Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Football
There was a ton of uncertainty heading into Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season, as we had a handful of teams rolling out new starting quarterbacks at the same time. Adding in a couple of high-profile injuries on Sunday's slate of games, and the fantasy football landscape is set to look very different next week.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4
With that in mind, these 10 players are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues and are worth targeting on the waiver wire heading into Week 4.
1. Wayne Gallman Jr., RB, New York Giants (4% Owned)
Saquon Barkley went down on Sunday with a high-ankle sprain and will likely be sidelined for at least a few weeks, leaving room for Wayne Gallman to step in as the starting RB for the New York Giants. Gallman didn't do much in the second half on Sunday, but we've seen him contribute in all facets of the offense through his first two NFL seasons (162 carries and 70 targets), giving him the potential to be an every-down back until Barkley returns.
2. Phillip Dorsett II, WR, New England Patriots (32% Owned)
Phillip Dorsett's fantasy value was already on the rise with Antonio Brown released, and Week 3's win over the New York Jets may have given him another boost. Julian Edelman left that game at the end of the first half with a chest injury, and Dorsett finished with a season-high seven targets. He carries some value even as the No. 3 WR in an elite offense, but if Edelman misses any games then Dorsett's value will soar.
3. D.J. Chark Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (41% Owned)
D.J. Chark isn't exactly flying under the radar with touchdowns in each of his first three games, but he's still available in almost 60 percent of leagues. His 18 targets aren't exciting, ranking only third on the Jacksonville Jaguars (behind Dede Westbrook and Leonard Fournette), but the way he's used makes those targets especially valuable. Both Fournette and Westbrook have an average depth of target below five yards, while Chark is being used as a deep threat with a 14.2-yard average.
4. Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (29% Owned)
There's no question that Austin Ekeler is the top dog in the Los Angeles Chargers' offense, but some matchups are good enough to support two RBs. The Chargers get one of those in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins, who have allowed an absurd 44.3 points per game to open the year. Likely dominating, the Chargers could end up going run-heavy late in this game while also limiting the workload that goes to their starters. That should have Jackson in for his biggest workload of the young season.
5. Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (17% Owned)
Daniel Jones has a long way to go before he enters the conversation as an every-week starter in fantasy football, but his incredible debut in Week 3 certainly makes him a strong streaming option. In Week 4 he draws another favorable matchup, this time against the Washington Redskins, and his ability to contribute through the air and on the ground gives his fantasy value a big boost.
6. Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (6% Owned)
The Kansas City Chiefs backfield is a bit of a mess. Damien Williams sat out in Week 3 and Darrel Williams was expected to start, but the banged up LeSean McCoy ended up starting. McCoy appeared to re-injure his ankle, though, and Williams then took over, racking up nine carries and five receptions for 109 yards. The potential upside of being the lead back in an elite KC offense makes Williams worth a speculative add this week, though he'll be an easy drop again if we get news that both McCoy and Damien Williams are suiting up in Week 4.
7. Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks (45% Owned)
Will Dissly is up to three touchdowns through three games to start the season, and his workload is steadily improving. He saw two targets in Week 1, five in Week 2 and seven in Week 3. That's still not huge volume, and being touchdown-dependent in a run-heavy offense will be a concern some weeks, but in Week 4 he draws a dreamy matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, who have given up three of the eight highest single-game fantasy scores at the tight end position in 2019.
8. Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants (37% Owned)
Golden Tate is only an option if you have some extra bench space, but Danny Dimes' terrific debut makes Tate an interesting stash. He has one more game on his suspension, so picking him up this week is getting ahead of the curve. Tate hasn't seen fewer than 113 targets in a season since 2013, so he can be expected to be one of the Giants' top pass-catchers once he's back in the lineup, and if the offense is truly improved with Jones at the helm, that role becomes especially valuable. Tate's fantasy outlook is at its best in PPR formats, as he typically posts a high catch rate but low average depth of target.
9. Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (49% Owned)
Mecole Hardman is still a totally boom-or-bust option as the clear No. 3 WR in KC behind Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson, but this offense has enough "boom" to keep Hardman's fantasy value up until Tyreek Hill is back. He has an average depth of target of 14.2 yards, and with 4.33 40-yard dash speed, he's a threat to take any touch to the end zone. Volume is still a big concern though (five targets in Week 3), and Hardman's deep usage means that a zero-point performance is just as much of a possibility as a repeat of Week 3's blowup. Still, that kind of upside is hard to find on the waiver wire.
10. Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (9% Owned)
Aaron Jones' two touchdowns may have helped hide it, but Jamaal Williams actually led the Green Bay Packers' backfield in snaps and touches in Week 3. That doesn't mean Williams is suddenly the full-time lead back, but it is a good indication that the Packers are happy to go with a committee approach in the backfield. Williams is still speculative as a fantasy add since the increased usage could just have been a matchup decision, but another game or two leading the backfield in volume will give his value a serous boost and bring him into the starting RB conversation in fantasy football.
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