketball players turned TE (Antonio Gates) so this could have some legs. Assuming Alie-Cox is now the 1A TE he should be a weekly streaming candidate. Next 3: @ Bears, @ Browns and Bengals
  • Andy Isabella/ WR/ Arizona Cardinals: This one is low-volume but nice production. Isabella turned 4 catches into 2 TDs against Detroit and the week before had 67 yards on 2 catches but only 6 targets in those 2 games. A 100% catch rate but a low number which prevents excitement. Larry Fitzgerald is a shell of his former self and Christian Kirk is injured and not growing into the player many thought he would as a dynamic playmaker. The addition of DeAndre Hopkins has identified an undisputed WR1 but another option is needed and Isabella is a burner with an opportunity to shine. Next 3: @ Panthers, @ Jets and @ Cowboys 

Potential Waiver Wire Traps

  • New England Patriots RBs not named James White
  • Cedrick Wilson Jr/ WR/ Dallas Cowboys 
  • Kirk Cousins/ QB/ Minnesota Vikings 

Make Sure They’re Not Available:

  • Jerick McKinnon/ RB/ San Francisco 49ers 
  • Allen Lazard/ WR/ Green Bay Packers 
  • Mike Gesicki/ TE/ Miami Dolphins
  • James White/ RB/ New England Patriots 
  • Adrian Peterson/ RB/ Detroit Lions 
  • Dalton Schultz/ TE/ Dallas Cowboys 
  • Anthony Miller/ WR/ Chicago Bears 
  • Nyheim Hines/ RB/ Indianapolis Colts
  • Carlos Hyde/ RB/ Seattle Seahawks 
  • Hunter Renfrow/ WR/ Las Vegas Raiders
  • Noah Fant/ TE/ Denver Broncos 

QB Streams

  • Nick Mullens/ San Francisco 49ers 
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick/ Miami Dolphins 
  • Joe Burrow/ Cincinnati Bengals 
  • Gardner Minshew/ Jacksonville Jaguars

It Might Be Early But…

  • Randall Cobb/ WR/ Houston Texans 
  • Brian Hill/ RB/ Atlanta Falcons 
  • Alshon Jeffery/ WR/ Philadelphia Eagles 
  • Zach Pascal/ WR/ Indianapolis Colts 
  • Jalen Hurts/ QB/ Philadelphia Eagles
  • KJ Hamler/ WR/ Denver Broncos 
  • Gus Edwards/ RB/ Baltimore Ravens 
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