The Waiver Wire – Week 4

Another week in the NFL has passed us by and the injuries to the running back just keep on piling up. Our latest victims are Jeremy Langford (out 4-6 weeks with an ankle sprain), Ameer Abdullah who is done for the season after getting injured last week and Shane Vereen who was filling in for Rashard Jennings who missed Sunday’s game against the Redskins. Vereen was originally said to have been shut down for the season but now reports have him being placed on the IR with the designation to return with a torn tricep. The RB is an endangered species in fantasy and this stretch of injuries and inconsistent play is not helping fantasy owners feel any more secure as they look to make a push win their league championship and for next years draft.

Running backs were not the only position to see injuries this past weekend. Russell Wilson was dinged up and has a sprained MCL, Willie Snead couldn’t go Monday Night, Mohammed Sanu left Monday Night’s game with a shoulder injury, Dez Bryant has a sprained knee which limited him all Sunday Night and Sammy Watkins, Delanie Walker and Antonio Gates all couldn’t suit up on Sunday. On top of dealing with the mounting injuries, bye weeks begin this week in the NFL so the waiver wire is even that more important as we roll into week 4.

With that being said let’s see who you need to be targeting this week in The Waiver Wire. Like always I will give 3 choices at each position (plus bonus’s from time to time). This is ranked in order of who I would target first to third. At the end of the day you control your waiver rankings, so go get the guy you want! Without further hesitation let’s dive right into this weeks The Waiver Wire.

Quarterback:

  1. Carson Wentz (ESPN 19% / Yahoo 20%) – What else can you say about the North Dakota State Alum? The kid has come into the NFL and in his first three games he has 5 touchdowns, ZERO interceptions and is 3-0. The offense looks great, we even had a Darren Sproles sighting! Wentz has a bye week but if you need a QB he is the best of what’s available. (Look back to my rookie breakdown when I called Wentz the best QB in the class!) – Click Here
  2. Trevor Siemian (ESPN 5% / Yahoo 6%) – So did anyone see a 4 touchdown, 300+ plus yard, 32 point performance coming Sunday? Ok! neither did I but damn did Siemian and the Broncos looked good. 3-0 and playing with the NFL’s best defense in his back pocket, Siemian showed he doesn’t just have to be a game manager to win games in the NFL. With Tampa Bay’s poor secondary up next, TS could keep up the hot throwing next weekend.
  3. Dak Prescott (ESPN 43% / Yahoo 45%) – Another Rookie on the list, Dak has been impressive ever since he stepped on an NFL field for his 1st pre-season action. His confidence, athletic ability and throwing strength have helped the Boys win 2 of the first 3 games without their franchise quarterback Tony Romo. No one knows exactly when Romo will be cleared to come back but don’t be shocked if the coaching staff sticks with Dak, especially if they are in first place with only 1 loss by then. No Bryant could hurt but Dak is passing behind the best O-line in football, he will still get his points.

Running Back:

  1. Jordan Howard (ESPN 16% / Yahoo 25%) – Another rookie who I talked up all summer long, Howard is a great mix of size and speed and I said before the season started he could be this years David Johnson. He isn’t quite that explosive but with Langford out for the next 4 to 6 weeks, Howard has his shot to win the starting role. If you are a Langford owner or are in need of a starting RB, your #1 claim needs to be with either Howard or are next guy Christine Michael.
  2. Christine Michael (ESPN 75% / Yahoo 72%) –  The August MVP Christine Michael has taken the opportunity left in front of him by the absence of Thomas Rawls and has made the most of it. The reason I like Howard over Michael is the timetable to start. The Seahawks love Rawls and are going to give him the starting job back once he is healthy. Howard might hold onto the job for the remainder of the season depending on how he produces. Michael has been a pleasant surprise and someone for the moment you can start each week.
  3. Dwayne Washington (ESPN 20% / Yahoo 23%) – Who? Ya, I said the same thing when I first saw his name on Twitter. 6’2 227 pounds running back from Washington who ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and a 3 cone drill of 6.9 seconds. He has a rare size/speed combo that should have fantasy owners excited. with Abdullah sidelined until week 11 or 12, look for the primary running role to go to Washington as Riddick is best used in the slot or in the backfield on third downs. forte

* BONUS: Orleans Darkwa (ESPN 5% / Yahoo 3%) & Wendell Smallwood (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 2%) – Both Jenning (NYG) & Mathews (Phi) are dinged up and could miss time. In walks two no name running backs to take their place. Both ran really well in the place of the starters and both have a great shot of starting again this week. In New York remember this name, Paul Perkins. He is the rookie out of UCLA who Ben Mcadoo is really high on. If he begins to see more playing time it might be his job to lose.

