2017 NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

Waiver Wire Adds for week 4!
 
RUNNING BACKS (RB)
 
Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 42.9% of all ESPN leagues):
After getting 20 totes in week 2 for 93 yards, Carson took 11 for just 34 yards, but caught one touchdown.  His role was limited as the Seahawks trailed early.  There's no denying that he's Seattle's lead back, but a few more carries could give additional reassurance.  He takes on a Colts defense that allowed 6 receptions for 81 yards and a score to Duke Johnson.  Although the Colts have done well against the run, they've struggled a bit with receiving backs.
 
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 41% of all ESPN leagues):
Somehow, some way, the Chicago Bears' most versatile back is still available in over half of all ESPN leagues.  He should've been picked up in all ppr leagues given Chicago's lack of receiving targets.  If he's available, he should be a good streaming option if the Bears decide to try to run the ball and keep the Packers' defense off of the field.  If the Bears fall behind, Cohen is a good candidate to catch passes out of the backfield and move the ball efficiently.  Either way, he's always a homerun threat every time he touches the ball.  
 
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 5.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Eagles pass-catching back Darren Sproles is out for the season with a broken arm.  With Blount getting most of the ground and goal-to-go work, Smallwood should be a prime candidate to take over as the Eagles' primary backfield receiver.  At 5'11", 208lbs, he's not particularly agile and lacks a jump cut, but he does run with decent power, takes defenders with him, and is tough to bring down.  He's worth a look especially in ppr leagues.  He'll face a Chargers linebacking corps that has coverage problems this week. 
 
D'onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans (currently owned in 4.3% of all ESPN leagues):
With head coach O'Brien's announcement that Foreman has moved ahead of Blue i  the depth chart, Foreman is now someone to watch in all leagues, and picked up especially in deep ppr leagues.  The Texans' backfield is now appearing to be more of a timeshare and Foreman is getting involved in the passing game to help out his rookie QB.  He's a high end handcuff at the moment in most leagues, but would become fantasy relevant immediately in most leagues if Miller goes down, or in the off-chance Foreman gets the start over Miller because Miller continues to struggle.
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 3.7% of all ESPN leagues):
With Watkins and Tavon Austin both in concussion protocol, Woods might be a good pickup this week.  While it's known that the Rams are a run-first team, they'll need to stretch the field occasionally to set up the run.  With both speedsters potentially out, the Rams may need to lean on their young veteran to make plays in the passing game.  Watkins and Austin both deserve monitoring, but Woods is capable of holding his own.
 
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 39.3% of all ESPN leagues):  
Sanu has found consistency, especially in ppr leagues, with all of the coverage being focused on Julio Jones.  He found the endzone for the first time this season, and will look to keep things moving against a Bills defense that kept the Broncos wideouts out of the endzone.  Julio Jones' health should be monitored this week.  Sanu's role in the offense could grow if Jones is held out for his back injury.
 
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 11.5% of all ESPN leagues): 
In the last 2 weeks, Hurns has averaged just 4.5 catches for 51 yards.  The upside here is that he's scored a touchdown in both games.  Hurns might be a boom or bust fantasy player, but he's worth scooping up in deep standard leagues.  There's a saying that goes "1 is an anomaly.  2 is a coincidence.  3 is a trend."  Hurns will look to make it a trend this week against a Jets defense that kept the Dolphins out of the endzone last week.  He's a dart throw whose performance depends on good Bortles or bad Bortles.  The Jets did just give up 8 catches for 76 yards and a score to Devante Parker last week.  Things are looking up for the Jaguars' outside threat.
 
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 34% of all ESPN leagues): 
Lee is the ppr special on the Jaguars.  He's the move-the-sticks possession receiver for the Jaguars, which means they'll throw to him any time they need a first down.  He's averaged over 5 catches and over 70 yards in ppr leagues.  Lee could be good for roughly 12 points every game.  
 
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 11.9% of all ESPN leagues): After Benjamin left the game early against the Saints, Funchess stepped in and hauled in 4 of 10 passes for just 58 yards.  He'd be the default WR1 in Carolina and could get all the targets he can handle if Benjamin is forced to miss time.
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
Ryan Griffin, TE, Houston Texans (currently owned in 0.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Griffin caught 5 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown this week.  With Fiedorowicz on IR, Griffin is thee next man up at the Texans'  starting tight end position.  It seemed like Griffin was able to scramble around, find an opening, and sit there.  Watson can buy time with his feet, which means he could find Griffin open more often than not.  Even if Griffin doesn't get picked up, he's worth tracking because of how little depth there is at tight end.
 
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 2.6% of all ESPN leagues):
With all of the coverage going to Hurns and Lee, Lewis caught 3 touchdowns in week 3.  At this point, don't bite the bait.  Only truly desperate fantasy owners should pick him up.  For now, he should be left on the wires until he shows more consistency.
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 7.1% of all ESPN leagues):
While everyone knows that the Rams are a run-first team, Goff's arrow has still been pointing up recently.  He finally connected with Watkins on 2 touchdown passes, and is clicking with both Watkins and Woods.  He'll face a Cowboys secondary that can be thrown on.  Buyer beware: the Rams' offensive line, which has looked shakey at times, will need to deal with a potentially potent Cowboys pass rush.  
 
STREAMING OPTION:
 
Carson Palmer, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 17.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Palmer has turned in a couple of solid performances.  The 49ers have given up 8 touchdowns and nearly 600 yards to opposing passing attacks.  Receiving running back Andre Ellington has been the most effective back in the Cardinals' backfield.  Palmer has multiple options he can throw to.  He's worth picking up for his upside this week.  
 
PANIC ALERT:
 
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 100% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, it says he's owned in 100% of all leagues, but that may not be correct.  If, for some odd, unexplained reason Prescott is on the wires, scoop him up immediately.  Last year's candidate for offensive rookie of the year may have slumped through the first 2 weeks, but he got a huge win against a tough Cardinals defense on Monday night.  He still has the Rams this week, but his schedule softens up.  

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