Players to Drop For Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

Jason Schandl
Players to drop for waiver wire pickups in Week 4 fantasy football, including Carson Wentz.
Players to drop for waiver wire pickups in Week 4 fantasy football, including Carson Wentz. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
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There are a ton of great waiver wire targets in fantasy football as we head into Week 4, but adding those players doesn't come without a cost.

You'll need to find players on your team to drop to make room for those additions. It's not always just as simple as dropping whoever hasn't scored much through two weeks, either. It's important to focus on dropping players who don't bring you much long-term upside.

With that in mind, here are three fantasy football players to drop this week to make room for Week 4 waiver pickups.

1. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy football managers should cut ties with Carson Wentz as his schedule gets even harder for the next three weeks,.
Fantasy football managers should cut ties with Carson Wentz as his schedule gets even harder for the next three weeks,. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Carson Wentz is the QB22 in fantasy football through three weeks. Faithful fantasy football managers who have kept him on their roster are now "rewarded" with matchups against the San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in the next three weeks — a trio of defenses that rank top-10 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings. You're not starting Wentz in any of those matchups, and he's shown nothing to indicate he's worth stashing on your bench for when his schedule clears up in Week 7.

2. Jordan Howard, RB, Miami Dolphins

Jordan Howard is playing only 7 snaps per game so far in 2020.
Jordan Howard is playing only 7 snaps per game so far in 2020. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

If you haven't dropped Jordan Howard by now, I'm not sure what you're waiting for. He has tallied 16 carries and 0 targets on 21 snaps this season. Yes, he has 3 touchdowns, but you're going to be sorely disappointed if you're counting on him continuing to score on an average of 1 in every 7 snaps played. There are 53 players in the NFL with more carries than Howard, and his fantasy value is virtually nonexistent despite those touchdowns.

3. Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns

Austin Hoopers' fantasy value has plummeted thanks to low usage in the Browns offense.
Austin Hoopers' fantasy value has plummeted thanks to low usage in the Browns offense. / Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Does it make sense that a team would cough up top-four guaranteed money at the position to give a tight end just 3.3 targets per game? Probably not, but the Cleveland Browns also aren't an organization known for moves that make sense. Austin Hooper has proven he possesses the skill and upside to be a great fantasy football producer, but opportunity trumps skill in this game, and Hooper's just not getting chances, having seen 10 targets in three games. He's playing plenty of snaps (77, 98 and 86 percent of the Browns' snaps in the first three games), so the volume might start coming. The tight end position isn't an overly important one in fantasy football, though, and Hooper doesn't have enough upside to make him worth stashing on the bench while you wait for his role to expand.

4. Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

Tarik Cohen's injury update means you're safe to drop him in fantasy football.
Tarik Cohen's injury update means you're safe to drop him in fantasy football. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

This one's a free square — Tarik Cohen has been placed on the injured reserve with a torn ACL. The IR isn't an instant death sentence for players' fantasy football value this year, since there's a three-week IR, but Cohen is on the season-ending IR. There's no reason to keep him on your fantasy football roster.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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