Wide Receiver: 

  1. Terrelle Pryor Sr. (ESPN 28% / Yahoo 23%) – I think all Pryor didn’t do Sunday was kick a field goal! Holy crap he had his hands on the ball on almost every play. If the Browns are going to continue to use Pryor like they did last week then he has been seriously looked at this week in your league waiver wire.
  2. Jamison Crowder ( ESPN 11% / Yahoo 16%) – I am a huge Jamison Crowder fan and last week I added him to every league I play in. It was only Terrelle Pryor’s insane usage that kept my boy JC from landing the top spot among WR’s to target this week. No other Redskin other then Jordan Reed has caught more balls and no Washington Redskin has scored more touchdowns than Crowder this year. You add in that the Cousins is second in the NFL in passing yards and you have a match made in heaven. Go pick up Jamison Crowder before your league mate does….GO RUN!!
  3. Phillip Dorsett (ESPN 50% / Yahoo 52%) – Dorsett is a former first round pick from The U, plays in one of the heaviest pass first offensives in the league and is the clear #2 receiver for the next 6 weeks or so while Moncrief heals up. Dorsett struggled this past week but the Chargers are sneaking up on people in the secondary so I don’t think Dorsett will struggle as much moving forward. Look to add him in deeper leagues or if you are in need of a desperate bye week fill in.

*REMINDER: Josh Gordon comes back from his 4 game suspension next so if he is available in your league you need to be putting in a Waiver Claim. Gordon is owned in 87% of Yahoo leagues &  84% of ESPN leagues. So there is still hope he might be out there for you!

Tight End: 

  1. Jimmy Graham (ESPN 66% / Yahoo 73%) – Jimmy is feeling like a beast he says and last weekend he proved it. In a game that got out of hand early, Graham showed us flashes of the player he used to be in New Orleans. In his best game as a Seahawk Graham posted 6/100/1 and faces a Jets defense that just got torched by Travis Kelce. If Wilson can play Graham could actually be a good fantasy TE start. Welcome back Jimmy we have missed you.
  2. Zach Miller (ESPN 42% / Yahoo 41%) – The Zach Miller band is back at it again with another backup quarterback, this time, Brian Hoyer. Hoyer loves his check downs and Miller loves everyone but Jay Cutler. His numbers on Sunday increased dramatically, so as long as Hoyer is the starter Miller could be a great sub TE or Bye week fill-in.
  3. Cameron Brate (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 2%) – With ASJ packing up his things and leaving after the DUI he had on Friday, September 23rd (MY BIRTHDAY BTW!!) (Shameless Plug) the tight end job is official all his. Brate came out Sunday and posted 5/46/2 and told the front office and the fantasy world that he belongs in the league. Also, you might want to look to start him but not against Denver, they are amazing!

Defense: 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN 20% / Yahoo 43%) – The Eagles are for real and they just shot the Pittsburgh Steelers out fo the end zone. This defense isn’t letting up and might be matchup proof.
  2. Baltimore Ravens (ESPN 50% / Yahoo 23%) – Ravens have been solid all season long and have been sacking and intercepting opposing quarterbacks like crazy. The next two are at home and the last time they were home they held the Bills to 7 points.
  3. Washington Redskins (ESPN 3% / Yahoo 7%) – Redskins are not going to shut anyone out but they are creating turnovers and making plays. With Cleveland up next the defense could continue to feast.

Kicker:

  1. Dustin Hopkins (ESPN 5% / Yahoo 5%) – The man just keeps on putting up double digits every week. The offense is moving the ball so FG attempts are a possibility every time they touch the ball.
  2. Matt Bryant (ESPN  27% / Yahoo 24%) – Plays for one of the best offenses in the NFL and home games are in a dome. Carolina in the Dome and then the altitude in Denver the following week could equal two big kicking weeks for Mr. Bryant.
  3. Josh Brown (ESPN 29% / Yahoo 26%) – Welcome back Brown! Brown is converting when given the opportunity and even though Minnesota’s defense might be the best in the NFL, Eli and company could be a sneaky play with the quick passing attack. Think they are able to move the ball just enough to give Brown a few long FG opportunities.

Well there you have it,  The Waiver Wire is in the books for this week. I will see you all next Tuesday for another edition! If you ever have any fantasy questions hit us up via our email: Insider@tffgurus.com or on Twitter @TFFGurus, or our friends at @dafantasyfather & @TheFantasyBoys. Lastly, if you have any IDP questions please direct them to our expert Everett on Twitter @decoylife.

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