Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups 2021: Fantasy Football Players You Need to Add

Chuba Hubbard fantasy football outlook makes him the top waiver wire add of the week.
Chuba Hubbard fantasy football outlook makes him the top waiver wire add of the week. / Bob Levey/Getty Images

If you're staring down the barrel of an 0-3 start, your fantasy football season savior probably isn't out there on the waiver wire. But, there are plenty of guys who can help get you a win in Week 4.

Here are the top waiver wire pickups heading into Week 4 (pending Monday night's game).

Week 4 Waiver Wire

Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are eligible for this list.

Christian Kirk Fantasy

5. Peyton Barber, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (7% Rostered)

Peyton Barber is only worth a look if Josh Jacobs misses Week 4. As of now, it's still too early to tell Jacobs will suit up or not. But if he doesn't, Barber could be a stud once again. He handled 23 carries for 111 yards and a TD last week. He'd be a great FLEX option against the Los Angeles Chargers were Jacobs to sit again.

4. Sam Darnold, QB, Carolina Panthers (22% Rostered)

It might be time to buy into Sam Darnold. He should be viewed as a rock-solid weekly streamer, at the very least. He's currently fantasy's QB11 and has a chance to up that ranking in the next few weeks. With Christian McCaffrey out, Darnold might be asked to throw a lot more than usual. He should have little trouble finding success against the opponents he's set to face, as Carolina takes on the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons in the next five weeks. If you just tried and failed with the Justin Fields experiment, Darnold is one of the best replacements available.

3. Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (51% Rostered)

Technically, Christian Kirk is not eligible for this list as he's rostered in 51% of leagues. But it's close enough, so we'll let it slide. Though Rondale Moore has gotten all the hype, Kirk has been the non-DeAndre Hopkins WR to roster in Arizona. He's put up at least 17.4 PPR points in two of his first three games, averaging 17.0 for the year. That makes him the WR15 on the year. He's going to be a boom-or-bust option all year, but he's a great player to roster.

2. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Buffalo Bills (26% Rostered)

If you're in a pinch at wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders should be able to step in and help out right away. He's notched at least 6 targets in all three games thus far, and he finally turned that volume into production this week. Sanders caught 5 passes for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns. He's the WR2 this Buffalo Bills' offense sorely needed last year, and more big games should be ahead. He'll face off with the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans in the next three weeks.

1. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (25% Rostered)

Chuba Hubbard is the top-waiver wire pickup of the week, and it's not close. He'll be an RB2 as long as Christian McCaffrey is sidelined. We all saw what Mike Davis did in this role last year, finishing as the RB12 in PPR formats. This year's iteration of the Carolina Panthers' offense is much better than last year's. And Hubbard is probably more talented than Davis. The early returns on Hubbard were great, as he turned 11 carries into 52 yards while adding 5 targets for 3 receptions and 27 yards through the air. If you need short-term help at RB, you won't find many better waiver wire options then Hubbard all year.

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